Koh Tao Adventure

If you like the sound of die for beaches, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.


If you like the sound of beaches to die for, superb nightlife and some incredible adventure activities with a cool group of travellers then the Koh Tao adventure is the trip for you. Each week has a new adventure. All you have to do is decide which activities to pick and how long you want to go for.

 Ready for the Koh Tao Adventure?

Xtreme-gappersHow much fun you will have depends on how long you can stay, whether you have one week or one month we have plenty to keep you entertained with an action packed itinerary.

The Koh Tao adventure includes the following:

  • Pick up from the pier
  • Welcome dinner to meet the rest of the group with our rep
  • In country support
  • One activity option per week
  • Stand Up Paddle session
  • Discover Scuba Dive
  • Longtail boat tour around the island
  • Visit Koh Nang Yuang, stunning little island
  • Snorkelling
  • Full Moon Party Ticket min stay 2 weeks (if your timing is right)
  • All accommodation
  • Free Wi-Fi in resort

You probably don’t want to go all the way to Asia to miss out on the gorgeous beaches, Koh Tao has plenty. However, if you are like us, beaches are never enough, and you also want some serious fun and adventure. With The Koh Tao Adventure, you can pick your own itinerary by choosing from some of the incredible included adventures. You can even sneak in a cheeky Full Moon Party and let the good times roll with an awesome adventure day in the first week.

Koh Tao Adventure Highlights

  • Going out for a gorgeous Thai meal so you can meet the rest of the group
  • You will never have a dull moment, with plenty of plenty of Xtreme activities included (see below)
  • You can top up your tan and laze around on some of the amazing beaches you have plenty of chill time as well.
  • As the sun goes down that nightlife heats up, Koh Tao has amazing nightlife you will make friends from all over the world.
  • Relax into the swing of things, we make it easy with comprehensive intro session to the island, and our rep is there to help you every step of the way.
  • You will be amazed by what you can achieve when you challenge yourself, with the snorkelling and climbs to viewpoints, stand up paddling and a Discover Scuba dive session!! Question is, can you handle this much fun?
  • You have plenty of time to also explore some of Thailand’s beautiful underwater environments, with crystal clear waters and amazing snorkelling you might just get hooked.
  • It’s your holiday, so we set you up in a beautiful resort with gorgeous Thai tropical gardens and a nice refreshing pool and its own restaurant. See accommodation section for more information.
  • Includes one amazing activity per week. Crossfitt, Muay Thai, Yoga… take your pick!

The Xtreme Activities

Xtreme Gappers on Koh Tao (2)If you want to stay longer than 1 week, and chill out on one of Thailand’s most incredible paradise islands, you can book extra weeks, to complete the other Koh Tao Adventure options (one per week).

The longer you stay the better value the trip is. If you want to spend 2 months in Thailand, you can combine the Thailand Adventure and the Koh Tao Adventure giving you 2 months in Thailand. Or combine the Koh Tao Adventure with any other trip we run in Thailand or anywhere else in Asia! We have some amazing suggestions, so tell us about your plans and we can see what would suit you best. That is what we are here for.

 

These are the weekly options, you can choose one per week.

Next to the options we also include the amazing Adventure Day, and a ticket to the Full Moon Party with a minimum stay of 2 weeks,  if this goes inside your travel dates

  • Cross Fit Package
  • Muay Thai Package
  • Yoga Package
  • Beginner Freediving Package

Read more about all this in the Details tab.

Nightlife & Beach Time

Koh Tao is not only famous for its great diving and beautiful beaches, there is quite a party scene there too! Picture this: Cool beach bars, fire shows, awesome night clubs like Fizz bar all within easy stumbling distance to your accommodation. If you want to have some serious fun after the sun sets, you will not be disappointed.

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Crossfit, Muay Thai, Yoga  or  Freediving? What should I Pick?

How adventurous are you?! Some of our top-rated activities are in Koh Tao and they are waiting for you, the tough choice is what to do?!

We know Koh Tao only too well, we started Xtreme Gap here, lived and breathed the life here and so we know how to show you a great time – all over the island and in the water around it. It is a paradise island that you could easily fall in love with, spending months relaxing here. We have the perfect cure for all this laziness, with the following adventure options.

Available Included Xtreme Activities On Koh Tao

Koh Tao cross thatSo when you are lying on a dreamy white sandy beach, in a paradise setting wouldn’t it be nice to have the body to match. With our cross fit package, you can! Five full-on cross fit sessions, with professional accredited Cross fitness trainers will whip you into shape so you will not feel guilty about lazing on the beach, and dipping into the Gulf of Thailand will be so much more rewarding.

If you have not done CrossFit before you need to come to the 4 different Foundation classes before you can do the regular classes. These 4 classes will teach you all the basic movements and techniques for CrossFit, so that you are able to do the movements safely and effectively. These classes are similar to personal training as our coach will spend lots of time helping them with the movements.
We run the Foundation classes every day at 10.15am and so they can easily do the Foundation classes in a week.

Check out the video below it is the latest fitness craze that has become huge. It’s highly effective high-intensity WODS (work out of the day) mixes hundreds of different techniques and every day is always different. With this option is the perfect way to get into excellent physical shape and get that perfect beach bod


Xtreme Gap Thailand Muay Thai 2012 (27)The fit package is the most popular option. It includes 5 Muay Thai sessions taken over five days. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never done it before, learning the national sport of Thailand in a cool jungle gym is an awesome experience. It is a great way to try something new, get really fit and learn much more about the culture of Thailand.
You will undergo a modified non-contact training regime in the camp that host monthly Muay Thai fights, a really authentic and cool experience!
Some like to do it in the morning and then hit the beach others like the cooler evening training times.

