"Survival Apnea was my first experience with breathing techniques.
What surprised me the most was how "breath" influences our daily live and how breathing & apnea practices are not just important for big wave surfing and spearfishing, which were my main interests to work with Augusto.
A great learning experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
Bruno Santos (Surfer & Father)
"For the last 48 years I have been surfing high quality and powerful waves in Peru, Hawaii and Indonesia. Also in other locations like Cloudbreak in Fiji, Central America, Maldives, Europe and the UK.
To be fit for the task is a long term objective and Survival Apnea is a must for any surfer. I will be 60 years old next month and it will be 40 years since I surfed for the first time Pico Alto (Punta Hermosa, Peru). Training with Augusto has been very helpful and I always go out surfing calm and with the necessary tools for any wipeout or difficult situation.
By intuition I have always felt that our body is more resilient than what our mind suggests, and this is the key point because our mind betrays us in stressful situations. Understanding the chemistry of our body and the breathing effects in it, gave me a scientific explanation that let me calm my mind and create in myself a virtuous circle."
Eduardo Arnillas (Surfer & Father)
"I would like to thank Augusto and the Survival Apnea crew for all the support throughout the course, it’s been an epic journey!
It’s a very well structured course that provided me with the knowledge and tools I needed.
I’m so stoked to be part of the team as an Instructor!
Thanks a lot"
Felipe Denari (Surfer & Coach)
"Training with Augusto helped me redefine and push my limits in a safe way. Without doubt, the relaxation techniques during the apneas (breath holding exercises) allowed me to understand and become aware of what happens to the body & mind when you are pushing them to the limit. For anyone looking for Ocean Fitness & Confidence, this course and training programs are a MUST!!!"
Piero Saenz (Surfer)
"After dedicating over 35 years of my life to surfing, I thought I knew exactly where the boundaries of my comfort zone were.
Taking part in Augusto’s Ocean Resilience workshop gave me a far greater understating and approach both mentally and physically, to be prepared and ready for serious situations in the water.
Using the same breathing techniques has also helped me to think more clearly and overcome stressful situations at work..
I really recommend this course for anyone that is looking to improve their ability to stay calm under pressure in the water or on land!"
James Hendy (Surfer & Father)
" I really enjoy spending time learning from Augusto. I've had a few session now and i like to keep things regular as a way to keep on top of things over time. Obviously i find it helps a lot with surfing in terms of mind control and staying calm in some sticky situations but i also like to use his training methods and apply them across other areas of my life. Health and work life for example. He's a great guy, super professional and surfs too which i feel makes it more relatable versus some of the other similar courses i've tried. Highly recommended."
Tai Graham (Surfer & Lifeguard)
"Augusto is both a freediver/spearfisherman and a surfer who likes to challenge himself in big surf. As well as an excellent mentor and coach. From participating in Augusto's trainings I received reiteration of staying calm under fire and also many valuable techniques to increase breathholds and expand the edges of my comfort zone both in spearfishing and surfing big waves …
Thanks Augusto 🤙🏼"
Jake McKenzie (Surfer & Spearfisherman)
"Augusto has designed a programme with training and guidance which is the foundation for creating an edge in your ocean comfortability. It has allowed me to harness my breath hold and implement it into my daily routine. The ocean is constantly challenging us and the learning curve can take years and years of exposure to grasp. Being able to access such knowledge can fast track you to reaching these levels of experience as there’s no cutting corners in this game, only hard work and dedication."
Shawn Dennis (Surfer & Surf Coach)
"As a freediving instructor, I wanted to take the Survival Apnea Instructor training to have a different approach to the practice of freediving in a more hostile environment as can be the surfing environment. This teaching method brought me a lot and helps me daily in the transmission of knowledge to my students. Thanks a lot Augusto."
Edouard Robart (Freediving Instructor)
"Since taking part in the SURVIVAL APNEA course, I have completely changed the way I look at the sport of surfing. The information and skills that I learnt not only made me more confident in taking on bigger surf, but also helps to keep me relaxed in situations where I may have felt uneasy before. I highly recommend this course to anyone of all experience levels and for those looking to overcome certain fears or uncertainty about the Ocean"
Cass Franken (Surfer)
"During a big day at Padang2, I found myself in a really bad situation. After this experience, I decided that I really wanted to feel ready and be safer in situations like that. I made a search for an apnea course and I found Augusto. I can only say that the course can be literally life changing. When I first started I couldn´t hold my breath for more than 28 seconds, after few exercises, practice, help and learning, I was able to hold it for 3 minutes. Now I feel really safe in more challenging conditions. So i´m able to slowly push my limits a bit more day by day. thanks Augusto."
