FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Read This First!
FREEDIVE TAIWAN IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED!
DONNY HAS MOVED TO DAHAB, EGYPT TO GET SOME REAL DEPTH AND WILL BE THERE THROUGH 2023, TEACHING AND TRAINING.
FOR COURSES IN EGPYT & INTERNATIONALLY VISIT WWW.FREEDIVEANDTHRIVE.COM
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS
TO JOIN A COURSE?
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 reasonably well and we may ask you to do a swim test.
Currently we are only offering courses in English.
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) 4000 TWD deposit.
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!
HOW TO GET TO LIUQIU?
Check out this handy guide!
How to Get to Xiao Liuqiu from Anywhere!
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 accommodation. 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.