Achieving a new personal record during a static attempt or reaching a new depth in a constant weight descent, is an incredible feeling. It is satisfying to see that you are doing your best, and that you can be proud of what you accomplished. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfil that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills. We will introduce you to new concepts and equalization techniques that will allow you to progress in your freediving performances. We will also work on some physical training techniques, specifically designed to train your body to better your breath holding capacities.
Please note that, in order to join this course, you need to have attended the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main sections:
- Knowledge development: theory lessons about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You will study independently using the PADI Freediver eLearning. If you already have the PADI Freediver eLearning, simply get started on the Advanced Freediver section. If you don’t hold it already, you can get it easily at the following link: PADI e-Learning . You have the possibility to review the basic freediving information during the first section, and then you will start studying for your advanced training.
- Confined water session focused on body stretching techniques, proper breathing and relaxation techniques, finning and advanced equalization techniques. The session will also focus on refining static and dynamic freediving, of which you should already know the basics. Finally, we will review and practice the correct buddy procedures during freediving. Minimum performance requirements – one static apnoea attempt of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and one dynamic apnoea attempt of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18).
- Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freediving, slowly trying to extend your record depth, until a maximum of 24 meter/55 feet. These sessions are also focused on practicing the additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques learned during the confined water session. Minimum performance requirement – one constant weight freedive attempt of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18).
You’ll need to have proper freediving mask, snorkel, bifins, wetsuit and a freediving computer (or just an underwater gauge and timer). We will provide you weight belt, safety lanyard and a surface signalling device.