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(Last Updated On: December 25, 2020)

Being part of the Freediving PH community, I noticed there is always someone posting in our online group asking for the available freediving courses or freediving class in a certain destination.

Why do you search for the freediving course or freediving class near the area of your travel destination? It is because you want to learn freediving, improve your freediving skills or to take a freediving certification.

You may also be travelling alone that’s why you are looking for a freedive buddy because in freediving, our golden rule is to never dive alone.

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What is Freediving?

Freediving, also known as apnea diving, is a type of underwater diving where the diver relies on breath-holding, unlike scuba diving that needs the help of an air tank.  Freediving is also cheaper than scuba diving.

Mike and Katie learning to rescue
Rescue drills by Coach Val of Azul Freediving

Why do you need to learn freediving?

It’s a life skill! And there will come a time that you will regret that you don’t know how to swim and freedive.

Like in my case that I regret not being confident in the deep waters when Mike and I went to French Polynesia on our honeymoon. And that regret motivated me to enroll in swimming and freediving classes.

Freediving gears and packing list

The GoPro is a tiny, lightweight, and waterproof action camera that is very simple to use to get amazing shots. GoPro is the underwater camera used by most freedivers. Click Buy Now below to browse and buy a GoPro.

Below is the list what you need for freediving. Click on a link below to browse and buy the gear that you need.

Online freediving course and freediving certification

Click on the links or widgets below to book the freediving course near you.


The list of freediving courses around the world

Whether you are looking to learn the basics of freediving, to join several freediving courses to improve your skills, to get a freediving certification, or to join freediving tours to have fun, this list is for you.

Freediving courses in Africa

Freediving in Egypt

Andrea Peper Freedive Coaching and Introduction

Andrea Peper offers a personalized freedive coaching and introduction. Advanced work shops and freediving courses are available for specific techniques to help you improve your skills.

Dahab Freedivers

Located within the Red Sea Relax Resort in Dahab of South Sinai, Dahab Freedivers offers discovery freediving courses and freediving certification courses.

Freedive Dahab

A freediving course center located near the Lighthouse Bay in Dahab. Several events and packages available, including a “Beginner to Instructor” package.

Immersion Freedive Academy

A freediving course center and school in Dahab with courses, specialized workshops and master classes available.

Total Freedive

A freediving school that offers AIDA freediving courses at all levels, training, underwater photography and competitions in Dahab, Egypt.

Freediving in South Africa

Cape Town Freediving

It is the first and still the only dedicated freediving center in South Africa. Cape Town Freediving offers a range of freediving courses from recreational to competitive to help you achieve your goals.

Freediving in Tanzania

Extreme Blue Water Freediving

A freediving-spearfishing center located in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Intro and entry level courses offered with half day, full day and multiple days course packages.

Freediving courses in America

Freediving in Bahamas

Vertical Blue School

A freediving school located Clarence Town, Long Island, Bahamas.  Offers beginner, intermediate, no fins and master classes.

Freediving in Barbados

Freediving Barbados

A wide range of freediving courses, private training sessions as well as guided spearfishing charters from Barbados’ deepest freediver and 9x national record holder.

Trident Freedivers

A freediving and spearfishing school catering to divers of all levels from beginner to advanced. Underwater photography tour and underwater photo shoots.

Freediving in Brazil

Carol Schrappe Freediving

Freediving courses by Carol Schrappe, a trusted coach to other record-setting Brazilians.

Freediving in Canada

Apnea City

The only freediving school in greater Montreal area in Quebec that was created by two freediving enthusiasts, Philippe Beauchamp and François Leduc. Apnea City is the first AIDA school in Canada.


They offer AIDA freediving courses, trainings and events in Vancouver.

Sea To Sky Freediving

It is founded by professional instructor Luca Sommaruga Malaguti in Vancouver offering AIDA and Molchanovs freediving. Luca also coaches in Siquijor Philippines during winter.

Freediving in Caribbean Netherlands

Deepsea Freediving School

Freediving courses and workshops for beginners, masters, and competitive freedivers in Kralendijk.

Freediving in Costa Rica

Freedive Costa Rica

Based in Tamarindo that is known for its deep, clear, warm, and fish-bearing waters, Freedive Costa Rica is the first freediving and spearfishing school in Costa Rica.

Rica Freedivers

A freediving and scuba diving school in Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica that offers courses and PADI certifications.

Freediving in Dominica

Caribbean Freedom Diving

Enjoy snorkelling and freediving in the Purple Turtle Beach in Scotts Head in Dominica Island. AIDA freediving certifications available.

Freediving in Florida


The first and only freediving and spearfishing shop in Florida Panhandle. Benthic offers Level 1 and Level 2 freediving courses.

