PADI Advanced Freediver Course
Become a PADI Advanced Freediver
Take your freediving proficiency to the next level with a PADI Advanced Freediver Course! The Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School is a five-star certified PADI Dive Centre and your complete stop for all things diving-related in Cape Town. Join our PADI-certified Dive Instructors on an awesome underwater adventure that will bring you joy for the rest of your life... Take on the PADI Freediver course!
What is the PADI Freediver course?
Achieving a new freediving time or reaching a new depth is an incredible feeling. It satisfies that very personal desire to do your best and be proud of what you can accomplish. The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfil that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea. On completion of the course, you will be certified to a new maximum depth of 24m.
How to take part
The PADI Advanced Freediver course at the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School costs R5 400 per person. This includes everything you need for the course – digital theory packs, gear rental, final qualification certification, etc.
To enrol in a PADI Advanced Freediver course, you must be at least 15 years old and have a PADI Freediver certification (or a qualifying certification from another freediver organization).
Important medical information
To do the PADI Freediver course, you need to be reasonably healthy. You will need to complete a medical questionnaire before being allowed to dive - download it here. Have a look through the questions on page 2. If you were to answer “Yes” to any of the questions, you would need a letter from a doctor clearing you for diving. If you answer “No” to all questions, no doctor’s letter is required. Should there be an answer that concerns us, we reserve the right to ask for a referral to a diving physician. When answering these questions, honesty is of paramount importance for your safety and ours.
Flying after diving
Please be advised that you may not do this course and dive if you are planning to fly within 24 hours after diving.
The course takes three days to complete. The days do not need to be consecutive (you have up to six months to complete the course), but we strongly recommend that you complete these days in close succession so that everything is fresh in your mind.
Days typically start at 08h00 in the foyer of the Aquarium, where your dive instructor will meet you, and finish around 16h00.
Did you know?
PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organisation.
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a certified PADI Dive Centre! This means we meet all the stringent health, safety and quality requirements as set out by PADI.
Frequently asked questions
- PADI Advanced Freediver course outline
- E-Learning: Knowledge development about advanced freediving techniques and equipment. You'll study independently using the PADI Freediver eLearning (or your instructor may conduct class sessions if not available in your language).
- Day 1: Confined water pool / I &J Ocean Exhibit session to learn stretching and relaxation techniques as well as 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 metres/165 feet (40 metres/130 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
- Day 2: Open water boat / Blue Rock quarry 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 metres/50 feet for freedivers younger than 18)
- How healthy/fit do you need to be?
In order to do the Freediver course, you need to be reasonably healthy. In addition to completing the downloadable health questionnaire, you will also need to be relatively fit and able to swim.
Please be advised that you may not do this course and dive if you are planning to fly within 24 hours after the dive.
- What do you need to bring?
All you need to bring along is a swimsuit and a reusable water bottle.
We provide everything you will need on the day, including all gear, study materials, and hot showers.
Transport to the shore-entry dive sites is not included.
- Arrival at the Aquarium
Please arrive at the Two Oceans Aquarium 15 minutes before your scheduled diving slot. You may report to our Visitor Centre just inside the main entrance and the Dive School team will meet you.
- About the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School
The Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School is a certified PADI Dive Centre and your one-stop shop for all things scuba diving in Cape Town.
PADI is the world’s leading scuba diver training organisation. As a certified PADI Dive Resort, the Two Oceans Aquarium Dive School meets all the stringent health, safety and quality requirements as set out by PADI.
- Terms and conditions
Please read our terms and conditions and make sure you are eligible to dive before making your dive booking:
In line with recognised diving practice, dives may not occur if divers are to FLY less than 12 hours after the dive time (or 24 hours for the PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water courses). Please do not book if you are not sure about the exact time of your flight, especially if it is within 24 hours after your dive. This will result in forfeiting the entire dive fee.
Failing to produce your official dive qualification (eg. dive card) on the day of the dive, your dive will be cancelled and you will be liable for the full amount. We can only check your dive qualification online if you are PADI or SSI certified.
Do not book if you are not sure about your dive qualification, as this will result in forfeiting the entire dive fee. If you are unsure, please contact us at email@example.com to ensure you book the right experience for your qualification level.
If you have a valid dive qualification but have not dived for over 6 months you will be required to complete a refresher course on the day of your dive. This will be done at the Aquarium.
For safety reasons, divers must be at least 10 years old to dive in our exhibits.
Divers under 18 must have their indemnity form signed by their legal guardian. If the legal guardian will not be present on the day of the dive, they must request a copy of the indemnity form at the time of booking the dive so that it is signed in advance.
The Aquarium entrance fee is included in the rate for the diver/s on the day/s of their dive/s.
Should you cancel your dive 24 hours before the dive time, 90% of the fee will be refunded. Please be advised that the refund process may take 5 to 10 working days.
Should you cancel your dive on the day of the dive, you will forfeit the entire dive fee. No refund will be given unless it’s due to medical reasons and you can provide proof, e.g. a medical certificate.
Should you wish to postpone your dive for another day, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. If you postpone on the day of the dive, you will be charged a penalty fee of 50% of the dive fee. If the reason to postpone is medical and happened on the day of the dive, there will be no penalty fee provided you have proof, e.g. medical certificate or letter from the doctor.
Should you wish to cancel the dive upon successful completion of the Discover Scuba Dive course, a penalty fee of 50% will be charged.