Mermaid Beginner Course2019-04-15T01:08:22+01:00


To become an Apneists mermaid does require some knowledge (for your safety, and that of your colleges). As there is no such thing as a ‘mermaiding’ qualification (that is safe anyway), we offer an AIDA 2 Star Pool-Freediver course (£125) followed by the Beginner mermaid course (£125) which will train you to use the mono-fin and tail proficiently.

This certificate if for pool environment only and does not include Open water and depth diving. You can however continue the Open water section of the AIDA 2 Star course if you so choose (£170).


Price includes, all equipment, course materials, certifications and pool fees.


AIDA 2 Star POOL FREEDIVER course including Beginner Mermaid course is 2 days and consists of 2 x theory sessions, 1 x pool session and 1 x mono-fin session.

Participants have to be 18 years of age or older, 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 CLINIC (See Below). When both parts are completed you are qualified as a AIDA 2 POOL FREEDIVER, however you can continue the course to become an AIDA 2 Freediver and this allows you to participate in any Openwater 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.


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

    • Certification:
      AIDA 2  – 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: £125


The Beginner mermaid course is designed to be an introduction to Mono-fin swimming and tail use and to help the student develop the basic skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to start using the Mono fin efficiently.

Students will be introduced to different approaches to freediving with a Mono-fin and tail, exercises designed to work on style and how to design a training program. Advanced techniques will be covered far beyond any current course syllabus. We will use video analysis to help improve stroke. Students do not have to own a mono-fin or tail before the clinic to benefit.

All instructors/guest speakers are previous UK squad members and/or UK record holders. There will be a minimum of two, hopefully three depending on student numbers to keep ratios low.

    • Certification:
      Experience only
    • Duration:
      1 Day
    • Equipment:
      All freediving equipment used during the course will be provided and included in the price.
    • Pool fees:
    • 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: £125


Find the next available Beginner Mermaid Course from the google calendar below or payment drop down

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?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.


Steve Millard
Steve MillardAIDA Freediving Instructor Trainer & PADI Freediving Instructor Trainer