School & Training Center

ROATAN FREEDIVING SCHOOL & TRAINING CENTER


Located in the Caribbean Sea, Roatán is surrounded by crystal clear waters that are calm and warm making this island one of the best venues for freediving in the world. Part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system in the world, you can discover a great diversity of marine life and underwater walls that drop-off to hundreds of meters only a few swim strokes away from white sand beaches.

THE STAFF

  • Ricardo Montans

    — Freedive Instructor —
  • Ricardo Montans is a Freediving Instructor from Argentina, certified by AIDA and CMAS. He has competed in the Freediving Panamerican Contest in Mexico 2014 (CMAS), achieving the 2nd place in STA discipline and the 3th place in DYN with 160 mts, both National Records , aslo in the International Freediving Competition in Chile 2015 (CMAS), where he got the 1st place in CNF with 125 mts, achieving another National Record, and the 3rd place in DYN; and in the Nirvana Oceanquest Freediving Competition (AIDA) in San Andres Island, 2016, winning the 1st place in CWT with a depth of -74 mts (also a National Record) and the 2nd place in FIM. In this last competition he actively participated in the logistic and organization of the event, Ricardo has his freediving school, Freediving Argentina, founded three years ago, where he has been training athletes, some of which also achieve National Records. He is currently part of Roatan Freediving Staff, leading the trainings while he prepares himself for the next World Cup.

  • Ariel Kedmi

    — Freedive Instructor —
  • Ariel Kedmi is originally from Israel. He started his freediving journey in the Red Sea with the legendary Aharon Solomons. He also trained and worked in Koh Tao Thailand for many years where he became an instructor in 2013. Since then he has taught freediving in Mozambique, Israel, Mexico, Utila and now Roatan! He also spent a lot of time in India practicing meditation and yoga. His approach to freediving is infused with the yogic principals, and it’s through increasing comfortability and relaxation that Ariel brings his students (&himself) to new depths.

  • Gabrielle

    — Fotographer / Videographer —
  • Gabrielle is an experience underwater photographer as well as a master freediver, she gives you the opportunity to bring a piece of your single breath experience home with you in the form of pictures & videos! She is originally from Montréal but she lived on tropical islands for most her life. She also teaches yoga (Vinyasa/Yin/Acro) which is a great addition to the freediving experience.

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    Esteban Darhanpé

    — Freedive Instructor —
  • Esteban Darhanpé (ARG) moved to Honduras in 2000. Over the years he has become the local reference for freediving on Roatán thanks to his continuous effort to promote and practice the sport. He organized the first freediving courses in 2010, and created and organized the Roatan Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition in 2013. Since its inaugural event, the international competition is considered one of the more important competitions in the world, bringing in athletes, world record holders, world champions, and national record holders from five different continents to compete annually. Esteban has been honored and privileged to gain experience from these athletes both personally and as a freediver.

Roatan Freediving School & Training Center is also the organizer of the annual Caribbean Cup Freediving Competition and offers Total PADI and PADI Freediver courses from Beginner to Master level with optional accommodation at Mayan Princess Resort at West Bay and Splash Inn Resort at West End.

 

The highly acclaimed Apnea Total Freediving Organization and Education System has grown and flourished around the world. Extremely qualified and experienced instructors have established their own Apnea Total freediving centers around the world, offering courses in South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

 

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  • FREEDIVER

    2 ½ DAYS

    The Apnea Total Freediver Course is designed for any individual,regardless of aquatic experience, who is interested in the incredible experience of apnea (breath-hold) diving.

    US $ 238

    plus tax

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  • ADVANCED FREEDIVER

    3 DAYS

    The Advanced Freediver Course is designed to take students to a far deeper level of this sport.
    Upon completion of this course, many students will achieve depths greater than 30 meters on one breath.

    US $ 272

    plus tax

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  • MASTER FREEDIVER

    3 TO 6 WEEKS

    The Master Freediver Course is an internship of 3 to 6 weeks and an intensive course that will take your freediving skills to a truly superior level. This course is tailor-made to meet your specific goals.

    US $ 722

    plus tax

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FREEDIVER

2 ½ DAYS

Who should take this course?

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Younger than 15? 12 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

What will you learn?

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.

How can you start learning now?

Contact your local PADI Freediver Center or PADI Freediver Instructor and get the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. The Touch is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to freedive safely and allows you to learn at your own pace. Your PADI Freediver Instructor will check on your progress and make sure you understand important freediving information.

Good news – the PADI Freediver Touch also includes all learning materials for the PADI Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver courses.

What freediving gear will you use?

In the PADI Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this course, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own.

US $ 238

plus tax

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ADVANCED FREEDIVER

3 DAYS

Who should take this course?

Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.

To enroll in a PADI Advanced Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).

What will you learn?

The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver TouchTM (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
  • Confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
  • Open water sessions to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal – constant weight freedive of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18)

How can you start learning now?

f you already have the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app, simply get started on the Advanced Freediver section. If not, contact your local PADI Freediver Center or PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor and get the interactive Touch. You can review basic freediving information in the first section, then start studying for your advanced training.

Note that the PADI Freediver Touch also includes all study materials for the PADI Master Freediver course.

What freediving gear will you use?

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bifins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signaling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).Check with your local dive center about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about what you need from your PADI

US $ 272

plus tax

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MASTER FREEDIVER

3 TO 6 WEEKS

Who should take this course?

If you’re an advanced freediver who wants to learn how to fine-tune your lifestyle and training so that you can approach elite freediving levels, then the PADI Master Freediver course is for you. Through focused sessions, you’ll bring your static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight skills to the next level.

To enroll in a PADI Master Freediver course you must be at least 18 years old and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).

What will you learn?

The PADI Master Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about nutrition, relaxation and advanced breathing techniques. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions). You’ll also complete independent research as part of the Master Freediver Assignment.
  • Confined water session to improve static and dynamic apnea attempts, including a no fins dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 3 minutes, 30 seconds and dynamic apnea of 70 metres/230 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice mouthfill equalization and perform warm-up and workup dives for free immersion and constant weight freediving. Goal – constant weight freedive of 27 metres/90 feet.

How can you start learning now?

If you already have the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app, simply get started on the Master Freediver section. If not, contact your local PADI Freediver Center or PADI Master Freediver Instructor to get the interactive Touch. You can review basic and advanced freediving information in the first two sections, then start studying for your master freediver training.

What freediving gear will you use?

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bifins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signaling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).

US $ 722

plus tax

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