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Learn to Freedive

Dive Friends Bonaire is proud to offer PADI freedive courses in an alliance with Deepsea Freediving! Deepsea Freediving offers an extensive PADI Freediver Program as well as a snorkeling program and a mermaid experience.

PADI Freediver Program

Freediving is a sport discipline that teaches you how to dive using your inward power. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. Courses offered by Deepsea Freediving are led by the legendary freediver Carlos Coste: 12x World Record Freediver; the first man to go beyond 100 meters unnassisted on a single breath; and one of the best AIDA/PADI Instructor Trainers. He and his professional team will guide you from basic techniques to the depths you feel comfortable and beyond.

PADI Freediver course

The PADI Freediver course consists of:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver TouchTM (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
  • A 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.
  • Three open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal: constant weight freedive of 10 meters/30 feet.

The course normally runs for two days. Depth range: 0-16m. To enroll, you must be at least 15 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with snorkeling, skin diving or freediving is required.

Includes:
Freediving gear (excl. wetsuit)
Comfortable conditions and logistics

Price: 390 USD (2-4 students group), 550 USD (private course)

PADI Advanced Freediver

The PADI Advanced Freediver course consists of:

  • Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver TouchTM (or your instructor may conduct class sessions).
  • A confined water session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques and 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 meters/165 feet (40 meters/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 meters/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18).

The course normally runs for two days. Depth range: 16-24m. To enroll, you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification or equivalent.

Includes:
High quality freediving gear (excl. wetsuit)
Comfortable conditions and logistics

Price: 490 USD (2-4 students group), 690 USD (private course)

PADI Master Freediver

The PADI Master Freediver course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about nutrition, relaxation and advanced breathing techniques. You’ll study independently using the PADI Freediver TouchTM (or your instructor may conduct class sessions). You’ll also complete independent research as part of the Master Freediver Assignment.
  • Two confined water sessions to improve static and dynamic apnea attempts, including a no fins dynamic apnea. Goal: static apnea of 3 minutes, 30 seconds and dynamic apnea of 70 meters/230 feet.
  • Four open water sessions to practice mouthfill equalization and perform warm-up and workup dives for free immersion and constant weight freediving. Goal: constant weight freedive of 27 meters/90 feet.

The course normally runs for three days. Depth range: 24-40m. To enroll, you must be at least 18 years old and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification or equivalent.

Includes:
High quality freediving gear (excl. wetsuit)
Comfortable conditions and logistics

Price: 590 USD (2-4 students group), 890 USD (private course)

Snorkeling program

Snorkeling PRO teaches you the very basic skills to hold your breath to do advanced snorkeling. It is the more natural way to explore coral reefs and marine life. You will enjoy the underwater world more comfortably and it is the first step towards freediving or scuba diving.

Mermaid experience

If you want to learn how to swim with a monofin or a tail like a mermaid or mermen, this class is for you! Join the mermaid program by Gaby Coste Mermaid Bonaire, which will introduce you to the magic of being a mermaid for one day… or for your entire life. Becoming a mermaid does not have an age limit on it. This is a great experience for all ages!

Mermaid Basic

Learn what it means to be a mermaid or merman, how to swim with a dolphin kick, with a monofin or with a tail, and practice your first mermaid tricks, strokes and poses. You’ll also learn how to hold your breath and relax in the water. The Mermaid Basic includes:

  • Theory briefing
  • Stretching, breathing and relaxation exercises
  • Open water session
  • Lycra, monofin or tail
  • 8 Underwater Go Pro photos

To enroll, you must be at least six years old, and you must be a comfortable swimmer.

Price: 150 USD (1-3 students), 125 USD (4-6 students), 90 USD (6-8 students)

Photo sessions

Mermaid surface sessions on request

All sessions will be on the beach with a professional photographer from 4-6pm. Special packages (e.g. mother & daughter; Mermaid Party) available on request.

Underwater photo and video session on request

If you are already a mermaid or freediver but you want to have professional underwater photos in the paradisal Bonaire waters, this can be provided.

 

Contact us with any requests (e.g. courses, photography, extra training sessions) you may have!

E-mail: info@divefriendsbonaire.com

Phone: +(599) 780-2572

PRICES

PADI Freediver course (excl. wetsuit)
Group (2-4 persons)
$390.00
PADI Freediver course
Private (excl. wetsuit)
$550.00
PADI Advanced Freediver (excl. wetsuit)
Group (2-4 persons)
$490.00
PADI Advanced Freediver (excl. wetsuit)
Private
$690.00
PADI Master Freediver
(excl. wetsuit)
Group (2-4 persons)
$590.00
PADI Master Freediver
(excl. wetsuit)
Private
$890.00
Mermaid Basic
(1-3 students)
$150.00
Mermaid Basic
(4-6 students)
$125.00
Mermaid Basic
(6-8 students)
$90.00

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