One Day Freediver Course

This one day course will give you the skills and knowledge to safely increase your depth’s in Freediving and give you tools to also deal with life’s everyday worries.

Freediving Courses

1 Day Course

Mooloolaba, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney

1 Day


Upcoming Dates

May – 4. June – 8. July – 20.  Aug – 17. Sep – 7, 18. Oct – 12, 26. Nov – 16, 23, 30. Dec – 7, 14.
Gold Coast
June 15. July 20. August 17. Sep 21. Oct 19. Nov 16. Dec 21.
Byron Bay
June 15. July 20. August 17. Sep 21. Oct 19. Nov 16. Dec 21.
1770 Agnes Water
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May 11

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The PADI One Day ‘Freediver’ course
The PADI One Day ‘Freediver’ course serves as an entry-level course designed to provide a fun, informative, and safe introduction to Freediving through classroom and pool learning.

The course covers several essential aspects of Freediving, including the physiology and psychology of Freediving, equipment for Freediving, and Freediving safety. Led by Adam Sellars and his team of instructors, the course shares various techniques from Freediving that can enhance mental strength, mental health, and coping skills for stress and anxiety.

Please note you can enrol directly in the two-day Freediver course – details below on the two day course 


The PADI Two Day ‘Freediver’ course
Over the two-day course, participants receive classroom training, followed by physical techniques in both the pool and the ocean to enable them to achieve maximum propulsion with minimal effort. The course also includes mental preparation, visualisation, and breathwork techniques to help participants control their emotional state, nervous system, and achieve calmness before the dive.

Participants of this course can expect to develop skills that will enable them to dive safer, improve their overall health and vitality, explore the underwater world quietly, increase their surfing or spearfishing abilities, and enjoy all the life that inhabits the big blue. They will also acquire skills in breathwork, mindfulness, and calm living, which can help them overcome fear or self-defeating thoughts to enhance their overall well-being.

With experienced instructors on hand to guide you through the learning process, you’ll develop the skills and confidence necessary to push your limits and explore the underwater world in a whole new way.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take the first step towards becoming a certified freediver.

Package inclusions

What is included in the PADI Freediver course:



Breath Workshop/Mindfulness

Confined water session.

Double Freedive in the ocean. (NOT FOR BASIC ONE DAY COURSE)

Photo package

Access to free pool training post course.

PADI Freediver performance requirements:

90 seconds Static breath hold.

25m Dynamic

10m constant weight Dive in the Ocean.

Buddying and rescue tecniques


Course Highlights

Day 1

  • 08:40- arrive at location (varies per location)
  • 08:45- 10:45 – Classroom theory
  • 10:45- 11:45 – Breath workshop and meditation
  • 11:45- 12:30 – Lunch break – light meal (not provided)
  • 12:30- 03:30 Pool (static apnea, dynamic apnea, duck diving, rescue and safety)

For those booked on day 2, wait for confirmation that afternoon that weather conditions permit ocean day the next day. You will receive an email with the boat departure times as this can vary.*

Requirements to register for the PADI Freediver course.
  • Be 12 years of age or older
  • Complete Medical form
  • Be able to swim 200m or 300m with mask, snorkel, fins


Frequently Asked Questions

Most students start at Level one or what PADI call the ‘Freediver’ level which is a two day course which includes:


There is the option to Complete just the ‘Basic PADI Freediver’ course which is a one day course and only differs from the ‘FREEDIVER course in that it doesn’t include the second day being the boat charter/ Ocean portion.

The PADI Freediver course contains three phases – knowledge development, a confined water sessions and open water sessions. 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.

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.

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.

The PADI Freediver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your PADI Freediving Instructor can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress.

Knowledge development is handled through independent study with the PADI Freediver TouchTM – an interactive tablet based app. You pace yourself as you work through each topic, then complete an overall Knowledge Review, then an Exam.

There are at least three water sessions that will likely be scheduled on separate days. So, your training may take two to three days or longer. The recommended course duration is 15 hours.

During confined and open water sessions, your PADI Freediver Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable freediver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace – faster or slower depending upon the time you need – to become a competent freediver.

Requirements to register for the PADI Freediver course.

  • Be 12 years of age or older
  • Complete Medical form
  • Be able to swim 200m or 300m with mask, snorkel, fins

You must be able to swim 200m or 300m with a mask, snorkel and fins.

Yes, you will need to complete a medical form. Upon review, we may let you know you are required to also complete a valid 4005.1. dive medical prior to your course.

Yes, you will be sent PADI e-learning approximately one week before your course date. This needs to be completed before the Day 1 course.

Yes, we provide hire gear at $30 a day.

No, we provide weights for the course.

Yes, we offer pool training for those who have registered on a course. Please contact us to find out about upcoming dates. – is this true? haha

Yes, we do need a minimum number of people in order to run the course. In the event we can not go ahead with your preferred date, we will try and give you ample notice and provide alternative dates. Please note, sometimes the winter months are a bit quieter.

If you, the customer, wants to cancel or rebook the nominated dates of your course, you must do so before 7 days of each scheduled booking.

No we do not provide refunds, however we do allow you to put that towards your next day in the ocean or a retreat.

In the event we do provide a refund for a special case, please note a $70 administration fee will be deducted, and NO credit card fees are refunded as these are taken directly from an external payment gateway. There is always the option to pay via bank transfer to avoid that fee. Thanks for your understanding.

