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“Big Blue Big Fun”

Big Blue Freediving
Ranked #60 of 93 Tours in Koh Tao
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Owner description: Big Blue Freediving school offers freediving courses. The school was founded by South American champion Flavia Eberhard and Spanish Champion Pepe Arcos. Now under other management.
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“Big Blue Big Fun”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

Set on Sairee Beach. Fantastic, super-friendly Staff - emphasis on Environment protection, Dive safety. If in doubt Do it - if you want fun - Blue it!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank stoffel45
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“Finding my limits”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Once again I have returned to my favourite rock in the South China Sea, Koh Tao is a tiny island nestled in the bosom of the Thai Gulf and is one of the best places in the world to learn how to SCUBA dive. Earlier this year, I made this paradise my home while I faced my fears and literally took the plunge into the deep blue unknown, opening up a whole new world of adventure and amazement which has changed my life forever.
I could hardly wait to come back and Big Blue Diving welcomed me home again with the same amazing hospitality that they treated me to the last time. Thanks to Big Blue, I am now a certified Rescue Diver and also qualified in Deep and Nitrox diving.
Having quit cigarettes about 2 months ago, I have been working hard at reconditioning my body and Big Blue presented me with yet another opportunity to test myself: freediving.
I had not been able to hold my breath beyond 30 seconds for some time now and it worried me that I would be unable to make the grade, but my fears were quickly diminished thanks to the kind and gentle instruction and support afforded to me by Big Blue's freediving dynamic duo of Pepe and Flavia. These wonderful people are extremely skilled and knowledgeable, not to mention that they are also acclaimed national record holders in their own right and are both very passionate about the sport. Flavia's yoga background lends itself perfectly to the instruction on relaxation and breath control and her sunny personality makes learning fun. Pepe is an adventurous soul and taught me that many of our preconceived limits and literally just that, they exist only in the mind.
It amazed me that after just the first day that I could hold my breath for well over 2 minutes and by the second day, I was almost up to 4!
The real challenge however was putting the water skills into actual use and with courage and patience and loving support from my mentors, I was able to achieve a dive depth of 20 meters and back, all on one breath of air for 1 minute and 40 secs!
How about that!
Thanks to Pepe and Flavia and of course Big Blue diving, my life continues to become richer and more fulfilled. Limits are constantly being surpassed and peaceful happiness is more and more a reality.
So until we meet again, may God continue to protect you Koh Tao.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank TriniSeanos
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Terrigal, Australia
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“Big Blue freediving level 2 and 3 course”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

I recently completed my level 2 and 3 freediving course with Big Blue Freediving Koh Tao. If you had told me that I would have ever reached 40m I would not have believed you. After just 1 week of training I managed to double my previous PB. Pepe and Flavia are extremely professional and run an exciting course with a huge emphasis on safety. If you have ever thought about freediving this is defiantly the place to learn or further you skills in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Visited September 2013
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“Great instructors, awesome experience”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

Had wanted to try freediving for a while before going to Koh Tao. Saw that Big Blue did a freediving course and went to the office to speak to Flavia about doing the Level 1 course. She was lovely to chat to, friendly, enthusiastic and gave me loads of info about the course. Both her and Pepe were like this throughout the 2 day course and were very chilled out, doing everything at an easy pace for everyone including those that were struggling with equalisation. The course was great fun, I enjoyed challenging my mind to lengthen my breath holds and dives. I am grateful to have been taught by two talented freedivers who are also great instructors. Cheers guys!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Jade F
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Sydney, Australia
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“Great food great atmosphere”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

The food was great I had the barbikqu fish,
its right on the beach nice music and fire show comfortable seats the prices were good overall I would recommend to go and try..

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Sophia C
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