Freediving is swimming or diving underwater while holding your breath. Unlike scuba diving, freedivers do not use equipment to assist breathing underwater. Freediving can be done recreationally or competitively.
Traditionally, freediving is taught whilst diving on a dive-line and for the purpose of achieving greater depths, distance or static breath-holds. Freedive courses are geared towards perfecting the skills and techniques required to successfully reach depth and distance goals, to break national and world records. This is sports freediving.
The vast majority of people are wanting to freedive for the purpose of exploring and encountering underwater flora and fauna in our wild and wonderful oceans. This would be recreational freediving and requires a very specific and adjusted skill set, including body awareness, buddy safety and open water diving.
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 becoming a competitive freediver – potentially breaking national and world records.
What ever course direction you choose, we proudly cater for BOTH styles of freediving – taught by our team of natioanl-record-holding, adventure-loving instructors! You are in good hands.
Yes they are. We offer the full range of internationally certified Pure Apnea courses. Pure Apnea are one of the top freedive education systems in the world, leading in terms of course quality and teaching standards.
No you don’t. We offer all our students complimentary use of gear during the course. Freediving gear is very personal and we recommend trying before buying.
You are welcome to buy freediving gear directly from us after or even during the course. Our selection is small but proudly fit-for-freedive-purpose. We only sell gear that we personally feel confident and comfortable using and which we have trialed and tested during our 15 years of freediving.
Freediving really is for everyone, provided you can swim and are reasonably fit and healthy. Incredibly, humans share some of the physiological traits that fellow oceanic mammals such as whales and dolphins display. This means that humans are capable of spending extended periods of time under the water surface, given the correct technique, safety and body awareness.
Being fit has its advantages but does not automatically translate into “good or less good freediver”. The most important aspect, is that you are able to swim comfortably for extended periods of time and that you are in a generally good state of health.
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, freediving has shown to be beneficial to overall physical, emotional and mental health. We provide each student with a medical checklist to be completed before start of the course and for your your doctor to review if this should become necessary.
Yes with pleasure – provided your children are 14 years and older. We have made exceptions in cases where children are already displaying great confidence and ability in the water. If this is the case, we accept mermaids / mermen from 12 years onwards. It is imperative that your family doctor provided a signed “fit-for-freediving” assessment for extra peace of mind and that at least one parent is part-taking in the course.
Yes we do. We offer underwater exploration and snorkelling courses (as well as ocean experiences), to our young mermaids and mermen as an introduction to freediving and the ocean world specifically.
A child’s cognitive and physiological development become more adult-like from the age of 12 onwards. Taking into consideration that children are still developing both mentally and physically and that their bodies are not yet operating at the same physiological level as an adult, freediving is restricted to those 14 years and older.
Unless you have completed an entry level freediving course in the past, yes. Scuba diving and freediving are both practices under the water surface but this is where the similarities end. Scuba divers have the advantage of knowing what they will find underwater and this adds a whole lot of comfort and confidence whilst learning to freedive. The skills you will be learning and specifically, putting these into practice, are very specific and unique to the sport. The secret to freediving is having a good and solid foundation. Get excited about learning an entirely new way of exploring the underwater world – this time, one breath at a time.
Although this is mostly an exception, some students may experience equalisation issues that may need a little more practice, body-awareness or in rare cases – medical attention to overcome. Whatever the reason, you have 12 months to complete your course and be certified.
Note that we charge R500 for course completions to cover our basic costs.