Join PADI at Surf Expo Sept 7-9

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Calling all Florida divers! Join us at Surf Expo on Saturday, September 8th to learn more about the value of the PADI Freediver course for your business and meet some of our team!  The show features more than 2,500 booths of apparel and hardgoods and a full line-up of special events, including fashion shows, annual awards ceremonies, and demos.

In addition to our freediving booth, PADI will be offering a free discover static apnea course for those interested in the experience.

PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer, Forrest Simon, PADI AmbassaDiver Andre Miller,  PADI Freediver Instructor Kristofer Landers, and Cressi’s Caribbean Manager, Theo Knevel will be leading the static apnea freediving course.

Contact theo.knevel@cressiusa.com or dial +1 (201) 594-1450 to reserve your spot!

First PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course in the United States

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Break out the champagne!

What a groundbreaking week for the PADI Freediver Program! This past week, three Freediver Instructor Candidates successfully completed the first PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course in the United States. This PADI “first” was instructed by PADI Ambassadiver™ and Freediver Instructor Trainer Forrest Simon of Go Native Freediving in Williston, Florida, home of the world-famous Devil’s Den and Blue Grotto fresh-water springs. The candidates included two South Florida watermen, Roy Ferreira and Willy Yuque, as well as recently spotlighted PADI Divemaster, 66-year-old John Harkins from Huntsville, Alabama. John’s completion of the PADI Freediver Instructor Course culminates the incredible first leg of his freediver journey which begun less than a year ago.

The four-day course consisted of skill building and knowledge development workshops that focused on instructional development, technique proficiency, and PADI Standards and Procedures, all designed to arm the Instructor candidates with the ability to teach the physical and mental skillset needed by every single one of their future PADI Freediver students.

Congratulations to Forrest and PADI’s newest Freediver Professionals, Roy, Willy and John, who are integral to establishing a safe, competent and credible PADI Freediver community.

Don’t Miss the PADI Freediver Webinar

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The PADI Freediver™ program, released in late 2015, is quickly gaining popularity worldwide. To help you start your next underwater adventure, PADI is conducting a webinar for all Members who want to learn how freediving can benefit you both personally and professionally through the PADI Freediver series of courses. Attending this webinar will prepare you with the information needed to take the next big step in the dive industry. Don’t miss out! Click on the Register Now link to sign up and reserve your spot today.

20 October 2016 from 9:00 – 10:00 am (PDT)

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If you are unable to attend the webcast at this time, a recorded version will be posted shortly.  Be sure to check the Freediver Training Essentials page under the Freediver tab at the PADI Pros’ Site or contact Eric Albinsson at eric.albinsson@padi.com.

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Is Freediver Right for You?

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By now you’ve likely heard about the PADI Freediver™ program; there’s a bunch of information out there (especially in the first quarter 2016 The Undersea Journal® and, of course, on PADI.com). Some PADI Pros have taken to it like ducks to water, while others may be a bit hesitant about leaping in and still have questions.

For those in the latter camp, here are a couple of big reasons to consider, if not leaping, then at least sticking a toe into freediving waters.

First, it’s fun. You almost certainly already enjoy casual freediving and the freedom of diving without scuba. While you probably have above-average freediving skills, you may not be interested in intense competition or breaking records. Perfect. Taking the PADI Freediver course is an obvious first step and a great way to fine tune your skills while taking a good look at the program and its support materials from a professional’s perspective.

You can do just that, and a whole lot more, on 19 November at DEMA Show 2016. There’ll be a half-day special event covering the PADI Basic Freediver course with role-model knowledge development and confined water sessions. The course also includes PADI Freediver TouchTM and certification as a PADI Basic Freediver; you can complete the two open water sessions later to become a PADI Freediver. PADI staff will also answer any remaining questions you may have at the event. Sign up by 3 November so you have time to read through and study the learning materials. No special freediving equipment required – just regular fins, mask and snorkel.

Not able to make it to DEMA? You can do something similar at a PADI Freediver Center near you.

After the course you’ll be equipped to decide whether or not to upgrade your skills to the PADI Advanced Freediver or Master Freediver levels, and later become a PADI Freediver Instructor.

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Which brings up the second big reason to get serious about freediving: It’s one of the fastest-growing dive-industry segments and PADI Freediver courses provide you with new business opportunities and a pipeline to younger customers. If you have any doubts about this, take a moment to read some of the articles in this year’s issues of The Undersea Journal, in which PADI Members already in the freediving business share some of their unique insights.

