Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.
To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.You must be able to demonstrate the ability to swim continuously on the surface 200 metres without swim aids, or 300 metres using mask, fins and snorkel. No prior experience with freediving is required.
What is involved?
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ . This is to be completed prior to the course day and the instructor will review any questions you have prior to the pool session.
- Pool session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of at least 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of at least 25 metres.
- Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive between 10 and 16 metres.
The first two phases can be completed as part of the PADI Basic Freediver course.
What will you learn?
- What is freediving?
- The physics of freediving
- The physiology of freediving
- Freediving equipment
- Freediving skills
- The open water environment and aquatic life
- Safe freediving practices
What does it cost?
A PADI Freediver course costs $590 (for Brisbane-based courses). If you are already a PADI Basic Freediver, the cost is $420 (for Brisbane-based courses).
If you do not have a PADI Basic Freediver certification, your course fees include:
- Course materials.
- Self-development of knowledge through the PADI Freediver Touch App.
- One pool session that includes static apnea, dynamic apnea and rescue techniques (typically three hours, however, we cater to the needs of students and can take shorter or longer).
- One day of open water sessions (light snacks will be provided).
- A fun dive with wildlife, after all open water skills are completed (time and conditions permitting).
- Certification, upon successful course completion.
If you have completed a PADI Basic Freediver course, your course fees include certification costs (upon successful completion), a knowledge and practical skill review, and one day of open water sessions (including fun dive if time permits).
What’s not included?
- Personal equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit (recommended), weight belt)