MERMAID & FREEDIVE COURSES
Mermaid Freedive offers the following PADI dive courses:
Skin diving is snorkeling while making breath hold dives. It's a great way to explore the underwater world and begin to learn about freediving. Available for ages 8 and older. No prior experience required.
This is a subset for the beginner freediver course! A great first step for developing freedive skills and learning the basic principles of freediving. Available for ages 12 and older. No prior experience required.
Freediver (level 1 retreat)
Your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.
The PADI Freediver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with PADI Freediver eLearning
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/80 feet.
Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal - constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.
Advanced Freediver (level 2 retreat)
Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.
To enroll, you must have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).
The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of three main phases:
Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You'll study independently using the PADI Freediver eLearning
Confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as refine static and dynamic apnea. Goal - static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2 minutes for freedivers younger than 18) and dynamic apnea of 50 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
Open water sessions to practice deeper free immersion and constant weight freedives, along with additional buddy procedures and rescue techniques. Goal - constant weight freedive of 20 meters/65 feet (15 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
Discover Mermaid Experience
The PADI Discover Mermaid experience is for participants who just want to try the feeling of transforming into a mermaid. There are no prerequisites. This experience consists of mermaid briefing and water session.
Basic Mermaid Course
This is an introductory course and consists of a knowledge development session and confined water session. You must be able to swim at least 25m and float comfortably at the surface for at least 3 minutes.
Mermaid Course (Level 1 retreat)
You must be able to swim at least 50m and float comfortably on the surface for 5 minutes. Consists of knowledge development sessions and 2 confined water sessions.
Advanced Mermaid Course (Level 2 retreat)
You must be able to swim at least 100m and float comfortably on the surface for at least 10 minutes. Consists of knowledge development sessions and 2 confined water sessions and 2 open water sessions.