Learn how to freedive on the island of Romblon in the Philippines, an idyllic and unspoiled location with deep, clear and calm waters. Learn freediving in an easy and fun way through world-recognized SSI, AIDA and WSF freediving certification courses.
During warm-up, Sylvain Bes of Omniblue Freedive hung at 10 meters for 5 minutes on a single breath.
Sometimes I just don’t know how to deal with these kids. #igiveup
A panoramic view of our water entry point. How do you enter the water?
Exploring the waters around surrounding islets in search of more places to play in. #Romblon #Freediving
Proper breathe-up before every dive relaxes the body and the mind making each dive easier, safer and more enjoyable. This fundamental relaxation skill is just as important on shallow dives as it is on much deeper dives like this one. #freediving #philippines
These three guys were being too friendly so we abandoned our training line and just played with them for a while. #Romblon #Freediving #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Our team’s fresh, healthy and simple breakfast of porridge with mangoes, bananas and raisins in a fresh young coconut bowl.
These curious squids have become our regular spectators.
It’s a jungle down here!
Told them there was a bottle of beer at the bottom. Of course, Louis bolted down the fastest. Romblon misses you already, Louis. See you next year.
We find that Parisians look way cooler with local wooden goggles. Photo by Valerie L.
Island style freediver with wooden goggles and bamboo noseclip vs. the modern style freediver. I think it’s pretty obvious who has better style, no? #Freediving #Philippines
Karel when he’s somewhat serious.
When it’s glassy… with Dominique & Sander.
Kyla making small adjustments with her fins as she freefalls into Romblon’s deep blue.
And with a bit persistence, you learn to run it eventually.
And we’re back on the island!
Breathing and relaxation exercise with Michal & Karl. Both held their breaths for nearly 4 and a half impressive minutes! Not bad at all for first timers!
Mirror, mirror… who’s the silliest freediver of them all?
Reliving the ancient times of skandalopetra diving with team Omniblue Freedive. Skandalopetra diving is a breath-hold dive aided by a stone tied to a rope. It dates back from ancient Greece and was used by sponge fishermen. #Freediving #Romblon #Philippines
Probably the closest thing to being in space.
Gen and Niels during an easy training session. Thanks for sharing the photos, guys!
Romblon Sunset is our favorite color. Romblon’s Deep Blue comes second. #Romblon #Philippines
Part One: The Swim.
With scrap plywood fins and wooden goggles, our boatman shows us how it’s done.
Friday goof around session.
We hardly ever use a boat for training sessions; but when we do, our boat men join in the party.
Romblon channel at sunset.
It is said that dairy products and alcohol increase mucous production which may make equalization difficult, but we say consumption of both to celebrate a perfect dive is certainly good for you. Congratulations on a new personal best of 50 meters (164 feet) on a single breath, Kyla. And thanks, Sylvain of Omniblue Freedive, for the celebratory wine and cheese.
Niels working on his form and technique during his #SSI Level 1 course.
Bubble ring blowing training to end an epic freediving session just makes it even more epic.
Well done on an easy and clean morning dive to 57 meters, Mikhail.
We may be a bunch of lazy freedivers here, but Kyla is still so ready to take on the freediving instructor course. New personal best of 44 meters with many more training days to go. Way to go Kyla!
Team smiley :) Thanks for the photo, Denen!
When the sea is as glassy as it’s been lately, you learn to walk just under the surface. #Romblon #Freediving #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
When mother nature decides it’s not a day for depth training, working on improving your breath hold is always an option in our natural static pool. Holding your breath underwater should never be attempted without proper training and supervision.
Playtime with Mathilde & Sof.
Dominique working on her freefall into Romblon’s deep blue.
Benjamin of team Omniblue Freedive looking epic on a dive with skandalopetra. Skandalopetra diving is a breath-hold dive aided by a stone tied to a rope. It dates back from ancient Greece and was used by sponge fishermen. Photo by Sylvain Bes.
The newest member of the Dumagat Freedive team. Mostly he’s been busy murdering anything that moves and considerably smaller than him, but in time we’re hoping that he’d learn to do other things.
Natural born freedivers. It’s the only way I can describe these two.
Cris on ascent during a short session where he managed to set a new personal best. #Philippines #Freediving
This kid wanted to play a little farther from shore on his birthday so we did. Not only did he do a fun variable weight dive to 65 meters, he also managed to do an easy free immersion to 62 meters. Happy Birthday, old man! Beers on you!
Kyla cruising over a bed of corals.
First morning of the 7-day freediving training stage in beautiful and charming Romblon. Sylvain wakes up the team with light breathing and stretching exercises.
One of the resident schools of fish you might encounter during a training session
Part Five: The Farewell.
When a spadefish hijacks your training line and shows you how it’s done.
Team Omniblue at Dumagat Freedive
Good morning, everyone! Have an epic weekend!
Play more. Have an epic weekend, everyone!
A properly executed duck dive allows you to dive down without much effort.
Coffee and all things sugary – some of the things freedivers do without for the love of the sport. But it’s Sunday and we’re going wild. #DumagatFreediveSunday #FreediversGoneWild
Part Three: The Descent.
Erwan working on his constant weight no fins (CNF) technique. This depth discipline is considered to be the most challenging because the freediver performs the dive without pulling on the rope, without fins, and without variable weight to help with the descent.
Too late for the Aquaman lead role audition.
Dominique while training in 30°C water temperature and 30m visibility.
So we recently just learned about this hipster thing, collective global art project, another silly internet craze, or whatever you want to call it, here we are snail planking it. #Romblon #SnailPlanking
How to be a real badass at 55 years old.
Sof feeling completely free after completing all the requirements for the #SSI Level 3 course.
When it’s so glassy that there isn’t a ripple on the surface, you can look up from under and see the clouds.
Just hanging out on a lazy day.
Niels checking out the reef just below during ascent.
Sometimes a lone fish, a passing turtle, a school of sardines, or a pack of very curious squids, we freedive for moments like this.
Checking out some of the cool local underwater features.
Raced them to the bottom. They won. #Romblon #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Antso the tightrope walker. #Freediving #Romblon #Philippines #DumagatFreedive
Hanging at a relatively shallow depth is one of the usual warm-up routines freedivers use at the beginning of a freediving session. Hanging helps trigger the mammalian diving reflex which helps the body adapt to each dive. And, if you’re lucky like on this session, you might find yourself amused by a turtle that’s even more amused by you. Maybe next time we’ll get the turtle in the shot too.
The party the night before continues underwater.
Water conditions straight out of a sci-fi movie.
Part Four: The Ascent.
Just a nice glassy day.
Sunset panoramic shot of the bay.
We don’t like classrooms so we decided to visit another island to do the freediving final exam. Here’s Janis completing the exam at Tuburan Community, perhaps the coolest and most chill place in the province. Congratulations, Janis! Welcome to freediving! And big thanks to Tuburan for welcoming and hosting us.
Basking in good atmosphere during our return trip from a full day of epic freediving adventure around nearby islands. #Romblon #Adventure