Ocean Prana
Australia

Specialising In Training Beginners And Intermediates

Upcoming Courses

 

SYDNEY:

PADI Freediver level 1 : 

November 10th – 11th 2018

SURF & LIFESAVING BREATHING WORKSHOP: 

November 12th 2018

 

Bali, Indonesia:Would you like to join us in tropical Bali and freedive in warm and clear water? OCEAN PRANA Freedivers Village is open all year long. Yoram and his team will be more than happy to welcome you in Bali. For more information and details please click here and dont hesitate to contact us anytime.

Book Online or contact Yoram on WhatsApp or call 0435-441-414

 

prana /pra·na/ (prah´nah) [Sanskrit] in ayurvedic tradition, the life force or vital energy, the life-breath coming from the sun and connecting the elements of the universe

Ocean Prana prides itself on delivering world-class freediving courses in Australia, Bali and Tahiti, lead by the only AIDA Instructor Trainer**  throughout Australia – Yoram Zekri, who is a former world vice-champion of freediving and French National multi-record holder.

**  The AIDA Instructor Trainer certification is the highest level of instructor in the AIDA worldwide federation and permits the training and certification of freediving instructors.

What Is Freediving?

A note from Yoram Zekri – Freediving Instructor Trainer

One Breath… To Have And To Hold…

Freediving is the art of controlling your breath underwater, which ultimately allows you the freedom to enjoy the beauty and silence of the underwater world.
Let’s face it, life moves fast with our work, our social lives and our commitments all intertwined, keeping us wired.
THIS sport allows us to release all of these life stresses, to immerse ourselves in a world so foreign to us, yet actually when you think about it so close to our origins of being immersed in liquid from the day we were created.

Freediving takes us back to our roots. We bring back that effortless, weightless feeling of being surrounded by water, and with dedicated practice of skills and techniques to improve our lungs amplitude we may consider this sport our “go to” exit from life’s daily stresses. Drawing techniques from yoga and meditation learn to evolve into responsible freedivers.

It is through the art of freediving safely that allows for spear-fishing to reach greater results from fishing dives. Freediving has proven to be an ideal sport-supplement to assist in the physical and mental performance for various other sports, such as surfing, martial-arts, triathlon etc.

Yes, Freediving is a relatively innovative sport thoughout Australian waters and it is through safe methods and training that it is rapidly becoming a lifestyle exercise of choice.

Join the water shift – glide with us into a new world of being.

Live the blue – One breath – To have and to hold…

Yoram’s Team for his No Limits 120m dive – Tahiti 2001 (picture by Jean-Luc Merson)

Your Instructor – Yoram Zekri

As a former World vice-champion of Freediving and French National champion multi-record holder, Yoram was among the world elite of this discipline.

He is a scuba diving instructor and multi-certified Freediving Instructor Trainer (AIDA, CMAS and APNEA AUSTRALIA) for more than 17 years and shares his experience and knowledge in special courses around the world. Previous courses have been taught in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific. Please contact me for new courses locations and specific requirements.

After developing the sport of Freediving for 12 years in Tahiti – French Polynesia, YORAM ZEKRI has relocated to SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.

His Personal Best

  • Static Apnea (STA): 6’05
  • Dynamic Apnea (DYN): 155m
  • Constant Weight (CWT): 65m
  • Free Immersion (FIM): 78m
  • Variable Weight (WVT): 107m
  • No Limits (NLT): 141m

Achievements Of Yoram Zekri

  • Overall Winner of the Australian Depth Nationals Championship in 2016 in Bali
  • Vice-World Champion in October 1996 in St. Jean Cap Ferrat
  • French National Record : -60 metres “Variable Weight” in June 1996
  • French National Record : -70 metres “Variable Weight” in August 1997
  • French National Record : -80 metres “Variable Weight” in September 1997
  • Demonstration : -120 metres “No Limit” in Moorea in November 2001
  • French Champion by team in May 1998 in conjunction Static / Constant Weight
  • GOLD Medal : -58 metres “Constant Weight” to the french selections for the international competition in Egypt “Red Sea Dive Off”

Yoram’s Philosophy – Why Freedive With This Guy?

