PROGRAM

Afa Zhang

Afa Zhang

Freediving Instructor / Underwater Model / Mermaid Instructor Trainer

"The sky is unlimited. I roll the dice perhaps because I have nothing to lose." Suffering from depression in 2017, he gave up his dream of stage performance and devoted his life and soul to the ocean through his passion for freediving instead. "I can be identified as a freediving instructor, a dancer, or an underwater model, but I prefer to Afa." He wishes to pass on the strength given to him by the ocean to those who cannot experience it personally, with the hope that more people will cherish and protect our deep water resources. Before jumping into the ocean, Afa didn't understand the reason why we should change the convenient habits. However, now he urges his students to reduce the use of non-reusable products, advocating and promoting environmental awareness through his freediving classes in DEEPSOUL (Liuqiu).

Allen Lee

Allen Lee

Photographer

Allen learned diving in 1997 and fell in love with underwater photography in 2000. He is very enthusiastic about ecology photography. In 2013, to provide an opportunity that divers can share the knowledge of underwater photography and ecology, he founded an Underwater Photography Club on Facebook. In 2015, his first solo photographic exhibition took place. His works were also published in French National Geography, EZDIVE Magazine, Rhythms Monthly, Science Monthly, Mandarin Daily News, and so on. He has been doing underwater photography in Kenting for many years and he highly recommends Taiwan's underwater ecology.

Bebe Yen

Bebe Yen

AIDA Master Instructor / Molchanovs W2 Instructor

Yen, AIDA Master Instructor as well as Molchanovs W2 instructor. Her journey into Freediving started with her obsession with fish. Fishes in aquarium, fishes in pet shops, and even fishes in the fish markets, she loves all kinds of fish. Finally, she decided that the best way to enjoy them is to visit them at their most natural environment, with the most natural way, Freediving. Exploring the other 70% of the world with Freediving, Yen wants to share her passion with the underwater world with everyone, hoping they would one day learn to love it as much as she did. Freediving is just the beginning of a band new life style, through her teaching, she wanted to deliver more than just skills, it is not about how long you can hold your breath or how deep you could go. It is all about the enjoyment of a lifestyle that surround yourself with the peacefulness of Freediving and the serene blue of the ocean. Freediving is not just a sport, it is part of our life, all who dives within are family.

Huang Chia Chun

Huang Chia Chun

Film Director

Graduated from the Department of Radio, Television & Film, Shih Hsin University and MFA of Institute of Applied Media Arts, National Taiwan University of Arts. Mr. Huang Chia Chun is now a freelance screenwriter. He has a nickname -- Brown Sugar. His works are healing and pain-relieving, giving people warmth, simplicity, and freshness, just like brown sugar. The theme of his works is solution of life problems. He hopes to make the world better by speaking for ordinary people through easy tones and quiet lenses.

Liao Hung Chi

Liao Hung Chi

Marine Literature Writer

Born in Hualien in 1957, Liao Hung Chi was engaged in investigations of marine fishing and cetaceans, pioneered whale watching activities, established the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation, and carried out many marine projects. He has written more than 20 marine literary works and won some literary awards. His works are often included in textbooks at school at all levels.

Lien Lin Lan

Lien Lin Lan

AIDA Instructor Trainer

In 2013, Ms. Lien Lin Lan started freediving with instructor Ming and then participated in the first freediving pool competition in Taiwan. She now is a freediving instructor based in Secretblue Freedivng School and the current record holder of all depth disciplines in Taiwan. Lin Lan has represented Taiwan to attend the annual freediving competition in Caribbean Sea since 2017. In 2020, she and Secretblue Team are organizing the first depth freediving competition in Taiwan.

Mingo Lee

Mingo Lee

Underwater Photographer / SDITDI Instructor Trainer

Lee Shih Ming, also known as Mingo, he starts his scuba diving career in 1996. Mingo currently is the SDITDI Instructor Trainer, and also a marine life videographer. In 2015, Mingo worked with China Airline to play his underwater production of all over the world. Not to mention that he has been cooperated with different movie directors. Among these movie productions, Formosa 3D is the special one because it’s required more than 3D videography technique; it required the ability to use it underwater. Mingo is putting the marine conservation information spreading in action by sharing his videos. He also is the lecturer/consultant of the Fishery to Scuba Diving Tourism Transformation Program of Taiwan offshore islands. He even united the local people of the Liuqiu Island to spontaneously hold a marine concert to promote the idea of establishing the Marine Protected Areas in Taiwan. By doing all these acts, Mingo wants to spread the beauties of ocean to everyone on earth, and then catching up the problems that mother sea is facing.

Violet Ting

Violet Ting

Underwater Photographer

Violet Ting, in May 2015, joined Zero Editing Shootout of “SNUPS” competition in the Philippines and won three awards including 1st place in Nudibranch portrait, 1st place in Macro, and the Silver prize Photographer of the year. She then became the first Asian female for the #25 cover story of Europe online magazine Scubashooter and the interviewee of Malaysia China Post. Violet specializes in the Art of snoot and luminance, being an expert in colors and lights. For her, capturing moods and moments is a beautiful thing. Underwater photography is about feeling the mood of any given subject and transforming that moment into a visual art that connects with the viewers. This is her way in expressing visual photography.

Wayne Tu

Wayne Tu

AIDA Instructor Trainer / Molchanovs Instructor Trainer

Wayne, the only AIDA and Molchanovs Instructor Trainer able to run courses in English and Chinese in Taiwan. Due to this language advantage, he is able to acquire and share the newest Freediving related information with our students. Wayne’s creativity never stops, he has countless naughty but fun ideas. When applied into our education, he has brought the whole thing into a brand new era, never before had any instructor taught the way he did. He brought so much joy and laughter into his courses, a lot of the times students actually forgot they were in a course. In a learning environment filled with love and happiness, students are more motivated than ever to learn and to improve, this is when learning efficiency spikes and this is also why students always felt like this is another home for them. Besides being a passionate instructor, Wayne is also actively participating in competitions as judges, as safeties, and as athletes. Continuously improving himself on all levels, so he could then convert knowledge into education material, to provide the most comprehensive courses ever to his students. Being an enthusiastic Freediver, Wayne loves teaching, training, traveling, and anything to do with Freediving. He has immersed himself into Freediving, living his everyday with it.