Refresher and Returning Student Sessions 2020-11-11T11:21:56+00:00

Perfect for any freedivers returning to the sport looking to update skills or existing students wishing to complete a current certification or prepare for the next level

Joining a full freediving course over one or two days, usually a weekend, the Returning Student sessions from Go Freediving covers all the fundamentals you need to update, master or practice your skills.

If you have started a RAID Freediver Course, RAID Advanced Freediver Course or RAID Master Freediving Course but have not yet completed your skills to qualify for certification,  or, you are qualified and would like to refresh  skills or prepare for a next level certification, our ‘Returning Student’ sessions offer the perfect opportunity to do so.

As a returning student 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 attending.

The sessions 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, 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 will be a more confident, safe, capable freediver and buddy having learned in the most relaxed, enjoyable and safe manner possible. 

A returning student is any student who has undertaken a RAID Freediver CourseRAID Advanced Freediver CourseRAID Master Freediving Course. or any freediver  who has undertaken an equivalent recognised course and is looking to return to the sport after a break  to update skills and safety procedures.

This option is specifically designed to allow students who have undertaken a certification level course with Go Freediving to complete or refresh their skills.

The returning student sessions allow the student to join an existing course and retake all the tuition they received on their original course, have tuition from a qualified instructor and have their skills assessed and if applicable signed off.

The returning student, who can join for day one, day two or both, has the following options:

Saturday:

2 dive sessions with an instructor at Vobster between 2pm – 8pm

Sunday:

2 dive sessions with an instructor at Vobster between 8am – 2pm

If you have not dived for over 6 months, it is likely you will need to complete a standard medical questionnaire. You can find details of the medical form here

The sessions are very flexible, but are charged by the day. You can attend day one or day two or both days of the course – the choice is yours. Each day includes 2 complete dive sessions.

The sessions cost *£80 per day. This price does not include kit hire (£20), wetsuit hire (£20) or Vobster entry.

We offer kit and wetsuit hire at the time of checkout.

*Please note this price is for returning student sessions and not the cost for private one-to-one sessions.

We prefer our returning attend when we have courses running as we believe this will offer the best conditions to learn. However, if you are only available on a non-scheduled day, we can arrange (subject to availability) for an instructor to be available at Vobster to assess your skills and sign them off if applicable

There is no limit to the amount of times you can attend as a returning student. In fact, we even have some qualified freedivers who may have been absent from the sport for several years, come back and join a course as a returning student, just to refresh skills and update themselves with any changes.

If you know what your weakness was during the course, we would highly recommend working on these areas before attending the session so that you are as prepared as you can be. The links you were given in your preparation email and debrief email for your original course, both provide videos, information and online exercises (see below for more details) that can help improve technique and equalisation. Also practice in your local pool whenever you get the chance. If you live local to Bath or Poole come along to our club sessions, we always welcome new faces!

Online Breath Hold Optimisation Classes

Improve your breath hold and lung function, and improve your freediving.

The Breath Hold Optimisation Classes are based on the programme Emma devised for Olympic and Paralympic athletes across cycling and swimming, and have been used successfully since 2010.

The exercises are designed to teach you how to breathe fully and efficiently, improve CO2 tolerance, increase breath hold capacity, increase Vital Capacity, decrease Residual Volume and improve diaphragm flexibility.

Emma’s program uses techniques from yoga, freediving and the Buteyko method, and have been proven to improve lung function and performance.

Yes, absolutely!

Spaces for returning students are strictly limited and are reserved very quickly – often weeks or months in advance. We understand people may not always be able to do this, but you can always drop us a line at info@gofreediving.co.uk if you want to check last minute availability

If you wish to enrol on a returning student session, simply select your course dates from the right hand side of this page and book!

Bath

Vobster Quay, Upper Vobster, Bath, BA3 5SD

You are able to choose one or two dates on any of the weekends listed below. Students who book a full weekend will also receive a FREE pass (or a recording if you prefer) to one of Emma’s twice weekly Breathing Optimisation classes.

17 – 18 April 2021
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

Our Returning Student spaces are available to RAID Freediver, RAID Advanced Freediver and RAID Master freediving students who have undertaken a course but wish to complete skills in order to obtain their certification, or who have already certified but wish to refresh/update/practice their skills.