Go Freediving Testimonials
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Raid Freediver class 15th – 16th Oct 2016
I saw a video on YouTube of an Australian couple spearfishing and I thought it looked really cool. And as I wanted to do some spearfishing I thought I’d better learn how to actually dive properly before mucking about with a gun. So I had a Google, and there were lots of good recommendations for Go Freediving so I booked the course the next day.
I’ve discovered that I perhaps need to eat a little bit differently before I dive and that I can go a lot further that I thought I’d be able to do There was a big difference between first and second day. And apparently I am really good at paperwork!
I liked best the Instructors. They were genuinely really friendly, a good mix, with lots of different ways of explaining things.
The benefits of doing the course with you is that Vobster is really easy to get to, the pool session was really relaxed, and you didn’t have to worry about bringing any kit. Communication was really good beforehand and everyone was really friendly
I would really recommend the course. Because you can probably do it from any level. We had someone who had never dived before to someone who was a professional in the film industry who was a professional scuba diver. We all got on and got where we wanted to be so would recommend it to anyone. – Ashley Martin
Freediving is something I’ve always wanted to do because I love being in the water. It is a whole other world and I’d love to explore it. And I’m interested in pushing myself to another limit. So holding my breath was one way of doing that.
I chose Go Freediving because of Emma. Genuinely. I looked up loads of other courses. And being in London I want to dive in a proper place with proper depth so I chose you.
I discovered how far you can push yourself when your body doesn’t want to be pushed. And when to listen to your body, too.
I liked everything. I liked how personal it was. I liked how much fun it was and everyone was great
The benefits of doing the course with you is your experience. When you said it took you a year to learn how to equalise I think that’s great because you’ve been there and you can understand it. It’s very personal, very relaxed. You’re not forced to do things you don’t want to. I didn’t feel under pressure to perform. I felt I was being pushed but not too much.
I would recommend this course because it’s great fun. Everyone is very knowledgeable. Everyone is very experienced and willing to help. – Sorcha Ince
I had already been in touch with some people including the wonderful Emma Farrell over the phone trying to get army freediving started and she had been very helpful with that, so I went with Go Freediving.
On the course I discovered that temperature and water clarity make a huge difference. It’s a lot more scary when you can’t see anything. I discovered that 30m is not so much of a barrier anymore. It’s well within reach and I’m probably a better freediver than I give myself credit for.
I liked most that I was allowed to push myself. I was allowed to have a bit of freedom to say what I wanted and do the things I wanted to get out of the course. I had a go with a monofin and for the record it was freaking awesome! Absolutely awesome. It’s a different technique but what I realise is that I have been practising the technique with bi-fins and so it is going to be an expensive Christmas this year I suspect.
The benefits of doing the advanced course with you is the fact you are able to get a good qualification that’s recognised around the world. The fact that it’s brilliant tuition – I’ve had absolutely wonderful instructors, and the wonderful location of Vobster is a real bonus.
I would recommend the course, because I think freediving is awesome and whoever teaches it well deserves to teach them as well. And I see the benefits of it in my day to day life and can only impress this on everyone I meet. – Charlie Bradford
Doing the course with you made me want me to continue this for ever. I don’t know any other sport or hobby I’ve ever done that forces you to get rid of all the crap from inside your head and totally concentrate on what you are doing. That makes me want to do it from now on.
I liked learning. The whole weekend I just wanted to dive, so today once we’d gone through all the techniques and learned everything and been taught everything and shown everything properly it was great to put everything into practice and dive and push yourself.
I got down to 19 metres. I read the max was 20 metres and I assumed that was what everyone done, but they tell me that’s not the norm so I was really pleased.
I wanted to do the course with you guys because there is the person called Emma Farrell who runs it and you want the real deal, not people who want to be the real deal. And you’ve been brilliant.
I’d definitely recommend the course. It’s well run. It’s nice. I’ve had a really, really good time. Nice people No-ones been too anal, everyone’s got the teaching across. Everything has been taught in a fun way. Great personalities. And Swedish people! – Aaron Keating
I’ve got a passion for water sports. I am a watersports instructor, kitesurfing, wakeboard surfing. I find each sport complements each other. I got into scuba diving and it was a case of ‘what’s the next step?’ and it would be really nice to ditch all that scuba diving equipment. The thought of just a weight belt, some fins, a snorkel and a mask I mean it seems to good to be true – and it’s cheaper.
I came across Go Freediving on Google. It was the most highly rated school. I’d done a lot of research and of course the chief, Emma she came across as an absolute legend on the phone and meeting her in person – brilliant!
I’ve done a little bit of spearfishing and leisurely snorkelling and stuff but now realise what a profession freediving is. It’s a special sport, it requires special skills and they are skills you can only be taught. Self learning is dangerous and you’ll only reach a certain point, whereas you get pushed on this course which is what I really liked.
I liked most learning something new. That’s the best thing. I’m quite lucky – I’ve done most sports but this was the hole I’ve been trying to fill.
The three benefits of doing this course with you are practising in a safe environment in a good location in country. Having great instructors with lots of knowledge.
I would recommend it to anyone, whether you want to achieve incredible goals or want to learn more about your body, the way you breathe, it’s got something for everyone and anyone can get something out of it.- Murray Smith
I was inspired to do the course by Dave Mellor talking about it non-stop and also some of the video footage of freediving I’ve seen on Facebook. Another reason really for me was that I wanted to be able to scuba dive in warmer climates and just duck dive down and look at coral reefs and tropical fish and so forth..
Doing the course, I discovered that the pressure affects you very quickly in terms of having to equalise. I didn’t think it would come into it that quickly. I thought you would be able to go down 5, 8, 10 metres before you had to equalise.
I loved the peacefulness you feel under the water the best, and the beauty when you stop and look around. Even in Vobster Quay where you look at leaves floating by and bubbles coming up from scuba divers beneath you there’s a beauty to it.
If I think about the benefits of doing a freediving course with you guys, one is being able to freedive on holidays, being able to appreciate some of the things I’ve wanted to do. I think, all my life I’ve wanted to scuba dive and I’ve been with girlfriends or wives who haven’t wanted to get involved for one reason or another. Another advantage is it’s close proximity to where I live. And the third advantage is having something to talk to Dave Mellor about!
I’d recommend this course to anyone who is adventurous and wants to try something different. – Reno la Bouchardiere
After completing the course, I’ve learned techniques, and about how to get over the mental barrier. Also I discovered that you are more capable than you think you are – that would be the main takeaway for me.
I liked most about the weekend that it was relaxed and easy going. It’s a bunch of friendly people in a nice environment, willing to help and go the extra mile.
I would definitely recommend the course! Just friendly people, nice environment and a good time! – Mason Kirkby
I had done scuba diving years ago, learnt here in the UK when I was younger, and freediving sort of appealed to me. David said that doing the course would probably make me realise how much longer you can stay underwater because I love swimming anyway. I find it very easy to be underwater, but it is staying underwater for long that makes it.
On the course I discovered that you can stay under water a hell of a lot longer than your brain tells you. One of the things I did this morning was going down pushing myself to go right down and then when I think I have to bob up really quickly, just going really slowly and seeing how much longer you’ve got. And then realising when you come back up that you’re not even gulping for air – so there must be so much more I can do.
Thinking about what I liked best about the course, I think it is the sense of achievement, which sounds a bit egotistical but that sort of pushing yourself and then achieving something just that little bit further. I am more than happy with what I have done. I came thinking ‘you know what? If I do five metres I’m happy with that. In the cold and having not done this before’ and I did ten metres – so I’m very happy with that. And I actually realised it’s not about going deep it’s about the control…. With more control, it’s more fun.
I would definitely liked to have been able to tick off all the requirements, but I can come back and do that. The benefits of doing the course with you is gaining experience from people such as yourself who I must say I have only just found out who you are and all the rest of it from other people in the shower room, so you kept that little secret! But gaining second hand experience and listening to what other people do and why they do it and how they do it actually mixed in with theory so there is technical, theory and experience and I think that is how people like to learn and they remember. I’ll probably remember some of your anecdotal stories more than some of the technical stuff. And Vobster is a fantastic place to dive in. When I learned to scuba it was in the middle of the sea… Here it was very much more gradual, I felt much more in control and where I thought I would have anxiety I actually didn’t have any…
I’d definitely recommend the course. It makes you think about risk – some of the things we learned, maybe we’ve taken for granted. And this is something this course gives you – information that will stick with you if you do other sports. This is what I would suggest to people, whatever sport they are doing. I’m in the water a lot and I want to be more comfortable and that’s something else this course gives you – understanding your buoyancy and things like that. – Julie Kirkby
RAID Freediver Course 24 – 25 Sept 2016
I discovered that it’s harder than I thought it would be! Because you guys make it look so easy! And it looks amazing, and then you try and it and think ‘actually my ears hurt!’ But I loved it, and I think that I’ve progressed and I feel like I can keep going and get better.
