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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


photo credit: Pash Baker

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!



photo credit: Pash Baker

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 movies!


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15 October 2016

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30 July 2016

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25 June 2016

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Payment options and deposits.

£100 of your £300 course cost is considered a non-refundable deposit. If you wish to pay a deposit separately to secure your place rather than the full amount upfront, then please contact us to arrange a bank transfer payment.

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 and then send an email to with the date you would like to come.

03 – 10 March 2018 on our liveaboard holiday
21 – 22 April 2018 FULLY BOOKED
19 – 20 May 2018
09 – 10 June 2018
23 – 24 June 2018 FULLY BOOKED
10 – 11 July 2018
14 – 15 July 2018 FULLY BOOKED
28 – 29 July 2018
11 – 12 August 2018
25 – 26 August 2018
15 – 16 September 2018
29 – 30 September 2018
13 – 14 October 2018
05 – 14 October 2018 on our holiday to Indonesia
27 – 28 October 2018


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!


There was such a relaxed atmosphere on the course. We discussed about other topics and this helped to get a bigger picture of the freediving world!
Simona L
I loved the calmness of the instructors, their good humour, laid back approach and professionalism!
George C
“I don’t think you guys realise how much you give to people. I just want to make sure you know that YOU (you and David and the whole gang) have already made a huge impact on my life.”
Nora G