Koh Tao yoga optionProbably one of our most chilled out options, you have five sessions working on your well-being, and flexibility with a fantastic yoga package. Set in landscaped gardens surrounded by coconut groves there’s a special feeling about the place.

Even if you’ve never tried yoga before this is the perfect place to do it, as everyone is welcome to come and give it a go and it is the perfect activity to take if you want to turn your Koh Tao experience into the ultimate chilled out beach time.

 

 

freedive mexicoThis is probably the most Xtreme option, and one of the most rewarding!  Our professional freediver instructors will teach you the basics of Freediving, and accompany you down to depths of 12 metres! The actual course itself lasts 2 days and included theory and water based instruction.

 

Free Time On Koh Tao – A Tropical Island Paradise

Koh Tao Adventure (11)During the trip, there will be plenty of free time for you to explore the beautiful island of Koh Tao. Whilst activities to keep you busy they do not take up the entire week, so you will have plenty of chill time. Don’t worry about getting itchy feet though, there is plenty to do on the island, as you will be with our group there are always tons of suggestions for things to keep you entertained. Whether it’s exploring the amazing beaches, soaking up the incredible nightlife (or having tasty Thai food to get over the hangover!) feedback from previous Xtreme Gappers has always been very positive about Koh Tao. When you are not off exploring, you have a beautiful resort with a swimming pool to chill out in, and everything is within an easy walking distance of where you are staying. The beach for examples is just a 3 min walk from your accommodation.

As Koh Tao is one of the best places in the world to learn to dive, many people add on a full open water course. Once you have a license you are able to book extra fun dives locally for about £18 per dive.

For those staying for a minimum of 2 weeks, you are lucky enough to join the full moon party(check dates upon booking). We include the full moon party tickets and its super easy to head over to the neighbouring island to hit the full moon party, and party all night!

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Accommodation

Your stay on Koh Tao will be made even sweeter as you stay at a luxury diving resort. Our representative is located next door so you always have our backup and support on your doorstep.

You will be staying in a shared twin bedroom (upgrades to your own room available £25 per week) with an ensuite shower and toilet. Room upgrades to more expensive and luxurious class are also available.

The accommodation is set in gorgeous tropical Thai Gardens, with a beautiful relaxing pool. There are a bar and a restaurant available at the resort and you will be based in Sairee, the main backpacker Hub, just 3 min from the beach and a short walk to the nightlife.

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Trip Frequently Asked Questions

This programme begins in Koh Tao, but we can book you an extra night in bangkok plus overnight transfer to Koh Tao. This means you have to arrive 2 days before the start date of the trip in Bangkok.

If you wish help with flight just let us know.

Stay in luxury in Bangkok for a night before heading to paradise (optional).

An easy entry into the country with your arrival in Bangkok sorted, with a night in a hotel close to Khao San Road (the backpacker area). You can then spend a few days in the capital, checking out the sites or taking some optional tours. After exploring the capital city and partying on the Khao San Rd, you will be ready to head down to a paradise island, famous amongst backpackers for being the ultimate get away… Prepare yourself for a relaxing, blissful and adventurous time, spent living on Koh Tao. Your transfer tickets to take you from Bangkok to Koh Tao will be ready for you at our office in Bangkok.

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Terms: £200 GBP deposit required on booking. Full payment 12 weeks prior to trip start.

Included

  • Shared accommodation in a beautiful resort with pool (upgrade to single available at £25 a week)
  • Taxi pick up from the pier on Koh Tao
  • Delicious Thai meal with the rest of the group on us
  • Introduction to the island and details on where to find the best beaches and your activities
  • Free Koh Tao Guide
  • Amazing nightlife in cool beach bars
  • Your choice of Activity (beginner freediving (2 days), 5 one on one Muay Thai sessions or 5 yoga sessions, or 3 Crossfit sessions)
  • Snorkelling
  • Long Tail boat adventure
  • Stand up paddle session
  • Climb to viewpoint on stunning Koh Nang Yuang
  • All Equipment for activities
  • All instruction and guides for activities
  • Free Wifi at the resort
  • Return ticket to the full moon party with a min stay of 2 weeks (if it is on during your dates)

For 2 or 3 or 4 week packages, choose one extra adventure option per week:

Not included but available

  • 1 night in a luxury Bangkok hotel with breakfasts (optional with upgrade)
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao( optional with upgrade)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • airport pickup
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals (apart from the evening out with the rep)
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island.

Please note this programme does not include meals, we are often asked why and the answer is simple. You can eat out in Thailand for as little as £2. If we included all of your food, you would have to eat in the same place all the time. We feel that there is so much amazing food to discover in Thailand, that you should be able to choose where to eat and when to eat. Going out for dinner is also a social event, you will discover that during the day everyone is training, and you meet in the evening for a nice Thai Curry somewhere. Our rep can tell you all about the nice places to eat.

