SSI Appoint Lotta Ericson as Freediving Training Director

SSI has announced that Lotta Ericson will take over from Mike Wells as their Global Freediving Training Director.

Lotta and her business partner Linda Paganelli run the Freedive Dahab and Blue Immersion group of Freediving Schools with subsidiaries in Egypt, Thailand and Tanzania.  Both were some of the first Instructor Trainers to move over to the SSI Freediving System when it launched.

“Having seen the benefits the SSI system brings to freediving, I am proud to take the next step and help to develop a strong and competent Instructor Trainer network globally!” commented Ericson

AIDA have responded to both Ericson’s and Paganelli’s appointment by stripping them of their Instructor Trainer status although they have been able to keep their Judge status.

In addition SSI have announced they have entered into an agreement with Christian Redl to develop a Freediving adventure program.

Lotta Ericson SSI Training Director

Stephan Whelan

Stephan is the Founder of His passion for the underwater world started at 8 years-old with a try-dive in a hotel pool on holiday that soon formulated into a passion he pursued in all his spare time. In 1996 his passion for the underwater world led him to setup When he gets time he enjoys both Freediving and Scuba Diving when not traveling for work or enjoying time with his family in London.


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