I liked coming here to Vobster. This is a really good place, and the instructors are very good, everyone’s really nice.
The benefits of doing the course with you is that you guys are really nice, the equipment’s really good, and coming to this location in particular is very nice. I feel like you covered pretty much everything. I don’t feel like I’m lacking any knowledge or there’s anything else I’d like to do. I feel like I’ve got a good starting point for my freediving career!
I would recommend this course because I think it’s a good first step into trying something new, and you can be an absolute novice and you’ll still get somewhere, and it’s just a nice thing to do. I don’t know who wouldn’t enjoy it, I don’t know what’s not to like! – Helen Cutts
I’m an open water swimmer, and I swim here, and I love swimming round the edge and seeing the wildlife and things. So it’s kind of a natural progression, and I’d had it in my mind as something I’d like to have a go at, but having done scuba and having had quite a few problems equalizing, I was a bit put off because I knew I’d have to equalize in order to freedive!
But having a chat with Hanli, she was emphasizing that there’s a lot of time and effort spent on learning to equalize properly and efficiently for freediving, and so I thought I’d give it a go, because it would be a great skill for recreation.
I discovered that I still have problems equalizing! But I’m now in a much much better position to know what I need to do to practice, and having had a nice experience of seeing more of what’s in Vobster, it is an incentive to keep working at the equalization techniques, and I know the rest of it will be fine.
I liked most the water time and that you were quickly into open water. It’s nice to have a bit of pool time but it’s nice to spend most of the course in the real environment, in open water. And it’s also very much at your own pace. Not feeling you have to do this, you have to do that. It’s what you can do on the day and that’s nice.
It’s orientated to your own level. The ratio of students to instructors is nice, so you always feel like there are plenty of people around and you’re not waiting ages in the queue as a student for the fifth person to do their bit. Having small number and a high ratio of instructors was good. You get that personalized instruction, and you’re not spending half your time waiting for everyone to have a go.
Also being affiliated with RAID and having the online tests and theory is a good thing. The resources you’ve got with the course, in terms of all your instructors, the variety of instructors is definitely an asset, and being able to use Vobster as well is really very nice training and learning environment. – Tania Reynolds
I was Scuba diving and it just didn’t feel right and I saw the TV programme you were on, Hidden Talent, and I thought ‘that looks interesting’ so I thought I’d give it a go! I’ve enjoyed myself on the course, everyone’s been great, it’s worked to my level.
I found the breath holding part of the course quite surprising because I could hold my breath far longer than I thought I could. Previously in a pool, maybe 30 seconds and I’d be up again, but I’ve managed 2.30, 2.45 and in the water it’s been fine, I haven’t struggled at all with it.
I loved learning something new, meeting some new people, it’s been good. I would say benefits of doing the course, it kind of changes your knowledge of what you can do, so to speak. Holding your breath for more than a couple of minutes is actually very surprising. The differences between scuba and freediving has been interesting too. When I trained to scuba dive it was like being pushed through the factory. There’s not much care in the process of it, you’re just pushed through as fast as you can and I didn’t enjoy it. It wasn’t fun. And that’s been true of a couple of scuba centres I’ve tried to be fair, but it’s the opposite with you.
The course has also taught me more about myself. I would recommend this course to other divers because it would benefit their breathing, that’s for certain. They’d use less gas. And again, it’s expanding your horizons I would say because I feel a lot better about myself being able to hold my breath as long as I could. That’s the thing that’s surprised me the most. – Charles Sear
I’ve always fancied doing freediving for years and years, but I used to smoke quite heavily, so I avoided doing it, but now I don’t smoke, I thought it was a good chance to give it a go and see how it went!
I discovered that it’s harder than it looks! But once you’ve got the techniques and remembering everything, it works. I liked most the first time I got to the wreck at the bottom and once everything was done, all the skills were done, going to visit the truck.
If I hadn’t have done the course I would have struggled to do any kind of freediving at all. The location is ideal for learning to freedive, the instructors were great. Just being able to come here and having it right there with fresh water, so you’re not getting things clogged up with salty water.
I would recommend this course because without taking it you’re not particularly safe under the water!- Paul Sedwell
I’ve been a keen snorkeler for years, and to train at my local club I need a qualification. And I was over in Iceland diving Silfra but they wouldn’t give me any weight as I didn’t have a qualification. I chose you because you had a good reputation on the web, and geography’s a big factor. You’re the closest to me in London.
I discovered that I like freediving, and that equalizing is more of an issue than I thought it was going to be! But I got there in the end
The course was very well run, very well organized. You are very meticulous about things which is fantastic, gives you reassurance. That’s the way I like things. That’s the way most people like things when there’s an element of risk. It’s very reassuring.
The resources here on the course were quite surprising because you had at least 2, 3 instructors around us the whole time which is fantastic, I didn’t expect that. Good group numbers as well, not too many people. You feel like you’re certainly getting your money’s worth, that you’re getting plenty of diving in. And convenience wise, it’s good facilities here at Vobster, well thought out locations, and it all appeared to work quite well.
I certainly would recommend the course. I’m very pleased with it, it’s been great! – Richard Tonge
Freediving class 10-11 September 2016
For me, I’d heard that freediving improved your air consumption when you Scuba dive, and I wanted to do that. And I wanted to be able to dive without the stream of bubbles, to do it unrestricted, to not have to get into a dry suit, strap 14 kilos of weight on yourself, and a tank. It’s a challenge as well, something new.
I discovered some slight trepidation, that you can lock away, like with scuba. And doing that whilst your diaphragm is trying to get you to breathe. But the fact that you can calm yourself down for a couple more moments before you come back up. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the sensation and the challenge of doing it.
I liked most about the weekend the instructors. They’re all very calm, very relaxed, and again, without harking back too much to scuba, some of the scuba instructors, have been pretty much ‘no no no!’ and they drag you off, ‘don’t do that, do this!’ But it’s much calmer here much more gentle. Even you! It was more ‘try this, think about that’, cycling through a variety of different things. Your instructors were brilliant.
Benefits of doing the course would be increased water confidence, ability to say I’ve now done that, tick that off. For me, also coming to Vobster. I’ve never been here before and it looks like a very nice place to scuba dive as well.
I would recommend this course to scuba divers and non scuba divers as well for the challenge to come and do something that pushes you mentally and physically. And this school specifically because you’re very relaxed, you’re very calm. Well organized, well structured. – Paul Mills
I tried snorkeling and I tried a bit of duck diving and I decided I needed to know how to do it properly. You came to Oxford to do the Try Freediving Course and I loved that so I decided to do my RAID freediver course with you.
I discovered that it’s not just as simple as getting in the water and going down. I can’t really equalise, but will come and I’ve learnt some great different techniques to try. The theory’s been brilliant. Although I haven’t got down to those depths, I understand it more and it is different to diving so it’s been well worth it. I’ve got something now to go away with and do.
The thing I liked best about the course were the people, because I didn’t get on brilliantly, and I did get cross with myself, everybody here has offered advice and guidance, but they didn’t make you feel stupid, which I have seen in my diving life before, so I wouldn’t have come back today had I not felt comfortable with everybody here, and it was great that Zoe offered to do one-to-one with me. She didn’t have to and she did, and that’s why I think it’s special.
The benefits of doing the course with you is that you learn how to get better at freediving and you learn how to do it properly. And even if you can’t do it properly straight away, you learn how it should be like, and that you can do lots of things. Freediving isn’t just about going somewhere, going down deep and coming up again, there’s lots of other things to do, which I didn’t know about before I came on the course.
Absolutely I’d recommend this course, because I think people sometimes go out snorkeling and sometimes duck dive down and go as deep as they can without any knowledge whatsoever about what’s happening to them. Just that bit of knowledge, and the training, the notes and everything you sent, the practice breath holds beforehand, made a massive difference to the confidence levels of holding your breath as well, which you don’t get if you don’t do the course. – Valerie Huxtable
I wanted to do a freediving course because my brother said I was hopeless! I always go spearfishing with my brother and he goes spearfishing to 30 metres and I’m stuck on the surface. And I love the water so I thought I’d do the course.
