Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.
To enroll in a PADI Advanced Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization). You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty course at the same time.
The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main phases:
- Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You'll study independently using the PADI Freediver eLearning (or your instructor may conduct class sessions if not available in your language).
- Confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea. Goal - static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
- Open water sessions to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal - constant weight freedive of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
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 your local dive center about the gear you'll use during this course and get advice about what you need from your PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor.
If you already have the PADI Freediver eLearning, simply get started on the Advanced Freediver section. If not, contact your local PADI Freediver Center or PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor and get Freediver eLearning. You can review basic freediving information in the first section, then start studying for your advanced training.
Note that the PADI Freediver eLearning also includes all study materials for the PADI Master Freediver course.