Introduction to Wave 4

The Molchanovs Wave 4 freediving course sets the beginning of your career as a competitive freediver. Its main purpose is to equip you with all skills and knowledge necessary to participate in freediving competitions including the set of rules, mental preparation techniques to handle competition stress, and the design of an effective training plan. Together, we will fine-tune your mouthfill equalization and go into the details of your diving technique using video analysis. Deep freediving requires adequate safety measures, therefore you will be introduced to the proper usage of oxygen to avoid decompression sickness and other procedures to avoid freediving-related injuries. Join us at Freediving Camotes and become a competitive freediving athlete!

7 days - 850 $

What it includes

  • Extensive online manual
  • 4 pool sessions
  • Minimum 8 open water sessions
  • Theory & Dry workshops
  • Use of equipment & facilities
  • Liability insurance
  • Internationally recognized E-certification upon successful completion
  • Access to Molchanovs base training


Wave 3

OR completed crossover evaluation

Active first-aid certificate


Nitrogen Narcosis

Physiological effects of nitrogen narcosis and how to handle it safely

Competition Overview

Competition logistics, rules and procedures

Goal Setting

Smart and achievable goal setting for competitions


Physiology of breathing, supplemental oxygen and recovery after deep dives


Proper diet for peak performance in a competition

First Aid

Correct first aid procedure for various freediving injuries

Training Plan

How to design an effective competition training program


Deep Equalization

Master and refine the Mouthfill equalization technique

Competition Introduction

Learn about competition rules, set-up and practice on a competition-like set-up

Advanced breathing techniques

Use packing and reverse packing during dry exercises and in the water

Mental Preparation

Learn advanced mental preparation to deal with depth and competition stress

Advanced Freediving Technique

Refine your technique in all disciplines and learn to optimize your dives

Passing Requirements

Pool Requirements

STA 4 min 30 sec

Complete a Static breath hold of minimum 4 minute and 30 seconds

DYNB 100m

Perform a horizontal dive
of 100m using bi-fins

DNF 75m

Perform a horizontal dive
of 75m without fins

Open Water requirements

CWTB & FIM 50m

Perform a comfortable dive to at least 50m by pulling the rope and using bi-fins

CNF 35m

Perform a comfortable dive to at least 35m without fins

CWTB Buddying 30m

Demonstrate correct buddying techniques to a depth of 30 meters

Rescue 30m

Demonstrate correct rescue procedures in freediving emergency scenarios from a depth of 30 meters

Surface Tow 50m

Display correct surface towing technique of a minimum distance of 50m

FAQ's on Wave 4

You can check our event calendar where you will find all the Wave 4 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.

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. If you are certified with Molchanovs we recommend you to practice regularly the mental preparation exercises available in your Wave 3 manual and to join some Base Training sessions beforehand.

As a Wave 4 student you will be introduced to competitive freediving therefore we recommend you to own your full set of freediving gear. Should you be missing any piece of your equipment you are welcome to use Freediving Camotes’ equipment. Don’t forget to bring your active first aid certificate. We provide towels to all our guests.

You need to hold at least one of the following freediving certifications (or equivalent) to join this course: AIDA 4, SSI Level 3, PADI Master, Raid Master. We recommend to be comfortable at 45 meters in CWT and FIM and to be proficient with the mouthfill technique.