Apnea Addicts Freediving

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APNEA ADDICTS FREEDIVING CHARL MARAIS FREEDIVING

The Beauty of the ocean, seen on a single Breath, is the magic of Freediving to the ocean’s Depth.

 

We conduct freedive trips, training and Instructor Training in PADI Freediving

 

All trips and courses include full set of gear if required.

Snorkel Diving in the Kelp Forests and Seals of Cape Town is one of the most unique experiences ever. The life around our ocean is surreal and Unique.

 

Allow us to take you on this journey!

SPEARFISHING

Spearfishing is the most sustainable, and environmentally friendly way to harvest edible species legally. In our opinion it is also the most humane and fun way to enjoy fresh produce. 


We would like to introduce you to this great discipline of Diving!

Our Scuba diving trips and courses are done in Simonstown. Courses can be done from shore or boat. 


From Open water, all the way to Dive Master, we can assist you with your Scuba Diving.

KeatZA
KeatZA
Brilliant instructors. The Apnea Addicts team look after you through the entire process and ensure that you are comfortable in the water and understand the fundamentals of the sport.
Reece Truter
Reece Truter
One of the best experiences I have had with a dive shop. I was blown away by how beautiful the African Sea Forest was and had many amazing dives from shore entry and off a boat all during my freediving course and improving my skills, reaching new depths and learning how to do it all safely.
Amber McLeod
Amber McLeod
Charl and Brit are amazing instructors 🙂 Doing my freediving instructor course with them. Super patient people and they have very adaptable teaching styles that will suit anyone. Very fun course!
Leroux Cloete
Leroux Cloete
Best in the business, took my free diving to the next level and will recommend it to anyone looking to dive safer and improve their diving.
YB Naidoo
YB Naidoo
Gareth did such an amazing job with Mischka, he reads people extremely accurately and helps them accordingly. I seriously recommend Gareth and his team if you value patience and understanding. Thanks for the breathtaking experience guys, well done!
Boy de Jonge
Boy de Jonge
Did my 4 day Open Water Course, both Gareth and Indi are very nice, highly qualified and know where to go for the best Cape Town dive spots. Highly recommend!
Jonathan Müller
Jonathan Müller
Great communication. Great instructor. My son loved it.

