Freedive Ningaloo

We start breathing the day we’re born, and take 22,000 breaths a day, everyday, for the rest of our lives. Breathing is untaught, it’s instinctive, it’s automatic. You breathe faster if you’re active, slower when at rest; you breathe shallow if you’re anxious, deeper when relaxed. Breathing powers our body and our minds, it controls you; until you learn to control your breathing.

 

Freediving is the purest form of underwater exploration where divers learn to supercharge their breath-holding ability and swim to depth using only a mask and fins. No heavy air tank, no scuba speed limit, nothing but the natural underwater world surrounding you. All of us have the potential to enjoy long periods underwater by learning how to harness the ‘Diving Reflex’ shared by dolphins, whales, seals and nearly all mammals, birds and reptiles.

 

Immerse yourself on the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef and discover your diving ability 

 

Freedive Ningaloo

Our ocean enthusiast and Freediving Instructor Josh will guide you step by step through detailed workshops on breath-hold training, aquatic physiology, freedive efficiency, depth adaption and much much more. We aim to create freedivers who have the knowledge, ability and confidence to continue their training and ocean exploration long after completing their certification.

 

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

[Follow or contact Josh on Social Media: Instagram @FreediverJosh]

FAQs

What is the difference between freediving and snorkeling?

  • By using a mask and snorkel (sometimes with fins) snorkelers get to see what’s underwater, whilst typically remaining on the surface. People who snorkel well and frequently may learn to dive down a little to get closer to the marine life, yet snorkeling remains a casual activity. Freediving on the other hand, is the learned ability to dive below the surface and spend extended periods of time underwater on a single breath. Though breath control, efficient technique and adaptation training, newly qualified freedivers comfortably explore depths from  5-20m, and can learn to hold their breath for minutes underwater.

 

I struggle to hold my breath. Can I still freedive?

  • EVERYONE struggles to hold their breath until they are taught how to hold their breath. This is the reason why learning how to freedive can be so mindblowing and fulfilling, because you discover and develop an ability you never even knew you had. Learning breath control through specialised breathing techniques changes the bodies need for oxygen and prolongs the need to breath; this is the foundational lesson of freediving.

 

Do I need to be a strong swimmer?

  • Prior to starting the course, students are required to swim 200m unaided in the water. There is no time limit for this swim, it is merely to confirm that you have the minimum water confidence and physical ability needed to be safely introduced to freediving.

 

Why should I do a freediving course? What will I get out of it?

  • Everyone starts to freedive for their own reasons. Whether that be for confidence in the water, a longer breath hold, a deeper dive, for photography, spearfishing, surf survival, underwater exploration, self exploration, or just the pure joy of being in the water; freediving is for everyone, and everyone can benefit from the knowledge and skills gained through freediving. You will learn how to calm your mind, calm your body, swim efficiently, equalise pain free, and explore the underwater world.

 

Is freediving dangerous?

  • Due to the aquatic dangers of all water sports, freediving has developed a strict and safety focused approach to everything we teach and practice. Prior to starting the course, you will be required to complete a medical screening questionnaire to rule out any predisposing factors. Everything you will learn throughout your freediving course will build upon a foundational understanding of the bodies limitations and how to safely train and progress as a freediver. (P.S. remember to NEVER FREEDIVE ALONE OR DO IN WATER TRAINING ALONE.)

 

Safety precautions?

  • Safety is at the heart of freediving. We want all our students to feel confident in the water and know their wellbeing and comfort is our highest priority. To name a few precautions: 1) Our Freediving instructor Josh is a trained first aider (and first aid trainer), and has 5 years of water sport instructional experience teaching across the globe. 2) Freediving is taught progressionally, whereby foundational skills are practiced and mastered in the shallows before going deeper. You will never be pressured into attempting something that makes you feel uncomfortable, the whole point of freediving is to feel relaxed and enjoy your time underwater  3) In the event of an emergency, oxygen and Emergency first aid will always be present, at the pool, on the beach and on the boat

 

Is Freediving suitable for children?

  • Every child who learns to ride a bike, also learns the rules of riding a bike safely; wear a helmet, don’t ride across roads, use your breaks down hills etc. If your child enjoys being in and under the water, should they not learn how to maximise this enjoyment safely? Freediving teaches the foundations of water safety, how to avoid dangers, how to help others, how to relax and breathe properly while snorkelling and diving. (The minimum age to start the Basic Freediver course is 1o yrs, and for the Lv.1 Course 12 yrs.)

 

What depth will we be training in? What depth will we be diving to?

  • Coral Bay is the perfect place for introductory Freediving courses. Prior to training in depth, we will practice our skills from the beach where we can stand if needed and then venture out to explore the reef in 4-5m of water surrounded by pristine coral and fish. Our depth training will start in a very protected dive site around 10-12m depth. Here we will apply our new skills and progress towards the bottom. If we’re successful and comfortable (weather conditions allowing), we can continue to areas of the bay that drop to 20m (max depth for Lv.1 Course).

 

How long does a Freediving course take?

  • The Lv.1 Freediver Course takes 2 ½ days. One evening session followed by 2 full days training. View outline here: LEVEL 1 FREEDIVER
  • The Basic Freediver Course is the first 1 ½ days of the Lv.1 course. One evening followed by a full day’s training. View outline here: BASIC FREEDIVER
  • Contact us for up to date scheduled courses and bookings – 0498 962 867 or email: freediving@ningaloocoralbay.com

 

How much does a Freediving course cost?

