Welcome to Freedive Nusa!
Our History and Values
We are Kirill and Yana; we are the founders of the school and we are deeply in love with freediving. Driven by our passion for freediving, we spent years traveling around Asia to find the perfect place where we could create a school. We wanted a paradise where we could make our home, invite people to share in our philosophy, and share in the joy of living and diving together. In 2016, when we found the island of Nusa Penida, we knew that we had found the perfect place.
Freedive Nusa is our life’s work and achievement, and a realization of all our dreams. Our school has grown rapidly, built around the freedivers’ lifestyle and love for the Ocean, and fostered through enthusiasm.
We believe that diving and being in the water is natural for humans.
We see it as our mission to help other people discover this natural relationship between humans and the sea. Through our school and teachings, we help people discover how to be one with water, how to live in the water, and how to feel free in the water. And through our work, we continually surround ourselves with more water confident people with an even greater love for the ocean.
Our approach to teaching freediving is not based on chasing numbers or benchmarks based solely on meters and minutes. We show our students the feelings of higher consciousness and enhanced water comfort that comes with freediving, while still having fun and enjoying ourselves!
Founder, SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, Molchanovs Instructor Trainer
|Kirill has been freediving since 2011.|
Since January 2013, he became an SSI Freediving Instructor. From this point on, he organized and conducted many freediving courses and group trips for freedivers in Russia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey, and Egypt.
Since 2016, he has been living and teaching diving on Nusa Penida and organizing adventures for freedivers around Indonesia.
In April 2018, he became an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer.
In November 2019, he became an Instructor Trainer in the Molchanovs Freediving Educational System.
Freediving is very diverse! Freediving is for everyone! And everyone can find for themselves the most interesting points in this diversity. Freediving is another world and I really like to help other people to join this world and to explore it!
Founder, in-water dance teacher, Watsu Therapist
|Yana originally from cold St.Petersburg in Russia. Since 2010, she lives together with Kirill mainly in South-East Asia and has traveled all over the region.|
She started breath-hold diving in 2011.
She practices and teaches contact improvisation, yoga, dance in-water, relaxation techniques, and in-water massage called Watsu and Aguahara.
She is the organizer and soul of the school.
She is also the main organizer and teacher at specialized Contact Improvisation festivals based in Russia and Thailand.
Since October 2017, she has been raising a little mermaid called Vera.
For me, freediving is about inner awareness. Being here and now, being in the moment… Watching your attention, concentrating it on something or deconcentrating… Remember that restrictions and freedom are two sides of the same coin… These topics are very important to me and freediving is about gathering all of them into a single practice.
SSI Freediving Level 2 Instructor, Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor
|Lin was born in Florianópolis, a beautiful island in the south of Brazil, and grew up in a big surfing community.|
He started competing in surfing at 12 years of age and during all his youth he was going to different parts of Brazil and other countries for surfing and competitions. His passion for being in water turned him into a Scuba Instructor.
Freediving was something that was always there but not with a very deep understanding. So finally, he decided to come to Indonesia to explore the ocean on a single breathe and make it his profession.
He loves teaching, training, spearfishing and of course surfing!
Lin is able to teach in 3 different languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.
Freediving changed my life and I hope to change people’s lives as well!
As a sport, it just gave me much more attention to my physical and mental health, and those were the 2 main reasons which turned me a freediving instructor. Be able to pass my experience to my students and looking at them improving their abilities, for many times breaking barriers and fears is what makes me happy!
What makes freediving with Freedive Nusa the best choice?
Professional team of instructors.
Unlimited training depth. The maximum depth in the strait between Bali and Nusa Penida is 200m. You can dive from the shore, after 100 meters the sea bottom is dropping deep on almost 90-degree wall. For training sessions, we are going for diving from the boat.
Nice warm water! The water temperature is 27-29 degrees all year long.
The best diving conditions with clean water and perfect visibility! The island is far enough from Bali that the water here is much clearer than those around Bali, especially during the rainy season.
