SPORT FREEDIVING

Sport Freediving Courses

Do you want to explore your amazing aquatic abilities in a safe and controlled environment? Do you want to see how long you can hold your breath, how far you can swim without breathing or how deep you can dive with just the air in your lungs? If you do then our sports freediving courses will help you do just that! Our traditional sport courses focus on the freediving sport disciplines performed in freediving competitions. Our instructors are experienced competitive freedivers who will help you discover your freediving potential. The sport freediving courses are perfect for those who want to improve and push their limits in the pool and in the depth or who are thinking about entering freediving competitions as athletes or officials.

Open to everyone 14 years and older who are capable swimmers and in general good health.
No previous freedive experience is required. Freedive gear provided.

Discover Freediving: R1,800 | 1 Full Day

The Discover Freediver offers a gentle introduction into the world of sport freediving and is best suited to those specifically interested in breath-hold and pool training. You will have completed day 1 of the Level 1 Freediver course.
It is also suitable to persons lacking the time or confidence to go “the whole way” at this moment in time. Nothing wrong with testing the waters before jumping in 😉

The course entails
– freedive theory (anatomy & physiology, building a scientific understanding of the elements at play, dive gear)
– breathing techniques (stages of breathing, relaxation, static apnea and recovery breathing)
– competitive disciplines (performing static apnea (STA) and dynamic apnea (DYN) and surface protocol)
– body awareness (physical changes and mental challenges, working through physical and mental limiting factors)
– freedive technique (efficiency in the water column, finning, optimal body posture during DYN)
– freedive safety (buddy awareness, performing a safety dive, signs and communication, rescue drills and competence)

The course includes
– 1 theory and breath hold sessions
– 1 pool diving session
– complementary use of freedive gear
– international certification
– student manual

On successful completion
Once you have completed your course, you will be holding your breath for a minimum of 2 minutes and comfortably dive 25-50m DYN. You will also have gained insight into safety diving and performed a rescue drill during DYN.
You will be able to sign up for day 2 of the Level 1 Freediver course (within 6 months) and able to join our Pool Training community. This will open a whole network of pool freedive buddies with lots of training opportunities to perfect your technique and progress even further.

You will become a member of Pure Apnea and receive your international certification card.

Level 1 Freediver: R3,300 | 2 Full Days

The Level 1 Freediver is an entry-level sports freediving course, introducing the four main freedive disciplines (static, dynamic apnea, free immersion, constant weight). Sports freediving is for those with a competitive spirit, keen to hold their breath as long, dive as deep and far as their abilities allow. This course provides you with the foundation to start achieving these goals and aspirations.

The course entails
– freedive theory (anatomy & physiology, building a scientific understanding of the elements at play, dive gear)
– breathing techniques (stages of breathing, relaxation, static apnea and recovery breathing)
– competitive disciplines (performing static apnea (STA), dynamic apnea (DYN), constant weight (CWT and free immersion (FIM)
– equalisation (types of equalisation and risk factors, equalisation trouble shooting)
– body awareness (physical changes and mental challenges, working through physical and mental limiting factors)
– freedive technique (duck-diving, efficiency in the water column, finning, optimal body posture during DYN, FIM, CWT, surface protocol)
– freedive safety (buddy awareness, performing a safety dive, signs and communication, rescue drills and competence)

The course includes
– 2 theory and breath hold sessions
– 1 pool diving session
– 2 depth diving sessions
– complementary use of freedive gear
– international certification
– student manual

On successful completion
Once you have completed your course, you will be holding your breath for a minimum of 2 minutes and dived to 14-20m on a dive-line. You will also have gained insight into safety diving and performed a rescue drills.
You will also be able to join our Depth Training community which is open to all our students. This will open a whole network of freedive buddies with lots of training opportunities to perfect your technique and progress even further.
You will become a member of Pure Apnea and receive your international certification card.

Level 2 Advanced Freediver: R4,400 | 3 Full Days

This 3-day advanced freediving course builds on the skills learnt during the L1 (or equivalent) and is for those wanting to progress to the next level. The emphasis is on creating advanced skills and training techniques required to progress deeper and to overcome the physical and mental barriers experienced at depth.

The course entails
– freedive theory (advanced physiology, freefall, breathing reflexes, expanded risk assessment and safety awareness)
– breathing techniques (breathing reflexes, training methods to increase breath hold, comfort and tolerance)
– equalisation (frenzel technique, advanced equalisation essential for deeper diving)
– body awareness (mental and physical challenges and limitations, training methods to progress beyond limitations)
– freedive technique (freefall, advanced training methods, flexibility, relaxation and efficiency to conserve O2 and energy)
– freedive safety (advanced buddy diving, risks and rescue scenarios at depth – including practice)
– ocean awareness (dive site assessment and safety protocols)

The course includes
– 3 theory and breathing sessions
– 4 dive sessions
– complementary use of freedive gear
– international certification
– student manual

On successful completion
Once you have completed your course, you will confidently be diving to 26-30m on a dive line, mproved your dive time, confidence and comfort whilst diving.
You will be able to join our depth training sessions and be able to enrol on our Adventure Freediver Instructor course if teaching is something you wish to explore.

Level 3 Master Freediver: R5,500 | 4 Full Days

This 4-day-intensive course is the final step towards becoming a top level sports freediver and provides you with the skills and insight needed to get you there. It is your ticket into the deep and also the precursor to becoming a top freedive instructor. The course is almost entirely focused on deep freediving, honing the very specific skills and safety checks to progress beyond residual volume (equalisation failure).The focus therefore is on advanced equalisation, advanced physiology and depth technique. It is imperative that you are physically and mentally prepared for this course.

The course entails
– freedive theory (advanced physiology, freefall, breathing reflexes, expanded risk assessment and safety awareness)
– breathing techniques (breathing reflexes, training methods to increase breath hold, comfort and tolerance)
– equalisation (frenzel technique, advanced equalisation essential for deeper diving)
– body awareness (mental and physical challenges and limitations, training methods to progress beyond limitations)
– freedive technique (freefall, advanced training methods, flexibility, relaxation and efficiency to conserve O2 and energy)
– freedive safety (advanced buddy diving, risks and rescue scenarios at depth – including practice)
– ocean awareness (dive site assessment and safety protocols)

The course includes
– 3 theory and breathing sessions
– 4 dive sessions
– complementary use of freedive gear
– international certification
– student manual

On successful completion
Once you have completed your course, you will confidently be diving to a 35-40m, hold your breath for over 3 1/2 minutes and comfortably achieve 75-100m dynamic with fins. You will be able to enter depth competitions and also provide safety in depth competitions.

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