PADI Freediver Course

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Best PADI Freediver Course Koh Tao

Our PADI Freediver course is the next step after your introduction to freediving with our basic freediving course and is the first real step into the world of freediving.

The PADI Freediver course takes 2 or 3 days and is divided into 3 sections including theory, pool (or confined water) training and in the ocean.

Our freediving instructors will work around your personal travel schedule and provide you with the level of personal attention you need, to be able to pass the requirements of this course.

PADI Freediver Course
PADI Freediver Course

How to start the PADI Freediver Course

As it is with all of our freediving courses, this course starts with a registration form and a medical questionnaire followed by theory including physics and physiology.

The theory session also introduces you to more advanced equalisation, relaxation and breathing techniques including Frenzel practice sessions.

Learning from the theory materials and demonstrating an understanding of the theoretical presentations is a very important part of learning to Freedive and you will get lots of time to ask questions and practice techniques.


Learning the PADI Freediver Course on Koh Tao

The PADI freediver course includes a theory session, two confined water (or pool sessions) and 2 freedives in the ocean under the guidance of your Freediving instructor.

Group sizes are limited to 3 students however, we generally keep our freediver group sizes to 2 persons per instructor.

In our first water session, we practice breathing and you will learn how to hold your breath underwater in a safe way.

Many of our students are surprised with their own ability to hold their breath underwater at such an early stage of training and often achieve around 90 seconds or more under supervision.

Learn to Freedive in Open Water
Learn to Freedive in Open Water

Freediver Open Water Sessions

In the second confined water session, students will learn how to use long bladed freediving fins, swim underwater with them and continue to work on their rescue and safety skills.

There are two Open Water sessions on the PADI Freediver course and you will learn how to freedive using the free immersion and constant weight techniques.

Free immersion involves descending down a line by pulling on the line and the constant weight focuses on kicking of the fins.

Your freediving skill progression in the Open Water setting is gradual and you will start with shallow dives to 1 or 2 metres and increase your depth slowly after each successful attempt.

Learn to Streamline as a PADI Freediver
Learn to Streamline as a PADI Freediver


Increase your Personal Limits

Under the guidance of your freediving instructor, you will slowly increase your depth in a safe and comfortable way.

The objectives of the PADI freediver course are for you to achieve maximum depths of between 10 – 16 metres using the constant weight method.

Requirements of the course include the rescue of another freediver at a depth of 5 metres and to follow the proper procedures.

PADI Freediver Course Requirements

  • Static Apnea 1:30 minutes
  • Dynamic Apnea 25 metres
  • Depth 10 – 16 metres
  • Rescue of another Freediver at 5 metres depth

In between theory, confined water and Open Water sessions, you will receive training in relaxation and meditation skills to help you relax when underwater.

PADI Freediver Koh Tao
PADI Freediver Koh Tao

Enrol on the PADI Freediver Course

To enrol on our PADI freediving course, you must be at least 15 years of age and in good health with adequate swimming skills.

The Freediver course is perfect for beginners to build on their experience from the basic freediving course and is an excellent foundation for you to consider the PADI Advanced Freediver course.

You can find out more about our PADI Freediver course by sending us a message to discuss your expectations and planned arrival date.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao?

PADI Freediver course is the first level of freediving after you complete the basic freediving introductory course. Freediver level course includes a theory session, 2 confined water (or pool) and 2 Open Water sessions in the ocean.

PADI freediver course also includes certification that will allow you to freedive with a buddy in a pool or in the ocean.

How much is the cost of the PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao?

PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao costs 7,000 baht, which includes the manual, equipment and certification fee.

Freediver course is a 3-day course and can be shortened to 2 days depending on your travel schedule and itinerary.

What is included in the PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao?

PADI Freediver course includes all equipment, online freediving manual, two pool (confined water) sessions, two Open Water sessions, theory and relaxation, one stretching and breathing session and certification.

We provide you with all the freediving equipment required for you to successfully complete the Freediver course.

How long does it take to complete the PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao?

Our PADI Freediver course can be completed in two days if you are on a tight schedule or we complete the course over 3 days, allowing you to take the course at a more relaxed pace.

To complete the course, you will participate in a theory presentation, stretching, relaxation, breathing workshop and two confined water sessions, plus two Open Water sessions.

What is the minimum age for PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao?

Minimum age for the PADI Freediver course on Koh Tao is 15 years of age and you need to be in good health and have adequate swimming skills.

Our PADI Freediver course is open to all students who meet the age and physical requirements and have an interest in Freediving.