Apnea Total

Advanced Freediver


Take your freediving to the next level and discover your true underwater potential with the Apnea Total Advanced Freediver course. This three-day certification program covers advanced breathing and freediving techniques in preparation for longer and deeper dives. Many students will be surprised that they can achieve static breath holds of over 3 minutes and dives deeper than 30 meters!

The Advanced Freediver course is spread over three days with each day having a 2-hour theory class and a 2-hour water session, totaling 4 hours a day. Prerequisite to the Advanced course is that you must have completed the Freediver course (or equivalent level certification from other organizations)

Classroom Session
  • Approximately 1.5 hours
  • Mammalian dive reflex
  • Preparation for static apnea
  • Specific breathing techniques for static apnea, pool, and dry training
  • Breath-hold exercises
  • Relaxation, mind and body control techniques
  • Training routine for increasing breath-hold capabilities
Open Water Session
  • Approximately 1.5-2 hours
  • Body position and relaxation
  • Preparation for a maximum breath-hold
  • Maximum static apnea attempts
  • Safety procedures and practice
Classroom Session
  • 1.5-2 hours
  • Advanced 4-section breathing technique
  • Pre-dive breathing pattern
  • ‘Negative Pressure Static Apnea’ (N.P.S.A.)
  • Benefits and techniques of ‘Exhale Dives’
  • Body adaptation to great pressure
Open Water Session
  • 1.5-2 hours
  • Preparation with N.P.S.A.
  • Specific breathing for exhale diving
  • Exhale dives with a maximum depth of 25 meters
  • Practice of equalization technique
  • Body relaxation and energy efficiency in the water
  • Full lung dives with a maximum depth of 30 meters
Classroom Session
  • 1.5-2 hours
  • Review of exhale dives from Day 2
  • Stages and preparation for a deep dive
  • Visualization
  • Thoracic stretches
  • Lung capacity-increasing exercises
  • Deep equalisation technique
Open Water Session
  • 1.5-2 hours
  • Stretching and breathing exercises on the boat
  • Full preparation for a deep dive
  • Exhale dives with a maximum depth of 30 metres
  • Full lung dives with a maximum depth of 40 metres

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