Intro to Freediving in Amed: Explore the Coral of Jemeluk
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Free-diving is not just a sport of super men or the aquatically gifted; it is an accessible journey of self discovery open to just about anyone with curiosity and a willingness to learn. Scientific research and the efforts of the elite free-diving community in recent years have led to great improvements in understanding the physiological processes of breath hold diving. The resulting improvement in training techniques means that even people with limited aquatic experience will be amazed what they can learn in just a couple of days.
Furthermore, we combine this with yoga. Yoga is for everyone, not just the strong and flexible. That is our starting premise. We also believe all styles of yoga have some merit and this is reflected in the yoga we teach here, which draws on many traditions. We take an emphasis on alignment from Iyengar and some accessible principles of posture from Anusura. We also bring in some of the flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa and a Tantric awareness of subtler aspects of asana that is influenced by the Bihar School of Yoga and Qi gong.
We offer two courses: An Afternoon introduction to Freediving, which you should take if you only have a limited amount of time, and a full 2 day beginner's course, which goes much deeper, allows you to develop your aquatic abilities, and lets you relax in the picturesque town of Amed.
=== About the Afternoon Introduction to Freediving ===
This is an incredible half day introduction to the silent world of breath hold diving. After a short theory session explaining the basics of physics and physiology we will enter the water to practice on training lines the different techniques used by freedivers to become at one with the underwater world and our own aquatic nature. No previous training is necessary and all equipment is provided.
=== About the Introductory Freediving 2 Day Course ===
This two day course is a good general introduction to free-diving for anyone interested in developing their aquatic ability.
From people with a lot of experience in the water to those with almost none this course is an important introduction to the silent world of Apnea diving in the tropical waters around Amed, Bali. Even those with considerable skin diving experience will benefit as the focus of the course is on developing good free-diving technique and laying the foundation for effective and safe further training.
The theory will be given in a beautiful beach-side training space and on the vibrant coral reefs of Jemeluk Bay, East Bali. The theory of the basic free-diver course gives a solid understanding of the processes involved in breath hold diving and how to develop good dive technique to make most efficient use of O2. Through awareness of the body’s physiological processes the student will learn to how to prepare both the mind and the body with a pre-dive breathe up and move through the water in an effective manner. They will practice constant weight with fins and free immersion dives on a line to maximum depth of 20 metres. They will also establish themselves in good safety procedure, learning recovery breaths and rescue techniques so that they can continue to train safely in their own time.
Day 1 – Jemeluk Wall
09.00 - Dry Training: Correct mental and physical techniques, yogic breathing, physics of pressure, equalisation, pre-dive
12.00 - Open Water Training: Aquatic awareness, duck dive, fin stroke, using a line, free immersion and constant weight fin dives to a maximum of 15 meters, recovery breathing
Day 2 – Jemeluk Wall
09.00 - Dry Training: Revision, buddy training, safety aspects and rescue techniques
12.00 - Open Water Training: Free immersion, constant weight dives to a maximum of 20 metres, safety diving, in water rescue, surface rescue
=== About Jemeluk Bay & Amed: Our Training Space ===
Welcome to the other Bali, where the pace is slow, the locals are friendly and the landscape is stunning. On one side there’s paddy fields and lush green hills reaching up to the beautiful Mt Agung volcano, a place of astounding physical beauty, perfect for studying yoga. On the other side we have Jemaluk Bay, our deep blue playground. With coral walls, bountiful marine life, little or no currents and black sand beaches it has excellent conditions for free-diving.
Our training space is built right on the beach in the small village of Jemaluk on the spectacular Amed coast of East Bali. On top of having the best spot for freediving training in Bali, Jemaluk is also just 12 km from Tulamben, home of the famous USS Liberty wreck (where we dive during the advanced free-diving course). When not at our training space, we often do static training at the stunning water palace at Tirtta Ganga or free-dive at the famous ‘USS Liberty’ wreck, 110 metres long and lying in between 5 mts to 30 mts depth.
This is the perfect place to practice your new free-diving skills. The wreck is an underwater wonderland of marine life – schools of trevally, bream, fusilier and anthias mill all over and around the wreck, coming curiously right up to the free-diver. Batfish, large sweetlips, angelfish, butterfly fish and anemone fish are abundant. Lionfish, scorpionfish, hawkfish, bumphead parrot fish, pufferfish and coral trout are everywhere – as are the gobies, blennies, shrimps and dottyback out on the sand flats. The wreck is brimming with life, with safe overhead environments and exciting swim-throughs. It’s a free-divers paradise, the perfect site to practice free-diving for the sheer pleasure of the silent underwater experience.
- What you need to bring:
Amazing experience, New way to explore mind-body connection. I deepened my experience and skill everytime I went in the water. This course transformed the way I think about open water, gave me the confidence and ability to really enjoy diving. I’m very grateful to my teachers for their support and knowledge. Loved every minute of it!
As a scuba diver since 96′ I’ve logged well over 7000 hours underwater, though the feeling I had free diving with Apneista will always be one of my most memorable underwater experiences. One of my favourite films is Luc Bessons The Big Blue and while free diving with Matthew Smyth I really got the Big Blue Feeling. Yes the one where Jaques Mayol is on the bottom of the descent line looking around with a look of shear joy and ecstasy on his face. I highly recommend Apneista to anyone who is interested in the ocean, yoga or meditation as the 3 are all interlinked and come together so well with the Apneista free diving course. I’ve been back numerous times since. Thanks for the Big Blue Feeling!