FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read This First!

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS
TO JOIN A COURSE?

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, ALL STUDENTS MUST ACCEPT A Sars-CoV-2 RAPID/ANTIGEN TEST UPON ARRIVAL AT THE SCHOOL. WE WILL PROVIDE THE TEST BUT THE STUDENT MUST PAY FOR IT (500TWD). VACCINATED PERSONS MUST ALSO TAKE THE TEST! VACCINATED PERSONS MAY STILL HARBOUR AND TRANSMIT THE VIRUS.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING WILL BE OBSERVED AT ALL TIMES DURING CLASSROOM HOURS.

STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO BE SENSIBLE AND SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM OTHER TOURISTS DURING THEIR TIME ON THE ISLAND.

You must be at least 18 years of age to attend a course or be 16 years old with parental permission.

To join any course, you MUST be able to swim at least 200m OR snorkel 300m, non-stop.

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.

 

LANGUAGE

 

Currently we are only offering courses in English. Your English level should be good enough to read a 100 page manual.

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) 4500 TWD deposit.

DUE TO THE CURRENT PANDEMIC, AND THE UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE SCHEDULE, DEPOSITS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BOOK A COURSE FOR THE TIME BEING!

 

WHERE IS FREEDIVE TAIWAN?

 

Here we are on the map! you might need to zoom out a bit, look for the red pin.
You can also just search Freedive Taiwan in Google!

 

WHERE IS THE FERRY TO LIUQIU & WHAT IS THE FERRY SCHEDULE?

There are now two private ferry companies from Donggang (東港)to Xiao Liuqiu island (小琉球). But I only know about 2…

Those are Tungliu (東流) and Taifu (泰富).

Taifu Schedule:

 

 

台灣自由潛水

Tungliu Schedule:

台灣自由潛水

 

DO I NEED A SCOOTER?

 

We highly recommend you rent a scooter for your time on the island. Although it is small, it is not easy to get around without one. Bicycles are not common here. If you cannot ride a petrol scooter, there are slower electric scooter options and also electric bicycles, but they are more expensive.

Donny can arrange a scooter for you for between 250/300 TWD per day.

 

IS ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED?

 

 

Accommodation is no longer provided at the school.

We suggest check online for accommodation and book well in advance. We do not provide recommendations or help book accomodation. Remember before you ask, Google is your friend.

 

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

 

 

Bring a reusable water bottle, sea-sickness medication, mosquito spray, reef-safe sunscreen, sunglasses and a good hat.

Many students who have never been sick on a boat or in a car experience motion sickness for the first time during a freediving course. If you are unsure about your situation in this regard, please make sure to bring some medication just in case.

 

WILL THERE BE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS?

 

 

Through the course we will be taking photos and video. The video is mainly for coaching purposes.
If you would like the photos and videos from your course, please bring a hard disk or USB stick
compatible with a Mac Book.
Under no circumstances will photos and/or video be sent to the student later by email/Dropbox/file sharing etc.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T COMPLETE THE COURSE THE FIRST TIME?

 

 

It is common for students to need extra time to complete their course requirements.

In case you don’t pass the first time, you are welcome to join at another time for TWO extra sessions, free of charge, IF there is space available on those days.

If you need more time than that you may join coaching sessions at a discounted price of 800 TWD per session.

 

 

BAD WEATHER IS COMING, CAN I CANCEL OR CHANGE MY COURSE DATES?

 

Donny is an expert on local conditions, above and below the water. Please do not contact the school about weather forecasts. Courses continue when the weather is good, and bad. You cannot change your course dates just because it’s going to be rainy. It doesn’t rain underwater!

However, in cases when the water conditions may be dangerous, such as when a typhoon is coming, or there are big swells hitting the island, it may be necessary to put a course on hold. Donny will let you know about changes at least 48 hours beforehand. You will be able to choose another date for your course in this case.