Beginner's Courses

Freediving is both, a fascinating, physical journey through the three-dimensional space of the element water, as well as a life-changing, mental or even spiritual journey to more self-confidence, greater mindfulness, inner peace and much more. A beginner course is the first step resp. fin stroke to explore the underwater world safely, efficiently, calmly, under your own power and with just one breath. It is designed for people without any experience in freediving as well as for those with experience who have not yet enjoyed any formal training (e.g. spearfishermen). You have the choice between the comprehensive Freediver course from PADI - the world's leading diver training organization - and the Cenote (Open Water) focused Freediver course from Apnea Total - an organization purely dedicated to freediving.

PADI

PADI Freediver

Maximum depth

16 meters / 55 feet

Requirements

  • Dive the depth of 10 meters / 30 feet with fin strokes

  • Dive the length of 25 meters / 80 feet with fin strokes

  • Hold your breath underwater for 90 seconds

  • Swim 200 meters on the surface without buoyancy aids or 300 meters with mask, snorkel and fins

  • Theory completely & successfully executed - including Quick Reviews, Knowledge Reviews and Final Exam.

Content

  • Introduction

  • Physics

  • Physiology

  • Equipment

  • Skills

  • Aquatic life

  • Safe practices

Duration

3 days

Location

1 day in a pool

2 days in a Cenote of the Mayan Riviera; whenever possible, each course day takes place in a different one.

Student-teacher ratio

Confined Water 8:1

Open Water 4:1

Price

USD 355

Included

  • Access to the PADI Freediver Touch e-learning platform

  • Receipt of physical PADI certification card (PIC) upon successful completion (does entitle to autonomous freediving with a buddy)

  • Professional instruction & safety

  • Insurance

  • Rental equipment

  • Transportation (School <=> Cenote)*

  • Entrance fees

  • Drinking water (bring your own bottle)

  • Snacks

  • Local lunch

Prerequisites

  • 15 years of age; for minors the following peculiarities and adaptations apply:

    • <15 d.h. 12-14: Maximum depth of 12 Meter / 40 Fuss, student-teacher-ratio of 6:1 resp. 2:1

    • <18 d.h. 15-17: Maximum depth of 15 Meter / 50 Fuss

  • You must be able to swim adequately and be in good health.

  • Forms completely & correctly filled out

  • Full payment by course start

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Apnea Total

Apnea Total Freediver

Maximum depth

21 meters / 70 feet

Requirements

Rescue from a depth of 6 meters

Content

  • Disciplines

  • Rules

  • Equipment

  • Technique

  • Equalization

  • Breathing

  • Safety Diver

  • Hypoxia

  • Rescue Procedures

  • Pranayama

Duration

2 days

Optional: 3rd day [highly recommended]

Location

In a Cenote of the Mayan Riviera; whenever possible, each course day takes place in a different one.

Student-teacher ratio

3:1

Price

USD 275

Optional: 3rd day for only USD 45 [highly recommended]

Included

  • Receipt of electronical certification card upon successful completion (does entitle to autonomous freediving with a buddy)

  • Access to the Apnea Total platform and course documentation

  • Professional instruction & safety

  • Certification (does NOT qualify to freedive autonomous!)

  • Insurance

  • Rental equipment

  • Transfer (school <=> cenote)*

  • Entrance fees

  • Drinking water (BYO bottle)

  • Snacks

  • Local lunch

Prerequisites

  • 15 years of age

  • Able to independently swim 200m, with or without fins.

  • Forms completely & correctly filled out

  • Full payment by course start

*We hereby declare the transport from our freedive school (base) to the cenotes and back explicitly as a free service. An individual pick up is officially not possible.