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PADI Basic Freediver

PADI Basic Freediver

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      $399.00

Why train with us?

  • Low student to instructor ratios : 3 or 4 students per instructor both in the pool and ocean

  • Our retail store is located downtown.

  • Diving courses available all year-round. Private courses available.

  • We teach children 10 years and older.

  • Passionate team of Instructors and Divemasters who love to teach.

Student Discount : 
When you enroll in your PADI Basic Freediver Course, you’ll automatically receive 10% off a customized Mask, Snorkel, and Fins package of your choosing if you purchase all items together! 

Equipment Rental :
Diving Sports includes all the basic gear included in our freedive package. 

Transportation :
Transport can be provided from our shop to the dive site. We have our shop van (limited to a 6 passenger maximum capacity). Available passenger places in the shop van will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.



Your adventure begins sooner than you think: register for a PADI Basic Freediver Course. Diving Sports in Vancouver offer Freediving courses and Speafishing charters on Vancouver Island. Register today and start exploring !

Course Description

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 16 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.

Your PADI Basic Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as:

  • Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at the Freediver level
  • Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling
  • Confined water skill development
  • Equalization for depth diving
  • Equipment for freediving and snorkeling
  • The fundamental physics and physiology of freediving; understand what happens to your body at depth

  • Is this course for you?

  • You’re interested in learning the fundamental techniques of freediving
  • You’re new to freediving
  • You typically dive in the shallows
  • You want to dive safely
  • You want to hold your breath longer

  • Skills

    Some of the skills a student will be able to perform at the end of the PADI Basic Freediver course are:
  • Safety skills as a buddy
  • Perform a 1:30 minute static breathhold in the pool with opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive with proper technique : constant weight and free immersion with proper recovery breathing
  • Dynamic apnea of 25 metres
  • To earn PADI Basic Freediver certification, students must be able to:
  • Demonstrate adequate safe buddy skills, showing how to perform a rescue to PADI standards
  • Perform a minimum 1:30 min static breath hold in the pool with the opportunity to increase to maximum capacity to 4:30 min
  • Dive using proper technique in constant weight and free immersion using the PADI method of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing
  • Dynamic apnea of 25 metres with proper technique

  • Classroom

  • Complete the manual or eLearning Program
  • Pass final with 75 percent or more
  • Equalizing workshops
  • CO2 and O2 workshops

  • Watermanship and stamina

  • Prepare freediving equipment without instructor assistance
  • Proper entry procedure (select best local option)
  • 200 m/655 ft continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or flotation
  • Minimum of ten-minute tread/float
  • Snorkel blast clearing
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds with no hypoxic symptoms achieving at least 1:30 min
  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy

  • Prerequisites

  • Swimming or snorkeling experience
  • Good health and fitness
  • 16 years of age with parent/guardian permission
  • PADI-Medical-Form

    Diving-Sports-Waiver

    Commitment to Safety and Enjoyment

    At Diving Sports we believe in making sure all our students receive the highest quality instruction and customer service. We are in the business of training, mentoring, and supporting students to become safe, skillful and confident divers. We begin by scheduling our courses with the number of classes it typically takes most students to master the knowledge and skills, then adapt and tailor our schedule to fit our individual student’s needs. Our instructors are open and honest about your progress during each part of the course. Students may need to schedule additional pool or ocean training dives prior to certification. This ensures our students complete their courses with all the skills and knowledge they need to be safe and enjoy their future dives and courses. When you take a course with Diving Sports, you are welcomed into a passionate and inclusive community of divers eager to support your diving journey well beyond the duration of your class.

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