Apneista Freediving Courses Feedback

This kind of goodness must be shared. Just in case you needed any convincing, we’ve got students’ words of encouragement…

“I came here afraid of the water only left committed to free diving. WOW! This has been a deeply moving life affecting experience for me.
Having nearly drowned twice as a child, I leave here at one with the water, having conquered a massive fear in my life. Matthew and the team are exceptionally accomplished and professional- they help impart confidence through a solid foundation of education. The biggest recommendation I can give is that I am coming to do it again!”
Laurie B.

“It was a great experience. Kwab was extremely calm, patient & informative. A good teacher. Matthew displayed excellent knowledge, has great teaching style and runs a very good yoga lesson. Ketut & team in the cafe have a great cheerful demeanor & were very professional, enforcing the “no coffee before freediving rule”. Cafe food was excellent. Location is excellent & business appears to fit in well with the community.
The has a very cooperative feel which can be hard in a small business or any business. The affiliative/efficient & professional dynamic is visible & clearly should be maintained. This team has a good ambience.
I also enjoyed hearing about all team members’ background, philosophy, & values from rehab work, thoughts on dhamma meditation, yoga, recommendations on places to eat, corporate crime to the greens (?). The bunch are collectively mindful, considerate, compassionate & intelligent.
I also liked Nahla the kitten.”
Michael H.

“An excellent course that allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills I’d hoped for! A great balance of theory, dive practice, and stretching providing a wonderful insight into the many aspects of freediving. I particularly liked looking at how to use and ‘get to know’ your mind for your advantage in general & to apply to many areas of life! Terima Kasih!”
Elizabeth M.

“The location is great! Matthew is funny, patient. Easy to get in and out of the water; and the reef is beautiful to snorkel.“
Gillian K.

I absolutely loved the basic course so much so that after completion and an extra day of training, I decided to pursue my formation with the advanced course, which is even better. The Apneista team is truly terrific, I really appreciate their teaching ways, which aren’t at all only focused on performance, but mostly safety and having fun. I also liked how freediving is closely associated to relaxation, yoga and healthy living. I hope I can find a way to continue freediving when back home, it really is an amazing sport and hobby! Thanks so much for everything!”
Alexandre B.

“Fantastic course, great training, helped me achieve more than I had hope to and given me lots to go away with. Great venue and great people as well. Will definitely be back for more training as I feel I have more to get out of this. Absolutely stoked with what I achieved today. Thank you!”
Michelle E.

“Great course! The times where I could forget I was holding my breath and could concentrate on the moment made the whole course worth it. Great training and great preparation for life.”
Jonathan D.

“BAGUS!!! Exceeded all my expectations! Awesome instruction. Awesome atmosphere. Very professional. Excellent course.”
Bartman P.

“Thank you very much for the useful lessons, passing on new skills and patience. Was absolutely great to build the comfort up slowly and get a closer relationship with the water.”
Ana A.

“Excellent Class. Nice to put safety/physics/freediving principle in the same package. Nice to have 2 water session on the second day also.”
Benjamin G.

“Level of theory was really interesting and taught me a lot about mechanics of diving & surfing etc. Relaxing environment really adds to the enjoyment. Food was fantastic.”
Trent T.

“Amazing experience. New way to explore mind body connection and connect with your body in a great, gentle way. I deepened my experience and skill every time I went in the water. This course transformed the way I think about the open water, gave me confidence and ability to really enjoy diving. I’m very grateful to my teacher for their knowledge. Loved every minute of it!”
Magda C.

“This was exactly the style course in freediving I wanted to take. I learned a tremendous amount about the science, physiology and technique of freediving. Even having freedived before and scuba for many years, I learned many new techniques to practice in the future. This was an awesome course. Loved Everything!”
Chris D.

“I’m sure there are other excellent teachers around the world, it’s clear to me that I should learn to freedive with you.
Going with the flow of it all…

Two things are certain:
1. Jet lag
2. Learning to free dive in Indonesia with Matt

Just a matter of when…”
Dijon C.

“I can highly recommend the freediving basic course with Matthew at Apneista in Amed, Bali. The course was very satisfying in providing a background in the theory, and practice of freediving. Moreover, Matthew brings with him a depth of knowledge and experience in yoga & diving that enhances the educational value of the course. It was also fun and relaxed which helps tremendously.”
Dalton C.

“First of all thank you all again for the freedive training I honestly had the 2 best weeks of surfing after the course. Even my surf coaches were impressed by my improved which for sure came from the confidence I gained during the course.”

