AIDA 2 Freediver – Beginner2019-04-23T23:08:01+01:00

AIDA 2 FREEDIVING COURSE

For those who are already confident in open water this AIDA 2 Star course is your starting point.

The course builds a solid foundation of good technique, knowledge and safety necessary to enjoy freediving competently and within the limits of your experience. On completion you receive a certification by AIDA, the worldwide industry standard for freedivers.

IMPROVE . . .

  • SCUBA
  • SNORKELLING
  • OCTOPUSH
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • MARINE STUDIES
  • SPEARFISHING
  • SURFING

COURSE COST £295

Payment can be made in increments with an initial deposit of £50, or  £125 for the pool & theory section, and finally a payment of £170 to complete the open water. Alternatively the full amount can be made at the start.

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

COURSE OUTLINE

AIDA 2 STAR course is 3 days and consists of 2 x theory sessions, 1 x pool session and 3 x open water dives.

Participants have to be 18 years of age or older (16 with parental supervision), medically fit and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins. The course is in two parts – POOL & THEORY and OPEN WATER(See Below). When both parts are completed you are a fully qualified AIDA 2 Star Freediver, however you can become an AIDA 2 Star POOL Freediver and this allows you to participate in our weekly pool sessions. This course is not aimed towards competitive freediving but for recreational freediving only. Just about everyone who signs up on this course surprises themselves with what they achieve. You will be amazed how much difference just a small amount of training can make to your breath-hold time and dive depth.

DAY 1: POOL & THEORY

We start by doing theory, either online initially or straight into the classroom. We then go to the swimming pool where we cover Static and Dynamic Apnea and cover how to safety each other and rescues so that you can start to dive in our established club structure.

Even the most experienced swimmers, snorkellers and scuba divers are surprised how much they learn in this entry level course, it’s not just about holding your breath!

Certification: AIDA 2 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.

Certification fees:

20 Euros payable to AIDA

Requirements: Be 18 years or older, have completed the medical statement and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.

  • Price: £125

DAY 2 & 3: OPEN WATER

You are eligible to join the AIDA 2 Star OPEN WATER section after having done the AIDA 2 Star POOL & THEORY.

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 between 14 metres and 20 metres 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 before we start charging extra, or offer the AIDA 1 STAR Freediver qualification to get you onto the ladder. So to clarify, if you do the AIDA 2 STAR course and do not complete in the required minimum two days, or the recommended three days, I will give you a fourth day free before we start charging any extra.

Certification: AIDA 2 Star – Freediver. Allows you to dive to a maximum depth of 20m with an independent buddy or professional guide.

Duration: 1-2 Days

Day 1: Open Water Sessions, Constant weight and Free Immersion.

Day 2: Further Open Water Sessions, Constant weight and Free Immersion followed by AIDA 2 STAR Exam.

Equipment: All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.

Certification fees:

20 Euros, payable to AIDA

Dive site fees: Payable to the site if applicable.

Requirements: Be 18 years or older (16 years with parental supervision), have completed the medical statement and be able to swim at least 200 metres non-stop and 300 metres with mask, snorkel and fins.

  • Price: £170

1/4: PICK A COURSE DATE

Find the next available AIDA 2 course from the google calendar below.

If you cannot find any dates for the above course, please contact steve@freedivers.co.uk 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.

2/4: PAY NOW

Reserve your spot on the course by making the corresponding payment on the next page.

3/4: DOWNLOAD FORMS

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.

4/4: ALL DONE

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?2019-04-23T22:57:33+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?2019-04-01T16:45:21+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?2019-04-01T16:45:52+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?2019-04-01T16:46:31+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?2019-04-01T16:47:13+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 AIDA 2* Pool Freediver level (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 AIDA 2* Freediver course.

Do I need to be fit to do this course?2019-04-01T16:47:46+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?2019-04-01T16:48:15+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 2 Star Freediver course?2019-04-01T16:48:54+01:00

No. It is designed as an entry level qualification, however, there is scope if you do have experience to still get benefits even from the entry level course. Our instructors are very experienced, so can take you to a higher level than required just to pass the course.

Instructors

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
Matthias Ruttimann
Matthias RuttimannAthlete & Freediving Instructor
Bart Lubecki
Bart LubeckiAthlete & Freediving Instructor