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Answers to Six Common Questions About Learning How To Freedive

Updated: Jan 31

What is Freediving?

Freediving, the art of exploring the underwater world on a single breath, offers a unique and exhilarating experience. If you've ever dreamed of gliding effortlessly beneath the surface, surrounded by the tranquility of the water, then freediving might be the perfect adventure for you. In this question and answer post, we'll address the fundamental questions that often arise for those looking to start their freediving journey.

Can I teach myself to freedive?

While self-learning is possible to an extent, it is highly recommended to take a freediving course. A qualified instructor provides invaluable guidance, ensuring that you learn proper techniques, safety measures, and emergency procedures. A course will also cover topics like equalization, breath-hold techniques, and the physiology of freediving, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the sport. Blind spots in your freediving knowledge when learning from online resources can lead to a false sense of security. A course will not only help you dive deeper with good technique, but you'll get hands on practice for lifesaving rescue skills.

How do I start freediving?

Starting your freediving journey involves a combination of education, training, and practice. Follow these steps to get started:

a. Take a Freediving Course: Learn about the physiological aspects of freediving, safety protocols, and different techniques. A freediving course with a certified instructor will help ensure that you get a complete education on the safety aspects of freediving.

Freediving Course in Las Vegas and surrounding areas with Aquanauts Freediving
Freediving Courses in Las Vegas and surrounding areas with Aquanauts Freediving

b. Select the Right Gear: Invest in basic freediving equipment, such as a wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins, weights and weight belt. It is important to be adequately prepared with the correct gear to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience in the water. For information on how to choose the correct gear for your first freediving gear kit, check out this article.

c. Find a Buddy: Freediving is a social activity, and having a buddy is crucial for safety. Always dive with a trained partner who can assist in case of emergencies. To find communities across the US, visit this post on the Hike and Dive Community website.

e. Join a Freediving Community: Connect with experienced freedivers, join forums, and participate in local events to gain insights and tips from the community. To find freediving buddies in Las Vegas, visit the Las Vegas Freedive Community on Facebook.

Can you learn and practice freediving in a pool by yourself?

No, it is not advisable to train in a pool by yourself. Freediving involves inherent risks, and rule number one of freediving is to never dive alone. Always have a trained buddy with you, whether you're in a pool or open water, to ensure safety during your freediving sessions. It has been very challenging to find pools that allow breath hold training and instruction in the United States. In order to ensure that the freediving community has access to pools in the future, it is important to demonstrate that freediving can be enjoyed safely and responsibly.

A freediver practices dynamic dives in a pool while a knowledgeable safety observes
A freediver practices dynamic dives in a pool while a knowledgeable safety observes

Is freediving dangerous?

Like any water activity, there are risks associated with freediving. However, with proper training, adherence to safety guidelines, and respect for your own limits, freediving can be a safe and rewarding pursuit. If you see a news article involving a freediving-related fatality, look further and see whether they were properly observing standard safety protocols for freediving. Always dive with a buddy, don't dive with too much weight on your weight belt, be aware of your surroundings, and never dive alone. Freediving is a very safe sport if proper safety practices are observed and respected.

How long does it take to learn how to freedive?

The duration to become a proficient freediver varies from person to person. Factors such as individual fitness, comfort in the water, and prior snorkeling or diving experience can influence the learning curve. Typically, completing a basic freediving course can take a few days, but continuous practice and experience are key to mastering the art of freediving.

Freediver training in Lake Mead
Freediver training in Lake Mead. The quest for improvement never ends!


Embarking on a freediving journey opens up a world of wonder beneath the waves. By educating yourself, investing in the right gear, seeking guidance from certified instructors, and practicing regularly, you'll not only learn the skills needed for freediving but also gain a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the underwater realm. Remember, safety should always be a priority, and with dedication, you'll find yourself exploring new depths and experiencing the incredible freedom that comes with freediving.

Aquanauts Freediving offers freediving courses, mermaid courses, and professional mermaid entertainment in Las Vegas. If you live outside of Las Vegas, feel free to ask us about instructors in your area. We also travel to you for large groups who are interested in learning how to freedive. To see our upcoming courses and services, please click here.

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