3 days

Minimum age
Minimum age
16 (with consent)
10-20 meters
Closed water sessions
Closed water sessions
Open water sessions
Open water sessions

What’s included

  • Certificate
  • Water provided
  • Equipment
  • Photo/Video for freediving analysis
  • Morning Stretching
  • Transport to and from dive sites / pick up and drop off from Gozo channel Ferry in Gozo
  • Rent Accomodation

Wave 1 Molchanovs Certification Course

Discover your natural freediving ability and learn the basics with the Wave 1 beginners course, while you’ll get to reach depths of between 12 and 20 metres either by finning or pulling yourself down and up the line.

During this course you will be taught all about the physics and physiology of freediving, the right techniques to hold your breath beyond a minute and a half, while you’ll be introduced to freediving equalisation, relaxation and breathing. You will discover the important role carbon dioxide plays and what we have in common with marine mammals. With a focus on technique and efficiency, you will also learn various pool disciplines such as static and dynamic apnea.

Mindfulness is an important element of the system, which is why you will be introduced to mental skills so that you can relax and execute your dives with greater ease. The buddy system and safety rules like how to weight yourself properly in both the pool and open water are also covered so that you can enjoy the sea in the safest possible way, all while offering you a fun and relaxed experience.

Take a look at our beginner package.

A typical day

We go beyond the structures of the course to include stretching, breath-work, as well as daily debriefings and individual fine-tuning of your skills.

Morning - Preparing your body and mind

The morning session begins with a discussion on the topics that will be covered, as well as Deep Med’s freediving philosophy. Next, we work on dry exercises like equalising awareness and how to focus by using various meditation techniques, while you’ll get to learn how to hold and take your last breath. Through both dynamic and static stretching, we move on to warm up your body. Once you’re nice and loose, we focus on lung and diaphragm stretching, followed by breath control exercises known as pranayama.

Afternoon - Putting your new skills into practice

The afternoon session is when we’ll head over to the water for your practical session. Each student will be assigned tasks depending on their level and as we progress and hone in on our skills, we’ll work further on equalisation, duck diving, buoyancy check and buddying, as well as safety rules. The day ends with a debrief, where your instructor will discuss with you everything that has been taught and what you need to work on, while you’ll be given tailored dry exercises for you to practice for the next day’s session.

Why Molchanovs?

Closely aligned with Deep Med’s philosophy, Molchanovs’ way of training revolves around slow and steady progression, with a focus on enjoying freediving through comfort and ease.

Learn skills beforehand
Whereas all freediving organisations and systems have forever offered the same form of training, Molchanovs takes your education a step further, setting itself apart by offering the online platform, brimming with the latest freediving education and training. Complete the theory section online and get access to Molchanovs’ Dry Base Training programme. You’ll be able to work on important dry skills such as equalisation & relaxation before taking a course.

A global online community
Once you join a Molchanovs course, you are automatically part of the movement where you can connect with the community. Gain access to the latest freediving education, badges, workouts, challenges and offers on their gear. The best part of it all is the weekly base training program, which is aimed at training your skills both in and out of the water to better prepare yourself for the next wave.

Read more about Molchanovs here

Why Molchanovs?

Freediver heading towards surface above P31 wreck

How to perfect your freediving skills

We always recommend taking further coaching for an additional day or two since doing so will give you more time to practice the skills learnt. The more time you spend in the water, the more confident and comfortable you’ll be.

If a student decides to take on extra coaching and achieves all the requirements for the Wave 2 freediving course, then the instructor will give the necessary certification, superseding Wave 1.

Ready to put your skills to the test and make your freediving holiday more exciting? Book one of our land or boat excursions.

Have a look at our coaching

How to perfect your freediving skills

Freediver exploring Azure window underwater

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’ve never freedived before. Is this course appropriate for me?

    The Wave 1 Molchanovs certification course is ideal for those who have never dived before since it covers the very basics that will serve as the foundation for subsequent levels. If you just want to get a freediving taster, then we recommend the Discover Freediving.

  • I can barely hold my breath for more than a few seconds. Is freediving good for me?

    Freediving engages both body and mind so the size of your lungs or your ability to hold your breath prior to the course is not important. By repeating breath-holding exercises in comfort zones, you will slowly progress to holding your breath longer and enjoying your dives more. If you’d like to learn more about this, check out our blog on static apnea.

  • How safe is freediving?

    Just like any other water sport, freediving can be dangerous if you haven’t been properly trained. This is why enrolling in a course will ensure you get the right education, while you’ll have the time to put this knowledge into practice with an experienced instructor.

  • What should I bring with me on the course?

    All equipment is included in all the courses so all you need to bring with you is your swimwear and a towel. Should you wish, you may bring a light snack, although we do provide nuts, fruits and water.

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