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SSI Freediving Course - 2 Days Pool and Fresh Water Crater Lake Rainforest Experience with Scubabo

Experience the captivating wonder of Freediving with Scubabo. This 2 day course includes pool and theory components at our Cairns based facility and an open water practical day in a real crater lake!


  • SSI Freediving Level 1 qualification - no previous experience required
  • Learn from a qualified professional SSI instructors
  • Learn to freedive in open water environments to a maximum depth of 20 metres

***This course is suitable for complete beginners!!!*** You don't need any prior experience with freediving - just the ability to swim. Our fun and friendly team are here to make sure you have a fun and enjoyable experience within your personal limits, all are welcome!!!

Learn how to dive on a single breath unencumbered by scuba gear. Explore the underwater in a fresh water crater lake!

On the first day, you will receive valuable tips on how to improve equalization, learn about freediving breathing techniques for before and after diving, a dry breath hold, relaxation, physiology and safety procedures.

During a practical pool session, you will progressively learn about technique including adequate finning, body positioning and being more streamlined.

The following day you go out into the Cairns Hinterland to preform a practical in the purest way possible. Your dedicated instructors will assist you in practising pull down and duck dive descents, equalising techniques before issuing you your freediving certification.


Classroom and Pool

Pool Activities and Theory Components / Exam

8.00 am - 4.00 pm

  • Breathhold techniques
  • Equalisation techniques
  • Physiology of Freediving
  • Warm up and stretching exercises
  • Coaching on streamline techniques
  • Diver rescues
  • DAY 2

    Open Water Practical Component

    Crater Lake in the Cairns Hinterland

    8.00 am - 5.00 pm

  • Transfer via bus from Cairns
  • Practical in-water techniques
  • Experience the most natural form of diving possible and unlock a whole new aspect of underwater exploration!

    Meeting Location 32 Chaplain Ave, Manunda


    Minimum age: 12 years

    Must be able to swim

    Per Person $499.00

    What's included

    • Cost includes all SSI training materials and fees
    • Includes transfers and a day in the Cairns Hinterland at a real Crater Lake
    • Full coaching and techniques from professional instructors
    • A full 2 days of fun with a great small group of people!


    • The duration of this experience is 2 days


    • 15 minutes from Cairns City Centre


    • Minimum age: 12
    • Must be able to swim


    • Medical A dive/freedive medical is only required if you fall into one or more of the following categories: Those with an at risk medical condition; or are over 45 years of age; or have a body mass index (BMI) over 30 AND a waist circumference greater than 102cm for males and 88cm for females. If you fall into one or more of these categories you will need to obtain a diving medical (AS4005.1) The cost is roughly $100AUD and takes about 45 minutes to complete with a registered diving doctor.

    10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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