F.A.Q / 參考問題
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE COURSE?
To join the AIDA2 course you must be able to swim at least 200m non-stop OR at least 300m non-stop with mask, snorkel and fins.
To join the AIDA1 course you must be able to swim at least 100m non-stop.
To join the Molchanovs Wave One course wou must be able to swim 200m non-stop.
You will be tested on your swimming ability during the course!
You MUST be generally comfortable in the open water to take part in a freediving course. You will be in open water, several hundred metres from the shore in waters up to 30m deep. If you suffer from water-fear, anxiety or easily panic around water please consider carefully if a freediving course is for you. You will not be refunded if you come into the water and decide it is not for you.
Many students are surprised by how physically demanding the course and diving can be. Those with a good level of physical fitness and experience with sports and outdoor activities will do best. Make sure you are in good shape before signing up for a course.
At the moment, courses are only available in English. Your English should be at an upper-intermediate level or higher. The AIDA2 manual is over 100 pages long and you should be able to read it all.
If you don’t think your English is up to scratch best not to sign up. A student who assures us their English level is high and then struggles to understand the instructor during the course be removed from the course and no refund will be given.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Contact us through the CONTACT PAGE. Your place on a course will be confirmed upon payment of a (non-refundable) 3000 TWD deposit. The balance is due 24hrs before the course begins.
WHERE IS FREEDIVE TAIWAN?
Freedive Taiwan 台灣自由潛水 is located across from Shanban Bay Inn, on Fuxing Rd. Here is a map….
HOW DO I GET TO XIAO LIUQIU?
Xiao Liu Qiu island is located off Taiwan’s south-west coast. First you must get to Donggang 東港. Donggang is about 1 hr drive south of Kaohsiung City. From Donggang you can take the ferry to Xiao Liuqiu. The ferry only takes about 20m.
There are two private ferry companies, the offices are right next to each other, here…
Here is the schedule for the Taifu company (yellow boats):
Ferries TO Xiao Liuqiu on the left:
Here is the schedule for the Tungliu company:
Ferries TO Xiao Liuqiu on the left:
DO I HAVE TO RENT A SCOOTER?
Yes, We recommend you rent a scooter at the harbour when you arrive. There are gas and electric options, costing from 250 to 500 TWD per 24hrs. Xiao Liuqiu is small but it is much nicer if you can get around the island!
WHEN DOES THE COURSE BEGIN?
The course begins at 09:00am on the first day. Please don’t be late!
IS ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED?
YES!! As far as we know, Freedive Taiwan is the only school offering a FREE bed to it’s students. The accommodation is very simple, a bunk bed in a small room, but you will have clean sheets, a clean towel and air conditioning. All you need!
AIDA1, 2 and 3 students all get a FREE bed.
The beds can also be rented for 800 TWD per night if they are not taken by students already.
We also have a clean bathroom with an amazing hot shower and kitchen facilities (stove, fridge etc) so you can do your own cooking at the school!
ARE MEALS PROVIDED?
Meals are not provided, but we have kitchen facilities you can use!
IS EQUIPMENT PROVIDED?
YES!! Course students will be provided with everything they need (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, weights, etc).
If you are coming to train with us or want to rent equipment, it can be rented for 300 TWD per day.
SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING?
We recommend you bring a refillable water bottle (water is provided at the school), personal towel, bathing suits, sunscreen, sea sickness medication, a good hat, sunglasses, mosquito spray and a rain poncho during rainy season.
PICTURES & VIDEO?
The instructor will be taking pictures and video through the course. If you would like some of these please bring a hard drive (compatible with MAC) or a USB drive and he will give them to you. Files will not be uploaded via Dropbox, Google Drive, Wetransfer etc.
BEST TIME TO COME?
Xiao Liuqiu has year-round warm waters so diving is possible all year. The very best months to come are March – May and October to December when calm waters and mild temperatures are almost guaranteed.
Summer months can be very beautiful, but the risk of typhoons and big swells is higher.
January and February, the water can be most beautiful but sometimes a little bit cold for some people, depending on the year.
Please do not contact the instructor with reports about the weather, or ask to change the course dates because rainy, cloudy days are expected during your course.
The instructor is an expert in the environment and water conditions of Xiao Liuqiu, and monitors the forecast continuously. The course will only be cancelled in cases where water conditions are expected to be dangerous.
The instructor cannot guarantee that good conditions will hold throughout a course and open water sessions may have to be cancelled at the last minute.
Please note these very important points:
AIDA2, AIDA3, Wave One and Wave Two certifications will only be awarded to students who complete the course requirements. There is no guarantee of certification.
Not only must all course requirements be met, but students must conduct themselves in a professional manner during all parts of a course.
The 3000TWD deposit is NON-REFUNDABLE. But, if you cannot make it to the course on the planned dates you can switch to another course free of charge, using the same deposit.
Especially during the summer, Xiao Liuqiu water conditions can be unpredictable. The instructor may cancel the open water session if they deem the conditions too dangerous because of waves, swell, current, etc. In these cases no refund will be given but the course can be continued at another date free of charge.
If a typhoon or big swell is approaching the island, the course may be cancelled. In these cases the instructor will let you know at least 24 hrs before the start of a course. You will have the option to move your course to another date.