Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced (15 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 1 physical education


The course objective is to develop the student's understanding of the underwater world and how it interacts with the body, and how that affects the body when freediving; guide students in choosing appropriate equipment for freediving; and develop the knowledge and skills for basic static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving to a maximum depth of 16 meters/55 feet.

Learning Outcomes:

  • demonstrate the ability to swim continuously on the surface 200 meters/yards without swim aids, or 300 meters/yards using mask, fins and snorkel
  • complete the Freediver Confined Water Session, making one static apnea attempt of at least 90 seconds and one dynamic apnea must be at least 25 meters/80 feet
  • complete Freediver Open Water Sessions One and Two, making one constant weight free dive to a minimum depth of at least 10 meters/30 feet

General Topics:

  • Introduction to freediving
  • The physics of freediving
  • The physiology of freediving
  • Freediving equipment
  • Freediving skills
  • The open water environment
  • Aquatic life
  • Safe freediving practices
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Completion of the PADI Freediver Course Exam. Evaluation of performance mastery skills during one confined water and two open water training sessions.

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from PADI Americas, Inc.