I thought that freediving was all about training and being fit, and expanding your lungs, but it’s just about your body learning it can stay under water longer and doing all the things that it can do. It’s quite weird! Obviously training helps, but it’s a kind of inbuilt system that’s activated. And relaxation.
The weekend was all good. It was awesome!
Three benefits of doing the course with you guys, it will help with surfing, with wipe outs as I get older I can hold my breath longer! It’s going to help with spearfishing, and more confidence in the water really. – Anthony Crosskill
It’s been super fun. Anthony organized everything and I just tagged along, but it’s in line with what we enjoy doing so in terms of what we’ve learnt it’s been massive, but it’s the basics though, so now round two is on the cards!
I discovered that the way we’d been doing things is really different, I’d never done a course like this before, so you learn by just seeing your mates, and people around you, and that’s not necessarily the right way. The breathing techniques are totally different, and we understand why now, and you understand that it makes a massive difference.
The venue is great. I’ve never been to a place like this but it’s really cool. And I thought the way we dealt with dives and theory really gelled well together, and I think two days is a good stint at this. But I think for our group, we probably got to a level where we wanted to do more, but it’s a gradual process.
The benefits of doing the course would be I think if you enjoy freediving, it’s understanding it. That’s important. The concepts. And if you enjoy spearfishing, again, it gels well with that. And also being comfortable in the water. I mean, we’ve been brought up in the water so I feel super comfortable in it, but I feel that I have that I have that much more control now because you understand it that little bit much more. And then I think, there’s the ability to go past the mental block where you think you need to breathe but you don’t actually need to breathe, and I think I’m still processing that, there’s a definite barrier there.
I’d recommend the course because it’s a good way to understand the basics of freediving, and the facilities are great. It’s safe and you don’t have to worry about anything. – Conrad Rademan
Every year we go sailing in Sicily, Greece, Corfu, the whole of the Aegean, and Eric is obsessed with going down, and we have been doing it but obviously with no clue effectively. So this year for his birthday, we said, we can do a proper freediving course, so this year when we are sailing, when we are in a beautiful bay, then we can both go down and enjoy the freediving, in safety.
I discovered that I’m more able than I thought I was! I never thought I was going to go to twelve metres. It’s been brilliant, really really enjoyable.
I liked most first of all to learn the techniques, to learn the breathing techniques, and how to hold the breath, because that was the biggest mistake I had been making, leaving all the oxygen behind! I enjoyed to freedive with a buddy, and I now know the importance of doing it with a buddy. Before, when Eric was going down I was looking from up, but now realize that if there was a problem down there, I don’t know what I was going to do.
After doing this course I will enjoy more my summer holiday with my children, I can do more things with my son, and I think generally, also for safety, when you’re sailing, anything can happen, with the anchor, you can now just do your breathe up and just go.
I would recommend this course to people, the main reason is for the safety. Doing something with knowledge of what can happen and what you need to do when it happens. – Pierluigi Pezone
I learnt about safety and buddy techniques, like going down and meeting them, and the rescue methods and more techniques like finning properly.
I liked the diving most. Going down and I liked the place. Even though it’s a man made lake, there are shipwrecks and things, lots of fish. It was more exciting than I thought it would be.
The benefits are that I’m now going to be safer in open water, better technique of going down, finning, holding your breath, and what to do in case of an emergency, like buddying and stuff like that.
I would recommend the course to anyone who likes the sea because it’s interesting and it could be the start to a new thing you do. – Eric Pezone
I was brought up in the far east where the water temperature is lovely and I snorkelled all the time and didn’t realize it was a proper discipline with proper training until relatively recently, so I figured it would be good and appropriate to learn it properly.
I discovered loads of things doing the course actually! That a lot of my technique has been completely wrong, even things like a duck dive, that I’d done without realize there was a proper way of doing it. Breathing up, which I’d done without realizing there was a proper way of doing it, and a lot of stuff I’ve done, now looking back, was probably actually quite dangerous!
I liked the company best on the course. All the instructors are friendly, I got on well with the people here, it’s been really fun!
You get a formal certification, you have the confidence that you’re listening to someone who knows what they’re talking about. And you get contacts and links if you want to do it in this country and if you want to push it further you know where to come to.
I’d definitely recommend this course. If you’re doing it you want to make sure you’re doing it safely. If you’re interested in doing it better, deeper, longer, whatever then you’d want to hear from the people who know how. – Ben Rush
I’ve discovered that hyperventilation is bad, relaxation is super important. The buddy system, and how to actually do the buddy system. Dive rescues, and loads of other stuff!
I loved about the course the freedom to go freediving! Benefits of doing the course would definitely be the safety. That’s paramount. It’s a good set up at Vobster Quay here. And very friendly people!
I’d absolutely recommend the course. It covers all the bases! – Richard Mercardo
I wanted to come and do the course with you because it’s a clearly recognized team of people, because of you’re reputation, and I read your book and that I thought that looked like my gang of people, and the location.
I discovered I could do more that I thought! It’s passion, fantastic thing, the sense of freedom, how important a buddy is, how it’s all in your head. But my God, it’s like another world again, even though I scuba dive, its like ‘wow! That’s amazing all over again!’
The things I liked most about the course… the angel David I thought was quite good! This course, although it’s got good structure, and the pace goes fast, you don’t feel rushed and pressured, so people can learn at their own pace, and having a mixed group is great. You guys are very knowledgeable and professional, so any questions always get a sensible answer, so you feel very confident about the level of teaching you’re getting, and I think it’s very good value for money.
Benefits of doing the course would be self-confidence, another passion to explore, and just great fun!
I’d recommend this course absolutely a million fold! It’s that whole thing about professionalism but good fun. It’s all about the fun thing and not pushing someone beyond where they want to be. You know, being very safety conscious and all those good things. – Claire Kemp
Class 27th – 28th August 2016
I wanted to improve my breathing techniques and it’s always something I’ve fancied doing on holiday but you do the usual snorkelling and you manage to get down two or three metres and then you’re back up to the surface within seconds, which is no fun whatsoever, so I thought I’d learn how to do it properly.
I discovered that it’s all about relaxing. The more you can relax, the better your dives are going to be and you can just chill out and enjoy it more and it’s really really worth doing.
The specific thing I liked most about the weekend was the staff. Everybody is so relaxed, friendly, fun, you can see they all love what they’re doing, and taking the safety aspect to one side, as that’s obviously first and foremost, they want you to just get in the water and do the best you can within your own comfort zone.
Benefits of doing the course with you would be improving your breathing technique, which I can see helping students in the pool when I teach them scuba diving, because we have to get them to do half a length underwater and I can help them to relax more, just by using some of the techniques that I’ve been shown myself to help me relax more. And it just shows I can do something other than scuba diving as well. I can enjoy diving down and just looking at things just on a breath hold!
I’ve already recommended this course to a few people! I believe that if you’re going to doing something, you look for the instructor who has got the correct reputation for doing that. There are so many people out there teaching so many aspects of scuba diving, so many people offering freediving courses, and you know, what experience do they have behind them? If you’re going to do it, do it right, book with somebody who that’s what they do. And that’s what they’re about and everything. For us to come all the way down to Vobster Quay and do a freediving course, from Hull, it’s a long way. But in my eyes it was worth doing that to get the correct training. – Darren Hedges
I wanted to do the course for the usual reasons, it’s connected to a sport that I love, but a discipline that I’ve never tried, so I wanted to challenge myself and learn a little bit more about freediving but also because it gave me a great opportunity to have some time with my daughter, so it’s been a combination exercise and thoroughly enjoyable!
I’ve discovered that it’s remarkably technical, and it’s been said to me before, but I’d never got my head around it, but it’s something that you could really spend your whole life just focused on, there’s no end to it really.
Hitting that point where you start to see a progression of control in your reflex to breathe. You start to dominate that reflex and understand that you can really work magic with that reflex and control it effectively with the right training.
Benefits of doing the freediving course with you would be to find out about a new sport, to understand how that’s transferable into improving within that sport but also within looking at how it can be applied into scuba diving or health in general, so maybe three or four different areas where it just clicks a few little buttons that are there to be clicked with a lot of people I think.
I thought the instructors were great! Really energetic, totally in love with the sport, going through different levels of freediving in their own journeys with freediving, the tuition and the balance of the program was really really nice. I think the guys were very safety orientated, genuine and personable and everyone felt that they were very well looked after.
