Molchanovs Freediving Education
The Molchanovs Freediving Education System is the most modern and comprehensive freediving system to date. The Molchanovs Freediving Education will teach you freediving, from the basics of breath-hold and water skills through to an elite competition freediver. There are four open water course levels, each of which is known as a Wave. All levels are also available as Lap courses. Lap courses cover the same theory and pool requirements as the corresponding Wave course but do not include open water depth sessions.
Once you have completed a Wave / Lap course, you can continue your training and track your progress by joining Base Training. This global freediving community is founded on the philosophy and strategies of Natalia Molchanova and is a platform to share knowledge, skills, and experiences with other freedivers. Training programs for freedivers of all levels are published on a weekly basis, to help you progress through your learning and develop your freediving skills. This system is designed by the best in the freediving world, not just to make the best freedivers, but also to make the strongest community.
Wave 1, Wave 2 and Wave 3 are recreational freediving courses aimed at enjoyment and improvement of the student’s abilities. These programs are focused on developing basic knowledge and mastering basic freediving skills, including relaxation techniques, correct breathing, equalization techniques, and learning methods of psychic relaxation during apnea dives.
Wave 4 is an expert level freediving course for students who are interested in competitive freediving and developing their knowledge and skills in preparation for a competition. The Wave 4 program is focused on developing competitive freediving abilities, so as to achieve personal bests and break records in static apnea, dynamic apnea, and depth diving.
Wave 1 / Lap 1. Introduction to freediving
Price: USD 280
In this introductory program, you learn the basics of freediving and discover your natural freediving ability.
Topics include physics and physiology of freediving, freediving equalization, relaxation and breathing techniques, and rescue and safety procedures.
Wave 1 includes 2 confined water sessions and 3 open water sessions.
After this course, you will be able to swim underwater for a distance of up to 30 meters (dynamic apnea) and to freedive to a depth of 12-20 meters in open water.
Wave 2 / Lap 2. Intermediate freediving
Price: USD 380
In this intermediate course, you learn how to train your body for deeper freediving and how to hold your breath longer.
Topics include pre-dive optimization, improvement of Frenzel equalization, and introduction to the dolphin kick as well as no-fins freediving in the pool and in open water.
Wave 2 includes 3 confined water sessions and 4 open water sessions.
After this course, you will master the skills and knowledge needed to freedive comfortably to a depth of 24-30 meters in bi-fins and to a depth of 15-20 meters without fins in open water.
Wave 3 / Lap 3. Advanced freediving
Price: USD 530
In this advanced course, you learn to equalize below your residual volume to achieve greater depth performances, advanced relaxation techniques, and advanced safetying.
Topics include advanced relaxation techniques such as attention deconcentration, new equalization technique – Mouthfill, lungs stretching with reverse packing, etc.
Wave 3 includes 3 confined water sessions and 5 open water sessions. We recommend taking one day rest between training days.
After this course, you will be able to freedive comfortably to a depth of 34-40m in bi-fins and 25 meters without fins in open water.
Following the completion of Wave 3, you are permitted to act as an assistant in Molchanovs Wave and Lap programes and you may also participate in a Molchanovs Instructor Course.
Wave 4 / Lap 4. Competitive freediving
Price: USD 600
In this unique course, you learn the skills and finesse required for competitive freediving.
Topics include mastering Mouthfill, dealing with pre-competition jitters and competitive training methodologies, lungs packing and reverse packing, deep safety and buddying, etc.
Wave 4 includes 3 confined water sessions and 6 open water sessions. We recommend taking at least one day rest between training days.
After this course, you will learn how to master your body to freedive to a depth of 50 meters and above in bi-fins and 35 meters without fins.
Molchanovs Instructor Course
Price: USD 1200
The instructor course is created for freedivers with a high level of freediving ability and experience who are ready to take it to the next step and become a professional.
During this course, you have to perform a lot of performance requirements as well as academic requirements.
The physical requirements to pass the Wave 2 Instructor Course:
- 40m CWTB & FIM
- 30m CNF
- 25m rescue + 50m surface tow
- 100m pool DYN
- 60m DNF
- 4 min STA
- 15m Stand-by rescue
- CO2 Dive
You will learn all aspects of freediving, will upgrade your own skills and knowledge, will learn how to teach people, how to organize freediving courses, provide appropriate safety for your students, etc.
After this course, you will be able to teach Wave 1 / Lap 1, Wave 2 / Lap 2 courses, and run Base Training Sessions.
Molchanovs Instructor Crossover
Price: USD 500
This course is suitable for active freediving instructors from any other freediving agencies.
During this course, you will go over every aspect of freedive technique and get introduced to the Molchanovs Teaching System as a very effective way how to teach all skills on all course levels. A special emphasis is laid on how to perform and teach no-fins and monofin technique.
Experienced Master Instructors can also directly crossover to the Molchanovs Wave 3 Instructor Level (W3I). Please contact us for further details!
Molchanovs Wave 3 Instructor Upgrade
Price: USD 300
To apply to be a Molchanovs Wave 3 Instructor, you will need:
- An active Wave 2 Instructor certification.
- Have at least 1 year of teaching experience as a Wave 2 Instructor.
- Minimum of 50 certifications (of which a minimum of 10 Wave 1 and 10 Wave 2). Certifications from other agencies will count as 50%, meaning you will require a minimum of 100 certifications.
- A record of leading at least 20 Base Training Sessions.
The physical requirements to pass the Wave 3 Instructor Upgrade:
- 50m CWTB & FIM
- 35m CNF
- 30m rescue + 50m surface tow
- 100m pool DYN
- 75m DNF
- 4.30 min STA
- 20m Stand-by rescue
During the upgrade, you have to demonstrate your professionalism and pass academic and in-water teaching presentations from the Wave 3 program.
Please contact us for further details!
Of course, it can be beneficial but you do not have to. Freediving is an activity for anyone even if you have never dived before.
It’s our pleasure if you could spend your first time freediving experience and discover underwater freedom with us.
This is one of the popular doubts for beginners but it appears only due unknowing.
During your basic freediving course you will learn proper breathing and relaxation techniques.
Almost all the students reach breath-hold times of well over 2 minutes without any problems during the first lesson!
No, you don’t need to be on an expert swimmer level to start freediving, but you need to be comfortable in open water.
When we do our open water sessions, you won’t see the ocean floor, and open water swimming is something different than swimming in a pool or snorkeling near the beach.
If you can swim comfortably in the ocean about 200 meters without seeing ocean floor, you are good to go.
If you are not confident in water, you can take a private class about swimming and water confidence before the course to be better prepared for further freediving experience.
The basics and structure of the courses are the same. The main difference in the duration of the courses, learning materials, and some skills. The materials in Molchanovs are newer and more comprehensive. Also to complete the course and to be certified you have to reach higher requirements.
If you never did a course before it is highly recommended that you start with the Wave 1. There is a lot of information vital for your progression and for your safety. And there are many topics which won't be taught a second time on the next courses, such as proper breathing for freediving, breathing for relaxation, how to do a proper and safe breathe-up, plus safety and rescue from blackout, proper fining and streamlining, etc.
You should know all the basics and should be able to dive at least up to 15-20 meters confidentially and smoothly to be able to join Wave 2 course.