To join in a PADI Master Freediver course you must be at least 18 years old and already hold a PADI Advanced Freediver certification (or an equivalent certification from another freediving organization). You also need to have attended the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
The PADI Master Freediver course consists of three main sections:
- Knowledge development: theory lessons about advanced equalization techniques (mouth fill), possible physiological issues related to deeper freediving and how to train your body to these new depths, nutrition, advanced freediving equipment and advanced breathing and relaxation techniques. You will study independently using the PADI Freediver eLearning. If you already have the PADI Freediver eLearning, simply get started on the Master Freediver section. If you don’t hold it already, you can get it easily at the following link: PADI e-Learning . You’ll also be asked to complete an independent research, as part of the Master Freediver Assignment.
- Confined water session, focused on improving your static and dynamic apnoea performances. We will also try training tables and learn how to build one tailored on your performances. We will further practice the correct buddy procedures during freediving, and simulate a whole rescue of a blacked out diver from underwater. Minimum performance requirements – one static apnoea attempt of 3 minutes, 30 seconds and one dynamic apnoea attempt of 70 metres/230 feet.
- Open water sessions focused on practicing the mouth fill equalization and all advanced stretching, relaxing and breathing techniques discussed during the theory lessons and the confined water sessions, slowly trying to extend your record depth, until a maximum of 40 meter/55 feet. You will also have to simulate correctly the whole rescue of a blacked out freediver from underwater, while you are in open waters. Minimum performance requirement – one constant weight freedive attempt of 27 metres/105 feet.
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.