PADI Freediver

Need a challenge, want to do something amazing? Then you need to be a PADI Freediver. Humans have been Freediving for over 8000 years, the Chinchorian an ancient people that lived circa 6,000BC in what is today Chile and their ilk dove for pearls and sponges, the first underwater items to find value amongst in-land societies and those without the skills with which to dive for them.

In 332 BC, Alexander the Great famously used freedivers to dismantle the underwater booms preventing his ships from entering the harbor during the siege of Tyre.

Freediving has evolved, breath holding techniques and protocols are now cutting edge. Join us, let us show you how to be an amazing PADI Freediver, discover your inner power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you.

The first step towards qualification is the PADI Basic Freediver course.  We start off in the classroom with an introduction to the techniques, physiology and safety protocols of freediving.  We then take what we have learned to the pool, learning breathhold techniques and static and dynamic apnea.  The goal for the course is to achieve static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

If you wish to progress further the next step is PADI Freediver where we take our knowledge development and skills learnt in confined water to open water.  Here we will practice free immersion, constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures.  The Goal is to achieve a constant weight dive to 10 Metres.

Age Requirements – To enrol in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkelling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Younger than 15? 12-year olds and older can enrol in the PADI Basic Freediver course and eight-year olds and older can enrol in the PADI Skin Diver course.

Equipment – In the PADI Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. We will provide all the equipment you need however please feel free to bring with you any equipment you already own.

Academic – Your course fee includes your PADI Freediver eLearning course materials.  PADI Freediver eLearning is an interactive study tool that gives you the background information you need to freedive safely and allows you to study at your own pace. We will check on your progress and make sure you understand important freediving information. 

Course Fees – PADI Basic Freediver £165.00 

PADI Freediver (which includes Basic) £295.00

Upgrade from PADI Basic to PADI Freediver £130.00

The only additional fees are for open water.  When you visit an open water site on your course you will need to separately pay your registration & entry into the Open Water dive site we use for your course.

To start this course just visit our eLearning Digital Hub or Contact the Dive Team. To view all Stellar Divers PADI Course options & our latest prices please visit our full PADI Course List, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Freediving Dates

Freediving is all about technique and practice, so please do keep an eye on our diary and come along to train with us.  Everyone is welcome, although booking is essential as places are limited.  To book simply email we will acknowledge safe receipt and will at that point confirm your booking. 

All dates can be viewed on our Trips and Events page.

Ponds Forge is a fab pool in Sheffield – 5m deep so perfect to practice dive technique, line diving and to build up breath hold stamina – cost is £35.00 per session

LSST pool is shallow so good to practice static and dynamic drills – cost is £ okay £25.00 per session

8 Acre – open water dive site where we can practice either line diving, SUP, swimming or a combination – cost is £35.00 per session

Capernwray – either line diving or swimming or a combo of both – our cost is £35.00 per session plus your Capernwray entry fee, payable on entry.   

We all need training buddies so would love if you could join us for some or all of our dates, just let us know what you would like to do.  If you have a particular goal in mind and would like to talk to us about a bespoke training plan, please get in touch and we can help you achieve your potential.