Spearfishing and foraging is an environmentally friendly way of catching your food for the table. Todays 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 2*, SSI 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 environmet we will be taking you.

We run courses in North Wales, and Scotland.


All equipment and course materials included. 

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

Follow AIDA 1 Star Courses for more information.


Course is one day with theory in the morning, followed by practical open-water and foraging in the afternoon.

  • Reasons to spear fish and forage
    Being environmentally aware is perhaps the greatest knolledge 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 differant lenth to bungee and pneumatice, this will give you a sence 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 molluscs
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  • Regulations and dive sites
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  • Physiology and dangers of freediving
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  • Basic breathhold 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.

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.

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.


John Moorcroft
John MoorcroftAthlete, Spearfishing & Freediving Instructor