What is Freediving?
If you think freediving is just like snorkeling (but going really deep) - think again. Freediving is an entirely different way to experience the underwater world. You’ll dive deeper, stay down longer, and feel part of the ocean itself.
Freediving can also be a competitive sport. Divers around the world train for years to set world records in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving.
Reconnect With Nature
Freedivers silently blend into the underwater environment. They enjoy magical encounters with shy marine life and hear all the sounds of the ocean: fish munching on coral, the tide pulsing at the rocks, and even the calls of dolphins and whales!
Freediving is the perfect way to reconnect to the sea and explore the depths of the oceans with minimal impact. Some people freedive for the personal challenge, but for many, the true appeal of freediving is in the silence and calm it brings to their hectic lives.
Do I Need a Freediving Course?
Though freediving appears to be relatively simple, there is a lot to know about safety and physiology. A non-trained freediver risks ear, sinus, and lung injuries, blackouts, and could potentially drown. An experienced, insured freediving instructor can help you advance your skills and avoid serious risks. If you already have some freediving experience, the expert techniques taught by PADI Freediving instructors can help you quickly increase depth and time underwater but also enhance your personal and buddy-related safety skills.
PADI’s freediving courses were developed with input from industry leaders and champion freedivers. Study at your own pace and work with an experienced instructor to put what you’ve learned into practice. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required to get started. The PADI Freediver Program is the only freedive training program approved for college credit recommendations.
Answers to the most common questions about learning to freedive
This is one of the most common misconceptions about freediving. With proper training, you will learn breath-hold techniques that will likely result in you being pleasantly surprised by how long you can hold your breath.
While you don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to take the course, it is important that you feel confident in the water. To become a PADI Freediver you will need to be able to swim 200 metres/yards. This swim will be untimed and can be completed using any stroke, so you can take your time.
Freediving only requires a few items: a mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt (sometimes) and a wetsuit (depending on your location). Read up on this helpful guide to freediving equipment for beginners.
Contact your local PADI Dive Shop, or review this list of PADI Freediver Centers.
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