Advanced Courses in freediving are specifically designed to drive certified entry level freedivers to the next level. Many students are very happy remaining as RAID freedivers, using their newly acquired skills for pleasure, relaxation or even work. But, as with all sports there are those who like to progress – whether to test (or find) their limits or simply as motivation to maintain and improve their skills and techniques. Freediving is no different.
Here’s what you need to know:
Can anyone take advanced courses in freediving?
What if I didn’t do a RAID Freediver Course?
Provided you have completed a Aida ** or SSI Level 1, you are eligible to complete our advanced courses in freediving.
Are there any other prerequisites for advanced courses in freediving?
Yes. Almost all advanced freediving courses will require you to complete a first aid certificate in CPR, First Aid and Oxygen Administration (we run these courses independently of the advanced course, but it is perfectly acceptable for you to undertake the course through any workplace scheme or St John’s Ambulance course etc).
You will also need to complete a standard self-assessing medical questionnaire.
What extra things will I be able to do if I do an advanced course in freediving?
Your theoretical knowledge will increase. Also, you will be expected to dive at greater depth (For our RAID freedivers, the maximum depth is 20m, for advanced students this jumps to 30m). You will also be expected to perform additional skills and rescue scenarios with greater competence and at greater depth.
Gaining an advanced certification means you will be permitted to dive at greater depths when on holiday or if you join a freediving club.
Is the course difficult?
Many students who take advanced courses in freediving express how much more difficult the course was, than expected. However, this makes passing the course even sweeter when you know you have truly worked for it. The course will be more difficult for some (some students were clearly fish in a previous life and will sail through). What should be remembered is that each course is your own personal journey. The learning and skills will come with practice and confidence – persistence really is key. Plus, you will find you have renewed respect for fellow advanced and master freedivers!
Where does Go Freediving run its advanced courses for freediving?
We run our courses in a number of places. Our ‘home’ is Vobster quay, so we always run a minimum of one course a year here. However, our liveaboard holidays in Egypt are an incredibly popular way to gain certification. Some students will arrive on board having never freedived in their lives, and leave one week later as an advanced freediver! Others may come with some experience or certification and have a more relaxing week with regular dives and an advanced course thrown in for good measure. We also run advanced courses in freediving on our training camp trips to Tenerife and also through private tuition.
Is there any training I can do before the course to help prepare?
When you book a place on one of our courses we’ll send you full joining instructions that will also contain suggested preparations, which include advice on diet, breath holding and stretching. This is completely voluntary – the most important thing is to come to the course well rested, healthy and relaxed!
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Check Out Our Latest Advanced Freediving Course Students
Class 2nd – 4th August 2019
RAID Advanced Freediver Course
Date: 2 – 4 August 2019
Location: Vobster Inland Dive Centre
Water temperature: 20.4 degrees
Weather: Sunny, 20 degrees
Visibility: Average (9 – 12m)
Instructors: Emma, Heather, Pash, Tom Wayne and Mark
Students: Ben, Owen, Andrew, Milan (pictured with our RAID course which was running the same weekend)
Want to know what this weekend’s students thought of their course with us? Read on!
I decided to do the RAID advanced freediver course because I go to the pool regularly and I dived at the SETT which I really enjoyed but just never followed it up because I was always busy with other stuff. I am at the age where I have no restrictions with work and have the time and opportunity to do these things. I do Yoga and I just find the combination really relaxing.
Doing the advanced course has been a reality check for me, and the devil is in the detail. I will be back to do some more training. I have just loved being in the water, I also love that even though it is an individual sport it still requires teamwork.
The benefits of doing this course are huge in relation to your physiology and mental capacity and I am sure it will help you in other aspects of life. I would recommend the course because if you want to do freediving you need to aim high. If you can do the advanced course you can relax, it is a good benchmark and a good level to be at. Andrew Stewart
I did the advanced course because it was the next step for my progression. I have had the advantage of freediving in the pool as part of the Poole freediving club, which is quite nice, because it helps you feel comfortable when you come here, and I wanted to push my limits a bit more.
Doing the course I have discovered that I am comfortable at depths between 20 and 30 metres. I really enjoyed freediving on the lines. The benefit of the advanced course is that you get to put everything you learned in the Freediver course into practice and fully understand it and that’s quite reassuring.
I would recommend the advanced course because it is the next step if you want to get more comfortable at depth and reinforce your safety understanding and to be a decent buddy. Owen Booty
I wanted to do the advanced freediver course because I wanted to progress further with freediving. Doing this course I have discovered that I need to practice a lot and I want to spend more time in the water.
The tiny faults that you could get away with in the beginners course are addressed in the advanced course so that you can get better and progress. You learn the basics and you apply them and you need to do more to get better and the advanced course helps you to get better.
The benefits of the course are the progress for those that want to freedive more and you have more confidence than you have after the beginners course, everything just gets so much easier. I would recommend that everyone that wants to progress more, and reach greater depths, should do the advanced course. Milan Sluka
I really enjoyed the basic freediving course, and I am annoyed with myself that I didn’t do more in the interim. I am due to do a yacht charter with some friends and I would like to do some recreational freediving so I thought it would be a nice thing to do the advanced course to learn where my limits are and how to do it safely so that I am comfortable in the water.
Doing the advanced course has really crystalised for me that there is a difference between shallow diving and getting to depth and that I really enjoy getting to depth. I have discovered that there is a lot that I can do that I can’t really do any other way. I reached 30m and I was really happy about that.
The thing I have enjoyed most about the course is probably the people. In theory I can go and find a body of water and do this, but I can’t find a group of people to do it with that know more than me and can teach me how to push things safely and to learn from. The benefits of doing the advanced course are you get to integrate more with the people and learn a bit more about what’s going on, and the safety and techniques that you learn.
I would definitely recommend this course for all the above reasons. I couldn’t have managed to do what I have done this weekend without the course. Ben Rush
Advanced Freediving Courses With Go Freediving
Go Freediving is the longest established, most experienced and friendliest freediving course provider in the UK, led by world class freediving instructor trainer Emma Farrell, and her team of personally trained instructors. No other course provider has such a good instructor to student ratio, safety record and personal touch.
Whether you’re a beginner dipping your toes into the world of freediving, a seasoned pro looking to turn professional, or simply a freediver of any level who wants the best freediving holiday in the world, we’re here for you!
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