This course is best for those who have had some time to get comfortable with the skills they have learned in the Level 1 course (able to comfortably and consistently reach depths of 20m/66') and are ready to take their freediving abilities to the next level. We will teach you how to train your body for freediving and upgrade relevant skills such relaxation, equalization, and finning techniques. You will gain knowledge about how to dive deeper and will be introduced to the most fun part of freediving: Free fall! You get to experience what it's like to stop working and start surrendering. No more kicking, no more pulling, and definitely no fighting… Your only work is to relax more and let the ocean pull you deeper. This course includes one classroom session, one pool session and two open water sessions.
Online Materials Classroom Review
Just Get Wet HQ, 3719 Mission Blvd, San Diego CA
Pool instruction (statics, dynamics, technique)
The Plunge in Mission Beach
Open water diving (skills, safety)
La Jolla Shores
Open water diving (depth!)
La Jolla Shores
Online Learning Curriculum:
- History of freediving
- Frenzel equalization
- Introduction to air control: Reverse packs or grouper calls
- Preventing potential traumas
- Effects of depth
- Written exam
Pool Learning Curriculum:
- Additional equipment
- Improvements of techniques
- Dynamic swimming (55M)
- Buddying and rescue procedures (repetition)
- Improving Dynamic No Fins (DNF) technique (35m)
- Introduction to the monofin technique
Open Water Curriculum:
- Improvement of equalization: Frenzel technique
- Usage of lanyards
- Free fall technique
- Further safety and rescue: Rescue from 15+m
- Introduction to Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) to 15m
- Application of air control (Grouper Call and Reverse Packing)
- Improve your relaxation while focusing on your freediving technique
As a certified Level 2 freediver you will be able to meet the following requirements:
- 2:30+ min Static Breath Hold (STA)
- 55+m Dynamic With Fins (DYN)
- 35+m Dynamic No Fins (DNF)
- 24 – 30m CWT and FIM in the open water
- 15m Constant Weight No Fins (CNF)
- Free fall technique
We have all the gear you will need for this course available for you to rent (with the exception of ear plugs and a dive watch). You will have the option to add rental gear to your order at checkout. If you would like to rent any gear, please show up 30 minutes early to the first day of class to make sure your gear fits properly. It is your responsibility to pick up your gear ahead of time and drop it off at the shop after the completion of the class, which the shop staff will instruct you on.
Mask – A low volume spearfishing/freediving mask. A standard snorkel/scuba mask is OK for the Level 1 Freediver course.
Snorkel – A simple J. style snorkel
Wetsuit – This is your most important piece of equipment. For San Diego, it’s highly recommended to have a 5mm proper spearfishing or freediving two piece, open cell inner/nylon outer suit. If you don’t have access to this suit, then a very well fitting 5mm full neoprene suit, preferably with a hood is OK. A proper freediving suit will positively influence your course experience. You will need your wetsuit for the pool and the open water portion. You may also bring an additional surf wetsuit for the pool if you would rather keep your diving wetsuit dry for the open water sessions.
Fins – Longblade freediving fins. Standard snorkel/scuba fins are acceptable for the Level 1 Freediver course. We do not accept “split fins” or the full open heel and bootie style.
Weight belt – A rubber weight belt is preferred.
Weights – A selection of 1lb and/or 2lb weights, most people use 5-10lbs.
Freediving Computer – Something that can record your depth. We will go over setting alarms, meeting a buddy at depth, and proper surface intervals. If you do not have a dive watch that is ok, please bring a watch that can keep time.