The PADI Freediver course 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 this course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.
What will I do?
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. The 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. The goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.
What scuba gear will I use?
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 your PADI Freediver Instructor.
What are the prerequisites for this course?
To enroll on the 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 old’s and older can enroll in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight year old’s and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.
How do I start?
Contact Scuba Leeds and get the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. 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 PADI Freediver Instructor will check on your progress and make sure you understand important freediving information.