The basic equipment necessary for freediving is a mask, snorkel, and fins.
Beyond that a wetsuit and weightbelt are most commonly used. A well fitted wetsuit will provide protection from the elements such as cold and sun exposure, as well as provide some protection from jellyfish or stingers that may be present in the water. A weightbelt, and weights, will offset the buoyancy of the wetsuit and help you achieve neutral buoyancy at the deired depth.
In the PADI Freediver course, you learn to use a mask, snorkel and fins, and may also use a wetsuit and weight belt. Using gear designed specifically for freediving is best, however, in this course, you may be able to use snorkelling equipment you already own.
Freediving requires less equipment than Scuba, and the basic Scuba and Snorkelling equipment of mask, fins, snorkel, and wetsuit are suitable to start with, however equipment specifically designed for Freediving will be more comfortable and easier to use.
Freediving gear helps you change from being a land-dweller to somewhat of an aquatic mammal, moving freely and effortlessly underwater – if only for a little while.
When you are starting as a Freediver, you’ll will need suggestions and tips. Keep in mind that fit, comfort and suitability are the three most important considerations when choosing gear, but you don’t have to sacrifice colour coordination and looking good!
Contact your instructor to discuss specific equipment suitable for your level of diving and your intended use and progress.