This summer did not promise us a trip at all. But there are things much stronger than some circumstances. And, in our case, it was freediving that became a significant motivator of our trip to Dahab. When you start something new, there is always a risk of disappointment. But this risk is reduced to "no", when you fall into the hands of a high-class specialist. We were lucky to get to study with an instructor from God - Ilya Nabatov. Being able to do something well and being able to teach are not the same thing. Ilya just possesses a rare combination of these qualities. That is why the experience of our communication with a professional in our field is infinitely valuable. And excellent results and a frantic desire to return to the depth speak of the quality of training. Many thanks to Ilya for his high professionalism, individual approach, for the gift to decompose the complex into simple, for his extraordinary sensitivity and patience, and for his talent to make people happier. Good luck to you! In everything!
I believe that you need to learn from different instructors and preferably from the best!.
Before the trip to Dahab, I contacted @ilya.nabatov, the instructor and co-founder of the @freebalanceschool school, in advance. Since I did not get into the general course, we agreed on the time and I arrived. I came with a specific task ✔️ pressure compensation and a bunch of other questions.
At home, I could not equalise upside down, the maximum that I could do was 15 meters. Before that, I went to a consultation with an ENT doctor and he gave me the conclusion that in childhood, when the tonsils were removed, the muscles were damaged and now my soft palate just covers my throat ... The verdict - why the hell do you want to dive, you can see the fish from above! 🤿 Here With this "baggage" and the desire to figure out what doesn't work for me and what works, but wrongly, I came to Ilya. We literally lived in neighbouring houses and all strategies were coordinated right there.
🧘♂️ We started with morning exercises on the beach
🌬️then analysis of the equalisation techniques. Something began to turn out already on the first day and I was given the task - no race for meters, only work with consciousness and comfort.
The very first dive and conscious 8 ⬇️ meters without pain in the ears. It was a small victory!
I got only 5 sessions in the water, the final day and my first 30⬇️ m, comfortably, with an understanding of what is happening 👌
I liked Ilya's approach, each dive takes place, as they say eye to eye, with adjustments along the way and analysis already held on the buoy. A good bonus on one of the days was the analysis of the breaststroke technique and I worked it out right there in the pool. 🏊♂️
In the evenings, over tea, Ilya answered my ❓ questions about preparing for competitions, the specifics of training, nutrition, and many other things. It was evident that Ilya was really passionate about freediving, he loves and knows how to give information, that this is really him!
I want to say thank you again and hope to meet again in the water)!!! 🤝