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
After doing the course I understand a lot more and feel 100% more confident now. The setting and location is really, really good. The instructor to student ratio is great and it helps you to progress faster.
Phillip Ringguth, RAID Freediver Course 2018
The whole setup was fantastic, the instruction superb and the knowledge gained priceless. I want to say a big thank you to Heather and David. The course had a great balance of fun whilst still delivering the instruction. I’m really pleased I chose to attend a course with Gofreediving.
Paul Judge, RAID Freediver Course July 2018
The entire weekend has been relaxed and good fun. The instructors have been great and I have achieved more than what I was expecting. You get to learn to do freediving safely and correctly in a fun and relaxed atmosphere!
Daniel Cooke, RAID Freediver Course July 2018
The course is definitely a growing experience and gives you a skill that you can transfer to anything. You can do what you want with it and it gives you the chance to do freediving again and again.
I would recommend the course because all the instructors are professional but approachable at the same time, it never felt intimidating and was run with care and planning. I felt safe the whole time and it is an amazing thing to do.
I absolutely would recommend this course. You guys are amazing! Everyone should do this! If you are stressed out in life, or have a busy job just take a little time out. It’s really good for your health.
I would definitely recommend this course because the skills you learn are very valuable and the instructors are very flexible, allowing you to do more things if time allows it and also I got one on one time with an instructor which was brilliant.
Thank you! It’s been really extraordinary and well organised. I am a useless student, and because I’m an academic I’m usually very critical, but its been effortless to learn – which is quite rare for me.
The most important thing I discovered doing this course is that the whole pleasure of freediving comes from being relaxed, so if I am in the right mood and not stressed, the dive just goes beautifully.