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Beginner

AIDA 1 Star

The first course to learn the basics of freediving is the AIDA 1 Star course, it is really a taster. It is possible (and in many cases recomended) 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 2 Star
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The AIDA 2 STAR course introduces freediving for the complete beginner* and we certify through AIDA which is the worldwide industry standard for freedivers. This course aims to help students develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving competently and within the limits of their experience.

The course is 3 days with all equipment, course materials, certifications and pool fees included in the price.

Course cost £275 + entrance fees to dive site if applicable.

*Requirements:
Be 18 years of age or older, medically fit and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.

ADVANCED

AIDA 3 Star

Interested in going deeper and improving your technique? 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.This course consists of three theory sessions, two pool sessions and four open water dives.

To successfully complete the AIDA 3 star freediver course you will have to perform a 2 minute 45 second breathold, swim 55 m underwater with fins and dive to 24 meters in the open water.

AIDA 4 Star

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.

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.

AIDA Instructor

Now that you have gained so much knowledge and skills on your Freediving journey, you might want to take things one step further and start helping others do the same.

The AIDA Freediving Instructor Course is a very intensive course and is usually run over a 7 to 10 day period and involves nearly 40 hours of instruction. You will have to prove your endurance and be able to comfortably dive to 40 meters and hold your breath for over 4 minutes.

AIDA Compertition
Safety Freediver

The purpose of the AIDA Competition Safety Freediver Course is to familiarise freedivers with the safety procedures and rules in place during an AIDA competition. Students will develop their knowledge and skills so they can act as a Safety Freediver during AIDA competitions. To conduct an AIDA AIDA Competition Safety Freediver Course, the following knowledge development, confined water session and open water session are to be included:

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.

PADI Freediver

Clinic

(DYN) Mono Fin Clinic

The Monofin Freediver clinic is designed to be an introduction to Monofin swimming and to help the student develop the basic skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to start using the Mono fin efficiently.

Students will be introduced to different approaches to freediving with a Mono-fin, exercises designed to work on style and how to design a training program. Advanced techniques will be covered far beyond any current course syllabus. We will use video analysis to help improve stroke.

Students do not have to own a mono before the clinic to benefit.

All instructors/guest speakers are to be previous UK squad members and/or UK record holders. There will be a minimum of two, hopefully three depending on student numbers to keep ratios low.

(DNF) No-Fins Clinic

The No-Fins Freediver clinic is designed to be an introduction to No-Fins swimming and to help the student develop the basic skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to start the sport efficiently.

Students will be introduced to exercises designed to work on style and how to design a training program. Advanced techniques will be covered far beyond any current course syllabus. We will use video analysis to help improve stroke. All instructors/guest speakers are to be previous UK squad members and/or UK record holders. There will be a minimum of two, hopefully three depending on student numbers to keep ratios low.

It will take the form of a short theory introduction with some videos, a pool session of around 3 hours and a follow up theory session to go through videos taken in the water on the day. There will be technique demonstrations, training ideas and other valuable information. The bottom line is if you are poor at no fins you will get big benefits, if you are already good with the fine tuning will get you extra distance.

(STA) Static clinic

The course will consist of a theory lecture to bring the student up to speed with current knowledge in this area, it will include some practical dry sessions, and then formation in the water for a static breath hold session under favourable conditions.

We will look at training zones and how to plan ahead for training, describe and practice some useful exercises, give you an idea of many relaxation exercises to practice regularly and during your static apnea practices and look at diet and nutrition and what you can do to maximise your statics. We designed this course sometime ago, and it has benefitted previous students from the course.

Speciality

Freediving for Surfers

I’ve been teaching surfers how to Freedive both in the UK. I run full Freediving courses AIDA 1 & 2 Star for those surfers wanting to add a sport to their reportoire, for those calm days with no waves and also to build up the Apnea skills for surfing.

We also offer ‘surfers apnea course’ which is a 6 hour course designed specifically to cover the skills required to improve your breath hold and survive big waves.

Spearfishing & foraging

Spearfishing and foraging is an environmentally friendly way of catching your food for the table. Todays destructive, unsustainable fishing methods are simply not a long term viable option.

To safely breath hold dive requires a certain amount of skill, at Apneists UK we take qualified Freedivers (AIDA 2*, SSI level 1, Apnea Academy levels for example) onto the course.

For non-qualified divers we offer an AIDA 1* one day course to teach you important skills to ensure you are safe in the environmet we will be taking you.

One On One coaching

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FIRST AID

Emergency
First Response (EFR)

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Emergency First Response (EFR) is a comprehensive and innovative CPR and first aid program brought to you by the Emergency First Response Corp., a corporate affiliate of PADI.

The comprehensive program is composed of several courses that you can teach together or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid) and Emergency First response Care For Children (CPR & First Aid). These courses provide extensive instruction in CPR and first aid, as well as recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.

Emergency
First Response (EFR)
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Emergency First Response (EFR) is a comprehensive and innovative CPR and first aid program brought to you by the Emergency First Response Corp., a corporate affiliate of PADI.

The comprehensive program is composed of several courses that you can teach together or as stand-alone courses: Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid) and Emergency First response Care For Children (CPR & First Aid). These courses provide extensive instruction in CPR and first aid, as well as recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.

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