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  AIDA *Freediver

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AIDA *Freediver Course Outline



To enrol in the AIDA *Freediver course, an individual must:

• Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent)
• Be able to swim at least 100m non stop
• Have completed the AIDA Medical Form
• Have completed the Liability Release


This course is designed to be an introduction to freediving for the complete beginner. It aims to help the student to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely within the limits of their experience. This course is not aimed towards competitive freediving but for recreational freediving only. Therefore the main focus in the course is freediving without a dive line and without dividing the skills into different competitive disciplines. The dives can be combinations of horizontal and vertical swimming. To conduct an AIDA *Freediver course, the following knowledge development, breath hold exercise and water session are to be included:


This presentation will take place in a classroom-like environment.

The knowledge development should be conducted using the AIDA *Freediver Powerpoint slides. AIDA

Instructors may supplement these slides with any updated information such as information specific to freediving in the local area.

You may find it useful to have other reference books handy such as an anatomy atlas, freedive DVDs, magazine articles or reference books. Students should be provided with a hand-out of the slides to take away for future reference. 

The theory session will include:

• Equipment for freediving – introduction to basic freediving equipment – mask,
  snorkel, bi-fins, weightbelt, wetsuit

• Breathing for freediving - before a dive and on recovery, correct breathing and
  avoidance of hyperventilation. Breathing exercises

• Equalisation – the need to equalise and basic equalisation techniques

• Safety for freediving, avoiding and reacting to blackout and loss of motor control

• Freediving and Scuba Diving - combining the two safely

• Key rules to remember for freediving safely 

All sessions may be conducted on one day however student comfort should be taken into consideration with special regard to water temperature, surface conditions and student fatigue.


(Static apnea) on land and/or in pool/confined water. The student freediver should have access to either a floatation device or pool side to support them at the end of the breath hold if it is done in water.

After this session the student freediver will be able to:

• Demonstrate abdominal breathing and appropriate breathing techniques in
  preparation for a breath hold

• Demonstrate appropriate recovery and breathing techniques at the end of
  a breath hold, including safe body positioning

• Demonstrate how to train safely and effectively for static apnea with a training

• Do short breath holds to experience both relaxation and contractions

• Demonstrate the appropriate rescue technique for a training buddy experiencing
  a loss of motor control or blackout


This session may be conducted in a deep swimming pool or in open water.
A swimming pool of at least 20m in length and 4m of depth is recommended.

The student freediver should have access to either a pool side or floatation device to support them on surfacing. In open water, the maximum depth of the freedives should be fixed by the instructor based on the students’ ability and limited to not more than 10m. The student should use bi-fins for all the dives.

After this session the student freediver will be able to:

• Demonstrate how to prepare and don equipment for freediving. The student will
  be able to defog the mask, choose and don appropriate exposure protection,
  weightbelt if required, bi-fins and any other chosen equipment

• Demonstrate appropriate breathing techniques with a snorkel during preparation,
  and demonstrate appropriate recovery breathing

• Demonstrate appropriate duck dives

• If possible (not mandatory) beginning with pull downs – descend slowly along
  a line, achieving comfortable equalisation of the ears, sinuses and mask either in
  a head up or head down position

• Demonstrate appropriate bi-finning style and technique with regard to body
  positioning, movement and position relative to depth and sides of a pool or bottom
  and other obstacles in open water such as a reef or following a rope

• Demonstrate how to freedive safely and effectively with a training buddy

• Supervise a buddy from the surface as they perform a freedive to a maximum
  of  10m

• Demonstrate the appropriate rescue technique of a buddy experiencing a loss of
  motor control or blackout


Student Equipment – mask, bi-fins, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt

Instructor Equipment – mask, bi-fins, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt, stop watch,

depth gauge, first aid kit, oxygen administration kit (in countries where this is permitted or required by local law), guideline with bottom plate, and floatation device (if appropriate)

Optional Equipment –underwater video camera


The AIDA *Freediver course may be conducted by an Active AIDA Instructor with current CPR and First Aid training (completed within the last two years). The instructor should carry liability insurance for teaching freediving.

The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio for open water training dives is four students per instructor (4:1). This may rise to six students per instructor (6:1) when the instructor is assisted by another freediver qualified to at least AIDA **** level. The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio in confined water is eight students per instructor (8:1). With an AIDA **** Freediver acting as an Assistant, 4 additional students may be added to this ratio to a maximum of 12 students.


Before commencing any in-water training, each student freediver must complete the following documents, for students aged under 18 years, both must be co-signed by a parent or guardian:

• AIDA Medical Statement – this must be completed in full with students marking
  YES or NO to each of the medical conditions listed. If the student answers YES
  to any condition, they must seek medical approval before taking part in any in
  water activity. The physician must sign the form to indicate this approval. 
  Whether or not the student then is then accepted onto the course is left at the
  discretion of the instructor.

• AIDA Liability Release or local equivalent

The AIDA Instructor should hold these documents on file for a minimum of seven years or longer if required by local legislation.


Freedivers who meet all the performance requirements outlined above may be certified as an AIDA *Freediver. The certification request should mot be send later than 3 month from the certification date.


Prerequisite certifications: None
Minimum Age: 18 or older (16 with parent/guardian signature)
Minimum water session: 1
The course should be run over at least 1 day
Student to Instructor Training: 8:1 (confined water), 12:1 (confined water with an assistant of certified to least
AIDA ****Freediver), 4:1 (open water) ) 6:1 (open water with an assistant of certified to least AIDA ****Freediver)
Minimum Instructor Rating: AIDA Instructor, Active with current First Aid and CPR
Training (within 2 years)


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