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PADI Freediving Course

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.

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with PADI Freediver eLearning
  • 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 - 16 metres/30 - 55* feet

    * Maximum depth for freediver younger than 18 years old is 15 meters/50 feet.

    Squalo Divers offers complete course flexibility by allowing you to choose one of the programs listed below.


    This popular course option is conveniently completed in 2 days. Arrive at the shop on at 9:00 am to start your knowledge review session. In the afternoon, we will do the pool session training. The next day you will complete the open water session. The course runs any day of the week from 9:00 am to 5:30pm. Price $429.00 plus tax. We require a minimum of 2 participants for this course option.

    Standard / Flexible

    Our Flex course option allows you to set your own schedule and generally takes 2 days, but we do not need additional participants to run this class. We will conduct your pool session in the store during regular store hours. After you complete the pool session, we will do the open water training dives (which will take one additional half day). These sessions- pool and open water dives- do not need to run consecutively. Pool sessions and open water dives can occur any day of the week during store hours. The price for one person is $529 plus tax.

    Who can enroll?

    This course is open to divers who are:

    • At least 15 years old.
    • Must know how to float and swim.
    • Able to either answer NO to all questions on the standard Medical History Form or secure a physician’s approval prior to the start of class.

      What is involved?

      This course consists of:

      • Self study
      • One classroom session
      • One pool session
      • Two open water sessions (same day)

      Where and when do classes take place?

      Self study takes place at the comfort of your home. Classroom session and pool session takes place right here at Squalo Divers. Open water sessions take place at one of more than 50 dive sites that we have to offer.

      Freediver classes start at any time. Classroom session is done during regular store hours. Open water sessions are done on any day of the week. All activities take place by appointment only.

      What is included in the cost?

      The course fee includes:

      • Educational materials
      • All instruction
      • Pool session
      • Two open water sessions from a boat (same day)

      Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below, plus: 

      • Transportation to the shop

      What equipment will you need?

      Students are responsible for supplying all of the equipment items listed below:

      • Low volume mask, freediving snorkel and fins.+
      • Adequate exposure protection.* +
      • Weight belt and weights. +

      Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this beginner course, you can use snorkeling/scuba equipment you may already own. 

      *Items are available for rent at Squalo Divers. +Items are available for purchase at Squalo Divers.