Depth Training Experience with Ocean Limits PH

By Anne Elizabeth Apolona Gumiran - 6:47 AM


I was actually introduced to freediving in the last quarter of 2017. It was just a spontaneous trip with a few friends and never have I ever thought that I'll take it seriously a year after. See, I've joined and did a lot of fun dives. There goes the one in Coron in Palawan, Apo Reef in Mindoro Occidental, Danjugan Island in Negros Occidental, a lot in Batangas including Summer Cruise and Danke Laia. Yet, I still never had a formal training and introduction.

This year, I was invited by a friend who also freedive to do a line training for a weekend. I was hesitant for two reasons: one, I'm afraid I could not go as deep as they would go; two, I live for fun dives in spots where reef is alive and colorful and that's mainly it. But then, I realized, I think it's about time to formally learn about freediving for safety reasons.

About Ocean Limits PH

Ocean Limits PH is founded by Coaches Michael Clarin and Irene Villaflor, both advanced freedivers with Wave 3 Molchanovs certification. The freediving school  that is based in Anilao, Batangas was just recently introduced to the community but it has been training several individuals who are enthusiastic of the depths. Ocean Limits PH lets everyone define their limits and overcome them

My Line Training Experience with Ocean Limits

Moving past the 10-meter marker
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Day 1. I have attended the training with basic knowledge on Freediving like what Freediving is, equalization, duck diving, finning and the gear per se. Upon arrival at Nenita Casapao resort, I changed into my diving outfit and got into the waters. I was in a buoy with two other divers and Coach-Doc Irene. We were initially taught on how to descend properly with the rope; especially how to hold it. We did Free Immersion as a warm up with the line set at ten meters. Ally, Doc Polly and I took turns in descending. I did it 10 meters the first time I descended maybe because I have been diving at that depth even before the training. Then, when we were finally ready Coach Irene dropped the weights down to 20 meters. 

The thought of that depth made my heart raced. Could I even do it? I asked. This time, Coach Irene got a lanyard - one end at the line and the other end wrapped around the forearm of the diver. We're asked first if we'll do Free Immersion (FIM) or Constant Weight (CWT) which at first I didn't know the difference (I told her I'll do FIM but I did CWT lol that's when Coach Irene knew that I didn't know stuff, so I was given a formal introduction to the sport). It's noted: it is Constant Weight if I descend and ascend with fins, with weights or none, without touching the rope except when I turn. It's Free Immersion if I ascend and descend without finning or any propulsion equipment and constantly pulling the rope. So I remembered, Ocean Limits lets everyone define his or her limits and overcome it! On my turn, I descended in FIM, it was around 13 or 14 meters. Okay, now that's a new personal best! It's pretty fulfilling and it seriously made me wanna go down for more. On my second turn, I did CWT. I hit another Personal Best at 16 meters! I didn't know I could make it to that depth. Since the waves are getting a little rough, we headed back to the resort and called it a day.

Ascent with my Safety Diver, Coach-Doc Irene Villaflor.
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Since we could not dive in the afternoon due to the waves and currents, Coach Irene decided to give me an Introduction to Freediving instead. I learned about the different equalizing techniques such as valsalva maneuver, hands free (BTV/VTO) and frenzel. I used to do valsalva and been doing hands free since I've heard about it from someone. 

I love how approachable everyone is in Ocean Limits. They are actually like a family and that nipa is somewhat a home. Everything is in the right place and they keep it clean and organized. I instantly made friends with them and we even had samgyeopsal and milk tea for dinner. After the socials, we all decided to call it a night.

Day 2. Ocean's flat, visibility is exceptional. After taking gulps of Vitargo and stretching, we changed into our diving attire and got into the waters. Second day was different. It was fun! Since we all had the knowledge of the basic stuff, Coach Irene decided to give us a taste of what Freediving competitions are like. We declared what our depth will be prior to the mini fun depth competition proper. Then, we stayed at the resting buoy. The first one in line descended and the rest followed. We got white cards (meaning we got into or beyond our declared depth with no violations) and even hit our PB's again! I declared 15 meters as my depth and I surprisingly got into 18 meters!

After our mini fun depth competition, we did maximum depth before we retreat and that's when I got another personal best!
Yes! It's 20.1 meters! New personal best!
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After the depth training, we decided to do a fun dive at a nearby dive spot famous for the underwater bar, the tables. We all headed west and walked along the pebbly shore. We entered the waters through the shore, swam a little and found the tables at I guess five or six meters. 

Fun diving at the underwater bar!
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Courses, Training, Certification and Rates

The founders and coaches of Ocean Limits PH, Coach Kel and Irene, are both Molchanovs Wave 3 certified. They really are quite good in coaching. They would really pay attention to the details and correct it like your form, the way you do recovery breathing, the way you pull and hold the rope, you turn, safety and a lot of things. That's why the courses and training are definitely worth every penny. 