Dates

2017

30th July 2017
13th August 2017
27th August 2017
24th September 2017
26th November 2017
24th December 2017

2018

28th January 2018
18th February 2018
25th March 2018
22nd April 2018
20th May 2018
17th June 2018
22nd July 2018
19th August 2018
16th September 2018
11th November 2018
09th December 2018

 

Freedive Course And Training In Mexico

We have put together freedive courses according to the AIDA certification requirements with a professional freedive instructor. Besides the course we will take you diving in amazing underwater caves, beautiful lagoons, sea wrecks and you can choose a special dive, depending on the season: whale sharks, bull sharks (only 3 star), lion fish hunt, scuba dive, Maya ruins or sail fish run. We focus on giving you the best preparation to feel comfortable going freediving, plus we will give you lots of extra information about the area, where once the great Mayan civilization bloomed. You will end up on the bottom of the sea posing on the prow of a ship wreck for our photographer, with nothing but the air in your lungs! We have put together an amazing package unique in this world for you!!

Place yourself in the Mexican jungle. You have just jumped into one of the many ´cenotes´ here, or underwater caves. You hold on to a floating device and focus on your breathing, preparing to go down with no more than the air in your own lungs. After a minute or two you get a signal, take one last deep breath and off you go.


 Freediving in Mexico

Meter by meter you descend into the dark crystal clear water while you try to stay as calm as possible, knowing that you have more than enough air left to make it back up safely. At 16 meters depth you look around and see how the water breaks the light from the sun into beautiful rays, illuminating a magical underwater world full of stalagmites and stalactites. A sight you will not see anywhere else in the world. You go back up where your instructor and your buddies wait for you and you can finally let the air out, and breathe: preparing to go back down again. That is freediving in the Mayan Riviera and one of the most amazing things you will ever do!

Become one with the underwater worldFreediving beginner

We offer freedive courses according to the AIDA certification requirements with a professional freedive instructor. Besides the course we will take you diving in amazing underwater caves, beautiful lagoons, sea wrecks and you can choose a special dive, depending on the season: whale sharks, bull sharks (only 3 star), lion fish hunt, scuba dive, Maya ruins or sail fish run. We focus on giving you the best preparation to feel comfortable going freediving, plus we will give you lots of extra information about the area, where once the great Mayan civilization bloomed. You will end up on the bottom of the sea posing on the prow of a ship wreck for our photographer, with nothing but the air in your lungs!  We have put together an amazing package unique in this world for you!!

It is our goal to not just give you the proper theoretical and practical know-how, but also to truly make you feel   the amazing experience of freediving. It is an exciting sport and a way to really challenge and look at yourself, and to learn that you can do so much more than you think! It is perfect for boys as well as girls and the best way to really get in touch with the underwater world!

Playa del Carmen and its surroundings is a place like no other in the world. The list of things to do is endless and you will love the whole vibe and fall in love with the Mexican hospitality and laid back life style.

Freediving Mexico Highlights Include:

  • Dive up to 16 meters on a single breath
  • Dive in the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean sea
  • Explore underwater caves without having to bring any equipment
  • 5 trips to different dive sites, each with their unique specifications
  • Choose an extra special dive: whale sharks, bull sharks, scuba dive, Maya ruins, sail fish run or lion fish hunt
  • Go diving to a ship wreck in front of the crystal clear waters of the island Cozumel
  • A chance to practice with experienced free divers
  • Get 2 and/ or 3 star certification

 

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Full Details

Please note the below highlights the AIDA version. We also run this with SSI accreditation, this is done interchangeably depending on availability of freedive instructors. After booking you may be on either SSI or AIDA.

Coba, Playa, Mexico (3)The AIDA ** freediver course is the foundation freediving course covering the necessary skills and knowledge for recreational freediver to safely freedive with or without a guideline.
You will be introduced to four freediving disciplines : static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight. The course will follow your abilities and it is not a competitive course.
Enjoying is the most important point for us. We will first start in confined water and then explore the beautiful Mexican cenotes while freediving.

To successfully complete the AIDA 2 star freediver course you will have to perform a 2 minute breath hold, swim 40 m underwater with fins and dive to 16m in the open water.

Day 1: We pick you up from the residence and bring you to our home base for a theoretical introduction and some breathing exercises. You will spend some time in a swimming pool where you focus on static apnea and dynamic apnea.

Day 2: This day you will spend in one of the cenotes and we will work on how to freedive in a safe and responsible way. Also you will learn how to be a good ´buddy´.

Day 3: This day we will also spend in a cenote or a laguna, in which we can practice our skills and finish the requirements if not already done. We will finish the day with a small exam and a late lunch and a beer!

After your 2 star training you will go freediving and exploring various of the magical cenotes with our instructor for 5 days and a beautiful laguna. We also include a unique dive to a ship wreck in front of the coast of the island Cozumel with its famous crystal clear waters.

Xtreme Gap freediving Mexico (50)As a bonus we have , depending on the season, one of 6 amazing dives:

  • Swimming with the gentle whale sharks (June to September)
  • Diving with sailfish, the fastest fish of the ocean (February)
  • Free diving bull sharks, an unforgettable experience unique in the world (November to April   – it will be up to the instructor to decide whether a student/ client is ready to do the bull shark dive)
  • Help to keep the balance of the marine ecosystem by hunting for lion fish
  • For certified scuba divers a change to go diving in one of the amazing cenotes
  • Go visit the magnificent ruins of Coba and go diving in one of the magical cenotes around there

The AIDA *** freediver course is a course which builds on the skills acquired in the  AIDA**course. The aim of the course is to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to independently plan and participate in free diving activities with similarly experienced free dive buddies.
This course is really designed for you to improve your techniques and most of all to understand your sensation. You will learn proper equalization techniques and free falling to depth.
During this course we will practice the four free diving disciplines in a non competitive way : static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight.

