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If your dream is to swim freely underwater, to meet marine life calmly eye-to-eye and enjoy amazing underwater terrain in a range of conditions, then choose WaterMaarq. 

Learn to freedive with Elite PADI Master Freedive Instructor, Marlon Quinn.

Become a freediver on this one-day tailored freediving course. Your skills and techniques will be honed with an instructor who learned to freedive with the best freedivers in the world, including World Champions and record holders Umberto Pelizzari and Stavros Kastrinakis.

The PADI Basic Freediver course is where everyone begins, it is the core foundation course. You MUST be able to swim and be in good physical health to make sure you gain the most from the course. Start right away, you don’t need to train for it or have experience with snorkelling, skin diving or freediving.

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Instructor Trainer, Marlon Quinn

  • Taught over 400 students, 5 years experience
  • Elite PADI Master Freedive Instructor
  • AUSI Snorkel & Freedive Instructor Trainer
  • Apnea Academy Instructor
  • AIDA Trained up to 4*
  • Founder, Melbourne Freedivers Club
  • Lead role, music video, “The Swell” by American Doubles
  • Featured on Channel 7 News, ABC Lateline, The Herald-Sun and more…
  • Find out more about Marlon and see the media links here
  • Limited to 8x students per course for your best development
  • You must be able to swim to enrol
  • Learn to freedive comfortably up to 25m length in the pool and for 90 seconds
  • Successful completion results in world-recognised freediving certification
  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Hire equipment available: wetsuits, fins, mask and snorkel
  • Available in Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula VIC
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Duration

Up to 16 hours
– Self-paced learning (up to 10 hours)
– Classroom session (2-3 hours)
– Double pool session (3 hours)

Suitable for

Ages 12 and up. Some restrictions may apply at times

Expect to learn

Core freediving techniques, safety, relaxation & breathing

Location

Cheltenham VIC

Bookings

Book online anytime. Registration closes one week before the course starts.
When confirmed, your exclusive access to the PADI Freediver Touch online content is granted.

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Availability

All year round on Friday evenings and selected weekends

Prices

Course Fees: $390 (max 8x students)
Rental gear: From $15 to $69

Style of Course

Tailored: On-line learning + personalised small group training with a Master Instructor

Course Structure

PADI BASIC FREEDIVER COURSE STRUCTURE:

  • On-line PADI Freediver Touch interactive self-paced learning
  • Classroom theory and practical breathing & relaxation skills
  • Pool training for static, dynamic and rescue techniques
  • Online training plus 1x day PADI Freediver Basic with your Instructor (foundation skills)

Theory & Breathing Session + Pool Double Sessions

Example format:

  • Friday 4pm – 6pm: 2hr Theory Review
  • Friday 6pm – 9pm: 3hr Double Pool Session

What's Next?

Learn to progressively go farther and stay longer on one breath:

  1. Enrol now in a PADI Basic Freediver course using the booking button
  2. Choose to rental equipment if you don’t have your own
  3. Download the PADI Freediver Medical History Form (pdf) and email it to us.
  4. Browse the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Once your booking is confirmed you’ll gain access to the PADI Freediver Touch from us so you can start learning!

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Inspiration and Further Learning

The perfect start to begin learning to freedive with a Master Instructor!

The PADI Freediver Basic is your chance to experience what freediving is all about. This base certification course is for each of you that wants to experience the underwater discipline of freediving with ease, learning relaxation and breathing techniques and to “look inside yourself”, searching for the wellness provided by freediving. You will begin to discover the beauty and harmony of freediving.

As the first part of PADI Freediver certification, this is the perfect start for casual skindivers, snorkellers, spearfishing enthusiasts and scuba divers to begin learning core foundations with a Master Instructor!

Launch into your freediving! Having arrived at the theory venue, you’ll settle in and meet your new freediving buddies and instructor. Beginning with a theory recap and review, this time allows you to get to know your buddies and refresh your self paced learning that you completed before the course. During the recap, you’ll practice breathing and relaxation techniques in preparation for the confined shallow water session.

Then it’s time to enjoy the pool or confined water. Over 2.5-3 hours, you will perform a number of static breath-holds and perform various dynamic swimming protocols. To maximise safety, you’ll also begin honing your rescue skills.

Numbers on the Day

  • This course runs with a maximum of 8 people
  • A minimum of 4 people will be required to run each course
  • Participants will be contacted by the experience provider directly to reschedule if minimum numbers have not been reached

Weather

This experience may be affected by the weather in the summer peak season Dec-Jan. If the sea is too rough then the session will be held in an alternate swimming pool venue. If this is the case, we will inform you in advance.

