Frequently asked questions about freediving
While all three activities involve the ocean and the breath, they are all somehow unique in their own way yet can be very complimentary to each other.
Snorkeling provides you with an unlimited air supply to explore the ocean from the surface while breathing through a snorkel. Scuba diving involves diving with specific equipment that allows you to breathe underwater for a certain amount of time.
Freediving is diving on a breath-hold and your underwater experience will be defined mostly by how long you can hold your breath for and a few other factors.
The minimum age requirement to enroll in the PADI freediver course, the first level of the PADI freediving programme is 15 years old. The PADI Basic freediver course which is a subset of the freediver course requires a minimum age of 12 years old. There is no maximum age limit as long as a person possesses a good level of fitness.
The only physical requirement needed to enroll in a PADI freediving course is to be able to swim without time limit 200m non stop with any stroke or swim 300m with mask, snorkel and fins. Swimming is a basic skill that will ensure your safety once in water and will make you feel more comfortable during the course.
The biggest difficulty that most person face during a freediving course is ear equalization and any problem connected with ears or nasal sinuses may affect your progress or even make diving impossible. For women being pregnant might be an issue for deep diving.
You will have to fill a medical form to see if you do not have any health condition that is not safe for freediving. It’s recommended to consult with your physician before enrolling for a freediving course.
Since the ability to hold the breath for a long time has more to do with a person’s tolerance to high level carbon dioxide, you can still learn how to freedive even if you smoke. Of course if you want to progress and dive deeper, some changes in your lifestyle are recommended. There are freedivers who smoke and freedive easily to 20m and others who gave up smoking once they got hooked on freediving.
For the PADI Basic Freediver course, to be certified you will be required to perform a 90 seconds static apnea and a 25m dynamic apnea.
For the PADI Freediver course, the requirements are the same as above including a dive to 10m deep.
Unfortunately due to each individual’s abilities, I cannot guarantee that you will complete all the performance requirements during a PADI freediver course.
Most persons do not have a problem to complete them in two days. However few people, usually because of ear equalization face some difficulties to complete them in time. The good news is that this is trainable but it can take more than two days to be done. That is why I also offer coached training and specialized workshops on equalization.
If you cannot complete one or more of the requirements in time, you will receive a referral form and will have one year to complete the skills to get certified. This can be done anywhere in the world with any PADI freediving instructor.
All necessary equipment will be provided for the duration of the course at no extra fee. If you have your own personal equipment like wetsuits or mask, you are welcomed to bring it.
The proper question should have been why do others charge less for their courses. However if the testimonials on the home page have not spoken for myself already, I hope I will be able to clarify things for you with the following.
Without wanting to cause prejudice to other freediving instructors, the reason why my prices are the way they are is because I simply believe that the value I bring in my courses and the quality of my pedagogy are incomparable to others.
In the hands of the wrong teacher, freediving can leave you frustrated, from not being able to complete a course requirements or even physically injured from forcing yourself to achieve something that needed more time to do safely.
However when taught properly freediving has the power to change lives, to develop confidence in people, to remove fear, increase mental strength and to show people that they are capable of more than they think, all while teaching them the importance of patience
For that to happen I believe it is important to have a teacher who is aware that every person has different learning styles and rhythms and who just does not show you how to do things but also helps you to understand the lessons so that you can think for yourself later. My students can confirm you that I am that kind teacher.
The price for the PADI courses and training sessions as listed on the website covers all the expenses. There won’t be any bad surprise.