To successfully complete the AIDA 3 star free diver course you will have to perform a 2 minute 45 second breath hold, swim 55 m underwater with fins and dive to 24 meters in the open water.

Day 1: 7h to 16h- Confined water
– Stretching
– Training into an Olympic size pool: dynamic up to 55m
– Training table (exercise to train CO2 tolerance with dynamic dives)
– Theory (mammalian dive reflex, blood shift, training plan…..)
– Static dive (2 min 45) + co2 training in static

Day 2 : 8h30 to 17h. Open Water
– Stretching
– Cenote ‘El Pit’
– Discovering the Free fall/ turn
– Rescue techniques on deep dives
– Constant weight at 24 m minimum
– Safety diver

Day 3: 8h30 to 17h – Stretching
– Laguna Tulum
– Deep dives
– Auto rescue at depth
– Use of a lanyard
– Constant weight at 30 m
-safety diver

Playa del Carmen

CARIBBEAN___MEXICO_MEXICO_CON_MEX__MEXICO_-_CARIBBEAN_COAST_PLAYA_DEL_CARMEN_RES_002648_Playa del Carmen is a beautiful city that sits on the Caribbean Sea coast of Mexico. It used to be a humble fishing village and the stopover for travelers visiting Cozumel Island. It is blessed with the same stretch of white sandy beaches and azure waters as Cancun, but with less crowd.

Tourists then began to see Playa del Carmen as a good holiday getaway, and so began its rise as a major destination. It is now home to various hotels, restaurants, resorts, and bars and clubs, not to mention many other attractions such as adventure sports facilities and great diving opportunities.

Quinta Avenida is the city’s major street. You can walk it from the beach. It is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and many other interesting establishments. Walking along this street will make you feel the festive atmosphere of the place. You will find streets intersecting with the Quinta and leading to the beach. Here you will find internet cafes, money changers, dive-shops and other specialty stores. Quinta Avenida transforms into a vibrant party venue at night. It is the perfect place to mingle with the locals and fellow tourists.

The picturesque beaches in Playa del Carmen are open to the public. The crystal-like waters have the right temperature for a nice swim. If you prefer a crowded beach, then head for the ones close to the ferry docks. But if you want a serene, private place, then go to either north or south for less crowded and quitter beaches.

Playa del Carmen offers lots of sporting activities at the beach. You can fish, scuba-dive, or snorkel. Do not worry if you forgot to bring your gears since there are many dive shops that rent out equipment. If you do not prefer some action, you can always relax by lounging under your umbrella, while sipping a glass of margarita.

As for culinary adventures, the city also has many interesting things to offer. It has a diverse mix of traditional, international, as well as fusion cuisines and all ready to appease your craving palate with something hot, something new, or something scrumptious. Options include authentic Mayan dishes French, Italian, Chinese, Argentinean, and many other international dishes.

Visit the bustling yet charming Playa del Carmen. This heavenly, stylish, and surprisingly seductive place will astound you with all its unique offers. You´ll never want to leave!

Your accommodation is in a beautiful boutique hostel, with a great intimate atmosphere. The rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning! All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax or just share travel tips with other guests. Its located in a great neighbourhood, everything is round the corner, oh and there is free WiFi!

The best hostel in Playa del Carmen for sure. Perfect blend of atmosphere without being too crazy. Great chill out area in the middle with fun events at night. The staff are all really good fun and friendly. The place has a great vibe and if you like tequila you will do very well here.

Breakfast

We include breakfast for you. Breakfast is a buffet style and includes – coffee, tea, bread, butter, 4 types of jam, 2 types of cereal, milk and 2 types of fruits, so good start of the day!

 

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Included

  • Shared accommodation in Playa’s coolest hostel 5 minutes from the beach!
  • Breakfast
  • Airport pickup
  • Professional apnea course and AIDA or SSI certification
  • Pick up from the residence to go to the course and to practice
  • Photo and video material of the dives you make
  • Unlimited sun, beach, fun!

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Personal expenditure

We have put together a unique free diving package for you, with enough free time to enjoy everything else there is to do in one of the most amazing places in the world!

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Freediving Course Thailand

Mastering advanced Freediving techniques will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air in just 2 days! You can train at our worldclass Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand. We will teach you the correct techniques, the physiology and science enabling you to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or advanced course, or participate in a full blown freediving master or even instructor programme!


Master advanced Freediving techniques that will enable you to dive down 20 metres on a single breath of air on the second day! Our Freediving school, set on a cool tropical island in Thailand, teaches you correct techniques, the physiology and science behind being able to do advance freediving. Either complete an eye opening beginner or Advanced course, or come stay a while with a full blown freediving master.

 Become an Xtreme Freediving Master In Thailand

Why Learn to Freedive?

Some would say Freediving allows you to achieve what most consider impossible. Overcoming that perception is one of the main reasons to try it.But actually the real reason is because it is an amazing thing to do.  Once you are into free diving it will open up a whole new world to you.  It’s hard to comprehend what it is about until you have tried it.  But just imagine practising their sport every day, that opens you up to a completely new environment and something that you will continuously get better at.  How extreme you want to go well that’s up to you, but living on a tropical island interacting with Marine life and getting amazing free diving skills well that’s worth spending some time on.

