The PADI Master Freediver course continues the development of PADI Advanced Freedivers to the levels achieved by elite freedivers. PADI Master Freediver is a step towards becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor.
The PADI Master Freediver Course takes 4 days to complete and consists of four sections:
- Knowledge development: there is some formal theory and knowledge development at this level, which you will cover using the Freediver Touch, but most of the knowledge you need has been covered in the PADI Advanced Freediver course. During the Master Freediver Course the emphasis is on your instructor passing on valuable advice and knowledge that has come with experience – teaching you what we have learned as an experienced freediver.
- Confined water session: to continue to improve the limits to your static and dynamic apnea attempts, including no fins dynamic apnea.
The performance requirements for the pool session are to complete static apnea of 3 minutes 30 seconds and dynamic apnea of 70 metres.
- Open water sessions to practice mouthfill equalization and perform warm-up and workup dives for free immersion and constant weight freediving.
The performance requirement for the open water session is to complete a constant weight freedive to a minimum of 28 metres (maximum 40m).
- You complete the Master Freediver short assignment which is any topic relevant to advanced level freediving and may be completed any time prior
To participate in the PADI Master Freediver course you must be certified as a PADI Advanced Freediver or have a qualifying certification from another training organization.
You must be 18 years old 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 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 practice enhanced stretching exercises required for freediving and you will practise and increase the personal limits of your existing freediving skills.
On days 2, 3 and 4 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.