There’s probably no need by now to mention any of the myriad other freediving benefits – such as personal fitness, the ease of just grabbing your gear and going or the fact that you can sneak right up on the shiest of aquatic animals. (But we went ahead and mentioned them anyway!) It’s time to hold your breath.

PADI Freediver Instructor Orientations

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PADI has just released the dates for the next two PADI Freediver Instructor Orientations, accessible online and in person. The PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation is for current freediving instructors certified through other organizations than PADI, who are not already Teaching status PADI OWSIs or higher.

View the certification course equivalency chart to see how other agencies’ freediving certifications compare to PADI Freediver.

Upon completion of the orientation program you will be certified as a PADI Freediver Instructor, PADI Advanced Freediver Instructor, or PADI Master Freediver Instructor depending on what freediver instructor certification levels you hold with the other organization. The in-person instructor orientation is a half-day event followed in some locations by an optional in-water skills workshop.

View the upcoming courses and access the registration form through the links below.

Regional Headquarter Date Location Program Registration information
PADI Americas 10 May 2016 (10am PST/1pm EST) Webinar (Online) PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation Download registration form
PADI Americas 2 June 2016 Roatan PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation (followed by optional in-water workshop) Download registration form

If you are interested in teaching PADI Freediver but the options above do not work for you, please contact Eric.Albinsson@padi.com for more information on how you can become a PADI Freediver Instructor.

PADI Freediver Program Launching November 2015

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As PADI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, the organization is expanding beyond scuba diving to offer training in one of the fastest growing dive industry segments – freediving. Continuing the core business practice of delivering high quality instructional courses, the PADI Freediver™ program will debut in November at DEMA Show 2015 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

“Many PADI Professionals are avid freedivers and enjoy sharing their passion for breathhold diving with others,” says James Morgan, PADI Americas vice president of training and customer service. “The number of self-authored PADI Distinctive Specialty courses involving freediving has grown over the past few years and the popularity of the PADI Free Diving Distinctive Specialty course released in 2014 is further evidence of this rapidly expanding market. As mainstream interest in the sport swells, freediving is a natural extension for dive education and the industry as a whole.”

The PADI Freediver program is complete with student materials and instructional tools that follow the PADI educational philosophy, which makes it easy for qualified PADI Professionals to quickly start teaching. Like all PADI courses, the program was bred from first-hand experience as industry experts and competitive freedivers played a critical role in its development. This key advisory group, including Jay Huang of Taiwan, Myoungho Noh of South Korea, Liz Parkinson of the Bahamas, Samphire Amps of the United Kingdom, Karol Meyer of Brazil and Alejandro Lemus of Mexico, worked closely with the PADI organization to establish a freediving training curriculum that addresses technique, form and safety for nearly any experience level.

“The PADI Freediver program provides PADI Members with additional revenue generating opportunities by allowing them to expand their course offerings and reach a younger demographic,” says Bob Coleman, PADI Americas vice president of sales and field services. “PADI Freediver will also help PADI Retail and Resort members increase equipment sales.”

The PADI Freediver tiered course structure has participants build upon their skill sets and knowledge as they advance from PADI Freediver to PADI Advanced Freediver and, ultimately, PADI Master Freediver.  The program provides three corresponding instructor levels (Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor and Master Freediver Instructor), as well as a Freediver Instructor Trainer rating. There is also a subset program called Basic Freediver where students earn a certification in confined water.

PADI Freediver will feature quality, tablet-based training materials so students can access PADI Freediver Touch from the convenience of their tablets with or without an internet connection.  As with other PADI Touch products, PADI has employed the latest training techniques and leveraged the latest technology to create a cutting-edge program.  Adobe, who produces the Digital Publishing Suite software upon which Touch products are built, recognized PADI for crafting a product that boasts the “entertainment factor of video with the rich content of a book for a truly immersive, effective training experience.”

PADI will unveil the program at DEMA Show from 4-7 November 2015. PADI Members can learn more about the program, find out how they can incorporate it into their course offerings and explore Freediver Touch at the show.

For more information regarding the PADI Freediver program, download the PADI Freediver FAQs or contact your PADI regional manager or sales consultant.