AIDA 3 Freediver Course2024-06-14T11:40:50+01:00


Are you interested in going deeper and improving your technique? Well you can

Is it pool skills and an understanding of how to set up your own sessions for improvement you want? This is the course for you

This course goes into the theory of Freediving in more depth which will allow you to understand the physiology and techniques behind diving deeper. The course will help you improve your Freediving performance whilst advancing your safety and rescue skills.


Payment can be made in increments with an initial deposit of £50, followed by £110 for the pool & theory section, and finally a payment of £160 to complete the open water. Alternatively the full amount can be made at the start.

Price includes, all equipment, course materials, certifications and pool fees. Entrance fees to dive site are charged separately if applicable.


AIDA 3 Star course is 3 days minimum and consists of 
3 x theory sessions, 2 x pool session 
and 4 x open water dives

To successfully complete the AIDA 3 star freediver course you will have to perform a 2 min. 45 sec. breath hold, swim 55 m underwater with fins and dive to 24 m in open water.

You will receive the new AIDA 3 Star, 97 page fully illustrated e-manual to consolidate your theory. The concepts covered in this course include training tables, free fall, additional freediving equipment, improved equalisation and additional depth safety considerations and an in depth look into the Mammalian diving reflex. This extra information will help you start to put together a training plan for medium term improvements.


We start with classroom theory and onto the swimming pool where we cover Statics (STA), Dynamic Apnea (DYN), safety and rescues.

  • Certification:

    AIDA 3 Star – Pool Freediver.
    Allows you to dive with the club in the pool environment.

  • Duration:

    1 Day

  • Day 1:
    Knowledge development (classroom theory), Static Apnea and Dynamic Apnea (pool).
  • Equipment:
    Swimming kit and comfortable clothes. All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided.
  • Requirements:
    Be 18 years or older, have completed the medical statement and be able to swim at least 100 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Price: £160


The Open water section of the course is run over two days in Open Water. This will take the diver down to a depth of 30 meters depending on the time of year and the students needs. 

If you do not pass the course I always offer at least one additional days training, at no extra cost.

  • Certification:
    AIDA 3 Star – Freediver.
    Allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 30m with an independent buddy or professional guide.
  • Duration:
    2-3 Days
  • Day 2:
    Open Water Sessions, Constant weight and Free Immersion, .
  • Day 3:
    Further Open Water Sessions followed by AIDA 3 Star Exam.
  • Equipment:
    All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.
  • Dive site fees:
    Payable to the site if applicable.
  • Requirements:
    Be 18 years or older, have completed the medical statement and be able to swim at least 100 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Price: £160


Find the next available AIDA 3 course from the google calendar below.

If you cannot find any dates for the above course, please contact or call +44 (0) 7940 998915 and we will accommodate you the best we can.

NOTE: Make sure you have the correct course location as there may be a few.

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When you purchase the course you will receive your Medical & Liability forms, please bring them filled in and signed on the day. NOTE: If you have answered ‘yes’ in any of the questions then you will need a doctor’s signature to verify it is safe for you to take part in freediving.


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.

Are there any hidden costs?2020-07-07T11:50:29+01:00

Course fees include pool fees and equipment. For AIDA courses the certification costs are due at the end of the course you wish to be signed off for, normally 20 Euros per certification. The PADI courses include the first certification when you purchase the Freediver Touch. Open water fees are not included, some sites are free, some charge and that is payable locally.

Is all the equipment included?2020-07-07T11:50:28+01:00

Yes – all equipment is provided, the school carries full kit, enough to kit several groups at once, so sizing is rarely an issue.

Cross overs – if I am already a certified Freediver with another agency?2020-07-07T11:50:28+01:00

We have a cross over chart so that we can enrol you onto the appropriate course. Also those agencies that are not recognised, we can find fair ways of enrolling you onto the appropriate course and getting value from it. A freediver is a freediver, as well as rules being rules.

What is the minimum age?2020-07-07T11:50:28+01:00

18 years to become an AIDA Freediver, if you have parental permission and you are joining with a parent, the age is 16 years of age.

From the time I complete the pool and theory, and do the open water, how long do I have to complete the qualification?2020-07-07T11:50:28+01:00

12 months unless you visit us in-between that time and do some refresher training, then it can last another 12 months from that date. It is also possible to be signed off at the Pool Freediver level you are at (you would be charged a nominal fee for the certification if doing it using this method). Most people however want to move onto the open water section of the course and complete the full  Freediver course.

Do I need to be fit to do this course?2020-07-07T11:50:28+01:00

You can get fit doing the sport! General health is important for safety, you will get a medical form to fill in, it is a self-declaration form. If you have any significant medical problems (heart/lungs, diabetes, asthma for example) you would need to see a Doctor first to see if the sport was for you. Many people have mild symptoms that do not preclude them from the sport with a Doctors permission, however a serious condition would likely stop you. You will benefit from a basic level of fitness, but being slightly overweight or slightly unfit won’t stop you from doing really well in the course. It is something you can work on.

Is there any self-study to do?2020-07-07T11:50:28+01:00

We have put together some useful exercises and a reading pack for you to help you during the course. It is not compulsory to do this, however highly recommended.

Do I have to have any previous diving experience to do the AIDA 3 Freediver course?2019-05-30T10:47:08+01:00

Yes. You require to be a minimum qualification of AIDA 2 or equivalent. The pool is very easy to pass, the open water it is recommended that you are diving regularly.


Steve Millard
Steve MillardAIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Master Freediving Instructor
Gary Lowe
Gary LoweFreediving Instructor & Aida International Judge
John Moorcroft
John MoorcroftAthlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor
Mandy Buckley
Mandy BuckleyFreediving Instructor & Aida International Judge


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