Paradise42498870172
Paradise42498870172
2023-11-09
Amazing diving and skill improving. I had such an amazing time in Cape Town while being shown around with Apnea Addicts Freediving. We visited many dive sites via shore and boat. All while improving my diving skills on freediving courses.
GoPlaces67263033124
GoPlaces67263033124
2023-11-07
Amazing Charl and Brit are amazing instructors 🙂 Doing my freediving instructor course with them and they have very adaptable teaching styles that will suit anyone. Very fun course!
Passport38210741530
Passport38210741530
2023-11-07
Spear fishing trip Beautiful waters and friendly cow sharks + friendly charles. Will recommend this to anyone. Gona come back again for sure.
Leroux C
Leroux C
2023-11-07
If you are a free diver this is a must!!! Best in the business, took my free diving to the next level and will recommend it to anyone looking to dive safer and improve their diving.
Charl Marais
Charl Marais
2022-12-31
Super Cool Diving!! I was reccomended to this center for my diving, they are PADI IDC Freedive Instructor Trainer and Scuba Centre based in Simonstown. Working with one of the only PADI Freedive and Mermaid instructor-trainers in Southern Africa. The quality of diving and teaching that I did here was incredible, the life under the water was very cool!. Whether you are interested in scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, boat tours or freediving – CTDC put together a personal package for you that suits your needs. A personalized experience with highly trained staff is what CTDC strives on!
Hayley C
Hayley C
2021-05-13
Amazing shore dives with great people! I was recommended this dive shop by a local and it was the best choice I could have made! It’s a small company, so you get an intimate, personalized experience. Joe was a fantastic coordinator and extremely knowledgeable about the sites and marine life. Philippe was my dive buddy and helped me feel really comfortable and took great care of me on our dives. We saw incredible kelp forests, beautiful coral, nudibranchs of many kinds, swam through rock formations, and a friendly seal even came by and gave us a quick show. I’m so glad I chose to dive in SA, and I’m even happier I picked Cape Town Dive Centre. Thank you Joe and Philippe!!
Tarryn B
Tarryn B
2021-05-07
PADI Open Water & Advanced Open Water courses – an unforgettable experience When I finally decided that it was time to learn to scuba dive (something I’d wanted to do for years), I signed up for the Open Water Course with the Cape Town Dive Centre because of a friend’s recommendation. From the minute the Open Water Course started, I loved everything about it! My instructor, Joe, was fun but also incredibly efficient and an excellent teacher. The course was quite difficult and complex so I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with just anyone. However, because of the way Joe taught and helped us under the water, I felt totally safe and calm. By the end of the course I was totally hooked on scuba diving! So much so, in fact, that a couple of months later I returned to the Cape Town Dive Centre to do my Advanced Open Water Course. For anyone who intends on continuing to scuba dive after completing the Open Water Course, I would strongly recommend doing the Advanced Open Water Course too. This course really expanded my knowledge and improved my capabilities, ultimately making me a much more competent and confident diver – with much improved buoyancy and air consumption as an added bonus! So, if the above isn’t already clear, let me say this: I would highly recommend going to the Cape Town Dive Centre to start and/or continue your diving journey! All of the staff are friendly and super well qualified, and will go out of their way to accommodate you and any concerns you may have. You are bound to have a phenomenal experience – in the water and out of it!
Claude Visagie
Claude Visagie
2021-04-10
First scuba dive What an amazing experience. Friendly instructors that are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend this to anyone visiting Cape Town and to all the locals!!
Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott
2021-03-09
PADI open water diver course Just completed a PADI open water diving course with Cape Town Dive Centre. Was an amazing experience and loved every minute of it! Staff very professional and drilled us on every important aspect of the course. Great value for money and can really recommend it to anyone wanting to get into SCUBA
BoardingPass760957
BoardingPass760957
2021-02-08
You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried scuba diving! Our diving instructor Joe was already waiting for us with our gear when we arrived, which was great. He was very patient and helpful and made 200% sure we had all the basic skills mastered. I couldn’t complete my dive, but he continued with my son, who is now totally hooked on scuba diving. I’m giving the experience 4 out of 5 as it was too short, a 4-hour experience was advertised and it was under 2-hours from arriving to leaving (trying to get into the wet suits and the instructions was about an hour). I can wholeheartedly recommend this and trust me, you are in SAVE hands with these people, they know what they are doing and know how to handle emergencies. Thank you, Joe!

Apnea Addicts Freediving

Freediving School

Apnea Addicts Freediving is a Cape Town Dive Centre, and the home of PADI Freediving | Spearfishing | PADI Snorkeling in Capetown, South Africa.

 

Apnea Addicts is a leading provider of freediving, snorkeling, scuba diving and spearfishing courses and activities. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you explore the underwater world in a safe and enjoyable environment. With the highest PADI qualifications in Freediving our staff will look after your every need.

 

Whether you are a beginner, experienced or want to learn how to instruct freediving, we have something for everyone. Our courses are suitable for recreational and professional diving enthusiasts and are designed to help you develop your skills and achieve your diving goals. So why wait? Join us and discover the thrill of freediving, snorkeling, and spearfishing in the beautiful waters of Cape Town. We can’t wait to see you there!

Upcoming Freediving events

NEXT Freediver Course!

Cape Town | 21-22 Oct 2023 | Contact for Info

Instructor Training

Sri Lanka | February 2023

Maldives | March 2023

 

Seals/Kelp/Sharks Dives!

On Appointment!

Apnea Addicts

2023 Calendar

Apnea Addicts, a leading freediving school in Cape Town, is excited to announce that we will be adding snorkeling, freediving, and spearfishing to our calendar of activities in 2023. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you explore the underwater world in a safe and enjoyable environment. 

 

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, we have something for everyone. Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming activities and join us for the fun in the beautiful waters of Cape Town. We can’t wait to see you there!

