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Fundamentals to effecient and effective freediving

The Molchanovs Wave 1 freediving course focuses on building a strong freediving foundation. With safe freediving practices, strong techniques, and sound knowledge to freediving, the course will develop you into a strong freediver. Essential relaxation, breathing, and equalization techniques that will be the foundation of the physical aspects of freediving. At the same time, crucial physics and physiology material in relation to freediving will help you gain an understanding of how to further develop and train your freedive potential. 

Molchanovs' unique system introduces you to various categories of freediving (details below) and the whole purpose of the Wave 1 course is to make freediving an enjoyable and comfortable experience as a safe and confident freediver.

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  • 200m unassisted swim 

  • 18 yrs old (16 w/ parental consent) 

  • Good health and signed Medical Questionanare with medical clearance if needed

  • Signed Liability Release form 

  • Signed Soulty Agreement

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3 day course

  • Daily in-water session
    (5 hrs w/ break)

  • Evening theory sessions (1.5hrs)

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Instructor : Student    

4200 MVR for locals & WP Holders

327 USD for foreign tourists

Price includes:

  • All equipment

  • Freediving insurance for the course

  • Molchanovs registration fee

  • Course manual & materials

  • Access to Molchanovs training tools and resources after course completion

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Wave 1 Course Components

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Static Apnea (STA)

Constant Weight
Bi-fins (CWTB)

Traditional discipline you think of in freediving; depth diving down the lines with bi-fins

Wave 1 passing requirement: 

CWTB : 12 - 20m 

Breath-holding in the water with no movement. The ultimate mind and body relaxation to maximise your breath-hold capability in a controlled environment. 

Wave 1 passing requirement: 

STA: 1 minute 30 seconds

Dynamic Bi-fins (DYN)

Distance freediving in a pool or shallow water conditions with bi-fins.


Wave 1 passing requirement: 

DYN: 30m 

Free Immersion (FIM)

Depth freediving by pulling yourself down the line. A very calm and rhythmic discipline that is almost dance like. 

Wave 1 passing requirement: 

FIM: 12 - 20m 

Dynamic No-fins (DNF)

Distance diving in a pool or shallow water conditions with no fins. Key is to be as efficient as possible with every stroke, kick, and movement. 

Technique is introduced but there is no requirement to pass Wave 1

Rescue & Safety

The number 1 rule in Molchanovs is safety. Core rescue and safety techniques are taught from the beginning for all covered freediving disciplines. 

Wave 1 passing requirement: 

Open water rescue from 6 - 10m depth

Demonstrate effective safety & buddying practices

Base Training

After earning the Wave 1 certification, students become part of the Molchanovs Movement community and gain access to further training resources on the Base Training platform.


Essential relaxation, breathing, and body functions in relation to freediving is covered. Having this fundamental knowledge of freediving supports you to become a stronger, safer, and more confident freediver. 

Wave 1 passing requirement: 

80%  on thirty multiple choice questions exam

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