Aida 1 & 2 Freedive Course

Run by master diver and instructor trainer Ian Donald every week from early May to the end of September in Cornwall the AIDA 1&2 course is by far the most popular way to get in to freediving as it combines the 1st and 2nd levels of the AIDA educational ladder in a fun 2 day course.

Level 1 & 2
Beginner
2 Day

AIDA 1&2

Course Details

Join Ian Donald (one of the most experienced instructors in the world and author of Underwater foraging – freediving for food) for a action packed and engaging 2 days of training. Course costs £325 and includes, pool hire,  deep quarry access if needed, boat use (fair weather and tide dependant), training, certification and ALL equipment is included. 

By the end of the course you will have covered

  • Equipment for freediving.
  • Breathing for freediving.
  • Safety for freediving.
  • Preparation breathing.
  • Efficiency of movement.
  • Static apnea training for breath-holds of over 2 minutes.
  • Using freediving equipment.
  • Duck diving.
  • Equalisation.
  • Body positioning.
  • Finning style.
  • Buddying.
  • Deep dives to a minimum of 40ft 
  • Dynamic (distance) apnea of over 130ft

A bit more about the course...

…Ian will start the day teaching basic freediving theory and covering all the aspects of correct breathing. We then go through a couple of hours of pool training, covering static breath holding, rescues and dynamic apnea. In the afternoon , we start our open water theory and relaxation training. Here we focus on how to achieve perfect technique whilst diving on a float with a line, how to conduct free immersion dives and how to buddy and rescue at depth. At Freedive UK we put a lot of effort in to training you to achieve perfect style, concentrating on efficiency of movement and form as our primary goal.

On your second day as a freediver you will learn how to dive to depth in open water. We will dive using dive lines and lanyards for your safety and will focus on deep diving posture and relaxation. We will conduct our deep dives either from boat charter (fair weather), the shore, and/or a private quarry (poor weather) in order to give you the best quality instruction and the most exciting diving on the day. After free immersion dives, we focus on constant weight dives to complete the depth requirements for the course. The exam will be completed either at the end of day one or two… so be prepared and read your notes before attending. If you think you might need a 3rd day of training then check out our AIDA 1-2 extended course.

Cost – £325

Pool hire, training, certification and  equipment is included. A boat charter is only taken in suitable conditions. (If you have your own wetsuit, we would recommend bringing it as it may fit better (although you can use one of ours for free). You need to be over 16 and must be able to swim 200m unaided. A self declaration medical form will need to be completed (if you need this prior to booking please ask) All courses are conducted in small groups (max 1:4 instructor to student ratio), to ensure the highest levels of safety and teaching quality. Courses start and finish in Newquay, Cornwall . Days start at 9:30 am and end at about 4-6pm. 

Spaces are limited so if you want to book this course find an available date in the booking calendar at the bottom of this page and book your space online now. The booking system is live and available spaces are shown on each course. All courses are guaranteed to run once a space is booked, we have no minimums and will not cancel on you. Alternatively you can have a chat to us about it all before committing and book over the phone. If there is a date that you want that is fully booked (and you can’t make another date) contact us as we may be able to accommodate your needs. Deposits can be taken for courses.

Please bring some old shoes or flip flops for walking at dive sites.

Loss or damage to FreediveUK equipment: Equipment hire is free however we do take a £50 deposit on the day of the course to cover damages or loss. This is a fraction of the cost of most of our equipment but we find it to be a reasonable amount to ask people to cover in the event of a loss or damage. See details of terms here

 

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