Project Description

We are Boston’s premier diving education center for Freediving Classes and other diving lessons in Massachusetts and New England!

About Freediving Level 1:


Freediving level 1 class is broken down into 2 parts. The first part of the course is called Freediving Level 1 Pool. This program consists of pool and classroom training and runs all year long. The pool and class training happens over the course of 3 Sundays. The classroom runs in the early afternoon and the pool sessions run after in the evening.

For full level 1 certification, you will need to complete the level 1 open water dives. The dives run in the mornings of the second 2 Sunday classes for the level 1 pool programs that run through the Spring Summer or Fall. These dives can be completed as part of the course you are signed up for or months later if you completed the level 1 pool program during the winter.

‘Freediving connects us with our breath, our life and the world that nourishes us. It enables us to touch our history, our soul, and feel peace on a profound level’ – Emma Farrell

The team at ECD loves to share the experience that Emma so beautifully describes. Freediving is one of the fastest growing factions of diving and it’s roots go deep into the history books. Allow yourself a new experience and see if you can discover a whole new part of you with the professional guidance of East Coast Divers Freediving Coaching Team.

Check out the rest of the page for a bit more information about the program, what it includes and how you can sign up!

Remember, if you get stumped or if you have questions that aren’t answered by the website you can always call (617) 277-2216 or shoot us an email at and we’ll do our best to help!

Before Class

Note- All the paperwork you’ll need, along with a what to do before class checklist is located in the corresponding tab

Before you can start your Freediving level 1 class you’ll need to fill out some paperwork. Most of this can be done ahead of time, but some of it will have to be done in the shop. The only piece that MUST be completed at the shop is a folder provided by SSI. You will need to fill this particular folder out in the shop as we keep it for our records. You can do this before class – just remember to show up 30 minutes early if you haven’t filled it out yet!

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There are a couple of forms that can be done ahead of time. Most important is the medical. Go through the medical now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the pool. The doctors’ note is in the same file as the medical – Just scroll down to the next page. Remember IF you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is COMPULSORY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the pool.



After completing the form you will get an email signing you up for online training. The online training needs to be completed BEFORE coming to class. If you don’t receive an email within 36 hours call the shop, and we’ll make sure to unlock the training for you.


Check out the calendar to see our upcoming availability for Freediving Level 1


Basic and Freediving Level 1 will be held between the shop, the pool and open water. The locations for the shop and pool are below. The open water location varies depending on weather, time of year and the instructor

Private Courses

Can’t make any of our pool sessions? Grab a couple of friends and sign up for a private course!

Freediving Level 1 Private Pricing:


1 person: $500 total- $500 per person 3 People: $1400 total – $466 per person
2 People: $1000 total – $500 per person 4 People: $1800 total – $450 per person


Much of the process is the same as normal classes, you’ll pay in advance and fill out much of the same paperwork. We have made a slightly modified form which you can find below. You’ll be emailed the password for this form as soon as you purchase the class!

You’ll be doing all of your scheduling through Kim. She will be in contact as soon as you sign up for class to help schedule a session. If you have any questions before signing up feel free to send Kim an email directly at



What to do before class

Pre Class Form

Equipment & Gear Rentals

It is best to complete the freediving course in dedicated freediving gear. As you will learn in your first class session there are fins, masks and snorkels designed to give freedivers the least amount of drag and make them extremely efficient in the water. If you are curious about what gear is the best fit for you, feel free to swing by the shop to chat with one of the staff members or ask your freediving instructor, either will be more than happy to talk through the options with you. Freediving level 1 has an open ocean portion of it, for the ocean you’ll want to look into getting a wetsuit as well.

*Certain gear is REQUIRED to be owned for our programs. This equipment is specifically needed for the type of diving that you will be embarking upon post certification. Please see the “Required equipment” tab for a full list of the gear you need to own. We offer a 10% discount to all of our students who purchase this equipment through us as well as our famed 60 day return policy that will ensure that you happy with everything that you buy. We appreciate your support of your local dive shop, which allows us to continue operations and offer the services that we do today****

Prerequisites (Pool & Class)

  • Be able to swim 200 yards.
  • Be able to tread water for 10 minutes.
  • Be at least 10 years of age.
  • Provide fitted mask, fins and snorkel.
  • Must have a clear medical history (medical statement) or doctor sign off.

Prerequisites (Dives)

  • Be able to swim 200 yards.
  • Be able to tread water for 10 minutes.
  • Be at least 10 years of age.
  • Provide fitted mask, fins and snorkel.
  • Must have a clear medical history (medical statement) or doctor sign off.

What’s included Pool & Class

  • Physiology.
  • Equipment.
  • Nutrition.
  • Proper stretching for freediving.
  • Proper breathing.
  • Post dive recovery.
  • Black out and loss of motor control theory and safety.
  • Static apnea performance and safety.
  • Dynamic apnea performance and safety.
  • Proper stretching for freediving.
  • Constant ballast performance and safety.
  • Student materials.
  • 1:6 instructor to student ratios.

What’s included Dives

  • Two days of open water instruction.
  • In water safety and rescue.
  • Target dives up to 66ft/20m.
  • 4-6 hours of dive time.
  • 1:4 instructor to student ratios.
  • Certification card.

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