What will you learn?

On our Thailand Freediving course you will learn how to overcome your fears and decent down to 30 to 40 metres holding your breath. Advanced techniques are taught by highly experienced instructors, allowing you to experience the amazing underwater world of Koh Tao. If you are on a short break go for the beginner and advanced course, if you want to spend some decent time here, become a freedive Master.

Was this trip might not be right for everyone if you do like the water then you can take your snorkelling experience to the next level you would genuinely be amazed by how capable you can be under the water.

Beginner – 1 Week

Freediving beginner

Advanced 2 Weeks

Freediving advanced

Master Course – 6 Weeks

Freediving  Master

Free Diving Highlights:

  • Ideal for a short holiday or cool activity to add to your gap year
  • Totally unique programme, feel free
  • 1 week    for a beginner course.
  • 2 weeks for a beginner & advanced course.
  • 6 weeks to become a master!
  • Freediving up to 20 meters within 2 days
  • For the more advanced: freediving up to 40 meters!
  • No dive equipment needed
  • See turtles, tropical fish and more!
  • Experience the stunning under water world
  • Accommodation on the beautiful Thai island Koh Tao
  • Stay one day and night in a luxury hotel in the buzzing backpackers area of Bangkok upon arrival

 

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Beginner Freediver course (max 20 meters) 2 day course

An introduction to Apnea (Freediving). During this course we will take you down to 20 metres in a controlled environment through the use of relaxation and breath hold techniques.

First Day

Gili Freediving Programme IndonesiaWe start with theory (in the morning), this is an introduction to the different disciplines and principals of freediving. We will cover the   equipment and talk about what is possible and how You will learn more about the body and what makes it possible to dive to depths. It is fascinating really as you learn all about innate reflexes in the human body that assist us under water.

We then look at   breathing techniques,   theory of duck-diving and conserving energy, descent and ascent.

In the afternoon we will head out on the boat to try out the theory and put it into practice. This will involve warming up and preparation equalization duck-dive practice and kicking technique dives and you will go to a maximum of 12 meters.

Second Day

  • Theory (in the morning)
  • safety
  • Pranayama
  • proper pre-dive and post-dive breathing

Advanced freediving course (max 40 meters) 3 day course

For all of you who have completed the Freediver Course and want to go deeper and for a longer time, this is your course. The advance course lasts 3 days and is divided in theory and water exercises.

First Day

  • Xtreme Gap Year Freediving Course (4)Theory (in the morning)
  • advanced breathing techniques
  • pre-dive breathing pattern
  • warm up routine
  • advanced equalization
  • Water (in the afternoon)
  • warming up and preparation
  • negative dives

Second Day

  • Theory (in the morning)
  • training techniques Breakpoint
  • stretching
  • diet
  • safety
  • Water (in the afternoon)
  • full warmup technique and preparation.
  • NPSD (Negative pressure static dive)
  • deep dives (max. allowed 40 meters)

Third Day

  • Theory (in the morning)
  • mammalian dive reflex
  • advanced static apnea preparation
  • Water (in the afternoon)
  • static apnea (pool or sea)

This is an intense freediving course. Aims of this course include deeper dives to depths between 30 – 40 meters, and an introduction to static apnea with breath-holds of a 3-minute minimum.

Master freediving course (6 weeks including beginner and advanced)

Freediving Xtreme Gap (5)During this course you improve your freediving skills in every aspect, Deep equalization, time and depth are improvements. You will have an specific breathing and training sessions depending on your capacity practising different disciplines, free-immersion,constant weight, unassisted, dynamics and static.

You’ll be diving everyday and we will film you in different days to improve your technique and see your progress.

We will also introduce different breathing techniques and cover different topics: physiology, diet, training, visualization and more. The Master course is an internship training programme where you will maximize your freediving potential. You will practice all major freedive disciplines of free immersion, dynamics, static, constant weight with fins, unassisted, no limits and variable weight. Plus masters will assist instructors for all freediving course levels.

Accommodation

A 30 second walk from the Muay Thai training camp you will find your beautiful new, safe and clean home from home.

Our accommodation is one of the few places on the island with a swimming pool, which in 30 degrees heat is a god send after training. Your room, big and comfortable, will have an en-suite and there is a maid service. There is a laundry service (approx €1 per big bag load) as well. Linen and towels are provided.

Room options

Please note the standard fan room is the default room we provide unless upgrading room class.

Standard Fan Room

Recommended!!! Our most basic standard of accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, ceiling fan and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Fan
  • Satelite TV
  • Internet Wifi
  • Balcony
  • Your own own Shower and Toilet

Comfort Fan Room

Our newest rooms, recently built they are beautifully decorated and furnished for your relaxation. Larger than our Standard Room range, they are very close to our swimming pool and sunbathing area.

  •  Satelite TV
  • Internet Wifi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower and toilet

Standard Airconditioning Room

Basic accommodation, with your own bathroom, satellite television, twin beds, air-conditioning and private terrace to enjoy the garden view and socialising.

