The PADI Freediver Course is the second level of the freediving course in the PADI Methodology.
Continuing from the first level, you would have managed static apnea that lasts 90 seconds and 25m for dynamic apnea.
Now, the target for the PADI Freediver Course would be to complete these objective with an additional challenge : to dive to the depth of 10 meters.
STATIC APNEA OBJECTIVE
DYNAMIC APNEA OBJECTIVE
CONSTANT WEIGHT APNEA OBJECTIVE
Marine life observation
Day Trip Itinerary | PADI Freediver Course
- 8h30 – 16h : Meeting point at SSS Phuket for a briefing and the theory session.Then head towards the pool for the practical session with your PADI Freediver monitor
- 8h30 : Meeting Point at SSS Phuket. Theory session taking place in the morning and then coral reef diving at Kata Beach in the afternoon
Also you would be able to spot marine species like barracuda, tuna and the milkfish. Discover the incredible dive sites Lucy, “Do little Do” and the mysterious Marla wreck which are homes to murray eels, scorpion fish and grouper.
PADI Freediver All Included
PADI Freediver Course
> Discover the physics of freediving
During free diving course, you will experience physicals conditions that affects your body. Indeed, when you dive, a plenty of phenomenon activate in your body. You will learn what’s happening, how to appreciate it and how to avoid risks and dive better
> Feel the pressure
You won’t have to dive too deep to feel the pressure but the deeper you go, the better your will feel the pressure. At 10m deep, the pressure is 1 bar ata, it means that your feel twice as much pressure than when you’re out of the water. Every 10m deep, you add 1 bar, as at 30m deep you would feel 4 atmospheres!
– Why do we care about pressure?
Pressure doesn’t affect liquid but it can compress gas, that is one of the reason why we « feel »pressure. The gas volume reduces of one half at 10meters deep. As the gas volume reduces inversely and proportionally to the pressure, it means that i twill be one third of is size at 20m deep and keep going.
The body is almost fully composed of water, as it doesnt compress, you will feel the pressure where you have air spaces in your body (ears, lungs, mask, wet suit…). During the freediving course, you will learn how to keep these air space in balance with the surrounded pressure, and manage to dive deeper without feeling pain because of the pressure.
About your senses
First of all, depth affects your sight. The first way it does it is because of the water reflexion that bend light rays, that phenomenon is even stronger when you go deeper. The second reason why your sight is affected is because depth absorb the light rays, as your perception of colours is very different, as it disappears. Very relaxing for your brain even if he still makes the difference because a compensation response.
The second effect on your senses is about earing. You have already noticed that sound is different underwater. Depth is a very quiet world; you may can hear your own heartbeat.
In the water, the sound travels faster than in air. It makes things sound much more closer than they are. As the sound reaches your both ears at same time, you can’t determine where does the sound come from. As when you hear a sound, it sounds like being all around you!
About feeling of temperature
In the water, heat is absorbing faster than air. So you have to control your body temperature wearing a wet suit to stay comfortable during an extended period. During free diver course, you will also learn how to choose the right wet suit, the one that could make you stay in the water indefinitely.
Buoyancy reduces your perception of gravity, that is why you may be disoriented. Where is up? Where is Down? You will learn how to maintain you orientation visually.
With this course, you would be put into practise the different techniques that you have learnt in level one and of course to refine it. The big step towards real diving in apnea!
In fact, with this course, you would progress in 3 steps:
> Theory section where you would be able to learn the principles of diving in apnea
During this step you will mainly learn about the freediving physics. It’s very interesting to discover how depth can affect all your senses and how you body react to freedive immersion
Pool Sessions where you would be able to learn breathing techniques for which you would put into practise: Static Apnea ( objective : 90 seconds) and dynamic apnea ( objective : 25 meters). The objective in confined water it’s to make you using to hold your breath while swimming and improved your apnea skills. After that, it will be way more easier for you to reach the depths in open water freedive session.
> Open water sessions with an objective of constant weight apnea of 10 meters.
Once you got the skill to reach PADI freediver objectives, you can go in open water and put in practice all you just learnt to reach 10 meters deep and start feeling the sensations of freedivers
- Apnea Mask
- Fins( Your instructor may allow you to use a monofin)
- Apnea Wetsuit
- Weight belt
- Apnea diving computer
- Surface Signaling Device
It’s very important to learn how to use the freediving gear correctly. Wear the correct wetsuit, the good fins, know how to quickly defog your mask makes the difference in your diving skills. Moreover confort, it’s important to know how to use the gear for safety. Indeed you must’nt wear a overweighted belt for exemple.
- To be at least 15 years of age
- Able to swim well
- Physically fit
- Dive experience not necessary
The next steps to continue after the PADI Freediver course are :