8 Freediving Groups That Can Teach You How to Make the Sea Your Playground

Conquer your fear of deep waters.
by | August 25, 2022


The first half of the year may already be over but it’s never too late to pick up a new hobby or skill, especially when it’s something as freeing as freediving. To be able to explore the sea without the need for heavy equipment is a priceless skill! If you want to make the sea your playground the next time you travel, you can learn the ropes of freediving from these groups within and outside the Metro:

 

Kataw Freedive Lifestyle Hub

Location: Anilao, Batangas

Move from being #TeamPampang to #HasangActivated with Kataw’s various freediving packages. The group holds its classes in Anilao’s waters a.k.a. one of the best diving spots in the country and near the metro. You can get started with a 15-meter Depth Training for P1,100, which includes pre-dive assessment, coaching, EQ and form polishing, a 2.5-hour open water training, and exclusive resort day trip access.

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Freedive Tribe PH

Location: Mabini, Batangas

If you’re looking for a fun trip with your barkada without the hassle of making your own itinerary, go for Freedive Tribe PH’s weekday freediving course that’s designed for a complete beginner. Your course is guided and conducted by a certified freediving instructor and you’ll be staying at a beachfront accommodation! When your skills are at a level where you can explore on your own, the group also offers a Work From Tribe package for P3,600. Talk about the perfect balance between work and play!

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Juan Dive Pinas

Location: Bauan, Batangas

Looking for another home away from home? Your next one might be under the sea with the comfort of your freediving group at Juan Dive Pinas. They offer three kinds of classes: Tuklas for freediving basics and safety, Sanay for refreshers, basic mastery, and practice, and Linya for basic depth training. Packages start at P1,500! Keep your eyes peeled as well; they do flash sales of their freediving packages where you can get as much as P499 discount value.

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APNEA Philippines

Location: Anilao, Batangas

APNEA Philippines is mainly based in Batangas but they also have a branch in Dumaguete, which is perfect if you’re traveling. The group also travelers to several other locations around the Philippines to make freediving accessible and affordable for Filipinos. APNEA’s Introduction to Freediving package is also open to non-swimmers! For P2,600, you’ll enjoy a 1.5 hours theory and dry session and a 2-hour open water session. Personal equipment rental and use of facilities are also included in the fee.

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SkinDive PH

Location: Batangas

Other than the personally-designed SkinDiving 101 or Open Water Confidence Rookie Program for non-swimmers and first-timers, SkinDive PH also offers various fun underwater packages. They have FunDive for boosting your skindiving skills, Line and Depth Training for the proper techniques and safety protocols of diving deeper, Molchanovs Freediving Certification, Mermaiding Courses where you get to wear actual mermaid fins, and Underwater Photoshoot.

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ManuMano Freedive Training Center

Locations: Metro Manila; Mabini, Batangas

If you want to get the ropes of freediving, you might as well learn from the OG. ManuMano Freedive is the first Filipino AIDA International Freediving Center, with branches both in Metro Manila and in Mabini, Batangas. They have four AIDA courses: from testing out freediving to advanced levels and training sessions. As their name suggests, you will learn how to explore the sea completely manumano!

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Adventure Geek Travels

Location: Mabini, Batanags

Adventure Geek Travels holds its freediving classes in Mabini, Batangas. You can learn the skill in two ways: a. joiner class perfect for meeting new friends or b. private/exclusive type, which is also a fun activity when planning group events. Aside from freediving, Adventure Geek also offers travel and tour packages in various locations across the globe. Find more on their website!

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SEAZONED Freediving PH

Locations: Metro Manila; Batangas

No time to drive to Batangas? SEAZONED also offers freediving courses and training in their Metro Manila Branch. For P2,600, the City Dive will let you dive into the Basics of Freediving; this class is geared towards non-swimmers so don’t be scared! They also offer AIDA 1-3 Certification classes and diving tours in various local destinations for those who want the extra adventure. Find more on their website.

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