Freediving Courses

Courses available: (Frequently asked question’s for Freediving at the bottom of page)

BREATHWORKSHOP FOR SURFERS

MERMAID COURSES INSTRUCTOR COURSES

PADI BASIC FREEDIVER. (Can skip and go straight to Freediver 2 day course).

PADI FREEDIVER (LEVEL 1)

PADI ADVANCED FREEDIVER (LEVEL 2)

PADI MASTER FREEDIVER (LEVEL 3)

PADI FREEDIVING INSTRUCTOR COURSE

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDER INSTRUCTOR COURSE

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Upcoming Dates: Sunshine Coast. Mount Gambier. Lady Elliot. Bali. Tonga. Ribbon Reefs. SEE BELOW

Sunshine Coast Courses:

APRIL

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

10/11TH                                       24/25TH

17/18TH

24/25TH

MAY

FREEDIVER COURSE.               

1/2ND

8/9TH

15/16TH

22/23RD

JUNE

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

5/6TH.                                        29/30TH

12/13TH

19/20TH

29/30TH

JULY

FREEDIVER COURSE.    

3/4TH

31 JULY/1 AUGUST

AUGUST

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

14/15TH                                     21/22ND

21/22ND

SEPTEMBER

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

4/5TH                                         22/23RD

11/12TH

22/23RD

OCTOBER

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

2/3RD                                          9/10TH

9/10TH

23/24TH

NOVEMBER

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

6/7TH                                        13/14TH

13/14TH

27/28TH

DECEMBER

FREEDIVER COURSE.               ADVANCED

4/5TH                                         4/5TH

15/16TH

18/19TH

Lady Elliot Island Retreat.

JULY

20-25TH. Freediving, Meditation, and Yoga retreat. (Freediver/Advanced)

AUGUST

6/11th. Freediving, Meditation, and Yoga retreat. (Freediver/Advanced)

25-30th. Freediving, Meditation, and Yoga retreat. (Freediver/Advanced)

MOUNT GAMBIER RETREAT

OCTOBER

14-17th of October, 2021, Mount gambier retreat, South Australia. (Freediver/Advanced/Master).

NOVEMBER

18-21st of November, 2021, Mount Gambier retreat, South Australia. (Freediver/Advanced/Master)

RIBBON REEF LIVEABOARD

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

28 Oct-2 Nov 2021. RibbonReef Great Barrier Reef Live-aboard.(Freediver, Advanced, Master)

AMED, BALI

1-5th November 2021, Amed Bali Freediving Meditation retreat. (Freediver-Master courses)

7-11th November 2021, Amed Bali, Instructor Course.

TONGA SWIM WITH THE WHALES

7-14th of October 2021, Tonga swim with the Whales, and Basic Freediver. (POA).

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Prices from $180- $1000 For local courses.

Retreats from- $950- $2495

Freediving is exploring who we are and how we deal with a brain that is constantly on alert for threats, and how we are able to find peace with this.

Through The Pressure Project’s courses we learn how to breathe the right way, meditation, Freediving physiology and psychology, Freediving safety and equipment, and Freediving technique for both Pool and Ocean diving.

Your Instructor Adam Sellars is a PADI certified master instructor and an Australian Representative in Freediving having competed at the World Championships in 2017 reaching 72m. Adam believes that the best way to learn is in a Fun and safe environment.

Diving is conducted on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane which is a 133m Warship that served in both the Gulf and Vietnam wars and is an absolute wonderland of artificial reef and a haven for an array of Sea life. Freediving is for everyone with no prior training required.

Courses Available:

Big Wave Training Course.

  • 1 Day Course
  • Techniques for Big Waves
  • Breath Hold for Big Waves
  • Psychology for Big Waves
  • Training for Big Waves

Basic Freediver

  • 1 Day course
  • Padi Touch included (App/online based learning system prior to course)
  • Half Day Theory Session.
  • Half Day Confined Water session. (Technique and Static Breath hold session)

Freediver

  • 2 Day Course
  • Padi Touch included (App/online based learning system prior to course)
  • Half Day Theory Session.
  • Half Day Confined Water session. (Technique and Static Breath hold session)
  • Double Dive on EX-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast.