I would recommend this course to lots of people and there are lots of reasons why I would do that. It’s beautiful. It’s got a whole different hook to it than diving, but also it’s hugely important for divers to experience as well so it’s transferable into diving. But leaving the divers to one side, freediving as a sport has huge potential for people to feel and experience and that will benefit from it. – James Rogers
I’ve just done my open water course and loved that, but I’ve always been quite envious of freedivers! It’s always looked really cool to be honest! I’ve always thought ‘I will do that, I will do that’ and then finally my dad decided he would do it and so it was the perfect reason!
I‘ve learnt so much! All round, everthing about it, as I really didn’t know much, so I’ve discovered a different way of how to have fun in the water I suppose! It’s another cool thing to do!
I liked most coming here for the first time, and getting in the water. I liked the theory side, all going through that together, that was really cool, simple to understand, all the equipment’s great, the pool session was really cool, a great start before you jump in here, and then being here with all the lines, and you guys, lots of instructors!
I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in any watery kind of stuff because it’s been so much fun. It’s really good. It’s been really relaxed but you can still get quite serious with it if you want to but there’s no pressure so it’s all just great fun! – Tilly Pleydell-Rogers
I chose Go Freediving, because first of all it was the safety area and second, the website was friendlier and I got a more friendly vibe from it so those were the main two reasons.
I discovered that I need to keep pushing my limits and to escape the trap of my mind! And if you work hard with proper guidance you can achieve things you wouldn’t even dream of.
I liked most the team, we all worked as a unit. The support was excellent, the teaching was amazing and also being in the water all the time!
The benefit of coming to do a course with you is a professional and friendly team, excellent training conditions and a lot to learn about yourself!
I would definitely recommend this course, even to people who are quite afraid of going into the water, because the instructors make you feel safe which is key in this. I learned from personal experience, I was actually terrified today of starting the duck dive but everyone just put me at ease and took me step by step. – Jozsef Szavuj
I discovered that it’s bloody hard! It’s an awful lot harder than you think it’s going to be, not that I had an idea of what it was, because I didn’t!
I liked most that there were no tanks, minimal amount of kit, and freedom!
Benefits for me of doing the course is being able to pass the information onto people that are struggling to get down to the bottom of the pool for the lifeguarding courses, just generally being able to relax more when I’m diving, and just a nice weekend in total!
I would recommend this course because it’s a completely different idea to what people think freediving actually is, and it’s just fun! – Julie Hedges
Master Freediving Course July 2016
The course has really helped with headspace, relaxing and getting different people’s perspective on how they relax before, during and even after a dive, that’s really helped. And working on the techniques to do with frenzel and other equalization, that’s really really helped I think. That’s been my main point of improvement.
I’ve had a lot of one-on-one time, and that’s been really good. Spending a lot of time that is specific to me, especially today, going out and having a look at what I’m doing wrong, and being able to pin point the problems, so that’s been really good, definitely.
Benefits of doing the course would be equalisation, open up that whole new level of going deeper than what you were able to before. Relaxing again, so you can really enjoy the other stuff we’ve been doing, being on the wrecks longer. The stretches as well, it’s been good.
The dry training stuff was funny, and interesting. I’m not going to lie, the reverse packing stretches were horrible! But it’s good to do and better to do it here in a safe environment, the dry training, because you don’t always get the chance to get in the water and have that exposure to depth, so being able to have that extra training available, that’s been great, definitely. And like I’ve said, the big take away for me was the one-on-one time. There’s been so much time spent with us as individuals that that’s really helped.
I’d definitely recommend the course. It’s a really safe sport when it’s done properly and that’s the main thing. Anyone can jump in and get a snorkel and start holding their breath, but doing it properly here has really opened my eyes to how I should be doing it and how I should be watching out for other people who are around me, so I’d definitely recommend it to people. – Chris Rich
First and foremost I’ve enjoyed all the courses I’ve done with you. You’re a great course provider and then the idea of taking it to that more advanced stage was very exciting, and then having a really good buddy and knowing that he was going to be on the course, that was enticing as well, so the combination of your training, Chris as a buddy and the enticement of taking things to the next step, so it fell into place and it was better than I thought it would be, it was really really cool.
And the separation of the course worked out nicely I think. It was nice to get an understanding of the more advanced stuff and then have a little bit of time to take it in and think about it and get ready to use it for the final stage.
I discovered that there are so many facets to it. It’s opened my eyes even more. So I didn’t think I was any good at static, I thought I was much better at dynamic, and then I surprised myself and out-performed what I thought I’d do in static. It’s really fascinating. I feel like I’m doing different components in different areas, so I’m meditating in the static, and mindful of technique in the dynamic, but I know that if I kept pushing that, it would all fall into place subconsciously and I’d start going into a more meditative space, and so I’d be able to be more relaxed for a longer time. So doing the static, taking a hold to the point where your body really starts to fight and you want to breathe and then pushing that for a time that scares you a little bit, it’s quite fascinating because you’ve never felt like that but there’s still more time there. It’s a real discovery of what you could do, and your boundaries.
And there’s so many great people on the course. It’s fascinating to see. So I’ve got my own thing with static and it’s interesting to talk to other people and see what they’re thinking about and what they’re visualizing with their static. It opens your eyes to different ideas.
I thing I like best about the course is the overall vibe that you put in place. I think that’s such a big thing. The relaxed vibe, everyone’s enjoying themselves and it’s a good energy. The stretching has been great, that’s been a really important part, apart from the reverse packing stretches! But it does simulate depth and you can definitely see how, and it’s weird because 30 metres on the line, during the Advanced course seemed like a long long way, and then doing 33 metres yesterday on the Master course felt really quick. And it felt like the equalisation was quite comfortable, there weren’t any issues.
Benefits of doing the course with you would first and foremost safety, undoubtedly. Just being really mindful of relaxing, and if something goes wrong, just take it easy, be calm, think about it and then obviously the second thing is having rehearsed so many rescue scenarios, trying to get it to be second nature, and so you’re straight away into the correct body position and hold. Then you also feel much more relaxed being with a diver who’s gone through the same training and you’re both on the same page, so when you’re diving, you’re very relaxed.
I’d definitely recommend the course. It’s a great course, anyone who’s done the stepping stones before, don’t put a limit on yourself. You do the correct training and you’ll be amazed how much you can progress. It’s quite amazing. If you get proper coaching and you absorb it, the sky’s the limit really. Becoming more efficient and relaxed, there’s a massive jump to be made and it’s really rewarding. – David Collom
Course 13th – 14th Aug 2016
I needed a challenge. It’s been three years since I swum the channel and I needed a new challenge. I’d heard good reports of you, I know someone who did a course two years ago with you and then I did my Try Freediving course with you.
I discovered that you can do it! You might need to be patient but you can do it! And I did it! The people have been lovely, the whole experience, the people are fab, the location is fab, and just you guys having the patience and not pushing. That’s the thing. I hate being pushed and I wasn’t. It was brilliant, it was lovely.
The benefits of doing this course are that you learn a lot about yourself. You push your limits and meet new people. I would completely recommend this course. Because if you love the water for whatever reason, it’s a new discipline and people don’t tend to do this and it just opens doors. I’d definitely recommend it! – Beckie Spry
Your videos made me want to do the course. It just looked like everyone was having fun and I’d been a bit scared of doing the course but when I saw how much fun everyone was having, I thought, yeah, I’ll have some of that this summer.
I discovered the bench mark where I am, which is really really useful to then progress, because I didn’t really know where I was, so now I know where I am and what I need to do to progress.
The water was really warm which was helpful actually. I’d heard a lot about inland swimming being cold, but it’s been really warm and toasty which was cool. And I really like the fact that there’s no pressure to perform. Everyone gets to do what they’re capable of and what they feel comfortable with, which suited me down to the ground.
The benefits of doing the course with you here is a great facility, very picturesque as well as having all the things that you need. It’s really, really expert instruction, obviously, and lovely being able to work with like-minded people and meet new people.
I would recommend the course. There’s not many people who know about freediving, but whenever anyone asks me, I do say ‘there’s this really nice lady called Emma Farrell and she does really great courses’. – Karen Tyler-Croft
I’ve discovered lots of things on the course. I realized that equalization and stuff, it’s kind of like stuff I did anyway, diving down to the bottom of the pool and you kind of do it without knowing what you’re doing so it made a lot of sense. And I thought we’d just be diving in a dirty lake but Vobster is really clean and really cool. I don’t think it was easier than I thought it would be but it’s made me more confident. When you think about going snorkeling and stuff, and you think about going down, you kind of understand more about it now.
I liked best learning new skills and going deeper, and just now going round with Heather and we did a little tour of the lake. And we saw some fish and dove down a bit, and that was really fun, I really liked that.
