I have been swimming in 6 feet pools since I was 6 years old. My dad taught us how to swim at a young age since our house has an indoor pool. Ever since I was a kid, I love swimming. I love the water. I love the ocean. I love the beach. I’m 100% a water baby!
As I grew older and earned my own money, I was able to explore different beaches in the Philippines. I tried different water activities such as banana boat, fly fish, kayaking, paraw sailing, stand up paddle, helmet diving, cliff jumping, wake boarding, surfing, and scuba diving. Oh yes, I’m quite adventurous! Haha!
But, Freediving is a totally different experience and I LOVE IT!!! Freediving, breath-hold diving, or skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. I used to think that if you know how to swim, you can swim anywhere. But here, you’ll learn how to relax, you’ll learn how to breathe properly, how to hold your breath and the right form when doing certain tricks underwater. Relaxation is important that’s why Freediving is incorporated with yoga.
Thankful to our friend, Ruth, for inviting us in one of her dives. I’ve enrolled for an intro dive last year, but I had to attend a business meeting in the U.S. so I was not able to go. I’m very happy I finally had the time to do this! Our coaches from Freediving Community – Vertical Freedivers were very helpful from the training until the actual dive. Even non-swimmers can do this! I promise, it’s worth it!!! Unleash the inner mermaid in you!
Coach Jay and Coach JD will also help you with your “awra” underwater shots!
Even couple shot
This was just my first, but, definitely not the last! I’m already planning for a monthly trip and bought Freediving equipments! OMG! Haha! Sharing you my experience through this video:
FREEDIVING WEEKEND by Freediving Community – Vertical Freedivers
Lead Coach: Jay Chan
Contact Number: 09178934346
Venue: Brgy. Ligaya, Mabini, Batangas
- From AIDA Certified FCoA-Vertical Freedivers team
- Non-swimmers are welcome
- Saturday morning – Intro to Freediving / Skin diving lesson
- Saturday afternoon – Practice and Fun dive
- Sunday – Rescue & Self-help for Freedivers lesson
- Mask, snorkel and fins rental
- Logbook for first timers
Where to stay:
- Bed space available starting at Php 350 per person
- You may bring a tent and camp for Php 100 per person
- There are hotels/resorts near the area – room rates are from Php 2,500 and above
- Overnight price – Php 2,200
- Day tour intro – Php 1,200
- Day tour rescue – Php 1,200 (must do intro first)
Day 1: Intro to Freediving/ Skindiving covers:
- 20 minutes briefing
- 2 minutes of meditation
- Measuring pulse, arm span, breath hold time and respiratory volume
- Survival floating
- Mask/ snorkel/ fin use
- Equalizing of the ears
- Down the rope
- Duck diving
- Logbook use
Day 2: Rescue for Freediving covers:
- How to be a safety
- Transport of a victim.
- Exiting a victim
- Leg cramp removal
- Dealing with a panicking swimmer
They also offer the following lessons:
- Lesson 3: Navigation and Tidal Forecasting
- Lesson 4: Rope works and Weight Use
- Lesson 5: Coaching
- Special Training Lesson
- Preparatory to AIDA 2 Line and Depth Training
Things to Bring:
- Aqua shoes or slippers that can get wet for foot protection
- Sun protection
- T-shirt, rash guard, swim caps, and leggings
- Underwater camera / GoPro
- An ID to exchange for your rental gear
- Water bottle to keep you hydrated, you can refill at their filling station
- Extra socks
- Pen and notebook to take notes during the briefing
- There is no reliable ATM so make sure to bring cash
- Rates mentioned above are only for freediving lessons, transportation going there is not included. If you have your own car, you can just Waze it. You may also commute via bus, the coaches will give you directions and which bus to take going there once you’re confirmed to join
- No walk-ins. You have to message them to reserve and pay the initial deposit
- Intro to Freediving can be done on any event day
- The Equipment you use is for sale at Nautilus. IF YOU BREAK IT YOU BUY IT. Mask is Php 600, Snorkel is Php 150 and Fins are Php 900
- If you’re a non-swimmer, don’t worry. Our coaches will assist you all the way. At the end of the day, you go from zero to hero!
- Don’t be frustrated if you can’t dive too far or too deep yet, it takes a lot of practice. You’ll get there!
- Some of us fear the water especially if it’s deep, we’re scared to drown. But, just relax and live the moment. The feeling underwater is indescribable. It’s liberating, I promise!
- It’s an advantage for those who already know how to swim, but mind you, it’s not easy at first. Learning how to breath hold is very important. I still need a lot of practice too
- Lastly, enjoy every minute of it!☺️