Welcome to Freedive4Me!
As long as I can remember, I have been immensely enthusiastic about being in the water. It all started when I began playing water polo at the tender age of 7. I loved the sport and being in the water all the time, they couldn’t get me out of the pool! Years later I switched to swimming, where eventually I participated in long-distance open water competitions between 3 and 15 KM. For me, that was pure freedom, especially since longer distances really gave me a feeling of being one with the ocean and our environment.
One day a friend showed me a video of Guillaume Nery performing a freefall (you can watch it here), and the only thing I remember is my pure astonishment and utmost respect. I wanted to know how a human being can accomplish something so alien to a 'normal' person? Could anybody freedive, and how would that work? How does it feel to be underwater like that? What goes on in your mind when putting yourself in this kind of environment?
I couldn’t stop thinking about this for a couple of months and decided to start my first freediving course in the Philippines in 2013. Since then I have been enjoying diving so much that I continued my education and started training regularly. In 2017 I finalized my instructor courses with Pure Apnea and AIDA, and also started teaching in Asia as well as Europe. Eventually, I have been fortunate to achieve a new Dutch national record (-76 Meter FIM) in October 2018 and decided to start Freedive4Me to grow the freedive community in the Netherlands and in the Rotterdam area specifically. Recently, I have achieved my second national record in depth competition in July 2019 (-61 Meter CWTB).
For me, freediving is a magnificent sport to really enjoy the environment around you and listen to yourself. I would like to spread my passion for this sport together with you.
If you also enjoy being in the water, come join us in Rotterdam!
"I joined the AIDA I and AIDA II courses given by Jurgen: it was a great! Jurgen has a very good knowledge, he is very professional and, most of all, he is very very passionate for freediving! These ingridients allowed me to have a great course. I learned the fundamental disciplines of freediving and, thanks to his careful supervision, I could significantly improve myself from lesson to lesson. I definetly recomend to take a freediving course with Jurgen to anyone interested in this wonderful sport!"
- Marcello M., Italy
"Jurgen was very nice and professional. It's a great pleasure to learn freediving with him!"
- Lois W., China
"I did my AIDA III course with Jurgen and loved every minute of it. He is very patient, super knowledgeable and pays a lot of attention to the individual needs of the student. I would recommend training with him anytime."
- Leo X., Hong Kong
"A few weeks ago I did my first freediving course with Jurgen. You start the course with a theory lesson, which is rather dry, but Jurgen made it worthwhile and interesting to follow. Then we tried on all the gear and went into the pool which was a lot of fun. The next lessons are then in the open ocean. In the end I almost thought I wouldn't finish the course because I really struggled with the equalization, but Jurgen really went the extra mile to show me how to do it properly and what can I say, on the last dive I made it to 16m! Big Thanks to Jurgen and I sure will come back for the AIDA III!"
- Miroslav K., Czech Republic