  • Airconditioning
  • Satelite TV
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Wifi
  • Balcony
  • Your own Shower & Toilet

 

More Accommodation Information

Follow this link to our Blog post with more details and pictures regarding the accommodation on Koh Tao.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The freediving school is located on a tropical island in Thailand, named Koh Tao. So when you are not exploring the sea bed, you will be living your life in paradise! Xtreme Gap has partnered with the regions leading freediving school, which is an independent organization established in 2004 by internationally recognized freediving instructors. The team has vast experience in training and participating in worldwide freediving competitions. Their qualifications include dives deeper than 80 meters and static breath-holds of over 7.5 minutes.
  • In summary a freediver enjoys the following:
  •  No decompression limits.
  • No heavy cumbersome and slow equipment.
  • No costs of hiring expensive equipment to go diving.
  • No restrictions on flying.
  • No bubbles to scare the fish.
  • Freediving is popular because:
  • It is a low cost sport.
  • It pushes your limits giving you a great sense of achievement on a good dive.
  • It is extremely good for fitness and cardio levels.
  • If you like the sea it gives you total freedom and flexibility – no scary bubbles (fish don ´t like bubbles) not nitrogen build up, and plenty of fun gliding through the water.

Freediving is diving under the water without assistance from a scuba tank filled with oxygen. It comes in many different forms:

  •  Static Apnea
  • Constant weight
  • Free Imersion
  • CNF (Constant Weight No Fins)

Read More about Freediving on our blog.

One of the benefits of booking your trip on Koh Tao with Xtreme Gap Year is not only do you get to do this awesome activity, but you will become part of the Xtreme gap family on Koh Tao. We will pick you up from the pier and give you a warm welcome at our stunning resort. On your first night our resident representative will take you out for a gorgeous Thai meal annual get to know all of the other members of the group. When you are booking a trip with us it is not just about the activity so please bear this in mind if you are comparing prices to other companies. No other company has such a big presence in Koh Tao, runs groups of like-minded travellers so booking a trip with us is as much about the friends you make as well as the experiences you will have.

Duration Option Price
1 (Week) Beginner Course & Accommodation £ 399 Book Now
1 (Week) Advanced Course & Accommodation £ 399 Book Now
2 (Week) Beginner & Advanced Course & Standard Fan Accommodation £ 649 Book Now
2 (Week) Beginner & Advanced Course & Comfort Fan Accommodation £ 789 Book Now
2 (Week) Beginner & Advanced Course & Aircon Accommodation £ 899 Book Now
6 (Week) Master Course ( Zero to-hero) Standard Fan £ 1659 Book Now
6 (Week) Master Course ( Zero to-hero) Comfort Room £ 1899 Book Now
6 (Week) Master Course ( Zero to-hero) Aircon Room £ 1999 Book Now

Included

  • Detailed information pack before departure
  • Luxury hotel in Bangkok on the night before leaving for paradise
  • Transfer from Bangkok to Koh Tao (one way)
  • Taxi pick up from the pier, and transfer to your accommodation
  • 1, 2 or 6 weeks accommodation at a beautiful resort
  • Island introduction by our own rep!
  • Freediving Course (Max 20 meters) /Advanced Free Diver Course (Max 40 meters) /Master Freediving Course (6 week course only)
  • Use of freedive equipment
  • Dedicated world class AIDA & F.R.E.E. free dive instructors
  • Freediving Qualification certificates (following the F.R.E.E. discipline)
  • Discounts of retail prices for all free diving equipment

 

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks
  • Diving insurance
  • Transfer ticket back from Koh Tao to Bangkok. Our rep can help you sorting this out once you are on the island. (About 30 GBP)

Dates

Starts every Sunday except in October and November. No courses run over October and November.

The programme starts with a night in Bangkok. The following day we have booked you on to the bus and boat to Koh Tao. When you arrive early we can book you in extra nights in the hotel in Bangkok.

 

” Just wanted to write you to say thank you for helping me learn to become a free diver. I never knew it was possible to dive that deep or hold my breath for that long, the course was excellent.  “
Harry Torpey
” Koh Tao was absolutely stunning, I had such a great time with the team there and my free diving experience was the highlight of my trip. I got down to 30 m and I think I’ve found a new addiction so thank you very much to everyone Xtreme Gap. “
Winona McGrath

Gili Freediving Programme, Indonesia

Free diving is the name suggest is all about freedom under water. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you push yourself (and when you have the proper instruction) makes this in with a beautiful tropical island deep clear blue seas and superb free diving instruction from some of the world’s top free dive instructors and you’re onto a winner.

Free diving as the name suggest is all about freedom under water. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you push yourself (and when you have the proper instruction) makes this in with a beautiful tropical island deep clear blue seas and superb free diving instruction from some of the world’s top free dive instructors and you’re onto a winner.

 

Freediving In The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands located just a short distance away from Bali are the perfect location to learn to free dive. Based at a top free diving school, you will be under the instruction of some of the worlds best free dive instructors, where you can learn the theory and skills necessary to dive deep on a single breath of air.

Whilst we offer free diving courses in lots of different locations all over the world, there’s something very special about the Gili Islands, maybe it’s because you are not limited by depth (if you could go deeper than 200m although you certainly won’t be able to do that on this course). Perhaps you just want a taste of this exciting sport, or you really want to develop your free diving skills in which case we have some pretty advanced courses as well.

If you want to learn more about free diving check this Freediving link.