Advanced Freediver

  • 2 Day course
  • Padi Touch included (App/online based learning system prior to course)
  • Half Day Theory Session.
  • Half Day Confined Water session. (Technique and Static Breath hold session)
  • Double Dive on EX-HMAS Brisbane, Mooloolaba Sunshine Coast.

Master Freediver Course

  • 3 Day Course
  • Padi Touch
  • EFR, (Emergency First responder course)
  • Multiple theory sessions.
  • Confined water session
  • Locations- Moreton Island, Lake Eacham, various overseas locations for depth.

Instructor Course

  • Please contact for availability and qualification process.

For enquiries regarding Freediving Courses conducted by Adam Sellars the Australian Representative Freediver, please contact Adam directly via email info@thepressureproject.com.au or call 0412 018 250

Freediving Courses

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PADI FREEDIVER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW IS FREEDIVING DIFFERENT FROM SNORKELING OR SKIN DIVING?

Snorkeling is the casual act of putting on a mask and snorkel and looking below while floating. Snorkelers may not have any training and generally spend most of the time on the surface. Skin diving takes snorkeling a step further by adding short dives underwater. Skin divers may have training that teaches skills, such as efficient dives and snorkel-clearing. Freediving uses advanced breathing techniques and diving skills to increase depth and time underwater. Through training, freedivers learn to conserve oxygen while breathholding while practicing different freediving disciplines, such as static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives.

HOW DO I LEARN TO FREEDIVE?

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.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET CERTIFIED?

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.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR LEARNING TO FREEDIVE?

The minimum age is 15 years old for the PADI Freediver course and 12 years old for the PADI Basic Freediver certification. PADI Basic Freediver is a subset program on the PADI Freediver course that only includes knowledge development and a confined water session.

All student divers complete a medical history form that asks about medical conditions that could be a problem while freediving. If none of these apply, sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of these apply to you, your doctor must, as a safety precaution, assess the condition as it relates to freediving and sign a medical form that confirms you’re fit to dive. In some areas, local laws require all students to consult with a physician before entering the course. Download the PADI Freediver Medical History Form.

Your PADI Freediver Instructor will have you demonstrate basic water skills to be sure you’re comfortable in the water. This is a 200-metre/yard swim or 300-metre/yard swim using a mask, fins and snorkel without stopping. There is no time limit for this, and you may use any swimming strokes you want.

Any individual who can meet the performance requirements of the course qualifies for certification. There are many adaptive techniques that allow individuals with physical challenges to meet these requirements.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PADI FREEDIVER CERTIFICATION LEVELS?

PADI Freediver course – Develops the knowledge and skills for basic static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving from 10-16 metres/30-55 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 (6 metres/20 feet maximum) to earn the PADI Basic Freediver rating.

PADI Advanced Freediver course – Expands knowledge and skills for confined and open water freediving, and with further development in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving from 16-24 metres/55-80 feet.

PADI Master Freediver course – Continues knowledge and skill development with further development in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving from 24-40 metres/80-130 feet.

WHAT GEAR WILL I NEED TO FREEDIVE?

Choosing and using your freediving gear is part of the fun. Your local PADI Freediving Instructor will help you find the right mask, snorkel and fins that are specifically designed for freediving. We do have hire gear and the dive shop will have options for purchase. You can use Scuba gear, basically you need Mask, Snorkel, wetsuit, and fins.

MY EARS HURT WHEN I GO TO THE BOTTOM OF A SWIMMING POOL OR WHEN I DIVE DOWN SNORKELING. WILL THAT PREVENT ME FROM BECOMING A FREEDIVER?

