2500 AED

Molchanovs Wave 1 Overview

In this introductory course, you learn the basics of freediving and discover your natural freediving ability.

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Dry Equalization
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Static Training
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dynamic Technique for Wave
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dynamic Training 8:00 PM
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

* Dynamic Technique and Dynamic Training must be done on same date

Depth Training
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Depth Training
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Molchanovs Wave 1

In this introductory course, you learn the basics of freediving and discover your natural freediving ability. You are taught to learn techniques to hold your breath beyond a minute and a half and to do breath-hold dives with and without fins. Topics include physics and physiology of freediving, an introduction to freediving equalization, relaxation and breathing techniques, and rescue and safety procedures. If you are taking the Wave 1 course, you are also taught to freedive to a depth of 12-20 meters (40-66 feet) in open water.

Course Goals

  • Students will acquire an understanding of freediving techniques and basic theoretical knowledge of freediving;
  • Students should leave with basic competence and confidence to freedive with a buddy of equivalent experience;
  • Students should also finish the course with a clear idea of how to further improve their freediving ability and the steps they need to take to do so.


The theory component will include the following items:

  • The student may complete the online materials and read the manual before sessions with the instructor;
  • It is at the discretion of the instructor to conduct theory sessions;
  • If no theory sessions are being conducted, at least one knowledge review (KR) session must be conducted;
  • The instructor will check the exam scores of the student and discuss all missed answers before a second attempt.

Dry Skill Session

  • Introduce and practice the body scan as a relaxation technique in preparation for breath-hold diving;
  • Optional: Introduce and practice 3 chest breaths (with the goal to reduce these to zero as the student progresses);
  • Introduce and practice one full breath;
  • Introduce and practice relaxation during a breath-hold;
  • Introduce and practice recovery breathing;
  • Introduce and practice equalization techniques, preferably Frenzel.

Pool / Confined Water Sessions

Session 1: STA

  • Relaxation position for a STA breath-hold;
  • Complete a safe exit procedure before ending a static breath-hold;
  • Buddy procedures, including safety checks;
  • Rescue procedure for a buddy experiencing a blackout;
  • Perform a STA breath-hold of at least 1.5 min. safely with a buddy.


Session 2: DYN

  • Neutral buoyancy check for DYNB (with bi-fins);
  • DYNB technique: Arms position (arrow position for very flexible students only, or else with arms down), head position, body posture, and finning technique;
  • Turn(s);
  • Buddy procedures;
  • Rescue procedure for a buddy experiencing a blackout;
  • Perform a DYNB dive of at least 30m safely with a buddy;
  • DNF technique: Introduction and practice without the need to master the technique.

Open Water Sessions

Open water session 1

Introduce and practice:

  • Surface exhale test;
  • Usage and handling of a lanyard;
  • FIM, including equalization;
  • Duck dive: the Molchanovs “dolphin dive”;
  • Correct head position and body posture;
  • Good finning technique.


Open water session 2

Introduce and practice:

  • Turn;
  • Buddy procedures;
  • Rescue procedures.


Open water session 3

Introduce and practice:

  • All of the above skills;
  • Repeated comfortable CWTB and FIM dives from 12-20m;
  • Students buddy each other on all dives.



The price for the Molchanovs Wave 1 - Beginner Course with Freediving UAE is AED 2,500.

This includes pool access and dive center access, all necessary equipment and a minimum of 12 hours of instruction by a qualified instructor. The price also includes processing of the certification (refer to Post Course Certification section below). The price also includes insurance for the duration of the course.

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  • Be at least 18 years old (16 years old with parental consent);
  • Be in good physical health (i.e. no pre-existing medical conditions, otherwise, a note from a doctor certifying that the student is fit to take part in the activity is required);
  • Have adequate swimming skills (i.e. able to swim at least 200m non-stop without fins or buoyancy device; mask or goggles are allowed);
  • 200 m swimming without fins and without any buoyancy devices. Mask or goggles are allowed.

Instructor Supervision

Molchanovs Wave 1 - Beginner Course will be conducted by an Active Molchanovs Instructor with current Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training (completed within the last two years). The instructor will carry liability insurance for teaching freediving in the UAE.

The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio in confined water is eight students per instructor (8:1). The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio for open water training dives is four students per instructor (4:1).

Certification Requirements

To get an Online (T) 1 / Lap (L) 1 / Wave (W) 1 certificate, a freediver must successfully complete all skills and assessments.

If a student did not pass the certification requirements, the student may participate in training sessions catered towards helping them improve on their current skill level to pass the desired certification.

  • If the student passes the exam, all dry skills and (dry) STA requirements, they will be certified Online (T) 1;
  • If the student passes the exam, all dry skills, and all pool requirements, they will be certified Lap (L) 1;
  • If the student passes the exam, all dry skills, all pool requirements and all open water requirements, they will be certified Wave (W) 1.
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