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WTF (What The Fish) is an Apnea Pirate?
Ahoy, mateys! We are a crew of professional Divers.
We teach Newcomers and Seasoned Pros alike the secrets of freediving
the crystal waters of the Arabian sea.
An Apnea Pirate is a deep sea diver steady of mind and bold of heart.
Always ready to explore unchartered waters, with nothing but their own breath and wits
to dive to the deepest depths in search of what lay beneath...
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Who Are the Apnea Pirates?
Who Are the Apnea Pirates?

We are old Sea Dogs in these parts. Our Cap’n and crew have been diving longer than Long John Silver’s peg leg.
Whether you’re a newcomer looking for an exciting new Dubai experience or a seasoned pro enhancing your skills, our crew is here to keep you safe on your journey into the deep waters. We’ll show you the safest, most enjoyable, way to dive, with the best ways to interact with of sea creatures. So, yo ho ho! Get ye down and join the Apnea Pirates.
Meet Ye Crew O’ Jolly Bucaneers
Filip Horbowski
Filip Horbowski
Every Captain needs a first mate. After his trial of walking the plank (and surviving), Filip earned Captain Yuriy's trust. He spends his days on board punishing landlubbers (newbies) for forgetting to bring lanyards or scolding them for laziness in training. Filip is often sent to the brig for telling jokes only he finds funny. He is wanted by the Pirate council for constantly losing his snorkels. Filip is a certified Apnea Academy Instructor.
Yuriy Rakhmatullin
Yuriy Rakhmatullin
Every ship needs a Captain. Yuriy could not love the sea more if he was born in it - and we think maybe he was… His love for the sea is only bested by his love of freediving. And he is the best in town at teaching his favorite pastime. Yuriy hates "banana-divers", as much as being nibbled at by marine creatures during freefalling. He is known for his terrible sailing techniques and his lousy attire. Yuriy also happens to be a certified Apnea Academy, AIDA and PADI instructor, as well as an AIDA Judge.
Contrary to the superstition that women on board bring bad luck, Olga makes every voyage more enjoyable. Olga attracts sea-lovers to freediving, faster than a Siren sinks ships, and this makes her our secret weapon. Her magical powers only ever fail when she falls asleep everywhere (even by the buoy). But we forgive her because she is a certified RFF diver and AIDA Judge.
What is Freediving?

As Pirates, the mysteries of the deep sea feed our dreams. This is why we chase the ways of freediving - the art of diving without the assistance of fancy gear. We believe it's the most pure form of diving. No tanks, gauges or gadgets to get in the way. It’s just you and the sea.
An Apnea Pirate is a deep sea diver steady of mind and bold of heart.
Our experienced crew teach you how to dive with nothing but your breath, a mask and a pair of fins. Purer than a barrel o’ Captain Hook’s own rum, this is how we commune with the sea - the Apnea Pirate way. Natural. Pure. Respectful.
PADI Basic Freediver
PADI Basic Freediver
500 AED
An introductory course for freediving beginners & enthusiasts to learn the techniques, tools and training to dive deeper, longer and further.

Welcome to world of freediving! All Pirates must begin with basic training - swashbuckling, navigation, robbery… so it is with Freedivers. Our basic course is for anyone looking to enjoy freediving, and teaches newcomers and enthusiasts the knowledge, techniques and tools they need to dive without oxygen tanks.

Training activities focus on practicing breath holding techniques under water. This is the essential skill all Apnea Pirates must master to safely freedive.

The course also teaches all the safety systems, familiarity with equipment and the principles of freediving. So you can feel confident to get out into the open waters and explore the deep blue.

Our MVP (Most Valuable Pirate) course is an express class designed to get you certified in just one day of intensive training.

To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course, you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

+971 56 976 1000

PADI Freediver
PADI Freediver
1700 AED
The ultimate course for freediving enthusiasts looking to take their diving game to the next level.

This is the course that puts the Freediving in Apnea Pirates.

PADI Freediver Course is the foundation freediving course covering the necessary skills and knowledge for a non-competitive recreational freediver to safely freedive with or without a guide line.

It is designed to be a freediving beginner’s course for students who are already confident and happy in the water. The purpose of the course is to familiarize you with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, safety procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of breath hold freediving.

Students will be introduced to the four basic disciplines of freediving:

  • Static Apnea – breathhold with face immersed in water
  • Dynamic Apnea – breathhold whilst travelling horizontally underwater
  • Free Immersion – pulling yourself down and back up a line
  • Constant Weight – the diver descends and ascends using fins

This will be achieved through:

  • Knowledge development - classroom sessions
  • Confined water sessions - swimming pool
  • Open water sessions - the majestic sea!

Sessions will be held several days over a week.

Our crew provides all the equipment you need, and will shoot you underwater! With a video camera.

To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be 12 years old or older. And need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

+971 56 976 1000

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