I wanted to learn about freediving and improve on the skills that I need for my job (I swim around in an aquarium dressed as a mermaid, holding my breath), and I chose Element Freedive because Andrew put together a Program that included SSI levels 1 and 2, but then he went beyond this and shared all of his expertise with me.
I was supposed to stay for 12 days, but I liked it so much that I decided to stay for longer, wasting a couple hundred dollars of airplane tickets and I couldnt have made a better choice.
If you are interested in really focusing on freediving there is no better place than Element Freedive because Andrew is both an excellent coach and instructor who loves freediving and who has found and put together the most amazing place to do it.
First we went through the basic skills of freediving, and after you learn these, you discover that with proper technique you can accomplish much more than you expect (I witnessed this for myself and for 3 other students that came during my stay). By the end of those few days it takes to take the course, you come out having a good understanding of freediving and of the things you need to do to take your diving to the next level.
Andrew is a very patient and thorough instructor, but he manages to keep a very relaxed learning atmosphere, which is exactly what freediving is about, and he takes very few students so you have all his attention. He is very good at communicating how a skill needs to be done and you practice in and out of the water. He is very encouraging and will work to improve the areas where you struggle and push you to improve but will also tell you when it is time to take a break, and will also keep it safe because he can tell when you are pushing yourself too much.
Once we were done the basics and we discovered at I was good, he turned into a trainer and a coach helping me try to break the US record for static apnea, so I was able to see him both as an instructor for beginners and as a trainer for more advanced diving.
The place is also wonderfully set up for freediving because there is a platform where you do the dives down a line with marks so that you cantell the depth so there are no hassles of using a boat So all you need to do is set out for a pretty swim that gets you completely relaxed and ready to dive by the time you get there..
The accommodations, are amazing: I slept in a house that was on the ocean above the steps that go down to the water, so I could see the ocean while laying in bed (but you also have the option of rolling down the curtains). I also stayed at Andrew's place, where I got to watch freediving videos and experience the freediving lifestyle, where relaxing, eating the healthy and delcious dinners Andrew makes, drinking his superhero shakes (with bee pollen, and all kinds of healthy stuff) after diving, sleeping and diving was all I did, and I loved it.
Probably all these other things you do around the actual freediving improve your performance in the water. It was very enjoyable to follow the example of an accomplished diver like Andrew who really loves the discipline and who is able to transmit this so that you can experience the freediving lifestyle for the duration of your stay.
I want to go back.
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