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AIDA Monofin Freediver Course Outline 


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

• Be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent)
• Have completed the AIDA ** Freediver course/ AIDA ** Pool Freediver course
  or equivalent
• Have completed the AIDA Medical Form
• Have completed the Liability Release



The AIDA Monofin Freediver course is designed to be an introduction to monofin swiming and to help the student develop the basic skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to start using the monofin efficiently.
Students will be introduced to different approaches to freediving with a monofin, exercises designed to work on style and how to design a training program.
The course may include one session in Open Water.

To conduct an AIDA Monofin Freediver course, the following knowledge development and water sessions are to be included:



The knowledge development will take place in a classroom-like environment.
A minimum of 1 theory session should be taught and this should be a minimum duration of 1 ½ hours.
AIDA Instructors may supplement this information with any updated information such as recent developments in freedive knowledge and 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.


This theory session(s) will include:

• History of the monofin, origins of finswimming, crossover into freediving
• Monofin construction and design, current manufacturers and how to choose
  and fit your fin
• How to care for and transport your monofin safely
• Freediving categories which use the monofin, the differences needed in blade
  and technique and the advantages and disadvantages of monofins over bi-fins
• Equipment for use with the monofin and how it differs from other freediving
  equipment, to include short fins, front snorkel and use of a float
• Dry training to develop the body for monofin freediving
• Physiology for monofin freediving. The physiological differences between
  dynamic and constant weight freediving with a monofin
• Key rules to remember for monofin freediving safely
• Sources of further information


This course may be conducted at any swimming pool or confined water site although it is recommended the pool be at least 25 metres long. Dynamic dives should be conducted in water divided into lanes and preferably over a line on the bottom that can be used as a point of reference by the student.

If the second session is an OW session, the dive should be conducted with a line
to be used as a point of reference by the student freediver. This line should be sufficiently buoyed and weighted so that the student freediver could use it to pull either up or down if necessary. The line should be at least 8mm in diameter and the bottom plate should be no deeper than 20m. All dives should be conducted with the supervision of the instructor.

When the training takes place in water with less than 10m visibility, strong current, or in water deeper than the depth at which the bottom plate is positioned, a lanyard should be used for all dives except those where the student is acting as a safety freediver. Students should always have access to a float, pool-side or other meansof support on surfacing.

Confined Water Session One

After this session the student freediver will be able to:
• Perform a stretching routine suitable for preparing the body for a monofin
  freediving session
• Demonstrate the monofin technique in a standing position on land
• Perform apnea swims using small bi fins for a maximum distance of 25m,
  to practice the monofin style
• Perform apnea swims using the monofin for a maximum distance of 25m,
  to practice the monofin style


Confined Water Session Two or OW session

After this session the student freediver will be able to:
• Keep practicing the monofin style in the pool or in OW doing CW dives
• Demonstrate rescue procedures using a monofin, for a monofin freediver who
  experiences a black out underwater. This will include lifting the monofin freediver
  to the surface from the bottom of the pool or from 5-8m in OW and performing
  correct rescue procedures once on the surface
• Maintain a static and upright position in the water for at least two minutes
• Design a personal technique drill for further training with the help of the


Student Equipment – mask, monofin, short bi fins, snorkel, appropriate exposure protection, weightbelt, lanyard (if appropriate)

Instructor Equipment – mask, monofin, front 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, lanyard and floatation device (if appropriate)
Optional Equipment –
nose clip, goggles, lights, underwater video camera 



The AIDA Monofin 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 Monofin Freediver. The certification request should mot be send later than 3 month from the certification date.


Prerequisite certifications: AIDA ** or **Pool Freediver or equivalent
Minimum Age: 18 or older (16 with parent/guardian signature)
Minimum theory sessions: 1 of at least 1 ½ hours
Minimum confined water sessions: 2
The course should be run over at least 1 days
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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