PADI BASIC FREEDIVER (TASTER)
The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. This is where you will learn all about the fast growing sport of Freediving and apnea. You will learn basic freediving principles and breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site that will improve give you great confidence in the water and surprise you as to what you can achieve.
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.
COURSE COST £125 (£165 plus freediver touch)
Price includes, all equipment and pool fees. Entrance fees to dive site are charged separately if applicable. It does not include the Freediver touch which is charged separately. If you are doing this course as part of the full PADI Freediver course you only pay for the freediver touch once, not twice.
FREEDIVER COURSE OUTLINE
The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:
- Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver eLearning and some short classroom lectures and tests
- Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Our minimum requirements to pass are – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet but we always aim to achieve more and through the club structure afterwards you will be surprised as to how much improvements we can get for you.
In the PADI Basic Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. We provide all specialist Freediving equipment so you can do it properly. It is possible to enjoy the sport using basic snorkelling equipment. We can discuss this on your Freediving course.
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If you cannot find any dates for the above course, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 7940 998915 and we will accommodate you the best we can.
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When you purchase the course you will receive your Medical & Liability forms, please bring them filled in and signed on the day. NOTE: If you have answered ‘yes’ in any of the questions then you will need a doctor’s signature to verify it is safe for you to take part in freediving.
4/4: ALL DONE
Congratulations – you’re all done. We will send you an email in the next day or two with further course information including some exercises to start off with.
Course fees include pool fees and equipment. For AIDA courses the certification costs are due at the end of the course you wish to be signed off for, normally 20 Euros per certification. The PADI courses include the first certification when you purchase the Freediver Touch. Open water fees are not included, some sites are free, some charge and that is payable locally.
Yes – all equipment is provided, the school carries full kit, enough to kit several groups at once, so sizing is rarely an issue.
We have a cross over chart so that we can enrol you onto the appropriate course. Also those agencies that are not recognised, we can find fair ways of enrolling you onto the appropriate course and getting value from it. A freediver is a freediver, as well as rules being rules.
18 years to become an AIDA Freediver, if you have parental permission and you are joining with a parent, the age is 16 years of age.
12 months unless you visit us in-between that time and do some refresher training, then it can last another 12 months from that date. It is also possible to be signed off at AIDA 2* Pool Freediver level (you would be charged a nominal fee for the certification if doing it using this method). Most people however want to move onto the open water section of the course and complete the full AIDA 2* Freediver course.
You can get fit doing the sport! General health is important for safety, you will get a medical form to fill in, it is a self-declaration form. If you have any significant medical problems (heart/lungs, diabetes, asthma for example) you would need to see a Doctor first to see if the sport was for you. Many people have mild symptoms that do not preclude them from the sport with a Doctors permission, however a serious condition would likely stop you. You will benefit from a basic level of fitness, but being slightly overweight or slightly unfit won’t stop you from doing really well in the course. It is something you can work on.
We have put together some useful exercises and a reading pack for you to help you during the course. It is not compulsory to do this, however highly recommended.
No. It is designed as an entry level qualification, however, there is scope if you do have experience to still get benefits even from the entry level course. Our instructors are very experienced, so can take you to a higher level than required just to pass the course.