A rich underwater world. It’s the best place in all Bali for diving when measuring by the number of species you can see underwater. There is a high possibility to see Manta Rays and Mola-Mola fish.
Amazing sight-seeing on Nusa Penida to discover when you aren’t diving: beautiful beaches, breathtaking cliffs, waterfalls, etc. This island truly is paradise!
Regular yoga classes in our studio.
Easy access to a remote paradise. Just 40 minutes by speedboat from Bali.
A comfortable place to kick back and relax. Several nice accommodation options just 100-200 meters away from the school with breakfast, wifi, and air-conditioning or fan if you like.
Calm village atmosphere and friendly locals.
An unforgettable view of Bali island.
Location of the school
Freedive Nusa is situated on Nusa Penida island, a part of Bali province, 12 km from the South-East from Bali.
This island is a limestone plateau, with sandy beaches in the North and East, and seaweed gardens in the shallow waters — one of the main income sources for locals. You can enjoy the best view of Agung volcano just from the beach in front of the school.
On The Southern and Western coast, you’ll find breathtaking 200m cliffs dropping straight into the ocean with small sandy beaches between the rocks, accessible by foot.
On Nusa Penida, you can easily escape into nature. While roads can be rough, the landscapes are fantastic and well worth the trek.
Nusa Penida’s main attraction is its dive sites. Nusa Penida’s diving is the best in Bali. In addition to the dozens of world-class dive sites, there is the opportunity to encounter Manta Rays or Mola-Mola Fish. It will spoil you.
The local people are very friendly. Despite the new growth in tourism, the island maintains an open and relaxed atmosphere, especially when compared with South Bali or nearby crowded Lembongan island.
Our school property is located on the northeast side of the island, between Ring Sameton Hotel and Jero Rawa Homestay.
The school is just 20 m from the beach. Our property is hidden from the road and has all facilities needed for our students.
We have all the facilities to dive comfortably by beach entrance to our rich home reef and by boat.
Theoretical classes and on land practical sessions are held in a comfortable yoga studio.
During breaks, you can have lunch at nearby cafes, where you can enjoy tasty, healthy food while taking in the beautiful ocean view of Bali and Mt. Agung.
Besides teaching apnea diving on Nusa Penida, we regularly organize fun diving trips to dive sites around the island, Manta trips to dive with Manta Rays, special courses for surfers, and unique freedive trips around Indonesia.
See you at Nusa Penida!
YES! Freediving is a very safe sport if it is practiced correctly. It is a natural activity, and the human body is very well capable of breath-holding and diving underwater. Taking an officially recognized freediving course will only make you a safer and a more confident freediver.
Accidents happen because of lack of proper training and education. Beware of bogus freediving coaches. Ask questions about their certification so that you will know that you are in safe with them.
We have a team of instructors and start courses nearly every day. Just send us a message and choose dates the most convenient for you.
We are working 12 months a year. You are very welcome to come anytime you want. There is a high season of the island which starts from June to October. During this time you have the chance to see Mola-Mola fish (Moon fish), which attracts divers from all over the world. During high season the water is a bit colder and prices for accommodation a bit higher.
Low season starts from December to February as for all of Bali region. It could rain during the low season. However, Nusa Penida is a dry region, and the weather is cooler than the rest of Bali. The visibility stays on the same level all the year, even in the raining season.
Nature of the island is fantastic. Actually, it can be the only reason to come here. High cliffs, unbelievable landscapes, beautiful beaches, underground temple, water springs, and natural ponds…
You can hardly get bored of diving here, either at the boat-distanced spots or directly from the beach.
It would be beneficial to bring your own freediving equipment if you have it. Fins, mask, snorkel, belt, and 3 mm wet suit would be a good start. No need to carry weights. If you do not have the equipment, we will provide you as the equipment is included in the cost of all courses.
Also we have a small shop in the school, so you can buy freediving equipment from us right on the island.
Comfortable shoes (runners) for exploring the island, sunglasses and sun cream (take the strongest one with protection level 50) to feel yourself comfortable under the tropical sun, photo and video cameras to capture all the beauty of the island would be very useful.