Freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on divers’ ability to hold their breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of an underwater breathing apparatus such as scuba gear.
Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your 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 enrol 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. No prior experience with snorkelling, skin diving or freediving is required.
12-year-olds and older can enrol in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight-year-olds, and older can enrol in the PADI Skin Diver course.
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
- Confined water session to learn breath hold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres.
- Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedivers, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres.