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RAID Freediver

Perfect for beginners and intermediate freedivers, the RAID Freediver course is a comprehensive introduction to our rewarding sport


photo credit: Pash Baker

Taking place over a two days, usually a weekend, the RAID Freediver course from Go Freediving covers all the fundamental freediving skills you need and offers continued development for snorkelers or spearfishers.

Starting in the classroom, you’ll learn how to breathe before and after a dive, how to hold your breath safely and about the freediving equipment you’ll use. You’ll then move to the pool, learning how to move with ease and grace under the water, developing the skills you’ll need in the open water.

In the afternoon of the first day you’ll move to Vobster Quay and begin diving in open water. We’ll 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 could be diving to depths up to 20m 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.


photo credit: Pash Baker

The advantage of learning to freedive at Vobster Quay is that there are no tides, no waves, no currents, and fantastic visibility due to the zebra mussels filtering 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. We even provide a lifetime guarantee, so after the course you have the benefit of our continued support on your freediving journey.

Course details


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Your RAID Freediver course begins when you book your place, when we’ll email you an information pack containing everything you need to know about the course, our suggestions for preparing, as well as information about accommodation and logistics.

We’ll also send you a link to the RAID Freediver theory materials and course handbook, which is provided online by RAID. All of your course materials are accessed online and they’re kept up-to-date by RAID, so that after your course you’ll have lifetime access to the very latest guidance and information. Home study means you can familiarise yourself with the basics at your own pace and will mean more time for you in the water over the weekend of the course.

You must complete the theory and pass the final exam before the date of your booked course or you will not be allowed in the water.

Before booking please make sure you read our Terms and Conditions and medical statement

Course availability

We have a pool of incredible instructors so almost always have spaces on our courses. Please pay for the course and then email with the date you want to attend!


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What’s included

  • Pool hire
  • Theory material
  • Tuition
  • All freediving equipment hire including: Freediving long fins, low volume mask, snorkel, freediving weight belt, weight, neoprene socks and gloves, and freediving wetsuit
  • Course certification and certification card (dependent on performance)
  • Lifetime guarantee*

Not included

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

* Lifetime guarantee details
For as long as Go Freediving is trading, we will happily answer your questions and provide advice via email, telephone or in person about freediving (within the scope of your course). So if you have any queries about kit, training, where to go freediving abroad, or how to improve your technique, we’ll be there for you.


Wetsuit hire is included in the price of your course however if you have one of your own we suggest you bring it to ensure you have the best fitting suit for you. If you own a scuba wetsuit you can use that – we recommend a minimum suit thickness of 5mm. Triathlon wetsuits are not suitable as they tend to be too thin and usually don’t include a hood.

Want to see what happens on our freediving course weekends? Check out some of our videos! Just click on the group photos to view each course video.


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5 – 6 October 2019

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28 – 29 September 2019

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14th – 15th September

17th – 18th August 2019

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3rd – 4th August 2019

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22nd – 23rd July 2019

20th – 21st July 2019

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6th – 7th July 2019

22nd – 23rd June 2019

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17th – 18th June 2019

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8th – 9th June 2019

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18th – 19th May 2019

4th – 5th May 2019


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21st April 2018

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19th May 2018

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8th June 2018

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23rd June 2018

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10th July 2018

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14th July 2018

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25th August 2018

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15th September 2018

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29th September 2018


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7th October 2017


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2nd September 2017

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27 May 2017


15 October 2016

24 September 2016

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27 August 2016

27 August 2016

13 August 2016

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2 August 2016

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30 July 2016

30 July 2016

23 July 2016

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9 July 2016

9 July 2016

25 June 2016

25 June 2016

11 June 2016

11 June 2016

May 27 2016

May 27 2016

Payment options and deposits.

£100 of your course cost is considered a non-refundable deposit. We now offer the option to pay a deposit to secure your place at checkout.

Want to know from our students why it’s best to learn to freedive with us? Check out our glowing testimonials! 


Every course has space on it unless stated below so please go ahead and book!

28 – 29 September 2019 FULLY BOOKED
5 – 6 October 2019 EXTRA DATE!
2 – 3 May 2020
16 – 17 May 2020
30 – 31 May 2020
13 – 14 June 2020
27 – 28 June 2020
11 – 12 July 2020
25 – 26 July 2020
22 – 23 August 2020
5 – 6 September 2020
19 – 20 September 2020
3 – 4 October 2020
17 – 18 October 2020


Glebe House, Frome Road, Writhlington, BA3 5UD
Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster, Radstock, BA3 5SD

Gift vouchers are also available

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

  • 12 years of age or older
  • Able to swim 200m unaided

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 the course with Go Freediving is the great dynamic between the instructors and it is clear that Emma has a standing in the freediving world, and David Mellor is a British Champion! It feels like there is no boundary to what you can do and what is possible.

It’s been a nice, fun group and vibe. Everyone was quite relaxed and you guys were really good. It was nice that you were laughing and joking around to keep us relaxed. I would recommend this course because of  the quality of teaching, the general vibe and the relaxation. 

Being so young I thought I was going to be like the black sheep but everyone has been so nice and understanding – the atmosphere has been great. Three benefits of doing the course with Go Freediving are the nice people, extremely good teachers and a great location. I would definitely recommend the course. 

Doing this course has helped me to discover how calm and relaxing it is underwater, it is really nice to just feel at peace down there. The benefits of the course are that you learn to relax and having good quality instructors with a 1 to 3 ratio was amazing!

Coming on this course I have discovered that I can go down to 18m and swim through a plane underwater. 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.

The freediving course equipment provided is good quality and there is a large array of kit such as masks that people can try out. Having a background and expertise in diving I am very impressed with the kit available.

I would without a doubt recommend the course and I think it is beneficial for everyone. The mental benefits, realising that you can do more than you thought you could would be good for everyone. 

Go Freediving - learning to equalise on a freediving course - GilesGiles Macleay, RAID Freediver Course June 2019

The benefits of doing an inland freediving course are that there are no sharks! All jokes aside, the conditions are so much better, the water is just so clear, something you won’t find around the coast of the UK.

I just loved being under the water and love nature, and being underwater inside the plane is badass! The benefits of doing this course is the safety, knowing my body a bit more and it is just a great life skill that everyone should have.

The thing I liked most was being in the water and just developing my freediving skills. The people I have been with have been amazing, and I never felt rushed to get anything done!

The benefits of learning to freedive are the ability to relax and be calm – and it is fun! The benefits of learning with Go Freediving are professionalism, personalisation and very nice people!

The benefits are that once you have learned to freedive you have a skill for life, you can join a club, freedive on holidays and I really wanted to do it to learn to relax so you can use it in other areas of life, and it was really fun.

Doing the course I have discovered that I can go deeper than I thought, with little effort! I have really enjoyed the atmosphere of the course and the fact that I have gone out of my comfort zone with no stress and without having to push myself too hard. 

The benefits of doing the course with Go Freediving is that the instructors change around so you have the benefit of different instructors – they are all great! I had misconceptions about learning to freediving but it has been by far the most fun I have had in the water!

The main benefit of learning to freedive is that you learn to relax. I would recommend this course because of the relaxation and the diving. I would advise anyone who wants to learn to freedive to not be scared and just do it.