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Masterclass Programme


  • Coral Coast Hotel El Melal Street Dahab Egypt (map)

We invite you to join the brand new Discover Your Depths ten-day Masterclass Programme in Dahab 14-24 May 2018. 

This new Masterclass Programme includes a one-month preparation programme including online workshop, training videos and homework prior to arrival, one to one consultation with Sara in Dahab, a full ten-day yoga, meditation and freediving programme, body-work therapy and one to one follow-up coaching session after graduation. Students are expected to participate fully in all elements of the programme.

Our integrated, supportive approach goes beyond other coaching and training programmes, giving students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in our pioneering Yoga for Freediving concept, focusing on relaxationmental training and freediving as a tool for greater personal and spiritual awareness under personalised guidance, coaching and support before, during and after, from one of the world's leading freediving and spiritual coaches. 

This Masterclass, designed by Sara based on her own amazing career in deep diving, and her years of coaching hundreds of freedivers, from beginners to top athletes, offers students intimate class sizes (maximum 12 students), the latest in both scientific and spiritual approaches, and world-class tuition. The Masterclass is being held in Dahab directly before the first RedCCup competition (27-31 May) and is therefore also an ideal training ground to prepare competitors, or fine-tune your deep equalisation and relaxation for performance diving.

More about this programme

The training will take place in Dahab, the world-famous freediving destination and home of the Blue Hole. We have access to 50m in the Lighthouse Bay just 100m swim from shore, where our training will begin. We will also spend time exploring the reefs, and of course exploring our depths at Blue Hole.

Coral Coast Hotel is our wonderful Masterclass host and home, both for our theory, meditation, yoga and pranayama sessions, which will take place in the beautiful yoga room, and as our recommended accommodation for the programme. We are pleased to offer our students an exclusive Masterclass discounted B&B rate at this beautiful, friendly sea-front hotel. You are of course welcome to arrange your own accommodation elsewhere. 

As one of the cornerstones of the Discover Your Depths approach is relaxation and recovery you will find we have built in a few essential days off, and included a full-body massage for you within the programme to really help you switch off and possibly to deal with any aches and pains you may have. 

Who is it for?

We welcome all freedivers who are currently diving comfortably head-first to a minimum of 30m CWT or FIM. Exceptions may be considered if you have dived with us before. If you haven't dived with us before and you're not yet within the range of 25-30m but wish to discuss participation, please contact us directly.

As the discourses are such a crucial part of the training, we ask that everyone is open to both sharing their own experiences, and creating a safe and supportive space to listen to one another, so that we can learn from each other and grow together. 

The Masterclass preparation programme starting one month prior to arrival is strongly recommended. Our first meeting will be online on Saturday 14th April - the time to be confirmed once we see what time zones we need to accommodate.

We require all students to complete a full consultation form prior to arrival and ask that you take as much time with this, and are as honest and open as possible.

Please note, if you have suffered a squeeze of any degree, or a black-out in the previous six months, you must disclose this and visit our dive doctor prior to commencing the programme. If you have suffered a squeeze within the month prior to the programme for your safety and wellbeing we may tailor your diving and/or other specific activities.

What some of our former graduates say

Coaching with Sara has changed the game for how I approach, prepare for and experience a freedive. I am able to channel my mind in a much healthier way before and during the dive, which results in much more pleasurable dives. This, for me, is why I freedive.
— Kerry Hollowell, US Athlete, ER Physician and AIDA Medical Officer
You´re inspiring and I know you hold the key to something better. I always learn a lot from you about myself, but there´s still a lot more to go! I especially need help to break through mental walls and trust in myself. “
— Paula Paloma, former financial controller, now professional brave explorer
It was very informative, and the content is distinctly aimed at the relaxation aspect which is super important and has certainly already changed my diving, even after only 2 days. Sara’s knowledge and experience is also obviously a very safe space to be in, and I liked that I could ask complex technical questions regarding physiology etc during the course.
— Alessandro Sacerdote, international food wholesale CEO

Event Information

Schedule

Arrival recommended 11th, 12th, 13th May, optional training sessions
Daily training from 14th to 24th May (includes rest days)
RedCCup competition starts 27th May

Daily training varies according to the needs of the group, but each coaching day follows a rough schedule:

  • theory, yoga, pranayama and meditation practice, discussion and feedback
  • freediving practical
  • feedback group

A draft version of the schedule can be viewed here. Note that both the schedule and content may be subject to change. 

Training days give students the opportunity to break down and put the huge amount of information learned in the coaching days into practice, with two optional dive sessions on each day, supervised by DYD-certified coaches. There will be no coaching, but of course you can ask for advice, and will receive feedback and guidance in the water to ensure you improve and integrate the teachings.

The schedule for this week may vary as Sara works intuitively with the challenges that each student presents. On the mental/emotional/spiritual side we will spend time on understanding our personal challenges, and where they come from. And from the technical aspect we look at relaxation, deep equalisation/mouthfill, body awareness, and anything else we observe in the water that needs attention.  

Sara used her deep diving in 2011 to process the death of her mother and knows how powerful a therapeutic tool freediving and spiritual practice can be. As the Masterclass allows time for personal consultation with Sara, if there is something private you would like to work on, please let us know about this before arriving so we can accommodate this.

Accommodation

We are proud to be working with Coral Coast Hotel now for the past 13 years. Located directly on the beach in the quiet end of town, just a few moments from the stunning Eel Garden, this hotel has beautiful, but simple rooms overlooking the sea.

A special freedivers breakfast will be prepared for our Masterclass students each morning, and all yoga, meditation, pranayama and theory sessions will be held in the hotel's own amazing yoga room with views over the Sinai mountains and the Red Sea. There are rinsing and storage facilities for your dive gear making your stay easy, effortless and ultimately relaxing. It couldn't be simpler!

Kit List

Please check our Kit List if you are unsure what to bring. Lead for your weight belts can be rented in Dahab.

Event Investment

Masterclass Fees
£950 per person
£850 for single instalment early-bookers

Included

  • private one to one intake consultation with Sara
  • expert stretching and physiology advice
  • tailored meditation, pranayama and yoga sessions
  • mental, emotional, spiritual coaching and feedback
  • technique training, advanced equalisation, competition preparation
  • extended training opportunities
  • full body massage / healing session
  • welcome dinner and desert trek and candle-lit dinner
  • airport transfers and all diving and activity transport
  • * daily on all coaching days
  • Preparation Programme

  • 2-hour online preparation workshop Saturday 14th April
  • Yoga for Freediving Deep Relaxation online training course
  • one to one online follow-up consultation with Sara within one month of completion of the Masterclass

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation at Coral Coast Hotel
  • Extra training sessions for early arrivals
  • Meals and drinks other than those listed

room rates

  SUPERIOR ROOM WITH SEA VIEW  

✻  Single : €36 per night // Double : €44 per night  ✻

  STANDARD ROOM  

✻  Single : €28 per night // Double : €32 per night  ✻

  • Please note that flights with night-time arrival are charged the arrival night (for example flights via Istanbul).
  • Special rates offered for Egyptian Nationals and residents on standard rooms, please contact us for more information

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

  EARLY ARRIVAL TRAINING 12th & 13th  

✻  £30 per person, per session, booked in advance, limited availability  ✻

  BODY-WORK THERAPY AND MASSAGE  

✻  €30 payable to therapist directly  ✻

Registration

In order to secure your place on this Masterclass, please follow these steps:

  1. Please pay your deposit or full payment for an early-booker discount online below.
  2. Please then go to our online registration form here.
  3. Please email us once you have completed these two simple steps. You're in!

Travel Information

FROM ABROAD
You need to arrange your own flight, to arrive in Sharm el Sheikh on or before the morning of Sunday 13th May to ensure you are relaxed and rested to begin on Monday morning. Please send us your e-ticket as soon as possible. We will organise your transfers directly to Dahab for you.

VISA

  • European citizens are not required to purchase an entry visa – simply proceed to the passport control and get a stamp, which will cover you for 14 days.
  • If you are from outside of the EU, or plan to extend your stay in Egypt (Sharm or Cairo), please check for specific visa entry requirements before you travel.
  • If you are flying via Cairo you will need to buy a visa €25 at Cairo airport before transferring to your domestic connection to Sharm. 

DRIVING FROM CAIRO
If coming by car, please arrive before Sunday lunchtime to ensure you are relaxed and rested to begin on Monday morning. Coral Coast Hotel is located close to Eel Garden on El Melal Street - ask and you will find it very easily.

Contact & Booking

Please email us if you have any questions, or need assistance with any matters regarding the programme.

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Later Event: May 28
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