Frequently Asqued Questions


Who can take Survival Apnea courses?

  • Any healthy person with willingness to learn and the ability to swim 200m without assistance. Age 16 years or over



I am under 16 years old, but really want to do it?

  • People under 16 years will be allowed to join a course provided 1 adult (close relative) joins the course with them. At the same time, each individual case will be assessed separately for final approval



I am a waterman. What will I get from Survival Apnea courses & programs?

  • A deeper understanding of what the human body and mind go through when under water on a single breath
  • Increased awareness on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions during intense situations and life in general
  • Breath Control
  • Relaxation skills
  • Guide you in the development of an effective “Underwater Conduct”
  • Guide you in the development of a focused and alert mind
  • Dry exercises to increase lung flexibility/capacity
  • Water sessions and/or training formats that will allow you to train yourself (and a buddy)
  • Safe and sustainable training habits
  • Gain confidence in what you are capable of, and at the same time accept the importance of being humble when it comes to “Playing in the Ocean”.


With discipline and perseverance anyone who takes a course and follows a training program will develop:

  • Connection to self and nature
  • Breath Control
  • Mental Strength
  • Physical Adaptations



I am not particularly an ocean person, yet I practice different sports and always keen to learn something new. What will I get from Survival Apnea courses & programs?

  • Increased awareness on physical sensations, thoughts and emotions during intense situations and life in general
  • Breath Control
  • Relaxation Skills
  • Guide you in the development of an effective “Conduct” when moments get tough
  • Guide you in the development of a focused and alert mind
  • Show you how being focused/connected in the moment enhances performance
  • Exercises to work on your ability to remain focused/clear under stressful situations
  • Show you what it takes to develop Mental Strength and Physical adaptations.
  • Dry exercises to increase lung flexibility/capacity
  • Water sessions and/or training formats that will allow you to train yourself (and a buddy)
  • Safe and sustainable training habits
  • Gain confidence in what you are capable of


With discipline and perseverance anyone who takes a course and follows a training program will develop:

  • Connection to self and nature
  • Breath Control
  • Mental Strength
  • Physical Adaptations



After a course and having followed a training program I am feeling very confident to go and charge BIG WAVES, am I ready for it?

  • On rare occasions, someone turns up to a freediving course and with very little to no training, nor much water experience, the person manages to hold his breath for over 5 minutes. Does this mean he is ready to charge BIG surf?
  • The Breath Hold component is just one within many of the skills and levels of fitness the Waterman must develop to gain confidence and self-reliance when the going gets tough.
  • Courage is as important as humbleness. Knowing when to tap into any of them is an ability a Waterman develops with no rush, over long periods of time. Enjoy the journey.



I want to surf BIGGER WAVES, do I need to take a Survival Apnea Course?

  • The answer is “NO”. There are plenty of guys out there charging BIG surf who have never taken any sort of breath hold course, yet they have very successful watermen careers…if that makes sense.
  • Our courses articulate and condense knowledge that surfers and freedivers have accumulated over years of interaction with the Ocean. You could also get it on your own by being exposed to the Ocean and its challenges on a regular basis. That said, sometimes our lack of connection to the moment and underdeveloped awareness make it hard to grasp nature´s wisdom.
  • Courses will raise awareness on things you never thought of, or you were not paying attention to, which in one way or another will enhance your watermen experience.



What equipment do I need to bring?

  • For Theory days: Comfortable clothes, Pen and paper, Yoga mat or equivalent, water
  • For Pool days: Wetsuit, towel, water, swimming goggles (optional)