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Basic Freediver Course

Become a freediver on this one-day freediving course for up to eight students
  • Caters for all swimming abilities
  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Learn to freedive 6 meters depth & 50m length in the pool and hold your breath for over 90 seconds comfortably
  • Limited to just eight participants, you’ll enjoy high quality instruction
  • Available in our Shah Alam Aquatic Center pool facility, Dive Buddy Perhentian Island & Saujana Putra Lake
  • Our fulltime/part-time instructors have trained with the best freedivers and systems in the world
  • Successful completion results in world-recognised freediving certification

The Greek Gods and Goddesses of the Sea have inspired the best freedivers in the world. And you will be too!

Freediving is the most beautiful way to experience the underwater world. Free from heavy technical equipment, it’s as simple as just you and the water. The most natural way to swim with wildlife and feel part of the ocean. Pearl and shellfish divers have been doing it for centuries.

The best freediving course to begin your freediving journey is the PADI Freediver Basic course. It’s the first part of the PADI Freediver level one training. It’s the very first step for developing your solid freediving skills. You learn the basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site. It’s the starting point for all courses. By enrolling in the PADI Freediver Basic course you will begin progressing towards the PADI Freediver certification.

Who should take this course?

The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. It’s a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site.

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.

Younger than 12? 8 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

What will you learn?

The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:

  • Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

How can you start learning now?

Register now and get the PADI Freediver Touch tablet apps for your IOS or Andriod. We will also assign you to any of our certified Freediver instructors to assists you in the knowledge review and further discuss on training schedule and class meetings.  The Touch is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to freedive safely and allows you to study at your own pace.

Course Fees

WHAT’S NEXT?

Learn to progressively go farther and stay longer on one breath:

  1. Enrol now in a PADI Basic Freediver course using the booking button
  2. Choose to rental equipment if you don’t have your own
  3. Download the PADI Freediver Medical History Form (pdf) and email it to us.
  4. Browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Once your booking is confirmed you’ll gain access to the PADI Freediver Touchfrom us so you can start learning!

Online Registrations

Registration closes one week before the course starts.
When you book, your exclusive access to the PADI Freediver Touch online content is granted.

 

Combination: On-line learning + practical training with an Instructor

AVAILABILITY & SCHEDULE

All year round on Friday evenings and selected weekends

Theory & Breathing Session + Pool Double Sessions

  • Saturday 10pm – 12pm: 2hr Theory Review
  • Sunday 10am – 1pm: 3hr Double Pool Session

The goals of the PADI Basic Freediver course are to:

1. Develop your understanding of the underwater world and how it interacts with your body, and how that affects you when freediving

2. Guide you in choosing appropriate gear for freediving

3. Develop your basic skill in three forms of freediving

The Practical training session includes:

  • Breathing preparation and recovery breaths
  • Surface protocol
  • Buddy technique
  • Static breath holds
  • Buoyancy for freedivers
  • Underwater swimming, streamlining and finning technique
  • Rescue techniques and underwater rescue
  • Personal refinement and tips

Session Length

  • This experience operates monthly and is 5 hours in duration
  • All courses are completed in the swimming pool, except for Dec – Jan courses which will be held in confined water (sea)
  • Summer bookings should be made well in advance. Bookings are essential and are subject to availability.
  • Not available on Public Holidays.
What will you learn?

The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:

  • Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™.
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

To obtain a PADI Basic Freediver certification the participant must:

• Demonstrate the ability to swim continuously on the surface 200 meters/yards without swim aids, or 300 meters/yards using mask, fins and snorkel

• Complete the self-paced learning knowledge development segment, including Knowledge Review, Freediver Exam and Freediver Quick Review

• Complete Freediver Confined Water Session

• Make one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea must be at least 25 metres/80 feet.

Once completed successfully, you may continue your training towards the full level one PADI Freediver. Simply register for 2x Training Dives and choose certification assessment during booking.

In the PADI Basic Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may 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.

You will meet us at our pool training facility at Shah Alam Aquatic Center, settle in and meet your new freediving buddies and instructor.

Beginning with a theory recap and review, this time allows you to get to know your buddies and refresh your self paced learning that you completed before the course. During the recap, you’ll practice breathing and relaxation techniques in preparation for the confined shallow water session.

Then it’s time to enjoy the pool or confined water. Over 2.5-3 hours, you will perform a number of static breath-holds and perform various dynamic swimming protocols. To maximise safety, you’ll also begin honing your rescue skills.

General Season Details

  • October – Mac : Shah Alam Aquatic Center, Saujana Putra Lake
  • Mac – October : Shah Alam Aquatic Center, Saujana Putra Lake, Dive Buddy Perhentian

Numbers on the Day

  • This course runs with a maximum of 8 people
  • A minimum of 4 people will be required to run each course
  • Participants will be contacted by the experience provider directly to reschedule if minimum numbers have not been reached

Weather

This experience may be affected by the weather in the monsoon season end of October- end of March. If the sea is too rough then the session will be held in an alternate swimming pool or lake venue. If this is the case, we will inform you in advance.

Dress Code

  • You will need to bring a wetsuit (minimum 3.5mm thick), swimwear, towel and your current dive medical (if required)
  • If you do not have a wetsuit, 5mm neoprene freediving wetstuits are available for hire

Other Info

The content is as follows:

Private study in your own time (PADI Freediver Touch online theory – allow up to 10 hours),
Theory Location: 2-hours duration in classroom (quick review + breathing/relaxation modules)
Pool/Confined Water Location: 3-hours (static, dynamic + rescue modules)

Medical Conditions

• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions (to be checked)

• All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving

• Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider according to this policy:

· If canceled over 1 month before the scheduled starting date of the booking, the fees paid will be refunded, less an administration fee of $100 ($100 fee applicable to courses only), to the company or individual

· If canceled within 1 month but more than 7 days before the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 50% cancellation fee will be required by the company or individual

· If canceled within 7 days before the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 100% cancellation fee will be required by the company or individual. A cancellation fee will be based on the full cost of the booking at time of purchase

Rescheduling

• Over 7 days prior to the experience date: It is possible to change your experience date for a fee of 25% of course value. A non-cancellation policy applies to the new course date

• 7 days to 48 hours prior to the experience date: If you have a medical certificate stating you are unfit to dive, have completed your eLearning, AND haven’t moved previously, you may reschedule and a $200 fee applies. Otherwise, you will incur the full course fee. Reschedules will be based on availability. A limit of 1 reschedule per course is permitted.