Whether you want to try freediving on Koh Tao for the first time, get your certification, or find a buddy and head out on a fun practice trip, you’re in the right place. The freediving sector has grown considerably over the last few years. There are several dedicated freediving schools on the island, and many regular scuba diving centers that offer freediving courses and workshops too. Freediving practice sites are generally no more than an hour boat journey away and boast calm and easy conditions for most of the year.
Freediving, also known as Apnea, refers to the practice of holding your breath to descend underwater without the need for scuba tanks or other heavy equipment. All you need is a mask, snorkel, fins, and your swimsuit. It’s that simple! There are several different disciplines within freediving, including:
Hold your breath, descend underwater, and swim like a fish!
Freediving on Koh Tao is safe and fun, and most people are surprised with their results! Most freediving centers offer ‘Try Freediving’ experiences where you can take a half-day taster course without committing to an entire certification course. However, the best way to learn all the proper techniques and get some practice and feedback under the direct supervision of a professional instructor is just to dive in and get certified.
Freediving courses on Koh Tao start daily.
Freediving schools and scuba diving centers offer courses through several internationally recognized agencies. So the course names may not always be the same, but the progression follows a very similar format:
If you’ve already got the basic qualifications under your belt, it’s time to expand your knowledge and extend your depth. Sign up for your master or instructor course if you’re interested in teaching others. Alternatively, take some guided sessions with an experienced pro and progress towards new personal bests or train for competitive events.
Become a freediving master or instructor.