Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.
The PADI Advanced Freediver Course takes 3 days to complete and consists of three sections:
- Knowledge development: where you continue to learn about freediving principles and continue developing your understanding of how the underwater world interacts with your body, and how that affects you when freediving. You will also refine your selection of freediving equipment.
- Confined water session: to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea.
The performance requirements for the pool sessions are to complete static apnea for 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres (40 metres for freedivers younger than 18).
- Open water sessions: to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques.
The performance requirements for the open water sessions is complete a constant weight freedive of minimum 16 metres on the first open water day and a minimum of 20m and maximum 24 metres on the second day (15 metres for freedivers younger than 18)
To enroll in the PADI Advanced Freediver Course you must have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).
You must be at least 15 years old and you need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.
You must also have completed the EFR Primary Care (CPR) course (or another qualifying course) in the past two years. If you don’t have a suitable qualification we can provide this course.
You will also be required to complete the attached Freediver Medical History form to ensure you are fit to dive so please review form. If there are any “YES” answers on the form you will need to get Medical clearance before you begin the course with us.
Day 1 will usually start at 9am in the classroom where you will complete the required course paperwork and have a short theory discussion with your instructor.
Next you will go to the swimming pool where you will practice enhanced stretching exercises required for freediving and you will practise and improve on your existing freediving skills.
On days 2 & 3 we take you on one of our speedboats “Midnight Blue” to make the open water sessions. Pick up from your resort is around 7am-7.30am depending where you are staying on Koh Samui.
After getting a briefing from your instructor you will participate in 2 open water sessions each day and depending on our schedule and sea conditions, dive sessions can take place either in Koh Tao or at Sail Rock.
During the open water sessions you practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, and additional buddy procedures and rescue skills.
We have lunch on the boat then move the boat to a second dive site and dive again in the afternoon so you can further practise your new skills.
We usually return to Koh Samui between 1pm and 3pm depending on our destination that day.