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In one breath you experience the sea in its natural form.
In the silence that surrounds you, listening to the rhythm of the heartbeat slowing down.
The body learns to trust the experience and the mind is reminded of what it has always known.
At each stage of the course and in each training session you will be surprised by what you can achieve on a single breath of air.
 most of all you will be surprised by the physical and emotional comfort in which you will discover new depth…

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What is Free Diving / APNEA DIVING?

The source of the word Apnea is Greek, meaning "without breath".
Free diving is a dive on a single breath without the use of breathing aids (such as diving tank and breathing system), but sometimes diving equipment such as mask, weights and snorkels are used. The diver inhales fully and holds his breath as long as possible.
Contrary to initial intuition, this sport is actually safer than diving with breathing aids, and you can dive deeper than diving with compressed air tanks.

A natural way to enjoy the beauty of the deep sea

Some people consider free diving an extreme sport, the uniqueness of which is the deep and quiet tranquility that contrasts with all other extreme sports. For others it is a natural way to enjoy the beauty of the depths of the sea without the need for cumbersome, heavy and uncomfortable diving equipment, and there are those who experience free diving as meditation and the connection of body and soul.
Free diving is used as a base for a variety of sports such as Spearfishing, underwater photography, competitive diving and, of course, just a relaxed and enjoyable snorkeling.

Free diving in the Red Sea in Eilat

Eilat – is the southern most and the only city located on the shores of the Red Sea in Israel and serves as a port city and tourism central.

The Red Sea is a pilgrimage destination from all over the world. The eternal summer, beautiful beaches, clear sea and spectacular diving sites make the Red Sea beaches a popular tourist destination. At the northern end of the Gulf of the Red Sea lies Eilat. The average depth in the Gulf is 900 meters below sea level and the maximum depth is 1,820 meters below sea level. Geologically, the Gulf of Eilat is part of the Syrian-African rift and hence its depth.

Eilat's sea conditions are the most comfortable you can ask for, with stunning visibility of 1 – 50 meters, breathtaking underwater landscapes, rich coral reefs and underwater sea life. The Red Sea Bay is elongated and narrow, which is why there are no waves and its perfect for freediving just like a real swimming pool!

 

We invite you to enjoy with us

the amazing natural combination that the city has to offer, a quiet and powerful desert, the Jordan mountains that change colors and rise high, and quiet blue water that cleans us from the inside and the outside.

Apnea Total Freediving Organisation And Education System

Apnea Total is an international freediving organisation that promotes the Apnea Total Freediving Education System and provides certifications that are recognised worldwide. Apnea Total upholds the highest standards of freediving safety, instruction and education and is one of the largest certifying freediving organisations in the world.

Free diving courses

From Apnea Total International Free Diving Association

* All courses can be started at any time desired by the client (by appointment).

About Us

Adam Hale

Co-Founder of Freedive Israel and a freediving instructor

The sea and the water were always an inseparable part of my life, my mother delivered me in to this world in water. as a child and in youth as a swimmer and a spearfisherman (boy) I was attracted to the water and the sea with all my heart. After my military service as a commander in the airborne engineer unit I flew to travel the world and stopped at the island of Utila in Honduras, where I lived on a boat and opened a restaurant. After some time I was exposed on the island to the field of freediving at the school “freedive utila” where I was guided by the diving instructor Ariel Kedmi. From the moment I finished the first course I became addicted to the peace and quiet experienced by the depths and I decided to abandon all my pursuits and be as much as possible underwater.

Over time I progressed from course to course and became a freediving instructor at the apnea total school in Koh Tao, Thailand, where I was trained as a guide and worked for a while. Since then, I love to live and combine the connection to the sea, diving, and training, with depth and development, all of which led me to open the Free Diving School in Eilat, Israel “Freedive Israel” together with my teacher and friend Ariel Kedmi. I love and respect the sea, it feels natural for me to be one with it and to connect people to  themselves through the sea.

“focus your attention on the breathing, calm your mind, relax your body and connect to the ocean and yourself. But don't forget to look after yourself and the environment.”

