The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver Course and it introduces you to static, dynamic and constant weight freediving knowledge and skills. It’s a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool. This course is perfect if you don’t have time to take the full Freediver course or if you don’t want (yet!) to practice in the Open Water.
The Basic Freediver course is a one day course that delivers a recognized PADI certification. You can upgrade your Basic Freediver certification to the PADI Freediver level by completing one open water session at a later date
The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two sections:
- Knowledge development: where you learn about freediving principles through independent study using the PADI Freediver Touch. The Touch is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to freedive safely and allows you to learn at your own pace. Your instructor may also conduct a brief classroom session to make sure you understand the main concepts required to freedive safely;
- Confined water session: this is where you learn breath hold techniques and static and dynamic apnea;
The requirements for the pool sessions are to complete static apnea for at least 90 seconds and dynamic apnea for at least 25 metres.
To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course you must be at least 12 years old, you need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving, snorkeling, or freediving is required.
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.
Your day 1 will usually start at 10am 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 put into practice the things you learnt in theory and you will practise the skills you need to become a safe freediver.
You will also be introduced to to correct diving techniques using the 3.5 metre deep section of our swimming pool.