1 Day

What requirements do I need to meet to complete day 1 before I can progress to day 2?

  • PADI Freediving e-learning.
  • 90 seconds pool static breath hold.
  • 25m dynamic pool swim

Am I qualified after the 1 day beginner course?

No, you must complete all requirements of Level 1 Freediver to be certified
PADI Freediving e-learning.

  • 90 seconds pool static breath hold.
  • 25m dynamic pool swim
  • 10m constant weight dive – ocean
  • Buddying and rescue techniques – ocean
2 Day

What requirements am I aiming to complete in the ocean?

  • 10m constant weight dive – ocean
  • Buddying and rescue techniques – ocean


  • Day 1 – Classroom – Sunreef Mooloolaba – 12/123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba. Pool – Kawana Aquatic for confined water session.
  • Day 2 – diving will take place at the HMAS Brisbane wreck site


  • Day 1 – Classroom: TBC closer to the date – normally held at Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre – Murwillumbah
  • Day 2 – TBC – Example – Scottish Prince, Palm Beach reef, Julian Rocks


  • Day 1- Theory: TBC, Pool: normally held at Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre – Murwillumbah (6-8 Tumbulgum Rd, Murwillumbah NSW 2484)
  • Day 2 – diving will take place at Julian Rocks, depart from Wild Byron, Boat Harbour, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483


  • Day 1 – Dive Spear and Sport’s new state-of-the-art centre, located centrally in Agnes Water / Town of 1770
  • Day 2 – We will meet at the centre and collect our gear before heading down to 1770 Marina to board our brand new custom built vessel and jet out at a comfortable 30 knots out to the reef


  • To be confirmed


  • Eagle Neck Peninsula, Tasmania

A PADI Freediver Instructor is authorized to teach PADI Freediver and Basic Freediver. PADI Advanced Freediveing Instructors can teach all levels through Advanced Freediver. PADI Master Freediver Instructors can teach all diver levels, including PADI Master Freediver.

Each course has a minimum of one confined water session and two open water sessions, except for Basic Freediver which only requires Confined Water training. Freediving Instructors may divide each of these into two or more sessions and/or add sessions as appropriate for logistics, class sizes, repetition, mastery learning or to meet student needs and expectations. Fifteen course hours are recommended per course.

Use the PADI Freediving Specialty Change Request Form (No. 644DT) found in the Forms/Applications area at the PADI Pros’ Site.

PADI Freediver courses are entirely new and, while there are some common methodologies, the performance requirements are different. PADI Free Diver Distinctive Specialty Divers, can continue their freediving education by enrolling in the PADI Advanced Freediver course.

Yes. To qualify for the PADI Freediver Instructor credential, PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors must be a PADI Master Freediver (or have a qualifying certification), be a current Emergency First Response instructor, have a current medical and complete the PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course.

You need to be at least 18 and be a PADI Master Freediver or have a qualifying certification). You must also be an EFR Instructor, have a current medical and take the PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course.

If you are a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must also be a PADI Advanced Freediver (or have a qualifying certification) and have freediving experience that allows you to make multiple freedivers over a short period and the ability to rescue a freediver from 15 metres/50 feet. You must also be a current EFR Instructor to apply for the PADI Freediver Instructor rating. This allows you to teach the PADI Basic Freediver and the PADI Freediver course. There are three higher instructor levels, each with their own prerequisites: Advanced Freediver Instructor, Master Freediver Instructor and Freediver Instructor Trainer.

If you have a qualifying freediving instructor certification, are at least 18, have a current medical, are an EFR Instructor (or have first aid/CPR instructor-level training with another organization), you’ll need to complete a PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation.

As a freediver certified through another training organization, you can enroll in the next higher level in the PADI Freediver system after a skills and knowledge assessment by a PADI Freediver Instructor. The level you can enroll into depends on your underlying certification. Reference the Freediving Qualifying Certifications chart here and check with your PADI Regional Headquarters to confirm.

To assess knowledge and skills, you can use the quick review or final course exam for knowledge assessment and have the diver complete the relevant freediving skills for that course level.

Contact a PADI Dive Center, Resort or Instructor that offers the course. You may also contact the training consultants at your PADI Regional Headquarters.

Yes, if you have current PADI-endorsed instructor liability insurance. This is true for all PADI-endorsed policies available across all PADI Regional Headquarters.

Freediver Program Instructor Slates (60404), Freediver Program Instructor Guide (70345), and PADI Freediver Touch Code.

The PADI Freediver Touch is the only student material.

The latest two versions of iOS and most Android operating systems on tablet based orsmart phone devices.

PADI Freediver Touch, Teaching Slates, Instructor Guide and Instructor Trainer Guide.

PADI Freediver Touch, the PADI Freediving Medical History Form, PADI Freediver Safe Diving Practices Statement of Understanding form and the PADI Freediver Program Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk/Non-agency Acknowledgment Forms.

Yes. The language release schedule will be available soon. Stay tuned for updates.

As with other PADI courses, there are full presentation notes available in the instructor guide. When the Touch product isn’t available in a language understood by the student, the instructor has the option of delivering knowledge development in person.

The Freediving resource center available at the PADI Pros’ Site.

Yes, PADI Freediver will be in the PADI Courses section of the PADI App.