Carlijn C.

“Awesome course. Great technical background on techniques. Gradually increasing difficulty to allow for comfort in the water throughout. For the price of 1 scuba day I learned how to see more without paying for tanks for the rest of my life.”
Andrew C.

“I met my goals and even more. I’ve learned a lot from yoga and relaxation- I didn’t come for that purpose and the fact that I could directly see the effect of this practice into freediving was a pleasant and nice surprise. That has for sure opened my mind on this practice for other sports. I also have gone deeper in sea than what I could imagine in easy way and get rid of my fear…so much to say….
Thank you!! =-)”
Stephane B.

“Big thanks to all the Apneista team for organizing safe & friendly environment. The class teacher Matthew wass very professional & knowledgeable, ensuring very comfortable diving afterwards. Even though I was a complete beginner to the deep diving, I really enjoy it at the end…going through some anxiety & my “monkey mind” telling me ‘I can’t do it’. But…I did some “deep blue” experience with a smile at the end. 🙂
Isabella D.

“Great course! A life discovery! Great teacher, very good teaching skills, professional, reassuring, patient to answer all the questions.
Good balance between practice & theory, serious review of all the basics. Good equipment, looks brand new & well maintained. Very nice venue for the training (cafe, right on the spot). Thanks for everything, had a really fantastic time!”
Eleonore D.

“It was totally awakening and absolutely a great course. The whole set up, theory, practise, yoga was a great mix and preparation. I can’t imagine it being any better. I felt very well taken care of and safe. Thanks a lot to all of you!!”
Andrea B.

“Excellent course. Profound teaching of theory. Great teaching also in the water, particularly the way Matthew was dealing with the individual abilities and talents. Will recommend it to anyone who’s interested.”
Thomas G.

“Very happy with the course as well as the instructor. Extremely patient and able to cater for all capabilities. Safe and not pushy. Theory was very interesting and explained nice and slowly. Also very happy with my practical dives in the end. All goals achieved! Thank you!”
Travis J.

“Thanks a lot for the professional theory classes and the fantastic time in the water! Your calm way of teaching made my dives very enjoyable. I wouldn’t have expected to have such a good time doing freediving!”
Andrea R.

“Terrific! Well done! Very enjoyable!”
Ian T.

“Good course. Impressive what the body can do!”
Peter H.

“Great course. Well instructed & clearly presented. It was everything I had hoped for. We’ll definitely be back!”
Alexa M.

“Excellent in all aspects- would not change anything. Kwab in particular deserves special mention for this relaxed and calming instruction style.”
Hugh P.

“I loved the yoga & breath work. I feel this course will benefit my connection with ocean and overcoming stressful situations. I can’t believe how far we were able to dive. Thank you for your calm, cool and collected manor, it made overcoming obstacles easy! Thank you!!”
Anna K.

“This was amazing! I no idea I was capable of reaching 20 meters underwater. Kwab is an excellent instructor and I really appreciate the theory aspect of the class.”
Jordan P.

“Superb course! Exceeded my expectations. Content well presented and easy to follow- always felt at ease. And safe in the water. Inspired me to look at an advanced course.”
Peter B.

“Great for meditation, learning to feel at ease in uncomfortable situations and moving out of my comfort zone.”
Alice T.

“I really enjoyed the free diving and yoga course. I feel much more comfortable underwater compared to before the course. It was just the right amount of theory, yoga exercises, and practical freediving. I like the unique approach that Apneista takes towards freediving, combining yoga with freediving. Thank you Kwab for sharing all your knowledge with us.”
Immanuel H.

“Very Knowledgeable instructors with individualised attention to each student. Reassuring +comforting. Awesome location.“
Ashlee B.

To all our students of Yoga or Freediving in Bali…

Hi All,

We’re coming up to three years that we started the whole apneista project in Bali and the last year and a half has been really intense. . with lots of new stuff.. starting at what I reckon is probably one of the coolest…

Dark moon freediving…

That’s it, freediving at night..We have now started using the latest in glow in the dark rope ‘technology’. two glowing lines, the liquid darkness and clouds of bio-luminescence. It is an intensely beautiful and surreal experience, something difficult to describe or photograph, like the Northern lights…We have established a whole new protocol for this activity and it is open only to students who have shared some training with us (for obvious safety considerations.)

