Welcome to Part Twenty – the final chapter of The Beginner’s Guide to Freediving, the best place to start your freediving journey. Ever wondered how to turn professional in freediving? If you’re thinking of going ‘pro’, this chapter explains how to make freediving into a career. It covers competing as a job, as well as teaching, with the pros and cons of instructing and the different models for instructing, either as an individual or as part of a dive centre.
Different ways to turn professional in freediving
As well as being an extremely enjoyable pastime, freediving can also be a rewarding career. It can give you the chance to travel the world, meet fascinating people and change their lives.
There are two main avenues if you wish to turn professional in freediving: Teaching and competing, with many people successfully combining the two.
Turn professional in freediving – Competing as a Professional Freediver
If you want to turn professional in freediving by becoming a professional competitor then you not only need to find a way to pay for your training, but also the expenses associated with traveling for international competitions. If you already live close to water deep enough, and that you can dive in all year round, then you may be able to fit training around your day job. But if you want to have the luxury of more time to train and recover, then you will either need a job that pays enough to fund time away from work or look at sponsorship opportunities. It is not possible to teach and train at the same time if you turn professional in freediving, as you will never be able to give your students or yourself the right amount of attention. Freediving is still a niche sport, remember, and while some freedivers have been successful in acquiring a good agent or negotiating contracts that can pay for them to compete, and there are only one or two competitions offering decent prize money.
Whether you choose to convey your passion into a career and turn professional in freediving either through teaching or competing, you must first be aware that it is not a path paved with gold. You must be prepared to work hard and know that you have chosen it as a career because it is something you love, not something you think will make you rich!