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AIDA * Freediving Course

The first course to learn the basics of freediving is the AIDA 1* course, it is really a taster. It is possible (and in many cases recomended) to go straight to the AIDA 2* qualification which industry wide is recognised as the first qualification you can dive independantly of a Dive professional.

 

AIDA * Freediver Course
It is a theory and pool/shallow open water based qualification, ideal for beginners who are interested in learning the sport of Freediving especially for Scuba divers, open water swimmers, triathletes and snorkellers.

The AIDA 1* is the foundation course. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, safety procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of breath hold freediving. Students will be introduced to the basic disciplines of freediving; Static Apnea, Free immersion and Constant Weight Freediving. On successful completion you can for a small extra fee receive a certification card from AIDA which you can then show as proof of experience almost anywhere in the world and Open up the opportunity to continue your education and increase your skill set. As an entry level course it qualifies you to dive within a group with more qualified divers.

You will have a go at Static Apnea, to see how long you can hold your breath lying still, after learning a few relaxation and visualisation techniques to help you along. You will also learn how to be a good buddy to someone as they train

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Certification: AIDA * Freediver. Taster session
Duration: 1 Day
Day 1: Knowledge development, Static Apnea, Constant weight, Free Immersion
Price: £120
Equipment: Included in the price
Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older, medical statement and be able to swim at least 100 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.

This course only runs mid summer, see below for dates when they are arranged

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AIDA ** Freediving Course

A lot of people think freediving is only for a select handful of elite athletes, or for daredevils. Not so. It's about fun. It's about fitness. It's about discovering you can do things you thought were impossible. Freediving is also the ideal cross-training tool for certified SCUBA divers who want to maximize bottom time and enjoy greater comfort in the water. If you are competitive then we also have regular competitions in the UK too. So all needs are catered for.

This is probably the most challenging and rewarding AIDA course. For those who are already confident in the open water this course is your starting point. The course builds a foundation of good technique and safety so that you can buddy with other AIDA 2 star freedivers.This course consists of two theory sessions, a pool session and three open water dives.

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Just about everyone who signs up on this course surprises themselves with what they achieve. You will be amazed how much difference just a small amount of training can make to your breath-hold time and dive depth. Freedivers on a single breath of air can explore the underwater world for minutes at a time with relative comfort.

This course is designed to be an introduction to freediving for the complete beginner. It aims to help the student to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely within the limits of their experience. This course is not aimed towards competitive freediving but for recreational freediving only. The course is two parts. AIDA 2* pool and theory, and AIDA 2* Open water. When both parts are completed you are a fully qualified AIDA 2* Freediver.

We pride ourselves on running courses for small groups and most of all following up course entrants to help them to continue to dive afterwards. We have an active club, and organise socials and competitions too.

 

AIDA ** Freediver (Pool and Theory)

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We start by doing theory, either online initially or straight into the classroom. We then go to the swimming pool where we cover Static and Dynamic Apnea and cover how to safety each other and rescues so that you can start to dive in our established club structure. Even the most experienced swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers are surprised how much they learn in this entry level course, it's not just about holding your breath!

Certification:AIDA ** Pool Freediver. Allows you to dive with the club in the pool environment.
Duration: 1 Day
Day 1: Knowledge development, Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea.
Price: £125
Equipment: Included in the price
Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older, medical statement and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.

AIDA ** Freediver (Open Water)

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This course is designed to be an introduction to freediving for the complete beginner or improvers. It aims to help the student to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely within the limits of their experience. This course is not aimed towards competitive freediving but for recreational freediving only. It will take the diver down to between 14 metres and 20 metres depending on the time of year and the students needs.

You are elligible to join the AIDA 2* Open Water section after having done the AIDA 2* pool and theory. The Open water section of the course is run over two days in Open Water. Many Instructors are teaching this part of the course in one day as this is a minimum standard. I believe the student is better served in Open Water over two days. However, If you require to finish over one weekend that is possible. If you do not pass the course I always offer at least one additional days training, at no extra cost before we start charging extra, or offer the AIDA 1* Freediver qualification to get you onto the ladder. So to clarify, if you do the AIDA 2* course and do not complete in the required minimum two days, or the recomended three days, I will give you a fourth day free before we start charging any extra.

Certification: AIDA ** Freediver. Allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 20m with an independent buddy or professional guide.
Duration: 1 - 2 Days
Day 1: Open Water Sessions, Constant weight and Free Immersion
Day 2: Open Water Sessions, Constant weight and Free Immersion and ** Exam
Price: £150 (this includes certification)
Equipment: Included in the price
Dive site fees: Payable to the site if applicable
Requirements: Be 18 years of age or older, medical statement and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.

AIDA 2* Payment options
AIDA 2* Payment options

 

 

Upcoming Dates

Course dates:

 

AIDA 2* Courses

March 25th - 10.00am - 5.00pm Pool and theory (Manchester)
May 19th / 26th - 6.00pm - 9.30pm Pool and theory (York)
April 19th - 10.00am - 3.00pm (Wednesday daytime) Pool and theory (Manchester)
April 22nd - 10.00am - 5.00pm Pool and theory (Manchester)
April 23rd - 10.00am -3.00pm Open water (Lake District)
April 29th - 10.30am -7.30pm Pool and theory (Edinburgh)
May 20th - 10.00am - 5.00pm Pool and theory (Manchester)
May 14th - 5.00pm - 8.30pm (Evening) Open water (Lake District)
May 21st - 10.00am -3.00pm Open water (Lake District)
May 24th - 5.00pm - 8.30pm (Evening) Open water (Lake District)
June 24th - 10.00am - 5.00pm Pool and theory (Manchester)
May 27th - 10.00am - 3.00pm Open water (Lake District)
May 28th - 10.00am -3.00pm Open water (Lake District)
June 25th - 10.00am -3.00pm Open water (Lake District)

 

 

 

We have over 10 weekly pool sessions, and dive regularly weekends and midweek open water as well as our trips.

 

Medical form here: AIDA Medical form

 

Liability form here: AIDA Liability form

 

 


Contact:

E-mail: Steve@freedivers.co.uk Phone: 07940998915

Freediving, when practised properly, is a very safe sport. However there are risks so always dive with the supervision of a QUALIFIED and competent buddy. Never hold your breath alone, even in water as shallow as your bath. Someone needs to be there who knows exactly what they are looking for and what to do in case of a blackout. A casual observer or even a lifeguard who hasn't been specifically trained in apnea would not be suitable.