About Apnea International
Not all agencies are created equal
There has been a spike in the popularity of freediving in recent years and the big Scuba agencies see the potential. as a result more of them begin to offer freediving programs. Apnea International was established by freedivers for freedivers – we do not teach Scuba and only focus is on the art of breath hold. By doing this we guarantee the quality of our training and of our instructors.
Apnea International was born out of fire love for freediving. We have been involved in freediving for two decades and have seen freediving shift from an extreme sport, practiced by a select few, into one of the world’s fastest growing sports and recreations.
We are passionate about teaching and are committed to providing the best possible experience to our students.
We believe being a freediver is not all about diving deep, swimming far or holding our breath for a very long time. Spending a few seconds in the presence of a whale, playing with a dolphin, flying like a manta Ray or sharing space with sharks – all while holding our breath is all that it really takes.
Getting involved in freediving is easy – The first step is to be passionate about water. the second step is to locate an instructorand go through a Freediving course. this will ensure learning all the important elements of freediving. Our first two courses are recreational by nature which means there is no performance pressure. Instead – you will learn how to relax, breathe, work with a buddy and develop skills which will help you build confidence and with it – bottom time.
Our vision: Increase exposure of freediving through delivery of high quality Freedive education while developing an understanding of the ocean. Our Philosophy We see teaching as a calling, a way to enhance someone’s life by sharing meaningful ideas and by developing a sense of wonder. Below you will find a text which beautifully articulates the way we see ourselves as educators.
As educators we connect with the following
It’s about not only motivating students to learn, but teaching them how to learn, and doing so in a manner that is relevant, meaningful, and memorable. It’s about caring for your craft, having a passion for it, and conveying that passion to everyone, most importantly to your students.
It’s about doing your best to keep on top of your field, reading sources, inside and outside of your areas of expertise, and being at the leading edge as often as possible. But knowledge is not confined to scholarly journals. Good teaching is also about bridging the gap between theory and practice. It’s about leaving the ivory tower and immersing oneself in the field, talking to, consulting with, and assisting practitioners, and liaising with their communities.
It’s about eliciting responses and developing the oral communication skills of the quiet students. It’s about pushing students to excel; at the same time, it’s about being human, respecting others, and being professional at all times.
It’s about getting only 10 percent of what you wanted to do in a class done and still feeling good. It’s about deviating from the course syllabus or lecture schedule easily when there is more and better learning elsewhere. Good teaching is about the creative balance between being an authoritarian dictator on the one hand and a pushover on the other.
Does this mean that it lacks in substance? Not a chance! Effective teaching is not about being locked with both hands glued to a podium or having your eyes fixated on a slide projector while you drone on. Good teachers work the room and every student in it. They realise that they are the conductors and the class is the orchestra. All students play different instruments and at varying proficiencies.
It’s about being self-deprecating and not taking yourself too seriously. It’s often about making innocuous jokes, mostly at your own expense, so that the ice breaks and students learn in a more relaxed atmosphere where you, like them, are human with your own share of faults and shortcomings.
It’s about devoting time, often invisible, to every student. It’s also about the thankless hours of grading, designing or redesigning courses, and preparing materials to still further enhance instruction.
Good teaching is continually reinforced by an overarching vision that transcends the entire organisation — from full professors to part-time instructors — and is reflected in what is said, but more importantly by what is done.
Effective teaching should also be rewarded, and poor teaching needs to be remediated through training and development programs.
… like locking eyes with a student in the back row and seeing the synapses and neurons connecting, thoughts being formed, the person becoming better, and a smile cracking across a face as learning all of a sudden happens. Good teachers practice their craft not for the money or because they have to, but because they truly enjoy it and because they want to. Good teachers couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
Head of Education and General Manager
Erez has been active in the freediving community since 1997. He has held the world record for CNF in 2001 and has taught thousands of students around the world. He is the principal instructor for Apnea Australia