The Capt’n

Yuriy Rakhmatullin

AIDA Master Instructor, PADI Freediving Instructor, Molchanovs Instructor, Apnea Academy Instructor, EFR Instructor, AIDA UAE Board Member, AIDA Judge B Level


Languages: English, Russian


Lisa Zhang (Zhang Benben)

Lisa Zhang, is an AIDA Freediving Instructor, Judge and Freediving World Championship active athlete - AIDA world record breaker (Nov 2020) and Asia Continental Records holder. “As a talented freediver, I gain too much from freediving” she said, “now it is the right time, let me share all of my experiences and passion to more people.“

Private coach - English and Chinese
AIDA 1, 2, 3 - Chinese




Filip Horbowski

One of the earliest FreedivingUAE members, Filip has been Yuriy’s companion on his freediving journey almost from the beginning, and he never shies away from sharing even the most embarrassing stories about the Captain.

As certified Apnea Academy instructor, Filip can be seen helping beginner- to intermediate-level students, especially on busy days.

Obsessed with safety and regulations - perhaps because he works in the insurance industry - Filip likes to run a tight ship so you’d better listen to his instructions when you’re at his buoy.

As a surfer, Filip is probably the only FreedivingUAE member who’s OK with the sea conditions being rough sometimes, since it usually means he will be at the Tim’s Reef trying to catch a wave.

Filip has recently promised to commit more time to FreedivingUAE operations and we hope to see him with us more often.

Languages: English, Polish, Arabic

Assistant Instructors


Jenny Rehush

Underwater Photographer, Competitive Freediver.

Jenny was born in a seaside town which is located on the shore of the Azov Sea in Ukraine. Since childhood love for the sea turned into a profession Underwater photographer.

Jenny really creative person and she has a lot of ideas for an underwater photo shoot.