Florida Freedivers

A family owned business offering Level 1 and Level 2 freediving courses in North Palm Beach, Florida.

South Florida Freedivers

The largest freediving club located in Miami in South Florida.

Freediving in Hawaii

Deep Freediving

FII ( Freediving Instructors International) education system in Captain Cook and Honolulu

Freedive Hawaii – freediving, yoga, physical training & deep spearfishing

Freedive Kauai – basic and advance courses in Kauai

Freediving in Honduras

Freedive Utila – the first freediving school in Central America or Caribbean

Freediving in Martinique

One Breath – the first AIDA freediving school in Martinique

Freediving in Massachusetts

East Coast Divers – freediving in Brookline

Freediving in Mexico

Click on the links below to book a freediving course in Mexico

Amancay Freediving – located in Playa del Carmen; it is the first SSI Freediving Center in the Riviera Maya, Mexico

PranaMaya Freediving – AIDA freediving center Riviera Maya

Freediving in Oregon

The Oregon Freediving Company – freediving and spearfishing in the Pacific Northwest

Freediving in Panama

Freediving Bocas – first school in Panama offering freediving courses; located in Isla Colon

Freediving in Virginia

Blue Alchemy Freediving – owned by Nathaniel Leazer in Catharpin

Freediving in Washington

Phase3 Freediving  – owned by Daggon “Chris” Bustad in Tacoma

Freediving in Antarctica

Freedive Antarctica – freediving expeditions in Antarctica

Freediving courses in Asia

Freediving in China

Holos Freediving – aims to bring out the complete freediving knowledge and skills

Freediving China – freediving in Beijing

Freediving in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Freediving Association – formed by a group of local freedivers

Freediving in Indonesia

Click to book an Apnea Total Freediver Course in Kabupaten Klungkung, Indonesia

Apnea Penida – a school in Nusa Penida in Bali

Apneista – freediving courses and yoga in Amed, Bali

Blue Corner Freedive Lembongan – beginner freedive training and recreational freediving in Nusa Lembongan in Bali

Fathom Freedive – a freediving school in Jemeluk Bay in Amed, Bali, Indonesia

Freedive Flow – freediving school owned by Instructor Trainer Oli Christen

Freedive Gili – freediving school in Gili Trawangan

Fusion Freedive and Spearfishing – freediving and spearfishing in Bali

Freedive Nusa – freediving school in Bali

Click to book a Freediving Course on Nusa Penida with Freedive Nusa

Ocean Prana – freediving courses in Bali lead by Yoram Zekri

One Breath Lembongan – freediving school in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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Freediving in Israel

Click to book an Introduction to Freediving Course in Eilat, Israel

Apnea School – a freediving school and training center in Eilat

Free2Be Freediving School – beginner to advance courses and training

Freedive Israel – freediving in the Red Sea in Eliat

Freediving in Malaysia

Freedive Tioman – freediving school in Tekek village, Pulau Tioman

Freediving in Maldives

Freedive Maldives – get trained by a local instructor

Freediving in Philippines

Apnea Philippines – freediving classes, courses and training in Batangas

Azul Freediving – freediving, swimming, first aid and mermaiding courses based both in Manila and Anilao, Batangas

Chimi Divers PH – offers freediving theory and safety courses in Mabini Batangas while fostering camaraderie and fun. Chimi Divers PH started business in February 2020 but the group was founded a few months ago.

Conservation and Freediving Bohol

A conservation and freediving center inside Almira Diving Resort in Panglao, Bohol. This center offers marine conservation training, environmental awareness, and freediving courses under Apnea Total, AIDA, and SSI.

Freedive Academy Panglao – a professional freedive development center in Panglao, Bohol

Freedive Boracay – basic to masters courses in Boracay, Aklan

Freediving Buddies PH – a community for all freedivers conducting freediving basics in Mabini, Batangas

Freedive HQ – training center in Marigondon, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Freedive Panglao – first freediving school in Bohol

Freediving Coron – freedive the shipwrecks and lakes of Coron, Palawan

Freediving El Nido – freediving courses and tours in El Nido, Palawan

Dumagat Freedive – a school in Dauin, Negros Oriental

Freediving Philippines – freediving courses and deep dive training in Panagsama, Moalboal, Cebu

Freediving Planet – an AIDA instructor development training center and freediving school in Panagsama, Moalboal, Cebu

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Blue Freedom Apnea – improve your freediving skills or become a certified freediver from a non-profit organization in Panglao, Bohol

Click to book a Molchanovs freediving course with Blue Freedom Apnea

Freediving Siargao – beginner to advance tailored programs in Siargao

Clownfish in Apo Island - The Hollapinos
Clownfish in Apo Island
Kurma Dive Into Spirit

Located in Camiguin, Kurma offers WSF/RAID freediving courses from basic to instructor development program. Kurma also hosts freediving and yoga camp for WSF/RAID Freediver Level 1 Certification.

