You've heard the call of the ocean and now seek to adopt new breathing and relaxation skills you can use in every day life. Join me and connect with the sea inside.
Courses for Beginners, Advanced Snorkellers, Skindivers, Experienced Freedivers, Surfers and Anyone Curious About Immersing in the Sea
Learn with a PADI Freediver and Mermaid Instructor Trainer
Learn how to be at peace moving freely in the water, without the pressure of performance. Know yourself better in the water environment. Through healthy, supportive and stress-free development in freediving, liberate yourself from the things holding you back and become happy and confident swimming freely in the sea, and life. Learn with me, someone who has been mentored by freedive World Champions including Umberto Pelizzari (IT), Stavros Kastrinakis (GR), and Ant Williams (NZ) and who teaches at the highest professional PADI Freediver and Mermaid level, as an Instructor Trainer.
Freediving, Breath-hold and Apnea
Nurturing, Developing, Exhilarating
Much more than a freediving course, understand the underwater world and begin to move freely and calmly within it. Get to know yourself in the water and immerse in the way you dream of! I’ve been teaching freediving since 2014 across Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia and have hundreds of students that now enjoy the underwater world freely and easily on one beautiful breath. Freediving is a moving peacefulness, immersed underwater within the dreamy environment hidden under the sea surface. It’s my aim to open your being to find calm and ease whilst swimming freely closer to Nature in the big blue of the sea.
PADI Freediver Certification
Achieve Worldwide Recognised Freediving Qualifications
As a freediver who has myself learned under several freediving education systems including AIDA, Apnea Academy, Apnea International and AUSI systems, I choose to teach under the PADI Freediver education system, a proven standard for students successful in learning to freedive in a combination of on-line and in-person training. Receive expert face-to-face freediving instruction with an Instructor Trainer that teaches more than the books, internet or podcasts ever could in real time. Advance your snorkelling, skindiving and freediving skills in a way that brings you closer to marine life, and your own self. The PADI Freediver education system provides the framework for you to achieve worldwide recognised qualifications.
PADI Basic Freediver / PADI Freediver
Your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves. Learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breathhold techniques.
PADI Advanced Freediver
Designed to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea (suspension of breathing).
PADI Master Freediver / PADI Freediver Assistant Instructor
For advanced freedivers who want to approach expert freediving levels and work as an assistant freediving instructor. You’ll learn to bring your static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight skills to the next level.
Join Me Freediving with a few of my Favourites
“A deeply nurturing invitation to explore breath within our bodies, witnessing your breath & gently coming to complete softness, relaxation and surrender within the water, under Marlon’s kind, safe & trusting guidance. The incredible preparation and process of learning to free dive with WaterMaarq, I personally found to be touching those spaces of personal spirituality an unexpected bonus. And hitting the open salt water and putting the preparation into practice required much more focus on my part in bringing it all together. Marlon continued to gently kept encouraging us and refining our own nuances as we descended beneath the surface. I adored every moment of this exhilarating free diving experience! Thank you.” TripAdvisor Oct 2022
Upcoming Courses & Training
Frequently Asked Questions
What's Involved in a Freediving Course and Coaching?
The PADI Freediver course training develops your skills and experience as a freediver in an easy to follow and structured way. Though freediving appears to be relatively simple, there is a lot to know about safety and physiology. A non-trained freediver risks ear, sinus, and lung injuries, blackouts, and could potentially drown. An experienced, insured freediving instructor can help you advance your skills and avoid serious risks. If you already have some freediving experience, the expert techniques taught by PADI Freediving instructors can help you quickly increase depth and time underwater but also enhance your personal and buddy-related safety skills.
Course Theory includes:
- Breathing Techniques
- Physiology and Diving Response
- Safety, Rescues and Risks
- Freediving Gear and Equipment
- Equalisation of the Ears
Practical Skills Training includes:
- Breathing Awareness and Breathwork
- Relaxation Techniques and Meditation
- Static and Dynamic Apnea (Breath-hold)
- Buddy Techniques and Rescue Simulations
- Dive profile and freediving skills development
PADI’s freediving courses were developed with input from industry leaders and champion freedivers. Study at your own pace and work with an experienced instructor to put what you’ve learned into practice. No prior experience with snorkelling, skin diving or freediving is required to get started. The PADI Freediver Program is the only freedive training program approved for college credit recommendations.
If I can’t hold my breath for a long time, does that mean I can’t freedive?
This is one of the most common misconceptions about freediving. With proper training, you will learn breath-hold techniques that will likely result in you being pleasantly surprised by how long you can hold your breath.
Do I need to know how to swim?
While you don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to take the course, it is important that you feel confident in the water. To become a PADI Freediver you will need to be able to swim 200 metres/yards. This swim will be untimed and can be completed using any stroke, so you can take your time.
What equipment do I need to freedive?
Freediving only requires a few items: a mask, snorkel, fins, weight belt (sometimes) and a wetsuit (depending on your comfort levels in the sea and pool).
How is freediving different from snorkelling or skin diving?
Snorkeling is the casual act of putting on a mask and snorkel and looking below while floating. Snorkelers may not have any training and generally spend most of the time on the surface. Skin diving takes snorkeling a step further by adding short dives underwater. Skin divers may have training that teaches skills, such as efficient dives and snorkel-clearing. Freediving uses advanced breathing techniques and diving skills to increase depth and time underwater. Through training, freedivers learn conserve oxygen while breathholding while practicing different freediving disciplines, such as static apnea, dynamic apnea, free immersion and constant weight freedives.
Who Do You Provide Freediving Courses and Training For?
Freediving courses and training are provided for people of diverse backgrounds and varying ambitions.
Some of my previous clients include:
Do You Offer Ongoing Training Services?
Ongoing training and coaching is available individually or in groups for special skills training in snorkelling, freediving, mermaiding as well as first aid and professional instructor courses.
Do You Run Courses Interstate and Other Destinations?
Courses can be run all across Australia. Travel fees and charges apply. Please enquire with your specific needs and I’ll be happy to assist.
I am currently certified as a freediver through another organisation, can I still train with you?
As a freediver certified through another training organisation, you can enrol in the next higher level in the PADI Freediver system after a skills and knowledge assessment. The level you can enrol into depends on your current certification. Contact me for an initial consultation.
How Do You Get Warm Quickly After A Cold Water Immersion?
As a professional freediving instructor and breathwork coach, I find there’s plenty to be excited and interested about when it comes to cold water immersion in the sea, plunge pools, bathing in icy river streams and the rejuvenating feelings that are so effervescent after a cold water wild swim. But something that doesn’t get much talked about is, well, what do you do once you’re out of the cold water? How do you recover after a cold water immersion? And how do you warm up quickly after a cold plunge? Here’s the answer to how I get warm.
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