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




Ahmed Sameh

Ahmed Sameh, a freediving instructor since Aug 2021, started freediving in 2018. Ahmed participated in 3 competitions with 2 of them in took place in Dahab, and more to come. He is can dive to 70 Meters depth and work towards the 100 Meters depth. Also trying to participates in more competitions.

He Teaches Freedivers in Dahab Egypt and Dubai. Specializing on the problems that the Freedivers face when they go deep as he has experience training with +100M divers who have influenced his diving and helped him to understand more about freediving and how to work on the problems.

Ahmed loves freediving as it has changed his life.

Languages: English, Arabic


Rina Kang

Rina was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. She is a certified PADI freedive instructor and yoga teacher.

She has been teaching yoga internationally for the last 12 years in 13 cities in 9 countries including Dubai.

She moved back to Seoul 2017 and founded a premium hot yoga studio called studioPREM in Yongsan district.

During the COVID-19 pandemic she was able to have more time to practice freediving and found a new love for this sport, so much so that she decided to close her studio and travel the world to experience and teach freediving.

She is very happy to come back to Dubai to share and spread the incredible experience of freediving with Freediving UAE.

Languages: English, Korean

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

Ksenia Kruberg

Having lived by various sea sides all her life, Ksenia always felt a strong connection to water. She got her first hand glimpse of the wast world beneath the surface 15 years ago through the lens of scuba and got hooked.

With freediving becoming increasingly popular over the years, Ksenia finally desided to try it in 2019. At the time it was a simple goal of being able to dive down a bit deeper without heavy equipment and hold a breath just a bit longer. What she discovered instead was a new passion, amazing community of like-minded people and a sport that can compliment your everyday life.
From reefs to shipwrecks she is now continuing her exploration of the water world on a single breath.

Languages: English, Estonian, Russian


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.