PADI Freediver Course

Become a Freediver with our PADI Freediver Course

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 the PADI Freediver Course is for you.

What is the PADI Freediver Course?

The PADI Freediver course teaches you important knowledge and practical skills to help you through your freediving journey.

Learn how your body reacts to breath holds and the pressure of water, different equalizing techniques and their benefits, and the importance of buddy safety.

We have split the Freediver course into two parts. The Basic Freediver course is one day of theory (along with e-learning prior to attending) and Skills training in our classroom and the pool. To complete the full PADI Freediver course, a second day with us aboard our boats out to the Solitary Islands is required to complete the course. We run them regularly over weekends or on demand in small groups of 2 or more.

Jetty Dive’s PADI Freediver Course Includes:

  • Current Edition of the electronic PADI Freediver Course theory, that is stored in your own personal PADI portal.
  • PADI 5 Star Freediver Certification E-Card, registered in the Worldwide PADI Database.
  • Classroom Workshops running you through the concepts you have learned about.
  • Confined water training, letting you put your knowledge into practice
  • Half-Day charter to the Solitary islands (on Full Freediver course) to practice in the ocean!
  • Small group, 5-Star PADI training, for a more personal experience.
  • Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Weights, and Wetsuit Hire (we do not provide fins, you must have your own freediving fins!)

PADI Freediver Course Schedule

  • Before you join us: Complete your PADI E-Learning theory! Learn about how your body reacts to breath-holding and how water pressure affects you as you dive down. You also learn about Freediving equipment, important safety rules and buddy procedures.
  • Phase One: Knowledge development session in our classroom. Watch some important videos demonstrating technique and safety procedures. Our instructor then explores these concepts with you further.
  • Phase Two: Confined water skill session in our local pool. Practise breath techniques, static (floating) breath holds working you way up to 2minutes plus, followed by dynamic (swimming) breath holds and co2 tolerance practice. You also practice basic rescue techniques and learn your role as a buddy.

The full Freediver Course contains a third phase :

  • Open Water Sessions. During at least two open water sessions, you practice diving down while breath-holding, either by pulling yourself along a line (free immersion) or duck diving head first while following a line (constant weight). You learn to gradually increase your depths by relaxing and enjoying each dive. Rescue practice is another key part of the open water sessions.

When can I start my PADI Freediver Course?

Start your self study component today!
The PADI Freediver Course runs on demand. Click here to see if we have any available start dates, or contact us and find out when the next course is!

Bookings are Essential to obtain the required minimum of 4 students for the course.

Join a group, or you would like a private PADI Freediver course? You can START TODAY, contact us now!

How much is the PADI Freediver Course?

PADI BASIC Freediver Course – $ 295.00

PADI Freediver Course – $ 495.00

“Long Blade Freediving Fins” are essential to this course! If you don’t have any, we run a special deal on the Ocean Hunter Redback fins when doing your course with us!


To enroll in a Freediver course you need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health.

We do require you to complete a medical form prior to your course with us. This medical form is used for both Scuba Diving and Freediving, but some conditions (such as Asthma) you CAN Freedive with. If you have any questions as to whether the course is suitable for you, please contact us and we can chat about your circumstances!

Find the Medical Statement here. This helps to identify if you need to get a Dive Medical. If you require a Dive Medical, find the appropriate Dive Medical Form below:

 You can download a copy of AS4005.1 Medical Form here.

These medicals are available from a number of selected practitioners, those who are experienced in hyperbaric medicine.

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

The “Basic Freediver” course requires you to be 12 years old. The “Freediver” course requires you to be at least 15 years old. Eight year olds and older can enroll in the PADI Skin Diver course.

PADI Freediver course
Lindsay's Freedive - South Solitary - 19/1/2020 - JETTY DIVE CENTRE

Booking Conditions

  • The Solitary Islands half day trips rely on minimum numbers, and have maximum limits too, so prior bookings are essential! Be early in busy times!
  • A deposit is required to secure your booking. Deposits are fully refundable if 48 hours notice before the trip change of date or cancellation is given. (If we cancel trip due to weather we can also provide a full refund. Refer to part 29 of our terms and conditions for more details)
  • Trips are weather dependent, and may be cancelled  if unsuitable sea conditions prevail. This is a decision made by Jetty Dive Centre Staff, we will not go ahead if conditions are unsafe. Rain does not constitute for bad weather – it can often lead to better diving with more abundant fishlife!
  • Plan for SeaSickness! Even if you do not usually experience sea-sickness, we recommend taking travel sickness medication as it is better to be safe than sorry. We do not recommend using ginger. We CANNOT provide any medications.
  • We have adopted a ‘Reef-Safe Sunscreen Only” policy for our trips. If you will be getting in the water, please ensure you wear only reef-safe sunscreen. For more guidance, and to check your sunscreen, please read our post about our Reef-Safe Sunscreen Policy.

Where to find us.


Jetty Dive Centre Dive Shop is at 398 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450. This is where you begin your experiences with us! All Scuba Dives and Snorkelling must check-in before moving to departure point.


All our boats leave from the Public floating pontoon wharf opposite the “Attitude Burgers “ building.

Jetty dive google maps with markers for priority locations