AIDA 3 Star Course

WELCOME

Interested in going deeper and improving your technique? Interested in improving your pool skills and understand how to set up your own sessions for improvement?

This course goes into the theory of Freediving in more depth which will allow you to understand the physiology and techniques behind diving deeper. The course will help you improve your Freediving performance whilst advancing your safety and rescue skills.

COURSE COST £320

Payment can be made in increments with an initial deposit of £50, followed by £110 for the pool & theory section, and finally a payment of £160 to complete the open water. Alternatively the full amount can be made at the start.

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

COURSE OUTLINE

AIDA 3 Star course is 3 days minimum and consists of
3 x theory sessions, 2 x pool session
and 4 x open water dives.

To successfully complete the AIDA 3 star freediver course you will have to perform a 2 min. 45 sec. breath hold, swim 55 m underwater with fins and dive to 24 m in open water.

You will receive the new AIDA 3 Star, 97 page fully illustrated e-manual to consolidate your theory. The concepts covered in this course include training tables, free fall, additional freediving equipment, improved equalisation and additional depth safety considerations and an in depth look into the Mammalian diving reflex. This extra information will help you start to put together a training plan for medium term improvements.

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 3 Star – Pool Freediver.
    Allows you to dive with the club in the pool environment.
  • Duration:
    1 Day
  • Day 1:
    Knowledge development (classroom theory), Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea (pool).
  • 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: £160

DAY 2 & 3: Open water

The Open water section of the course is run over two days in Open Water. This will take the diver down to a depth of 30 meters depending on the time of year and the students needs.

If you do not pass the course I always offer at least one additional days training, at no extra cost.

  • Certification:
    AIDA 3 Star – Freediver.
    Allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 30m with an independent buddy or professional guide.
  • Duration:
    2-3 Days
  • Day 2:
    Open Water Sessions, Constant weight and Free Immersion, .
  • Day 3:
    Further Open Water Sessions followed by AIDA 3 Star Exam.
  • Equipment:
    All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.
  • Dive site fees:
    Payable to the site if applicable.
  • 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: £160

IMPORTANT NOTE

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.

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1/4: Pick a Course Date

Find the next available AIDA 3* 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 3 COURSE
AIDA 3 Course date

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

DEPOSIT: This will reserve your place for your chosen course date. The next payment will be requested prior to the course starting or otherwise subject to any arrangement with your instructor.

POOL AND THEORY ONLY: This will reserve your place for your chosen course date and include the first day of classroom theory and pool practice including pool fees. The next payment for open water will be requested prior to the course starting or otherwise subject to any arrangement with your instructor.

OPEN WATER: This will reserve your place for the open water and final part. Dive site entrance fees are charged separately.

3/4: DOWNLOAD FORMS

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

NOTE:
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.

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.

FAQ

Are there any hidden cost?

Course fees include pool fees, equipment, the certification costs are covered when the open water section is paid for, and you can pay extra for certification at pool level if you choose. Open water fees are not included, some sites are free, some charge. The compromise is free, or pay for additional facilities such as […]

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 […]

Your Instructor

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