The SSI Basic Freediving program is intended to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely participate in the recreational sport of freediving (breath-hold diving) with an SSI Dive Professional in a pool/confined water environment. You will earn the SSI Basic Freediving certification after completing this program.
Minimum Age: 10
Academic Sessions: Online training
Pool/Confined Water Sessions: Varies
Open Water Dives: None
Maximum Training Depth: 5 meters / 15 feet
Suggested Duration: 6 - 8 hours
Upon completion of a Training Record card and having registered with SSI you will have access to some online learning to help prepare you for the session.
The pool session will be at Harvey Hadden Sports Village at 7:30pm on Friday evenings.
Complete academic sessions and assessments as outlined in the Basic Freediving Instructor Manual.
Complete two (2) pool pool/confined water sessions.
Achieve the following performance requirements:
Static and dynamic session in the water with no minimum requirement.
Demonstrate proper breathe-up, relaxation, body positioning and surfacing techniques.
Freedive with a dive line, or along a reef, using bi-fins to maximum depth of five meters, focusing on: relaxation, duck diving, equalization, finning and surfacing techniques.
Perform a surface blackout rescue.
All Sessions are followed with thorough debriefing and discussion about your performance helping you learn. On successful completion you will be issued with a certificate of completion and a digital recognition rating (Via MySSI App).
Certified Basic Freediving freedivers are qualified to freedive autonomously with an equally- or more-qualified buddy, in environments and to a depth equivalent with their training. After certification, all Junior Divers younger than 15 years must dive with a certified adult or dive professional.
As with all Divemaster Scuba Freediving Programs
- Certification lasts for life
- All Pool fees are included
- Instructor time is included
- We are committed to your success, if you require more help we are there for you.
You must fill out or medical questionnaire inside the training records (any questions answered 'Yes' require doctor sign off)
Freediving equipment is a very tailored fit. We endeavour to have different sizes available for students to try but this is not always possible. See our range of apnea equipment for purchase.