Among other things I am also a scuba diving instructor a yoga instructor and a vegetarian  chef.

ariel kedmi

Founder: Blue Chitta – freediving and yoga around the world, yoga shak montreal Freedive israel

I fell in love with the sea for the first time when I came to Eilat at the age of 23 as a
young diving instructor. After 4 years working, and through the practice of yoga and
the art of breathing, the world of freediving was opened in front of me and I took my
first freediving course. The deep connection was immediate. Experience of true
silence and stillness, the ability to “fly” under the water, and glide to the depth while maintaining relaxation literally changed my life

I moved to Thailand to devote myself for freediving, and stayed for 2 years
 Continuing the freediving path was natural and I kept on training and teaching
around the world as part of “blue chitta”. From Eilat to Mozambique and Mexico to
the islands of Honduras and Panama (during this time I had the privilege to be part
of a safety team in 3 major competitions including the Freediving world championship

In May 2019 I compete in a freedive competition in the Blue hole in Dahab, Egypt
and broke the Israeli national record for diving with bifins to 73m

our vision in Freedive Israel is to share with the students the experience of freediving
and the connection with the sea and the marine life, in an enjoyable and safe way
and to create a community of freedivers who devoted for safe training and marine conservation

"Depth is not the target, depth is a byproduct of comfort relaxation and connection to one's self"

Gabrielle Gq

The co-founder of Blue Chitta and Yoga Shak Montreal

She is a freediving instructor and a very talented underwater photographer. She has been teaching yoga for as long as she can remember! She specializes in the teachings of pranayama, vinyasa and yoga for freedivers. She was always a mermaid but she started teaching freediving in Mozambique in 2014 and kept traveling the world doing what she loves ever since. Through Blue_Chitta, she organizes transformational Yoga and Freediving Courses and Retreats in Bali, Dahab and Montreal. She travels a lot but always comes back to Eilat at Freedive Israel where she loves to take underwater photos and share her passion for the ocean.
 

She will tell you all about your chakras, the importance of bandhas, she will lead you through deep meditation journeys but also powerful vinyasa flows, she will make you breathe in ways you never even imagined, she will make you realize your limitless potential both as a freediver and as a human being!

 

