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batfishwhaleshark

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Hi everybody!

I am a total newbie at diving, i just got my advanced recently. I would really like to take a free diving course next to try out and improve my breathing.

Does anyone have any recommendation of where and with who should I do it with (overseas or local)? Is there anywhere I might be able to learn it at a lower price?

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #1 on: 14 Jan 16, 22:25 »
To make things easy, might as well list all the local guys for you to contact and make a decision. In no particular order of preference.....

1. Singapore Freedivers. Run by Bernard Wong, he's been operating the longest in Singapore. (I think 3 years?)  Does AIDA 1 star in the pool (Local) and AIDA 2 star in Tioman/Cebu (overseas). He probably conducts courses in other overseas locations too.
http://www.singaporefreedivers.com/schedule
https://www.facebook.com/Singaporefreedivers/?fref=ts


2. Zen Freediving. Run by Michelle Ooi and Chris Kim, they run AIDA courses in Singapore waters. You can get certified with AIDA 2 star with them locally.
http://www.zenfreediving.org/courses/
https://www.facebook.com/zenfreediving/?fref=ts


3. FreediveXQ. Run by Fu Xing Qiang. He runs courses to Tioman.
http://www.freedivexq.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Freedivexq-1518489631728502/?fref=ts


4. Blue Reef Scuba. A Scuba - shop that has paired up with Jonathan Chong to offer Freediving courses. Conducts courses both locally and overseas.
http://bluereefscuba.com.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/bluereefscuba/?fref=ts

Best to contact each individual on prices.

For popular (nearby) overseas locations.....
Swiss Cottage Tioman (@ Tioman)
Cebu -
Moalboal
Panglao
Boracay
Bali
Gili islands

batfishwhaleshark

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #2 on: 15 Jan 16, 21:53 »
Wow! Thank you for the list! This really helps a lot!

:)

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #3 on: 21 Jan 16, 11:31 »
I'll be in Camiguin (near Cebu) in Feb to do freediving course with http://www.kurmafreedive.com/!
Let you know more when I get back if I can remember =x (and if you are interested! haha)
It's a 3 days WSF/RAID FREEDIVER course (theory available for you to do at your own time before the course) and costs PHP12,500.00
Don't really know the market rate, cos I didn't really research into it. Just planning for a trip to philippines and saw this option available, so I just jumped at it!

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #4 on: 21 Jan 16, 12:41 »
WOW! Have a good trip!!!! Will definitely ask you about it.

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #5 on: 15 Feb 16, 16:11 »
Heys! I'm back. haha, now a freediver under RAID.
Really fun experience! started with barely 1min of breath-hold and I extended it to approx. 2 min of breathhold at the end :D
Love diving but i'm quite wary in the water~ so it was a little hard for me to relax and go further down.
This certification is pretty much the equivalent of AIDA 2 star, which lets you go down to max of 20m.

Note: If you dive a lot and consider getting a divecom, do get one with the freediving function! :)
« Last Edit: 18 Feb 16, 18:54 by pinkmaro »

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #6 on: 15 Feb 16, 17:46 »
Hi,

Can share what was the total cost for the course and if we need to buy our own freedive fins or will be provided for the course.
i m pretty interested to take up free diving.

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #7 on: 15 Feb 16, 20:51 »
Hi,

Can share what was the total cost for the course and if we need to buy our own freedive fins or will be provided for the course.
i m pretty interested to take up free diving.

Almost same as scuba course price. Gears r included.

pinkmaro

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #8 on: 16 Feb 16, 11:03 »
Hi,

Can share what was the total cost for the course and if we need to buy our own freedive fins or will be provided for the course.
i m pretty interested to take up free diving.

As mentioned above, the one I took was 12500php, which converts to approx. S$380
I think it is about the same as scuba course too. apparently scuba courses now easily hit S$600, but that should come with transport and stay at malaysia, right?

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Re: Recommendations for Beginner Free Diving Course
« Reply #9 on: 16 Feb 16, 19:42 »
Thank you.