PADI Freediver


What is a Freediver? In the PADI Free diver course you will learn the knowledge and skills of static, dynamic, and constant weight free diving. Unlike snorkeling or skin diving, this course offers specialized training in breathing techniques, equipment, diving procedures and safety issues for apnea(breath holding) diving.


1. Who is it for?

This course is for those who would like to try free diving for the first time.

  • Applicable age: 15 years and older
  • Read your Medical Statement and check your health status in advance for the Discover Scuba Diving course. If there is an item you check “YES” for on the medical statement, download and print out the statement and get a doctor’s approval. ≫ Download Freediver Medical History
  • You should have at least eighteen hours of rest time after this diving course before traveling by airplane. Therefore, be sure to schedule one more day before flying after your dive. (If your course is three days long, please schedule your stay for at least four nights and five days.)


2. How long is the total duration?

The PADI Free Diver Course takes at least 3 days. Sea World Dive Center adopts a variety of PADI instructional methods in consideration of your itinerary. Currently, the PADI Basic Free Diver course is only available with a touch manual option.


Manual Option



Minimum Travel Period


(Tablet / Smartphone App)

  • Complete some theoretical training with tablet or smartphone app

  • Complete quizzes and confined / open water diving in Boracay

– Confined water session 1 time (or 2 times)

– Open water session 2 times

2~3 Days

4 Nights 5 days

※ Additional training sessions: If you fail to complete some sessions within the training period, additional training session fees will be added. (2,000 pesos per 1session)

※ Important: You should have at least eighteen hours of rest time after this diving course before traveling by airplane. Therefore, be sure to schedule one more day before flying after your dive.


3. What will you learn?

Knowledge Development(Touch manual, self-learning) → 1 classroom lesson → 1 or 2 Confined water sessions → Open water session 2 times

1) Create a document for Free Diver Course.
2) Theoretical education: Double check the theory we studied using Quick-Review, and take 1 classroom lesson for knowledge development (free diving equipment, theory, pressure equilibrium, safety matter, diving skills)
3) Confined water session (2 times): Stretching for whole body and breathing exercises, Free diving equipment setup, Static apnea (apnea on surface ) exercises, Entry method / Fin kicking technique/ Underwater swimming method/ Weight check, Dynamic apnea(Horizontal swimming), Rescue skill on/under the water
4) Create a logbook


4. What are the performance goals for qualification?

  • 200m swimming without equipment or 300m swimming with snorkel /fin
  • Static apnea (apnea on surface, STA): 1 minute 30 seconds
  • Dynamic apnea (horizontal underwater swimming, DYN): minimum 25m
  • Surface / underwater rescue in Confined water area
  • Review of knowledge and final exam or quick review


5. How does the course work?

1) This program is led and supervised by a Freediving instructor. The maximum number of students per instructor is limited to two to three for safety and efficiency.
2) Once you complete this course, you will be issued a C-Card, the temporary certification card which is available for 90 days before you get the actual certification. The actual certification will be mailed to your residence within one or two months.


6. What is the schedule?

PADI Free Diver course can be started at any time and completed in 2 or 3 days.

  • 1st Day Schedule
    09:00 ~ 10:30 Classroom Lesson and Theory Quick Review / Final Exam
    11:00 ~ 12:00 Stretching and breathing exercises
    13:30 ~ 15:00 Confined water Session (1)


  • 2nd Day Schedule
    08:00 ~ 09:00 Stretching and breathing exercises
    09:30 ~ 11:00 Confined water Session (2)
    13:30 ~ 15:00 Open Water Session (1)


  • Day 3 Schedule
    08:00 ~ 09:00 Stretching and breathing exercises
    10:30 ~ 12:00 Open Water Session (2)
    12:30 ~ 13:30 Logbook creation

※ Important: The following schedules are samples according to the flight schedule and may be adjusted after consulting with the instructor at the individual’s request. Schedules are subject to change due to sudden weather changes.


7. Course Price

16,000 pesos

  • Includes: Touch manual, Logbook, Equipment rental fee, cost of issuing certification (Issued as a project aware card)
  • Does not include: Additional training fee, Pool admission fee
  • SeaWorld is a 100% Project AWARE dive center.


8. How to make a reservation?

1) Online Reservation: You may make a reservation through the Booking/Inquiry board on the homepage.
2) Reservations in Boracay: You may book reservations by visiting the Sea World location one day in advance. If you book locally, you will be required to pay a deposit of 1,000 pesos per person. Making a reservation on the same day may be difficult, so please reserve in advance.



9. What’s the next step?

EFR Course
PADI Rescue Diver Course