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Phuket’s freediving festival is back in town for the 2nd time

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Welcome back to Deep Week, as some of the world’s best free divers assemble in Phuket for a week of free diving activities in some of the most scenic locations in the world.

Phuket will play host to the 2nd ‘Deep Week’ which starts tomorrow and runs to December 3.  Led by Adam Stern and Bangkok Freedivers, in partnership with 5 Star Marine, this event will welcome over 100 free divers from across Europe, the US and Australia, making it the world’s largest freediving festival.  

Deep Week has positioned itself as the best freediving educational event, where some of the top experts and free divers come together from around the world for one week of shared learning experiences. 

Freediving, free-diving, free diving, breath-hold diving, or skin diving is a form of underwater diving that relies on breath-holding until resurfacing rather than the use of breathing apparatus such as scuba gear – Wikipedia

Deep Week is a one-of-a-kind experience for the freediving community. It stands as the world’s premier freediving education event bringing the best free divers, instructors and experts from all over the world, to Phuket for a week of organised events.

Phuket was selected due to the water clarity and excellent conditions for freediving, as well as its location allowing access to a number of islands with deep and protected dive sites. Private speedboats operated by 5 Star Marine will take participants on short journeys to locations across to Koh Racha and Koh Doc Mai, with access to 60 metres on each dive.

Shaun Stenning from 5 Star Marine, says that his company is delighted to be the boat partner of this event for the second time this year.

“This type of exciting event attracts a different kind of customer to Phuket as well as highlighting the very best of Phuket’s surrounding waters.”

In addition to freediving, everyone taking part will also be engaging in depth training, theory sessions, fitness, workshops and dinner events to enjoy the experience fully and help enhance knowledge and technique.

Freediving in Thailand has grown significantly over the last few years, according to Ploy Scott (MD of Bangkok Freedivers)

“My vision for Deep Week is to bring world-class freediving instructors, educators and athletes to Phuket so the Thai freediving community can learn from these leading figures.”

“My journey started at Deep Week in Bali six years ago, it was an amazing environment to learn and improve within. Training with highly experienced instructors in a friendly environment improved my techniques and knowledge immensely.”

Adam, Ploy and Thibault lead the charge in a week of line training, pool sessions, workshops and so much more; as part of the huge group of 30 highly regarded international instructors. Participants will get the chance to hear first-hand from these athletes and learn more about their training routines and techniques. 

Adam Stern

The creator of Deep Week and the Freediving Family, Adam is an Australian champion and 8 time Australian freediving record holder. Known as one of the leading names in the freediving world, he is not only an athlete, but also a leading educator in this sport and one of the founders and creators of the Molchanovs Education System.

Ploy Scott

Ploy is an important and central figure in the Thai freediving scene. She is a multiple Thai record holder and the first Thai Freediving Instructor Trainer. With her guidance and local knowledge, Thailand has developed a thriving freediving ecosystem and industry and she is now able to regularly bring her experience and expertise to Deep Week.

Thibault Guignes

8-time French National Record Holder and one of the top freediving educators in the world. He is not only an athlete, but educator and owner of Camotes Freediving School. His experience and knowledge in free immersion (FIM) makes him one of the most sought-after experts on this topic.

Sheena McNally

As a Canadian freediving champion and continental record holder, Sheena loves helping other learn how to enjoy their time underwater. She has safety dived at the World Championships in Roatan, and set national and continental records in FIM and Constant Weight categories.

The event will be based at the Boat Lagoon Resort in Phuket, with instructors holding a variety of workshops each day. Activities include pool sessions, static sessions and all the Wave theory sessions needed to complete your course. There will also be yoga, meditation and HIIT classes daily. Nothing is compulsory so attendees are free to do as much or as little as they like. 

Deep Week Daily Schedule

6 am – Optional Sunrise Yoga

7.30 am – Line Training Diving

2.30 pm – Wave Theory or Pool Session

4.30 pm – Workshops and Dry Training

6 pm – HIIT

6.30 pm – Meditation

7 pm – Family Dinner

Contact details

Bangkok Freedivers

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