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Freediving is a captivating sport that allows you to explore the underwater world in an intimate and exhilarating way. Scuba Schools International (SSI) recognizes the importance of developing your freediving skills and offers a comprehensive pathway for you to progress from novice all the way to professional freediver.
In this article, we will delve into the skill development journey provided by SSI’s freediving programs, highlighting the key levels and areas of focus at each stage of training. There is no limit to your freediving goals with SSI. Read on to find out more.
Development of freediving skills is crucial as it enhances your safety, efficiency, and enjoyment in the water. SSI understands this significance and has designed their programs to provide a structured approach to skill development.
Whether you are a beginner taking your first plunge or an experienced diver aiming to refine your techniques, SSI offers a range of freediving courses tailored to your skill level.
At the foundation level, SSI focuses on building essential freediving skills that form the basis of a strong freediving practice. As you learn to freedive, you will develop these skills:
Mastering breath-holding and relaxation techniques is fundamental in freediving. SSI’s courses at this level emphasize proper breath-holding techniques, breath awareness, and relaxation exercises.
Pool and confined water skills are essential for developing your comfort and confidence in a controlled environment. Courses in this area include SSI’s Basic Freediver and cover a range of skills, including static apnea (breath-hold without movement), dynamic apnea (horizontal swimming underwater), and rescue exercises.
As you progress in your freediving journey, open water freediving skills become a primary focus. SSI’s courses at this level include SSI Freediver and emphasize the development of essential open water skills necessary for exploring the depths with confidence.
These skills include:
By prioritizing the development of these freediving skills,SSI ensures that you have the necessary competencies to dive safely and enjoyably in real-world environments.
As you progress in your freediving journey, you can undertake advanced freediving training, during which you refine your techniques, prioritize safety measures, and can explore various freediving disciplines.
This level encompasses the following areas of focus:
At this stage, SSI’s courses emphasize the refinement of techniques and the implementation of safety measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable freediving experience. You will learn advanced equalization methods, such as mouth-fill, and explore greater depths while maintaining proper equalization.
In addition to refining techniques and ensuring safety, SSI offers specialized courses for you to explore various freediving disciplines.
These courses allow you to delve deeper into specific freediving disciplines, including:
Through these courses, you can refine your freediving skills further, optimize your in-water efficiency, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges of each discipline. This specialized training addresses proper technique, equalization at depth, breath-hold management, and the use of specialized equipment.
By focussing on techniques, safety, and exploring freediving disciplines, SSI’s progression-level courses provides a well-rounded approach to skill development. This allows you to enhance your abilities and broaden your freediving horizons.
From novice to expert, SSI’s freediving programs offer a comprehensive pathway for you to develop your freediving skills. From the start, all the way to freediving instructor training, SSI equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive as a freediver.
Whether you are just starting your freediving journey or aiming to take it to new depths, SSI freediving programs provide the guidance and support to make your aspirations a reality.
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SSI offers programs suitable for various skill levels, including beginners. Some advanced courses may require specific prerequisites, which you can find in the course descriptions or by talking to the staff at SSI dive centers.
While some theoretical components can be completed through SSI’s digital learning platform, in-water training with a qualified instructor is an integral part of the courses. This ensures you develop practical freediving skills and safety.
The duration of progression varies depending on individual factors such as prior experience, practice frequency, and skill proficiency. SSI’s programs allow you to learn at your own pace, ensuring a solid foundation before advancing to the next level.
Safety is a top priority in SSI’s freediving programs. Courses cover important safety procedures, buddy systems, rescue techniques, and more.