Freediving on Koh Tao

The sport of freediving has grown considerably in popularity in recent years and the clear, calm waters of Koh Tao offer excellent training grounds to learn and practice. Going freediving on Koh Tao is a particularly great option for those who are not able to take scuba diving courses due to medical reasons, as this way you are still able to get underwater and experience marine life closer up, but without needing to be on scuba equipment. 

Freediving is essentially breath-hold diving, and all you need is a mask, snorkel, and pair of (extra long!) fins, the rental of which is usually included in the cost of your course or trip. It is an incredibly liberating feeling to be able to stay underwater for longer on one breath, plus when you go freediving on Koh Tao you never know what marine life you will see when you are underwater, which makes it even more fun!

Prior to 2010, there was only one dedicated training centre for freediving on Koh Tao, but now there are several more, plus a number of scuba diving schools who have grown a freediving department to meet demand and complement their other water-based products and services. As is the case with choosing a dive centre on Koh Tao for scuba, you’ll find that each freediving school is associated with various different training agencies. This should not be too big a concern when it comes to choosing between them, however. If you want to learn freediving on Koh Tao, your end decision should always come down to which schools have the best services, facilities, training programs, and schedules to suit your needs. 

We appreciate that it can be difficult to choose a school for freediving on Koh Tao, as most have great reviews on Tripadvisor, Facebook, and Google, and the courses they offer are very similar. We’ve put together a list of our top freediving centres that we recommend to help you decide, with some basic but unbiased information about each school, how they operate, and what sets them apart from other freediving schools on Koh Tao.