What you can expect
This is a two-day course that will help in fulfilling that personal need to improve your freediving skills. You can progress at a slow and steady pace, and better learn how your body performs during apnoea. eLearning from PADI Touch will be assigned to you to complete as theory prior to course commencement. You will then come in to start with a confined water (pool) on the first day, and in open water on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane on the second day.
Check in at Sunreef starts at the time outlined on your confirmation email or text.
Half day theory: We will start the day with theory in the classroom, go over any questions you may have from the eLearning portion of your course. You will learn stretching and relaxation techniques before heading to the pool.
Half day confined water: At the pool, you will practice static and dynamic apnoea skills to refine your technique. Goal: Static apnoea of 2 minutes 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18); Dynamic apnoea of 50 metres (40 metres for freedivers younger than 18).
On departure to the Ex-HMAS Brisbane, your Instructor will provide a thorough briefing about what skills you will be practicing for the day, and about the Ex-HMAS Brisbane site. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have about the day. Once the boat exits the calm waters of the Mooloolaba River system, it is around a 15 minute ride to the site. The vessel will be moored and our crew will help you set up to get in the water.
The first dive will practice the technique for diving down the line and on the buoy. Your second dive will be a cross between line diving and fun diving on the Ex-HMAS Brisbane.
Between dives, we will come up for a half hour surface interval where you are provided snacks and water. Feel free to bring along your own snacks if you have allergies or would like more substantial food.
You will practice open water techniques including free immersion, constant weight freediving, with additional safe buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal: Constant weight freedive of 20 metres (15 metres for freedivers younger than 18).