Discover the Best Freediving Schools and Their Advantages with Apnea Boom

Top Freediving Schools: Learn from the Best at Apnea Boom

Welcome to Apnea Boom: Your Premier Freediving School on Sal Island, Cabo Verde

Welcome to Apnea Boom, the premier destination for freediving enthusiasts on the stunning Sal Island, Cabo Verde. Whether you're a beginner curious about the underwater world or an advanced freediver aiming to push your limits, Apnea Boom is your gateway to the most exhilarating and transformative underwater experiences.

Freediving is more than a sport; it’s a journey into the depths of your own potential, a test of your physical and mental boundaries, and a path to unparalleled tranquility. At Apnea Boom, we offer a comprehensive range of courses designed to cater to all levels of experience and ambition.

Why Choose Apnea Boom?

Expert Instructors and Comprehensive Training

At Apnea Boom, our courses are led by world-class instructors with extensive experience in both teaching and competitive freediving. We provide a structured progression from basic techniques to advanced skills, ensuring that you develop a strong foundation before moving on to more challenging dives.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Our facilities on Sal Island are equipped with the latest training equipment and safety gear. We offer both classroom and practical sessions, including open water dives in the pristine, crystal-clear waters of Cabo Verde.

Diverse Course Offerings

From introductory courses to specialized training for high-level athletes, our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of every freediver:

Community and Support

Joining Apnea Boom means becoming part of a supportive community of like-minded individuals. We host regular events, training camps, and social gatherings to help you stay connected and motivated.

Comprehensive Review of Freediving Schools and Federations

1. Apnea Total

Main Courses: Beginner Freediving, Advanced Freediving, Master Freediving, Instructor Courses

Main Office Location: Koh Tao, Thailand

Website: Apnea Total

Founder and Year: Founded by Monica Ganame and Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria in 2003

Pros: Highly experienced instructors, focus on safety, relaxed environment.

Cons: Limited locations, not as well-known as other schools.

2. Molchanovs Freediving Education

Main Courses: Discover Freediving Lap, Discover Freediving Wave, Wave 1-4 Courses, Lap 1-4 Courses

Main Office Location: Multiple locations worldwide

Website: Molchanovs

Founder and Year: Founded by Natalia Molchanova in 2015

Pros: Comprehensive training system, flexible course structures, high emphasis on safety.

Cons: Can be costly, might be too intensive for casual learners.

3. Freedive International

Main Courses: Beginner to Instructor Trainer Courses

Main Office Location: Dahab, Egypt; Tenerife, Spain; Koh Tao, Thailand; Zanzibar, Tanzania

Website: Freedive International

Founder and Year: Founded by Lotta Ericson and Linda Paganelli in 2004

Pros: Wide range of locations, experienced instructors, various levels of courses.

Cons: Inconsistent training quality between locations, can be crowded.

4. Performance Freediving International (PFI)

Main Courses: Freediver, Intermediate Freediver, Advanced Freediver, Master Freediver, Safety Freediver, Instructor Courses

Main Office Location: United States and Canada

Website: PFI

Founder and Year: Founded by Kirk Krack in 2000

Pros: High-performance training, led by championship freedivers, online and in-person options.

Cons: Expensive, highly competitive focus may not suit recreational divers.

5. Freediving Instructors International (FII)

Main Courses: Level 1 Freediver, Level 2 Freediver, Safety & Rescue, Instructor Courses

Main Office Location: United States

Website: FII

Founder and Year: Founded by Martin Stepanek in 2009

Pros: Emphasis on knowledge and comfort, detailed training.

Cons: Less focus on performance, fewer international locations.

6. The Freedive School

Main Courses: Introduction to Freediving, Beginner Freediver, Advanced Freediver, Master Freediver, Instructor Course

Main Office Location: Multiple locations

Website: The Freedive School

Pros: Quality education, supportive community, varied course levels.

Cons: Limited information on some course details, newer organization.

Freediving Federations

1. AIDA International (International Association for Development of Apnea)

Main Courses: AIDA 1 to AIDA 4, Instructor Courses

Main Office Location: Switzerland

Website: AIDA International

Founder and Year: Founded by Roland Specker in 1992

Pros: Well-known authority in competitive freediving, extensive record verification.

Cons: Primarily focused on competition, less emphasis on recreational diving.

2. Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS)

Main Courses: Various freediving and apnea courses, Instructor Courses

Main Office Location: Italy

Website: CMAS

Founder and Year: Founded by Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1959

Pros: Long-standing organization, diverse underwater activities.

Cons: Bureaucratic structure, less specialized in freediving.

3. Scuba Schools International (SSI)

Main Courses: Try Freediving, Basic Freediving, Freediving Level 1 to Level 3, Instructor Courses

Main Office Location: United States

Website: SSI

Founder and Year: Founded by Robert Clark in 1970

Pros: Global presence, well-structured courses.

Cons: Primarily known for scuba, may not be as specialized in freediving.

Organizations Conducting Competitions

1. AIDA International

Conducts local, national, and international competitions, including world championships and world records verification.


Organizes local, national, and world-level competitions, including the Apnea World Cup and other underwater sports.

3. Molchanovs

Hosts various local and international competitions and record attempts, supported by their comprehensive training system.

Addressing Your Concerns

We understand that embarking on a freediving journey comes with its own set of questions and concerns. Here are some common issues and how we address them at Apnea Boom:


We prioritize safety above all else, providing extensive training in safety protocols and emergency procedures.


We offer flexible payment plans and rental equipment to make our courses more accessible.

Physical Fitness

Our courses include conditioning exercises tailored to improve your diving performance.


Whether you're a beginner or an advanced diver, our structured courses ensure steady and safe progression.

Choosing the Right Certification: Why CMAS?

When it comes to selecting a certification, we highly recommend the Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques (CMAS). Here's why:

Non-Commercial Focus

CMAS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of underwater activities, making it a cost-effective choice without compromising on quality.

Comprehensive Curriculum

CMAS offers a wide range of courses from beginner to advanced levels, ensuring thorough training.

Global Recognition

A CMAS certification is recognized worldwide, enhancing your credibility as a freediver.

Safety Emphasis

CMAS places a strong emphasis on safety and environmental conservation, aligning with our values at Apnea Boom.

High-Level Athlete Training and Competitions

At Apnea Boom, we understand the unique needs of high-level athletes. Our advanced courses are designed to help elite freedivers refine their technique, enhance their performance, and achieve new personal bests. We provide:

Personalized Training Plans

Tailored to your specific goals and current skill level.

Advanced Safety Protocols

Ensuring you can push your limits safely.

Performance Analysis

Using the latest technology to analyze and improve your dives.

In addition to training, Apnea Boom is committed to fostering a competitive spirit. We aim to host local competitions and aspire to establish national and world-level events. This provides a platform for freedivers to showcase their skills, set new records, and gain recognition in the freediving community.

At Apnea Boom, we're more than just a freediving school; we're a community dedicated to the art and science of freediving. Join us on Sal Island, Cabo Verde, and experience the magic of freediving in one of the world's most beautiful locations. Your underwater adventure starts here!

About Apnea Boom

Евгений Смирнов - руководитель команды Тритоны

   Founder – Evgeny Smirnoff

  • CMAS certified instructor
  • Moscow Apnea Championship winner (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Static Breath Hold over 6:49"
  • Dynamic Apnea 128 m
  • Dynamic Apnea with bifins 181 m
  • Dynamic Apnea with monofin 204 m
  • Constant Weight Dive 52 m

Why Apnea Boom?

Advanced Training Education

100% satisfaction with your results

Freediving is a Family Sport

Private training and individual lessons

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