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 Star, one day course to teach you important skills to ensure you are safe in the environmet we will be taking you.

We run courses in North Wales, and Scotland.


All equipment and course materials included.

Price does not include the AIDA 1 star, one-day course (AIDA 1 Star certificate or equivalent is required as a minimum).

Follow AIDA 1 Star Courses for more information.


Course is one day with theory in the morning, followed by practical open-water and foraging in the afternoon.

  • Reasons to spear fish and forage
    Being environmentally aware is perhaps the greatest knolledge you will gain. It is also something that you will become acutely aware of in your daily life.
  • Gun safety and gun handling
    A spear gun, especially when loaded (in front or behind), can be very dangerous and potentially fatal. We will teach you good gun etiquette, how to transport, carry, load, shoot and maintain it.

    Various gun types are provided, from differant lenth to bungee and pneumatice, this will give you a sence on how they handle and fire underwater.
  • Water safety
    Our coastal waters can present many dangers if unaware of the hazards. You will learn about environments, weather, tides, boat traffic and equipment to keep you safe.
  • Fish identification, sizes and season
    Identification, be that crustacean or fish, is important as this will help you determine the minimum size, sex and season to catch.
  • Crustaceans and molluscs
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  • Regulations and dive sites
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  • Physiology and dangers of freediving
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  • Basic breathhold techniques
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  • Hunting techniques
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  • Equipment
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  • Importance of self reliance
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  • Code of conduct
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You need a decent level of fitness to join this courses. As a minimum you need to be able to swim comfortably 200 metres and 300 metres snorkelling.

You will also need to fill in a Liability form & medical form (see below) to screen for any underlying medical problems which may need Doctors advice.


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 Spearfishing 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.  

Spearfishing date


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.

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

John Moorcroft

Althlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor