Freediving - Apnea
Take your snorkeling to new depths on one breath by learning the fundamentals of freediving. Not only does freediving allow you to experience the underwater world in a bubble-less environment - it also can allow you to explore depths hard to reach by scuba.
Whether you are just getting your fins wet in the sport, or are more serious about reaching deeper depths, we will have the course for you. We have certified instructors on staff to teach freediving all the way up to instructor level certifications.
Pool Freediving & Freediver Certification
Class & Pool Tuition: $200
Online Materials Fee: $100
Class & Pool Duration: 9-12 hours
Open Water Tuition (Blue Hole): $225
Freediving Pool Certification Requirements: Class & Pool Only
Freediver Certification Requirements: Class & Pool Sessions & 2 Open Water Sessions
Class & Pool Tuition: $200
Online Materials Fee: $75
Class & Pool Duration: 6-9 hours
Open Water Tuition (Blue Hole): $225
Advanced Freediver Prerequisite: Freediver certification or equivalent
Training Techniques Pool Sessions
Per Session Rate: $25
10 Pack Price: $150
Pool Session Length: 1.5 hours
Minimum Certification Required to Participate: Freediving Pool certification or equivalent
Training Fee: $1,500
Materials Fees: $290
Minimum Prerequisites: Have completed the SSI Freediver and Advanced Freediver Programs and the Training Techniques Specialty Program (or proof of equivalent certifications from another agency) and have logged at least 100 freediving sessions
Find out more about our Professional Freediving Certifications
Minimum Age: 12 years old for Pool/Freediver Course & 15 years old for Advanced Freediver Course & 18 years old for professional level certifications
Academic Material Fees Include:
- Online downloadable interactive course
- Online certification card
- Plastic certification (if desired)
- Online logbook
- SSI Medical Statement (If you answer "yes" to any of the questions asked, the physician's release must also be filled out by a qualified physician, using the WRSTC Medical Guidelines)
- Liability Release for Freediving/Breath-hold
- Responsible Freediver Code
- *All required documents for students over the age of 18 will be completed online. Once you schedule and pay for your course, we will give you access to complete the forms online through SSI.
- Use of all training equipment including mask, fins, snorkel, & wetsuit
- Low 4-to-1 student to instructor ratio allowing for quality individual training and plenty of practice time in the water
Please note: We have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you need to cancel your class and you are in compliance with our cancellation policy, we are able to issue a refund for the tuition portion of the course fee only. All materials fees are non-refundable due to the nature of online learning. BUT, you will forever have access to the SSI online educational materials you have purchased. These materials can be used at any time at any SSI facility to complete your certification at a later date.
Pool Freediver Certification
Our SSI Pool Freediver certification is your chance to get wet and experience what freediving is all about. When you sign up for Freediver Class and Pool, you will start in the classroom and then attend two pool sessions. Once you complete the below minimum requirements, you will be certified as a Pool Freediver.Minimum Requirements for Completion:
- Online Course: You will start your SSI Freediving adventure online. Once you enroll for, and pay for, our Freediver Class and Pool course, you will be issued online materials, which we request be complete before you come in for your first session. You will read, watch videos, and answer quiz questions as you complete each section of the homework.
- Freediver Seminar: During your three-hour classroom session, you will learn about freediving equipment, safety, skills, and physiology. You will also learn how far you may want to go with your freediving career!
- Pool Sessions: Our Freediver Class and Pool includes two pool sessions, where you will learn the basic kicking styles for freediving, how to safely execute the different pool disciplines, proper safety techniques, proper headfirst dive/duck dive techniques, and proper breath control.
In order to complete the certification for Pool Freediver, you must complete the following skills in the pool:
- Dynamic Bi-Fin Swim for a distance of 30 meters (99 feet)
- Dynamic No Fins Swim for a distance of 15 meters (50 feet)
Our Freediver Class and Pool tuition includes two FREE Training Techniques Pool Sessions, so don't miss out!
Once you complete your Pool Freediver certification, it is time to take your skills to the open water! We conduct open water sessions at the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico and can also help you set up dives on many of our upcoming group trips. During your open water sessions, you will learn proper breathing techniques, familiarize yourself with diaphragm breathing and take a deep breath like you never have before. You will develop the skills necessary to train your body to be more efficient, gain better respiration and muscle flexibility, and learn new skills to feel comfortable and confident about traveling to depth.Minimum Requirements for Completion:
- Pool Freediver certification or equivalent: Before we can take you to the open water, you must complete the above certification in a confined water environment.
- Two Open Water Sessions: During a minimum of two 20-minute open water sessions, you will complete the following skills:-
- Constant Weight Dive to 10 meters (33 feet)
- Blackout Rescue from 10 meters (33 feet)
- Arm-stroke only ascent from 10 meters (33 feet)
- Mask removal ascent from 10 meters (33 feet)
Advanced Freediver Certification
Take your freediving to the next level with our Advanced Freediver course! You will learn advanced equalization techniques, breath-hold training and stretching techniques, and how to properly execute a deeper dive using the "freefall" technique and proper weighting. Class and pool will be conducted at Denver Divers over the course of two sessions. In order to become a fully certified Advanced Freediver, you will need to complete three open water dive sessions either at the Blue Hole in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, or on one of our many upcoming group trips!Minimum Requirements for Completion:
- Freediver Certification or equivalent: Before you can take the Advanced Freediver course, we require a minimum certification of Freediver from SSI or an equivalent certification from a different agency.