Three benefits of doing the course with you would be that everyone’s lovely, it’s really safe and it’s fun and relaxed. Everything gets done but you’re allowed to have fun and it’s not really strict.
I would recommend the course because I think that anyone can kind of do this to make them enjoy the water more and if you’re going snorkeling and have this basic understanding, even of equalization, just having a basic understanding of that, just makes you go a little bit deeper and enjoy it more, and feel more safe. So, even if you don’t want to become a professional freediver, it’s something that anyone who goes on holiday can do, just to enjoy it a bit more. –Alicia Coyne
Class 2nd- 3rd August 2016
I read the book ‘The Deep’ and then came and did your Try Freediving course and then decided to do the two day course. I’d been trying to do a bit on my own and so I thought I’d better come and learn the safety side of things.
On the course I discovered lots about safety, which was really good, the proper techniques and really refining my own stuff and I’ll come back and do another course I’d imagine.
It was all very informative, it was very relaxed, it wasn’t intimidating at all, and I felt like I learnt a lot from the course and was able to progress my own freediving.
Benefits of doing the course with you would be learning how to be safe, learning the proper techniques, and how to make it easier for you to progress.
I would recommend the course just for the fact that there’s not a lot of getting out if you get to the bottom and can’t get back up. So learning all the safety stuff, because in relative terms you’re doing a high risk sport, so I’d recommend the course so people could enjoy the sport safely. – Ryan James
I’ve been freediving as an amateur for a long time, hyperventilating, doing all the things you shouldn’t do and then I thought, I should learn to do this properly so I don’t kill myself and so I thought I’d look it up. I decided to come to you because you’ve got the most professional website and it gives you more information about what you’re really doing, rather than it looking like some bloke’s just made it in his bedroom and is going to take you out and do stuff with you. It looks like you really have a plan and know what you’re doing. And that makes you feel more confident that you’re going to get something out of the training, rather than simply following some bloke around who thinks he knows a bit more about it than I do.
Probably the biggest revelation is discovering that I don’t need to hyperventilate to achieve exactly the same, which was what I was interested in and doubtful of. And actually I think it’s pretty identical but without hyperventilation which is good and nice to think I’m less likely to kill myself, which is good! And playing with long fins for the first time was good fun, and being able to push harder and easier which was nice.
The best thing about the course for me was I think playing with other people who want to do it, spending time with other freedivers, being in the water with other people who are clearly enjoying the same thing that I’ve done on my own for years, and no-one is really interested and so I’ve been doing it alone, because everyone else has just swum off, saying ‘come on! It’s boring just watching you going to the bottom and back.’ So it’s nice to be with people who are clearly sharing that passion.
Benefits of the course would be learning to breathe, that’s really cool and it’s a great venue. I was quite skeptical when I saw it, thinking ‘diving in a quarry in the middle of the west of England, this is going to be rubbish’, but it’s beautiful, it’s relatively good visibility, and having stuff to see and do under the water is a good thing. And another benefit would be that you’re clearly very safety focused.
Of course I’d recommend this course. It teaches you freediving. It does what it says on the tin! – Kieron White
I went through five or six websites looking for freediving courses and yours looked the best for a number of reasons. It looked more professional, and friendly, and easy to use and it wasn’t as far away from Birmingham as some of them.
I discovered lots of things on the course; that you can hold your breath for longer than and there’s a lot more to learn and a lot of fun to be had really!
I liked all of it. I liked playing in the water, I liked trying to push myself, I even enjoyed watching people go further from the top.
Three benefits of doing the course with you would be that you learn to do things safely, with the proper equipment and a professional teaching you.
I’d recommend this course because it’s a great location, great instructors and there’s lots of fun things to look at in the water. – Andy Tite
I liked the idea that you could descend down and it seemed so relaxing, and blue, and just that feeling of depth, without all the encumbering equipment of Scuba.
Originally I met you at Visions and I bought your book and read that and saw the romance of freediving and those wonderful pictures that are in there and so that’s why I wanted to take this course with you.
I discovered consciousness of breathing, and conserving air, and relaxing in the water, and not rushing things.
I liked most the breathing, the relaxation, and honing some of my skills, finning and just swimming in the water really and being part of the underwater environment.
Three benefits of doing the course would be knowing more about freediving, getting more skilled in freediving, and wanting to do some more, it you can call them benefits! Because it’s just really a door that’s been opened ajar.
I would definitely recommend the course, because of the depth that it goes into, and you being the instructor, it’s good instruction. It exceeded all my expectations and more! – Chris McTernan
Class 30th – 31st July 2016
I have wanted to try a freediving course for sometime as it looks both challenging and great fun. I heard about your Try Freediving course through Oxford Dive Centre, which I attended and really enjoyed. This course was the next step and I was really looking forward to trying some deeper water.On the course I discovered that swimming slower sends you further! It was great to put all the skills that we were taught into practise and find out how much more efficient you could be.The support from Zoe and Jorgen was fantastic. Once in the water they made sure I was safe and covered all the skills I had to learn at a good pace, but allowed me to do everything that I wanted to do and really explore the lake. It was also great to have instructors that were clearly very passionate about what they were teaching.Three benefits of doing the course with you is that you learn techniques that will enable you to go much further than you thought possible or would normally. You do this in a safe environment with very knowledgeable instructors and you have a fun and relaxing weekend.I certainly would recommend this course. Brilliant tuition, great sense of adventure whilst being so relaxed (!), and good fun. – Tim Frost
Jerome read Emma’s book One Breath and it made him want to try Freediving. And I followed!
On the course we discovered that freediving was a great way to relax. We also discovered that you can use one breath for quite longer than we originally thought. And that we could go down to 10m without breathing!!!! We were really not convinced of that before the week-end.We also discovered what a great diving centre Vobster Quay is.The thing we liked best about the course were our lovely instructors Zoe and Jorgen. It was great to hear about their two experiences of Freediving and made us realise that everyone is different. Three benefits about doing the course would be very friendly instructors, relaxing week-end, and exactly the right pace (packed week-end, but still relaxing). We definitely would definitely recommend the course, because it’s a great activity, a great venue and great instructors! – Anne-Laure and Jerome Bedouet
RAID Advanced Freediver Course 22-24 July 2016
I wanted to extend my possibilities to 30m and Emma Farrell and her Go Freediving team are remarkable. They impart knowledge, calm and a good sense of humour and all those things are absolutely necessary to being successful.
I discovered calm, discipline, my ability to stay under longer and be calmer through everything that I was taught was exemplified by everything that you guys do. So it made me go further than I thought I could, and made me realize that most of your limitations are in your mind, aside from all the knowledge and the things that you absolutely have to know to dive deeper.
The best thing about the diving itself was the sense of freefalling, which is absolutely magical. And doing it with people who make you feel really safe and calm makes it easier. It was just a joy.
Three benefits of doing the course would be how absolutely thorough you guys are because it’s not until you do the course that you realise the risks and all that knowledge really puts you in stead that nothing does go wrong. I wouldn’t recommend what we did to anyone who hasn’t taken the course.
Everything I’ve said already is a huge recommendation but it’s mostly the combination of incredible experience and knowledge from yourself and the team you have working for you and the pleasure it is to do it. It is a lot of work but it’s absolutely beautiful work to do. – Mark Karasick
Every single dive has been like a new learning experience in the sense that I’ve picked up something different, so not only are we going in more details with lanyards, ropes, theory and that aspect, but a lot of the body scanning, down at 25 metres, the whole new techniques of equalisation, the whole progressing of the diaphragm stretching. There’s just so much more and each time you go down you pick something else up, fine tuning as well as developing.
It’s nice to have different people’s input. I really enjoyed listening to Mark this morning, for him it’s all about the freefall, so learning the freefall, you don’t realize it’s something you have to learn, but God, there’s a whole aspect to that as well. So that was really great. I think the whole fine-tuning of it makes you so much more aware. You’ve got really great staff, really great tutors.
Benefits of doing this course with you would be the relaxation skills, safety skills, and more comfort in the water, more ease and peace.
I loved the diaphragm stretching because it’s going to give me something to focus on, that reverse packing, that’s going to be great, because that’s going to be a whole new project for me. I can’t do that at all so I really look forward to practicing it.
Of course I would recommend this course! When you do the first course, you thought you learnt so much then, but it’s amazing how much there is that you will learn on this second one. So much more, this is refreshing knowledge as well but taking it one stage further. – Nic Wood
Class 23rd – 24th July 2016
I have always loved the sea, wanted to get in it, I tried scuba diving but thought freediving looked much better, and my wife got me a course for a Christmas present a year and a half ago and I suddenly thought, if I don’t book it now, when? So I got on the internet and yours looked the best so I came here!
