Mermaid Course

Welcome

To become an Apneists mermaid does require some knowledge (for your safety, and that of your colleges). As there is no such thing as a ‘mermaiding’ qualification (that is safe anyway), we offer an AIDA 2 Star Pool-Freediver course (£125) followed by the mono fin clinic (£125) which will train you to use the mono-fin proficiently. These are the same qualifications our performance freediving athletes would enter and it gives you a solid foundation in knowledge, confidence and technique.

This certificate if for pool environment only and does not include Openwater diving. You can however continue the Openwater section of the AIDA 2 Star course if you so choose (£150).

COURSE COST £250

Price includes, all equipment, course materials, certifications and pool fees.

COURSE OUTLINE

AIDA 2 Star POOL FREEDIVER course including Mono-Fin Clinic is 2 days and consists of 2 x theory sessions, 1 x pool session and 1 x mono-fin session.

Participance have to 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.

The course is in two parts – POOL & THEORY and CLINIC (See Below). When both parts are completed you are qualified as a AIDA 2 Star POOL FREEDIVER, however you can continue the course to become an AIDA 2 Star Freediver and this allows you to participate in any Openwater sessions.

This course is not aimed towards competitive freediving but for recreational freediving only.

Just about everyone who signs up on this course surprises themselves with what they achieve. You will be amazed how much difference just a small amount of training can make to your breath-hold time and dive depth.

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 2 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: £125

DAY 2: Mono-Fin Clinc

The Mono-Fin Freediver Clinic is designed to be an introduction to Mono-fin 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-fin before the clinic to benefit.

All instructors/guest speakers are 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.


  • Certification:
    Experience only
  • Duration:
    1 Day
  • Equipment:
    All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.
  • Pool fees:
    Included
  • 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: £125

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 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 2 COURSE
AIDA 2 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.

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