Learn Freediving While Waiting for 2020 to End

Swim Central is back in business.

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(SPOT.ph) Summer (or as PAGASA prefers to call it, "dry season") is the other best time of the year in the Philippines (Christmas being the first). We have every excuse to hit the beach, swim in crystal-clear waters, dive into the depths of the deep blue sea, or ride a glassy wave. But with the ongoing global pandemic halting all our summer plans this 2020, the months of March, April, and May just passed us by. The next best thing? Learning how to dive or swim in preparation for hopefully a better summer come 2021. Swim Central, which specializes in swimming and freediving lessons for adults, is back in business after months of suspended operations due to the quarantine.

Swim Central offers basic swimming lessons, survival swimming, and freediving lessons at Mares Diving Center's 14-foot pool.
PHOTO BY Mike Ajero
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Swim Central (SC), a startup company founded in 2015, is accredited by Swim School International. They started accepting students again on August 19, but with limited booking at only five swimmers per class and only in selected private pools. (SC coaches previously held lessons in public pools in the Metro like Makati Aqua Sports Arena and Army Gym in Taguig City pre-quarantine.) For now, you can choose to book freestyle or breaststroke lessons at Patio Isabel Resort in Novaliches, floating and water treading drills at Divenet in Quezon City and Mares Diving Center in Makati City, or freediving basics either at Divenet and Mares.

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QC residents can choose to take their swimming lessons at Patio Isabel Resort's 25-meter pool. The facility reopened on August 18 for training purposes only. 
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An eight-session lesson (which includes freestyle, breastroke, and survival swimming) costs P4,199. But you can also pay per session if you don't want to take the whole course: there's a 1.5-hour class of either freestyle or breaststroke for P525, a 1.5-hour session of floating and water treading for P650, or a two-hour one-on-one session for P1,200. Freedriving classes cost P2,000 for a four-hour session, which includes lessons and practice drills on breath-holding, equalization, finning, and duckdiving.

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For more information, follow Swim Central on Facebook or visit their website.

Main photo used for illustrative purposes only.

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