Freediver Course PADI – $450

*includes course tuition and PADI eLearning materials

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. 12-14 years can enroll in PADI Basic Freediver course (pool only). You need adequate swimming skills (200M unassisted swim) and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with PADIĀ Freediver eLearningĀ in addition to in classroom academics with your instructor.
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 meters/80 feet.
  • Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 meters/30 feet.

Course Schedule

  • Saturday 9AM-5PM Classroom/Pool (AM 3-4 hours Classroom/lunch break/PM 3-4 hours Pool Training)
  • Sunday 8AM-4PM Open Water Training Dives*
*Open Water dive times are dependent on factors such as weather, tides, special events, availability or access to local dive sites, etc. Please make allowance for possible changes in schedules if necessary.

Additional Course Cost (some may apply)

  • Park Entrance Fees (Fort Pickens, Vortex Springs)
  • Pensacola Beach tolls
  • Equipment Rental (25% Off for students in training) *Rental equipment is not included in course cost

Required Equipment

In the PADI Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and you will 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. Equipment is not included in the course cost but may be available to rent. Having your own personal mask, snorkel, and freediving fins is highly recommended.

  • Mask (Low Volume preferred)
  • Snorkel (preferably low drag/lightweight J style)
  • Fins (Long Blade preferred)
  • Wetsuit
  • Weight Belt/Weights (rubber preferred)
  • Timing Device