Testimonials

 Yonni Kokernoot
Yonni Kokernoot
Scuba Dive Instructor & Master Freediver
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I joined the master's program at #FreediveIsrael #apneatotall and I have to say it was one of the best experiences in my life! Adam and Ariel Are just simply amazing people and teachers! I can highly recommend this place for all levels of Freedivers. The coaching sessions are professionally conducted in a relaxed and chill environment and with an in-depth and caring explanation. With the personal care and adaptations given to every diver individually by Ariel Kedmi Kedmi and Adam Hale, you can improve very quickly, and is just perfect for getting the most out of everyone. If you want to get your skills on a new level, Freedive Israel is the place to go! With a theory session in the morning, continuing to stretching and yoga following with a water sessions and a nice lunch at the best Humus and Indian food you can find in Eilat, every day with Adam and Ariel is great, and give's the most warming and welcoming feeling I had during my whole stay there. And of course one of the important things was the respect for the local wildlife and the attention to detail. Just to add, the water condition in the red see are just perfect for Freediving, with visibility up to 30 meters almost every day! Calm water and Amazing marine life Like Dolphins!!! we saw almost every day joining us in out diving session just made this experience so great, I felt I became part dolphin my self. To conclude - The atmosphere is awesome, the Dives are awesome the People are awesome and of course, the teachers are awesome. Thank you all for letting me being part of this awesome community!
Katja Beeri‎‏ ‏
Katja Beeri‎‏ ‏
Advanced Freediver
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We did the 2-day free diving course with Ariel. It was the most amazing experience!!!!! Ariel was super professional and he could read his students extremely well. He knew exactly when to give a push or to be gentle and encouraging. He was the “safe feeling” voice over surface and the encouraging eyes in the depths. My appetite for free diving has definitely been awaken! 🤙
Emily Rose
Emily Rose
Freediver
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Just finished my first-ever free diving lesson last weekend, and it was such a thrilling experience thanks to the inspiring and zen-like folks at Freedive Israel. Heights have never scared me, but deep water does. It was exhilarating to push gently past that mental barrier, and to begin to understand how much farther I’d have to go to ever reach a real physical limit. (We’re talking dozens of meters deeper, and minutes of breath holding longer.) Humbled by the human body and the sea, and ready to jump back in. Thanks so much, Ariel and Roma! See you again soon.
Ari Elyashar
Ari Elyashar
Master Freediver
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Freedive israel
Best freedivers club in the world Great guides and beautiful atmosphere Highly recommended
קצת הרחבה בעברית 😁 הגעתי לפרי-דייב ישראל כמעט בלי נסיון בצלילה, ובתהליך מדהים של מספר חודשים הפכתי למאסטר (45 מטר עומק) וקיבלתי הרגשת ביטחון והנאה עליאיים במים. אני רוצה להמליץ בחום על משפחת פריי-דייב ישראל, מדריכי צלילה בחסד עליון באנרגיות טובות ואנשים טובים עם אנרגיות מעולות שכל רגע איתם הוא חוויה. לכו לצלול!
 Flora Vncnt
Flora Vncnt
Advance Freediver
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Short version: just GO.
Longer version: I started as a complete freediver newby with Ariel and Adam, going through the freedive and advanced course (2 days in Feb 2019 and 3 days in August 2019). My experience with them (and Roman!) has been outstanding. Both in dry training and in the water, I felt extremely well coached and secured; their advices are very relevant and adapted to each person. There's a lot of experience and patience behind their teaching ! The theoretical courses are very good, and as a scuba diving instructor and marine biologist I have an insatiable curiosity when it comes to theory, that Ariel knew how to satisfy. On top of that, all the team is incredibly warm-hearted, playful and endearing. I will end with the worst play on words ever: it's a breathless experience, so don't think, just go !!!
Nano Sun
Nano Sun
Advance Freediver
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Я всегда был очень «далек» от моря и тем более от фридайвинга. Случайно так уж получилось ,что я увлекся подводной охотой и у меня появились вопросы на которые я не смог найти развернутых ответов в интернете. Прошел двух дневный курс и остался очень доволен. Получил ответы на интересующие меня вопросы, так же расширил свои знания в симптоматике и оказании первой мед. помощи при BlackOut. Так же получил актуальную для меня информацию и технику тренировки задержки дыхания . Хочу сказать огромное СПАСИБО всему коллективу и личному инструктору Адаму за профессионализм и проявленное терпение в обучении. Спасибо Вам!
Larrold Large
Larrold Large
Advance Freediver
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After completing my advanced freediving course with Freedive Israel. I felt compelled to write a review, something I don't usually do. The instructors, dive sites, equipment and communication was all excellent. They were also, all really cool people. Happy to help with any questions regarding diving or Israel or life in general. Looking forward to the next time our paths cross ✌
 Yarden Sokolovski
Yarden Sokolovski
Freediver
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אחרי חוויה מדהימה מתחת למים ומעליהם ממליצה בענק! הגעתי עם בעיות בפמפום וחשבתי שכנראה צלילה חופשית זה לא בשבילי.. תודות להדרכה הסופר מקצועית, נעימה ומלאת ניסיון של ירדן ואדם הגעתי לשיאים אישיים שלא דמיינתי שאתקרב אליהם בכלל!
Tamir Megged
Tamir Megged
Freediver
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עשיתי אצלם קורס צלילה חופשית. הייתה חוויה מטורפת! אותי הדריך אריאל ויצא לי גם לפגוש את אדם וירדן, אנשים מדהימים. אווירה טובה וכיפית וגם מקצועית ובטיחותית מאוד. מכניסים בך את האהבה הגדולה שלהם לצלילות ולים ורק רוצה לחזור כבר ולהמשיך לקורס המתקדם. היה מדהים!! תודה רבה אריאל אדם וירדן.
Matti Brand
Matti Brand
Freediver
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פגשנו את ירדן ואדם בחופשה זוגית שלנו באילת. לא חשבנו בכלל על צלילה ובטח לא על צלילה ללא מיכלי חמצן צמודים לגוף. הספונטניות עשתה את שלה ומצאנו את עצמנו כמו דגים במים לסיכום..חוויה מדהימה, משחררת ,שילוב של ספורט וטוב אינסופי שמשחרר ישר מהנשמה. בין היתר זוג מדהים שהרווחנו כחברים לחיים ממליצים בחום!
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