Steve Millard

AIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor

About Me

A lifetime watersports and diving enthusiast Steve has worked in freediving education for two decades and has an unparalleled success rate with students. He has competed internationally in pool and depth competitions. and coached numerous athletes from new beginners to championship level. Steve has worked constantly to develop his teaching skills and holds an enviable list of teaching qualifications. He has lectured at University level and regularly gives talks about freediving. A qualified first aid trainer Steve has held continuous in date first aid qualifications since 1993. A proactive member of the national and international freediving communities Steve has frequently chaired the BFA, Captained the UK national squad and organises the annual UK pool diving championships. All of the Apneists speciality courses have been developed by Steve and draw on his years of personal experience of practicing, teaching and coaching freediving.

  • 2006 UK Freedive squad member
  • 2007-08 BFA Training and Safety Officer
  • 2008 UK Freedive squad Head Coach and Team Captain
  • 2009-10 BFA Clubs officer
  • 2010-present UK Freediving Pool Championship Organiser
  • 2012-13 BFA Chairman


AIDA : Instructor Trainer (the highest level), BSAC : Open Water Scuba Instructor, BSAC : Open Water Snorkel Instructor, BSAC : Advanced Lifesaving Instructor/Examiner, BSAC : Oxygen Administration Instructor, BSAC : First Aid Instructor, PADI : IDC Staff Instructor, RYA : First Aid Trainer, RYA : Dinghy Sailing Instructor, RYA : Level 4 Powerboat / Safety Boat, BCU : Kayak Instructor, BCU : Canoeing Instructor, COCLG : Canoe Safety Test Assessor, EFR : First Aid Instructor/ FAW Instructor/examiner, HSE : First Aid Instructor/ FAW Instructor/examiner, SSI :Dive Control Specialist Instructor, RYA : Certificate of Competence in Radiotelephony, BSAC :Diver Coxswain (Level 3 Coastal), BSAC : Seamanship Specialist

Continuous (in date) First Aid qualifications since 1993.

Guest lecturer: Leisure Management and Sports Science at Bolton University

Kayak instruction 8 years full time
Sailing Instruction 5 years full time
Scuba certifications over 1000

What I do