I attempted the AIDA2 course with Donny over a weekend in June 2020. Donny is not only a highly knowledgeable and expert freediver but also a patient and encouraging instructor whose methods and demonstrations gave me the best possible opportunity to learn the basics of freediving. I definitely intend to return to him when I decide to continue my freediving education. In addition, the location of Donny’s school on the beautiful island of 小琉球 is an ideal setting for aspiring ocean-loving divers.

Mark Darvill


My partner and I completed our AIDA 2 course with Donny and Freedive Taiwan. I cannot recommend any instructor more highly than Donny. His dedication to helping us learn and practice safe freediving skills was paramount in our ability to learn the correct techniques at our own pace. He was very patient with us and we had so much fun during the course! I will be telling anybody who has interest in freediving that the best and most safe course is in Taiwan with Donny!! He even let me pass after I spilled coffee on him…so sorry about that. We will be back to continue on with AIDA 3 soon!!

Robert Melville


Donny is The Guy !!! I was learning with different instructors before and I was very confused , also didn’t feel I was in a good hand at all ….
with Donny I felt completely safe , he knows what he is talking about and what he is doing , he makes things clear and easy to understand , freedive could be an intimidating experience for beginners like me , fortunately Donny is extremely patient and encouraging ! on top of that , there was no compromises when it comes to safety, which I think is very very important .
I’m very glad I did the course with Donny and I’m sure I will go back to practice more with him , highly recommended !!

Shuchi Chang


Jane Chou

I did the AIDA2 intensive course on a weekend in July, one on one with Donny! Absolutely enjoyed it! The schedule was tight but perfectly efficient, and I even got to see some sharks on the last day which was an awesome surprise. I highly recommend coming here because Donny is a professional and very serious about his students safety and knowledge. You’ll feel well educated after you finished the course! And Xiao Liuqiu is such a beautiful place, fast to get there too. Don’t miss out thanks Freedive Taiwan!

Eileen Carls

Donny was awesome. I had an amazing time learning about free diving and then confidently pushing my limits. Donny is an extremely knowledgeable instructor and his main priority is your safety. Thank you Donny for an unforgettable experience!

Paul Lott

Amazing experience – Donny is very knowledgeable about the sport & was extremely patient with me. Would definitely recommend this course to everyone.

Lauren Allienello

Donny was my instructor for the AIDA3 course in July, 2018. I hadn’t taken a course since AIDA2, two years previously, so I was due to step it up. Donny reinforced and helped me improve my overall technique through clear and concise instruction, encouragement and enthusiasm. He’s extremely dedicated to and knowledgeable about everything freediving related. I highly recommend Freedive Taiwan. You’ll get quality instruction, have fun, and without a doubt improve your freediving.

Erik Bashaw

I just did a four day AIDA 2 course with Donny at Freedive Taiwan. I wish I could say that it was his amazing website and stunning good looks that drove me to take the course with Donny but I found him on Instagram and our diaries serendipitously coincided. Nonetheless, it was an amazing experience.

First the facilities. If you are sleeping there the beds are firm yet comfortable. Though rarely used, there was a brand new split unit fully functioning air conditioner. The sleeping quarters are brand new and are contained in a cute shipping container. Toilet facilities were also clean and brand new. You also have access to kitchen facilities and a refrigerator.

Now for the instruction. Most importantly, Donny, despite hailing from Scotland, speaks perfect English.

Donny was the consummate professional throughout, which is an important attribute to have when safety standards are involved. Donny’s standards are above even that needed to pass the course. Despite being able to take the course over 2 days he insists on doing it over 4 days because he has your utmost safety at the forefront of his mind and you can feel this throughout the course. I have just finished the four-day course and I’m exhausted (a good kind though) It would have been a serious struggle to do it in two days. Donny also insists on small class size. He will take a max of four students. When we were out for the open water part of the course I saw other schools with over ten students (look a bit chaotic to me).

Finally, Donny took video throughout the course to critique the technique after a session and will also give you all the files (bring a usb stick or hard drive) so you can put it on your favorite social media platform.

I can confidently say you are safe hands with Donny and taught the material so it’s easily digestible.

A side bonus, Donny helped arrange for me the ferry tickets and a scooter to use ahead of time as it was a long holiday weekend and he was afraid those would have been booked up quickly. He aims to make your trip as hassle-free as possible.

Raymond Ko

Completing my AIDA2 certification with Donny was a great learning experience, and I highly value the emphasis he places on safety and technique. The level of individual feedback and coaching throughout the course allows the student to develop a good foundation for expanding their freediving skills. Donny also doesn’t shy away from covering theoretical topics in more depth than what is required. Thank you FREEDIVE TAIWAN – I’m already looking forward to AIDA3!

Hennie Boshoff

I did my Aida2 course with Donny last year. He’s very knowledgeable about free dive. And has got lots of patience with me😂
My soul was waxed after completing the course ~thank you, Freedive Taiwan!

Jenny Wu

Donny is an amazing instructor, very professional, helpful and friendly and I loved every minute at Freedive Taiwan. I strongly recommend this place to anyone wishing to learn or improve their skills. I, for one, will surely come back whenever I am free.

Eric Chao