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We believe that through an ever-growing, enthusiastic, and safe worldwide freediving community, the sport will reach more and more people who can reap the many benefits of a consistent practice.

We encourage students to keep freediving safely, regardless of location or access to instructors. When you have someone to trust with your safety, you can relax and enjoy your dives. Likewise, attending to another diver boosts your confidence and trains you to be more attuned to safety in general. As a bonus, diving with a buddy is more fun and allows you to keep learning from each other.

Feel free to add your location to this map anytime. You can also save it to your favorites, share it, and embed it to your site. It’s here so traveling freedivers can find one another and buddy up.

What others said about Freedive Utopia

Adam Hanson
Adam Hanson
2022-02-19
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Estaban at Freedive Eutopia was absolutely amazing. It was my first time free diving and he made it a smooth, easy, beautiful experience. I learned a ton, and it wasn’t just equalization technique or how to safely recovery dive. He helped me and my dive partners connect with our distinctly different challenges and find our own was to relax and breakthrough to deeper dives. It was the perfect entry to freediving and I recommend anyone go to Tulum and dive with Estaban!
Anna Toro
Anna Toro
2022-02-06
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Highly reccomended! We were seeking for a special experience that’s far from the mess tourism of Tulum. It was our first time free diving, but have done scuba before. It was a magical experience, we fell completely in love with meditation in the water. Esteban introduced us to 4 different breathing techniques and dived with us each time keeping an eye contact. He is such a gentle and zen soul, felt so easy to learn from him and feel safe. It was truly the highlight of our trip. El pit is great if it’s sunny around 1 pm for good photos. He also took a gropro video of us.
porat levert
porat levert
2022-02-03
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I went Free diving training at Sinota Anglita with Esteban it was amazin extremely professional !! Thank you very much we will be happy to came again in the future
Tracy Le
Tracy Le
2022-01-21
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Met Esteban while he was teaching his students at Cenote Angelita, and instantly asked if he could teach me and my friend the day after. Freediving is such a fun and amazing experience. I overcame my fear of being in deep water thanks to the great instructor and coach Esteban!! Never expected to be this happy and content in water. He gave great feedback and good knowledge about freediving and just staying relaxed and calm in the water. Am definitely planning on doing more freediving, and hopefully get to take LVL 2 of freediving with Esteban!
Sasha Kirakosyan
Sasha Kirakosyan
2022-01-17
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first trainer who really helped me with my co2 sensitivity struggle. his easy breathing technic worked perfectly so, that I could finally relax under the water and really enjoy being there. thank you so much, Esteban!
Pavel Davydov
Pavel Davydov
2022-01-17
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I had a great time freediving with Esteban and his school, Freedive Utopia. Esteban is a nice man and a very skilled instructor. He makes very cool videos. Also he took me to some amazing places near Tulum that I would never find by myself (cenotes and sea reefs). I highly recommend him and his school!
Myrthe Gillis
Myrthe Gillis
2021-12-15
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We had a wonderful 3 day course with Esteban. The first day it was a bit scary but Esteban makes sure he does not rush and let you be comfortable first. He chose some beautiful cenotes for the diving and adjusted the program to personal needs. Next to that he makes some very cool video's. I would definitely recommend.
Bas Mensonides
Bas Mensonides
2021-11-25
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Esteban is a relaxed and clever guy. Really upfront and supportive when needed. Shares his knowledge in a practical way with thorough theoretical background. Yoga session was very good as well.
Sara Yang
Sara Yang
2021-11-23
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Freediving is such a transformative experience, and a practice of meditation and presence in and of itself. Esteban is an incredible instructor and gave the best possible introduction to freediving. He's extremely knowledgeable, and matches the pace and needs of each individual student. He also shared tailored or adapted practices to help us deepen our practice holistically, whether in breathwork or nutrition. And maybe most important, he brings deep care to his work and helped each of us feel safe on the learning journey. I'm so grateful to have trained with Esteban and deeply recommend diving with him!
Carter Ellyse
Carter Ellyse
2021-09-28
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A couple of days of passed and I keep thinking of how amazing your communication was, your patience as well as how you acted out different scenarios for sos situation, you're an amazing teacher and human. I'm hungry to get in the water again. Grateful for you and anyone who chooses to come to you for training are lucky! You're awesome. Thank you.

My story

Hi, I’m Esteban Pando, founder of Freedive Utopia. I’m an Apnea Total freediving instructor and a PADI divemaster who has been freediving in the Yucatan Peninsula since 2013. For the last seven years, I have worked as an instructor for several dive shops and freediving schools throughout the region. Besides teaching freediving full time, I’m also a safety diver during international freediving competitions and national and world record events. Originally from Argentina, I speak both Spanish and English fluently and love to connect with people from all over the world.

The peninsula is where I cut my teeth as a freediver, and because I’ve dived, learned, and taught in many other places, I can say with confidence that the cenotes alongside the Caribbean reef are a freediving Utopia. The tranquil beauty and translucence of these fragile environments help us tap into the inner peace and relaxation we need for exploring the underwater world.

Because freediving has changed my outlook on life and my relationship to my body, I’m passionate about sharing the experience with others. I still get a thrill every time I watch the positive transformations my students undergo after just a few hours in the water.