Complete Freediving Education

Whether for courses, training or more be sure that you…

Learn from a real freediver with real experience!

Level 1 Freediver

(2 days)

Prerequisites: Be able to swim and float in open water.

Read More: Beginner to Intermediate

Build your freediving foundation properly with the skills that will be forever with you.

Surely this is the foundation of open-water freediving! First we’ll have a nice theory lesson talking about equipment, physiology, equalization, basic safety to get you ready for your experience. Proper breathing techniques for freediving will also be learned and are the highlight of the first day. Breathing is essential to freediving so we will learn the way right from the start! We will then walk down into the sea and swim out along the coral reef and begin your  underwater adventure into freediving by doing, among other things, 3 important freediving exercises in the sea:

1. Warm-up with shallow “hangs” where you pull down the freedive line and stay motionless aiming for total relaxiation in blue sea while holding your breath to initiate the Mammalian Dive Reflex.

2. Free Immersion discipline of pulling down the freedive line as far as you comfortably can.

3. Constant Weight discipline of going down as far as you can and then back up only with the help of your fins.

You shall acquire the proper skills and know-how to participate in Freediving to depths of 20 meters (~66 ft.) You will develop the skills necessary to train your body to be efficient with breath holding. You will gain better respiration and muscle flexibility and possibly discover your body and mind in a new way. This course may impress upon you the true nature of freediving and what a freediver does. You will also learn the standard freedive safety and rescue skills. If you are able to do at least 14 meters by the end of the course and pass the multiple-choice exam then you will be certified.

*ASK ABOUT an UPGRADE DIVE SESSION and you will discover freediving around the coral reef and the marine life, this is pure recreational and fun freediving.

Freediving Course Level 2

Level 2 Freediver

(3 days)

Prerequisites: Level 1 or equivalent. Being able to dive at least 14M.

Read More: Intermediate to Advanced

This course builds on your foundation taking you up to an Advanced level freediver who is able to freefall freedive. This where where Advanced Freediving begins and is likely increase your depth and your breath hold by a large percentage! At this point you will already know your freediving basics, as discussed and tested in the Level 1 course. We will go into more detail as to freediving physiology and equalization, the Mammalian Dive Reflex and how to initiate the best response for your Freediving. We will also have 2 static breath-hold sessions to see how long you can hold your breath in confined water. This is where deeper freediving begins, where you reach negative buoyancy and start the calm of the freedive, which is the freefall—the silent and graceful glide phase. This is where you can first experience flying through the water. The freefall glide is where you also get deeper into your relaxation because it is the only part of the dive where you are conserving your oxygen the most. You will experience it here and discover the balance between body and mind, which is the first major paradox–your body conserving oxygen while your mind telling you you are getting deeper and deeper. Discover your depth during this course and see if you really would like to continue even deeper! You’ll likely perfected diving to 20 meters and develop the skills necessary to freedive to depths up to 30 meters (~100 ft.) Allow 3 days for this course and you will emerge a quality freediver with better breath-hold capabilities. You will learn some great lung stretches for freediving to improve physical, thoracic and abdominal flexibility in order to adapt to the high pressure environment. Freediving to 26 meters and passing the exam will earn you the certification card.

*ASK ABOUT an UPGRADE DIVE SESSION and you will discover freediving around the coral reef and the marine life, this is pure recreational and fun freediving.

Freediving Course Level 3

Level 3 Freediver

(5 days)

Prerequisites: Level 2 or equivalent. Being able to dive at least 26M.

Read More: Master Student Level

Not only have you already mastered the freefalling part of freediving but you also are able to safely equalize beyond your residual lungs volume using the mouthfill deep-equalization technique.

Level 3 Freediving is the final student training course. You will understand about training for freediving and get to know mind and body even more! You’ll be learning how to equalize below RV (residual volume) by learning the mouthfill technique. But, first, we will try to get you to your natural limit with plenty of maximum performance freefall dives! You will learn the most advanced lung and diaphragm stretches for freediving. You will become a very skilled freediver in all ways and will look like a pro freediver with proper knowledge and overall skills. Passing the multiple choice final exam and being able to reach 35 meters either with fins or pulling on the dive line will earn you the Level 3 certificate.

Pure Apnea Freediving Courses for Instructor
Become a Pure Apnea Freediving instructor and teach people how to freedive.

Do you have what it takes to be a Freediving Instructor?

  • Can you demonstrate competent and safe freediving skills?
  • Can you effectively teach freediving theory to the uninitiated?
  • Can you show dedication and maintain the freediving spirit?

If you answered yes to all of the above, then you can be a freedive instructor candidate!

Read More: Becoming and Instructor

Whether you want to be a freediving professional or you just want to prove to yourself that you can do it, the course takes 1 week.You will present lessons, demonstrate practical application theory, dive to target depths, do freediving skills, perform safety drills, take tests, hold your breath and learn how to teach freediving. I’ll repeat, it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to test you in more ways than one! The minimum open-water requirements to becoming a Pure Apnea freediving instructor are many, but here are a few of them  (Skills we will be testing):

■ 2x 40m CWT (Bi-fins) freedives. The dives must be comfortable and
display good technique. The dives must be performed in separate dive sessions.
■ 1x 60m CWT/FIM freedive (To become a Master Instructor only)
■ 4:00 Static.

