Introduction to Wave 1

The Molchanovs Wave 1 freediving course is your entry ticket to the underwater world on a single breath of air. It provides you with the essentials for taking your first steps into the freediving world. By the end of this course, you will become a safe and autonomous freediver with theoretical knowledge and practical skills to dive comfortably to a depth between 12-20 meters. This includes an introduction to the physical and physiological aspects of freediving along with the practice of basic freediving skills such as equalization of the ears, efficient finning technique and the correct breathing before and after a freedive. A special focus is given to safety procedures for freediving. As a unique trait of the Molchanovs Education system you will be introduced to the no-fin technique in the swimming pool, where all skills are practiced before entering the open water to guarantee you a comfortable and safe learning progression. We ensure you a fun and safe diving experience according to our high quality teaching standards!

2.5 days - 325 $

What it includes

  • Extensive online manual
  • 2 pool sessions
  • 3 open water sessions
  • Theory & dry workshops
  • Use of equipment & facilities
  • Liability insurance
  • Internationally recognized E-certification upon successful completion
  • Access to Molchanovs base training


16 years of minimum age

Swim 200m unassisted & non-stop in a pool setting


History of Freediving

Brief overview of the history of freediving


Effects of breath holding and the underwater environment on the human body


Physical laws related to freediving

Relaxation Techniques

Calm and focus the mind and slow down metabolic processes to conserve oxygen

Breathing Techniques

Breathing techniques to prepare for a freedive and recover oxygen supplies


Pros and Cons of different equalization methods and how they are performed

Safety & Rescue

Emergency situations and correct responses

Freediving Equipment

Various types of freediving equipment


Breathing Technique

Learn how to breathe correctly before and after a Freedive


Move efficiently underwarter using bi-fins, the rope and breast stroke technique


Practice the fundamentals of the Frenzel equalization method

Safety and Rescue

Practice risk evaluation and correct response in freediving emergency scenarios

Passing Requirements

Pool - STA 1 min 30 sec

Complete a Static breath hold of minimum 1 minute and 30 seconds in our swimming pool

Open Water - CWTB & FIM 12-20m

Perform a comfortable dive to at least 12m by pulling the rope and using bi-fins

Open Water - CWTB Buddying 6-10m

Become an autonomous freediver and demonstrate correct buddying techniques to a depth between 6-10 meters

Open Water - Rescue 6-10m

Demonstrate correct rescue procedures in freediving emergency scenarious from a depth of 6-10 meters

FAQ's on Wave 1

You can check our event calendar where you will find all the Wave 1 courses planned for the next months. If none of the dates offered match your possibilities, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will do our best to accommodate.

You just need a swimming suit and sunscreen. Every other equipment you might need is included in your course. If you already have your own freediving equipment, feel free to bring it. We also provide towels to all our guests.

Smoking is not an issue to try or practice freediving. You will still be amazed by what you can achieve with the relaxation and breathing techniques you will learn during your course.

Once you register for the course, you will be given access to the online materials including manuals, videos and exam. You can go through them at your own rhythm to prepare for the course. This will allow us to spend more time practicing in the water.