Meet The Team

Meet the Freedive UK Team and learn a little more

Ian Donald

AIDA instructor trainer and Freedive UK course director

Ian has taught a huge range of people to freedive, from all walks of life. His relaxed and inclusive approach to the sport means that no one will feel like they can’t achieve their full potential.

He holds the highest certification given by AIDA, ‘instructor trainer’, meaning he can teach others to be AIDA instructors. A title given to only the best AIDA instructors.

He is an expert in marine foraging and is the author of  ‘Underwater foraging -Freediving for food’,  An instructional guide to freediving, marine foraging and spearfishing.

Ian has been involved as a freediving expert in TV and film projects related to freediving and the natural world. His experience is often called upon for a wide range of projects around the world including extreme sports films, prime time TV and nature documentaries. You may have seen him on BBCs Countryfile or the One show to name a few. He has written pieces about freediving and spearfishing for magazines, national newspapers and digital media all in the hope that he can introduce more people to this wonderful lifestyle.

He has developed cutting edge training programs for pro athletes whose focus is not necessarily Apnea, including surfers and triathletes. Following on from this line of training, he has helped Royal Marine Commando PT instructors refine in water training techniques for recruits, giving Commandos more comfort in the water.

Richard Marsh

AIDA master instructor

Richard has been working with Freedive UK since its inception in 2009.

He is a natural waterman; A surfer, spearfisherman, sailor, coastguard and ex-oyster farmer. Rich has a deep connection with the ocean and a huge range of skills that all culminate in creating one of the best freediving instructors out there. Rich can be found on the majority of our summer courses and holidays.

He not only teaches courses in Cornwall but also runs the courses in our Devon operation.

In classic Freedive UK style, expect his teaching to be relaxed and fun.

Sam Barnes

AIDA instructor

Sam started his freediving journey with FreediveUK in 2013 and it was immediately apparent that here was a man with a natural talent. His first ever static breath-hold was over 5 minutes and he continued to impress through all his courses. He finished his 4 star training with us in 2014 before going to the Philippines to complete his instructor course with Jean-Pol Francois (Ex AIDA educational officer and instructor trainer) where he passed with flying colours. 

Lissy Raymond

Assistant instructor

Lissy has worked with us on holiday since the very beginning and is a great asset whenever we have the chance to work with her. 

She is AIDA level 4 but is definitely more capable than her qualification and will surely one day be an instructor.

Emily Holmes

Operations manager

Emily is the cornerstone of the Freedive UK operation. Managing bookings, schedules, organising holidays and keeping the rest of the team in line. Without Emily, there wouldn’t be a Freedive UK!

Your contact with Emily may be limited to email and phone calls unless you come on one of our holidays, where you will find her organising the whole event and slaving away in the kitchen creating delicious home cooked meals for the guests.

Thankyou to everyone who visited during 2020. We hope that 2021 season will be easier but just in case and until things change our 2020 covid restrictions will be in place.

Course numbers will be limited to rule of 6 and all social distancing and hygiene measures will be adhered to in non emergency circumstances.

Bookings are being taken and we will now be allowing course date changes if available up until 1 week before the course start in the case of a change of government policy or guidelines.

Please be sure that if you need accommodation to attend, that this is secure, as we cannot refund due to a change in your accommodation choices.

Due to the restriction surrounding social distancing some elements of the advertised courses may differ, such as boat use and pool use. Please also note that until guidelines change in regards to travel in vehicles outside of your family unit or bubble you will need to transport yourself to and from dive sites. 

Our standard terms and conditions apply to refunds and cancellations.

We are looking forward to diving with you