This basic PADI Freediver course takes 2 days, 7-8 hours a day, and consist with theory, one confined water and two open water sessions.

Optionally we may also go through some breathing and relaxation exercises. Before taking PADI Freediver Course you will be asked to review, complete and sign up the following forms:

  • PADI Freediver Program Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/Nonagency Acknowledgment Form (download PDF)
  • PADI Freediver Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding (download PDF)
  • PADI Freediver Medical History Form (download PDF)

After processing and payment I will register you with PADI, that gives you the automatic access to online learning materials, quizzes and exams - PADI Freediver Touch.


PADI Freediver Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate the ability to swim continuously on the surface 200 metres without swim aids, or 300 metres using mask, fins and snorkel.
  • Complete knowledge development segment (the theory), including Knowledge Review, Freediver Exam and Freediver Quick Review.
  • Complete Freediver Confined Water Session. Make one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea must be at least 25 metres.
  • Complete Freediver Open Water Sessions One and Two, making one constant weight freedive to at least 10 metres.

FREEDIVER KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT

DAY 1, before lunch break


  1. Welcome and Schedule
  2. Introduction to Freediving
  3. The Physics of Freediving
  4. The Physiology of Freediving
  5. Freediving Equipment
  6. Freediving Skills
  7. The Open Water Environment
  8. Safe Freediving Practices

In order to comprehend the theory of the course use my PDF PADI Freediver Self-Study in addition to PADI Freediver Touch. My presentation covers the material much wider, while PADI Freediver Touch is pretty interactive, logical and brief.


FREEDIVER CONFINED WATER SESSION

DAY 1, after lunch break


We will conduct this session in confined water to a maximum depth of 6 metres. To allow adequate room for training and dynamic swims, access to at least 1.5 metres of depth and 20 metres or more length is recommended.

  1. Equipment setup and donning
  2. Static apnea
  3. Dynamic apnea
  4. Rescuing a diver with LMC (or who is unresponsive)
  5. Rescuing a diver simulating blackout underwater
  6. General open water freediving skills
  7. 200 metre swim with no swim aids, or 300 metre swim with mask, fins and snorkel

By the end of the PADI Freediver Confined Water Session, You will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to correctly set up and put on freediving equipment appropriate for static apnea and dynamic apnea.
  2. Demonstrate proper breathing techniques for freediving, including breathing from the diaphragm, the five breathing steps and not pushing personal limits.
  3. Perform at least three correctly executed static apnea attempts, with one attempt of at least 90 seconds.
  4. Demonstrate correct procedures as the buddy of another freediver performing a static apnea attempt.
  5. As part of correctly executed freedives, correctly perform the following skills:
    • Entry
    • Proper breathing technique before, during and after each descent
    • Duck dive
    • Flutter kick
    • Removing the snorkel from the mouth (if used)
    • Proper weighting
    • Body position with head neutral
    • Body position looking ahead (recreational freediving position).
  6. Perform at least one warm-up and at least one longer distance dynamic apnea. One dynamic apnea must be at least 25 metres.
  7. Demonstrate correct procedures as the buddy of another freediver performing a dynamic apnea.
  8. Demonstrate the rescue of a diver simulating LMC at the surface.
  9. Correctly rescue a simulated blacked out diver from underwater, including surfacing the diver, providing support, calling for help, checking for breathing and performing simulated rescue breaths.

TWO FREEDIVER OPEN WATER SESSIONS

DAY 2, in two parts with a lunch brake between


The maximum depth for Open Water Session One is 10 metres. The maximum depth for Open Water Session Two is 16 metres. For certification, You must be able to dive to at least 10 metres.


Session One

  1. Safety lanyard (optional)
  2. Equipment donning and entry
  3. Free immersion (pull downs) and weighting
  4. Constant weight freediving
  5. Rescue practice
  6. Optional: Recreational freediving

By the end of the PADI Freediver Open Water Session One, You must be able to:

  1. With instructor guidance, establish appropriate weighting for open water freediving.
  2. Correctly execute one or more free immersion dives, including:
    • Waiting for buddy recovery before starting breathe-up.
    • Regular equalization.
    • Proper breathing before, during and after the dive.
    • Using the safety lanyard (optional).
    • Removing the snorkel from the mouth upon beginning descent.
    • Securing support upon surfacing.
  3. Correctly execute one or more constant weight freedives to 10 metres or less, including:
    • Waiting for buddy recovery before starting breathe-up.
    • Proper breathing before, during and after the dive.
    • Using the safety lanyard (optional).
    • Removing the snorkel from the mouth upon or beginning descent.
    • Duck dive.
    • Regular equalization.
    • Streamlined body position along the line.
    • Using the drop line to assist the turn back to the surface.
    • Securing support upon surfacing.
  4. As a buddy, correctly supervise a freediver who is making a constant weight freedive, including watching the diver for problems during the dive and for a reasonable interval after surfacing.
  5. Demonstrate the rescue of a diver simulating LMC at the surface.

Session Two

  1. Equipment donning and entry
  2. Weighting
  3. Free immersion (pull downs)
  4. Constant weight freediving
  5. Rescue practice
  6. Optional: Recreational freediving

By the end of the PADI Freediver Open Water Session Two, You must be able to:

  1. Correctly execute one or more constant weight freedives to at least 10 metres with a maximum depth of 16 metres, including:
    • Waiting for buddy recovery before starting breathe-up.
    • Proper breathing before, during and after the dive.
    • Using the safety lanyard (optional).
    • Removing the snorkel from the mouth upon or before beginning descent.
    • Duck dive.
    • Streamlined body position along the line.
    • Regular equalization.
    • Effective kick and glide technique.
    • Using the drop line to assist the turn back to the surface.
    • Securing support upon surfacing.
  2. As a buddy, correctly supervise a freediver who is making a constant weight freedive, including:
    • Watching the diver for problems during the dive and until fully recovered after surfacing.
    • Escorting the diver the last 5 metres of the ascent.
  3. Demonstrate the rescue of a diver who simulates blacking out at 5 metres.