Gauthier Ghilain, Freediving National Record holder, AIDA-PADI-SSI Freediving Master Instructor and founder of Freedive Costa Rica
Former competitive swimmer in Belgium, worldwide itinerant scuba instructor, he started freediving in 2008 by accident in Venezuela when training to be divemaster. As a crewman, he used to freedive every day 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 two Belgian National Records in Constant Weight with and without fins.