Costa Rica Freediving Festival

Fuel Your Freediving Passion With Us: Learn, Explore, and Challenge Yourself In The Competition!

Save The Date: January 25th - February 6th, 2024

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Who Should Come To The Freediving Festival?

We have something to offer to every level of freediver.

New Freedivers: Take your first course and get extra days of training and exploring local reefs with the fun of a group environment

Experienced Freedivers: Looking to take the next level course or just refine your technique? We got you covered. Multiple daily workshops to take your skills to the next level.

Competitive Freedivers: Want to be a part of your first competition? Or maybe your a seasoned vet looking to set a new record.

Freediving Festivial Highlights:

Freediving Courses, Training & Fun Dives

Dive deep into a world of knowledge with our expert instructors. We offer a variety of courses that cater to all levels, so you can hone your skills or take your first plunge into the underwater world. And don't forget the fun dives—where you get to explore the vibrant marine life that surrounds you.

Daily Workshops

Learning never stops at our festival. Every day, we offer engaging workshops that cover everything from mastering your equalization technique to understanding the intricacies of underwater photography. Dive into a world of discovery as you immerse yourself in our daily educational sessions.

Freediving Competition

Challenge yourself and compete with fellow freedivers for a chance to win amazing prizes. However, it's not about the medals and prizes; it's about the thrill of testing your limits and sharing the excitement with a community of like-minded enthusiasts.

rica freedivers, spearfishing tuna, costa rica
Brad, Freediver

Costa Rica Freediving Festival Details

Freediving Festival & Competition: $995 


Only Freediving Festival: $795


Only Freediving Competition: $375

Want to train before the competition? Ask us for special pricing when you inquire.


Competition: January 25-28, 2024


Festival Training & Workshops: January 30- February 6th, 2024


Rest Day: January 29th & February 3rd, 2024


Day Schedule:

Yoga: 7:30 am–8 am

Workshop: 8:30 am–9:30 am

Diving Session: 10 am–1 pm

Pool Training: 3.30 pm–5:30 pm

Group Dinner: 7 pm


Nothing is mandatory. You can come to whichever sessions you want to.


You can take any Molchanovs Freediving Course (Wave 1 -3) during the festival. If you finish one you can start your next level course too!

There are a total of 7 line training days. You can choose to do courses, train, or have a photoshoot.

Every day we will have a workshop led by an expert in that field. Some of the popular workshops include;

  • Spearfishing
  • Photography 
  • Videography 
  • Equalization
  • Training Periodization
  • Breathwork

Looking to take your first competition? Or maybe you are a veteran looking to set a new record?

We have a whole page dedicated to this awesome opportunity. 




If you are not interested in taking part in the competition, don't worry we have a separate price for you.

Marina Pez Vela

Quepos, Costa Rica, is a vibrant coastal town nestled along the stunning Pacific shoreline. One of its most prominent features is Marina Pez Vela, a spectacular venue located just outside of Quepos. This marina is a true gem on the Costa Rican coast, offering a wide array of attractions and amenities that make it a must-visit destination for travelers.

Quepos, Costa Rica

Just a short 3-minute walk from Marina Pez Vela, downtown Quepos welcomes travelers with vibrant dining options, ranging from traditional Costa Rican dishes to international flavors. Accommodations suit all preferences, from cozy boutique hotels to hostels. The town’s streets feature shops, boutiques, and markets, perfect for immersing in local culture and finding unique treasures.
Quepos is an adventure and eco-tourism hub, surrounded by lush rainforests and wildlife-rich reserves like Manuel Antonio National Park. Visitors can enjoy zip-lining, hiking, and wildlife watching, with nearby tour companies offering canopy tours and tranquil boat rides through mangrove estuaries, showcasing Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity.

The Dive Spot

We picked the best and most consistent times to provide warm and clear waters.
  • 90m depth 
  • Surface water temp: 30C
  • 40m+ Depth water temp: ~26C
  • Surface Visibility: 20 -30m 

Your Hosts

Brad Stephens, Rica Freedivers Owner,

Brad Stephens

Founder Rica Freedivers

Brad’s one of the leading freediving and spearfishing instructors in Costa Rica helping develop the sports here locally in hopes of one day helping form a Costa Rican National team. 



Sylvain Lambrechts

Co-Founder Freediving Uvita

Passionate of oceans and underwater photography, he started his career in the diving industry 8 years ago. First as scuba instructor then as a professional photographer on the Great Barrier Reef to now running a freediving club in the beautiful Costal town of Uvita, South Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.


Josh Griskie

Founder Deep Republic

Josh runs a Spearfishing & Freediving center in Costa Rica teaching students the importance of hunting ethically & diving safely. Good times guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can learn to freedive during the festival. It’s an even better way to learn for beginners than taking your typical 2-day course.

We ask for at least a 20% deposit to confirm your spot. The balance should be paid 2 weeks before the event.
You can also just pay in full when booking. Let us know what works for you.


We will send you a payment link to pay with a card.

If you cancel within 2 weeks of the event we cannot issue a refund. If you cancel with more than 2 weeks notice we can either give you a refund or use the payment for a future event.


  • Course fees & materials
  • Training sessions
  • Workshops
  • Facility fees

Not Included:

  • Travel Expenses
  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Freediving Equipment (unless arranged beforehand) 

We will have limited gear available to lend out to those who are traveling and don’t have room for gear. Just let us know what you need beforehand to make sure it’s available.

Each instructor can have up to 4 students in a class. However, we try to limit this to 3 students per instructor. This gives the students enough one-on-one time to learn everything needed for the course or training session.

  • Swim wear
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Towel
  • Reef-safe sunscreen
  • Freediving Equipment if diving


This is the first year running the event but here is what some of our students have said about our training program and facilities over the years.

"Beyond grateful for my time spent with Rica Freedivers crew. The experience and knowledge gained over the past few months is priceless. Looking forward to what the future holds!"

Josh Griskie

Deep Republic

I spent 2 full months at Rica Freedivers working on improving my freediving, and I couldn’t recommend this place more! I initially booked it after reading all of the amazing reviews, and it did not disappoint."

Vanora Guerard

I have been training with Brad at Rica Freedivers for a month now and I couldn't be happier!!
I started with wave 1 then feeling really comfortable training with Brad I signed up for wave 2 and 3."

Sylvain Lambrechts

Freediving Uvita

Rica Freedivers
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