The PADI Freediver course is to provide basic knowledge of the different freediving categories, the important rules of behavior and the safest way to perform freediving while allowing the fastest improvement. It is an introduction to the fundamental techniques of the freediver education system. This highly effective 2 day course covers everything from safety and problem management, breathing techniques and equipment selection to correct freediving methods for gradual depth progression. It is a formal freediving education system provides divers with a solid foundation to freedive confidently and safely up to depths of 10-16 metres/30-55 feet with breath-holds up to 3 minutes. For divers already achieving these depths, it will provide an enhanced understanding of the sport and modern new techniques.
This program includes academic presentations (PADI online program, Freediver Touch*, for home study prior to the first day), confined water training and one day for open water sessions.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LEARNING TO FREEDIVE?
The minimum age is 12 years old for the PADI Freediver course.
(PADI Basic Freediver is a subset program on the PADI Freediver course that only includes knowledge development and a confined water session- not a current offering)
Depth limits for 12-14 yo are 40 feet.
Here are the Equipment Requirements
- Mask, fins and snorkel - Preferably low volume mask and long blade fins.
- Wetsuit with gloves and boots - 5mm-7mm wetsuit is required for pool and ocean sessions. Ideally a good freediving suit with attached hood is perfect.
- Socks and gloves of at least 3mm in thickness.
- Weights and weight belt - Having an assortment of smaller weights to adjust for proper buoyancy is a must.
- Depth and/or timing device - A waterproof watch at the very least, better yet a freediving computer is perfect.
Malibu Divers has this equipment available for purchase. You can rent most of the gear you need depending on your size; we may be limited to what we have available for you.
Note: Personal expenses, if we travel to the ferry, meals, tips, and group ferry transportation (~$99) are not included.
Typical schedule - estimated, final details will be sent in advance.
Thursday evening - 6 pm - 9 pm academics & class session on ZOOM
Saturday 8 am - 1 pm - Pool session
Sunday 6:30 am - 5:45 pm (or you may choose to depart on an earlier ferry if we go to Catalina; please be advised that ferry schedules change throughout the year) ocean dives
*PADI Freediver Touch combines the course manual and video into an interactive learning tool. It also includes the required Knowledge Reviews and final exams with appropriate remediation. The PADI Freediver Touch includes the course content for all three freediver levels. A student who begins a PADI Freediver course can continue to use the product when ready to take the PADI Advanced Freediver course, then also use it for the PADI Master Freediver course. This product includes credit for one certification card. If you finish one course and take the next level course, you simply purchase an individual PIC Online credit to complete certification for that student. *This product is designed to be used on devices running iOS6 or newer, and the two most recent versions of Android.