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AIDA Deep Tank Freediver - Tauchen im Tauchturm - - Freitauchen lernen

 AIDA Deep Tank Freediver

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AIDA  Deep Tank Freediver Course Outline



To enrol in the AIDA Deep Tank 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 200m non stop without fins and at least 300m
  non stop with mask, fins and snorkel
• Have completed the AIDA Medical Form
• Have completed the Liability Release



The AIDA Deep Tank Freediver course is a beginners freediving course. The purpose of the course is to familiarise freedivers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, safety procedures, techniques, problems, hazards and enjoyment of breath hold freediving in a safe environment, such as the SETT Tank at Gosport in the UK or NEMO 33 in Brussels.

Students will be introduced to the following disciplines of freediving; Static Apnea, Constant Weight and Free Immersion freediving.

The course is NOT aiming toward competitive freediving and shall not include competition rules and regulations. The static session is to be used to teach breathing, relaxation and safety techniques. In the Dive sessions the student will learn the basic skills of OW freediving such as equalizing, duck diving, vertical swimming and body positioning. This course is based on the AIDA **Freediver course. A student with the AIDA Deep Tank Freediver certification can be upgraded to an AIDA ** Freediver after completing the dynamic session and one OW session from the AIDA **Freediver course.

To conduct an AIDA Deep Tank Freediver course, the following knowledge development, static apnea and tank dives are to be included:


The knowledge development will take place in a classroom-like environment. A minimum of 2 theory sessions should be taught and these should be a minimum duration of 2 hours per session.

The knowledge development should be conducted using the AIDA ** Freediver Powerpoint slides. Students should be provided with a hand-out of the slides to take away for future reference and to use to prepare for their exam. AIDA Instructors may supplement these slides with any updated information such as current world records or 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.

The AIDA **Freediver exam must be completed by any student certified as an AIDA Deep Tank Freediver. The passing score is 75%. Any missed questions should be explained to the student and the student must sign the bottom of the exam to indicate that this has taken place. If the student does not pass the exam on first sitting, they may resit after 24 hours.

The theory sessions will include:

• Introduction to AIDA as an organisation
• Equipment for freediving
• Breathing for freediving
• Depth and Pressure- Equalisation
• Safety- BO and LMC
• Respect for the Aquatic Environment
• Freediving and Scuba Diving
• Key rules to remember for freediving safely
• Freediving Disciplines


Static Apnea

This session should be conducted in a swimming pool on land. The student freediver should have access to either a floatation device or the side of the tank to support them at the end of the breath hold.

After this session the student freediver will be able to:

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

• Demonstrate appropriate recovery and breathing techniques at the end of
  a breath hold dive

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

• Perform a static breath hold of at least 2 minutes safely with a training buddy

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



These dives should be conducted in a deep tank or swimming pool of at leat 10m, with a fixed line to be used as a point of reference by the student freediver.
This line should be sufficiently weighted so that the student freediver could use it to pull either up or down if necessary. The line is recommended to be at least 8mm in diameter.

These dive sessions may be conducted on one day however students are required to exit the water between the dives and should be given adequate time for debriefing, rest and relaxation and briefing for the second session.

Dive Session One

The maximum depth of the freedives should be fixed by the instructor based on the students ability and limited to not more than 12m.

After this water session, the student freediver will be able to:

• Prepare and don equipment for depth freedive training.  The student will be able
  to defog the mask, choose and don appropriate exposure protection, weight belt
  if required, lanyard, bi-fins and any other chosen equipment where appropriate

• Demonstrate an awareness of buddy procedures and safety requirements
  of freediving in a deep tank. This would normally be covered in the instructor’s
  briefing and may include a basic understanding of local hazards and points of
  interest, in water positioning, emergency procedures and required equipmentf
  for the environment

• Demonstrate appropriate weighting for freediving. Students should be weight so
  that they have positive buoyancy on the surface in a vertical possition, after a
  full exhale

• Beginning with pull-downs – descend slowly along the line achieving comfortable
  equalisation of the ears and sinuses to find out if the student has head down
  equalising problems

• Train for effective duckdives

• Train for vertical swimming with bi-fins along the line with a streamlined
   body position and efficient finning

• Demonstrate appropriate breathing during recovery from a freedive

• Supervise a buddy from the surface as they perform a freedive

• Demonstrate rescue procedures for a freediver who arrives at the surface
  showing signs of possible loss of motor control If a student can’t equalise head
  down, they can complete everything in the course except the 16m CWT dive.
  The student should be given a completion form for the AIDA ** or Deep Tank
  freediver course (as appropriate to student’s needs and plans) and instructions
  of how they can work on their head down equalisation regularly on land and
  in the pool, so that eventually they can complete the course. These students
  will keep training  with pulldowns, working on equalisation throughout the whole
  course, and on horizontal swimming to practice streamlining and efficient finning


Dive Session Two

The maximum depth of the freedives should be limited to 20m.
This session builds on all the skills of Dive Session One, most of which will be repeated during the course of this session.

After this water session, the student freediver will be able to:

• Perform slow and relaxed pull-downs to obtain the mental and physical
  experience that relaxation and slow movement produces a longer time under
  the water.

• Perform controlled turns at the end of the descent

• Perform an efficient, effective duck dive, remaining oriented to the guide line
  while descending and ascending with an efficient bi-fin-swimming technique
  to a depth of at least 10m (maximum 20m) whilst observing buddy and safety

• Supervise a buddy as they perform a freedive, meeting the buddy on the ascent
  at a depth of between 5m and 7m

• Demonstrate rescue procedures for a freediver who experiences a problem
  at 5m. This will include lifting the freediver from 5m to the surface and rescue
  procedures once on the surface


Dive Session Three (Optional)

This session is optional and can be used for extra training, Constant Weight with no fins, the use of the monofin or to dive deeper than 20m.



Student Equipment – mask, bi-fins, snorkel, lanyard (if appropriate)

Instructor Equipment – mask, bi-fins, snorkel, stop watch, depth gauge, first aid kit, oxygen administration

kit (in countries where this is permitted or required by local law), lanyard and floatation device (if appropriate)

Optional Equipment – monofins, underwater video camera



The AIDA Deep Tank 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 tank training dives is six students per instructor (6:1). This may rise to nine students per instructor (9:1) when the instructor is assisted by another freediver qualified to at least AIDA **** level.


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 Deep Tank 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 theory sessions: 2 of at least 2 hours each
Minimum Static Apnea sessions: 1
Minimum Tank training sessions : 2
The course should be run over at least 2 days
Student to Instructor Training: 6:1 (deep confined water) 9:1 (with an assistant 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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