Basic Freediver

Who should take this course?
The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. It’s a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site.

To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required. Younger than 12? 8 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

What will you learn?
The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:
Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 meters.

What free diving gear will you use?
In the PADI Basic Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this course, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own. MDC will inform you about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your MDC PADI Freediver Instructor.