Freediving is Yoram’s way of life. Since the age of 12 he believed that this extraordinary sport would catapult him towards a career close to the water… and so his child-hood dream was realized.

To this day Yoram has never stopped his love and passion for Freediving whether it be competing at an elite level or educating around the globe including Tahiti, USA, Canada, Israel and now Australia.

Upon achieving the Internationally recognized level of Instructor Trainer under AIDA federation, Yoram stands alone as the only Instructor Trainer throughout Australia, and is one of less than 30 Instructor Trainers world-wide.

Yoram’s philosophy on freediving is simple but profound: Safety is paramount!

Anyone can freedive, in fact every instructor can show you techniques to achieve a longer breath-hold, however not everyone freedives responsibly. Yoram will no doubt push you to achieve greatness in the water, however at the forefront of his training syllabus is his teaching of quality protocols and standards to ensure the highest level of safety for all freedivers, both recreationally and in competition.

“I gain the most job satisfaction when I witness my students achieve their PB’s and surface ‘clean’. That is the ultimate sign of a successful and responsible freediver. On the other hand, repeatedly pushing oneself to the point of near ‘blackout’ doesn’t make for an authentic sport at all, that is simply the height of neglect and disrespect to your wellbeing. When we free dive safely by understanding the physiology of this sport and through the correct application of safety techniques alongside our safety buddy, only then are we TRUE FREEDIVERS” – Yoram Zekri

IMPORTANT: Do Not Book Any Freediving Course Unless They Can Answer These Simple Questions

Does your instructor have more that 25 years experience in freediving, including world class competition?
All freediving schools have approximately the same course content regarding the physiology, safety and techniques of freediving… What makes a huge difference between each school is the experience and knowledge of the sport that your instructor can share with you.

With more than 25 years in the world of freediving including 12 years at world level competition and 17 years working as a freediving Instructor, Yoram is one of the most experienced freedivers globally and is more than happy to share with you his experiences including his triumphs and failures. By Yoram sharing his experience as a freediver over the past 2 decades will allow you to avoid common traps and unnecessary difficulties of this sport and enable you to enjoy faster and safer progression.
Do they give you a 100% money back guarantee?
We are so confident in the quality of our courses that we are the only freediving school in Australia to guarantee 100% money back if you didn’t enjoy the course or if the quality of our course was below your level of expectation.

Contact Yoram

for a chat about course details on 0435-441-414

Your Courses

How To Book A Course

Choose the name and date of the course that interests you and contact Yoram via the email form or WhatsApp or call 0435-441-414
Complete the registration form.
After completing the registration you will be forwarded to the payment page.
A welcome email will be sent to you usually within one working day with course location meetup information and other details


Course Name

Details

PADI Freediver Level 1

Open Water Freediver
Prerequisite certification: None

Course Length: Two Days (from 8.30 to 17.00)
Upcoming Dates

10th-11th November 2018

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Who should take this course?

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

  • To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old.
  • You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.
  • No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.
  • Course led by Yoram Zekri – PADI & AIDA Instructor Trainer and former vice World Champion

What will you learn?

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™. Yoram will also teach you other tips who is not in the program, rich from is 27 years in the freediving world including 20 years as Freediving Instructor.
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.

COURSE HOURS:
First day: From 8.00 to 17.30
Second day: From 8.00 to 17.00

Prices: $550 AUD
One on One Personal course: $1,090 AUD

For Surfers

Course Name

Details

Surf & Lifesaving Breathing Workshop

Prerequisites: None

Course Length: 1 Day
Upcoming Dates
12th November 2018 SYDNEY

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Surfing is a way of life in Australia – we love the waves but sometimes they don’t exactly love us back – but in true Aussie style we keep going back for more because it’s addictive. Negotiating waves requires stamina, endurance and a certain amount of grunt, however learning key techniques to improve your breath-hold and relaxation when in the water, along with improving your core strength will assist in massive surf experiences whilst enjoying a safer ride.

