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What's your discipline? Is it Surfing? Surf photography? Freediving? Ocean swimming? Spearfishing?

Or do you just like to challenge your limits in the ocean?

Whatever your discipline, the Specialist Waterman Program will contextualise the training to suit your needs and give you a broad set of training resources whilst honing specific watermanship skills.

The programme includes principals of the freediving, Freediving Safety and Rescue Programme (FSR) and watermanship courses.

The training, equipment, location and assistant instructors will vary from programme-to-programme because each course is specifically designed for the attending students.


Course Overview

The SWP is designed to identify students' existing aquatic passions and take them to the next level. This is achieved by deep contextualisation of student needs and goals, including highly-specialised training programmes and realistic practical settings. 

Students are also given the theoretical underpinnings of their chosen discipline before being challenged through fun and realistic training in safe environments.

Depending on the discipline and student requirements, practical training may cover areas such as:

  • Apnea

  • Depth Training

  • High Heart Rate situations

  • Hold Down Techniques

  • Advanced Swimming Techniques

  • Discipline-specific Training Principals

  • Sea Survival

  • Planning and Preparedness

  • First Aid and Rescue

  • Panic and Fear Management

course length

3 days.

Who is this course for...?

This course is suitable for intermediate-to-experienced level watermen and waterwomen who want to explore a specific discipline in detail. Typically, we specify that SWP students have  greater than 5 years experience in ocean environments.

Freediving students can complete either Apnea Level 1 or Apnea Level 2 on this program.



Starting from AU$800 (excluding GST)

Minimum standards

Students must be able to swim and be medically fit (see below).

Students should have good knowledge of general watermanship and ocean environments (eg: surf, freedive, ocean swim, life guard) or have completed the Basic Watermanship Program or equivalent.

Minimum age is 16.

To obtain the Specialist Waterman certification, the candidate must:

  • Pass the theory test with a score of at least 80%

  • Perform a static apnea of at least 2’30”

  • Perform a dynamic-no-fins distance of 35m.

  • Perform an underwater disorientation drill of at least 30sec

  • Complete a 400m swim in under 14min

  • Tread water for 10min (without wetsuit)

  • Perform survival swimming techniques correctly

  • Perform an unconscious diver rescue from 5m, and perform a black-out rescue on the surface

  • Complete a 100m swim, a 50m unassisted tow, unconcious casualty carry and BLS.

  • Complete Dynamic No-Fins CO2 table in a maximum of a team of four for a minimum of 10min.

  • Correctly demonstrate all the practical components of Survival at Sea which are detailed in the Survival at Sea Standards.


  • Freediving mask and flotation aids

what to bring

  • Towel

  • Wetsuit (board shorts/bikini/swimsuit minimum)

  • Water

  • Lunch and snacks

  • Zink/sunscreen

  • Pen and notepad

  • Lunch.

Medical Fitness

You will be asked to complete a medical declaration as part of your course registration. Unless you suffer a medical condition that is a contradiction to watermanship training, you will not be required to complete a medical examination.

Students with contradicting medical conditions, however, will be required to undergo a Dive Medical that meets the Australian Standard 4005.1. We require documentation of this prior to course participation.

Medical conditions that are of concern to watermanship training are: lung conditions, heart conditions, epilepsy, diabetes, any ear problems or any other major medical conditions. 

If you are in any doubt regarding your medical eligibility please don’t hesitate to contact One Ocean International.

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