Apnea Koh Phangan is a freediving school located in Baan Haad Yao Villas on Haad Yao beach. For those not familiar with freediving, it doesn’t refer to a diving school without charges, but to a type of diving that doesn’t use scuba equipment. It is an amazing experience to dive without the encumbrances of air tank, BCD etc..
For those who haven’t tried freediving the most common concern is the lack of potential under-surface time. Why not use scuba equipment? Through breathing techniques Apnea Koh Phangan instructors guarantee that at the end of the day you will be able to hold your breath for at least 3 minutes.
There is a Discover Freediving Course available for beginners to the sport. Currently, for 4,500 Thai Baht Apnea Koh Phangan offers a day course that includes tuition, equipment rental and a dive trip to Sail Rock, the best dive site in the Gulf of Thailand. On this introductory course customers get to experience depths up to 12 meters. They also get expert tuition in the following areas:
- Introduction to freediving and the different disciplines
- Familiarisation with equipment
- Duck-dives – Effective underwater entry technique
- Kicking technique
- Equalisation techniques
- Breathing techniques
- Recovery breathing
- Hydration and diet
If you like freediving the first day can be counted towards a 2-day course leading to certification in freediving.
Another option is the Static Apnea Clinic. This is another 1 day course which is about holding your breath. It is guaranteed that at the end of the day you will be able to hold your breath under water for at least 3 minutes. This course includes lots of tips for mind and body control as well as suggestions for future training to further extend breath-hold capability.
Just as with PADI scuba shops there are longer courses available for those who wish to qualify as an instructor.
For those interested in finding more out about freediving in Haad Yao here are the contact details for Apnea Koh Phangan:
Address: Baan Haad Yao Villas, Haad Yao, Koh Phangan
Phone: +66 923 801 494
So if you are holidaying in Haad Yao or elsewhere on Koh Phangan, and you want to try something a bit different then check out freediving with Apnea Koh Phangan. They are a professional and certified outfit that will allow you to not only see the underwater beauty of the Gulf of Thailand but also help you discover your limits and understand that they lie further that you thought.
We at Haad Yao Guide recommend you head over to the Apnea Koh Phangan website to find out more about freediving and the Apnea Koh Phangan team.