No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears – you just need to learn how through the Freediving course. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you’ll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while freediving.

WILL A HISTORY OF EAR TROUBLES, DIABETES, ASTHMA, ALLERGIES OR SMOKING PRECLUDE SOMEONE FROM FREEDIVING?

Not necessarily. Any condition that affects the ears, sinuses, respiratory or heart function, or may alter consciousness is a concern, but only a doctor can assess a person’s individual risk. Doctors can consult with the Divers Alert Network (DAN) as necessary when assessing fitness to dive. Download the PADI Freediver Medical History Form to take to your doctor.

WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON INJURIES OR SICKNESSES ASSOCIATED WITH FREEDIVING?

Sunburn, seasickness and dehydration, all of which are preventable, are the most common problems freedivers face. Injuries caused by not equalizing ears do occur, but these can be avoided by using proper technique and returning to the surface if your ears are not equalizing easily.

I AM CURRENTLY CERTIFIED AS A FREEDIVER THROUGH ANOTHER ORGANIZATION. HOW CAN I BECOME A PADI FREEDIVER?

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 Freediveing Instructor. The level you can enroll into depends on your current certification. Check with your PADI Regional Headquarters to confirm.

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
  1. What can I expect from the Freediving course?? The PADI Freediving Program consists of these certification levels:
    1. PADI Freediver course – Develops the knowledge and skills for basic staticapnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives to depths between 10-16 metres/30-55 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 27-40 metres/90-130 feet.
  2. What are the Instructor-level certifications for PADI Freediver? How do they differ from one another?

? 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.

3. How long does the PADI Freediver course take to complete?

? 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.

4. I have an existing PADI Free Diver distinctive specialty instructor rating. How do I discontinue this distinctive specialty and start teaching PADI Freediver courses?

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

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5. What are the key differences between PADI Freediver courses and the PADI Free Diver Distinctive Specialty?

? 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.

6. Can PADI Divemasters or Assistant Instructors teach PADI Freediver?

? 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.

  1. How do I become a PADI Freediver Instructor?? 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.
  2. How does a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (or higher) become a PADI Freediver Instructor?

? 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.

  1. I am currently a freediving instructor for another agency, how do I crossover and become a PADI Freediver Instructor?? 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.
  2. I am currently certified as a freediver through another organization. How can I become a PADI Freediver?? 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.

  1. How do I assess a freediver’s current knowledge and skills before enrolling the diver into the next higher freediving course?? 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.
  2. Who do I talk to if I’d like to become a PADI Freediver Instructor?? Contact a PADI Dive Center, Resort or Instructor that offers the course. You may also contact the training consultants at your PADI Regional Headquarters.
  3. Does my PADI-endorsed Liability Insurance cover me while teaching PADI Freediver?? Yes, if you have current PADI-endorsed instructor liability insurance. This is true for all PADI-endorsed policies available across all PADI Regional Headquarters.
  4. What’s included in my Instructor start-up kit?? Freediver Program Instructor Slates (60404), Freediver Program Instructor Guide (70345), and PADI Freediver Touch Code.
  5. In what form are the PADI Freediver student materials available?? The PADI Freediver Touch is the only student material.
  6. What devices support PADI Freediver Touch?
    ? The latest two versions of iOS and most Android operating systems on tablet based or

    smart phone devices.

  7. What materials will be available for this program?? PADI Freediver Touch, Teaching Slates, Instructor Guide and Instructor Trainer Guide.
  8. What student materials are required?? 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.
  9. Will translations be available? If so, in what languages and when?? Yes. The language release schedule will be available soon. Stay tuned for updates.
  10. What if PADI does not offer student material in the language of my students?

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? 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.

21. Where can I access PADI Freediver promotion and marketing materials?

? The Freediving resource center available at the PADI Pros’ Site. 22. Will PADI Freediver be included on the PADI App?

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

23. Can PADI Freediver students choose a Project AWARE version of the certification card?

? Yes.