Yoram Zekri – Former world vice-champion of freediving and French national champion multi-record holder. Training Freedivers Since 1997.You can call Yoram direct on WhatsApp or call 0435-441-414, unless I am under water 🙂 for a chat about freediving and our courses.
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.
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…
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.
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
for a chat about course details on 0435-441-414
PADI Freediver Level 1
Open Water Freediver
Course Length: Two Days (from 8.30 to 17.00)
10th-11th November 2018
|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.
What will you learn?
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
Prices: $550 AUD
Surf & Lifesaving Breathing Workshop
Course Length: 1 Day
|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.
The Open Water locations depend on the level of the course and the weather conditions.
Yoram also teaches courses throughout Australia upon request. Please note minimum participants required for courses outside of Sydney.
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.
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.
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.
For the Surf & Lifesaving breathing workshop you will only need a wetsuit and stopwatch.