AIDA [starone]

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 theory session will include:

  • Equipment for freediving – introduction to basic freediving equipment – mask, snorkel, bi-fins, weightbelt, wetsuit
  • Breathing for freediving - before a dive and on recovery, correct breathing and avoidance of
  • Hyperventilation. Breathing exercises
  • Equalisation – the need to equalise and basic equalisation techniques
  • Safety for freediving, avoiding and reacting to blackout and loss of motor control
  • Freediving and Scuba Diving - combining the two safely
  • Key rules to remember for freediving safely

*The theory session will take place in a classroom environment.

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Static apnea in pool water. Static apnea is a discipline in which a person holds their breath (apnea) underwater for as long as possible, and need not swim any distance.

After this session the student freediver will be able to:

  • Demonstrate abdominal breathing and appropriate breathing techniques in preparation for a breath hold
  • Demonstrate appropriate recovery and breathing techniques at the end of a breath hold, including safe body positioning
  • Demonstrate how to train safely and effectively for static apnea with a training buddy
  • Do short breath holds to experience both relaxation and contractions
  • Demonstrate the appropriate rescue technique for a training buddy experiencing a loss of motor control or blackout


This session will be conducted at the sea and freedive to a maximum of 10m depth.

After this session the student freediver will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to prepare and don equipment for freediving. The student will be able to defog the mask, choose and don appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt if required, bi-fins and any other chosen equipment
  • Demonstrate appropriate breathing techniques with a snorkel during preparation, and demonstrate appropriate recovery breathing
  • Demonstrate appropriate duck dives
  • Possible to beginning with pull downs – descend slowly along a line, achieving comfortable equalisation of the ears, sinuses and mask either in a head up or head down position
  • Demonstrate appropriate bi-finning style and technique with regard to body positioning, movement and position relative to depth and sides of a pool or bottom and other obstacles in open water such as a reef or following a rope
  • Demonstrate how to freedive safely and effectively with a training buddy
  • Supervise a buddy from the surface as they perform a freedive to a maximum of 10m
  • Demonstrate the appropriate rescue technique of a buddy experiencing a loss of motor control or Blackout

Student Equipment – mask, bi-fins, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt.

Freedivers who meet all the performance requirements outlined above will be certified as an AIDA * Freediver.


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