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SSI is the first to introduce Freediving training

During the last edition of the Dema Show, the diving organisation SSI presented the first freediving training programmes on its stand. In an interview with Deeper Blue, Mike Wells announces that the organisation is getting into free diving training because they see huge potential in the sport. Mike says that scuba diving is a particularly
Published: January 11, 2011 - 14:53
Updated: February 9, 2023 - 10:23

During the last edition of the Dema Show, the diving organisation SSI presented the first freediving training programmes on its stand.

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In an interview with Deeper Blue, Mike Wells announces that the organisation is getting into free diving training because they see huge potential in the sport. Mike says that scuba diving is a particularly exciting sport for the younger generation, which is why they want to get them involved in diving.

SSI has spent two years planning and developing freediving training programmes. The organisation’s 40 years of experience in teaching diving has contributed to a training cycle consisting of 3 stages. The first two have been officially approved, the last one is still being worked on. During the preparation of these programmes, standards, books and instructions for students and instructors were developed.

Offering new programmes is an ideal opportunity to attract and connect young people with diving. Today’s youth are looking for sports that are exciting, allow them to break records and create new opportunities. Free diving achieves all of these goals while being more accessible than classical diving. The very idea of holding your breath while underwater is of great interest.

Freediving is also an opportunity to introduce old customers to something new and more exciting. Dive centres introducing freediving training are able to make the most of the training pool with just a mask, snorkel and fins, while filling a gap in underwater activities. Diving on held breath offers unlimited opportunities for hours of fun in the water with friends. With no decompression, the fun never ends.

Increasing awareness of freediving can significantly affect the development of the diving market. The lack of complicated rules and risks will attract people who are afraid of classic diving. New equipment will appear on shop shelves and diving centres will start organising trips for groups diving only on apnea.

It is worth noting that SSI was the first diving organisation to put so much emphasis on this type of diving. For the time being, freediving programmes are only available in some dive centres, mainly in Australia and the USA.

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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