Freediving in a quarry often conjures up images of clambering over awkward rock faces and dodgy barbed wire so that you can reach an uninspiring (and often very unsafe) expanse of water that has become the local dumping ground for fly-tippers, and for some reason, shopping trolleys.
Prepare to be pleasantly surprised! Freediving in a quarry these days is an amazing experience, and is fast becoming the venue of choice for learning to freedive in the UK.
The home of Go Freediving has been firmly set at Vobster Quay for a number of years now and continues to provide everything we need as a freediving school to ensure we are able to maximise our students safety, experience, enjoyment and performance.
We often look as the benefits for the student, So what made us choose a quarry as a venue for teaching?
Safety For Freediving in a Quarry
Just as most of our students choose Go Freediving for our commitment to safety, we truly believe that we can only offer such high assurances of safety due to our open water venue being a quarry.
Not only did Go Freediving spend time researching and testing inland dive centres around the UK, our experience of freediving resulted in us becoming involved in the design and implementation of the freediving platform you see at Vobster today.
Facilities For Freediving in a Quarry
As much as freediving is about freedom and escape from the outside world, we still want to be able to offer our students some ‘creature comforts’. If our students are going to be freediving in a quarry, we want it to be a comfortable, enjoyable experience where they have access to changing facilities, showers, catering facilities and even a shop!
For us, it is also important to have classroom facilities so that we are able to teach our students theory elements of the course and also have dry practices of techniques before jumping into the water.
Freediving in a quarry has been amazing. The facilities here at Vobster are really practical and must be one of the best in the country.
Conditions For Freediving in a Quarry
This is another big one for us. I know we regularly refer to the favourable conditions freediving in a quarry has over our British coastline, but as instructors, the conditions are just as important for us. Being able to teach students in a place where there are no currents or waves means we are not continuously battling the elements in order to teach, so more of our energy (and that of the student) can be channelled into mastering technique. The warmer water is also a big plus too!
Freediving in a quarry is also far more controlled and less likely to expose the student and ourselves to any additional risk from outside elements (boat traffic, extreme changeable weather for example).
It also means that we are able to continue our courses even in poor weather, as this does not affect the water conditions at all, whereas freediving in the sea is much more at the mercy of the weather – even very high winds can mean a course needs to be cancelled.
Freediving in a quarry scared me initially but I found it far better than in the pool. It was much, much easier and a much better environment. There is more space and small groups, so it felt a lot easier and more natural. Sue
Attractions For Freediving in a Quarry
Using a purpose built venue such as Vobster makes freediving in a quarry a very rewarding experience. There are heaps of underwater attractions to explore from cars and caravans through to crushing works, planes and even a Sea King Helicopter and that is before we even talk about the marine life. As instructors, finding variety and challenges for students is always a priority.
We understand that every student is unique, so progress, ability and confidence will be different for each course. Ensuring we have a broad range of attractions to offer our students all in one place is a huge benefit.
I really enjoyed freediving in a quarry and it has been a lot of fun, and the fact that there are things at the bottom to explore makes it even better.
Accessibility For Freediving in a Quarry
It was important to Go Freediving, that the venue we chose was not remote. Instead it needed to be easily accessible from anywhere in the country and in a part of the UK that offers plenty of additional local places of interest for students (and often their families) who come and stay in the area for the weekend.
We think this can only enhance the whole experience and ensure our students are as relaxed and happy as possible when they start their course with us.
Check Out Our Latest Freediving Course Students
Class 3rd – 4th August 2019
RAID Freediver Course
Date: 3 – 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: Alastair, James, Rosemary Sue, Alan, Aaron, Richard, Isaac Frost
Sergio and Andrew
Want to know what this weekend’s students thought of their course with us? Read on!
I wanted to do a freediving course to get the best out of my future experiences, with the humpbacks primarily, however, as you look into freediving I can see it will be interesting to do it in other areas as well such as spearfishing and diving with whale sharks. For me it’s a tool to experience more of the world because if you can’t do it you are stuck, so if you learn the skills the world opens up for you.
The more I have learned about freediving, the more I have learned there is more that you can do. I think the course has been very nice, the instruction has been first class, everyone has been really gentle and accommodating and sensitive to people’s needs and what they can and can’t do.
I had no problem freediving in a quarry because it is a controlled environment. It is a great place to learn and practise your skills as it is very neutral. The water is placid, which I think is important, because it is perfect and much better than the sea. The benefits of the course are that you gain confidence underwater, understand equalisation and have possibilities for new holidays.
I would recommend this course because the teaching is good, the environment is perfect and watching someone who is afraid of water learning to freedive is life changing.
I wanted to do a freediving course to gain experience and confidence in the water for a forthcoming trip to Tahiti freediving with humpbacks. Not necessarily to dive deep but to gain the skills to be able to do it if I wanted. James found Go Freediving and the location was closer to us. Doing this course I have overcome fears and discovered that I can do more than I thought I could do.
I enjoyed the atmosphere, it has been a nice weekend away. I thought it was going to be frightening, and it was but in a good way. We pushed ourselves, and you feel good when you have pushed yourself outside your comfort zone and learned something new. Freediving in a quarry has been great. Vobster is a great place and it’s been brilliant to be in open water.
Doing this course has helped me overcome my fear in the water, have better snorkelling skills, and to gain confidence. I would definitely recommend this course and will tell anyone who is interested to come and do this course.
