About

Introduction

Welcome to Fathom Freediving Bali.

Under the waves is a true wilderness, alive with strange creatures. It’s a mysterious world of origins that touches something deep within us. Freediving is a therapeutic return to water and, when mastered, is a natural, calm activity that invigorates and inspires us.

Our school is here to share freediving with anyone who feels drawn to it. We incorporate aspects of yoga, breathwork and psychology into certified PADI and AIDA courses. We encourage students to unlock their amphibious potential, finding inner peace through the transformative freedom they experience. Freediving alters our consciousness in subtle but real ways.

The underwater world opens to those who approach it with soft focus and clear intention. States of mind reached during freediving can positively impact other areas of life. We become able to let go, live in the moment and manage emotions.

Do you want to discover a magical space… in water and within yourself?

Nurture a fluid awareness of aquatic flow. Join us on an alchemical adventure into the liquid wilderness.

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Who We Are

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Sam Henry

  • Founder of Fathom Freedive Bali
  • SSI Level 3 Freediving Instructor
  • PADI Master Freediving 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, 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 helps people develop in mental, physical and emotional ways.

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

My courses are unique. Amongst other things, I include yogic breathing techniques to benefit physical health, whilst cultivating a calm and present state of mind. These techniques help to reduce general anxiety, supporting your freediving practice and contributing to a balanced life. They are also a great tool for meditation.

For more freediving insights, 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.