Level 2

Advanced Freediving Course

“Increased confidence, MDR exploration and freediving autonomy”

Who is this for?

This level 2 freediving course is for people who have already covered the basics in a structured and systematic way. It presupposes a solid understanding and training of the basics under expert supervision.

It  is profound mind-body orientated exploration of your aquatic potential and amongst other things focuses on developing freediver autonomy and the ability to dive safety for another freediver.

While the basic freediver course is a general introduction to the processes involved in freediving, the level 2 freediving course is a much deeper practical investigation of the mammalian dive response in humans. These intense three days include trips to Tirtta ganga water palace and the USS liberty wreck, when appropriate.

Comprehensive exploration of Mammalian dive response(MDR)

In the advanced course we explore  Mammalian Dive Reflex (MDR) and using it to become more at one with the liquid element. This fascinating series of processes, possessed by all aquatic mammals is what allows humans to freedive to the incredible depths now reached by elite free-divers. You’ll learn to find comfort in discomfort with static and dynamic training and explore the MDR as  strategic metabolic retreat, an experience shared by deep meditators and freedivers.

Diving beyond functional residual capacity lung volume.

You’ll learn about the different factors affecting the freediver  as they move beyond the 20 metre zone to where their lungs compress below surface volumes..You’ll explore equalization techniques and O2 conservation at depth and how to adapt physiologically and psychologically to changing pressures. As on all our courses we’ll use appropriate tools from Yoga and meditation the help you on your way.

We have depth a stones throw from our training space, meaning that the freediving is easy and very relaxed, something which is important when starting to increase depth. with increased depth we don’tt focus on the numbers, but on the state of relaxation that is achievable at depth.

Becoming an autonomous freediver, learning safety and rescue protocol

Freediving is an inward journey but it also always practiced with others. to be good buddy takes understanding and practice.On the advanced freediving course you will explore deeper rescues and train in safety diving protocol and etiquette, in a relaxed but safety conscious manner. An important goal of this freediving course to to develop your awareness and confidence so that other freedivers can trust you to do their safety protocol in a responsible way.

Day 1

2 water sessions 1 dry session

    • Static training, dry, wet and safety protocol
    • MDR trigger technique
    • In water assessment of technique
    • Introduction to safety/deeper rescue
    • Physics of pressure re; residual volume, Failure depth
    • Understanding the effects of increased pressure.


Day 2

2 water session 1 dry session

  • Dynamic training at Tirtta Ganga (weather permitting)
  • Squeeze and how to avoid
  • Free fall, turn around
  • Deep freediving psychology
  • Deep rescue
  • Use of deep dive safety equipment
  • Dry techniques (advanced)

Day 3

2 water sessions 1 dry session

  • Assessment of technique
  • Exploration of depth
  • Safety diving assessment
  • Knowledge assessment
  • Buddy protocol (non-line freediving)
  • Guided Freediving the Liberty wreck


Apneista is a community of Professional Freediving trainers and Yoga teachers. We train mostly in Amed Bali, but also teach and run freediving and yoga courses elsewhere in Indonesia and abroad.

We run most of our freedive training in and from our beautiful training space right on the beach in Amed, at the best spot in Bali for Freediving. We have a yoga sala and a funky café to chill out in between training sessions.See Our freedive training space for more details

 Bali and most specifically Amed is fast becoming an important centre of freediving in SE Asia, with more and more freedivers choosing it as a place to freedive and hang out. Bali freediving is in warm waters, with beautiful reefs and wrecks. The topside life is also great with a vibrant local culture which is famous the world over. See topside life for things to do in Amed.


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Happy students.

“Fulfilling My Dreams To Swim Like A Fish”


Reviewed July 26, 2016 I have always wanted to join the beautiful creatures of the ocean in the wild. Previously I tried SCUBA but the compressed air creates it's own unnatural dangers and the bubbles are so loud I cant hear anything and I scare the wildlife. Finally I have learned to swim with the fish instead of watching them hide from me. My instructor, was very experienced, knowledgeable and a good teacher. The curriculum was safety focused and yet the high instructor to student to ratio allowed each student to explore depths with supervision. The location is perfectly situated in a protected bay that has clear water for exceptional visibility. I highly recommend doing a training at Apneista.

“Great experience”

Junta S

Reviewed July 13, 2016 I did a 2 day beginner course at Apneista booked very last minute which they were willing to be flexible over (so give them a call even if their official course dates don't line up with your schedule). I went in without much expectation of what it would be like and I was hooked! I was amazed how much progress I was able to make in 2 days and gained a lot of insight into the way my body and breathing works. The instruction was great- half classroom, half in the water. Well structured.

“Honeymoon Free diving & Manta Ray Trip”


Reviewed July 4, 2016 Myself and my husband were advised by a friend to go to Apneista for the level 1 SSI course on our honeymoon. We both love the water but I was definitely nervous and slightly sceptical. (I can't hold my breath and wasn't sure I'd be comfortable even trying!) To say that I loved it would be a complete understatement. I was able to dive to 16m on my second day (my peers went to over 24m). We did this course on the first week of our honeymoon, I went straight out and bought a new mask and we used every opportunity to practice our new found skills! On the third day we went to manta point and dove with over 30 manta ray (someone said 50....I'm not sure). I was unsure of whether to do free diving or a PADI course when I went to Indonesia. Having previously completed 4 scuba dives I much preferred this and found it more accessible (all you need is a buddy, a snorkel and some water, no tanks, no boats, no money!!) Apneista are brilliant the instructors were amazing, very relaxed and above all patient. The food in the café is really yum and overall a great atmosphere. The only problem now is that the Atlantic is too cold 🙁