New Heaven Freediving
Our Koh Tao courses are designed with Yoga
Pranayama training. A journey of self discovery.
Diving deeper not only into the ocean but also into yourself.
Apnea Total is Koh Tao’s original freediving school.
Instructors are internationally qualified and offer
a personalised experience to every student.
Koh Tao Freediving
Freediving Koh Tao to discover the underwater world in the most natural way possible and experience it in the closest way we can to the creatures of the sea. Freediving, otherwise known as “apnea”, is diving with a single breath of air.
The human body shares with marine mammals the ability to lower the heart rate while underwater at pressure to enable the body to tolerate low levels of oxygen. Called ‘the mammalian dive reflex’, we can learn to extend our time underwater and dive like a dolphin! Triggered by cold water on the face, this reflex causes three things to happen; lowering the heart rate, narrowing of blood vessels, and ‘blood shift’. Our hidden aquatic potential can be realized through physiological and psychological training, and freediving courses will teach the skills and techniques, such as breathing and relaxation exercises, to help develop this hidden ability.
Koh Tao Freediving Courses
Koh Tao is a great place to start studying freediving because of its warm climate, clear and calm water and various marine life. Koh Tao’s freediving course levels range from beginner to professional, with each course designed to suit each individual’s ability. The first freediving school on Koh Tao was established in 2004. It is now more widely available with training through the Apnea Total Education system, SSI, PADI, AIDA, RAID and Molchanovs.
A ‘beginner’ course takes only 2 days and teaches the basics of this challenging sport, where you will learn about the equipment, physiology, skills, breathing techniques and safety regulations. Yoga is also introduced to help improve skills. In just a few days, it is surprising how fast it is to learn and improve, with students being able to freedive up to 20 metres. In no time, you will be encountering the underwater world in a new and exciting way using only your body and mind.
If you fall in love with this challenging sport, you can continue learning with more advanced courses and even go on to become an instructor or competitor.
An advanced course takes 3 days with further knowledge development and breathing techniques to improve the potential and enable deeper dives to a maximum of 30 metres and breath holding over 3 minutes.