It’s the start of our 2019 season – which can only mean one thing! It’s the start of our RAID Freediver courses too! Last week saw our first RAID freediver students arrive at Glebe House ready for the practical elements of their freediving course. Each student had already completed their online freediving course materials, so were ready to go!
The RAID Online Freediving Course
RAID provides a straightforward, fun, informative online freediving course package that is suitable for all students and takes around 1 – 3 hours of learning in your own time, at your own pace. Our students have told us that having this information and learning prior to attending makes them feel more prepared (and more excited) about their course. It also reduces classroom time meaning we can spend even more time in the water with our students – a win all round!
“…I found the online freediving course materials
an easy way to learn because you can do it
whenever you want so it is much more convenient…”
Lily Bowen (student this weekend)
This week we were joined by Richard, Owen, Elliot and father and daughter team Paul and Lily! Check out our photos, videos and what each student thought about the course, below!
The RAID Confined Water Skills
After a short classroom session all of our RAID Freediver Course practical sessions start in a private pool for the confined water element. Here, students learn and practice correct donning of equipment, entry and exit, safety rules, breathing and diving techniques as well as completing buddying and rescue scenarios (as pictured below).
The RAID Open Water Skills
From lunch time on day one, the remainder of the course will take place at Vobster – a purpose built dive centre created in a disused quarry.
“…I discovered that freediving itself was harder than I thought
but it is picturesque and beautiful here at Vobster.
I would love to come back and do it again…”
Elliot Lake (student this weekend)
The venue has existed for years, so has become an amazing location for spotting marine life, exploring sunken wrecks and enjoying the beautiful setting.
After lunch, a short classroom session, and a stretching routine (in glorious sunshine, I must add!) It was time to get into our freediving kit – at last – as modelled by daughter and father team – Lily and Paul.
“…It was an amazing thing to get to do with my daughter on her birthday weekend. Getting to do something fun and adventurous with her was the highlight for me…” Paul Bowen
And then it was time to head down to the freediving platform and dive in!
Once in the open water it was time to put all that training into practice. The students were amazing. There was 100% effort and enthusiasm from everyone. What more could I ask for?
“…I felt safe the entire weekend and the instructors were very knowledgeable…” Richard Southwell
Everyone worked at a pace that was comfortable for them and progressed at a rate they felt safe and capable of doing.
“…Swimming through the plane was the highlight of the weekend for me.
I never thought I would be able to do that and it was really cool…”
We had a fantastic time teaching our first students of 2019! And with another course coming in just two weeks, I’m already getting excited! Why don’t you join us?
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Class 4th – 5th May 2019
Date: 4th – 5th May 2019
Location: Vobster Inland Dive Centre
Water temperature: 12 degrees
Weather: Sun and cloud, 13 degrees
Visibility: Excellent (10m+)
Instructor: Emma Farrell and Tom Elliott
Students: Elliot, Paul, Richard, Lily, Owen
Want to know what this weekend’s students thought of their course with us? Read on!
I never considered doing freediving. I lived in South Wales where the water is so gloopy and gloomy, there isn’t any visibility. Then I went to Pembrokeshire on my motorbike and came over this hill and saw this clear water. I didn’t realise there was such clear water in the seas around Britain.
Then last year I moved to Devon and I was listening to a podcast with a women spearfisher, Valentine Thomas on it and I decided that I wanted to get into spearfishing. However I wanted to get some freediving training in beforehand because obviously spearfishing can be dangerous and I really want to know what I am doing.
I did a bit of research and from what I heard Go Freediving is the best freediving school in the UK. Whenever I take on a new endeavour I like to do my research and go with the best. I found the online freediving course material very useful. I now have a much deeper appreciation for how technical freediving is and from a social aspect I got to meet some great people.
I felt safe the entire weekend and the instructors were very knowledgeable. Vobster is an ideal location and it is a good environment to learn to freedive. Everybody is really friendly which helps you to learn. I would definitely recommend the course, the instructors are good, sociable and diligent and put learning and safety above everything else.
