Freediving Courses 2017

Are you already an avid scuba diver but dream of gliding effortlessly through the water without all the equipment? Or maybe you are new to the underwater world and want to expand your confidence in the water? Whether you are an elite swimmer or a total landlubber, freediving has something to offer you.

Freediving really gives you exactly what the name suggests: freedom. In freediving, as opposed to scuba diving, you are able to swim around without restraints, up and down as you like, with no bulky tank on your back or bubbles upsetting the water. You can get closer to marine life than you ever thought possible and all is done in complete silence. Passionate freedivers describe it as underwater meditation.

Freediving courses are the latest additions to the PADI industry. Combining all the best elements from other organizations, the PADI Basic Freediver, Freediver, Advanced Freediver and Master Freediver courses are safe, empowering and lots of fun!

What will you learn?

Ask any freediver, and they will tell you that freediving is a sport not requiring physical training as much as it does mental. Controlling your mind and getting to know your own body is a huge part of becoming a freediver.

In the PADI freediver courses you will learn to achieve this through breathing patterns, relaxation exercises and knowledge about the physiological processes in your body. You will learn what happens in our bodies when we enter the water, how pressure changes affect you, as well as how oxygen and carbon dioxide levels relate to your breathhold.

You will also learn about the different disciplines of competitive freediving, as well as safety protocols, emergency management and proper freediving techniques.

PADI Freediver/Basic Freediver


  • Freediver – 15 years old
  • Basic Freediver – 12 years old

In the PADI Freediver course you will get all the tools you need to become a freediver. The course consists of three main phases:

  • Knowledge development about freediving principles through independent study with the PADI Freediver Touch™, concluded with a classroom presentation by your instructor.
  • Confined water session to learn breathhold techniques as well as static and dynamic apnea. Goal – static apnea of 90 seconds and dynamic apnea of 25 metres/80 feet.

Open water sessions to practice free immersion and constant weight freedives, plus proper buddy procedures. Goal – constant weight freedive of 10 metres/30 feet.

PADI Advanced Freediver, Master Freediver and Freediver Instructor courses can be arranged upon request.

Tec Diving Camp – March 2017

Bocas Dive Center is pleased to announce that Jeff Loflin will present a week of  Tech seminars on sidemount diving and other topics, during March 10 to 19 at Bocas Dive Center.  You will be fascinated by Jeff’s account of how sidemount diving first originated in Cave Diving, then progressed into Technical Open Water Diving and is now making its way into the recreational scuba diving community.  Jeff has developed an accredited course, recognized by the major certification agencies, for the application of Sidemount Diving in Recreational Open Water Diving. The September Tech Week will have the following seminars:

  • March 10 – Class Tec sidemount
  • March 11 – Tec sidemount
  • March 12 – Class Tec 40
  • March 13 – Class Tec 40
  • March 14 – Class Tec 45
  • March 15 – Class Tec 45
  • March 16 – Class Tec Instructor
  • March 17 – N/C class in morning Tec Instructor
  • March 18 – Tec 50
  • March 19 – Tec 50

This is a great opportunity to see Jeff Loflin in person and learn all about the advantages of Sidemount diving. Register by Clicking Here. 

Jeff Loflin is the Technical Diver’s Technical Diver. He is a PADI and DSAT Course Director and can teach all technical classes from Tec 1 to Trimix along with all of the accompanying instructor level programs.  Jeff has close to 30 years of Instructor experience and certifies through PADI, DSAT, NSS-CDS, TDI, SDI, ERDI AND IANTD.  He is a certified repair technician, an adjunct faculty member with the University of Tampa and a certified bridge inspector with the Florida Department of Transportation. Jeff has literally written the book on Sidemount Diving.  See more of Jeff and the courses he offers at