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a year ago
I completed the Wave 1 free diving course with Chris. Chris has a great approach to teaching and ensures you understand the curriculum before proceeding. He places a very high emphasis on safety while still maintaining and incredibly fun atmosphere for his classes. Free diving is a challenging venture, but Chris’ ability to teach and guide his students through the different steps means every step of the way is an enjoyable and great experience. I can’t recommend Chris and hypoxic dream free diving enough.
- Rick A
a year ago
I checked a couple of schools to do my Molchanovs W1 Freediving Course in Mexico and Chris was the most responsive one out of all of them. His website is also informative enough but you can ask him any questions and he would respond right away. It was my intro class and as a beginner you get anxious of trying things you have not before but Chris made sure we all are prepared before doing anything beforehand and he did not make you feel pressured to do anything you aren’t comfortable with. He is very knowledgable as a mentor. His theory classes were covered enough and was made clear and my questions were all answered. It also doesnt feel like an institutional environment all the time which can in itself make you uninterested but a place where you would feel the freediving community is close and feel more personal to you as a freediver. The only con I would say is that he ran out of merch and I wanted to buy an HDF shirt, maybe next time, hehe. We went to beutiful cenotes for our co...
- Karl D
a year ago
My freediving experience with Hypoxic was incredible! Chris is super knowledgable and has a real gift for explaining the concepts in a simple way. The whole day felt super relaxed, but also very through and safe - everything from the warmup exercises. We fit in a heap of dives without being rushed or overwhelmed, the local knowledge also means you're experiencing the best dives with the least amount of hassle/crowd. Highly recommend!
- Bradley M

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  • Mask and Snorkel (bring your own)
  • Wetsuit (provided)
  • Freediving Fins (provided)


Freediving is the practice of holding your breath when diving underwater without the use of breathing equipment. It is undertaken for a variety of reasons: to become more physically and emotionally aware of your body, to be free from heavy scuba equipment, as a way to take underwater photos, to catch food, or to compete professionally. Freediving is a safe and increasingly popular activity. To some it always remains recreational, to others it becomes a way of life. 



Freediving is accessible to anyone with good health and fitness. Regular and focused freediving improves your physical fitness and mental well-being through anaerobic exercise. Anaerobic exercise generally promotes strength, power and fitness while building lean muscle mass and physical endurance. Light hypoxic training, whereby oxygen availability in your body is limited by using specific training techniques, is known to have positive effect on your physiological systems. Freediving can also improve your mental health by increasing your ability to consciously relax, to manage stress, to focus and concentrate, and to become more mindful and self aware.


Recreational freediving remains a leisure activity aimed purely at seeking pleasure from a freedive and is non-competitive. You can learn and develop new techniques to freedive underwater, while also enhancing your physical, psychological and emotional state. Training can cover general diet and fitness, techniques such as the breath-hold as well as relaxation exercises. Recreational freediving either in a pool or in open water, can help to reset your mind, allow you to feel renewed, and help you to find harmony with nature and your inner calm.


Applied freediving signifies the more advanced skills and techniques used by freedivers to support their daily underwater activities such as hunting for seafood, exploring the underwater world, providing assistance as part of rescue training or undertaking scientific research with Giant Manta Rays. Freediving as part of daily life has been undertaken all over the world for thousands of years. The female ‘Ama’ divers in Japan hunt for seafood and pearls while the Bajau people, indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines live at sea and spearfish. Freediving is their life and their existence. 

Competitive freediving focuses on the specific skill development of a freediver for competition and record attempts. There are different disciplines for pool and open water freediving, including static apnea (breath-hold without moving), dynamic apnea (diving to distance with breath-hold) and various forms of depth diving. Freedivers perform these disciplines while competing against others to achieve personal bests and to break records. There are different rules and equipment for each discipline. Reaching the top of the competitive freediving community requires total commitment as a professional athlete, to physical fitness and skills development as well as mental training, diet and rest. Competition freedivers have a strong social community where experiences, skills and knowledge are shared regularly.


Chris Jackson is a Molchanovs and AIDA freediving instructor with a love for deep diving. Chris has the experience and knowledge to bring the highest level of quality to your freedive courses and coaching sessions sharing the knowledge passed down from his training with champion athletes Alexey Molchanov, Dean Chaouche, and Adam Stern. Simultaneously you will experience the amazing and unique cenotes of Mexico.

Whether it is your first freediving course, you are an experienced spearfisherman / woman, or you need improvement on your equalization, freefall, CNF, DNF, FIM, CWT, or binfin technique, you will be satisfied with your experience at Hypoxic Dreams Freediving School.  

If you are struggling with selecting the correct freediving equipment for you, send us a chat. We are here to answer your questions, and would love to help you. It's our passion actually.

Tap here to chat with Chris, share your goals, and to schedule your Molchanovs freediving course or coaching sessions.  

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