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Freediver

Dixie Divers offers three courses for freediving: 
PADI Freediver

What is Freediving?
Freediving is any form of breath-hold diving without the use of a breathing apparatus. 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.

Physical Requirements:
To enroll in a PADI Freediver course you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. 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 and eight year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.


The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • The knowledge development starts with independent study through the PADI Freediver Touch which focuses on 
  • introducing the diver to freediving principles. This is reinforced with a 1/2 day classroom session with your instructor that covers equipment, technique, and safety.
  • The confined water session takes place in the Dixie Divers pool. During this 1/2 day period, you will learn breathhold techniques that apply to static and dynamic apnea. Goal - static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet. We end the day with proper finning and entry techniques and an introduction to safety procedures.
  • The class concludes with the open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal - The first dive session has a constant weight freedive goal of 10 meters/30 feet. The second session has a constant weight freedive limit of 16 meters/52.5 feet.
Scheduling:
Classes are run monthly on Friday for Class/Pool and Saturday for Open Water Dives or Saturday for Class/Pool and Sunday for Open Water Dives. We also offer Private classes to fit your scheduling available upon request.

Required equipment:
PADI Freediver Touch Course Manual, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Weight Belt with Weights. Wetsuit and Timing Device (Digital Watch or Freediving Computer) are recommended.

Pricing:
Regular price $349.00 - Now $299.00

We offer 3 level of certification: 
  • PADI Skin Diver Course - regular $229.00 Now $199.00
  • PADI Basic Freediver Course - regular price $249.00 Now $199.00
  • PADI Freediver Course - regular price $349.00 Now $299.00


PADI Basic Freediver

What's the difference between PADI Freediver and Basic Freediver?
The PADI Basic Freediver course is a subset of the PADI Freediver course. It's a great first step for developing solid freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques in a pool or confined water site. There are no Open Water sessions, but allows for those between 12 and 15 to start the PADI Freediver process.

Physical Requirements:
To enroll in a PADI Basic Freediver course you must be 12 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skill and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Younger than 12? 8 year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver Course.

The PADI Basic Freediver course consists of two main phases:
  • The knowledge development starts with independent study through the PADI Freediver Touch which focuses on introducing the diver to freediving principles. This is reinforced with a 1/2 day classroom session with your instructor that covers equipment, technique, and safety.
  • The confined water session takes place in the Dixie Divers pool. During this 1/2 day period, you will learn breathhold techniques that apply to static and dynamic apnea. Goal - static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet. We end the day with proper finning and entry techniques and an introduction to safety procedures.
Scheduling:
Classes are run monthly on Friday or Saturday for Class/Pool. We also offer Private classes to fit your scheduling 
available upon request.

Required equipment:
PADI Freediver Touch Course Manual, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Weight Belt with Weights. Wetsuit and Timing Device (Digital Watch or Freediving Computer) are recommended.

Pricing:
Regular price $269.00 - Now $229.00



PADI Skin Diver


What is Skin Diving?
Skin diving is snorkeling while making breath-hold dives to observe aquatic life, up close and personal. It's a great way to explore the underwater world when you're not able to scuba dive or if scuba diving just isn't your thing. It is also less intensive than the PADI freediver courses, allowing you to get close to marine life without pushing your depth limits. 
The PADI Skin Diver course teaches you how to enjoy watching life below the surface and comfortably venture underwater for short visits, whether you dive in a local freshwater lake or the big blue ocean, at home or on holiday at a dive destination.

Physical Requirements:
To enroll in a PADI Skin Diver course, you must be at least 8 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and comfort in the water. No prior experience is required.

The PADI Skin Diver course teaches you about:
  • How to choose, adjust and use skin diving equipment
  • Basic safety guidelines for being in and around the water
  • Snorkeling and skin diving techniques including checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing effortless surface dives
  • Going on an optional skin dive at a local dive site
  • Maximum depth for the course is 33 feet (10 meters.)
Scheduling:
Classes are held on Fridays, with Class/Pool in the morning, dive in the afternoon -or- Class/Pool Friday evening, dive Saturday morning. Private scheduling available upon request.

Required Equipment:
Personal Mask, Snorkel, and Fins required for the course.

Pricing:
Regular price $229.00 - Now $199.00

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