Freediving

Freediving is about silence, the silence that comes from within.
Jacques Mayol – World Champion Freediver

Mantaray Island Resort has recently become Fiji’s first accredited SSI Freediving operator. Guests have the opportunity to learn the art of freediving and over a two to three day period while exploring the pristine waters of the Yasawa Islands.

What is freediving?

Freediving is the art of diving on a single breath (ie. no tanks). Guests are taught breath hold techniques and how to minimize muscle use to preserve oxygen in the blood stream. The SSI level 1 qualification will enable freedivers to reach a depth of 20m (60ft) on a single breath.

Freedive with our Manta Rays

During the manta ray season (May – October) guests will also have the opportunity to use their new acquired skills to freedive with manta ray.

Why freedive?

Mantaray Island Resort is the only place in the world where resort guests can learn to freedive then use their newly acquired skills to experience firsthand one of the most magnificent marine creatures in the world.  The manta ray channel is only 6.5m deep. Guests will learn to free-dive to 20m during their freedive course.

Freediving is also a handy skill to have if you’re a Spear fisherman.

Level 1 SSI Freedive Course

The level 1 SSI freediving course is a great introduction into the highly addictive and rewarding world of freediving. The course is completed in 8 – 12 hours over 2-3 days and a great way to test your limits and explore the underwater world on a single breathe!

The course consists of practical and theory sessions including a minimum least 4 in water sessions teaching you the essential skills to take your freediving to the next level. We focus on breathing techniques, finning and streamlining techniques taking you to depths that you never though possible (max 20m).

During the course we get the chance to explore magical reef systems and even swim with the manta ray during the season (May-October). Come free fall into the blue!

Level 1 includes:
Dive to 20m (max)
4 in water sessions
Learning breathing techniques
All free diving equipment provided
Free dive with mantas (seasonal)
Learn different diciplines
Theory sessions
Static breathing sessions
Small friendly groups
SPECIAL DEAL: Level 1 SSI Freedive Course FJD $499
Valid 1 October 2016 – 28 February 2017.

Level 2 SSI Freedive Course

The level 2 SSI freediving course takes you to the next step in your highly addictive freediving adventure. Over 3-4 days you’ll learn: advanced breathing, stretching, relaxation and equalisation techniques free falling you to a depth of up to 30m/100ft!
The course is a great mix of theory and practical sessions giving you the knowledge base and in water confidence to take your freediving to the next level.  You’ll learn a lot about our body and mind, this course will perfect your freediving technique and give you enough time in the water to make you a very competent, safe and experienced free diver.
Level 2 includes:
Dive to 30m (max)
6 in water sessions
Learn advanced breathing techniques
All free diving equipment provided
Freedive with mantas (seasonal)
Freedive caves (advanced free diving)
Theory sessions
Static breathing sessions
Small friendly groups
SPECIAL DEAL: Level 2 SSI Freedive Course FJD $599
Valid 1 October 2016 – 28 February 2017.

Travel Insurance

All freedivers require valid travel insurance which includes scuba diving in the policy. Please bring evidence of your insurance as the Manta Dive staff will check it upon the booking of diving, freediving or courses.