Emil’s passion for diving started in 1999 and has been playing in the water since then. With a degree in computer science and in information technology, he led a successful career in the corporate world before deciding to travel long-term and pursue his passion for the water. As an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, AIDA Freediving Instructor (inactive) and WSF Master Freediving Instructor (inactive), he teaches basic to instructor level courses.
A trained Red Cross lifeguard and a PADI scuba dive professional, he is also a qualified React Right Emergency First Aid, CPR, AED, Oxygen Provider instructor. Although he loves tank diving just as much, he hasn’t been tank diving much since he started freediving. He is taken by the simplicity of freediving.
He discovered freediving while traveling in Southeast Asia. Wanting to live and share his passion, he eventually became a freediving instructor and has been teaching since.
His deep appreciation for yoga and meditation steered him to complete a Yoga Alliance accredited traditional yoga teacher course in India which goes hand in hand with teaching freediving.
Before Dumagat Freedive, he had worked as a freediving instructor in some of the most established freediving schools.