  • The Lv.1 Course is $550, and the Basic Course is $350. This includes all equipment hire, a day out on the Ningaloo reef with an opportunity to swim with manta rays (only on Lv.1. Course), RAID materials and certification, no hidden costs. Bay View camping and backpacker guests also receive 10% off!

 

What equipment do I need, or what’s provided?

  • All specialised Freediving equipment is provided on the course. This includes; low volume mask and snorkel, freediving fins, weight belt, freediving buoys (wetsuits in winter). Feel free to bring any of your own gear as well, or check out our retail equipment in the store.

 

Are there any pre-requirements before starting the course?

  • Prior to starting your Freediving course, you will be required to complete a medical screening questionnaire: FREEDIVE NINGALOO_RSTC-Medical-Questionaire-for-Scuba-Diving. This is to rule out any predisposing factors (such as fainting/epilepsy/recent surgeries) and to ensure you’re medically fit to begin freediving.
  • You will also be required to swim 200m unassisted at the start of the course. We encourage you to attempt this beforehand and to spend time in the water leading up to your course to make sure you’re comfortable in the water.

 

What to bring?

  • Bring everything you would usually bring to the beach; water bottle, towel, sunscreen, hat, light snacks. All equipment is provided, and then the best thing about freediving is that our lungs, brains and bodies are the most important pieces of equipment!

 

What can I do prior to the course to prepare?

  • Prior to arriving and starting your course, you can sign up to RAID Freediving online and create an account [https://www.freedivingraid.com/asp/members/register.asp?fromdc=142]. From there you will be able to pass the medical questionnaire and liability paperwork, download your manuals, and get studying!
  • It’s also highly recommended that you spend as much time in the water before starting your course, a recurring factor among successful students is water comfortability whether that be a pool, beach, or open water (DO NOT PRACTICE BREATH HOLD DIVING IN THE WATER ALONE).

 

Places to stay?

  • Coral Bay is a small town with accommodation options for all tastes and budgets. Rest assured that everything in the bay is a within 5 minutes walk to the pool and the beach. Check out our selection of accommodation here: https://www.ningaloocoralbay.com/accommodation/

 

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Bron – 

  1. Why did you sign up to the Freediving Course in Coral Bay?

– I was living in Coral Bay and felt comfortable on the reef there. Freediving had always sparked my interest, so I saw it as a good opportunity to give it a go in a familiar environment with an instructor I trusted.

  1. What swimming/diving/water experience did you have before starting the course?

– I grew up swimming competitively all through school, so most of my water experience was in a pool. I completed my advanced scuba certification a few months prior to the Freediving course which I think helped me get comfortable with depth in the ocean.

  1. Do you think Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are a good place to learn how to Freedive and why?

– Yes, I believe Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are a great place to learn to Freedive. The shallower depth gradients help you to really focus on the fundamental techniques and build confidence as you develop your skills. When you start to really flow into the dive, the beautiful reef just adds to your relaxed state.

  1. What did you enjoy most, or what surprised you about the course?

– I really enjoyed the challenge of building confidence under the water and seeing the improvements in my technique and breath hold in every session.

  1. How do you think your new Freediving skills will be used and/or benefit you in the future?

– I’ve already seen huge benefits in gaining some Freediving skills physically with increasing my lung capacity and look forward to using my new skills further for Crayfishing and snorkelling in new locations.

 

Loui – 

  1. Why did you sign up to the Freediving Course in Coral Bay?

– I signed up to the free diving course in coral bay to discover my body’s potential so that I can explore deeper and expand my understanding of the mysteries of the ocean.

  1. What swimming/diving/water experience did you have before starting the course?

– Before starting the course I had experience as a scuba diver, I became a dive master and that brought me to use the ocean as an office. I’ve always had a passion for the ocean since I was a kid.

  1. Do you think Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are a good place to learn how to Freedive and why?

– I found Coral Bay in the Ningaloo Reef to be a very inspiring place for learning to free dive. the laid back life style of the town made learning feel effortless. During the practical sessions we got to experience the incredibly diverse ecosystems of the reef, which left me feeling motivated to explore freediving further!

  1. What did you enjoy most, or what surprised you about the course?

– I enjoyed learning new skills and techniques that allowed me to discover more of my body’s potential. I was surprised by how quickly and easily the new techniques improved my abilities in the water!

  1. How do you think your new Freediving skills will be used and/or benefit you in the future?

– I will be using my new freediving skills to do some training and try to fix myself some goals, but also for fun to go and explore the reef. The relaxation skills will also benefit me in everyday’s life and help me focus and my breathing.

 

Fabi – 

  1. Why did you sign up to the Freediving Course in Coral Bay?

– I was always interested in freediving to learn the technique to hold your breath longer

  1. What swimming/diving/water experience did you have before starting the course?

– Only snorkelling, no diving experience at all

  1. Do you think Coral Bay and the Ningaloo Reef are a good place to learn how to Freedive and why?

– Perfect place to learn how to freedive, shallow water and sandy beach. Lots of fish to keep your mind distracted underwater.

  1. What did you enjoy most, or what surprised you about the course?

– Whole course was very interesting. I’ve learned a lot about what your body is able to do with the right technique

  1. How do you think your new Freediving skills will be used and/or benefit you in the future?

– I’ll definitely continue practicing freediving to hold my breath longer. Also it’ll be beneficial for my surfing

 

Freedive Ningaloo

Our mission is to provide environmentally friendly, sustainable and informative Ningaloo Reef experiences for our guests. To share our passion and knowledge of the World Heritage Listed reef and ensure the protection of this delicate ecosystem and its abundant marine life for the future.

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