Pushing the Limits: Open Water Exposure with Swim Central PH

This is a 2-part travel story about our experience of open water exposure with Swim Central Philippines. In this page, we will talk about our experience regarding freediving and the summary of this wonderful event.


Photo of discussion of freediving in Anilao Batangas

Second Part: Introduction to Freediving

After our siesta, coach Mark gathered the students and discussed about the next activity. This time, it’s all about freediving. It’s a form of underwater diving without the use of any breathing apparatus or scuba gear. We are just going to rely on our ability to hold our breath.

During the short lecture, we were taught on how to do a 2-minute breathe-up before doing a breath hold. The 2-minute breath is beneficial in calming our body before the long breath hold. On my first try, I was able to hold my breath for 44 seconds. I think that’s good for a beginner. For others, they can even hold their breath up to 2 minutes. Now that’s something I’ll be looking forward to.

For this activity, we’re going to do a free immersion dive. It’s a freediving discipline wherein we have to dive underwater by pulling on the guide rope from descent to ascent.

Photo of improvised buoy for free immersion dive in anilao batangas
This is the end of the dive line which is connected to a heavy object.

Photo of free immersion dive in Anilao Batangas

A floatation device is present on top of the dive line. We wore a diving mask and a snorkel for this activity. In the picture above, we are performing the 2-minute breathe-up to relax our bodies before holding our breath and descending through the dive line. When my turn came up, I inhaled a huge chunk of air, held my breath and plunged.

Photo of free immersion dive in anilao batangas with Swim Central
Thank you Coach Kent for this picture!

Photo of free immersion dive in Anilao Batangas

As I reached 20 feet, I started to feel pain from my ears which makes me decide to swim up in the surface. Again, not bad for a first timer.

Photo of equalization technique while freediving

During the activity, our coaches kept on reminding us to equalize in every meter of the dive to prevent any ear complication. This is Angie (at the back) and I doing our second dive while equalizing pressure.

Photo of Free Immersion Dive in Anilao Batangas

For the second time, I was able to dive even deeper. Even Angie was able to reach the seafloor for the second attempt! After the free immersion activity, we spent the remaining time skin diving around the area. Thank God the water was clearer than in the morning and we were able to view the fascinating Balai rock.

Photo of Balai Resort in Anilao Batangas
With Coach Carlo (in the middle) before diving to Balai Rock

Photo of Skindiving in Anilao Batangas showing Balai Rock

Photo of Skindiving in Anilao Batangas Balai Resort

Photo of Skindiving in Anilao Batangas with Balai Resort

Photo of Skindiving in Anilao Batangas
The beautiful Balai Rock


Overall, the open water exposure program of Swim Central Philippines was a big success! We had a great time in this one-of-a-kind event, learned a lot of new things and enjoyed delicious food from Balai Resort. The experience was amazing, fun and memorable.

Photo of Swim Central PH staff and coaches
Groufie with the whole team of Swim Central and other students.

From a simple desire turned into a lifestyle, the amazing coaches of Swim Central played a big role in achieving this goal. They are all patient, accommodating and informative which makes learning easier and fun. Kudos to the whole team of Swim Central!

We also have a video about this whole event, watch and enjoy!


Swim Central

Do you want to enhance your travel experience and learn how to swim? You want to learn basic swimming and conquer your fear of deep water but you think you’re work schedule is a hindrance? Then Swim Central is the right place for you. They offer swimming lessons for adults with flexible schedules that you can choose from.

For further details about their program, visit their website at http://swimcentral.com.ph or Facebook page by clicking here.

You can also contact them at 0927-3304633 / 0920-2704797 / 02-5138965 or email them at divein@swimcentral.com.ph

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