- Online Course: Just as with the Freediver Certification, you are required to complete academic material online for your Advanced Freediver Course. Once you have signed up for the Advanced Freediver course and paid, you will be issued online materials. We request you complete the homework before you come in for your first session. You will read, watch videos, and answer quiz questions as you complete each section of the homework.
- Advanced Freediver Seminar: During your three-hour classroom session, you will learn advanced freediving skills and training techniques as well as review safety and the physiology of freediving.
- Pool Sessions: Our Advanced Freediver Class and Pool includes two pool sessions - where we will work on advanced techniques and help you to complete the following skills:
- Dynamic Bi-Fin Swim for a distance of 50 meters (165 feet)
- Dynamic Swim rescue from 3 meters (10 feet)
- Static Apnea performance of at least 2.5 minutes
- Open Water Sessions: During a minimum of four open water sessions, you will complete the following skills:
- Constant Weight Dive to 20 meters (66 feet)
- Blackout Rescue from 15 meters (50 feet)
- Arm-stroke only ascent from 15 meters (50 feet)
- Mask removal ascent from 15 meters (50 feet)
- Tired diver tow for a distance of 50 meters (165 feet)
Training Techniques Pool Sessions (with optional specialty Certification)
Let's face it, Colorado is a landlocked state, with few options to practice freediving to depth, but that does not stop our community of amazing freedivers from growing! We have developed a unique opportunity for all our freedivers to come practice their skills in our pool on a regular basis during our Training Techniques Pool Sessions.
Instead of a more open and fluid pool session, we have decided to create specific sessions designed to help you improve your skills in a certain area or discipline. And if you attend three different pool sessions and the Training Techniques seminar, you will become certified in the Training Techniques Specialty program from SSI!
You must have completed at least the Pool Freediver (Freediver Class and Pool) Course to participate in our pool sessions. BUT, our Freediver Class and Pool tuition includes two free pool sessions!
Training Techniques Specialty Certification Requirements:
- Attend a Training Techniques Seminar: During this two hour course, we will go over stretching for freediving, training tables, and ways to improve your freediving when water is not available.
- Attend at least three different Training Techniques pool sessions: We have developed a variety of different types of pool sessions. If you attend three different sessions, you will receive your specialty certification!
Training Techniques Pool Session Descriptions:
Static Apnea: Learn mindfulness and meditation relaxing techniques to improve your breath-hold time. You will also learn how to increase your carbon dioxide tolerance during our static sessions.
Dynamic Training: Train with our instructors on dynamic tables, including standard tables, pyarmid tables, and timed tables. Don't worry - they are actually very fun!
Personal Best Session: Work on the different disciplines in dynamic apnea and static apnea and increase your distance & times dramatically. Streamlining and weighting techniques will be the focus, as well as visualization and breath-hold techniques.
Pool Depth Practice: Get ready for your open water sessions by practicing your duck dive, streamlining techniques, clearing techniques, and training table simulations. This is best for those who are getting ready for open water diving.
What is Freediving?
Freediving aka Apnea aka Skin Diving aka breath-hold diving is a form of underwater exploration that does not use the assistance of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. There are many disciplines within the sport, with constant weight diving being the most popular.
Disciplines in Freediving
Dynamic Apnea (DYN): Swimming horizontally underwater striving for a distance goal.
Dynamic No-Fins Apnea (DNF): Swimming horizontally underwater without the aid of fins striving for a distance goal.
Static Apnea (STA): Holding your breath while floating head down in water striving for a time goal.
Constant Weight Apnea (CWT): Swimming vertically to depth and back underwater striving for a depth goal.
Constant Weight No-Fins Apnea (CNF): Swimming vertically to depth and back underwater without the aid of fins striving for a depth goal.
Free Immersion (FIM): Diving vertically to depth and back underwater by pulling yourself down a line and striving for a depth goal.
Variable Weight Apnea (VWT): Diving vertically to depth with the use of weight, then swimming back up or using a line and pulling yourself to the surface. Again, the goal is depth.
Where Can I Freedive?
The short answer to this question is everywhere there is water! But, in Colorado we are limited in the places we can find water deep and safe enough to truly practice freediving, so we travel to gain these depths and find fun places to practice our sport.
Open Water Dive Options
At Denver Divers we primarily carry Mares and Seac freediving equipment, but can order almost any product you seek, and are continually looking for the best in the industry to carry at our store.
If you enjoy the underwater world and want to spend more time at depth without having to come to the surface for a breath, then scuba may be a perfect sport to add to your resume.