It’s been incredible. I was thinking about it on the way here today about, how when I first thought about a freediving course I thought I had to do it in the sea, but it’s been brilliant here, it’s been great!
I’ve discovered the sport, I’ve loved it and I really really want to do it again, I’m amazed at how having contractions didn’t panic me. Fighting the urge to breathe and staying relaxed on the way up, so being able to keep that control has been really good. Massively.
This weekend has been incredibly nurturing. That’s what I liked most. It was! It was lovely! I really really enjoyed it. It feels like some doors have been opened. It was great!
Benefits of doing the course with you would be fun, comfort, and I use comfort instead of safe because you can be safe without being comfortable, and building, I feel ready now to take the next step. And also I’m aware that I need more experience before moving on to the advanced course, to consolidate. And to gain more experience and awareness.
I would recommend this course and I’d recommend it for all the reasons that I’ve said. Over and above, it’s good to get out of your comfort zone, try something new and all those things. I find it hard to envisage anyone coming on this and not getting a lot out of it. From unforeseen areas as well as foreseen ones
Heather and David have been brilliant, really relaxing. It felt incredibly nurturing and it felt fine, all good. And so in fact one of the biggest things I would say is about going at your own pace, and that is good and fine. I’ve always been quite competitive and driven and everything else and just going at your own pace and not worrying about anything else, the calmness I felt, looking down, seeing a rope going into darkness, just holding it, ever so gently between two fingers, and you’re aware of people going round, but I’m just thinking about my belly breaths, and the calmness, I started to close my eyes, and I thought, I got a whole world of shit going on elsewhere at the moment, and none of it mattered. – Mark Cusak
I wanted to come on the course to learn a new skill. I’d done the Try Freediving Course and wanted to take it deeper. It seemed like a natural progression, to relax more in the water and learn new skills.
I discovered that you should just keep trying, just keep going. I loved overcoming the initial equalisation problems. I didn’t realise that would be so much of a stumbling block.
Benefits of doing the course would be being more competent in the water, safer. And the freedom as well, knowing you had the skills if you wanted to take it further.
I’ve been surfing for maybe ten years, through all different conditions and I’ve learnt so much through that. And I think doing this course was a big part of the natural progression. Confidence in the water and overcoming a barrier.
I’d absolutely recommend the course to anyone. It’s the progression more than anything, and it’s opened a door into a greater world. It’s the start of a journey. – Tom Lloyd
I discovered that mind over matter is very key. It’s important to stay relaxed and you can push yourself further than you anticipated.
I liked most that I did get to push myself further than I would be able to because initially I didn’t think I would even stick with it. So I’ve feel I’ve really achieved by going to 9 metres, so I got a great sense of achievement today.
Three benefits of doing this course would be the instructors, they’re very competent and very clear. They’re very patient and they give very constructive advice. It’s very relaxed the way you go through all of the theory, and having a small group as well. It’s a good location, and it was nearby for us.
I would recommend this course because I’ve had really good clear tuition, it’s been a very relaxed weekend, I didn’t feel that I’ve been pushed any further than I wanted to go but I was encouraged at the same time. – Lois Garland
Class 9th -10th July 2016
Freediving is something I’d been reading about for a very very long time and I’ve finally got round to giving it a go. I’d read about Emma and done a good search on the internet and you were highly highly recommended, and I’ve been following you for a long time. So I finally make the jump!
I discovered that I’m actually able to do it, there’s no mystical secret, it’s just getting used to it and giving it a go and I surprised myself today with some of those dives. It was just lovely, I really enjoyed it a lot.
I enjoyed the most the last couple of hours where we chilling out, you see something, go down and have a look, very relaxed, no pressure. It’s was great, the sun was shining, what more could you want!
The benefits of the course would be that you learn to freedive, it’s a fantastic couple of days, I’d highly recommend it and you’re learning these skills, doing it safely, with the right people, it’s a completely relaxed environment, perfect for learning.
I’d recommend this course to anyone! It’s been fantastic! – Tony Hawkins
I saw people freediving when I was on a scuba diving trip in Egypt and it looked much cooler than what I was doing so I figured I should get into it after a while, and it took me a year but here I am!
I discovered that it’s remarkably doable! Just takes some effort and some mental adjustments but you can certainly achieve depth.
The instructors were the best! I found that I was able to get to depth and hold my breath and it was really a cathartic feeling!
Vobster Quay is a very nice place to learn to freediving, there’s a real sense of being free and everyone’s very friendly. You have instructors like David who is very knowledgeable, and it’s very relaxed. There’s no real pressure to achieve anything and you just kind of get there in your own time.
I would definitely recommend the course. From what I’ve seen, it’s one of the better courses and we all passed! – Killian Walley
I’d been on holiday with you in six years ago and I was in Sardinia last week snorkeling and I thought ‘Way hey! I’m going to go and do the freediving thing again!’
I discovered that I’m unfitter than when I first learnt to freedive! I loved all of it, it’s all good, I enjoyed it all because it’s all really useful isn’t it? I loved being in the water and doing all of it.
You’re all very nice. I’d recommend this course because you’re both brilliant! – Mark Backwell
RAID Freediving Course 25th – 26th June 2016
I like snorkeling, and when I go on holiday, I like to look at the fish. I tried to do it without any training, and it’s didn’t work really well so I thought I may as well do it the proper way, and get the training, and I found out about Go Freediving from Iain and Tom who I met here at Vobster, looking really good in their wetsuits, so they told me about you, I found you online and booked on.
One of the reasons I decided to do the course, is I’m a scuba diver, and one of my worst nightmares is finding myself at depth with no air, so I thought ‘right! So I’m going to pay money to do exactly that!’
And what I discovered is that it’s completely different to what I was expecting and I could go much further than I thought I could. I discovered the importance of relaxation, and I think it’s going to help me, not just in freediving, but in other areas of my life as well. And it was a lot of fun!
I really liked the content of the course, how it was run. I didn’t feel rushed, I didn’t feel out of my depth at any time. I really liked the instructors, all of the instructors were brilliant! And you get to dive Vobster in a wetsuit, how amazing is that? It’s a really good course, I really enjoyed it.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the course! – Natalia Paliakova
I wanted to do a freediving course because I wanted to learn how to do it safely, because I’ve been swimming and diving here for a while, and sometimes at the end of my swims, I dive down and look at the fishies, I really wanted to learn the correct way, with buddying and rescue skills, to make it more safe and enjoyable and also to maybe progress a little more depth, a little more time, and have the confidence to know I have the training to do that safely and correctly.
And I wanted to do it with you because you’re amazing! You’ve got a really good reputation, you’ve been here a while, you’ve been doing it a long time, and in the diving and swimming and everything circles, you’re the person to do it with.
I discovered that it’s important to do relaxation, to be completely relaxed. When I did the first few dives, I was pulling myself down a bit energetically, and back up and it was all very rushed. I learnt that that’s wasteful and you just need to relax in order firstly to be enjoyable, and secondly to be able to stay a bit longer and go a bit deeper.
Three benefits of doing the course would be safety, doing the buddy skills and rescuing, that’s the most important thing for me. Another benefit would be improving your freediving, so you can go a bit deeper and stay a bit longer, and meeting a bunch of really great people actually, that you can go diving with in the future.
I’d certainly recommend this course. It’s really, really worth doing, if you’re planning on doing any freediving whatsoever, it’s a really good idea to learn how to do it in a relaxed way, safely, and for it to be enjoyable. I’ve really enjoyed myself, it’s been a great weekend. I’ve done more than I even thought I’d be able to do. – Naomi Sharp
I’d been spearfishing but I wasn’t seeing an improvement, so I wanted to come on the course to be taught the correct way for safety drills and my breathing. Equalising was a problem of mine, that’s why I wasn’t progressing, so being taught in the right manner, and obviously with the breathing preparation before and after the dive really.
I wanted to come on this course because of your name. You’re world recognized, and I’ve had quite a few friends come on the course with you, and obviously highly recommend you on the forums and online.
I learnt pretty much everything really, I was very familiar with all the kit anyway, but I learnt relaxing before the dive, before taking in the big breath and away I go. Having experienced instructors behind your back is quite a big confidence thing for me, knowing that I’m in a safe environment around me really.
Benefits, being taught the professional way really, second, if you’re making an error, being taught how to adjust the problem, how to improve. And the safety drills actually, being taught safety procedures, particularly the buddy system.
