Named “PADI Freediver” the program will follow the traditional PADI educational philosophy and be complete with student materials as well as instructional tools to enable suitably qualified PADI Professionals to start teaching.
The course structure will start at Basic Freediver and advance to Freediver, Advanced Freediver and PADI Master Freediver. Unlike previous “PADI Distinctive Speciality” Freediver courses available there will be distinct instructor levels of Freediver Instructor, Advanced Freediver Instructor and Master Freediver Instructor as well as the Freediver Instructor Trainer rating.
In addition the course materials will feature tablet-based training materials in the form of “PADI Freediver Touch” so students can access materials from the convenience of their tablets with or without an internet connection.
James Morgan, PADI Americas vice president of training and customer service, had this to say
“Many PADI Professionals are avid freedivers and enjoy sharing their passion for breathhold diving with others. 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 program was developed with a key advisory group including Jay Huang of Taiwan, Myoungho Noh of South Korea, Liz Parkinson of the Bahamas and Alejandro Lemus of Mexico.