Frequently Asked Questions about Freedive Courses in Melbourne.
Where are the Freedive Courses run?
Our local Freedive courses are held here in Melbourne Victoria. We generally use the Yawa Aquatic Centre in Rosebud for our pool sessions and boat dives are generally run from Rye or Portsea depending on weather.
Keep in mind we run some amazing freedive and spearfishing retreats. Our Kilsby Freedive Retreat is held in Mount Gambier and we dive the clearest water you will ever see in the Kilsby Sinkhole. Our Spearfishing Retreat is held on the outer reefs of the Whitsundays Island group were we sail out there and spend 5 magical days on the water learning and experiencing some ultimate tropical spearfishing.
What experience do I need to do a Freedive Course?
You need to be 12 years or older. You need to be comfortable snorkelling and be able to swim 200m. If you are unsure about your level of experience please contact us and we can assist you. If you are not that experienced the PADI Basic Freedive Course is what we suggest as that covers the theory and pool session of the Level 1 freedive course. Then you can complete the boat session at a later date to complete your full freedive course.
What if I don't have all the right gear? Can I hire the equipment?
We have some of the best hire gear available for you to hire on our courses. We recommend a full 2 piece 5mm wetsuit (with an integrated hood), Freedive fins and a rubber weight belt. It's also best to have the correct gear for the course as it assists us as instructors to give you feedback on your technique and help you improve and become a better freediver. We have partnered with some of the best local and international suppliers & manufacturers to bring you the best hire equipment available in all of Australia. We boast the largest fleet of freedive equipment (including fibreglass or carbon freedive fins) available in all of Australia. The total value of the equipment hired is over $1600!
Is Melbourne a good place to freedive?
Melbourne is a great place to learn how to freedive. There are some amazing locations around Melbourne to freedive and some things that just have to be seen! From weedy seadragons to scallops there is something for just about everybody to enjoy and experience here in Melbourne. In the summer months Port Phillip Bay, where we run our freedive courses from, gets to around 22 degrees and in the winter months it drops to around 13 degrees. We generally have some of our best visibility in the Bay in winter but you will need a good freedive suit to keep you warm.
How long are your gift vouchers valid for?
Our gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. The total dollar amount could be used towards any of our courses during the period it is valid for. If you don't see an amount that you want to purchase a gift voucher for please contact us as we are able to add custom amount gift vouchers specifically for you.
How often do you run your Kilsby Freedive Retreats?
We head to Mount Gambier twice a year to run our Kilsby Freedive Retreat. Once at the start of the year, generally late January or early February and then we head back towards the end of the year which is generally late November or early December. This freedive course is more than just a freedive course, we offer: breath workshops, spearfishing chat, meditation sessions, ice bath and even a night dive!
If I need to cancel or can't make the course date?
If you cannot make your course date or want to rebook to another date, you need to do so before 7 days of your course. Your booking is valid for 12 months and you may suspend the booking for up to 12 months from date of purchase. After this your booking is forfeited.
Do you refund on bookings?
No we do not provide refunds. If sufficient notice is provided you may be able to reschedule your course to a date that suits you. In the event of exceptional circumstances a refund is provided an administration fee of $100 will be deducted from the refund. No refunds are provided for gift vouchers.