In addition, there is a competition Judge course letting you be a  Judge for Pure Apnea freediving competitions. You can validate freedive attempts and performances. This means you can set up your own freediving competitions, record attempts and create assistant judges for Pure Apnea.

Element Freedive
Mind. Water. Breath.

What Our Students Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

“I came to learn and left trying to break a national record. I wanted to learn about freediving and improve on the skills that I need for my job (I swim around in an aquarium dressed as a mermaid, holding my breath), and I chose Element Freedive…I was supposed to stay for 12 days, but I liked it so much that I decided to stay for longer…I couldn’t have made a better choice. If you are interested in really focusing on freediving there is no better place than Element Freedive because Andrew is both an excellent coach and instructor who loves freediving and who has found and put together the most amazing place to do it. ”

Amelia D.L.R. (2012)

“Element is a wonderful place for free diving beginners. Before I arrived there, I can hold breath for less than 1 minute. But after Andrew’s training, I can hold my breath more than 3 minutes. Diving with him, I felt extremely safe and it was easy to keep relax. I think that is the most important thing for beginners. After 2 days level 1 course and 3 days deeper training with Andrew, I can dive down to 25 meters now, which is much better than I expected. ”

Yuchuan L. (2013)

“It was a great experience and I learned a lot…great teaching and spirit! I look forward to doing the level 3 … I’m hooked :)”

Guillaume B. (2014)

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Who comes there to freedive?

Complete beginners come to learn and get certified with our freediving courses. Also expert/master freedivers looking for hassle-free deep diving in an amazing tropical venue come here to focus and train.

What is your freediving Master Course?

Master the Freefall! Your opportunity to get many logged freedives and increase your abilities to a large degree. Teaching you everything I know; we will dive together every day, perfect your style and discover the secrets. You will get deeper, have longer breathholds and have a powerful mammalian dive reflex needed for freediving.You will be become a highly proficient freediver. You will experience a freediving lifestyle and assist me in some classes. Your chance to eat, sleep and breathe freediving. It may be tough, so this is for those truly wanting to excel themselves in freediving and take it towards the professional level—great for those considering to be instructors. You will master all the drills, skills and knowledge needed to easily pass your instructor exam. There is no max depth limit or requirement but, in my opinion, being able to freedive 50 meters and hold your breath for 5 minutes is a mark of a skilled freediver! (Instructor requirements are to be able to dive 40 meters and hold the breath for 4 minutes.) Course may include assisting. Prerequisites: Strong motivation and focus for pure freediving.

Wow, how deep do you think I can go?
That is a good question! It’s just numbers! You’ll just have to see for yourself! Take a look below for a probable statistical estimation to see where you might fit into the numbers.

Note: The more training (time in the water) you do the deeper you will likely go.

90% of freedivers can reach 10m
85% of freedivers can reach 15m
80% of freedivers can reach 20m
75% of freedivers can reach 25m
70% of freedivers can reach 30m
60% of freedivers can reach 35m
50% of freedivers can reach 40m
45% of freedivers can reach 45m
40% of freedivers can reach 50m
35% of freedivers can reach 55m
30% of freedivers can reach 60m
20% of freedivers can reach 65m
15% of freedivers can reach 70m
10% of freedivers can reach 75m
5% of freedivers can reach 80m
3% of freedivers can reach 90m
1% of freedivers can reach 100m
<.25% of freedivers can reach 110m and deeper

How is the water and freediving there?

The water is perfect being at 28-29°c. It is always warm! A 2mm dive suit is perfect. The sea is relatively calm and the reef drop off to depth is right offshore (so we don’t need boats). If we are lucky there will be no current (especially during the top of the tides) and a flat sea.

How fun is there to freedive aside from courses and training?

Ok, you mean “fun freediving”. This might be on of the best living reefs you will ever see. You can always see turtles here. Check out this video from here:

How to reach Moalboal?

The best way to reach here is to fly straight into Cebu-Mactan International airport.

From Cebu-Mactan International Airport:

Option 1. Take a taxi directly from airport to Moalboal. After good negotiating you can expect a price of P2500 or contact us and can arrange taxi for only P1800.

Option 2. Take a metered-only taxi from airport to the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. (P250). Then take a yellow Ceres bus into Moalboal. (P110).

Visa, money and food?
Visa Tip: You will automatically get a free 30-day visa entry stamped onto your passport upon arrival to the country. If you want to stay longer you can immediately request a 30-day visa extension to the customs officer that stamps your 30-day free visa.

Money Tip: It is advised to get the cash (in Pesos) you will need in the city when you arrive. Eg. money changer or ATM….because there is only 1 ATM in Moalboal that may not always be online.

Don't Be Shy

If we didn’t answer all of your questions, feel free to drop us a line anytime.

Get In Touch