FREEDIVE COSTA RICA is the First Freediving School in Costa Rica!
Freediving is for us the most Natural, Intimate, and Pure form of Communion with the Underwater World. We have created this school to share our Expertise and Passion for this fascinating activity with You!
With our priority on high quality and fun, we want to offer you an unforgettable underwater adventure in a safe and trustworthy environment. Our experienced Freediving Instructors teach all SSI Freediving Courses from Beginner to Expert levels with a high degree of professionalism and commitment. Our multimedia classroom and dedicated swimming pool will provide you with a relaxed atmosphere to learn and train in and our freediving boat will take you out to our favorite dive sites!
FREEDIVE COSTA RICA is based in Tamarindo, a little beach town located on Costa Rica's Northwest Pacific Coast on the Nicoya Peninsula. A long time mecca for Surfers and blue water Sport Fishermen, Tamarindo, due to its deep, clear, warm and fish bearing waters offer also ideal conditions for Freedivers and Spearfishers. Wonderful wildlife, spectacular beaches, numerous mangrove forests and lagoons will add to your overall experience. Rainforests are just a short ride away, as well as volcanoes and other aspects of nature unique to this region of Costa Rica!
A short boat ride away and considered a must for Scuba Divers, the Catalina Islands are surrounded by pristine water that is often described as being a breathtaking indigo color. These waters are home to an abundant array of marine animals such as Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Sharks but also Humpback Whales, and Spinner Dolphins!
Take a Deep Breath and Let the Adventure Begin!
Gauthier Ghilain, SSI freediving instructor and founder of Freedive Costa Rica.
Former competitive swimmer in Belgium, worldwide itinerant scuba instructor, he started freediving by accident in Venezuela when training to be divemaster. As a crewman he used to freedive everyday with the dive boat anchor to place it on the bottom without damaging the coral. That's how it all started.
It's after several years learning freediving while teaching scuba that he decided to drop the tank to devote himself entirely to his passion and open the first Freediving School in Costa Rica. In love with this green, peaceful and happy little country, he chose Tamarindo for its central position and development, its relaxed beach lifestyle and its proximity to the Catalinas Islands.
Since 2015, Gauthier is involved in International Competitive Freediving. He's now an 80+ meter (260+ ft) Freediver and holds a Belgian National Record in Constant Weight without fins.
Patrícia Vieira, Yoga Teacher & Holistic Therapist
Yoga has been a passion ever since she attended her very first Yoga class in Lisbon (Portugal) in 2004. Patrícia starts by practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, later shifting to Dynamic Yoga. In 2007 she decides to dedicate herself entirely to Yoga and becomes a Yoga Teacher. Over the years she develops a specific approach to Yoga that works the different parts of being (body, mind, emotional system and spirit) into balance. A profound self-awareness, deep relaxation, meditation, quietness as well as the physical body are worked in the class.
Patricia is also a Holistic Therapist and offers different healing therapies that complement yoga and meditation practices. Patricia continues her studies on several other complementary techniques that increase well-being , self-awareness and help achieve a balanced body-mind-heart-soul relationship.