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5 Great English Freediving Course in Taiwan

Ray Ko

Ray Ko

Molchanovs and AIDA Freedive Instructor based in Taiwan

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English Freediving Course For Freediver in Taiwan | Freedive Taiwan

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  1. Taipei
  2. Xiaoliuqiu
  3. Taichung
  4. Kenting/Hengchun
  5. Greend Island and Lanyu

To take a freediving course for a freediver in Taiwan from me, click here for more details.

Freediving is the fastest growing water sport in the world and in Taiwan, it seems like freediving is growing even faster but finding an English freediving course in Taiwan can be a challenge. 

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Freediving growth can be largely attributed to the aesthetic and elegant underwater photos on Instagram and more people realizing that get training in freediving through a freedive course is actually a thing that exists (even I did not even know it existed until four years ago).

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Though there are many places to freedive in Taiwan, this post is dedicated to places where you can LEARN freediving in Taiwan in English.

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Although freediving is HUGE in Taiwan with some 100+ freediving instructors on the island, there are only a handful of instructors who can teach in English.

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While I got training in scuba diving from an instructor who didn’t speak any English as I watched English videos to learn the classroom portion of the course, my basic Mandarin and pantomiming, finding an instructor fluent in English is essential in getting trained in freediving (assuming you are not fluent in Mandarin) as many of the concepts and theories need to be discussed in depth (no pun intended) as well as the in-water sessions require a lot of feedback as you perfect your freedive technique.

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And while there are many places to freedive and scuba dive around the island, your choices of English-speaking freedive instructors is much more limited.

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Most freediving training courses take four days to complete; something to keep in mind when researching courses.

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Here are the areas within Taiwan where you can learn freediving.

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Greater Taipei Area 

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Though accounting for nearly one third of the population of Taiwan, greater Taipei area choices are limited. VD Freediving, run by French national Anthony and his Taiwanese wife Jiayin have been based in Taipei for many years though they have recently split their time between Taipei and Xiaoliuqiu.

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Though I am based in Xiaoliuqiu, I do travel to Taipei regularly to conduct requisite part of the course training in a pool in Taipei so you can then come to Xiaoliuqiu to do the open water session over a weekend. To find out more, click here or you can watch my quick video on it here

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Learn Freediving on Xiaoliuqiu

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It is by far the most popular place to learn to freedive in Taiwan as well as the easiest outlying island to access. With its abundant and friendly sea turtle population you are sure to snap a photo with them. You also have reasonably easy access to dive spots from shore and thus do not require a boat. It’s also the only one of two areas on Taiwan that has year-round diving.

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On Xiaoliuqiu you have the biggest concentration of English-speaking freedive instructors. First there is Freedive Taiwan where I took my first two levels, AIDA 2 and AIDA 3, of freediving. As stated earlier, VD Freediving, who can certify in AIDA and Molchanovs,  is also based here., You can also check with Kris Zvaritch who is also a writer for Deeper Blue and Molchanovs.

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To find out more about freediving on Xiaoliuqiu, check out my blog article on my other website here.

Freediving Divecube (Taichung) – Most Ideal for the Timid

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Divecube is a wonderful place to learn freediving and I see on Instagram many freedive instructors teaching courses there. And if you have even the slightest bit of anxiety about diving in the open ocean, Divecube would be THE MOST ideal place for you to take your first freedive course given in the pool instead of the ocean, and the environment is more controlled.

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The downside is there is currently, to my knowledge, English-speaking freedive instructors that teach here.

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However, if there is enough interest, I will re-locate to Taichung in August 2021 to teach at Divecube. So if you are interested, hit me up at ray@freedivenomad.com or on Line @freedive_nomad.

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Freedive Schools in the Kenting/Hengchun Area

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If I didn’t love small island life so much, the Kenting/Hengchun area is probably where I would live instead. And other than Xiaoliuqiu, it is the only other area in Taiwan that can offer year-round diving.

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Your only option is Weirdo Freediving run by Wayne who is arguably the most experienced freedive instructor in Taiwan.

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Green Island and Orchid Island (Lanyu)

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Despite having the most beautiful diving in Taiwan, unfortunately, these two islands have a few disadvantages.

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First, conditions in the winter are unsuitable for diving for many months.

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Second is that it’s frankly a pain in the ass to get to. If coming from Taipei, you’ll have to spend most of the day traveling there and another full day traveling back. Probably in the pre-COVID area its more convenient to fly overseas.

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Third, there are no English-speaking freedive instructors who are permanently based there. There are local Taiwanese instructors who regularly hold courses there though.

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I hope you found this blog article helpful in researching your options for freedive training courses in Taiwan. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line.

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Also, if you are interested in getting training from me and the Taipei/Xiaoliuqiu package doesn’t quite fit wiht the schedule of yours, please contact me at ray@freedivenomad.com or click here, I pride myself on being flexible around my students’ schedule.

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Dive safe and never dive alone!

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