The PADI Freediver course introduces the student to static, dynamic and constant weight freediving knowledge and skills. It is intended for the freediving enthusiast as opposed to the casual snorkeler or skin diver, so it emphasizes the specialized breathing techniques, equipment, procedures and safety issues associated with it.

Students complete the knowledge development using the Freediver portion of the PADI Freediver Touch, followed by the Freediver Confined Water Session, and Freediver Open Water Sessions One and Two.

Requirement to successfully complete the course:

  • swim continuously on the surface 200 metres without swim aids, or 300 metres using mask, fins and snorkel,
  • participate in the knowledge development segment, including Knowledge Review, Freediver Exam and Freediver Quick Review,
  • participate in the Freediver Confined Water Sessions. Make one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea must be at least 25 metres.
  • participate in the Freediver Open Water Sessions One and Two, making one constant weight freedive to at least 10 metres.

15 years.


Two days including a knowledge development, confined sessions and two open water dives.


PADI Freediver touch.


  • Mask, snorkel and bi fins appropriate for freediving,
  • Weight belt and weights in small increments,
  • Appropriate exposure protection,
  • Safety lanyard and strap,
  • Depth gauge and timing device or a freediving computer.


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