Highlights

  • Learning the theory behind Apnea and overcoming your fear to go deeper
  • Training under British national record holder Mike Board
  • Experiencing the awesome feeling the first time you break the negative buoyancy barrier becoming completely weightless.
  • Discovering more amazing things your body is truly capable of when you learn how to master it properly.
  • Checking out the beautiful underwater world surrounding the Gili Islands.
  • Enjoying the tropical island lifestyle sitting on white sandy beaches with the coconut arrak!

 

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Itinerary

We have two options in the Freedive course. The first one is a 1 week pack. You have 5 full on freedive course days! This gives you a couple of days to chill out as well.

  • Complete a 1 Week Beginner to Advanced
  • Complete a 2 week Beginner to Deep Dive Course

The Beginner and Advanced Freedive Course What’s the difference?

Beginner:

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia The Level 1 Freediver Course is an entry level course designed to teach the fundamental skills of breath holding and freediving. This course is suitable for anyone interested in improving their overall comfort underwater, or for those with previous freediving experience, interested in developing the correct techniques to extend their limits. This two day course is comprised of two academic sessions and two open water sessions.

Advanced:

This level 2 course will equip you with further knowledge of the mammalian dive reflex and how to initiate the best response for Freediving. You will learn new advanced equalization techniques and apnea training methods to carry you past 20 meters and develop the skills necessary to Freedive to depths up to 30 meters.

Deep Diving Freediving course

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia (15)If you decide to join this trip for 2 weeks, you will also do the Deep dive course. We take you deeper and learn you more about breathing techniques!

The two week freedive programme includes the Beginner, Advanced and Deep dive course.

People that join usually wish to maximize their potential and see just how deep they can go! Students train progressively over the duration of the course and increase both breath-hold and depth from day to day.

Certification

Once you have completed your initial training you will be a certified SSI Freediver. SSI certification is recognized world wide so your diving experiences will be limitless.

We also have Master courses but you have to be freediving for 6 months already if you want to join this course, if you are interested you can send us and email.

Yoga classes included

Whenever you feel like it you can attend the yoga classes. Because we feel you benefit from doing yoga, helps you to learn to control your breading, we include 2 sessions per week.

About your instructors

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia We work with some of the top freediving schools in the world, and the Gili Islands School is on we of those with out a doubt. Your instructors Kate and Mike have an impressive roster of awards.

Freedive Instructor Kate Middleton won 1st place overall in the South East Asia Breathless Freediving competition in Phuket Thailand from 17-20 Feb 2011.

Mike Board sets a new British national record in Free Immersion at the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt.

Depending on which course you will be doing the itinerary is as follows:

Beginner and Advanced

Beginner, level 1.

Gili Freediving Programme Indonesia (17)The Level 1 Freediver Course is an entry level course designed to teach the fundamental skills of breath holding and freediving. This course is suitable for anyone interested in improving their overall comfort underwater, or for those with previous freediving experience, interested in developing the correct techniques to extend their limits.

This two day course is comprised of two academic sessions and two open water sessions.

Theory

  •  Introduction to freediving
  •  Freediving Equipment orientation
  •  Physiology
  •  Mammalian Dive Reflex
  •  Understanding Pressure
  •  Equalization
  •  Freediving skills: duckdiving, finning technique, the ascent and descent
  •  2 section breathing
  •  Freediving safety

Water Session One

  •  Pre-dive Stretching
  •  Equipment adjustment
  •  Breathing revision (in water)
  •  Equalizing
  •  Duck diving, finning technique, streamlining
  •  Arms only technique
  •  Dives to 12m
  •  Freediving safety
  •  Black out and Loss of Motor Control rescue techniques

Day Two

Theory

  •  Aquatic Environment
  •  Water Movement – Tides and Currents, Wind and Waves
  •  Planning your Freediving session
  •  Freediving Safety – Freediving and Scuba diving
  •  Training for Freediving

Water Session

  • Stretching for Freediving
  •  Breating revision
  •  Constant Weight (with fins) diving to 20m max (min 10m)
  •  Practice recovery of an unconscious diver (black out) underwater from 10m
  •  Loss of Motor Control rescue on the surface
  •  Duckdiving, finning technique, streamlining
  •  Ascending arms only from 10m
  •  Surfacing and recovery breathing Advanced Freediver Course

Advanced, level 2

The Level 2 Freediver Course will equip you with further knowledge of the mammalian dive reflex and how to initiate the best response for Freediving. You will learn new advanced equalization techniques and apnea training methods to carry you past 20 meters and develop the skills necessary to Freedive to depths up to 30 mtrs.

Day One

  •  Physiology
  •  Pressure and Depth
  •  Mammalian Dive Reflex
  •  Breathing technique
  •  Deep equalization technique
  •  Advanced Freediving skills
  •  Freediving Safety
  •  Stretching
  •  Breathing revision
  •  Static Apnea
  •  Static Apnea training techniques
  •  Static Apnea safety
  •  Dynamic Apnea techniques
  •  Dynamic Apnea without fins technique
  •  Stretching and Warming up
  •  Duckdive revision
  •  Frenzel equalization
  •  Streamlining and orientation
  •  Finning technique

Day Two

  •  Lung volumes
  •  Thoracic stretching
  •  Warm-ups for freediving
  •  Freefall/Glide phase
  •  Daltons Law and Shallow Water Blackout
  •  Competitions
  •  Aquatic Environment
  •  Training for Freediving
  •  Constant Weight (CWT) Freediving
  •  Freefalling
  •  Frenzel Equalization
  •  Proper turns at depth
  •  Buddy system and Freediving Safety

