Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control… But it’s also about experiencing the sea in total freedom, with your lungs as only piece of gear. If you have always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, or if you want to experience the marine environment in total freedom, then freediving is for you. Attending the PADI Freediver course is your first step towards discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore the world beneath the waves.
To join the PADI Freediver course you need adequate swimming skills, and to be in good physical conditions. No prior experience with snorkelling, skin diving or freediving is required.
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main sections:
- Knowledge development: theory lessons about the basics freediving principles through independent study, with the PADI Freediving eLearning. PADI Freediving eLearning is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to have to understand the basic freediving principles and to dive safely, and it also allows you to study at your own pace. Our instructor will check on your progress, and make sure you understand the most important freediving information.
- Confined water session to learn breath hold techniques as well as static and dynamic techniques. During this section, we will also learn the correct buddy procedures during freediving. Minimum performance requirements – one static apnea attempt of 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea attempt of 25 metres/80 feet.
- Open water sessions to practice what we learned in theory and confined water and to practice freediving in free immersion and constant weight freediving, plus proper buddy’s procedures. Minimum performance requirement – one constant weight freedive attempt of 10 metres/30 feet.
During the PADI Freediver course, you will learn how to use a mask, snorkel and fins. You might also experience using a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving activities is of course the best option, however, during this basic course, you may be able to use snorkelling equipment you already own.