Alex Hontoria (Surfer)
"First of all i would like to thank for all the knowledge shared in the Ocean Resilience Online course, that despite being a beginner course, it has given me lots of satisfaction. It has truly been an invitation to reconnect with myself, at the same time that I train for challenging situations in the water. I'm deeply grateful."
Luca Leporati (Surfer)
"I did a 5:00 minute breath hold from the tips & tricks I learnt from Augusto."
Tavar Sawacki (Surfer)
"I have been surfing and freediving for many years and wanted to explore ways to combine the practices of these two sports. I was given the contact for Augusto’s Ocean Resilience course and recognised this as the development opportunity I had been searching for. Completing the Ocean Resilience Course, I then following with the Instructor's Course was an amazing experience.Through the courses I developed a set of focusing techniques to be used in the water which provided me with the skills and confidence I needed to dive deeper and surf bigger waves. Augusto is an experienced teacher. He not only provided me with the tools for my own self-development but also equipped me with great tips in how to deliver this course to others. I am looking forward to continuing my own survival apnea journey and to passing on this knowledge through the Ocean Resilience Course which I am now qualified to deliver."
Geno Welburn (Surfer, Freediving Instructor & Lifeguard)
"It's been a few years that my curiosity for breathwork started. However, my job, family duties and day to day made it hard to commit time to it.
The whole lockdown/covit situation encouraged me to focus on my health, strengthen respiratory system and connect more with my body.
So I decided to get in touch with Augusto, who designed for me a training program that fits into my life. I've been training twice a week for the last month and getting closer to my goal of holding my breath for 5:00 minutes"
Andres Castro Mendivil (Martial Artist)
"Muy completo e intuitivo, estamos super contentos de haber podido participar. Gracias al profe Augusto Carrara en Costa Rica y al maestro / fundador Augusto Vegas."
Marcel Oliveira (Surfer)
"One day with Augusto completely changed my relationship with the water. After taking his Surf Survival course, I now feel more competent, comfortable, and peaceful while surfing and swimming. I cannot recommend Augusto’s training more highly!
He shared his passion for free diving in a scientific and accessible way. Augusto's coaching allowed us to safely explore and move beyond our perceived physical and mental limits. I now have tools to continue to condition my mind and body for greater clarity and focus. Thank you, Augusto! I am excited to train with you again soon!
Catherine Haut (Surfer)
"I had a very interesting experience at the Surf Survival Course. I never thought I would be able to hold my breath for 4:21 minutes just doing the exercises presented during the course, without any training. After the course, I felt psychologically better during the wipe outs I experienced in my surf trip to Mentawai and Uluwatu. I really appreciate everything I learn't during the course. Looking forward to practice and train all these new principles. Thanks very much, Augusto. Highly recommended!!!"
"Thank you so much Augusto for the well thought out and designed course! I felt like the material was well presented and easy to understand with intention behind everything we learned and practiced. I am looking forward to utilizing the breathing and pool exercises more moving forward to continue to get over my fear of big waves and help me feel more empowered in the ocean rather than fearful. And to hopefully utilize these breathing techniques during any traumatic experience I encounter. I'm so glad I decided to join the course, thank you again!"
Melisa Kayla (Surfer)
"Went out this morning and got hit by this ridiculous set that came out of nowhere when I was right in the impact zone... would normally have been scared shitless... instead focused on a huge full breath under and then two recovery breaths before going under again. You definitely don’t need to hear this from me but what you teach works 😊 thanks for showing me the ropes"
Zoe Alexandra (Surfer)
"By no means Im a high-performance sportsman but I’ve had a long relationship with the ocean. I also have a demanding job in academia and two kids, so my time is very limited. Augusto’s Surf Survival online course & training program have been perfect. It is self-paced, simple and very clear yet provides in-depth and practical skills at a very affordable price. It has helped manage my asthma by simply guiding me to become more aware of my breathing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to develop a better focus beneath and above the surface."
