Freediving Training


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Every Wednesday evening from 9.30pm to 10.30pm the Toronto Scuba Centre is proud to be able to offer Freediver training and ongoing practice at the wonderful 17ft  deep Etobicoke Olympium pool.

So, what is Freediving?

Freediving has been around for centuries as a way for people to explore the underwater world and also as a way to catch food. In recent years it has become one of the fastest growing sports in which divers develop and train themselves to extend the length of time they can hold their breath underwater. Divers also train to reach depths beyond that of recreational scuba diver training for the purpose of fun or in competition. There are many disciplines within Freediving, the most common being either breath-holding also known as Static Apnea, typically done in a pool, or, one of several depth rated disciplines in which divers test their depth limits.


Unlike Scuba diving, Freediving requires very little equipment to get started. Typically a mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit is all a diver will need. As it can be practiced in almost any environment with water, accessibility and cost are also substantially less.

So, how to start? (click to expand)

Beginner Freediving courses at TSC are conducted over a 3 week period. The course will include 2 classroom/academic sessions that take place on the first two Tuesday nights of the 3 week session from 6.30pm to 10pm at the TSC store downtown Toronto. There are also 3 consecutive pool sessions on Wednesday nights from 8.45pm until 10.30pm at the Etobicoke Olympic pool. Before each pool session, stretching is required to prepare for the in-pool training which will begin at 9.30pm. On completion of the course students will achieve their AIDA 2 Star rating.

Due to restricted numbers, students who miss any classes will have to make these up in future courses to achieve their certification but will have to pay again. Students will also be required to have their own equipment from week 2 onwards. Equipment will be supplied for the first session so that students can try-out different gear. All equipment must be purchased at TSC for these courses.

Please not that in the drop down menu, students can choose the intro-to-Freediving course option. This option allows students to try Freediving to see if they like it. If so, they can then sign up for the Full course and choose the discounted price option which will credit back $50 from the tryout session. The intro course is conducted on week between the Full course starting dates so that students can move straight into the Full course if they wish.

The syllabus that we use is AIDA (International Association for Development of Apnea) and the Instructors who will be teaching the course are World Class Freediving Professionals. This is very important for our students, because with the recent attention Freediving is receiving, there are many Instructors who are teaching Freediving courses under organizations who are simply trying to cash-in on the sport. These individuals do not always have the expertise to teach these courses. Certifications do not always prove competency. Ask us about this if you are concerned with courses you are seeing advertised in other locations. We are happy to advise you.


Meet Your Instructors

Soren Frederiksen

Soren started snorkeling with his dad at age 6 and has since spent countless hours in pools, lakes and oceans enjoying the underwater world. He joined Freedive Toronto in 2005 and participated in his first Canadian Nationals in 2006. Part of the Safety freediver team for the 2009 World Championship in Bahamas, Soren is also a PADI Dive Master, EFR Instructor and O2 Provider. A member of the organizing committee for the Canadian National Freediving Championship 2011, he is also an AIDA International judge.  Soren underwent his AIDA Instructor training in July 2011 in Toronto and Parry Sound, Ontario. His focus as an instructor is beginner snorkelers and intermediate freedivers.

Watch this video to see Soren in action as a safety diver for William Winram’s 145 metre Freediving World Record

Sergei Timoshenko

In 2008, Sergei joined the Freedive Toronto Club where he was President in 2011-2103. Sergei was trained and selected to be a Safety Freediver at the 2009 World Championship in the Bahamas. In 2011, Sergei was a member of the organizing committee for the Canadian National Freediving Championships in Toronto.  He is a PADI Dive Master, EFR Instructor and O2 Provider. Keen to share his passion, Sergei has brought his two children Yaroslava and Sergei Jr to the sport of freediving and Yaroslava is a regional champion.  Sergei underwent his AIDA Instructor training in July 2011 in Toronto and Parry Sound, Ontario.

To sign up for a course please choose your starting date below and add to cart. We will be in touch with you soon to give you all the details you need to know. You can also call us in store or drop by to sign up and ask us any questions you may have.

At TSC we‘re very excited to continuously bring you the best possible training available in your pursuit of exploring the underwater world.[/expand]