padi dive courses

Free Diver Course

PADI Freediver course Malapascua

What is freediving?

Free diving, or breath-hold diving, is gaining in popularity around the world. Learn about the physiological effects of free diving and techniques used for effective breath-hold dives. During one confined water and two open water dives, practice breathing techniques, effective diving and swimming underwater, and demonstrate rescue techniques for a free diver.

Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.

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How awesome will my course be?

free diving on malapascua

With crystal clear waters and near perfect surface conditions almost all year round, Malapascua is the perfect place to start freediving.  Find out more on Malapascua’s dive sites  and about our Malapascua thresher sharks.

diving safety

At Thresher Shark Divers we take your safety very seriously.

We make every effort to ensure you have as much fun as possible, your safety and good health are our main priorities.  Find more info on safety and insurance HERE.

Course Overview

Free diving with Thresher Shark Divers Malapascua

What will you learn?

The PADI Freediver Course develops the knowledge and skills for basic static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freediving from 10-16 metres.

The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™ (or your instructor can conduct class sessions).
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.
Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures.
Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres.
The course has a minimum of one confined water session and two open water sessions and can be finished in two days.


No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Younger than 15?

12 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Basic Freediver course, which includes the Knowledge Development and Confined Water parts of the Freediver course.
8 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.
Contact us for more information on this course!

PADI Freediving Course Malapascua Island

Your Instructors

Teaching classroom Malapascua Island

Our PADI diving instructors have been though a rigorous training program and each has many years of teaching experience with hundreds of students.

We take great pride in teaching students of any level. Diving lessons are almost always one-on-one, and there will usually be an assistant as well. So you will get individual attention and diving instruction will go at your own pace.
You can be assured that with us, you will have only the best: top quality service, unrivalled professionalism and a safe and most of all fun diving vacation from start to finish!