Dive into the world of freediving with the PADI basic and beginner freedive certification courses! Whether you want to become a certified diver for fun, for your career, for a dive shop or so that you can eventually become an instructor yourself - we are here for you! Courses are led by Zeke Motta - an experienced freediver, breath coach and former NFL player and professional mermaid Brandee Anthony.
Courses are available on select dates below or you can book a private session on your chosen date! Once you sign up, you will receive an email with event info, payment link and forms for you to fill out. Be sure to check prerequisites and requirements for the courses you are interested in below before signing up! You must supply all your own equipment: mask, snorkel, wetsuit if needed and weight belt.
Skin diver and Basic Freediver classes are only available via private bookings and are held at a pool in Vero Beach, Florida! Contact us to book your session today! Available anytime!
Mermaid Freedive® offers the following PADI freedive courses:
PADI Skindiver $150 +PADI fees
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. Class is about two hours.
PADI Basic Freediver $300 +PADI fees ($400 total)
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. Class is about four hours
PADI Freediver $450 +PADI fees ($550 total)
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. class is held over two days.
PADI 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
Add a photo and/or video package onto any course or book it independently! Available for underwater and dry land sessions.
Content & Photography Classes $350+
Enhance your skills as a content creator and photographer! Learn all you need to know to get to the next level in your media journey whether it be for yourself of for your business! Can be added on to any class above if applicable or held virtually via zoom.