Dress Code

  • You will need to bring a wetsuit (minimum 3.5mm thick), swimwear, towel and your current dive medical (if required)
  • If you do not have a wetsuit, 5mm neoprene wetsuits are available for hire for the pool training

Other Info

The content is as follows:

Private study in your own time (PADI Freediver Touch online theory – allow up to 10 hours),
Theory Location: 2-hours duration in classroom (quick review + breathing/relaxation modules)
Pool/Confined Water Location: 3-hours (static, dynamic + rescue modules)

Dress Code

  • You will need to bring a wetsuit (minimum 3.5mm thick for pool, 5mm for confined water in the sea), swimwear, towel and your current dive medical (if required)
  • If you do not have a wetsuit, 5mm neoprene freediving wetsuits are available for hire
The Practical training session includes:

  • Breathing preparation and recovery breaths
  • Surface protocol
  • Buddy technique
  • Static breath holds
  • Buoyancy for freedivers
  • Underwater swimming, streamlining and finning technique
  • Rescue techniques and underwater rescue
  • Personal refinement and tips

Session Length

  • This experience operates monthly and is 5 hours in duration
  • All courses are completed in the swimming pool, except for Dec – Jan courses which will be held in confined water (sea)
  • Summer bookings should be made well in advance. Bookings are essential and are subject to availability.
  • Not available on Public Holidays.
What will you learn?

The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:

  • Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™.
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

Certification Requirements:

To obtain a PADI Basic Freediver certification the participant must:

• Demonstrate the ability to swim continuously on the surface 200 metres/yards without swim aids, or 300 metres/yards using mask, fins and snorkel

• Complete the self-paced learning knowledge development segment, including Knowledge Review, Freediver Exam and Freediver Quick Review

• Complete Freediver Confined Water Session

• Make one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea must be at least 25 metres/80 feet.

Once completed successfully, you may continue your training towards the full level one PADI Freediver. Simply register for 2x Training Dives and choose certification assessment during booking.

Important Things You Should Know

Guidelines

  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • All participants under the age of 18 years must have a parent/guardian sign all applicable waiver/medical forms
  • A diving medical (AS4005.1) may be required prior to commencement of the course
  • A 300m swim using mask, fins and snorkel will be part of the assessment process
  • At least one 90 second static breath-hold attempt and 25m underwater dynamic swim must be performed
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
  • Experience is not suitable for young children
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

To enrol in a PADI Freediver Basic course you must be at least 12 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Your Goals for the Session

The goals of the PADI Basic Freediver course are to:

1. Develop your understanding of the underwater world and how it interacts with your body, and how that affects you when freediving

2. Guide you in choosing appropriate gear for freediving

3. Develop your basic skill in three forms of freediving

Certification Requirements:

To obtain a PADI Basic Freediver certification the participant must:

• Demonstrate the ability to swim continuously on the surface 200 metres/yards without swim aids, or 300 metres/yards using mask, fins and snorkel

• Complete the self-paced learning knowledge development segment, including Knowledge Review, Freediver Exam and Freediver Quick Review

• Complete Freediver Confined Water Session

• Make one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea must be at least 25 metres/80 feet.

Medical Conditions

• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions (to be checked)

• All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving

• Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor

Cancellation

Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider according to this policy:

· If cancelled over 1 month before the scheduled starting date of the booking, the fees paid willbe refunded, less an administration fee of $100 ($100 fee applicable to courses only), to the company or individual

· If cancelled within 1 month but more than 7 days before the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 50% cancellation fee will required by the company or individual

· If cancelled within 7 days before the scheduled starting date of the booking, a 100% cancellation fee will be required by the company or individual. A cancellation fee will be based on the full cost of the booking at time of purchase

Rescheduling

• Over 7 days prior to the experience date: It is possible to change your experience date for a fee of 25% of course value. A non-cancellation policy applies to the new course date

• 7 days to 48 hours prior to the experience date: If you have a medical certificate stating you are unfit to dive, have completed your eLearning, AND haven’t moved previously, you may reschedule and a $200 fee applies. Otherwise, you will incur the full course fee. Reschedules will be based on availability. A limit of 1 reschedule per course is permitted.

Accessibility

Not suitable.

From $390

Course Fees

Base Fees: $390

Minimum total fees for PADI Basic Freediver certification: $390

The best freediving course to begin your freediving journey is the PADI Basic Freediver course. It’s the first part of the PADI Freediver level one training. It’s the very first step for developing your solid freediving skills. You learn the basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breath-hold techniques in a pool or confined water site. It’s the starting point for all courses. By enrolling in the PADI Freediver Basic course you will begin progressing towards the PADI Freediver certification.

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