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.
Class & Pool Tuition: $200
Online Materials Fee: $95
Class & Pool Duration: 9-12 hours
Open Water Tuition (Blue Hole): $225
Freediving Pool Certification Requirements: Class & Pool Only
Freediving Level 1 Certification Requirements: Class & Pool Sessions & 2 Open Water Sessions
Class & Pool Tuition: $200
Online Materials Fee: $70
Class & Pool Duration: 6-9 hours
Open Water Tuition (Blue Hole): $225
Freediving Level 2 Prerequisite: Freediving Level 1 certification or equivalent
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: $900
Materials Fees: $290
Minimum Prerequisites: Have completed the SSI Freediving Level 1 and Level 2 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/Level 1 Course & 15 years old for Level 2 Course & 18 years old for professional level certifications
Academic Material Fees Include:
Our SSI Freediver Pool certification is your chance to get wet and experience what freediving is all about. When you sign up for Freediving Level 1 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 Freediving Pool Diver.Minimum Requirements for Completion:
Once you complete your Freediving Pool 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:
Take your freediving to the next level with our Freediving Level 2 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 Level 2 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:
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 Freediving Pool (Level 1 Class and Pool) Course to participate in our pool sessions. BUT, our Level 1 Class and Pool tuition includes two free pool sessions!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.