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.
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.
* 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.
5 – 6 October 2019
28 – 29 September 2019
14th – 15th September
17th – 18th August 2019
3rd – 4th August 2019
22nd – 23rd July 2019
20th – 21st July 2019
6th – 7th July 2019
22nd – 23rd June 2019
17th – 18th June 2019
8th – 9th June 2019
18th – 19th May 2019
4th – 5th May 2019
21st April 2018
19th May 2018
8th June 2018
23rd June 2018
10th July 2018
14th July 2018
28th July 2018
10th August 2018
25th August 2018
15th September 2018
22nd September 2018
29th September 2018
4th November 2017
7th October 2017
23rd September 2017
16th September 2017
2nd September 2017
19th August 2017
22nd July 2017
8 July 2017
17 June 2017
10 June 2017
27 May 2017
15 October 2016
24 September 2016
10 September 2016
27 August 2016
13 August 2016
2 August 2016
30 July 2016
23 July 2016
9 July 2016
25 June 2016
11 June 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.
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
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.
Giles 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 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.