SSI Level 1 Freediver Course - Porthkerris Cove, Cornwall

£ 403

Helston, Cornwall

SSI Level 1 Freediver Course – Porthkerris Cove, Cornwall
Minimum age: 14
Helston, Cornwall
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Custom
Minimum booking size: 2
£ 403

Activity Highlights:

This programme is designed for both new and experienced recreational freedivers who want to receive training and a recognised certification. It’s an excellent entry-level option that equips you with the necessary safety skills to continue practising with a buddy afterwards. Ideal for comfortable swimmers in good health, this course helps you dive to depths of up to 20 meters safely and efficiently.

Key Details

  • Price: £403 per student
  • Duration: 2 days, from 9 am to 4:30 pm each day
  • Class Sizes: Minimum 2 people, maximum 8 per instructor in the pool
  • Minimum Age: 14 years old
  • Discounts: 10% off if you come with a friend, 15% off for groups of more than 4

Key Skills

  • Proper breathing techniques
  • Diaphragm breathing
  • Efficient breath-holding
  • Muscle flexibility
  • Safety skills for continued practice

Course Breakdown

What to Expect:

In this entry-level course, you will acquire the skills and knowledge to participate in freediving to depths of up to 60 ft. (20 metres) in a relaxed and safe manner. Learn proper breathing techniques, familiarise yourself with diaphragm breathing, and take a deep breath like never before. Develop the skills necessary to train your body to be more efficient with breath-holding, gain better breathing techniques and muscle flexibility, and learn new skills to take your freediving to the next level. Most importantly, there is a strong emphasis on safety skills to ensure you can continue practicing beyond the course.

SSI Certification:

You will receive a certification from SSI upon successful completion of the course.

The Level 1 course has performance requirements, but it is important to progress at your own pace. If you need more time to practice, you will receive an SSI basic or pool certification and can return anytime for coached diving to practice for the Level 1 upgrade. The course is designed to be taken at a pace that is right for you.

Day 1:

  • Location: Porthkerris
  • Activities:
    • Theory session
    • Dry breathing session
    • Two pool sessions (often run back to back)
  • Outcome: Develop fundamental skills in preparation for open water diving on Day 2.

Day 2:

  • Location: Open water with Porthkerris Dive Centre
  • Activities:
    • Two dives in open water
    • Exploration of the beautiful reef at Porthkerris
  •  Outcome: Improved breath holds and increased comfort exploring depths.

Location

  • Day One: Pool and classroom in Porthkerris; if weather permits, shallow water on the beach for skills, otherwise in the on-site pool.
  • Day Two: Open water with Porthkerris Dive Centre. In case of rough sea conditions (less common in summer), we have a local quarry as a backup location.

Prerequisites

Participants should be comfortable swimmers and in good health. You must also complete prerequisite medical and liability release forms to ensure you are fit to dive. These forms help us understand any health conditions that might affect your safety during the course. You can view this form in the FAQ section of this page.

Why Choose Us

We offer a supportive and relaxed learning environment, ensuring you develop your freediving skills at a pace that suits you.

Our experienced instructors are dedicated to your safety and enjoyment, providing personalised guidance to help you achieve your certification.

Our beautiful locations and small class sizes ensure a quality experience, with ample time to explore and enjoy the underwater world.

 

Credits: Images by Daan Verhoeven.

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What's Included:

  • SSI Level 1 Freediver Certification upon successful completion
  • Pool entry costs
  • Equipment hire

What's Not Included:

  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to and from the meeting point
  • On-site parking - £3 per car, per day

Group Size of 2 and above: 10% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 15% discount

Discounts

Discounts

Group Size of 2 and above: 10% discount

Group Size of 4 and above: 15% discount

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Frequently Asked Questions

The course is designed for new freedivers and experienced recreational freedivers who want to receive training and a recognised certification.

It’s a great starting point for learning essential safety skills.

The course lasts for 2 days, from 9 am to 4:30 pm each day.

If the weather is unsuitable for sea diving, we have a local quarry as a backup location.

If we need to move the session, we should be able to let you know around 3 days beforehand.

Yes, there is a 10% discount if you come with a friend and a 15% discount for groups of more than 4 on the same course date.

Participants must be at least 14 years old and have completed the prerequisite medical and liability release forms.

Accommodation is not included in the course price.

We can suggest some local venues to stay at whilst you’re here if needed. Please contact us via the adventuro chat below to enquire!

You can take a look at the form below. We recommend you read this in detail before making a booking. You will need to answer ‘no’ to all 10 questions, or you will need to seek a medical evaluation from a doctor to be signed off to participate.

SSI Freediving Medical Form

 

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  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.

Please note: Your booking will not be confirmed until a £100 non-refundable or transferable deposit is paid.

  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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