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Join a Freediving Yoga Retreat on Gozo



Calypso Gozo Apnea, based on the beautiful island of Gozo, Malta offers a special holiday experience that will have a positive impact even back home

Antje Lewerenz from Calypso Gozo Apnea is offering two, week-long holiday retreats focusing on yoga and freediving with the theme ‘switch off on the outside to switch on on the inside.’ Instead of concentrating on going deeper and staying longer in the blue, the aim is to become more aware of everything you feel, think and sense, above and underwater. Playfulness, joy, fun and presence are there to be discovered on the yoga mat, as well as in the water at beautiful freediving spots around the island. Especially suitable for beginners, this is a ‘soft’ approach to freediving without the pressure to achieve particular goals. Depth and time virtually evolve as a side effect.

Yoga every morning aims to deepen the awareness and prepares the body in an optimal way for the freediving sessions that follow during the day. Daily breathing exercises, techniques for equalisation, talks about freediving physiology, diet, Yoga and optional meditations complement the programme. The participants are encouraged to continue with the exercises back home, so everybody gets instruments at hand to keep practicing once the retreat is over and to create new habits.

The accommodation is located in a secluded old farmhouse that has been restored and converted into a luxurious guesthouse with a private pool, cozy rooms with ensuite bathrooms and lots of space to truly retreat for some quiet time. Calypso Gozo Apnea also caters for delicious vegetarian dishes and healthy lunch snacks.

These yoga retreats are hosted by Antje Lewerenz, SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor, yoga teacher and AquaFlow therapist, together with Matt Constantin, SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor.

To participate in the programme, you will need to have first completed an introduction to freediving session or a basic freediving course (e.g. AIDA* or SSI Basic Freediver). Any higher levels are welcome too.

The following dates are available:

  • 15 – 22 September 2018
  • 29 September – 6 October 2018

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy



According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!



As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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