RAID Advanced Freediver 2020-11-11T10:41:39+00:00

Take your freediving experience to the next level with the

RAID Advanced Freediver course

Improve your freediving performance with the RAID Advanced Freediver course. Sophisticated techniques and further knowledge of the mammalian diving reflex will help improve your body’s response when freediving, enabling you to dive deeper and longer.

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Your two day RAID Advanced freediving certification course is a fantastic opportunity to increase your freediving skills and take your  world of freediving to the next level.

Prior to attending the practical elements of the course you will have a short theory course to complete in your own time at home (or on the commute, or anywhere you like!). You will also have access to our online video tutorial library containing over 25 recordings (suitable to Advanced Level) made by the Go Freediving team, to help you improve your confidence and technique before the practical elements of the course.

If you haven’t taken a course with us before, kit and wetsuits are provided and our courses are held at the beautiful location of Vobster Quay – a purpose built inland dive centre – so we can guarantee no tides, no waves, no currents, and fantastic visibility due to the spring water. It may sometimes rain, but the diving conditions are always perfect and our courses are never cancelled due to bad weather or sea conditions.

We also have the highest instructor/student ratios on our RAID Freediver courses so, coupled with our very personal approach, you’re free to progress at your own pace. Taught by some of the world’s most experienced instructors and providing unrivalled materials and support, no other course offers such a comprehensive package or wealth of experience. 

Our instructors make sure you never exceed your own limits or comfort zone – you set a pace that you’re comfortable with.

By the end of the weekend you skills, technical ability, breath hold and confidence means you could be diving to depths up to 30m in the most relaxed and safe manner possible. You’ll dive submerged boats, trucks, cars and planes, through shoals of beautiful fish and learn new skills to take your freediving to the next level.

To be eligible to take the RAID Advanced Freediver course you must have at least one of the following certifications:

  • RAID Freediver

  • SSI Level 1

  • Aida 2*

You also need to have a current (within the last 2 years) CPR and First Aid course certificate. You can do the course with us. Find out more by clicking here!

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If you have not freedived for 6 months or more, we highly recommend preparing for your course by joining one of our pre-course training sessions (also known as returning student sessions). These training days, will not only update and refresh skills, but will ensure you are already primed to maximise your performance on your course weekend.

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In addition to this we also suggest you start taking our weekly online breathing optimisation classes. These classes have helped students significantly improve their performance and will ensure your lungs are optimised for maximum performance on your course weekend.

Online Classes for freediving

At Go Freediving, we follow the RAID freediving course programme, and offer students a four tiered learning package featuring online theory, exclusive tailor made video content, confined water and open water practical sessions. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to make you a safe and competent advanced freediver in any aquatic environment.

In our mind, it’s not enough just to freedive down to a depth and back. We aim to make you the best all round freediver you can be and the best buddy any freediver could have. The RAID Advanced Freediver course teaches you online theory before your course and covers freediving skills, physiology, depth and pressure, safety management and rescue, training for freediving, the Mammalian Dive Reflex, lung squeeze, tides, currents, waves and underwater life, and stretching for freediving. This online theory is expanded upon by the Go Freediving Instructing team with over 25 exclusive videos, giving you the many decades of our combined freediving experience.
When you arrive for your course, you will have a grounding in freediving theory and be ready to put it all into practice.

Freediving Skills taught on the RAID Advanced Freediver Course

  • Correct breathing techniques, both in preparation, and when you surface from a dive
  • Identification and selection of the right freediving equipment for you
  • The Valsalva, Toynbee, Frenzel and BTV equalisation manoeuvres
  • Tips and tricks to make equalisation easier and prevent baratrauma
  • Establishing safe and correct buoyancy
  • Correct duck diving
  • How to fin using freediving fins and maintain streamlining
  • The freediving disciplines of Dynamic Apnea, Constant Weight, and Free Immersion
  • Correct use of a buoy and line
  • Rescue and self rescue skills from depth and at the surface
  • Tired and unconscious diver tows
  • How to deal with potential hazards, from cramp to mask loss
  • Correct buddying, both at the surface and from depth

The venue for your course is the beautiful purpose built dive centre  Vobster Quay. To find out more about the location visit their page, here: https://www.vobster.com/

Why we chose an inland dive centre for our students

Vobster Quay is a premier location for learning to freedive! This purpose built venue is oozing with wildlife and amazing structures to explore making it a wonderful underground playground.

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What you get at Vobster:

  • Safety
  • Convenience
  • Warm temperatures
  • Great visibility
  • Spring-fed clean water
  • Changing rooms and toilets and hot showers right next to the water
  • Marine life (including thousands of fish and the endangered white clawed crayfish)
  • Underwater attractions – Sea King helicopter, aeroplane in three sections, car, caravan, boats, crushing works and more!
  • Opportunities to experiment with more equipment and kit.
  • Hot food and snacks available
  • A shop

What you don’t get at Vobster:

  • Tides and currents
  • Choppy water, waves and swell
  • Seasickness
  • Weather dependent courses
  • Boat traffic
  • Poor visibility
  • Pollution
  • Marine debris

Want to see what happens on our RAID Advanced freediving course weekends?

Check out some of our videos!

What’s included

  • Theory material
  • Tuition
  • Life time access to our exclusive freediving tutorial video library
  • All freediving equipment hire including: Freediving long fins, low volume mask, snorkel, freediving weight belt, weight, neoprene socks and gloves, and specialist freediving wetsuit
  • Course certification and certification card (dependent on performance)

Not included

  • Vobster Quay entry fee (details)
  • Personal travel and subsistence costs
  • First Aid certification

If you haven’t found the answer to your question, check out our full FAQ section HERE or contact us as info@gofreediving.co.uk

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Bath

Our 2021 dates will be announced VERY SOON!

Plus abroad on all of our holidays

Venue:

South Wansdyke Sports Centre, Midsomer Norton, Bath, BA3 2UG
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Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster, Radstock, BA3 5SD

*Please note the course starts at 6.30pm on the Friday evening at the swimming pool and ends at around 5pm on the Sunday at Vobster Quay

To take part in our RAID Advanced Freediver course you must be:

You will be required to complete this self-certifying medical form before the course. If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the conditions listed you must get approval from your GP.

These people loved it!

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. 

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. 

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 couldn’t have managed to do what I have done this weekend without the course.

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 should do the advanced course.

 I would recommend doing the advanced course because you get a professional critique. To have someone focus on what you are doing and giving professional feedback is very beneficial.

Doing the advanced course meant I benefited from instructors looking at my diving techniques and correcting any bad habits I had picked up. Spending time in the water is always good and Vobster is such a nice facility. The entire atmosphere of the course was great and it was just a fun time.

The benefits for me of doing the advanced freediving course for me was learning and knowing that I am doing it properly. The knowledge and location is really good. Rotating through different instructors is great because you get different bits of information from each one.

The benefits of doing the advanced course are understanding your body’s limits and pushing them more, and it’s more challenging!  Freediving is my passion now – it’s just a lovely atmosphere all round. I would definitely recommend the advanced course and I would even do it again myself!