Yoram Zekri from Ocean Prana has taught surf breathing workshops extensively throughout Tahiti for the past decade, including training world class surfers KELLY SLATER and MANOA DROLLET. Yoram welcomes all surfers and lifesavers to his Surf & Lifesaving Breathing Workshop which will ultimately equip you with the best techniques to feel more relaxed when caught under waves.

  • Minimum Age: 14
  • No prerequisites
  • Course led by Yoram Zekri – AIDA Instructor Trainer
Course content will cover:

  • Physiology of Breathing
  • Correct Breathing before and after surfing
  • Stretching and warm-up for Surfers
  • Complementary Breathing techniques – Pranayama
  • Psychology and Relaxation for Surfers
  • Pool Training for Surfers

COURSE HOURS:
From 9.00 to 16.00

Prices: $250 AUD
One on One Personal course: $495 AUD

Yoram with Surf Professional Manoa Drollet – Tahiti 2012

“I took classes with Yoram to develop and maximise my breath-hold potential and my ease underwater. This course is an essential step for taking on the challenges and goals that I have set for surfing big waves. Without the techniques and tools Yoram shared with me I would not be as confident to throw myself into these surf adventures. I will be happy to continue to work with Yoram as the opportunity arises to maintain these skills.” – Manoa Drollet

 

Yoram freefall – Tahiti 2012 (photo by Christian Coulombe)

Yoram performing No Limit discipline to 120m – Moorea 2001 (photo by Daniel Deflorin)

Yoram goes head to head with a Humpback – Rurutu 2004 (photo by Fred Buyle)


Please make payment here: 

Surf & Lifesaving Breathing Workshop




PADI Freediver Level 1




A big blue experience with whales – Rurutu 2004 (photo by Fred Buyle)

Dance of the whale – Yoram and a Humpback – Rurutu 2004 (Photo by Fred Buyle)

YOUR COURSE LOCATIONS

Sydney Region

The Open Water locations depend on the level of the course and the weather conditions.

  • For the Freediving Initiation day, we freedive at Gordons Bay, Clovelly weather permitting.
  • For Certification courses the diving sessions will be performed at Lilli Pilli, close to Cronulla. The dive spot is a 50 meter swim from shore and protected from waves, current and wind. As this location has 23 meters depth, it permits most of our certification courses.
  • Training tour days may take place in Maroubra or Manly.

Yoram also teaches courses throughout Australia upon request. Please note minimum participants required for courses outside of Sydney.

University of NSW

 

The theory lessons, including the out of water exercises and the pool training are held in Sydney at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Fitness and Aquatic Center corner Anzac Parade and High Street, Kensington.

Freediver Pouhan Private AIDA 3

Amed, Bali, Indonesia
Located two and a half hours from the airport in the most well known diving and freediving site on the Eastern side of the Bali coast, far away from the crowded and noisy tourist areas around Bali, OCEAN PRANA is located in the wonderful Jemeluk Bay, in the typical fishermen village of Amed. The bay is protected from waves, wind and current and is the best place in the area for snorkelling and freediving training.
Our shop is only 15 meters from the beach and freediving training spots from 0 to 50 meters deep are only a short swimming distance away.
For deeper training and World class freedivers, we use boats to access to unlimited depth.
We will be more than happy to organise your airport transfer and accommodation. Just contact us!
For more information and details please click here and don’t hesitate to contact us anytime.

FAQ

Why should I choose Ocean Prana to do a Freediving course over and above other courses offered?
Ocean Prana focuses on providing professional and personalised courses lead by former French National and vice world champion Yoram Zekri. With over 20 years of experience in the world of Freediving including teaching, participation in elite competitions and leisure diving around the world, Yoram will encourage you to achieve your personal best in the water, with a strong emphasis on safety protocol to become a responsible freediver.

