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Freediving uses advanced breathing techniques and diving skills toincrease depth and time underwater. Through training, freedivers learn conserve oxygen while breathholding while practicing different freediving disciplines, such as static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives. The PADI Freediver course contains three phases – knowledge development, a confined water sessions and open water sessions.

Knowledge Development

During knowledge development you learn about how your body reacts to breathholding and how water pressure affects you as you dive down. You also learn about freediving equipment, important safety rules and buddy procedures.

Confined Water Dives

In confined water, such as a swimming pool, you learn breathing techniques, then practice breathholds while floating (static apnea) and while swimming (dynamic apnea).  You also practice basic rescue techniques and learn your role as a buddy.

Open Water Dives

During at least two open water sessions, you practice diving down while breathholding, either by pulling yourself along a line (free immersion) or duck diving head first while following a line (constant weight). You learn to gradually increase your depths by relaxing and enjoying each dive. Rescue practice is another key part of the open water sessions.

PADI Freediver Certification Levels:

PADI Freediver Course

Develops the knowledge and skills for basic static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives to depths between 10-16 metres/30-55 feet.

PADI Advanced Freediver Course

Expands knowledge and skills, and with further development in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives to depths between 20-24 metres/65-80 feet.

PADI Master Freediver Course

Continues knowledge and skill development with further development in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives to depths between 32-40 metres/105-130 feet.

(When completing open water training is not feasible or desirable, students complete just the knowledge and confined water skill portion of the PADI Freediver course to earn the PADI Basic Freediver rating.)

Course Requirements:
  • At least 12 years old for the PADI Basic Freediver certification.
  • At least 15 years old for the PADI Freediver course.
  • Medical Statement/History Form
  • Demonstrate basic water skills. (200-metre/yard swim or 300-metre/yard swim using a
    mask, fins and snorkel without stopping.)

You may pick up your release form at Lancaster Scuba or download and print the forms below from home.

For upcoming course dates, click the button below or contact Lancaster Scuba.

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