RAID Freediver 2021-06-07T15:55:03+01:00

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

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 all.

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Your two day freediving certification course is a fantastic introduction to the world of freediving. 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 more than 18 recordings made by the Go Freediving team, to help you improve your confidence and technique before the practical elements of the course.

All 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 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.

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 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 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 18 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 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

Your RAID Freediver course is a certification course and begins when you book your place.

When you book, you will receive everything you need to know about the course, our suggestions for preparing, as well as your theory work and information about accommodation and logistics.

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.

We will also provide you with access to our full library of online freediving video tutorials which can be watched at home before or after your 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.

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:

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.


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


11 – 12 July 2020

25 – 26 July 2020

1 – 2 August 2020

15 -16 August 2020

22 – 23 August 2020

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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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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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19th August 2017

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22nd July 2017

8 July 2017

17 June 2017

10 June 2017

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27 May 2017


15 October 2016

24 September 2016

24 September 2016

10 September 2016

10 September 2016

27 August 2016

27 August 2016

13 August 2016

13 August 2016

2 August 2016

2 August 2016

30 July 2016

30 July 2016

23 July 2016

23 July 2016

9 July 2016

9 July 2016

25 June 2016

25 June 2016

11 June 2016

11 June 2016

May 27 2016

May 27 2016

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

If any of our course dates have sold out, they will be marked accordingly, so you can be confident when you book that a space is available.

We  offer the option to book your place by paying in full or via a £100 non-refundable deposit to secure your place at checkout. Just click to purchase on the right hand side of the page. Alternatively, you can pay via BACS using these details:


Go Freediving Limited





We now offer incentives for group bookings, so if you are a group of more than three people, get in touch with us at and find out what our latest deals are.

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

17 – 18 April 2021 Extra spaces added!
1 – 2 May 2021
15 – 16 May 2021
29 – 30 May 2021
12 – 13 June 2021
26 – 27 June 2021
10 – 11 July 2021
24 – 25 July 2021
7 – 8 August 2021
21 – 22 August 2021
4 – 5 September 2021
18 – 19 September 2021
2 – 3  October 2021
16 – 17 October 2021


17 – 18 April 2021 FULLY BOOKED
1 – 2 May 2021
15 – 16 May 2021
29 – 30 May 2021
12 – 13 June 2021
26 – 27 June 2021
5 – 6 July 2021
10 – 11 July 2021
24 – 25 July 2021
7 – 8 August 2021
21 – 22 August 2021 FULLY BOOKED
4 – 5 September 2021
18 – 19 September 2021
2 – 3 October 2021


Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster, Radstock, BA3 5SD

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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.


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

Please note: We will be adding EXTRA dates through July and August 2021 (weekend and weekday courses) very soon! If you are not able to attend a date below, get in touch via and we may be able to run a course on a date that suits you (demand permitting). If you are a group of four or more, we may be able to run a private group course at no extra cost.

17 – 18 April 2021 FULLY BOOKED!
1 – 2 May 2021 Limited Spaces!
15 – 16 May 2021 FULLY BOOKED!
29 – 30 May 2021 FULLY BOOKED!
12 – 13 June 2021 Limited Spaces!
26 – 27 June 2021
10 – 11 July 2021
24 – 25 July 2021
7 – 8 August 2021
21 – 22 August 2021 FULLY BOOKED!
4 – 5 September 2021
18 – 19 September 2021
2 – 3  October 2021
16 – 17 October 2021


Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster, Radstock, BA3 5SD

Gift vouchers are also available