PADI Freediver Courses

PADI Basic Freediver
(taster session)

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 practising breath hold techniques in a pool or confined water site.

To enrol 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 snorkelling, skin diving or freediving is required.

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 breath hold 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?

Contact us at steve@freedivers.co.uk or UK + 44 (0) 7940998915 and we will sign you up and give you access to the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. You can also follow the instructions below and sign up immediately. 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.

Good news – the PADI Freediver Touch also includes all study materials for the PADI Freediver, Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver courses.

What freediving gear will you use?

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 snorkelling equipment you already own.

Check with your local dive centre about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Freediver Instructor.

Next Step

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

PADI Freediver
(beginner)

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. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

What will you learn?

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge development about freediving principles 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. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.

How can you start learning now?

Contact us at steve@freedivers.co.uk or UK + 44 (0) 7940998915 and we will sign you up and give you access to the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. You can also follow the instructions below and sign up immediately. 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.

Good news – the PADI Freediver Touch also includes all study materials for the PADI Freediver, Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver courses.

What freediving gear will you use?

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 snorkelling equipment you already own.

Check with your local dive centre about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about everything you need from your PADI Freediver Instructor.

Next Step

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

PADI Advanced Freediver
(Intermediate level)

Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.

To enroll in a PADI Advanced Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).

What will you learn?

The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver TouchTM (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).

Confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)

Open water sessions to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal – constant weight freedive of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18)

How can you start learning now?

The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver TouchTM (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).

Confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)

Open water sessions to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal – constant weight freedive of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18)

How can you start learning now?

If you already have the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app, simply get started on the Master Freediver section.
If not, contact us at steve@freedivers.co.uk or UK + 44 (0) 7940998915 and we will sign you up and give you access to the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. You can also follow the instructions below and sign up immediately. 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.

What freediving gear will you use?

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bi-fins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signalling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).

Next Step

Expand your freediving and earn your next certification:

PADI Master Freediver
(advanced course)

If you’re an advanced freediver who wants to learn how to fine-tune your lifestyle and training so that you can approach elite freediving levels, then the PADI Master Freediver course is for you. Through focused sessions, you’ll bring your static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight skills to the next level.

To enroll in a PADI Master Freediver course you must be at least 18 years old and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).

What will you learn?

The PADI Master Freediver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge development about nutrition, relaxation and advanced breathing techniques. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor may conduct class sessions). You’ll also complete independent research as part of the Master Freediver Assignment.

Confined water session to improve static and dynamic apnea attempts, including a no fins dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 3 minutes, 30 seconds and dynamic apnea of 70 metres/230 feet.

Open water sessions to practice mouthfill equalization and perform warm-up and workup dives for free immersion and constant weight freediving. Goal – constant weight freedive of 27 metres/90 feet.

How can you start learning now?

If you already have the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app, simply get started on the Master Freediver section.
If not, contact us at steve@freedivers.co.uk or UK + 44 (0) 7940998915 and we will sign you up and give you access to the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. You can also follow the instructions below and sign up immediately. 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.

What freediving gear will you use?

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bi-fins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signalling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).

Check with your local dive center about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about what you need from your PADI Master Freediver Instructor.

Next Step

Reach for elite levels and earn your next certification:


PADI Freediver Instructor

If you’re an avid freediver, you likely spend a lot of time thinking about freediving, talking about freediving and sharing the details your latest freediving adventures. Becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor lets you take your passion for freediving to the next level and allows you to do what you enjoy as a profession. You must earn the PADI Freediver Instructor rating, but you gain a job that lets you share incredible underwater achievements with others – transforming their lives for the better while enriching yours.

There are two paths to earning the PADI Freediver Instructor rating. The first is for experienced freedivers who gain instructional skills by attending a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course. The second path is for freediver instructors who want to join the PADI organization by attending a PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation.

To enroll in a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course, you must be at least 18 years old, have a PADI Master Freediver certification (or have a qualifying certification), be a current Emergency First Response Instructor (or qualifying CPR/first aid instructor) and present a medical statement signed by a physician within 12 months.

What will you learn?

In the PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course, over a minimum of four days, during both classroom and inwater sessions, you cover these key topics:
PADI Freediver course standards and procedures
Learning and Instruction
Teaching Skills and Supervising Freedivers
Safety and Risk Management
Freediving Physiology and Psychology
Organizing and Marketing Freediving
In the PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation, which may be conducted in person or as a webinar over a few hours, you cover these key topics:
PADI Freediver course standards and procedures
Organizing and Marketing Freediving
For both program, there is also a Care for the Environment topic and a written final exam.

How can you start learning now?

Visit your local PADI Freediver Center to pick up a PADI Freediver Instructor Start-up Kit that includes a complete set of instructional materials. Start learning immediately by reading through the PADI Freediver Program Instructor Guide. Your PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer will schedule sessions to complete your training.

What freediving gear will you use?

You need to have a freediving mask, snorkel, bi-fins, wetsuit and weight belt. Your instructor may allow you to use monofins. You’ll also need a surface signalling device and a freediving computer (or depth gauge and timer).

Check with your local dive center about the gear you’ll use during this course and get advice about what you need from your PADI Master Freediver Instructor.

Next Step

Follow your passion and become a PADI Freediver Instructor:

  • Enroll in a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course or Freediver Instructor Orientation at your local PADI Freediver Center.

Your Instructor

Steve Millard

AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor