岡田 愛咲 Asaki Okada
Freedive Irabu Director, giving freediving and skin diving lessons in Irabu Island, Okinawa
Asaki Okada has been backpacking and traveling solo since she was a university student. After graduating, she spent a decade spending half of the year in Okinawa, and the other half somewhere else in the world. One day around 10 years ago Okada watched one of her friends diving in the beautiful waters around Irabu Island, and she was so inspired she started learning to dive on her own. However, one day she was diving with another diver in the Philippine Sea, and that diver fainted right in front of her. This experience taught Okada the importance of learning safe diving skills and techniques so she enrolled in a freediving course and received her credentials in 2017. Wanting to build upon her knowledge of safe freediving and skin diving practices, she additionally completed the AIDA freediving instructor training in 2018. Currently based in Irabu Island in the summer and in Mexico in the winter, she teaches skin diving, freediving, and snorkeling to people of all skill levels.
・Freedive Irabu Director ・AIDA Master Instructor ・Certified Oxygen Provider & First Aid ・NAUI Snorkeling Leader ・DOUBLE K, ATMOS Advisor ・Languages: Japanese, English
I was never much of a swimmer and had little interest in snorkeling, but the crystal clear, sparkling blue waters of Irabu Island drew me into the wonder of the undersea world. Snorkeling and skin diving for the first time in the beautiful sea is very pleasant, and it is easy to relax both body and mind. My goal is to guide you safely and securely, and I carefully tailor my approach to each individual’s needs and skill level. The waters of Irabu island are the perfect place to master basic diving skills. I look forward to spending time in the waters together!
Q: What is your most memorable experience in nature?
Freediving in a cenote (natural sinkhole) in Mexico. It was like being sucked into a quiet, dark cave with a bright white and powerful light.
Q: What does nature represent to you?
It is both harsh and beautiful; we must learn to live in harmony with nature.
Q: What has nature taught you?
Don't fight with yourself, but accept yourself as you are.
Q: What do you hope that people will get out of experiences with you as a guide?
I hope you enjoy the beautiful ocean to the fullest, eat a lot, and sleep well! I want you to experience a simple but fulfilling and wonderful day.