Day 3

 

  •  Thoracic Stretching
  •  Warm-up dives
  •  CWT dives
  •  Frenzel Equalization practice
  •  Freefalling
  •  Ascending arms only from 15m
  •  Ascending without mask from 15m
  •  Freediving safety dives
  •  Rescue of blacked out diver from 15m
  •  Loss of Motor Control rescue at surface
  •  Warm-up dives
  •  CWT dives to max 30m (min 20m)
  •  Free Immersion dives

The Master Course (Deep Dive Course)

Add this on to the Beginner and Advanced Course

The Master course is a in total (incl beginner and advanced) 2 week training especially for freedivers who want to do more than just the beginner and advanced. If you wish to maximize your potential and see just how deep they can go! Students train progressively over the duration of the course and increase both breath-hold and depth from day to day.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Visa required will depend on the length of stay planned. Visa on arrival (30-days US$25) You automatically get 30-days on arrival when you enter into the country. You will need to pay for this at the airport, and it is best to bring US$ notes dated from the year 2000 onwards for the payment. Most airport immigration offices will not accept credit cards, so be prepared with the cash.

Once your first 30-days runs out you can visit the Immigration office in Lombok and apply for an additional 30-days for around $50. This involves one day spent in Lombok and a lot of Indonesia paperwork, so can be a day wasted if you are on a tight schedule! If you know you want to be here for longer than one month, then it is best to come prepared with a 60-day tourist visa.

Tourist Visa (60-days, cost depends on the Embassy where visa application is processed) For anyone planning to be here for up to 2 months, a 60-day tourist visa is definitely the easiest way to go. These visas need to be pre-arranged and collected from an embassy outside of the country before entering into Indonesia. The time taken to process the visa is usually 3 working days, and the cost will depend on which embassy you are using. You can check the latest requirements on our Visa section.

Apart from the tourist attractions like temples and waterfalls, and the usual beach activities like sunbathing and snorkelling, you can go fishing, horse riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, and there is a surf break to the south of the island for the experienced surfer. If any of you are golfers there is a fantastic 18 hole course 10 minutes away in the speed boat. It’s not a cheap day out when compared to everything else in Indonesia, but good value for western standards: transport, green fee, clubs, buggy, caddy, lunch and drinks will cost you about $100. The best thing to do on your day of is chilling as this is the island for it!

There are no police on Trawangan, however the local population have put together an equivalent organization called SATGAS. They answer to the Kepala Desa (Head of the Village) so if, for example, you lose anything they’ll be your best chance for finding it. There office is located just behind the harbour.
No, the aggressive hawkers you may have had experiences with in Bali are not allowed onto the island. However on your way to the Gilis you will possibly come via Bangsal harbour. The hawkers there will try to sell you everything from cigarettes to return tickets, telling you that these are not available on the islands. Everything they offer is available on the island and probably cheaper.

While it is perfectly safe to swim and snorkel around the Gilis you should never try to swim to the next island, it is much further than it looks and the currents in the middle of the channel can be very strong even for the best of swimmers.

There are no cars, motorbikes, in fact no motorized transport on Trewangan,so no traffic accident will happen. Everything is very close together so there’s no chance of getting lost. The locals are also very friendly and always keep an eye out, so finding staying safe will not be a problem. However just line in every country there is the hazard of getting drunk and feeling unwell. Take it easy as you will always dive the next day. The current of the sea around the Gili´s is very strong so skinny dipping after dark is also not a good idea.

On the island Visa/Mastercard, Travellers cheques, and almost any foreign currency are accepted in the western run restaurants. There is also an ATM/cash point machine on the island, however it does not accept all cards and it runs out of cash quite regularly so bring some rupiah as a back up. You can change money at the local money changers and even get cash on credit cards but the exchange rates will not be in your favour and commissions will be charged. We go to Lombok for shopping once a week and at the same time get cash from ATM’s for our customers when the machines on the island do not work.

No, despite what you may have heard there is no malaria on Gili Trawangan. Some areas in Lombok (20 minutes by boat) however are known to have it. If you have to take anti malarial medication don’t use Larium, as in about 50% of cases it produces unpleasant side effects when combined with diving.

No, you do not need to be fit to learn to free dive. Eben if you have to much body fit, have not been working out for a while and you smoke you can join and learn how to free dive.

No, this is something totally different to scuba diving. You do however need to love water, as this is where you will be spending a lot of your time!

Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)Dorm & SSI level I 2 & DeepGBP 1659Book Now

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Included

  • Pre departure information
  • Accommodation in dorms
  • Training gear
  • Instruction
  • Certification
  • 2 yoga classes per week

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Meals
  • Transfers to the Gilis (Can be arranged for you though)

 

Dates

Flexible start dates.
“Freediving is one of the best things i have ever done!
It’s such an amazing and peaceful experience to dive in the wonderful blue ocean and explore the underwater world while holding the breath. The very experienced and super nice instructors made me feel very comfortable and safe in the water and they taught me how to explore and enjoy the underwater-world.  See  more reviews here.”
Helen Stewart
” if you like the idea of something a little more extreme to scuba, being able to dive deeper than you normally would even with a tank, experiencing diving on a new and competitive level (if you like), rather than just ‘looking at fish’ i would strongly recommend you to join this programme. You get a real sense of achievement every time you push a little deeper and test your own limits.  more reviews here.”
Tom Adams