Below are the courses, training and certification that Ocean Limits PH offers and its corresponding rates and inclusions.

1. Fundamentals of Freediving

The course gives an introduction to recreational freediving/skindiving for beginnes. The aim of the course is to provide the student with the basic knowledge on freediving particularly simple physiology, proper breathing techniques, equalization techniques, freediving equipment and a little on basic safety for freediving. This helps the students develop the basic skills necessary to enjoy freediving safely.

A. Half Day Course - Php 1,650.00
Pre-requisite: None
Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of facility
1-hour theory
1 open water session
Gear rental
1 meal

B. Overnight Package - Php 2,900.00
Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of Facility
Overnight Accommodation
1-hour theory on the first day
3 open water sessions
Gear rental
3 meals

2. Safety and Rescue

This course is open to freedivers who are done with Fundamentals of Freediving and who wish to upgrade their skills by learning about the Basic Safety and Rescue in Freediving.

A. Half Day Course - Php 1,650.00

Pre-requisite:
Introduction to Freediving
Comfortable depth at 7 meters

Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of facility
1-hour theory
1 open water session
Gear rental
1 meal

B. Overnight Package - Php 2,900.00
Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of Facility
Overnight Accommodation
1-hour theory on the first day
3 open water sessions
Gear rental
3 meals

3. Depth Coaching

This is open to all freedivers who have taken the fundamentals or introduction to freediving or who have been certified and wish to improve in the sport. Maximum training depth will depend on the diver's ability to adapt to his or her desired depth. Pushing to the limits is not allowed. Conservatism is to be observed to avoid risks when diving.
A. Whole day

Depth:
0 to 25 meters - Php 1,550.00
0-40 meters - Php 1,750.00

Pre-requisite:
Introduction to Freediving
Certification Course

Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of facility
30-minute dry briefing
1 open water session
Gear rental
1 meal

B. Overnight Package

Depth:
0 to 25 meters - Php 2,300.00
0-40 meters - Php 2,500.00

Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of Facility
Overnight Accommodation
3 open water sessions
Gear rental
3 meals

4. Depth Training

This is open to all certified freedivers who wish to train with their certified buddies. Equipment is provided yet without supervision.
A. Whole day - Php 500.00

Pre-requisite:
Certified freedivers only
Minimum of two persons to avail

Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of facility
1 open water session
Use of Equipment: buoy, rope, bottom plate, lanyard

Exclusions:
Gear rental
Safety diver provision

B. Overnight Package - Php 1,700.00

Inclusions:
Resort Entrance Fee
Use of facility
3 open water session
3 meals
Use of Equipment: buoy, rope, bottom plate, lanyard

Exclusions:
Gear rental
Safety diver provision

4. Molchanovs Wave Certification

Molchanovs Freediving Education can take you from learning the basics of freediving to an elite competition freediver. The learning from each course starts with an Online course which features contents from the best freedivers in the world, including the world Champion, Alexey Molchanov. 
 The course will be conducted by Molchanovs Instructor, Coach Michael "Kel" Clarin, Adam Stern' Deep Week 2019 Scholar assisted by Coach Irene Villaflor, MD, an advanced freediver Wave 3.

Wave 1 (Beginner level) - Php 12,000.00
Course Format:
3-day course
-3 theory sessions
-half day pool session
-2 to 3 open water sessions

Skill requirement:
CWT - 12 to 20 meters
DYNB - 30 meters
STA - 1:30 minutes
Rescue at 6 meters


Wave 2 (Intermediate level) - Php 14,000.00
Course Format:
3-day course
-3 theory sessions
-half day pool session
-2 to 3 open water sessions

Skill requirement:
CWT - 24 to 30 meters
CNF - 15 meters
DYNB - 50 meters
DNF - 35 meters
STA - 2:30 minutes
Rescue at 15 meters

Ascent
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Contact Details

If you wish to avail any of these course, training or certification, you may reserve your slot and reach them through the following:

Facebook page: Ocean Limits PH
Instagram: @oceanlimitsph
Mobile (Globe): +63 977 767 1193
Mobile (Sun Cellular): +63 925 710 08886

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3 comments

  1. wow! 20.1m....that was great! i cant do that hahaha hanggang 12m lang ata ang inabot ko sa free diving...

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    1. I didn't know I could make it too! The coaches are really good for they have taught me well about the proper things in freediving 😭😭😭

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  2. I've been doing fun dives for 2 years already. And I'm finally planning to take a beginner class, just like you did. Congratulations by the way.

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