AIDA 4 Star Course

Photography by Daan Verhoeven

WELCOME

This course takes you to a whole new level of confidence in your Freediving. Not only will you learn the latest techniques for deeper diving but you will also learn more about conditioning your body for Freediving.

This course will push you to the limits of your Freediving abilities. The AIDA 4 star is the highest level a recreational freediver can achieve. The AIDA 4 star can be combined with the Competition Freediver course for those who want to explore the challenge of competitive freediving.

COURSE COST £420

Payment can be split into £200 for pool and theory, followed by £220 for Openwater.

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

COURSE OUTLINE

This course consists of three theory sessions, two pool sessions and four open water dives.

To successfully complete the AIDA 4 star freediver course you will have to perform a 3 minute 30 second breathold, swim 70 m underwater with fins and dive to 32 meters in the open water

Day 1: Theory & Pool

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 4 Star – Freediver.
    Allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 20m with an independent buddy or professional guide.
  • Duration:
    4 Day
  • Day 1:
    Knowledge development, Pool work.
  • Day 2:
    Knowledge Development, Pool work and AIDA 4 Star Exam
  • 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: £200

Day 3 & 4: Open water

You are elligible to join the AIDA 4 Star OPEN WATER section after having done the AIDA 4 Star POOL & THEORY.

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 20 metres depending on the time of year and the students needs.

  • Certification:
    AIDA 4 Star – Freediver.
    Allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 20m with an independent buddy or professional guide.
  • Duration:
    2 Days
  • Day 1:
    Open Water Sessions.
  • Day 2:
    Further Open Water Sessions, followed by AIDA 4 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: £220

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.

HOW TO BOOK

1/4: Pick a Course Date

Find the next available AIDA 4* 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 4 COURSE
AIDA 4 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

Your Instructor

Steve Millard

AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor