FREEDIVING LEVEL 1 COURSE SCHEDULE
2-3 days (schedule subject to student skill level, diving conditions, etc)
Online self-study (2-5 hours)
Online or in-person freediving theory discussions (4 sessions; 30-60 minutes each)
Morning: Breathing workshop, equalization workshop, stretching/warmup exercises, confined water session 1 (introduction to static and dynamic dives)
Afternoon: Depth session 1 (introduction to free immersion and constant weight dives)
Morning: Stretching/warmup exercises, confined water session 2
Afternoon: Depth session 2
Morning: Finish up remaining in-water course requirements (if required)
Lunch Break, Final Exam
Afternoon: Finish up remaining in-water course requirments (if necessary), fun dives, bonus skills practice
HOW MUCH DOES A LEVEL 1 COURSE COST?
A level 1 course covers online course materials, certification fees through SSI, online/in-person theory discussions, in-person breathing equalization, stretching, and breath hold workshops, and up to three days of in-water training, coaching, and safety. Instructors accompany students to depth on every dive to ensure safety and observe technique. Any mermaids have the option of practicing freediving techniques in their own mermaid tail as time allows and once course requirements are completed.
WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO I NEED?
Prior to the start of the course, students will need to rent or purchase the following:
3-5 mm neoprene socks & gloves
Freediving mask & soft snorkel
3-7 mm open cell wetsuit with hood (thickness of wetsuit depends on course location/water temperatures)
Rubber weight belt with weights (roughly between 3 and 20 pounds depending on wetsuit thickness, body composition, and dive site (fresh vs salt water)
Freediving long fins
We can assist you in acquiring gear that will ensure function and comfort while in your freediving course.
WHAT DOES THE COURSE COVER?
A level 1 freediving course will give you the skills to safely dive up to 20 meters (66 feet) on one breath. Course topics include equipment selection, breathing, stretching, and equalization for freediving, introductions to different dive disciplines, safety, buddying and rescue skills, considerations for fresh vs salt water diving, planning a dive session depending on tides and weather, and more!
HELP US TAILOR YOUR COURSE TO YOU!
We try very hard to tailor the course to our student's skill level and interest so you can get the most out of your time with us!
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