All Freediving courses generally cover the same content but at the end of the day it really comes down to the extra tips your instructor can arm you with to improve your understanding of the sport and to enhance your dive techniques to improve your craft. Most importantly the experience of your instructor, including both the highs and lows they have encountered will assist in your learning and development.

Yoram also runs exclusive weekly squad training only offered to certified Ocean Prana divers; each class containing a maximum of 8 participants to ensure the highest of personal attention and service.

 

I am an experienced Spearfisher - why should I do a course?
Even if you have had a lot of experience as a spearfisher, it does not mean you have all the tools needed in order to do it responsibly and safely.

PADI Freediver Level 1 course introduces the student to the safety rules and rescue techniques, breathing and relaxing techniques, preparation, recovery and more. These tools will enable you to dive deeper, for longer and be more comfortable underwater with appropriate safety protocol.

What kind of certificate will I get at the end of the course?
Upon successful completion of all the requirements of your course you will be awarded an International freediving certification under the PADI system. PADI is one of the World’s leading Freediving Education.
What equipment do I need to bring for the course?
For all Freediving courses you will need a mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, stop-watch, weight-belt and weights. If you don’t have all of these, we will suggest a dive shop where you can rent the equipment with good discount. If you ask us in advance, we can provide you weight-belt and weights if needed.

For the Surf & Lifesaving breathing workshop you will only need a wetsuit and stopwatch.

What is your payment and cancellation policy?
Upon successful completion of all the requirements of your course you will be awarded an International freediving certification under the PADI system. PADI is one of the World’s leading Freediving Education school.
Please save before any change and let me know if you have any question.

Take A Look At What Some Students Are Saying

 

“Just wanted to say how awesome the Surf Breathing Workshop was. It was challenging but in the end it has given me a new level of surfing confidence I could not have gained otherwise. The tuition and practical sessions were excellent, well planned and delivered extremely professionally. Thanks again and see you at Squad!”

Grant Hookway

“I originally took up freediving to develop my underwater abilities, after many years of scuba diving, with the main goal of improving my stress management skills when equipment failure occurs. Yoram was not only a brilliant teacher and coach with his attention to detail, focus on technique and safety, and personalised approach, but he has been an inspiration for us regulars as well. I have since been completely hooked on freediving, and even one year later, I find myself still learning new things and reaching new personal bests. And it is so fun! I would absolutely recommend Yoram in a heartbeat and thank him for changing my underwater world.”

Charmaine Tham, Scuba/Cave/Tech & now Freediving enthusiast, started April 2013.

 

“I thought the course was fantastic. Exactly what I needed and expected. I had my first post-course surf today. It was about 4 foot, which usually would have made me nervous, but I implemented all that I learned and I was the most relaxed I have ever been in that size surf. Great stuff. Thanks.”

Nicholas S, Freshwater, NSW, Australia

“Thanks for a fantastic course. You’ve given me the knowledge to progress safely and confidently. I’ve told all my friends I won’t freedive with them until they have completed a certified freediving course including my wife. A big change from someone who has spent the last 10 years diving mostly alone.The physiology is fascinating and is a huge assistance to staying relaxed. My conclusion is that free diving is more serene than extreme.”

Alistair M, Blairgowrie, VIC, Australia

“Un grand merci pour le weekend ! C’était vraiment génial. J’ai beaucoup apprécié ton enthousiasme et ta capacité de pouvoir bien expliquer les choses.”

Patrick B, South Yarra, VIC, Australia

“I think you are a great teacher/instructor I think you explain everything very well and the structure in witch you present the information is very clear and understandable. I am so happy I did the course and have been diving on the mid north coast the last few days and have had all the people I’m with spotting each other and we ran all rescue drills and stretching before dives. I feel an obligation to inform people about the risks and I won’t feel comfortable diving any other so I thank you greatly. I want to do my next freediving certification in the 2 months and when I return to nsw I would like two join training once a week. Talk soon thank you.”

