Spearfishing and foraging course British Spearfishing Association affiliated

British Spearfishing Association

Spearfishing course UK – North Wales, England and Scotland

Spearfishing and foraging is an environmentally friendly way of catching your food for the table. Today’s destructive, unsustainable fishing methods are simply not a long term viable option.

To safely breath hold dive requires a certain amount of skill, at Apneists UK we take qualified Freedivers (AIDA 1, SSI level 1, RAID Level 1, Apnea Academy levels for example) onto the course.

For non-qualified divers we offer an AIDA 1 Star, one day course to teach you important skills to ensure you are safe in the environment we will be taking you.

We run courses in North Wales, East England and Scotland.

All of our Instructors are approved by the British Spearfishing Association (BSA) who are running our spearfishing and foraging courses are affiliated with the agency.

Spearfishing and foraging course British Spearfishing Association COST £125

All spearfishing equipment and course materials included. 

Price does not include the AIDA 1, one-day freediving course (AIDA 1 freediving certificate or equivalent is required as a minimum).

Follow AIDA 1 Courses for more information.

Spearfishing and foraging course OUTLINE

The spearfishing course is one day, with theory online at a mutually agreeable time, followed by practical open-water spearfishing and foraging.

  • Reasons to spear fish and forage
    Being environmentally aware is perhaps the greatest knowledge you will gain. It is also something that you will become acutely aware of in your daily life.
  • Gun safety and gun handling
    A spear gun, especially when loaded (in front or behind), can be very dangerous and potentially fatal. We will teach you good gun etiquette, how to transport, carry, load, shoot and maintain it.Various gun types are provided, from different length to bungee and pneumatic, this will give you a sense on how they handle and fire underwater.
  • Water safety
    Our coastal waters can present many dangers if unaware of the hazards. You will learn about environments, weather, tides, boat traffic and equipment to keep you safe.
  • Fish identification, sizes and season
    Identification, be that crustacean or fish, is important as this will help you determine the minimum size, sex and season to catch.
  • Crustaceans and mollusks
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  • Regulations and dive sites
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  • Physiology and dangers of freediving
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  • Basic breath hold techniques
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  • Hunting techniques
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  • Equipment
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  • Importance of self reliance
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  • Code of conduct
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You need a decent level of fitness to join this courses. As a minimum you need to be able to swim comfortably 200 metres and 300 metres snorkelling.

You will also need to fill in a Liability form & medical form (see below) to screen for any underlying medical problems which may need Doctors advice.


Find the next available Spearfishing Course  from the google calendar below. Many spearfishing courses do not make the diary as they are run for small groups of two or three people so fill quickly. Please contact by e-mail to arrange your own personalised dates

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.

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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.


John Moorcroft
John MoorcroftAthlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor
Steve Millard
Steve MillardAthlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor