Become a PADI Freediver

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.



How to start your freediving journey

Find a PADI Freediver Instructor through your local PADI Dive Centre

PADI Freediver Instructors can be found by contacting your nearest PADI Dive Centre. They will have their own in-house PADI Freediver Instructors available to start your training, or alternatively, find a PADI Freediver Instructor on your behalf. Once you're enrolled on a PADI Freediver course, get the PADI Freediver Touch tablet app. The Touch is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to freedive safely and allows you to learn at your own pace. Your PADI Freediver Instructor will check on your progress and make sure you understand important freediving information.


Gear You Will Use

In the PADI 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.

Static Apnea

Static Apnea

Holding your breath as long as possible, face down at rest in shallow water

Dynamic Apnea

Dynamic Apnea

The objective is distance in confined, shallow water

Free Immersion

Free Immersion

Pulling yourself down, and back up, a vertical line. The objective is depth.


Constant Weight

Swim down and back up a vertical line wearing the same amount of weight the whole dive. The objective is depth


My PADI. My Ocean. My Hope.