Level 1

Basic Freediving Course

“The most comprehensive 2 day basic freediving course in Bali.”

Who is this for?

The level 1/ Basic freediving course is for everyone. From people with a lot of experience in the water to those with almost none this course is an important introduction to the silent world of freediving in the tropical waters around Amed, Bali.

Personalised course in the ideal location.

Your classroom is 20 metres from the waters edge where you’ll put the theory into practice. We waste no time with boats and logistics meaning that more time is spent gaining understanding, practising freediving and adapting training to individual needs.

Even those with considerable freediving experience will benefit as the focus is on developing good freediving technique and laying the foundation for effective and safe further freedive training.

Mind/body tools; freediving as lifeskill

The basic freediver course gives a solid understanding of the psychological and physiological processes involved in freediving. Using  techniques and insights from yoga and meditation we approach freediving as an exploration of the mind/body connection. What you learn on the course is useful even if you never saw the ocean again.

We do not have target depths, nor a competitive atmosphere. Its not how deep you go but how you get there that matters.

Science based technique from the cutting edge.

Safety and good technique are based on good understanding. We are constantly evolving our course based on advances in scientific understanding and the efforts of the worlds elite freediving. We make the science real and digestible, so that all students have a safe and solid foundation to continue their journey into the beautiful blue.

Scientific understanding creates better technique, which leads to greater comfort and confidence under the water.



Day 1

  • Freediving Physics and Physiology of freediving
  • Breathwork, manipulation of nervous system through the breath
  • Hyperventilation and Hypoventilation, avoiding Shallow water blackout
  • Equalisation for freedivers
  • Finning technique, Constant weight fins
  • Free immersion
  • Buoyancy for freedivers
  • Mental conditioning
  • Yogic practices for freediving

Day 2

  • Duckdiving, Mental preparation, pre dive ‘breathe up’ and recovery breaths
  • Static breath holds dry
  • Self rescue techniques
  • Surface protocol and rescue
  • Buddy protocol
  • Underwater rescue
  • Dry training and techniques for maintaining interest over time
  • Yoga routine for freedivers
  • Knowledge assessment


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 🙁