ManuMano Freedive Training Center – offer courses both in Manila and Anilao, Batangas

Nicco’s Place – offers freediving tours, cebu south tours, underwater photography in Moalboal, Cebu

Orca Freedivers Philippines – freediving school and club in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu

Pacific Blue Freediving – freediving classes and certification courses in Maribago, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu

Palaka Ocean Adventure Resort – AIDA and PADI freediving courses by Freediving Planet Siargao

Palawan Divers – diving center in El Nido, Palawan

Palawan Freedivers – AIDA courses from beginner to professional in El Nido, Palawan

Paraoa Freediving – courses and training in Moalboal, Cebu

Seazoned Philippines – offers city freediving courses in Manila

Siquijor Freediving School – beginner courses, certifications, advanced training and recreational dives in San Juan, Maite, Siquijor

Swim Central – basic swimming, survival and freediving courses for adults in Manila

The Dive Channel Group – freediving school in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu

Two Lion Fish while Freediving - The Hollapinos
Found two Lion Fish while freediving in Apo Reef

Freediving in Russia

Maxim Guryanov

Maxim Guryanov is a swimming and freediving instructor in Russia. His freediving courses includes basic freediving courses in the pool for children and adults. After the pool freediving course, you can enroll to the open water freediving course.

Freediving For Fun

Freediving in Singapore

Singapore Freedivers – freediving courses in Singapore by Bernard Wong

Zen Freediving – freediving courses, training, events and trips

Freediving in South Korea

1Up Freediving – the first English freediving center in Seoul, South Korea

Freediving in Thailand

Click on the links or widgets below to book the freediving course near you.

Apnea Total – freediving organization and education system in Koh Tao

Big Blue Freediving – a freediving school within a resort in Koh Tao

Blue Immersion – founded by the French-Tunisian Freediver Akim Adhari in Koh Tao

Blue Planet Divers – freediving and scuba diving courses in Koh Lanta

We Freedive – beginner, advanced, master, professional and mermaid courses in Phuket

Freediving in Vietnam

AlphaFreediving – discover and fun freediving school

Deep People Freediving School – freediving school in Nha Trang, Vietnam

Freediving courses in Europe

Freediving in Belgium

Nemo 33 – deep pool in Brussels

Freediving in Croatia

Freedive Dubronik – school offering courses and certifications in Dubronik

Vedrana Vidovic – deep tank, monofin and competition courses by Vedrana Vidovic

Vitomir Maricic – certification according to AIDA, SSI or NAUI standards.

Freediving in Cyprus

Free2Dive – freediving courses of all levels in Limassol

Infinity Freediving – educational and recreational courses in Lamaca

Freediving in Estonia

Click to book a Freedive tour in sunken prison in Tallinn, Estonia

Freediving in Finland

Paijanne On The Rocks – dive under the ice of Lake Paijanne

Freediving in France

Abyss Garden – school in La Ciotat

BeFreeToDive – located in Marina Bay of Angels

Blue Addiction – school in La Londe Les Maures

Chango Diving – school in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Omniblue Freedive – located in the Port of De La Madrague, in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer

Freediving in Germany

Action Sport – school in Nürnberg

Aquatica Wassersport – school in Bielefeld

Dive Sector – school in Velden and Nürnberg

Dive4Life – school in Siegburg

Freedive Academy

Freedive Your Life – courses and coaching by Timo Niessner

Freediving Center Berlin – training center in Berlin

The Passion of Freediving – offers freediving course at your location

Freediving in Greece

Blue Island Divers – basic to advance courses in Antiparos

Freediving Club Greece – club in Kalamata

Freediving in Iceland

Freedive Iceland – adventure and day tour operator

Freediving in Ireland

Northwest Freediving School – adventure in Sligo

Freediving in Italy

Apnea Tirreno Blu – freediving in the interland of the Gulf of Patti, Capo D’Orlando and the Aeolian Islands

