Our freediving courses combine science, relaxation breathing and aquatic movement techniques to create amphibious humans. Learn how to move efficiently and effortlessly, like a water creature. Experience the depth of your aquatic nature. Be safe and relaxed in the ocean.

We feel a strong connection to nature and our school is about sharing a therapeutic return to water. We encourage students to discover their potential and draw inspiration from the freediving journey. Personal development happens on many levels through this transformative practice.

The awareness and confidence gained through freediving impacts all areas of life. As below, so above. And vice versa.

Who We Are

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Sam Henry

  • Founder of Fathom Freedive Bali
  • SSI Level 3 Freediving Instructor
  • PADI Master Freediving Instructor Trainer
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • Photographer
  • Yoga teacher/ Breathwork coach.

In 2005 I started freediving and spearfishing in the cold North Sea where I grew up. After completing a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography, I left the UK to discover warmer waters…

To me freediving is a spiritual experience which feeds and energizes my soul. I feel happy and free in the ocean, liberated from the concerns of modern life. We build bonds with other human beings through this shared exploration of self and sea. It’s mental, physical and emotional (in a good way).

Enjoying the opportunity to interact with new people, I have met interesting characters and formed good friendships through teaching. Serious topics are covered on a freediving course, but keeping the atmosphere relaxed actually helps people progress. There can be some real challenges involved, but we aim to have fun.

More than a standard freediving course… I include yogic breathing techniques to benefit physical health, whilst cultivating a calm and present state of mind. These techniques help to reduces anxiety, supporting your freediving practice and contributing to a balanced life.

For more tips, ideas, thoughts and feelings, please read my blog. You can also follow my adventures on Instagram and Youtube.

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Nistia Rettob

  • PADI Freediving Instructor
  • Video Creator

Originally born in Papua-Indonesia, I moved to Bali and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. An interest in surfing started with learning to swim, which then lead me to snorkeling and freediving.

Running adventure tourism expeditions around Indonesia allowed me to experience some of the worlds most stunning and diverse marine habitats. An appreciation of how these systems are connected to the traditional way of life for indigenous people has been an inspiration for my journey into freediving.

After meeting Sam in Bali, I began to take courses with him and qualified as a PADI freediving instructor in 2019. I am also passionate about underwater film production.

Location and School

We are based in Jemeluk Bay, in a fishing town called Amed, East Bali, Indonesia. With beautiful coral gardens, reefs and walls to be explored, this bay is abundant with marine life.

Facilities include large air-conditioned classroom, open air classroom and hot/cold water showers.

Unlike the oversaturated tourist destinations in South Bali (Canggu, Kuta etc), Amed has not lost the traditional, relaxed atmosphere. Restaurants, yoga studios, beer gardens and bars overlook the shimmering waters of the bay, a great place to watch the sun set behind mount Agung. A winding road runs along the coastline with ocean on one side and towering hills on the other. Shipwrecks, waterfalls, beaches and colorful culture is here. For more information see our Amed guide.

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