PADI Freediver Course: What’s Included?

Last Updated on May 16, 2021 by Dan

The PADI Freediver course is an introduction to the sport of freediving. The course teaches students how to safely enjoy underwater activities such as snorkeling, swimming and scuba diving without assistance from a breathing device. This blog post will give you everything you need to know about what’s included in the PADI Freediver Course!

To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required. The course includes 4 required classroom sessions and one open water session  You’ll learn about topics such as deep breath-hold techniques, safety precautions for freediving, buddy techniques and more!

Course Topics:

Take a deep dive into the science of freediving along with the history and how it got started.

Breath Hold Safety Tips:

How long can you safely go without air and what are common mistakes people make?

How to know if your drowning, when/how to signal for help, safety tips in confined water areas like pools or fountains…etc.

Watch the video:

Scuba diving versus Freediving: What’s the difference between these two activities?

-Learn about scuba gear options including masks, snorkels, fins and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt! Using gear designed specifically for freediving or skin diving is best, rather than scuba diving.

Learn about choices on swimwear too (lengths).

Understand where different types of clothing work best for each activity.

General Freediver Course Information:

-Course duration ranges from as little as one day to three days.

-If you don’t have your own equipment, you can rent it! PADI dive centers recommend their clients bring their own PADI dive computer and mask due to the increased safety benefits of using a personal device during training.

-What’s included? Materials, class time in the water with the instructor, textbook including information on how scuba diving vs freediving works…etc.

Optional materials like books or DVDs are available for purchase online.

Your goal is- static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.