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PADI Free Dive Courses

The vast expanse of the ocean has forever been a siren call to those who yearn for adventure. Its depths, teeming with life and shrouded in mystery, beckon the brave to explore. Free diving stands out as a unique communion with this underwater realm, where the diver, unencumbered by extensive equipment, relies solely on their breath, skill, and intuition. It’s a dance between human potential and the ocean’s embrace.

At Diving Koh Chang, we are proud to offer PADI’s esteemed free dive courses. Recognized worldwide, PADI’s curriculum ensures that every diver, whether a novice taking their first breath-hold dive or an expert plunging into the abyss, receives training that is both safe and professional. Our commitment is to guide you on this transformative journey, ensuring every dive is a harmonious blend of thrill, exploration, and safety. Let’s embark on this underwater odyssey together, where every dive deepens not just our understanding of the ocean but also our connection to it.

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1. PADI Free Diver

The foundational course introduces participants to the world of free diving. It covers the essential principles, breath-hold techniques, and provides initial experience in confined water settings. This course is designed for beginners and sets the stage for deeper exploration.

  • Entry Level: Suitable for those 12 years and older with basic swimming skills. No prior experience in snorkeling, skin diving, or free diving is necessary.
  • Goals:
    • Achieve a static apnea of 90 seconds.
    • Cover a distance of 25 meters/80 feet in dynamic apnea.
    • Reach a depth of 10 meters/30 feet in constant weight freedive.
  • Pricing: THB 10.000 all-in price

2. Advanced Free Diver

Building on the basics, this course delves into more advanced free diving techniques and challenges divers with deeper dives. It offers a blend of knowledge development, confined water sessions, and open water dives, emphasizing physiological understanding and skill refinement.

  • Entry Level: Must be at least 15 years old, hold a PADI Free diver certification or its equivalent, and have completed the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months.
  • Goals:
    • Achieve a static apnea of 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
    • Cover a distance of 50 meters/165 feet in dynamic apnea.
    • Reach a depth of 20 meters/65 feet in constant weight freedive.
  • Pricing: THB 10.000 all-in price
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3. Master Free Diver

The pinnacle of PADI’s free diving education, this course is tailored for those aiming for elite levels. It covers advanced topics, fine-tunes techniques, and challenges divers with even deeper dives. The Master Free diver course represents the culmination of the free diving journey, preparing divers for the highest levels of the sport.

  • Entry Level: Participants must be 18 years or older, possess an Advanced Freediver certification or its equivalent, and have completed the Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months.
  • Goals:
    • Achieve a static apnea of 3 minutes, 30 seconds.
    • Cover a distance of 70 meters/230 feet in dynamic apnea.
    • Reach a depth of 32 meters/105 feet in constant weight freedive.
  • Pricing: THB 28.000 all-in price

Each course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge of the previous one, ensuring a comprehensive and safe progression into the depths of free diving.

Free Diving Equipment: Dive with Confidence

Free diving is a unique discipline that requires specialized equipment to ensure safety, comfort, and optimal performance. At the core of this equipment list are the mask, snorkel, and fins, designed to provide clear vision, efficient breathing at the surface, and powerful propulsion underwater. A well-fitted wetsuit ensures thermal protection, allowing divers to stay comfortable during prolonged dives. Additionally, a weight belt helps in achieving neutral buoyancy, ensuring divers can effortlessly glide through the water.

While some might think of using regular snorkeling gear, it’s essential to understand that free diving equipment is tailored for the sport’s specific demands. For instance, free diving fins are longer, providing more efficient propulsion with each kick, and masks are low-volume, ensuring easier equalization at depth.

For those embarking on their free diving journey with us, there’s good news! We understand the importance of quality equipment and its role in a diver’s experience and safety. That’s why we proudly provide all the necessary gear, ensuring it’s not only of top-notch quality but also perfectly suited to each diver’s needs. Dive into the world of free diving with us, equipped with the best, and experience the ocean like never before.

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Start NOW with your Free Dive Course on Koh Chang

Dive into a world of wonder with our free diving courses on the breathtaking Koh Chang! Whether you’re just starting with our entry course or taking the plunge deeper with the advanced, there’s no better place to immerse yourself than the crystal-clear waters of Koh Chang. Every dive reveals a new secret, from vibrant marine life to the serene beauty of the underwater realm. Why wait for ‘someday’ when the ocean’s calling is now? With our expert guidance and the island’s natural splendor, it’s an experience you’ll cherish forever. Don’t let another moment slip by; dive into your free diving adventure with us today!

Frequently asked Question about the Free Dive Courses

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Your safety is our utmost priority. All our instructors are PADI-certified and have extensive knowledge of Koh Chang’s diving conditions. We ensure that every piece of equipment meets the highest safety standards. Moreover, our dive spots, including the favored HTMS Chang, are chosen with careful consideration of the day’s weather and water conditions, guaranteeing a safe and enriching free diving experience.

While the allure of Koh Chang’s ocean is undeniable, we believe in a gradual and comfortable introduction to free diving. Often, we commence our courses in a pool setting, especially for beginners. This controlled environment is perfect for mastering breath-holding techniques and understanding basic free diving principles. Once you’re confident, we transition to the open waters, with the iconic HTMS Chang wreck being one of our preferred dive sites.

Absolutely! Koh Chang’s diverse marine environment caters to both novices and seasoned divers. For beginners, our entry course is meticulously designed to introduce you to the wonders of free diving. With the gentle waters around Koh Chang serving as your playground, you’ll be guided through every breath and dive, ensuring a memorable and safe introduction to the sport.

Koh Chang’s underwater realm is a mosaic of life. From the intricate patterns of coral reefs to the dance of tropical fish, every dive is a visual treat. The waters around the island are home to a diverse range of marine species. And, for those diving around the HTMS Chang, the wreck itself has become a thriving marine habitat, offering a unique blend of history and natural beauty on every dive.

Koh Chang is not just another diving destination; it’s a free diver’s paradise. The island boasts crystal-clear waters, teeming with vibrant marine life, and offers a serene underwater environment that’s unparalleled. The natural beauty of Koh Chang, both above and below the water, provides an immersive backdrop for learning and practicing free diving. It’s an experience that seamlessly blends adventure with nature’s tranquility.

About the Author

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Maurice van den Heuvel

With 15 years of expertise as a scuba diving instructor, I've guided countless individuals through the aquatic wonders of our world. An entrepreneur with successful business ventures across Europe, I also channel my passion into web creation — including this site. My journey has taken me from the south of the Netherlands to the serene waters of Koh Chang. Dive with me and benefit from a legacy of trust, experience, and unwavering passion.