We Freedive Introduced the term "Freediving Education" in 2008, when formal freediving was mainly defined by rigidly-structured "courses", as defined by the certifying agencies.

We Freedive is about more than just certifications. We deliver Quality Freediving Education at a personal level, going away from teaching courses to teaching people.

Here is a collection of articles on education and its related fields of psychology, communication and philosophy.

  • Rachel Cat Wang - The Chinese Culture and its Role in Learning how to Freedive

    Rachel 'Cat' Wang is an inspirational freediver, based in Beijing, China who came to train with us in order to become a Freediving instructor.

    As part of her AIDA Instructor Course, she gave a presentation on the impact of the Chinese Culture of sports and education on learning - and teaching - how to freedive.

  • Richard Marsh - The History and Future of Freediving for the Koh Surin Moken

    Richard Marsh took part in a recent instructor course with We Freedive in Phuket, where the topic for his final presentation was his experience of spending some time and freediving with the Koh Surin Moken, a tribe of freediving nomads who have spent their lives on and in the water for generations.

  • Dominik Schwarz - Using Anchors in Freediving

    Dominik Schwarz is probably our biggest instructor so far; Look for 2 metres of AIDA Instructor, city hopping around Germany.

    Dominik's final presentation for his AIDA Instructor course with us was on the topic of using classical conditioning as illustrated by the famous experiment with Pavlov's dog in freediving. These insights allow us to design our training to be far more efficient and begin to gain conscious control even over our dive response. 

  • Self-Assessed Competence vs. Actual Competence or the Dunning-Kruger Effect And How To Deal With It

    We all have one problem in common. When we are not good at something, we lack the very competence to assess this lack of competence, that means we have no way of telling that we're not good at it.

  • Freediving - A Way to Enlightenment?

    In our years of learning and teaching freediving, we have always implicitly applied a principle that has been first described by German Philosopher Immanuel Kant in 1784. We have come to the understanding that Freediving is one of the purest forms of the application of Enlightenment as Kant describes it in his article An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?

  • Clinton Laurence - Mindfulness in Freediving

    Clinton Laurence, psychologist and multiple black belt, came to us for his Freediving Instructor Course.

    The intense exchange with an accomplished athlete - who not only has some very good insights into the human mind, but is also a generally great guy - was rewarding and fun at the same time and we are happy to have trained with Clinton.

    As his Instructor Course presentation, Clinton gave an excellent talk on Mindfulness in Freediving.

  • Oli Christen - Action vs. State in Freediving

    Oli Christen, AIDA Instructor, is the  founder of the freediving school Freedive Flow in Bali, Indonesia and has been a valuable member of the AIDA Education work group.

    During his AIDA Instructor Course with We Freedive Thailand,  Oli applied his background in psychology to his new career and gave a brilliant presentation on Action vs. State Orientation in Freediving, a topic that very likely all freedivers have experienced who have gone to a new depth. 

    Read his paper attached below!

  • Apnea International

    With the development of professional freediving and the increased need to provide students as well as Instructors with an agile, current and modern teaching infrastructure, we joined forces with Australia-based Apnea International as their SE-Asian Instructor training facility.

  • Jan Bareš - Time Distortion in Static Apnea

    During his Instructor Course with us, psychologist and hypnotherapist Jan Bareš gave a presentation on the wonderfully intriguing topic of Time Distortion in Static Apnea. A great read that gives some background as well directly applicable tips to improve our Static Apnea Training.

  • Yoshua Surjo - Communicating Freediving to The General Public

    Yoshua Surjo is a Event Management and Communications professional from Jakarta. During his Instructor Course with us, his final presentation gave us a guide on how we can communicate our passion to the public in a structured way.
    Yoshua's article is kept abstract enough to be applied anywhere in the world and will help the people around us to understand us a little better.

  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on Flow and what makes life worth living

    As part of the TED series, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on the flow state that is so essential not only for successful freediving, but any form of training and goal setting.

  • Practice makes Consistent, not Perfect

    One of the greatest misconceptions in training is the idea that "Practice makes Perfect".

  • The Socratic Method

    The Socratic Method is a way of questioning one's knowledge and theories of the world in a way that exposes gaps, discontinuities and contradictions in a productive way.

  • Giorgos Sakkas et al. - Aquaticity in Humans

    I was lucky enough to meet and train with Giorgos Sakkas on my Apnea Academy instructor course in Sharm El Sheikh 2008, where he impressed me with his positive attitude in general and his solid understanding of training physiology in particular.

  • Certifications - PADI, AIDA, Apnea Academy, Apnea International

    We Freedive is Education beyond the Agencies

    Our work has always been about teaching our students how to freedive and allowing our instructor candidates to understand learning and teaching. Our courses combine the learning from our own Instructor Courses, our training with world-class professionals, as well as our years of professional experience in freediving and related fields from Watsu and lifeguard training to the natural and information sciences.

  • Patrick Swartenbroekx - Freediving as Part of a Sustainable Lifestyle

    For his Instructor Course Presentation here at We Freedive, Patrick Swartenbroekx used freediving as the crystallisation core when he imagined a fully sustainable community. 

    In his inspiring talk, he connects the dots between resource management, personal health and socio-economic structure. Find the video of his talk and his presentation paper here.

  • The Evolution of CO₂ Training Tables

    In this article, we take a look at alternative ways of thinking about CO₂ tables by questioning the basic assumptions of the above example and exploring the opportunities we can derive from our answers.

    If you have been in one of our advanced courses, you will already have trained using our re-thought CO₂ tables. We have added a little more thought to keep you from getting bored. Look at the minimum overall hold time towards the end of the article.

    Thanks go to Ben Noble, Sarah Whitcher, Yann Dumas and Walter Johnson for their input and brainstorming.

  • Walter Johnson - Ability-Adaptation Squeeze Model

    Big thanks go out to Walter Johnson for an excellent write-up on lung injuries in Freediving.

    His approach to understanding lung barotrauma (lung squeeze) defines concepts that allow us a deeper understanding of what happens - and what can happen - to our lungs at great depths. Walter's analysis of Nick Mevoli's last deep freedive is a great piece of writing in itself and an extraordinary piece of learning for those who want to take their freediving deeper.

    Highly recommended reading for anyone who wants to find out what greater depth looks and feels like!

  • Simplify the Surface Interval

    This has been bugging me for a long time.

    Decompression related injuries (DCS) have become a significant factor in advanced freediving and one way of reducing the risk of DCS is to work with well-defined surface intervals.

    How to calculate this surface interval is the logical question. We do not have the tables established in the experimentation done for scuba divers and very little hard data to go by. So rules of thumb were created to at least have some idea.

  • TEDed - How do the Lungs Work?

    Emma Bryce's video is a great, concise visualisation of the basic understanding of how lungs work. Taking a look at the roles of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Oxygen (O2) in our breathing, it prepares us well for a beginners' freediving course and may well fill in some details even for advanced freedivers.


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