Freediving Courses

Basic Freediver
Learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site.
Your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. No previous freediving course is required.
Advanced Freediver
Designed to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea (suspension of breathing).
Master Freediver
For advanced freedivers who want to approach elite freediving levels. You'll learn to bring your static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight skills to the next level.
Freediver Instructor
Turn your freediving passion into a profession. This instructor course is for the avid freediver who spends a lot time thinking about freediving and sharing details of their latest adventures.
Advanced Freediver Instructor
PADI Freediver Instructors or freediver instructors from other organizations who have teaching experience can qualify for the PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor rating.
Master Freediver Instructor
PADI Advanced Freediver Instructors or advanced freediver instructors from other organizations who have teaching experience can qualify for the PADI Master Freediver Instructor rating.
Freediver Instructor Trainer
PADI Freediver Instructor Trainers are experienced PADI Master Freediver Instructors who have joined an elite group of professionals to develop the next generation of PADI Freediver Instructors.



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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.



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Answers to the most common questions about learning to freedive


If I can’t hold my breath for a long time, does that mean I can’t 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.

Do I need to know how to swim?

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.

What equipment do I need to freedive?

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.

Where can I enroll in a freediving course?

Contact your local PADI Dive Shop, or review this list of PADI Freediver Centers.



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