About us

Encounter Freediving was founded in 2014, by husband and wife team Michael Bates and Emily Shaw, to provide specialist freediving equipment, courses, training, and trips. We are a South-East Queensland-based SSI Freediving Centre that offers regular freediving courses and training on the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Through our extensive freediving experience, we are able to offer expert freediving instruction, trips to some of the best freediving locations, and high quality products that we ourselves use. Our instructors are experienced freedivers, that are active within the freediving community, keeping up to date with the latest in freediving techniques, safety and equipment. Read more about our team!

Environmental commitment

We are committed to preserving our blue planet for future generations. We strive to role model good ocean stewardship and have a strict policy of “take only photographs and leave only foot prints” on our trips. Our office receives all of its power from the sun and our staff aim to minimise their ecological footprints through waste minimisation and eco-friendly dietary and product choices. Join us as we enjoy the beauty of the ocean and help us to protect it!

Encounter Freediving is a registered business name with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. ABN:41749875281
SSI Dive Centre #: 731580