There’s just something about freediving that peaks everyone’s interest…
Whether you’re an avid water lover or not, diving down on one breath seems to captivate most of the population.
You might be a freediver who has someone special in their lives whose eyes light up when you talk about your underwater experiences…or you may have been observing freediving from the sidelines – daydreaming through photos and videos. Either way, this article is for you. We are going to lay out the basics for anyone interested in the world of blue bliss on one breath.
How do I know if I’m ready for a freediving course?
Before deciding anything, you must meet some of PADI’s Freediving Course requirements. You must be at least 15 years of age for the PADI Freediver Course or PADI Basic Freediver Course. You must also sign a PADI medical health declaration. Provided that none of the health conditions on the declaration apply, you will be ready to start on our end.
Keep in mind, you will be required to swim for a part of the course. You will also need to be able to relax and feel comfortable in a mask and breathing through a snorkel. If you have never worn either of these items and are open to trying it, you’ll catch on quickly.
Sometimes your mind will tell you you’re not ready. The problem is, many times in life we wait for a voice that says, “Yes!!! I’m ready to do this right now!”. When you wait around for that voice, it will likely never come.
At first, new experiences sometimes makes your mind tell you everything it possibly can to keep you from changing. But, change = growth, and if you’re willing to put your best breath forward, you will get more out of this course than you could ever imagine.
Do I need experience?
It does help to have experience with snorkeling or even spending time in the ocean, but it’s not required. As stated above, if you’re willing to try new things, you will be fine to dive in.
*There is never any point throughout the course where you are pushed to your limits. It’s all about getting comfortable, being safe, having fun, and learning new things about yourself.*
What can I expect on my first Freediving Course?
For the first part of the PADI Freediver Course, we start with the theory, safety, gear, and breathwork. At the pool, you can start to get comfortable wearing a mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit if you’re new to the gear. You will have the chance to try out a few different styles of freediving at this time. In the pool, you’ll also learn important skills to build your own practice with a buddy. This is all a part of the PADI Basic Freediving Course – the first day of the two day PADI Freediver certification course.
The second day of the PADI Freediver Course gets you out into the ocean! You will enjoy freediving on the Sunshine Coast at the incredible Ex-HMAS Brisbane Wreck. We meet at Sunreef Mooloolaba for a quick trip out to the Sunshine Coast’s best dive site (15 min out of the river + 15 min rivermouth to the site). At this site, we go over everything we learned in Day 1 and put your knowledge to work in a safe and fun environment.
You always have time to ask questions, take it slow, and get used to diving in the ocean. At all times you are looked after by your instructor to ensure you are getting the most out of your experience and feel comfortable to put good energy into this course.
How do I start?
Adam Sellars is an Australian representative professional freediver with over 10 years experience training beginner freedivers, and now within the last 2 years, freediving instructors as well.