The last dive session of the day really stood out for me, when we went off to the other side of the lake and had a play about. It was a lot more relaxed, dropping down different lines and seeing different features on the bottom.
I would recommend the course, I didn’t think I’d be getting down to the ten metre mark, I thought I was really going to struggle, but after being taught the correct way I managed to achieve that, so if I can achieve something I thought I was going to struggle with, so new people could come, give it a go and do well in it. – Stuart MacDonald
I wanted to learn to freedive after seeing the Big Blue and various things on the telly, then I found your site, came on the Try Freediving Course, started coming to the Friday night pool club and really enjoyed it. So I thought I’d better get round to doing it properly so came and did the two day course, and it’s been really good!
It was pretty straightforward, the way it was taught. Everything was clear and easy to follow, easy to work up to, and over the two days there was plenty of time to sort it out, get your technique right and nail every bit.
The benefits of doing the course with you, would be a friendly bunch, good location, and it’s just a really nice thing to do! I’m really glad I did it. I’ve achieved something over this weekend. I enjoyed myself very much!
I’d definitely recommend the course. Everybody that was teaching, the variety of instructors, they were all really good. It was all really chilled and relaxed and easy to get on with. It was really clear, just took you through really well.
There was no pressure, I could learn at my own pace. If you didn’t do it then you could always come back on a members day, and it’s a friendly bunch, no pressure, which means you’re more likely to get there. It’s really good, I really enjoyed it. It’s well worth doing! – Peter Keogan
I was away diving in Honduras and someone told me about freediving and it was always something I wanted to do and they said how far you could go in a weekend and I thought ‘wow’! So that was it really and ever since then I’d been planning to do it.
There were quite a few dates for the course and that was the really appealing thing about it, that there were lots of dates to pick from
I realised how relaxing it was, I knew how much I was going to enjoy it, that it was something I really wanted to do, and it absolutely was. I discovered that I’m actually quite hooked on it already. It’s mentally challenging and I thought it would be but when you’re actually doing it you realise that it is. I learnt a lot actually and it makes you look and think how far you could go with it.
What I liked most about the weekend was probably two things really, one that it was really fun, and I really enjoyed it. When I left there I felt buoyed up by the company and the people around me, I thought it was a very positive course, full of fun, that was great. And the other thing was the fact that you could get to that depth was really exciting, that you could get to 10 metres and you’ve done it, that’s ‘wow’!
It was relaxed, it was fun, it was confidence inspiring, that was really great about it. The fact that I can go to Poole and practice locally and train every week, I think that’s amazing, that’s really fabulous. And the other thing is that you’ve got Vobster, you’ve got that resource, which is great and you can go practice there, so you really feel that you can advance with it, it’s not like Scuba diving where you think you’re going to have to wait till next time you’re on holiday or anything.
It was confidence inspiring, casual and fun. It was a bit nerve wracking when you were talking about it, but when you got in the water, everybody, all of the instructors were just really supportive and it was just fun. And there was humour there, it was enjoyable. The level of it was great, I came out really buoyed up, I felt quite charged and buoyed up which was lovely. – Sharon Cheatle
I’m very into photography, so I love the underwater pictures of free divers; they’re just beautiful in the water with the long fins, and as I work as a photographer, the idea of actually taking those photographs is far more exciting to me and just an excuse to go underwater with camera and photograph a fish, so when I met Mark for lunch one day and he had just finished a dive session, and he’s one of those people that are so great so you come away from talking to him full of positivity and he was saying how wonderful free diving was and we talked about the diving reflex, body and scientifically I find that absolutely fascinating. So he said: “You should give it a go!”. And I just started running last year, like endurance running, doing, sort of, 30 miles, 40 miles. And the idea of giving things a go sorts of appeals to me at the moment, so I’m especially enthusiastic, it was exciting talking to Mark, he was probably the reason why I booked it, as opposed to wanting to – I want to, but I could have probably put that off for another six months.
Then I went to your Try Freediving Course and, again, I just find science absolutely fascinating to read. I like the idea as well, that it’s quite an extreme sport, without any of the adrenaline or the activity or the bravado so instead of being like really, you know, all these mud running events and leaping through fire it’s like the same extreme but with completely the opposite attitude and I find the idea rather than like sprinting to death and the most relaxed you’ll ever be, but you might just win a competition really odd, it’s like the wrong way around, for a sport, it doesn’t make any sense to me.
I really wanted to give it a go, it looks cool and it’s probably a reason why all of you guys are friendly and chilled out, there’s a nice community, and I’m curious that it might be a good community to join, maybe without the arrogance of triathletes or anything like that, I get the impression and certainly diving and meeting Mark and Billy and certainly you guys. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed and if that means you dive five meters that is success, theres no like: “Oh jeez I was diving with K and she’s such a loser”. There isn’t that attitude. I really like that.
I had great fun on the course. I did a scuba course, whenever it was, fifteen years ago, and that was amazing, seeing all the fish and the beautiful water, but all this kit, I’d much rather grab a pair of fins and a snorkel and just go.
I discovered there’s more to it than I thought. I think I had high expectations, and I just really wanted to be the best freediver that you’ve ever seen and you would think I was amazing. I think the challenge of not being comfortable and at times it was actually fun you know feeling a little unsure, so kind of just get over that and it becomes easier, so I think that was the coolest thing.
I have a lot to learn and I actually cant wait to learn and do it again. So I’m pleased that I wasn’t 100 percent acing everything and because now I wanna learn more and improve and I know it will be tricky and fun.
The benefits of doing the course are personal, like purely selfish benefits, from the running point of view, I read lots of magazines and they all talk about like VO2, max or whatever and I kinda think whatever, I can’t be bothered to train, and now I think if I train to make my body more efficient for running then I would also be better at free diving and the two I think would go hand in hand.
I’ve met a really nice group of people, some of which I’m pretty sure I’ll meet at the pool again and, hopefully, in October I’d go to the red sea with some of you, and being sort of old person I am, it’s very important to meet a community of people where you think: “these guys are cool”. I think it’s a cool thing to do and perhaps when you’re a bit older and not twenty anymore you suddenly find a new crowd of friends who live on your door step and there’s a shared interest. Doing it with you guys, and I also felt like this on the Try Freediving course, I 100% trusted you guys . If I pushed myself a little bit further, that you guys weren’t going to let me die, not that if anything were to happen you wouldn’t rescue me, but more that you weren’t going to allow me to go anywhere near any danger or would put me into danger. Personality wise, because you all seem so normal and friendly and fun, and there was a lot of time taken to explain in the classroom, and this clearly builds up trust ad you’re suddenly thinking ‘you know, I can do this, because they wouldn’t let me do it if it was in any way dangerous.
I would absolutely recommend this course because if anyone wanted to do anything to do with sport or fitness or something that might make them consider or think about their lifestyle, you know, lots of people say ‘I don’t want to join a gym’, or they’re worried about their weight, but it seems to be a sport that it doesn’t mater what size you are, or whether you’ve been to the gym every day or never, you could start freediving and be good. And then you could start seeing real improvements, and then from that, I guess from a self confidence point of view, that would be a very important thing. From the social aspect it’s been really good fun, even if you just wanted to do the course from a social aspect, then you did something cool and had a really great weekend. And it’s confidence boosting. Some of those things are scary, and you kind of have to get a grip and trust yourself, and it’s like, ‘my sinuses are blocked, I’ve got a headache, I’m underwater, I’m obviously going to die’ and then you just can take a moment, and just tell yourself that the pain is because your sinuses are blocked, and there are scientific reasons, and you’re not going to die, and then it becomes calm again, and I think in a sort of holistic and spiritual way, these are good things, and maybe you’ll go to your board meeting and think ‘You know, I’ve just dived to 12 metres,’ so if I can do that, then having a conversation with my boss, or having this meeting is really no big deal. And if you can’t think of any better reason, when you tell people ‘oh yeah, I was freediving at the weekend’, that’s pretty f**king cool! And so that’s a good thing to say! You get a lot of bragging rights.
So thank you Emma, it’s been an absolutely brilliant weekend, and all the instructors are absolutely lovely, it’s a really nice bunch of people to be around. – Katherine Wood
Class 11th -12th June 2016
The course was a birthday present but the experience with you guys has been brilliant, right from dealing with you, to the booking, through to today and yesterday, it’s been really really good.
The biggest takeaway has been the breathing. Before when I was snorkeling, I’d be bobbing along and just stick my head out of the water, grab a breath and then plummet down and then come up and go ‘huuuuuhhhhh’ and now I know what I’ve got to do, be more controlled.