What Is Freediving?

APNEA ADDICTS FREEDIVING CAPE TOWN FREEDIVING

FEEL THE OCEAN...

Freediving is to be free underwater on a single breath, rather than using a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. Freedivers use only their fins and a snorkel to reach the same depths, and explore the ocean more freely, being in touch with nature, and close to our roots in the ocean in the most natural way possible.

 

We Freedive for various reasons, including recreational diving, competitive diving, spearfishing, and underwater photography. Freediving is also meditative, to be in the water calms the mind.

What is Apnea?

( You'll be hearing this alot! )

To state it simply Apnea is to hold your breath, and as our name says, we are addicted to holding our breath at the Apnea Addicts Feediving. We often practice apnea in order to increase their ability to hold their breath and to dive to deeper depths, but also to ensure that we know what our bodies are comfortable with.

 

Apnea can be practiced in a variety of ways, including static apnea (holding one’s breath while floating stationary in the water) and dynamic apnea (swimming a distance while holding one’s breath) – This is one of our favourites!

Apnea is an important skill for freedivers to master, as it allows them to stay underwater for longer periods of time and to dive to greater depths. We train, in order to understand the breathold and to be safe in the water..

Local Freediving addicts

Apnea Addicts

The Freediving School

Apnea Addicts is a leading provider of freediving and spearfishing training in Southern Africa. Our courses are certified by PADI, the world’s largest dive training organization, and are suitable for both recreational and professional diving enthusiasts. At Apnea Addicts, we offer a range of courses and activities to help you explore the underwater world, including Freediving, Scuba Diving, Spearfishing, Snorkeling, and Boat Diving adventures

 

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver, we have something for everyone. Our experienced instructors are dedicated to helping you develop your skills and achieve your diving goals in a safe and enjoyable environment. So why wait? Join us and discover the thrill of freediving and spearfishing in the beautiful waters of Southern Africa.

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PADI Certified Courses

Certified

Instructor Training...

The PADI Certified Freediver Instructor is able to teach independently, and can train freedivers under the banner of the largest and most widely recognized diving institution world wide.

Our competent Staff Instructor Brittnee Engelbrecht and Instructor-Trainer Charl Marais will take you on a journey that will change your life!

APNEA ADDICTS FREEDIVING CAPE TOWN FREEDIVING AFRICA

KeatZA
KeatZA
Brilliant instructors. The Apnea Addicts team look after you through the entire process and ensure that you are comfortable in the water and understand the fundamentals of the sport.
Reece Truter
Reece Truter
One of the best experiences I have had with a dive shop. I was blown away by how beautiful the African Sea Forest was and had many amazing dives from shore entry and off a boat all during my freediving course and improving my skills, reaching new depths and learning how to do it all safely.
Amber McLeod
Amber McLeod
Charl and Brit are amazing instructors 🙂 Doing my freediving instructor course with them. Super patient people and they have very adaptable teaching styles that will suit anyone. Very fun course!
Leroux Cloete
Leroux Cloete
Best in the business, took my free diving to the next level and will recommend it to anyone looking to dive safer and improve their diving.
YB Naidoo
YB Naidoo
Gareth did such an amazing job with Mischka, he reads people extremely accurately and helps them accordingly. I seriously recommend Gareth and his team if you value patience and understanding. Thanks for the breathtaking experience guys, well done!
Boy de Jonge
Boy de Jonge
Did my 4 day Open Water Course, both Gareth and Indi are very nice, highly qualified and know where to go for the best Cape Town dive spots. Highly recommend!
Jonathan Müller
Jonathan Müller
Great communication. Great instructor. My son loved it.