I chose to do a freediving course to improve my ability and confidence in the water so I can go diving with humpback whales. We went on the internet and researched it and Go Freediving looked good and looked like they knew what they were doing. Doing this course I have discovered more confidence in myself.
Freediving in a quarry has been good, much warmer than I thought. The weekend has been really enjoyable and friendly. There has been no pressure to achieve a certain level so that has been good. The benefits of doing this course are that Go Freediving knows what they are doing. Sue has been scared of water her entire life and it has cured that and that has been amazing! She was taken at her own pace and never forced to do something she didn’t want to do. We were all apprehensive but we came anyway because we wanted the professional knowledge and safety.
I would recommend this course because of the friendliness and the layout at vobster is also good.
I was talked into doing the course because we are going to swim with humpbacks in Tahiti. I didn’t know what freediving was so I went along with it thinking it will be like snorkelling. James looked it up and chose Go Freediving for the course.
I have discovered that I can do more than I ever imagined I could do. I have got a fear of putting my face in the water and I have a fear of going under the water, massively, so for me this weekend has been great because all that’s gone and I have amazed myself really. Everybody has been so nice, and no one has put any pressure on me, it has all been up to me and what I am comfortable with. So for myself and Ros it has been fantastic because someone has worked at our pace. So that has been great. Mark and Pash have both been so patient.
Freediving in a quarry scared me initially but I found it far better than in the pool. It was much, much easier and a much better environment. There is more space and small groups, so it felt a lot easier and more natural.
Realising that I will bob straight back up when I dive, is what got me over my fear of water and that was my favourite part of the weekend. Learning to freedive means that I can go into my holiday now with far more confidence and know I have nothing to worry about which is brilliant. The benefit of doing the course with Go Freediving was that I could progress at my own pace without any pressure.
I would definitely recommend this course for all the reasons I have said here and I would just say go for it!!
I decided to do a freediving course because I was looking for a new sport. I have always liked water sports and have done scuba diving and things like that. I looked at Go Freediving online and they seemed to be the best in the area and most qualified.
I have discovered that if you put your mind to it your body can do anything. Going down to 10m sounds impossible but in reality it’s not all that difficult. I really enjoyed freediving in a quarry and it has been a lot of fun, and the fact that there are things at the bottom to explore makes it even better.
I have just enjoyed the freediving and actually getting to do it. Doing free immersion and duck diving I realised that my mind is much clearer that I thought it would be. The benefits of doing this course with Go Freediving are the professionalism, the safety and the 1:3 coaching was just fantastic. For me safety was a big thing.
I would definitely recommend this course, I couldn’t think of anyone better to do this course with than Go Freediving.
My son was doing the course and I love spending time with him and I love the water so I decided to do the course as well. It was a great opportunity to spend time in a structured environment with my son. He chose Go Freediving, but I would have chosen them anyway because they are accredited.
I have this subconscious block when it comes to holding my breath and I wasn’t expecting to be able to overcome that. Freediving in a quarry has been amazing. The facilities here at Vobster are really practical and must be one of the best in the country.
I have loved been in the water which has been the best thing for me. Improving my breathing techniques, learning to be really calm, and overcoming a mental block are some benefits of the course.
I would recommend this course because of the great location and great instruction.
I have always been attracted to people that could dive and get their own fish and it was something that I have always wanted to do and I don’t know why I didn’t do it until now. I have also been interested in the relaxation, respiration and all the other parts of freediving. I chose Go Freediving because they came up first in my internet search.
I went to Tenerife about two months ago and did a freediving course. I watched videos online and taught myself my own frenzel technique but I got it wrong and injured my ears so I couldn’t finish the course. Now on this course I have got it right.
I thought it would be eerie freediving in a quarry but the water was warm and clear so I was very comfortable in the water. It has been very good. I enjoyed the swimming pool and I enjoyed everything in general.
The benefits of doing this course is that you get to learn the basics, the instructors are very communicative and the environment is very good. I would recommend this course for all these reasons.
I have wanted to do a freediving course for a while, and it was nice that Isaac was ready to do it and that I got to do it with him. I chose Go Freediving because of the locality. I discovered that the equalising was a bit more difficult than I thought at first, but overall it has just been really good fun.
Go Freediving makes it quite easy with no stress so it is just a nice relaxed way to learn something new and I felt we were all really well looked after. It’s such a lovely environment and such a nice place even to just hang out. I expected the visibility to be a bit better but it hasn’t detracted from it.
The benefits of doing the course from a family and holiday point of view, I will be having a lot more fun now and diving a lot longer in a safer way. I would 100% recommend this course, it has just been great fun and Go Freediving are very knowledgeable and a great choice to do the course with.
I have seen people freediving and it looked amazing and I wanted to learn to do it. Freediving is also cheaper than scuba diving. Go Freediving were the only course that took under 16’s and they are local. Doing the course I have realised that I am a bit more patient that I thought I was.
It’s a bit different freediving in a quarry but I quite like it because you have the depth but without the currents like you would have in the sea. The best part of the weekend for me was just getting better, with every single dive I improved slightly. The benefits of doing the course with Go Freediving is that they are local with access to Vobster as I wouldn’t want to do this in a pool. All the instructors have been really nice.
I would definitely recommend the course because it has been amazing and freediving is fun. everyone has been really nice and it has been brilliant.
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