AIDA ** Freediver

AIDA ** Freediver


This course teaches freedive theory and introduces students to the different disciplines of freediving, equipment, the risks involved and how to avoid them, the correct response to freediving problems and an understanding of the main physiological factors of freediving.

Student freedivers then move on to cover the procedures for training safely and effectively for freediving in a swimming pool, including training technique, the buddy system and rescue procedures for static and dynamic apnea.

The first open water session introduces freedivers to Constant Weight and Free Immersion freediving. Each student will have the opportunity to practice and attempt a dive whilst observing correct buddy procedures. An AIDA* Freediver certification will be awarded to student divers who achieve a dive to 8m. An AIDA* Freediver should then be sufficiently experienced to make open water freedives under the direct supervision of an AIDA Instructor, together with other, more experienced freedivers. An AIDA* Freediver is not sufficiently experienced to act as sole buddy for another freediver in open water.

A second open water session allows freedivers to progress their open water dive skills safely. Divers will make further open water training dives, aiming to increase their own depth and comfort underwater. This will be followed by training and practice of open water rescue techniques, including lifting another freediver from a depth of 10m. An AIDA ** Freediver certification will be issued to freedivers who complete this rescue and a constant weight freedive to a depth of at least 16m. It is expected that someone qualifying at this level will have sufficient skills to safely practice shallow (up to 10m) freediving with similarly qualified buddies. Divers at this level are not sufficiently experienced to practice performance training deeper than 10m without the supervision of an instructor.

Freediving is a potentially dangerous activity. This website exists only to provide general information about freediving and does not constitute any form of instruction. Individuals interested in freediving are strongly encouraged to undertake a course with a qualified instructor and to never freedive alone. The BFA accepts no liability for injury or death resulting from the use of information on this website.