AIDA 1 Star Course

Basic Introduction to Freediving

The most basic course to learn freediving is with the AIDA 1 Star course, it is really a taster or for anyone with no previous freediving training, offered as a required minimum freediving entry level in conjunction with a spearfishing or mermaiding course. It is possible (and in many cases recommended) to go straight to the AIDA 2 Star qualification which industry wide is recognised as the first qualification you can dive independantly of a dive professional.

AIDA 1 Star Course 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.


Price includes, all equipment, course materials, certifications and pool fees. Entrance fees to dive site are charged separately if applicable.


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.

Day 1: Pool & Theory

We start with classroom theory and onto the swimming pool where we cover Statics (STA), Dynamic Apnea (DYN), safety and rescues.

  • Certification:
    AIDA 1 Star – Taster session.
    Allows you to dive with the club in the pool environment.
  • Duration:
    1 Day
  • Day 1:
    Knowledge development (classroom theory), Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea (pool), Constant weight and Free Immersion.
  • Equipment:
    Swimming kit and comfortable clothes. All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided.
  • Requirements:
    Be 18 years or older, have completed the medical statement and be able to swim at least 100 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Price: £120


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.


1/4: Pick a Course Date

Find the next available AIDA 2* course from the google calendar below.

NOTE: Make sure you have the correct course location as there may be a few.

2/4: Pay Now

Reserve your spot on the course by making the corresponding payment from the dropdown below (please see below explanation).

NOTE: Do not forget to add the above course start date in the box marked ‘Course date’ as well.  

AIDA 1 Course date

This will reserve your place for your chosen course date and include the complete course and pool fees.


Download both forms below and bring them filled in and signed on the day of the course.

If you have answered ‘yes’ in any of the question then you will need a doctor’s signature to verify it is safe for you to take part in freediving.

  • AIDA Medical form
  • AIDA Liability form

4/4: All Done

Congratulations – you’re all done. We will send you an email in the next day or two with further course information including some exercises to start off with.


Is all the equipment included?

Yes – all equipment is provided, the school carries full kit, enough to kit several groups at once, so sizing is rarely an issue.

Cross overs – if I am already a certified Freediver with another agency?

We have a cross over chart so that we can enrol you onto the appropriate course. Also those agencies that are not recognised, we can find fair ways of enrolling you onto the appropriate course and getting value from it. A freediver is a freediver, as well as rules being rules.

What is the minimum age?

18 years to become an AIDA Freediver, if you have parental permission and you are joining with a parent, the age is 16 years of age.

From the time I complete the pool and theory, and do the open water, how long do I have to complete the qualification?

12 months unless you visit us in-between that time and do some refresher training, then it can last another 12 months from that date. It is also possible to be signed off at AIDA 2* Pool Freediver level (you would be charged a nominal fee for the certification if doing it using this method). Most […]

Do I need to be fit to do this course?

You can get fit doing the sport! General health is important for safety, you will get a medical form to fill in, it is a self-declaration form. If you have any significant medical problems (heart/lungs, diabetes, asthma for example) you would need to see a Doctor first to see if the sport was for you. […]

Is there any self-study to do?

We have put together some useful exercises and a reading pack for you to help you during the course. It is not compulsory to do this, however highly recommended.

Your Instructors

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