Basic Freediving

Freediving is more than just an adventure. It’s a lifestyle choice and the most wonderful journey of your life. Become a certified freediver and you’ll discover the sense of freedom and tranquility that keeps freedivers returning to the water time and again. During this entry-level program, you will learn all you need to safely freedive with a buddy in a pool/confined waters up to a depth of 5 meters and earn your SSI Basic Freediving certification.

Facts and Training Standards

Discover the ultimate freedom that freediving brings, with the SSI Basic Freediving program. This is where your lifelong journey as a certified freediver starts. Online training is combined with in-water practice sessions in this program, to give you all the skills and knowledge you need to freedive safely with a buddy. Upon completion of the program, you’ll earn your SSI Basic Freediving certification.

Minimum Age for Participation 10
Available as Junior Program Yes
Minimum Age (Junior Program) Not applicable / mandatory
Certification Prerequisites Not applicable / mandatory
Amount of Academic Sessions 4
Amount of Pool/Confined Water Sessions 2
Amount of Open Water Dives Not applicable / mandatory
Maximum Training Depth Not applicable / mandatory
Suggested Duration of the Training Program 06-08 h



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Start freediving with SSI

Scuba Schools International (SSI) began in 1970 and today we are the name to trust in the freediving industry. We represent more than 3,300 training centers and resorts in over 130 countries and have over 50,000 affiliated SSI Professionals and growing every day. We want you to be a safe and confident freediver who can explore underwater environments with ease, and our training reflects that. With our uncompromising methodology, SSI freediving certification programs are always of the highest standard, helping you become the best freediver possible. We know many dive sites require different skills, knowledge, experience and equipment and we have a range of SSI freediving programs to meet those needs. There’s an SSI freediving course for nearly every dive environment and personal passion you might have. We work closely with our instructors, dive centers and resorts around the world, to ensure you get the best possible freediving experience wherever you choose to freedive.

Are you ready to start the adventure of a lifetime? Our freediving learning materials are available online and in more than 30 languages. Start your freediving journey with us today.