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
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.