- mammalian diving reflex
- relaxation techniques
- NOT hyperventilating
- finding your third,fourth,and fith extra lungs
- Freediving Techniques
- body position
- easy ear clearing
- kicking strokes
- gliding period
- freediving and photography
- best masks/fins/wetbelt and wetsuit for freediving
- necessary safety equipment
- always using budding team, one up, one down
- never hyperventilating
- personal bests
- static apnea
- dynamic apnea
- depth record
- Pool sessions
- Static apnea practice
- Dynamic apnea practice
- Depth records
- Diver rescue practice
- Spotting your buddy
- Lionfish hunting
Our voyages featuring Freediving certificaitons as well as marine biology, scuba diving, and sailing instruction on 21-day adventures in the Grenadine Islands aboard 48 foot sailing catamarans.
S.E.A. VOYAGES (earn advanced and freediver certifications, for certified divers, can be taken for school marine biology credit recommendation)
FREQUENTLY ASKED FREEDIVING QUESTIONS
HOW IS FREEDIVING DIFFERENT FROM SNORKELING OR SKIN DIVING?
Snorkeling is the casual act of putting on a mask and snorkel and looking below while floating. Snorkelers may not have any training and generally spend most of the time on the surface. Skin diving takes snorkeling a step further by adding short dives underwater. Skin divers may have training that teaches skills, such as efficient dives and snorkel-clearing. Freediving uses advanced breathing techniques and diving skills to increase depth and time underwater. Through training, freedivers learn conserve oxygen while breathholding while practicing different freediving disciplines, such as static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives.
HOW DO I LEARN TO FREEDIVE?
The PADI Freediver course contains three phases knowledge development, a confined water sessions and open water sessions. During knowledge development you learn about how your body reacts to breathholding and how water pressure affects you as you dive down. You also learn about freediving equipment, important safety rules and buddy procedures.
In confined water, such as a swimming pool, you learn breathing techniques, then practice breathholds while floating (static apnea) and while swimming (dynamic apnea). You also practice basic rescue techniques and learn your role as a buddy.
During at least two open water sessions, you practice diving down while breathholding, either by pulling yourself along a line (free immersion) or duck diving head first while following a line (constant weight). You learn to gradually increase your depths by relaxing and enjoying each dive. Rescue practice is another key part of the open water sessions.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET CERTIFIED?
The PADI Freediver course is flexible and performance based, which means that your PADI dive shop and PADI Freediver Instructor can offer a wide variety of schedules, organized according to how fast you progress.
Knowledge development is handled through independent study with the PADI Freediver TouchTM an interactive tablet based app. You pace yourself as you work through each topic, then complete an overall Knowledge Review, then an Exam.
There are at least three water sessions that will likely be scheduled on separate days. So, your training may take two to three days or longer. The recommended course duration is 15 hours.
During confined and open water sessions, your PADI Freediver Instructor will focus on helping you become a confident and comfortable freediver, not on how long it takes. You earn your certification based on demonstrating you know what you need to know and can do what you need to do. This means that you progress at your own pace ( faster or slower depending upon the time you need ) to become a competent freediver.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PADI FREEDIVER CERTIFICATION LEVELS WITH ODYSSEY EXPEDITIONS?
PADI Freediver course Develops the knowledge and skills for basic static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving from 10-16 metres/30-55 feet. When completing open water training is not feasible or desirable, students complete just the knowledge and confined water skill portion of the PADI Freediver course (6 metres/20 feet maximum) to earn the PADI Basic Freediver rating.
PADI Advanced Freediver course Expands knowledge and skills, and with further development in static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving from 16-24 metres/55-80 feet.
MY EARS HURT WHEN I GO TO THE BOTTOM OF A SWIMMING POOL OR WHEN I DIVE DOWN SNORKELING. WILL THAT PREVENT ME FROM BECOMING A FREEDIVER?
No, assuming you have no irregularities in your ears and sinuses. The discomfort is the normal effect of water pressure pressing in on your ear drums. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to adjust for pressure changes in our ears, you just need to learn how. If you have no difficulties adjusting to air pressure during flying, you'll probably experience no problem learning to adjust to water pressure while freediving.