Javier Leon (Surfer, Father & Uni. Professor)
"Thank you for putting together this online learning platform for people like me, especially during this unusual time in our world. I am very new to surfing and have had some bad experiences in the waves gasping for air. I wish I would have had your teachings before trying surfing. Especially, STAY CALM and ENERGY SMART. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning through your online program and understanding more about CO2 tolerance.My whole life, I have thought that the length of holding my breath was based on my need for oxygen, not my tolerance to CO2. I am learning so much and look forward to learning more. Thank you for everything Augusto!"
Trent DeMichele (Novice Surfer)
"Excelente curso, bien dictado y los cambios son increíbles una vez que realizas los ejercicios con frecuencia, lo recomiendo 100%"
Rodrigo Martinez (Surfer)
"Todo excelente curso.. Muy satisfecho"
Fabian Meza Calvo (Surfer)
"Amazing Courses. Interesting alternative ways of training body and mind. I love it."
Nikki Lacey (Freediving Instructor)
"awesome experience - life changing - best trainers - good times"
Luke August Brunner (Surfer)
"Augusto's Ocean Resilience Course was amazing, it was great both physically and mentally, it made me really aware of my respiration and fully connected me to my body by doing simple and fun apnea excercises. Thanks Augusto!"
Sofia Mulanovich (2004/2019 ISA World Champ)
"Thanks heaps Augusto for the course! Learning the science of breathing and the mantras training helped my diving so much. My spearing has gone next level!!!"
Cameron Lamont (Surfer, Spearfisherman & Chef)
"Valuable skills and knowledge - good for surfing of all levels, spearfishing, or anything you are doing where your breath can save your life!"
Curtis Lowe (Surfer & Spearfisherman)
"este curso te ayuda a afrontar situaciones difíciles que se presentan en tu vida cotidiana"
Micky Nator (Surfer & Lifeguard)
"Freedivers have a huge advantage over SCUBA divers when photographing wildlife underwater - no noisy bubbles. I've been a professional photographer for the past 15 years and only recently began studying freediving. With Augusto's help, I've been able to dramatically improve how long I can stay underwater and I can already see how it's going to help me bring back better wildlife photos. I'd recommend Augusto's courses to any underwater photographer who wants to up their game and have more natural encounters with marine animals."
Tommy Schultz (Surf & Underwater Photographer)
"This course has helped me progress from what learnings I took in Bali from you. It gets me in the right mindset in the morning, generally keeping me calmer as I approach the People and challenges In my day at work.
Through endurance running, breathing in a controlled manner keeps the heart rate balanced for the pace you run at and importantly the mindset focussed. I’ve always thought this, but The survival apnea course has helped me push it much further. Thanks"
Graham Donald (Surfer & Athlete)
"I've taken two apnea courses concentrating on apnea for freediving. While those skills were valuable they were less applicable to the particular parameters found while surfing. Augusto taught me techniques that I definitely found helpful."
Judson Krosney (Surfer & Spearfisherman)
"We took this course to help build confidence in bigger waves. It did. But it did so much more than that. The lessons learned can be applied to various sports, and, more importantly, stressful situations in your every day life. If you want to train to remain calm, efficient and intellligent when facing any obstacle, this course is invaluable. Do it."
Tessa Vander Wayden (Surfer)
"It is an amazing course and Augusto does a fantastic job in presenting it in a simple easy to understand way and then runs through a variety of breathing exercises in a progressive safe way. It is definitely recommended for everyone, whether a surfer or not, as the course and the exercises have a huge relevance to not just surfing and sports but to living day to day life"
Jamo Borthwick (ISA Surf Instructor)
"Awesome courses, can highly recommend."
Andy Hvass (Founder of Breath Warrior)
"Great experience. Loads of useful knowledge to help me enjoy what I love most, being in the water. Thanks a lot!"
Veronica Figarella (Surfer)
"Excelente experiencia! Te ayuda a enfocarte y conocer tu cuerpo y cómo reaccionar ante situaciones diferente. Muy bueno para dentro y fuera del agua. Totalmente recomendable"
Andre Caceres (Surfer)
"El curso básico es súper completo y he sentido una mejoría en mi surf al tener mejor control de mi aire y mi energía."
Tato Elera (Surfer)
"Fantastic course content and excellent delivery by Augusto. Practical applications provided for everyone who attended the course and plenty of clearly-explained, research-backed science. I would recommend this class for both complete beginners and advanced athletes alike."
