The Team

All Apnea Total Freediving Instructors are highly experienced and teach to the high level of Apnea Total standards. At the moment you will meet the following team members working at the Apnea Total Headquarters in Koh Tao.

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Monica Ganame

Co-founder of Apnea Total Education System

Apnea Total Instructor Trainer

Monica originally from Argentina has always been involved with the ocean. She started in the sport of freediving in her home-town of Mar del Plata and then seeking more oceanic adventures she moved to the Caribbean for several years before arriving in Koh Tao, Thailand in 1999. Monica originally specialised in underwater videography and scuba diving before dedicating her career to the sport of freediving by co-founding Apnea Total in 2004. Monica now continues to develop the sport and education of freediving through Apnea Total while also enjoying the ocean during her travels around the world.

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Eusebio Saenz de Santamaria

Co-founder of Apnea Total Education System

Apnea Total Instructor Trainer

Eusebio, originally from Bilbao in northern Spain, has been involved in freediving for over a decade and is a leader in freediving education worldwide. In 2004 Eusebio co-founded Apnea Total, one of the world’s largest freediving education systems. Since this time, Eusebio has educated and trained thousands of freedivers from beginner level through to the professional as well as world champion spearfishermen. Eusebio’s personal performances include being a former National Record holder for Spain in the three depth categories. He currently freedives to 100 metres in depth in the self-powered disciplines, a triple-figure barrier that very few men in the world have surpassed. When not teaching, Eusebio travels the world with his camera and shares his freediving adventures and photography through his personal project of ‘One ocean One breath‘.

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Arturo Hernández

Apnea Total Instructor Trainer

Arturo, from Spain, has been in contact with the ocean all his life, in fact he can’t stay away from it for long periods of time. He grew up in a small village on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and has been practicing water sports since his childhood. He discovered the freediving world when he was only a teenager starting with spearfishing. After spending some years traveling around Asia, practicing spearfishing and freediving around the continent, he arrived to Koh Tao and discovered Apnea Total. Since then he has always have been progressing and becoming more involved with his passion and became an Apnea Total Instructor teaching in English, Spanish and Catalan.

 

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Selma Derouiche

Apnea Total Instructor

Selma has three passions in life – music, travel… and adrenaline. A born apneist, Selma was already practicing static holds as a little girl, spending bath-time holding her breath under the water. Having previously worked as a Divemaster in the Caribbean, Selma arrived on Koh Tao with one goal in mind; to become a freediver. She had no idea, however, that this passion would become her career and she has now been part of the Apnea Total team for over a year. Her ultimate dream would be to listen to her favourite music in the deep blue. We can see why!
Selma teaches courses in French, Spanish and English.
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Morgan Guille

Apnea Total Instructor

Morgan grew up the son of a fisherman on the tiny Channel Island of Sark. Whether on, or under, the sea has always been a central part of his life. His first freediving experience was diving down to check on his, and his friends’ lobster pots. Years later during an overland trip around the world he stumbled across the beautiful island of Koh Tao where he took his SCUBA diving to a professional level. Still seeking a challenge, he discovered Apnea Total and the human body’s natural ability for breath-hold diving. An instant convert, he has been freediving ever since, and progressed to become an Apnea Total Instructor. Since this time he has shared his passion for freediving with many and has certified over a hundred students.

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Silvia Ortega

Apnea Total Instructor Trainer

Silvia, originally from Spain, has been following the sea through her travels around the world for the last decade. Upon arriving to Koh Tao she began teaching as a scuba diving Instructor before experiencing the Freediver Course at Apnea Total which was the beginning of a new career path in the underwater world. Silvia continued at Apnea Total to become an Instructor where she now works full-time. This highly-experienced and skilled Instructor loves sharing the world of freediving with everyone.

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Camila Amor

Apnea Total Instructor

Camila has grown up by the sea in Argentina and has always continued to have a passion for enjoying the underwater world and staying in contact with the ocean wherever she has lived and traveled. Camilia originally came to Asia to explore the high mountains of the Himalayas before discovering the small tropical island of Koh Tao where she began her freediving education at Apnea Total. She was captivated from the very first Freediver Course and progressed to become a highly experienced and accomplished freediving Instructor. For Camila, teaching is a way of sharing her passion for freediving that she finds to be the most enjoyable and effortless kind of meditation.

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David Flemmig

Apnea Total Instructor Trainer

David from Germany has been diving since a very early age, even in the cold German winters where you could find him scuba diving in the lakes. In 2008 David arrived in Thailand to work as a Divemaster on liveaboards in the Andaman Sea, after which he discovered Koh Tao and the sport of freediving at Apnea Total. Since this time, David has become addicted to this amazing sport and continued his underwater passions to become an Apnea Total Instructor and shared his love for the ocean by certifying hundreds of students in Koh Tao as well as the Caribbean. For David, freediving is so fascinating because all you need is one breath, the ocean and a dream.

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Christina Saenz de Santamaria

Apnea Total Trainer

Christina originally from Sydney, Australia discovered the sport of freediving in 2005 after completing her first freediving courses at Apnea Total. Since then, Christina has broken and established new freediving records around the world and now coaches at Apnea Total. She is an 8-time National Record Holder and currently holds the Australian National Records in two depth disciplines of Constant Weight and Free Immersion to 80 metres. Christina currently freedives to 85 metres in the self-powered disciplines and has achieved a Variable Weight dive of 105 metres ranking her among the top deepest women in the world. When not coaching at Apnea Total, Christina freedives the world and photographs the ocean through her personal project of ‘One ocean One breath’.

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Gaetan Loiseau

Apnea Total Instructor

Gaetan has been living by the sea since he was a child in Brittany, France. He has always been involved in the water whether it be sailing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding or scuba diving. He then discovered freediving here in Koh Tao and got hooked straight away and is now an Apnea Total Instructor teaching in both English and French.

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