Freedive trips to nusa penida to Freedive with mantas,

We’re organising group trips to freedive with Mantas and other pelagics on the amazing reefs of Nusa penida, starting in May.

Freediving trips to Komodo and Raja Empat,

We are teaming up with Graham Abbot, one of the most respected specialist dive guides in this incredible area to offer something really special, freediving, yoga and Scuba trips to the Eastern Dive Jewels of Indonesia.

Fly and dive intensive.

From the 7th to the 12th and from the 15th to the 22nd of September Acroyoga and freediving intensives…with the amazing Bex Tyrer, Bali’s queen of acroyoga. This practice is a beautiful hybrid of acrobatics, yoga and Thai massage with one person ‘flying the other’ with another acting as a spotter.. It is the perfect complement to freediving in every way, we are pretty excited about this.

SSI certification.

Another bit of news is that we are now offering SSI certification alongside our own Apneista training system. We will continue to do what we do best, adapting training to suit the individual and expanding our curriculum, but now for those interested in Global certification we now offer SSI training as well. For those who want to get signed off for SSI,we will be running one day SSI assessments during May.

New training space, yoga sala, cafe, equipment shop and more training lines.

On the beautiful bay of Jemeluk we are finally finished with the unending refurbishment and we now have what we firmly believe is the sweetest freediving shop in all of Asia. Chill out area, yoga sala, equipment shop and now a wonderful cafe, right on the beach. We have also set more lines at various depths and are now initiating some reef and beach clean ups, so that Bali’s best freediving spot becomes even better. Please roam the webpage for more details and pics.We are still processing a resource page with interesting research and training material relating to the breath,freediving and yoga, coming soon…

P.S. anyone with 5 minutes to spare and with great things to say about us here’s a link to tripadvisor, your help is sincerely appreciated.

Master Freediving Course in Amed Bali with Apneista Freediving and Yoga.

Coming very soon… The best Master freediving course in Asia, with optional Yoga and meditation training.

In the last year we have been so taken up with the building of our new training space that we have resisted taking on Master students. We didn’t want to take on Master freediver students while there was still ongoing refurbishment and the possibility of people having a less than perfect Master freediving course.

But this summer we will start our new and improved  Master Freediver internship programme. We intend to make this the best full immersion freedive training course available in Asia, (seeing as Dean’s Blue in the Bahamas is pretty hard to beat.)

Our training space with Cafe is built right on Bali’s best freedive training spot, meaning that freedivers can easily spend most of their waking hours training on lines or freediving the amazing reef which is all the way up and down the coast. When not on the reef or lines students can attend yoga classes in our sala, or receive training in Pranayama and other meditative techniques from Yoga. Full Master freediving course curriculum coming soon…

Best in Bali freediving and yoga education…guest teachers and skill swaps…

Freediving in bali

The last while has been plenty of fun with really great students and interesting visitors sharing knowledge of their different fields.

Thanks to the wonderful Lucy of Middle Path Yoga  amongst other things for her excellent class in partner yoga, to the lovely  Ai Futaki who shot great footage and shared her vision with us, (see her Guiness record and her great talk on TED Tokyo about free-diving )  We also had lessons in trance and self hypnosis from Dr Helena. Sharing knowledge and skills keeps life interesting and makes everyone richer. Thanks to everyone for the good times.

For city yogis, practicing Yoga in a beach- side sala to the sound of waves is a sweet luxury. But being able drop into the water right after and swim over deep coral walls is a free-diver’s idea of paradise.

That is Jemaluk bay, in Amed, Bali. We don’t have the extreme depths of Dahab but nor do we have the egos. We have depths to 50 metres to suit beginners and intermediate free-divers and a chilled out atmosphere that is hard to beat.

Here we offer training in most aspects free-diving and yoga education and we are interested in hearing from people who have talents to share such as creative genius with word-press, deep experience in mind/body sciences and experience in setting up a restaurant.


Freediving is for everyone…

In the last while we have seen plenty of examples of just how accessible free-diving is. Here’s a pic of who was our oldest student to date, 65 years young Lloyd who surpassed his own expectations and gave me hopes of training my Dad..

Yesterday we had a very varied group, from one young Polio affected man to a mature lady of 67 years, pushing Lloyd off the top spot.

It’s clear free-diving if approached in the right spirit and atmosphere is accessible to all. Here in Amed we are lucky to have ideal conditions and  almost any depth we want, all a stones throw from the yoga sala. This helps us adapt training to suit circumstance and ability, meaning free-diving can truly be for everyone.