About Apneists UK


Apneists UK was established in 1999, formally as ‘The Manchester Freediving Group’ for Cheshire & North Wales. Since that time more and more freedivers have been introduced to the sport of apnea through our freediving school and we are continuously growing every year.

We pride ourselves on maintaining good contact with divers throughout the UK as this give us a larger network of established pockets and the freedive community thoughout the world. Apneists UK is headed by its founder Steve Millard, who has been in the watersports industry for over 20 years. Our central base is Manchester, England where most of our courses are run. Students are able to benefit from joining a large network of qualified and experienced divers throughout Northern England, Scotland and Wales.

We currently have groups in Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Crewe, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, North Wales, Tamworth, Birmingham, South Lake District, Glasgow and Edinburgh amongst others, and we maintain close relationships with other UK groups so that our network can help you on your travels anywhere you are in the country.

We teach all over the UK and abroad and will travel to your location for groups. We follow all standards set out by AIDA International and UK Health and Safety recommendations.

We hope you will find our website useful and perhaps one day welcome you as a member too. If you have any question regarding are courses or freediving in general, or you just want to give us your feedback, then please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or call steve.

We look forward to your reply . . . happy diving.


So, thank you again, your lovely nature was so calming and encouraging, and you made everyone feel safe with you so quickly.  Not everyone has that gift.

Calming and encouraging . . .Annie Ruscillo

Hi Steve, Really enjoyed the course yesterday. I liked your relaxed style. It just worked!

Really enjoyed the course . . .Nick Turton

Thanks a lot Steve, really enjoyed this day and looking forward to more sessions! I particularly liked the atmosphere of calm, trust and benevolent encouragement that was established, very helpful to set your mind in the right place before holding your breath 🙂Many thanks again, à bientôt 😉Florent

Really enjoyed this day . . .Florent Pallas

Aida 2 star course Whilst I had heard of freediving, originally I had never considered it a sport for the average person, but an extreme sport reserved only for the super-fit athlete, or pearl diver who could hold their breath for an inordinate amount of time.Those misconceptions were soon dispelled by Steve Millard during the AIDA […]

I found freediving to be a safe, accessible, sociable sport . . .Anita Jasso

Hi SteveJust a very quick email to say thanks to the both of you for yesterday and for making the day such a wonderful experience.Cheers from Becca and me (. . . short Swiss Matt)

Such a wonderful experience . . .Matthias Ruttimann

Hi Steve, Thankyou for such a great day!  Still can’t stop talking/thinking about it!  My diary now has a new section specifically for freedive training and hopefully I can learn so much more about myself from it too.  Let’s see if I can find a buddy near by, if not I don’t mind cycling far distances […]

Still can’t stop talking/thinking about it . . .Martin Toole

Our Team

Steve Millard

AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor

Gary Lowe

Freediving Instructor & Aida International Judge

John Moorcroft

Althlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor

Mandy Buckley

Freediving Instructor & Aida International Judge

Matthias Ruttimann

Athlete & Freediving Instructor

Bart Lubecki

Athlete & Freediving Instructor