Paradise42498870172
Paradise42498870172
2023-11-09
Amazing diving and skill improving. I had such an amazing time in Cape Town while being shown around with Apnea Addicts Freediving. We visited many dive sites via shore and boat. All while improving my diving skills on freediving courses.
GoPlaces67263033124
GoPlaces67263033124
2023-11-07
Amazing Charl and Brit are amazing instructors 🙂 Doing my freediving instructor course with them and they have very adaptable teaching styles that will suit anyone. Very fun course!
Passport38210741530
Passport38210741530
2023-11-07
Spear fishing trip Beautiful waters and friendly cow sharks + friendly charles. Will recommend this to anyone. Gona come back again for sure.
Leroux C
Leroux C
2023-11-07
If you are a free diver this is a must!!! Best in the business, took my free diving to the next level and will recommend it to anyone looking to dive safer and improve their diving.
Charl Marais
Charl Marais
2022-12-31
Super Cool Diving!! I was reccomended to this center for my diving, they are PADI IDC Freedive Instructor Trainer and Scuba Centre based in Simonstown. Working with one of the only PADI Freedive and Mermaid instructor-trainers in Southern Africa. The quality of diving and teaching that I did here was incredible, the life under the water was very cool!. Whether you are interested in scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, boat tours or freediving – CTDC put together a personal package for you that suits your needs. A personalized experience with highly trained staff is what CTDC strives on!
Hayley C
Hayley C
2021-05-13
Amazing shore dives with great people! I was recommended this dive shop by a local and it was the best choice I could have made! It’s a small company, so you get an intimate, personalized experience. Joe was a fantastic coordinator and extremely knowledgeable about the sites and marine life. Philippe was my dive buddy and helped me feel really comfortable and took great care of me on our dives. We saw incredible kelp forests, beautiful coral, nudibranchs of many kinds, swam through rock formations, and a friendly seal even came by and gave us a quick show. I’m so glad I chose to dive in SA, and I’m even happier I picked Cape Town Dive Centre. Thank you Joe and Philippe!!
Tarryn B
Tarryn B
2021-05-07
PADI Open Water & Advanced Open Water courses – an unforgettable experience When I finally decided that it was time to learn to scuba dive (something I’d wanted to do for years), I signed up for the Open Water Course with the Cape Town Dive Centre because of a friend’s recommendation. From the minute the Open Water Course started, I loved everything about it! My instructor, Joe, was fun but also incredibly efficient and an excellent teacher. The course was quite difficult and complex so I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with just anyone. However, because of the way Joe taught and helped us under the water, I felt totally safe and calm. By the end of the course I was totally hooked on scuba diving! So much so, in fact, that a couple of months later I returned to the Cape Town Dive Centre to do my Advanced Open Water Course. For anyone who intends on continuing to scuba dive after completing the Open Water Course, I would strongly recommend doing the Advanced Open Water Course too. This course really expanded my knowledge and improved my capabilities, ultimately making me a much more competent and confident diver – with much improved buoyancy and air consumption as an added bonus! So, if the above isn’t already clear, let me say this: I would highly recommend going to the Cape Town Dive Centre to start and/or continue your diving journey! All of the staff are friendly and super well qualified, and will go out of their way to accommodate you and any concerns you may have. You are bound to have a phenomenal experience – in the water and out of it!
Claude Visagie
Claude Visagie
2021-04-10
First scuba dive What an amazing experience. Friendly instructors that are extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Would recommend this to anyone visiting Cape Town and to all the locals!!
Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott
2021-03-09
PADI open water diver course Just completed a PADI open water diving course with Cape Town Dive Centre. Was an amazing experience and loved every minute of it! Staff very professional and drilled us on every important aspect of the course. Great value for money and can really recommend it to anyone wanting to get into SCUBA
BoardingPass760957
BoardingPass760957
2021-02-08
You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried scuba diving! Our diving instructor Joe was already waiting for us with our gear when we arrived, which was great. He was very patient and helpful and made 200% sure we had all the basic skills mastered. I couldn’t complete my dive, but he continued with my son, who is now totally hooked on scuba diving. I’m giving the experience 4 out of 5 as it was too short, a 4-hour experience was advertised and it was under 2-hours from arriving to leaving (trying to get into the wet suits and the instructions was about an hour). I can wholeheartedly recommend this and trust me, you are in SAVE hands with these people, they know what they are doing and know how to handle emergencies. Thank you, Joe!

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