Small Freediving Classes – Five Benefits For Students

Small freediving classes are one of the many things our students look for when booking freediving courses with us. We do of course run large group courses, but our student to instructor ratio ensures that all of our students are in a group of no more than four students per instructor (often less). This means if we have a large course running the students are divided into small freediving classes to ensure they still have a personal, intimate learning environment.

Here are just 5 reasons why small freediving classes are so beneficial.

Benefits of small freediving classes #1: Safety

It’s no surprise to learn that the reason Go Freediving likes small freediving classes is because it complements our high safety principles. The less students per instructor, the more safe our students feel. This is particularly important when building confidence over the two days. Even when we have large courses, we like to split the course into groups so that safety is never compromised.

Benefits of small freediving classes #2: Personally tailored class

When teaching small freediving classes, we of course have programme to follow, however,  it is easier to identify the strengths and weaknesses within a small group and devise a tailored class session that will produce a varied, interesting course while providing  the maximum benefit to all students.

Benefit of small freediving classes #3: Can be less intimidating

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Some of our students have a very quiet disposition. Being part of one of our small freediving classes, often allows them to express themselves verbally and physically more easily in ways they may have felt uncomfortable doing in a large group.

Benefits of small freediving classes #4: More learning time

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In our small freediving classes our instructors have more time to spend with each student on an individual basis. This is perfect for students who may find an element of the course more challenging than they expected or have progressed at a quicker pace than their fellow students and would like to be challenged.

When we have multiple small freediving classes running at the same time, we will often offer students time with one of the other group instructors. We understand that each of our students are individual and may have their own unique way of learning. If we identify a student is experiencing difficulty with a technique, sometimes all it takes is a different instructor to work through the technique with them for it to ‘click’.

go freediving - small freediving classes - SarahHaving small freediving classes was amazing because it felt individual. I know with teaching scuba diving, that having a big group can get a bit chaotic, but having two instructors with only four students, we have just had so much time in the water diving down. I have really progressed in this time, which I don’t know if I would have done if it was a bigger class.

Benefits of small freediving classes #5: You won’t get lost

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We truly believe that small freediving classes provide the optimum learning environment. Our students are greeted with the same level of enthusiasm and passion every single time. Small groups mean our instructors can connect with you in a way that simply isn’t possible with very large student to instructor ratios. Small freediving classes mean you won’t get lost (literally and metaphorically) – you are not just a number on our course sheet. Many of our course students go on to join our club, come on holiday with us and become part of our community, some even become the instructors who will teach our future students!

go freediving - small freediving classes - StanHaving small freediving classes is like a dream come true. It is a lot more personal and you get more individual attention. And doing a midweek freediving course made it less crowded, so it was just an amazing experience. The diving center, the weather, everything was amazing and worked perfectly for me.

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Class 22nd – 23rd July 2019

RAID Freediver Course

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Date: 22– 23 July 2019

Location: Vobster Inland Dive Centre

Water temperature: 20.4 degrees

Weather: Sunny, 24 degrees

Visibility: Excellent (12m+)

Instructors: Tom and Wayne

Students: Sarah and Stan

 

 

 Want to know what this weekend’s students thought of their course with us? Read on!

 

go freediving - small freediving classes - SarahI have been scuba diving for 18 years and wanted a bit more of a challenge. I am happy teaching scuba, but I wasn’t quite sure where to go with it because I didn’t want to go down the technical diving route. I was really fascinated by freediving and the balance between how much you breathe and how much energy you use, and the less energy you use, the longer you can stay under water, it just fascinated me. I have also seen videos with Guillaume Nery and I just thought that this is for me.

I chose Go Freediving because I have seen them at Vobster when I have been scuba diving, and I know they are the best in the country. It is also very accessible and easy to get to Vobster. Doing this course I have discovered that I really like freediving. I like the peace at depth and that I can push myself a lot further with it.

To begin with, it was hard to relax, especially with the mask really sticking to your face, but when you let it be and just forgot about it, then you can go into it and find an inner peace with it. Learning to freedive is about doing something for me and just forgetting about everything else going on in life.

Having small freediving classes was amazing because it felt individual. I know with teaching scuba diving, that having a big group can get a bit chaotic, but having two instructors with only four students, we have just had so much time in the water diving down. I have really progressed in this time, which I don’t know if I would have done if it was a bigger class.

The highlight for me was getting to try the monofin. I just love the dolphin kick and I was really looking forward to doing that. The benefits of the course, from a wellbeing point of view is about coming back to yourself.

There is so much going on these days yet freediving really brings it back to you and lets you know that you are important. When you are doing a dive you are only thinking about yourself, and your dive and what you need to do to perfect it and I think that is one of the most important things.

Another benefit of this course is learning to slow down. I am still wanting to get there, but getting there faster is not beneficial as I will use up so much energy. I still have to learn to slow down and that is something I could take into my life as well, learning to slow things down will benefit me.

I would recommend this course to the people I go scuba diving with just to have a different point of view. They are all into the equipment but I know now that you are perfectly alright on your own without any of the equipment. I also do talks at schools about scuba diving and I will definitely bring freediving into them as well now. 

Sarah Guard

 

go freediving - small freediving classes - StanI wanted to do a freediving course as part of learning to practice spearfishing. I wanted to learn and understand fully what is needed to dive safely, and to learn how to dive from a professional.

Go Freediving was recommended a few times on social media and I found positive feedback from the testimonials from people that have completed the course so I booked on. I am happy with my experience that I have had and with the group of people here.

The course was really, really nicely presented and just professional. I found the staff really professional and really nice. I have discovered the correct way of breathing and how important is the duck dive. I didn’t expect to learn rescues, but learning how to rescue from the surface and from depth, I am really, really happy that I have learned that. Should I ever be in the position one day that I may need to save someone’s life, I will now be able to do it.

Again the way the course is presented is absolutely amazing.

Having small freediving classes is like a dream come true. It is a lot more personal and you get more individual attention. And doing a midweek freediving course made it less crowded, so it was just an amazing experience. The diving center, the weather, everything was amazing and worked perfectly for me.

I look forward to doing some more lessons and I will definitely be coming back for a day or two just for some practising. I just enjoy the overall set up and trend here. 

The highlight for me was the great welcome from the group and being made to feel welcome from the beginning. Everything is clearly explained both on land and in the water, and I always felt safe and really comfortable knowing I was surrounded by professionals.

The benefits of taking the course are that you learn how to dive safely, how to dive with a buddy and the ability to learn how to rescue. I am really happy with how the course went.

I would happily recommend this course and give it 5 stars. I only recommend people that are worth the recommendation as I know when I put my name behind it the next person using the service will be really satisfied. I will happily recommend the course and I have already and will keep on doing so.  

Stan Slavov

And you can read more testimonials here!

Learn to freedive with Go Freediving

Go Freediving is the longest established, most experienced and friendliest freediving course provider in the UK, led by world class freediving instructor trainer Emma Farrell, and her team of personally trained instructors. No other course provider has such a good instructor to student ratio, safety record and personal touch.

Whether you’re a beginner dipping your toes into the world of freediving, a seasoned pro looking to turn professional, or simply a freediver of any level who wants the best freediving holiday in the world, we’re here for you!

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