Apnea & Surf Survival Training with Ricardo Taveira

July 21st – 28th, 2022
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Stay & Surf Option: July 21st – 28th

Apnea & Survival Course Only: July 24th & 25th

Brazilian born Ricardo Taveira, founder and owner of Hawaii Eco Divers on the North Shore of Hawaii, is a Padi Master Diver Trainer, Rescue Diver & Apnea Instructor, EFR – CPR Instructor at American Heart Association, and big wave surfer with 30 years of surfing experience. He has taught hundreds of hours of Apnea and Surf Survival training all over California, Mexico, Brazil, and Hawaii. We are feeling lucky to have the chance to host Ricardo for one of his courses here at Beach Break Surf Camp in Playa Venao, Panama. Ricardo is deeply passionate about ocean safety and spreading his knowledge to the global surf community. Look at some of his previous courses in California and Mexico.

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Beach Break Surf Camp, Playa Venao, Panama
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Apnea and Surf Survival training
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Full daily surf camp package included
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2 or 7 day options
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Limited Space Available!
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There are two (2) options to come and enjoy Ricardo’s very valuable course of Apnea and Surf Survival.
1. Surf & Stay (July 21 – 28)

Spend an entire week getting to know Ricardo here at Beach Break Surf Camp. Daily surfing right out our front door at one of Panama’s most renown and consistent beach breaks, plus 2 day trips to other local breaks.

What's included:



per person



5 nights option:

6 nights option:

Single room
2-person room
Shared room, 3 or more

7 nights option:

Single room
2-person room
Shared room, 3 or more

Add-on Non Surfer/ BJJ Guest: $470 per person
(all taxes and fees included)

(all taxes and fees included)

Add-on Non Surfer/ BJJ Guest: $640 per person
(all taxes and fees included)

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2. Apnea & Survival Course Only (July 23 - 24)

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Course Structure

The class is designed to help you spend more time underwater through lectures, intense breath hold training and multiple breathing and swimming exercises. Through two days of classroom, pool, and ocean training, you will practice:

  • Physiology of Apnea
  • Proper breathing exercises to improve ventilation and strengthening of the lungs
  • Safety
  • Static Apnea
  • Dynamic Apnea
  • Stressed Apnea
  • Risks and dangers of training apnea
  • Surviving a massive wipe out
  • Risk management and emergency action plan
  • Rescue skills
  • CPR and Surf Aid
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Tested and Proven Results

Over many years, hundreds of people have become better watermen and safer surfers because of this course. Lifeguards, firefighters, athletes, professional surfers, military, navy, police officers and more attest to how valuable our apnea training can be.

Watch Billabong team manager and professional surfer Rainos Hayes in one of our courses in Hawaii: Professional Surfers learning with Hawaii Eco Divers.

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price per person

Come for Ricardo’s 2 day course on how to breathe for survival. Learn the extremely important skills that can keep you safe in the most dangerous situations while surfing. Ricardo has been teaching this course for over 12 years as well as being a certified Lifeguard and Rescue Diver on the North Shore of Oahu.

5 nights option:

Single room
2-person room
Shared room, 3 or more

Course cost: $200 per person

Spaces are limited!


Have some questions? Here’s our FAQ

Do I need to have some previous experience?

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No experience is necessary for this course. Just come with a focused and open mind to learn the techniques that could keep you safe during a big wipeout.

How do I get there and back?

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Beach Break Surf Camp is happy to help set you up with round-trip transportation if needed. There are also options to rent a car, shared shuttle rides, or public transportation. Please contact us with any questions about transportation.

Are there any Covid-19 entry requirements?

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Panama is currently not requiring a negative Covid test to enter the country if fully vaccinated (2 shots) and with filling out their Health Affidavit Form. To return to the US, you will need a negative antigen test done within 24 hours of arrival. Beach Break Surf Camp has a private lab they work with that will come to the hotel to do the tests on the day/ time needed to return. There are also approved home tests that can be used for your return that you can bring with you.

Any tips on flights?

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If flying from Canada or USA, search first for round trip tickets to major hubs that fly direct to Panama City (Houston, Miami, Newark, Denver). Then search for flights from that major hub, round trip to Panama. You may find that buying two separate round trip tickets will be far cheaper than the airline coordinating your layover flight to Panama!

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