Basic Freediver Course (PADI)Diving Locker

Basic Freediver Course (PADI)
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Family Friendly
Min Age 12+ Years Old
Diving Equipment
Mask and Snorkel
Bring Your Own
Learn & Practice
Breathhold Techniques


What Is Freediving?

If you think freediving is just like snorkeling (but going really deep) - think again. Freediving is an entirely different way to experience the underwater world. You’ll dive deeper, stay down longer, and feel part of the ocean itself. When you learn to freedive, you'll learn that relaxation is key! Freediving can also be a competitive sport. Divers around the world train for years to set world records in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving.

Reconnect With Nature

Freedivers silently blend into the underwater environment. They enjoy magical encounters with shy marine life and hear all the sounds of the ocean: fish munching on coral, the tide pulsing at the rocks, and even the calls of dolphins and whales! Freediving is the perfect way to reconnect to the sea and explore the depths of the oceans with minimal impact. Some people learn to freedive for the personal challenge, but for many, the true appeal of freediving is in the silence and calm it brings to their hectic lives.

The PADI Basic Freediver Course will teach you the basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water.

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. 

The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver Level One Course. It's a great first step for developing solid freediving skills, especially for those that don't feel they are ready to head to the ocean just yet.

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.


The PADI Basic Freediving Course takes place over two evenings where you will complete both theory and pool training.

  • Minimum Age: 12 Years
  • Adequate Swimming Skills (200m swim without stopping)
  • Complete the PADI Freediving Medical Questionnaire and obtain Doctors clearance if necessary.

Independent Knowledge Development

Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with PADI Freediver eLearning (or your instructor may conduct class sessions if not available in a language you understand).

Confined Water

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 metres/80 feet.


In the PADI Basic Freediver course, you are required to provide your own Mask and Snorkel.

Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this course, you may be able to use snorkeling equipment you already own.

  • Mask and Snorkel
  • * Full Foot Fins (Freediving Fins preferred but any full foot snorkeling fin will do)
  • * Weight & Weight Belt

*Included in course

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Diving Locker
Diving Locker
2745 West 4th Ave
Vancouver, V6K 1P9
Diving Locker
Diving Locker
2745 West 4th Ave
Vancouver, V6K 1P9
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