WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN THE COURSE?
To join any course, you MUST be able to swim at least 200m, non-stop, in any style, without wetsuit, fins and snorkel.
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.
For English language courses your English should be at an upper-intermediate level or higher.
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) 4800 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, a scooter is necessary. We recommend you rent a scooter at the harbour when you arrive, or we can help arrange one for you. There are gas and electric options, costing from 250 to 500 TWD per 24hrs. Xiao Liuqiu is small, but you will need transport to go to the dive sites.
If you cannot drive a scooter, you may be able to ride with the instructor. Check with them first if this is possible. Also, you may be able to share with another student.
WHEN DOES THE COURSE BEGIN?
The course begins at 09:00am on the first day.
IS ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED?
Yes. It is usually possible to stay at the school for FREE but please check with us first to make sure a bed is available.
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 want to rent equipment, that is possible.
SHOULD I BRING ANYTHING?
We recommend you bring a refillable water bottle (water is provided at the school), a personal towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, sea sickness medication (the liquid form is best), a good hat, sunglasses, mosquito spray, and a rain poncho during rainy season.
Please bring a USB drive or portable hard drive if you wish to get pictures/videos from the course. Due to the large file sizes we DO NOT send them online or through services like Google Drive, Dropbox 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 – December, when calm waters and mild temperatures are almost guaranteed.
Summer months can be very beautiful, but their is more risk of storms and big swell.
In January and February, the water can be very beautiful but sometimes a little bit cold for some people (24c), depending on the year. But have no fear, we will get you all snug and warm in your wetsuit!
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.
You will not be allowed to cancel or change your course because you think it will be a rainy weekend 🙂
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.
The 4800 TWD 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 24hrs before the start of a course. You will have the option to move your course to another date.