Freediving Courses

” Mind-body freediving, stillness in motion”

Freediving courses for everyone, tailored to the individual.

Freediving is a beautiful activity open to almost anyone. It is a livelihood, a competitive sport, an art and even a moving meditation. We believe in adapting our freediving courses to the interests and abilities of each student.

Scientific research and the efforts of the elite freediving community in recent years have led to great improvements in understanding the physiological processes of freediving training. The resulting improvement in freedive training techniques means that even people with limited aquatic experience will be amazed what they can learn in just a couple of days.

At Apneista Bali, we see freediving training more as a beautiful art than an extreme sport. Our interest in freediving is non-competitive, though to maximise our aquatic potential we do use the latest advances in competitive freediving training techniques. We also use the disciplines of competition apnea to structure our training and observe competitive safety standards. In no way does this affect our friendly and non-competitive freediving training atmosphere. See testimonials.

At Apneista our educational vision values the journey as much as the destination and the process as much as the final goal. We adapt training to suit the requirements of each individual which is why the the student-instructor ratio is always small. We have trained hundreds of individuals over the years and seen how different goals and approaches work for different people. We have developed our own educational curriculum to reflect this vision. For international certification we use the SSI freediving system as globally the most recognised in recent years.

Our Freediving Courses



The Apneista level 1/ Basic freediving course is the most comprehensive 2 day freediving course in Bali.
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.



The Apneista advanced/ level 2 freediving course is a profound exploration of the mammalian dive reflex and the considerations of deeper dives.

Students also start to work on their ability to dive safety support for other freedivers. This is a fantastic 3 day package with excursions to a water palace and the liberty wreck.



The 4 day level 3 deep freedivng course is an intensive workshop focused on developing techniques for dives below residula lung volume.

The two most important elements are FRC diving and mouthfill equalisation techniques, though other aspects of deep diving are also explored in detail.


The master freediver course is the ultimate freediving immersion experience. It’s a minimum one month adventure into nearly every aspect of freediving, including assisting on courses and using techniques from Yoga and Meditation.



For those who wish to share their passion or even just deepen their knowledge of freediving. The instructor course is designed to develop confident and responsible freediving instructors with the world wide recognised SSI instructor certification.

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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 🙁