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“Great guidance for an interesting sport”

Apnea Total - Day Courses
Ranked #39 of 103 Tours in Koh Tao
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Apnea Total Koh Tao is the headquarters for the network of Freediving schools based around the world, it is an independent organization established in 2003, and the first freediving school in Southeast Asia operating for over 15 yrs. Monica Ganame (Argentina) and Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria (Spain) are the founders, the duo and their team are internationally recognized freedive instructors with vast experience in competitions, training and freediving education. Apnea Total has featured in the countless media publications worldwide that identify the school as the most reputable centre for freedive education and training. Their qualifications include dives deeper than 100 meters and static breath-holds of over 8 minutes. The Apnea Total Team promotes freedive education and safety from beginner to instructor level. To date, over 12,000 students have successfully completed Apnea Total courses. Currently there are schools teaching AT system worldwide.
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Apnea Total's operation is small, probably never more than 20 people in a day, but still manages highest standards due to expereinced freedivers teaching the course. The team acheives a balance between classroom and practice. Safety is stressed at all turns, the technique is based on yoga, however even if you are not "into" yoga the breathing excersises make the technique of streching of chest, lungs and diaphragm intuitive. AP makes you push your limits without feeling the usual pain of pushing yourself. You are helped to bring yourself to the limit, but also to make sure you don't go beyond this limit.

The only scope for improvement I can think of would be to find a dive site with "something to see", which there are many of around Koh Tao. The classroom to sea transistion could also be handled more efficiently, seems to take forever at midday heat for everyone to find their fins and suits - perhaps have students pick out the kit before the start of the day? Getting from classroom to sea below 1h+ should be easy.

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Reviewed 16 January 2014

I've taken a freediver course which has overcome all my expectations!
Course itself is very relaxed and easy-going, instructors always are close to the students to assist, advise and cheer up. It's really amazing how fast you progress in course and how you start to understand real capabilities of your body. Thank you a lot for such a great time! Look forward to come back for advance course!

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Reviewed 3 January 2014

Thank you for greate experience guys!
I did all the possible courses, including instructor course, which was awesome...
Greate training and family-like team, I am glad I become a part of it

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Monica G, Owner at Apnea Total - Day Courses, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2014

Will be sad to see the kids flying or diving away, we would love you to stay longer on Koh Tao. I'm sure you will do a good job in Vietnam representing Apnea Total.

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Reviewed 11 December 2013

I did the course in September having being meaning to do it for months before. Had the lovely Silv as my instructor for the novice course and it blew my mind! Being a lover of bottled air and although having plenty of scuba experience, I have never been comfortable underwater without a reg in my mouth, probably the main reason i wanted to do this! And wow! I made it to the bottom of the 20m rope on the second day! Silv was very patient and knowledgeable when I struggled with equalisation, being able to provide alternative options to overcome this. Everyone should do this!

Thank Brian L
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Done the freediving course (first level, 2 days duration) in October 2013. It was an amazing experience. During the morning (9 to 11 circa) you do the theoretical part that includes breathing tecniques and safety instructions, and then you have more or less 2 hours in the water in a bay 10 minutes drive away on the other side of the island. I imagine the location may differ depending on the season. We were 6 or 7 doing the course and you have an instructor for each 2 of you.
Truly a nice experience with very skilled trainers. It was fun!
Just a note about the course (at least the basic i have done): do not expect to swim like a fish at 10 or 20 meters and see the beautiful underwater world around you. Most likely you will see the deep blue and nothing else while following the line down.Be prepared!

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