Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required. Younger than 15? 12 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.
You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bifins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signaling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).
Check with Scuba Leeds about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about what you need from our PADI Freediver Instructor.
If you already have the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app, simply get started on the Freediver section. If not, contact Scuba Leeds, PADI Freediver Centre to get the interactive Touch course materials. Note that the PADI Freediver Touch also includes all study materials for the PADI Advanced & Master Freediver course..
We offer a couple of options for the PADI Freediver course, these are as follows:
Standard PADI Freediver – £295
Bespoke PADI Open Water Diver – £395
Executive PADI Open Water Diver – £495
All of these options include full equipment hire, course materials, all training elements and your PADI course materials. The only thing that you will have to pay on top of your course fee is transport to and from the training location and entrance fees at the open water dive sites