PADI Basic Free Diver & Freediver Courses
Upcoming Course Dates:
- 7/8 August
- 11/12 September
We are blessed here on the Coromandel Peninsula with arguably the best diving in NZ, from shore, from boat, or from kayak, no matter what day of the year, there is always good diving conditions, prolific fish life and endless dive sites for the beginner and the advanced. We believe this is the best location in New Zealand to come and learn to dive.
Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. if you've always wanted to enter the Underworld quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as the breath allows, then Freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step towards discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. Dive Zone Whitianga is one of New Zealand's first PADI Freediving Centres and we are fully outdoorsmark adventure safety audit certified for Freediving.
We offer you the knowledge and skills to make the dream of exploring "the silent world" a reality!
PADI Basic Freediver $199: A subset of the PADI Freediver course. It’s a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site.
To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or Freediving is required. You will need to complete a Diver Medical (we will send you this).
The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:
- Knowledge development through independent study with the PADI Freediver eLearning
- Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.
The cost of the course is $199.00 per person and all your gear requirements for your training are provided. Training is undertaken over 1 day.
Certified PADI Basic Freedivers can come back anytime and upgrade to the PADI Freediver certification for $450. Or if you want to do it all now you can purchase the full Basic & Freediver course for $600.
PADI Freediver $495 OR $349 if already completed Basic Freediver earlier:
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
-Knowledge development about Freediving principles through independent study with PADI Freediver E-Learning (or your instructor may conduct class sessions if not available in a language you understand). (you do this on Day 1 of the Basic Course)
-Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic Apnea. Goal – static Apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic Apnea of 25 metres/80 feet. (You do this on Day 1 of the Basic Course)
-Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight Freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight Freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.
To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be 15 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. You will have either already completed the PADI Basic Freediver course and therefore the course cost of $349 will apply, or you will be including the Basic course in your booking with us here by paying the full $495. You will need to complete a Diver Medical (we will send you this).