Sean G, Gosford, NSW, Australia

“Awsome work mate thanks alot for the course. I have learned alot of valuable information which probably saved my life. 10/10”

Blake W, Sanctuary Point, NSW, Australia

“Thank you for sharing your knowledge, I learned a lot of things and wish I had taken this course years ago. I will work towards some small goals and practice my new skills, hopefully see you for my next freediving certification course sometime next year.”

Gian-Luca B, Copacabana, NSW, Australia

“I found the course very helpful learning correct breathing techniques and found the dangers and side affects of hyper ventilation very interesting, I’ve been doing the breathing exercises and training on a daily basis and it has started to feel more natural and the hook breathing has become a reflex. Thanks very much for taking the time to teach my friends and myself your knowledge of free diving”

Jorden H, Ballarat, VIC, Australia.

“Been spearing/free diving for years, but when this course came up near Portland (Sweet Home), I was happy for the opportunity to learn more and hopefully become a better/safer diver…Our AIDA instructor Yoram Zakri was great, highly recommend the experience…”

Ethan S, Portland, Oregon, USA

“For anyone visiting Yoram’s website, and considering taking a class from him, I can say that his training is absolutely top notch and you will not be disappointed. I just finished his AIDA 2 training in Oregon and it went way over the top of my highest expectations. I primarily signed up for this class because of the focus on safety, and Yoram fully delivered on those expectations. He took us through theory, to discussions on what to look for as signs of problems both in yourself and others, to techniques of active and passive security, to practicing in the pool and lake. My confidence in sensing safety issues both with myself and others has skyrocketed, as has my confidence in my abilities to help a person in trouble.
I would suggest that this type of training is essential to diving safely, and recommend Yoram to anyone that is looking to improve both their skills in safety and in performance. I greatly exceeded my own performance expectations in static apnea, dynamic apnea, and constant weight apnea. I could not have done this without his guidance on techniques, both physical and mental.
Thanks again Yoram!”

Kyle M, Portland, Oregon, USA

“If you are still indecisive about taking this class and have the means and time to do so, do not hesitate to call Max or Josh right now. I was the beginner in the class and more then a little apprehensive about taking the class. I was looking to become a safer diver and cut down on some of the lessons that are often learned the hard way. I learned so much it was incredible. Safety was a big part of Yorams instruction and it is something he really cares about. The camaraderie and the setting were added bonuses and made the experience just amazing. Do yourself a favor if you have been thinking about taking this class and do it. You will not regret it. Thanks to Yoram for being a great instructor, probably the best dive instructor I have met by far. What a great experience!”

Shawn C, Tacoma, Oregon, USA

“A big “Merci” to Yoram for his expert instruction, insight and experience into the world of advanced level free diving. I honestly was a little bit skeptical that after 35 years of free diving there was anything left to learn, I could not have been more wrong. I am so glad that I was able to attend and highly recommend this class to any and all spearos interested in understanding their abilities and their limitations. The rescue techniques we learned are critical to being a safe dive buddy. As far as I know room is still available in the upcoming class so don’t delay, sign up now, you will be glad you did. There are old divers and there are bold divers but there are no old, bold divers.”

Joe C, Portland, Oregon, USA

“Yoram was a great teacher, and we all got to new levels of confidence, knowledge, and performance. The instruction was first class. I was really pleased. The camaraderie was great and the new friendships formed are a bonus.”

Max D, Foster, Oregon, USA

“Yeah, where to begin? What struck me the most was how everything came together so well, everybody’s level of achievement and positive contribution, the weather, the lake… the list goes on! As for the lessons, I’m so freakin’ grateful to have learned hook breathing, not to mention the nuts and bolts of CO2 and it’s role in our diving. The sled too was the unexpected amusement ride that was so great to experience.”

