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Freediving is about inward power, discipline and control. If you’ve always wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, on your own terms, staying as long as your breath allows, then freediving is for you. As the freediving education leader in eastern Canada Torpedo Rays offers a whole range of freediving experiences and courses! Taking the PADI Freediver course is your first step toward discovering why freediving is becoming a popular way to explore beneath the waves.


PADI Discover Freediving

Interested in freediving but not sure if it’s right for you? The Discover Freediving experience is a live online session with a knowledgeable freediving instructor where you get your first foray into the wonderful world of freediving, the interactive online presentation is fun, interesting and challenging. You’ll get to learn about the PADI Freediver program and ask questions.


PADI Basic Freediver

A great first course to develop a solid foundation of freediving skills. You learn basic freediving principles and focus on practicing breath hold techniques in a pool or confined water site. This course provides a strong emphasis on the fundamentals of freediving safety. You can easily upgrade to the full PADI Freediver certification from this course.


PADI Freediver

This course builds from theory and takes you from pool skills practice to the ocean where you learn and apply the skills to explore the depths of the underwater world on a single breath. As with the PADI Basic Freediver course, this course puts priority on safety.




PADI Advanced Freediver

Ready to take your freediving to the next level, go deeper for longer? The PADI Advanced Freediver course is designed to fulfill that personal need to refine and improve your freediving skills, allowing you to progress slowly while learning how your body performs during apnea.





Freediving Underwater Photoshoot

Get your underwater photos taken with this perfect experience for the novice or pro freediver alike with Advanced Freediving Instructor and Underwater Photographer Nicolas Winkler.


Your Freediving Instructor Team  

Nicolas Winkler

Growing up in the warm waters of the Caribbean, casual snorkelling soon led Nicolas to venture deeper down reef walls. He relished the freedom to glide effortlessly through the water and is addicted to the freefall as gravity pulls him down on deep dives. When not taking photos underwater, Nicolas is preparing for his next freediving competition.

With almost 20 years’ experience as a freediver, Nicolas is a PADI Advanced Freediving Instructor, coach and competitive freediver with over a dozen national records for the small island of Grenada and founding member and current president of the Halifax Freediving Club.

Hancheng Zhu

Hancheng has become a PADI Freediving Instructor since he was 19. He has lots of diving experiences around south-east Asia. The warm crystal clear water and endless fancy marine creatures deeply attracted him. He also had lots of competition experiences, and holds a few provincial records of Nova Scotia.

Freediving could be difficult, however, Hancheng is super patient and responsible. With his special teaching style, you will find tons of fun during his course. He aims to get more people enjoy freediving in a safe and confident way, that’s the reason he and his friends founded the Halifax Freediving Club and stayed as a broad member for a while.