PADI Freediver Training Dive from Sorrento

Join Australia’s premiere one-stop outlet and PADI Freediver Centre. Learn to freedive with Victoria’s longest serving dedicated freediving school and in-house boat charter.

Endorsed by Master Instructor Marlon Quinn - AIDA, Apnea Academy, Apnea International, AUSI and PADI Freediver certified

Learn standardised techniques developed by World Champions

2-hour line-diving training dive by boat

Increase underwater comfort and adapt to depth

Prerequisite: PADI Basic Freediver course

Only 4x Students per Dive, Prices pp: $149

2 Hour Boat Freedive

Seasonal Schedule

From Sorrento Pier, Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943.
Weightbelt, Mask, Snorkel and Fins Available for Hire

Details & Itinerary

  • Learn with WaterMaarq, certified teachers and developers of freediving across VIC, SA, TAS and WA since 2014
  • Fast-track and improve your freediving skills with the most experienced instructors to maximise your development in the shortest time
  • Forget diving deep; instead learn to believe in yourself, understand your true capabilities and find comfort you’ve never known before
  • Build on the PADI Basic Freediver course with 2x training dives and achieve PADI Freediver Level One certification (Certification fees upgrade from Basic to Level 1 +$70)
  • You must have your own 5mm freediving /spearfishing wetsuit with hood. Mask, snorkel, fins and rubber weightbelt available for hire.


You are guaranteed to learn more about freediving with WaterMaarq than the books or YouTube can teach you. Drawing upon first-hand knowledge and techniques learned from training with the World’s best, including Stavros Kastrinakis (AIDA) and Umberto Pelizzari (Apnea Academy), using the standardised principles of PADI Freediver certification to guide you, your freediving will grow exponentially.


Learn to freedive on our expert 2-hour line-diving training dive for just four students.

This is for freedivers enrolled in a level one course or certified freedivers wishing to develop their skills and technique.

The freediving training boat dive excursions teach you:

  • Optimum form in free immersion and vertical finning
  • Improved comfort and equalisation
  • Techniques for efficient breath-hold
  • In a range of conditions

Dive with a professional instructor to shape your individual development and achieve your certification

Our freediving boat dives are open to all certified freedivers. Freedivers with an existing certification from any recognised agency (Level 1 or greater) are welcome to join all our freediving activities.

Recognised agencies include SSI Freediving, Apnea Academy, AIDA, Apnea International (formerly Apnea Australia), PFI and FII. If in doubt, please ask us and we’ll provide further advice. Evidence of certification must be supplied.

As Victoria’s Number One Adventure Tourism operators we are experts in enhancing your underwater experience, reducing fears and stress, and improving your personal experience with tailored instruction.

All in just a few moments in the water.

Join the award-winning WaterMaarq on a 2-hour training freedive boat session and enjoy it for yourself. See guest reviews on TripAdvisor.


Be at home in the undiscovered Great Southern Reef, at one with marine life only found in temperate waters.

Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait and the Southern Ocean offer the most pristine and unspoilt underwater adventures you’ll ever have, they also provide at times the most challenging you’ll experience.

Learning to freedive in Victoria provides the setting to hone your skills in waters that can be mirror-blue calm and inviting, and also raging and unruly with limited visibility. It’s why developing as a freediver in our local cooler temperate waters (8c- 21c) sets you up to become a freediving all-rounder that will surely enjoy all and any waters in the times after. 

Learn to manage all surface conditions, all ranges of visibility, and underwater surge and currents to make you the ultimate freediving and skindiving all-rounder.



The indicative 8:30am tour schedule is as follows:

8:00am At least 25-minutes before scheduled departure, meet at the end of Sorrento Pier with your freediving gear and get changed ready for departure

8:30am Scheduled departure time – leave the pier and zoom away from Sorrento on board our fun RIB boat

8:45am Arrive at our first training dive site to begin line-diving training with your instructor

10:15am Board the boat for our transit to the pier

10:30am Return at Sorrento Pier

10:35am-11:00am Change clothes and relax with your new freediving buddies

What You Should Bring

Swimwear, 5mm freediving / spearfishing wetsuit with hood, fins, mask, snorkel and weight-belt.

2x towels in case it is cold (one for the tour, one for after), small bag with drink bottle, underwater camera, hat, sunglasses, warm clothing.

Hire equipment including mask, snorkel, fins and rubber weightbelt available. *MUST BE PRE-ORDERED. Sorry, freediving wetsuits are not available for hire.

Best Things About This Training Freedive

An expert training session on a super fun 2-hour boat ride in the southern part of Port Phillip Bay for just 4 students. Freediving on the line and float, maximise the learning experience to perfect your free-immersion and constant weight freediving technique. These specialised techniques are the foundations for swimming freely underwater and enjoying the freedom of movement and play that freediving provides. Become more comfortable with the feeling of pressure as it increases the deeper you go, understand equalisation and how to optimise your progress. Perform rescue techniques that will help you in emergency situations. We’ll visit the absolutely amazing weedy seadragons, the species of our Victorian Marine State Emblem and then the super cool Popes Eye snorkelling spot where you will find awesome features of the Great Southern Reef, plenty of colour and fish to see. Along the way as the dolphins appear you’ll enjoy the unique opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins. Celebrating your new marine adventure, the Australian Fur Seals will delight you with the most fun you’ll ever have in the sea with a wild marine animal.

Frequently Asked

When do we arrive?
Be at the pier 25-minutes before departure. Allow plenty of time to find parking and make your way out to the end of the pier. At the pier you will dress in your gear and be ready to depart on the boat for the departure time.

Where do we meet?
See the travel directions and details here. Please be aware that tours depart at the scheduled time and will not be delayed for guests arriving late, in which case tour guests will be deemed a no-show and all fees forfeited.

What does the session involve?
Guided by your expert in-water instructor, you’ll enjoy learning to freedive on the dive-line.

Enjoy plenty of one-on-one interaction and support, time to ask questions, receive feedback and tips. 

Guided by your expert freediving instructor, you will begin the dives at shallow levels and slowly progress the depth as comfort grows.

In this way your comfort determines the depth, not depth determine the dive. This means you improve faster and with less stress and more comfort as you begin to understand your body and how it responds during each dive. 

Can anyone join?
The Freediving Training Dives are for students who have completed a PADI Basic Freediver course or equivalent. It is also open to certified level one freedivers from recognised agencies who wish to enjoy a line-diving session with an instructor.

Will I get seasick?
Our Rigid Inflatable Boats are the same as the ones the Navy, Search and Rescue, Water Police, Fisheries and Coastguard operators use around the world. We call them the rally cars of the sea because of the sure-footed, stable and capable handling they have in all kinds of conditions.

Seasickness does not happen often on a RIB boat, they are open so you feel the fresh air, and the boat sits close to the water surface. If you’re worried about seasickness, we recommend talking with your local pharmacist or doctor about the various remedies available and follow their advice for taking precautions.

How cold is the water?

The Bay waters here on the Mornington Peninsula are beautiful with sandy beaches and exposed coastal cliffs. The water is generally cleaner and clearer and in summer months reaches temperatures up to 21 degrees. Winter temperatures are as low as 8c and Late Spring/Early Autumn average is around 17c+ .

How do I become certified as a freediver?

To become certified as a PADI Freediver (level one) you first must complete the PADI Basic Freediver course, this is referred to as the first half of level one training. Once completed you must then join and successfully complete two open water training dives.

By achieving the depth requirements, demonstrating your skills in a satisfactory manner, acting as a safe freediver and buddy freediver, and completing the requirements of the PADI Basic and PADI Freediver elements, then you may be certified as a PADI Freediver (Level One).

Is certification guaranteed?

Certification is awarded once the required elements have been achieved satisfactorily.

In some instances it may take more than two open water freedive training dives to meet the requirements. These can be completed over a period of time, they do not have to be completed all at once.

In fact, in our experience we find that students develop better and more strongly with space between the dives to refine and practice their skills.

Some students may take more than two dives to complete their certification for such reasons as equalisation not being sufficiently developed, the freediver becoming seasick, the student forcing themselves to depth and displaying stressful dive attempts, or inadequate safety technique demonstration.

Dive Location – Great Southern Reef

Extending around Australia’s southern coastline is a series of reefs holding some of the most productive ecosystems on the planet. The Great Southern Reef features extensive kelp seaweed forests that support many marine species that are not found anywhere else on Earth. Unique fish, sponges, crustaceans, starfish, urchins, snails, shellfish and nudibranchs, as well as world famed rock lobster and abalone. Let’s not forget the amazing weedy seadragon too!

It is a truly unique ecosystem. The kelp beds provide the ecologicial foundation to the string of rocky reefs that extend across southern Australia. Quite different to tropical coral reef, the main feature is the extensive kelp seaweed, some of which can grow up to 1-metre in length in a single day. Kelp is critical to the health of the marine life it provides home to. It’s also under threat though, warming sea temperatures and the spread of sea urchins damage the kelp and therefore the habitat and life of the fish, abalone, molluscs and seadragons that so depend on it.

2hr PADI Freediving Training Boat Dive from Sorrento

The PADI Freediver Training Boat Dive with your freediving instructor departs from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s an easy drive from Melbourne or take the ferry from Queenscliff.


Tour Details

Drive yourself to Sorrento and join our 2hr RIB Boat Tour.

Getting There

By Car

From Melbourne you’ll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you’re in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade).

More Transport Options

Please click here see our detailed directions and additional travel information.

Sorrento Pier address: Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943

Things to Bring

Swimwear, 5mm freediving / spearfishing wetsuit with hood, fins, mask, snorkel and weight-belt.

2x towels in case it is cold (one for the tour, one for after), small bag with drink bottle, underwater camera, hat, sunglasses, warm clothing.

Hire equipment including mask, snorkel, fins and rubber weightbelt available. *MUST BE PRE-ORDERED. Sorry, freediving wetsuits are not available for hire.

Regular tour departure times at 8:30am. Additional services available at 11am on occasion. Please contact us with your special requests.

Tour Duration
2 Hours. Allow 3 hours in total to change into your gear before and after the tour.

PADI Freediving Training Boat Dive
Student: $149pp*
Certification Upgrade PADI Basic to PADI Freediver (Level 1): +$70

*Must hold recognised freediving certification to participate.

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Things to Know

  • It is recommended that you book at least one week in advance of your preferred date to book the best time and day for your tour and avoid missing out
  • Port Phillip Bay has regular changing conditions, tide and sea levels and your tour will be optimised for the best experience in line with the forecast and prevailing conditions
  • Guests must be physically fit and have sufficient mobility as we freedive in open water and use a ladder to enter and exit the boat
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are advised to not do these tours, or do so at their own risk
  • Please arrive 25 minutes before tour departure time. Tours depart at the scheduled time and late arrivals will be deemed a no-show and all tour fees forfeited 
  • Tour times may be altered or cancelled due to sea conditions and we will use all reasonable endeavours to provide 24 hours notice


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Bookings and Cancellations

Bookings are essential as places are subject to availability. Tours operate daily except Christmas Day and selected public holidays.

Full payment for your tour is required at the time of booking.  100% cancellation fee applies for no-show or cancellations within 24 hours of departure, 50% for cancellations within 48 hours of departure.


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