Katabasis Freediving and Sailing – workshops and summer camps

Freediving in Malta

Apnea Total Malta – school in Saint Paul’s Bay

Bezz Diving – basic and level 1 course

Deep Med Centre – learn basic and advance freediving in Xaghra, Gozo

Divebase Malta – courses and workshops in Saint Paul’s Bay

Divers Code – snorkeling and freediving education

InnerDive – founded by Jesper Stechmann

Luke Cassar Freediving – courses in Malta and Gozo

Ocean Freedivers – amazing underwater experience in Saint Paul’s Bay

One Breath Freediving – fun dive and workshops in Malta, Comino and Gozo

Freediving in Montenegro

Click to book a Freediving Crash Course in Bay of Kotor in Tivat, Montenegro

Freediving in Netherlands

Christophe Leray – be coached by Christophe Leray in Amsterdam

Enker Freedive Experts – dive center in Hillegom

Esko Diveworld – diving club and center in Central Netherlands

Freediving in Poland

Centrum Nurkowe Tryton – dive in Klodno lake in Chmielno

Freediving in Portugal

Freediving Madeira | Azul Diving Center – practice in Ponta de Sao Lourenco Protected Area, Madeira

Spot Freedive – courses in Sesimbra

Freediving in Spain

Click to book a Full-Day Discover Freediving in Tenerife or a First Level Freediving Course in La Caleta de Adeje

Apnea Canarias – center by Miguel Lozano and Santiago Jakas in Tenerife

Atlantis Freediving – train in Playa Taibaba or Radazul in Tenerife, Canary Islands

Freedive Ibiza – learn freediving from beginner through to advanced level under AIDA or join excursions in Ibiza

Freedive Mallorca – courses in Port de Pollença, Mallorca

Freediving Lanzarote – located in Marina Puerto del Carmen

Freedive Menorca – enjoy Mediterranean’s water in Menorca

Lassdive – sports center of Costa Brava

Magma Freediving – discovery course and certification courses in Lajares, Fuerteventura

Ocean Freediving Lanzarote – freediving school in Lanzarote

Click to book Freediving Courses with Ocean Freediving Lanzarote

Ocean Friends – all level courses in Los Abrigos, Tenerife

Freediving in Switzerland

Deep Freedive – freediving club in Geneva

Freediving Ostschweiz – founded by René Trost and Martin Tobler in Eastern Switzerland

Freediving in Turkey

Medfish Freediving School – school in Bodrum

Freediving in United Kingdom

Aquacity Freediving – training and certification in Porthkerris, Cornwall

Blue Water Freediving – freediving in London

FreediveUK – spearfishing, freediving and mermaiding courses in Newquay, Cornwall

Freediving 2000 – school and club in Uckfield

Saltfree Divers – based in Chepstow

Freediving courses in Oceania

Freediving in Australia

Adam Stern – courses and Deep Week by Adam Stern

Apnea Cairns – hold your breath in Cairns, Queensland

Encounter Freediving – courses by Queensland-based freedive store

Freediving Holidays – based in Chatswood, NSW, Australia; freediving trips whales encounters in Tonga, sardines, sharks and manta rays in South Africa, and dolphins in Hawaii

Ningaloo Coast Freedivers – courses in Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Water Maarq Freediving – located in Sorrento, Victoria

Whaleshark Dive – tours in Exmouth

Freediving in French Polynesia

Moorea Freediving – freediving school based in Moorea

Freediving in Guam

Click to book an Introduction to Freediving Class in Guam

Freediving in New Zealand

Click to book a Freediving Course in Auckland, New Zealand

Island Bay Divers – training and courses in Island Bay, Wellington

Nelson Spearfishing and Freediving – spearfishing and freediving club

Katie freediving with a turtle in Pandan Island
Freediving in Pandan Island; Photo by Edsel Sapitan of Freediving Buddies PH


Freediving is a life skill you should not missed to have. Do you still want to wear that big life vest when snorkelling? Or do you want to be in control of your body and look good in your underwater photos?

I choose the latter! How about you?

Again, never dive alone. This rule should never be taken for granted. Where was your last freedive?


If your freediving school or group is not on the list, provide your school or group name along with your website or social media link in the comment section below. I will update this list regularly.

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  1. I don’t really know how to swim so I may try snorkeling since I get to wear a vest. I am a low risk takers, I naturally get drawn by the word safe

    1. Hi Sumancasm. Thank you. There are quite a few dive sites in India. Take a look at these locations: Havelock Islands, Neil Island, Port Blair and North Point, Cinque Island.

  2. This is motivational to hear that you faced your fears and started exploring the beautiful underwater world. This is an experience I will love to have as well. I need to embrace my fear and start learning to dive.

  3. Scubanautic is providing Scuba Diving in Mallorca, You can get the best experience by doing Scuba Diving, Cave Diving Mallorca etc. Scuba diving is one of the things that opens an entirely new world underwater for the people who love being into the water.

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Katie is a Software Quality Assurance Analyst by profession. She is also a dragon boat paddler, a Crossfit athlete, and a weightlifter by passion. She has travelled within Asia, Europe, and Micronesia before meeting Mike.

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