Alex Pownall (Parkour Athlete)
"i would highly recommend this workshop. The amount and depth of information that we received was phenomenal. I was encouraged to find out more about apnea from a systema instructor (as they also practice breath holds). I feel privileged to have done so through Augusto's workshop. The information in the seminar answered a lot of questions i had about why this practice is so effective (going to the level of the science behind it) and how it can help increase performance in a wide spectrum of activities beyond diving. Thank you Augusto for a very informative workshop, and the extensive notes. It would be great to do a repeat one when your schedule brings you back to the UK."
George Maybe (Martial Artist)
"Excelente curso ! Una oportunidad de recibir conocimientos y ponerlos en práctica"
Ricardo Hidalgo (Surfer)
"I did my Survival Apnea Instructor course with Augusto in Bali, and I couldn’t be more happy when I finally started the whole experience: it was exactly what I was looking for! As already a Freediving instructor, I was trying to figure out the best way to teach breathing and breath holding for people that might not be interested about depth Freediving but are still curious about the immense benefits of this practice. Augusto gave me all the tools I was looking for: the content, the techniques and the best way to communicate and share this specific knowledge. I am now a Survival Apnea Instructor in Costa Rica and I’ve had the pleasure to work and share with dozens of people this unique method for the past 2 years. Grateful and can’t recommend enough this course!"
Augusto Carrara (Surfer, Freediver & Survival Apnea Instructor)
"This course was very helpful ~ not only for surfing but also to face our fears in every day life! I learnt a lot about how much the body can handle and how we can control our discomfort and push through."
Milou d´Ornano (Surfer)
"Absolutely amazing. So relatable to what I wanted to focus on and the exact knowledge given to be able to achieve what I wanted and find how my mental and physical being capabilities are for open ocean situations and how to deal with these situations appropriately."
Brad Beck (Surfer and Tropic Surf Instructor)
"I am so happy i took this course! I have spent the last 20+ years as a surf photographer and have found myself in so many situations that the knowledge i received from the course would have helped me. I im looking forward to practicing and applying my knew knowledge into my work as a photographer as well as to the ocean sports i do. I highly recommend the course!"
Jason Wolcott (Surfer & Kitesurfer)
As a bodyboarder I came to the Survival Apnea course with the intention of feeling more comfortable in big waves and it turns out i found a new passion: freediving as SPORT. The way Augusto explains the concepts of physiology and physics of breathing and apnea are simple and clear to understand, accompanied by a practice that makes you internalize them quickly.
In the Survival Apnea instructor course I was able to go much deeper, learning to convey these concepts in a concise way and to teach the practicality of the exercises so that the students can use them in any stressful situation, not just in the water. All this information and training develops the crucial peace of mind that is needed to be focused on real sea situations.
Francisco Coll (Bodyboarder & Freediver)
"Great course. Anyone looking to be more comfortable in the water will benefit from this. Highly recommend."
Dave Estrada (Surfer)
"excelente curso...muy completo tanto en lo teorico como en la practica! vayan preparados!"
Diego Herrera (Surfer)
"Excelente curso ,útil para todos!!"
Javier Arias-Stella Castillo (Doctor & Father)
"Great program augusto! Breathing exercises should be considered as Tools for Titans"
Ricardo Gordillo (Surfer)
"Buenazas las clases!! Con un par de horas ya estás conectadazo y metiéndole con todo dentro y fuera del agua. ... 100% recomendable!!"
Alvaro Valdez (Surfer)
"Augusto's teaching style is clear, precise, patient and passionate. He is also an incredible example of what he is teaching. Augusto has a knack of making you feel inspired and confident no matter what stage you are at."
Tara Wood (Founder of Wildfitness & TEDx Speaker)
"I went from holding my breath for 40 seconds the first day to 3 minutes when the program was over. I surf and I find that my fear is holding me back from progressing. Learning and understanding about breath holds and the physiology around it has made me so much more confident in the waves. And the feeling of getting to know this side of myself and overcoming the physical urges in my body felt so surreal and empowering. I totally recommend this program to anyone who want to feel even more confident in the water or if you just want to learn about yourself and pushing your own limits. Such a fulfilling experience!"
Runa Weidemann (Surfer)