I went on holiday to the cenotes in Mexico which were amazing and I found myself paddling on the top but didn’t fancy Scuba diving them, I wanted to freedive. So I came back to the UK and I googled freediving and I found Emma and Go Freediving and decided that’s who I want to go and do it with.
Coming on this course I have discovered that I can go down to 18m and swim through a plane underwater. I thought the social aspect of the course was really nice, the fact that you can come back and meet people and freedive Vobster with a group of people you know. You trust them more in the long term than just some random person.
I prefer to learn online so I found the online freediving course materials before the course very useful and easy to access. The benefits of doing the course are that you get to meet people with a similar mindset, you get to learn the safety aspects of freediving, and you can join the Go Freediving club and go to club days and continue your training.
I recommend the course because it has the best options of all the courses in the UK and offers ongoing support and clubs for future training.
I have always wanted to freedive myself, but it was just something I never thought I could do. It just seemed a bit out there and for people that had bizarre physiology. I like adventure sports, I like climbing and I have been scuba diving. Then, last summer my daughter Lily decided that she wanted to scallop dive in Scotland so we chose to do a freediving course together. It was a nice thing to do together so that is why we are on the course.
I had read a bit about Emma Farrell and Go Freediving on Google. I watched some of the videos and Emma seemed very empathetic, fun and a nice lovely person. I wanted my daughter to meet someone inspiring and Emma seemed to fit the bill. I found the online freediving course material very easy to do and having done scuba diving I found the questions very easy. I am totally fascinated by the dive reflex and I love to read about science and how things work.
I have discovered that I can dive to 13 meters and swim through a plane which is really cool and I would like to do it again. It was an amazing thing to get to do with my daughter on her birthday weekend. Getting to do something fun and adventurous with her was the highlight for me.
The course has definitely made me think more about my body and what I put into it. I used to do a lot of yoga and now I would like to get back into that and rediscover my body. Being able to do something that I couldn’t do before is immense and a great confidence booster. I also got to see what lovely people freedivers are.
I would 100% recommend the course because I have learned a lot and it has been a really cool thing to learn, It has been brilliant and I really enjoyed it.
My dad found the freediving course but I have been interested in freediving ever since we went to Scotland. We have a little house and I discovered scallop diving and scuba diving but I found it too much of a faff to do scuba so I wanted to learn freediving.
Doing this course I have discovered that you can do much more than you think you can. I went deeper than I thought I would and I can hold my breath longer. I found the online freediving course materials an easy way to learn because you can do it whenever you want so it is much more convenient.
Swimming through the plane was the highlight of the weekend for me, I never thought I would be able to do that and it was really cool. The benefits of the course are that it helps to calm you and if you ever need to calm yourself you can use the breathing techniques. I feel like I have achieved something and expanded my horizons on what I can do on holiday and in life.
I definitely recommend this course because the instructors are really good, it’s easy to learn and there is no pressure to do something you don’t want to do. I really like Vobster Quay. It is a nice place to learn and we have had nice weather.
Katherine and I really like doing sport together so she referred me to Go Freediving to do the course. We are going to Bali at the end of the month and the idea is to be able to freedive together and so if I know what I am doing it will be a safe way to do it.
I found the online freediving course material very clear and easy to use. I discovered that freediving itself was harder than I thought but it is picturesque and beautiful here at Vobster so I would love to come back and do it again.
The best bit for me was getting on that rope and being able to pull yourself down and test the depths. Once you are down there and you relax, a whole new world opens up for you. You are relaxed and not rushing back up. It is just mind blowing and I can’t wait to get to do more of it. Doing this course has given me more confidence in the water and the benefit of being able to dive with confidence when on holiday. It is also a different form of confidence.
I would definitely recommend this course to all my friends and I will even join them when they do the course because I definitely want to carry on with freediving.
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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