Freediving is swimming or diving under water whilst holding your breath. Unlike scuba diving, freedivers use no equipment to assist breathing underwater. Freediving can be done recreationally or competitively. What level of fitness is required to learn freediving: Although being fit is usually helpful, the most important aspect is that you are able to swim for extended periods of time and that you are generally of good health.
Freediving is for everyone – provided you can swim and are reasonably fit and healthy. Incredibly, humans share similar physiological traits as whales and dolphins which means we are able to spend extended periods under the water surface, without causing damage.
Depending on your condition, a medical assessment may be necessary to confirm that you are ‘fit for freediving’. This is to ensure that the physiological changes experienced during freediving don’t cause reason for concern. In our experience, the vast majority of medical conditions are not restrictive, if anything freedivign has shown to be beneficial to overall physical and mental health. We provide each student with a medical checklist to be completed before start of the course.
There is yes. Taking into account the physical and mental development of adolescents and to ensure safe practice, learning to freedive is restricted to those 14 years and older. We offer underwater confidence courses and snorkelling experiences as an introduction into the world of freediving, for younger mermaids and merman.
No you don’t. We offer all our students free use of gear during our courses. This ensures that you are not spending money on gear that may not be fit for purpose but are able to “try before you buy” during the course. We sell freediving gear and only sell what we feel comfortable using on a personal basis too. If you need advice buying your own gear, let us know. We are always happy to help.
In most cases we would recommend to start at the very beginning. Having a solid freedive foundation is a fundamental part in safely progressing into the deep (and often the reason you are not progressing as desired in the first place). That said, we review each such request on an individual basis to ensure we meet you where you are at.
Traditionally, freediving is taught whilst diving on a dive line and for the purpose of achieving greater depths (sports) Realistically, the vast majority of people are wanting to freedive for the purpose of exploring and encountering underwater wild life (recreational). Both styles of freediving share the same important foundation and theory, it is the application of this knowledge that requires very specific and adapted skills. The important question for you to ask is what your personal freedive goals are. Are you wanting to adventure and explore the oceans or are you focussed on diving deep and working towards being a competitive freediver.