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First Freediving School in Sri Lanka

  Author: Ellie  

14th April 2024

Read Time: 4 minutes

We are thrilled to share with you that Divinguru Sri Lanka is the first authorized PADI Freediving school in Sri Lanka. At the moment we offer Basic Freediver and PADI Freediver courses and soon also the PADI Advanced Freediver Course.

Freediving is a rapidly growing trend among ocean enthusiasts. And it’s easy to understand why. Freediving is a challenging physical activity where you discover your body whilst learning how to relax your mind. Reconnect with the nature and silently blend to the underwater environment to watch the marine life closely without any disturbance.

Divinguru dive centres in Unawatuna, Nilaveli and Trincomalee Sri Lanka

Divinguru is certified as first PADI Freediving Center in Sri Lanka.

Our Freediving School

We approach freediving in similar way as we do with scuba diving, with focus on safety and individual guidance. Our instructor’s education is up to date and they are very excited to share the wholesome feeling of exploring the underwater world on just one breath.

Are you enjoying water sport activities, scuba diving, snorkelling or just swimming in the water? You don’t need any prior experience with freediving to sign up for the PADI Freediving Course. Get your experience started with our PADI Freediving Courses in Sri Lanka.

Divinguru dive centres in Unawatuna, Nilaveli and Trincomalee Sri Lanka

Our Freediving Instructors Ellie and Norbert.

Freediving on south coast of Sri Lanka

What you can expect while freediving on the south coast of Sri Lanka? We Freedive on shipwreck sites and rocky reefs. We offer freediving on shipwrecks for all levels. Visibility is around 5-10m average, water temperature around 29 degrees. You can encounter many tropical fish of the Indian Ocean, including lion fish, parrot fish, pufferfish, bat fish, banner fish, Napoleon fish, stingray and if lucky even a turtle! You don’t find many corals in south Sri Lanka due to coral bleaching event (El Nino 1998) and the tsunami (in 2004). Even though you might see some corals recovering slowly after these events but mostly you dive over rocky reefs and pinnacles. Freediving season on the south coast is from November until mid April.

freedivers on the Colombo Beach in Sri Lanka

The best season to freedive on the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is from November until April.

Freediving on the east coast of Sri Lanka

You can’t miss freediving on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The most beautiful corals are around Nilaveli and Trincomalee area. The sites are full of marine life and both hard and soft corals. Most of the sites are shallow from 10 to 15m depth. Visibility is between 10-15m, water temperature 29 degrees. The best time for freediving on the east coast of Sri Lanka is from mid March until end of October. You’ll spot many tropical fish including trumpetfish, moorish idol, anemone fish, snappers, lion fish, groupers, surgeonfish, moray eels, etc.

The only place where you can Freedive with sharks in Sri Lanka is on Pigeon Island. Pigeon Island National Park is located in Nilaveli, 10km from Trincomalee town and the entrance ticket is around 40 usd. While freediving on Pigeon Island you can spot black tip reef sharks and sea turtles as well as many colorful tropical fish.

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