– Josh H, Portland, Oregon, USA

“The class was amazing and I learned a lot. I even surprised myself getting a 3:15 static breath hold in the pool! I never thought I’d be able to get a time like that on the 1st day. It seemed most people were averaging right around 3mins on the static. Anyone who’s on the fence about signing up, DO IT! The training will certainly improve your bottom time and spearfishing game. You won’t regret it and the training could save your life. Thanks again to Yoram.”

– Mike P, Troutdale, Oregon, USA.

“Thank you for the amazing class this weekend! I learned more than I expected and I set a new personal best depth! You are an excellent instructor and I’m looking forward to talking the level 3 class some time!”

– Calvin D, Beaverton, Oregon, USA.

“I just wanted to say that I thought your course was the best instruction I have received to date in any sporting endeavour. The way that you gave us all feedback and linked everything together was excellent and your experience really shows. The key thing though was that you gave us the tools to progress, and now that I have that I will certainly be back sometime!”

– Mitchell W, Canberra BC

“Thank you very much for the great training over weekend! Even with several years of yoga practice I’ve never been so relaxed and calm as after those Saturday and Sunday classes.”

– Nick O, Leichhardt, NSW, Australia

“Our certified freediving course was fantastic! I think Yoram’s teaching methods are very well developed and his experience shows. For example, asking us to recall things like a mini quiz, made things stick immediately. All of the material was very interesting (even the theory part) and most things were completely novel to me. From the practical part, I valued Yoram’s generous feedback and tips on my techniques the most. I felt that I improved so much in those few sessions we had in the water. Also, I was happy that safety was a huge part of the course. This is so important in this sport! I would recommend this course to all beginner/intermediate freedivers and spearos out there!”

– Andrius M, Maroubra., NSW, Australia

“Thank you Yoram, you are a fantastic instructor and very patient. Anyone wanting to try Freediving, improve their lung capacity for surfing, spear fishing or any other sport should definitely do some training with you!”

– Rebecca W, Riverwood, NSW, Australia

“Awesome group. Fantastic instructor. Thanks again. What a fun and challenging weekend.”

– Kerstin K, North Bondi, NSW, Australia

“Thanks a lot for the free diving course, I really learnt some things I have been doing wrong for so long and I really understand now the safety aspect of free diving.”

– Dean O, Sydney, NSW, Australia

“Tout d’abord, merci pour ton accueil et ta gentillesse.
Ensuite et bien, malgré nos lectures et tout les autres renseignement que l’on peut glaner à droite et à gauche, rien ne vaut les explications et les démonstrations faites par un vrai expert. L’ambiance détendue du stage permet de se sentir à l’aise, même si on ne réussi pas tout les exercices. Tu te mets au niveau de chacun et c’est vraiment appréciable.
En fait pour résumer, il n’y a aucune pression néfaste à l’apprentissage ce qui aide à donner le meilleur de soi.

Pour moi, ce stage m’a permis de réaliser un rêve. Je n’aurai jamais cru pouvoir un jour apprendre au contact d’un champion comme toi et de descendre en apnée accroché à une gueuse…non sans déconner, je suis sur un petit nuage depuis vendredi après midi, et je n’ai aucune envie d’en redescendre. En plus j’ai le sentiment d’avoir franchi un cap….Je ne me suis jamais senti aussi bien en apnée que pendant ces 3 jours.
Je viens de passer les meilleurs moments de ma vie subaquatique et je ne suis pas près de les oublier! Je n’ai qu’une envie, c’est de recommencer dés que possible.

Maintenant qu’on a des références plus précises d’un point de vue technique, on va mieux progresser, et se faire encore plus plaisir!

Voila Yoram, c’est un peu élogieux, mais je n’ai pas de mots assez fort pour t’exprimer ma reconnaissance pour m’avoir fait vivre ce rêve.”

– Arnaud S, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Contact Yoram

  • Sydney
    AUSTRALIA
  • WhatsApp 0435 441 414
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