Benefits of doing this course I think would be technique, with bigger fins, definitely, how to follow a line down which was a bit of challenge at the start because you’re constantly looking at where you’re going, not at the line, and I guess breathing again has been the real revelation. Yesterday when you showed it to us first, about completely exhaling, and doing like a proper exhale as opposed to just a short ‘huh’, and then go, makes such a huge difference. You could really feel how to use your whole lungs, without a shadow of a doubt.
I’d definitely recommend the course, I don’t think many people know the intricacies of freediving properly, I certainly didn’t. I guess I thought it was almost snorkeling with big fins. And then when you come to do it, you realize it’s nothing like that at all, it’s totally different.
That’s the other thing, I don’t know if all courses are like this but having Zoe, Jorgen and yourself, it almost felt like a one-to-one. I had the impression the course might be more of you and it would be dive, twiddle…… Dive, twiddle….. But it was almost like dive, what do you want to do next? You need to do this, what do you want to do next? And you’re constantly doing stuff and that was really really good. Thank you very much! – Nick Willson
I started freediving about five years ago, I’d always wanted to do it since I knew about it. I started a course in London with a different outfit, but didn’t finish it and we were always moving around, and work and stuff, so I always wanted to get back to it.
Then we moved to Portsmouth and I saw your club in Poole. So I went down there and loved it, so I thought, right, the next thing to do is get back on the training bit and thought let’s go back to basics. I like these guys, I like the style, the biggest thing compared with some other people and groups is that there’s no egos. People are very very good, but there’s no big egos and that is my pet hate in life and so from that, I thought the best thing to do was sign up for a course, go back to basics, get your foundations right again, and so it’s hopefully it’s onwards and upwards, or onwards and downwards!
Having done it before, and known the skills before, looking back, the biggest thing that I didn’t realize, was how little you actually have to do in the preparation to dive. Because I’d been through the whole ‘blowing out the candles’ bit and everything else, and I felt quite exhausted before I’d even gone under the water to be perfectly honest, and sometimes it’s an actual strain. Of course it’s a bit of a physical strain when you take a massive breath because it’s not normal, but you can’t avoid that if you want to take a big breath. But the fact, that actually there’s nothing to it! All you have to do is breathe normally but try to relax more, then breathe out and breathe in! That’s kind of it really. I know there’s technique to it, but that’s kind of it and that was so refreshing. And what was really really good and confirmed that, was you pointing out the amount of oxygen you’ve already got, so why on earth, even if you didn’t get any more in, you can get quite a way on that without trying anything else, so that was a significant part of this weekend. And obviously refining the skills and everything else, and what I was finding, and very significantly, was trying to concentrate on my banana body, and my equalizing and my streamlining, and I was going down on the last few dives we did, and getting towards the plane and thinking ‘it’s a bit harder than it needs to be’, but once I got there I took a second out and just stayed there and thought ‘this is alright now’. And I thoroughly enjoyed it. And everyone, whether very experienced divers, or instructors, or newbies, were such a great bunch really.
I’d certainly recommend the course, because everyone is allowed to go at your own pace. Of course you’re pushed a little bit because you want to reach a standard, if you don’t reach it, it doesn’t matter because you can come back and finish it, it’s very professional but taught in a very friendly way. You won’t let us get away with anything though mind which is good, in the nicest possible way. And it’s relaxed and fun! And you come away thinking, I think I got that right, or maybe I got it wrong but I know how to get it right and so you can’t ask for much more than that really. –Mark Card
Davina McCall made me do this course. I saw her swimming with sperm whales and she learnt to freedive. And I thought, if she can do it… It looks amazing! I don’t have much time off work and it’s less demanding than scuba diving and cheaper and less kit. And I knew Vobster, so it was familiar, a good facility. And I wanted to get relaxed, and get the skills for my body so when I went abroad I can do more and take more photos.
I discovered it’s harder than I thought! I didn’t think, that being in a head down position would affect my body that way. I did a lot of breath training before the course and it really helped when I had equalisation issues. And reading through the course materials beforehand helped me relax.
The benefits of doing the course with you would be the professional approach, good information, good training, good instructors, the whole thing for was good really, and even with the problems I was having, there was never any pressure, you were never pushing me too fast too quick. And this paid off. This morning I didn’t think I would even get anywhere close to passing, but then I did!
I’d definitely recommend the course! I’ve had a really good experience. Even if someone thinks they are a bit too far away, I’d say ‘look, I’ve met these people, I’ve trained with them, they’ve been fantastic, everything’s been really well organised and it’s been fun as well as educational at the same time’ so that’s why I’d recommend you. – Martin Palmer
Class 28th – 29th May 2016
That was my best weekend ever!
I live far away so it takes me three hours to get here, but the instructors here are qualified, they have good experience, they have written books, and this organisation, RAID has a huge reputation.
I was doing spearfishing and I know nothing about safety so the huge reason to come here is about learning the safety with people who have experience and to know how to hold my breath safely and correctly. And also to learn how to help other people, who may have problems when they dive, and to learn to extend my breath hold and get good advice.
I liked all the people around me, the instructor is lovely, so I want to do the other courses, I want to be an instructor!
This is what you will learn on this course. Firstly you will reach your goals to get deeper safely and so you will get a good instructor and do better if you listen and follow the instructor. Secondly I would say, I have never tried to go deep in cold water so this is a new experience for me. Thirdly, I want to dive with one of the best divers and this is it! I’ve talked to them, I’ve been with them two days and it’s cool!
Of course I’d recommend the course. The people are qualified, you will get every information about freediving and you will be in touch with them, so they will answer any questions that you may ask.
Thank you! – Ramzi Laugaly
‘I learned loads! Everything seems to have changed! The breathe up, the recovery breaths, my weight-belt, has always been around my waist. And now it’s round my hips. What a difference! Snug as a bug! I feel like that was so much, it was like wow! The whole breathing up thing, it’s not even breathing up, it’s just relaxing, just relaxing. And that makes perfect sense. It just puts a whole new spin on it all.
I loved the new leaning. The new concept to it, and coming into open water, having a play, that’s what I love. For me the benefits of doing the course are safety, learning how to deal with that, learning more about breath control, breathing down, to enhance spearfishing, and I guess it’s more body understanding, physiology, it’s always nice to have more understanding about the body.
I would definitely recommend the course and I’m even thinking about my friend’s little girl, she loves swimming, loves being in the water and she’s up for spearfishing, she went last year, and I’d recommend it to her because she’d learn so much at a young age about how to be safe in the water, how to get the best out of it and you’d be really good with kids. – Nic Wood
For me mainly there was a barrier of equalisation. I was expecting it but probably not to happen so quickly, maybe at four five metres, not at 1-2 metres! But everything else was as I expected it to be.
The benefits of doing a course with you is your experience, your easy going approach to it, and it’s safe. I’d recommend this course for those reasons, easy going, fun, you learn lots and it’s safe! – Marc Bolwell
‘I’ve always loved being underwater and I started to get the idea that I wasn’t being as safe as I should be. I saw videos and the more I watched the videos and the more I read up on freediving, I thought ‘I’m going to kill myself if I carry on doing the things that I’m doing!’ So I thought I’d better do a course.
I particularly wanted to do the RAID one because of the online aspect and everything and because I had heard of you. I tend to move around quite a lot so I don’t do with keeping a lot of manuals and books and things so as much as I can put online or on the cloud. I prefer to have not so much stuff so I liked the idea that it could be updated, and I’d heard really good reviews about it as well.
I absolutely loved the course and I absolutely have to move down here! I really surprised myself because I’m such a contradiction. I really love being in the water but things that shouldn’t be under the water really freak me out! But when I saw the plane under the water I was amazed, and then I saw the boat and I couldn’t believe that I could look at a boat that was under the water and not on the surface of the water and not freak out!
I loved how friendly everyone was and how if you had a problem it was no big deal and it would be easy to overcome and nobody got stressed out., everything was explained so clearly and so easily you could just get it. I loved all of it!
I liked the way everything was explained so well about the equipment we well as it is so different from scuba equipment, I also liked the explanation of the physiology, the diagrams that Dennis drew were brilliant, it made what I had learnt in the manuals stick in my head and I also liked the fact you were really closely buddied. If you ever might have got into trouble there would always be someone to help you out.
I’d definitely recommend the course, it’s certainly very safe, I never felt unsafe at any point at all and the instructors are really friendly and knowledgeable. I’ve just really enjoyed it, it’s been an absolutely amazing experience!’ – Karen van Wyk
I didn’t think that in one session I could achieve such a breath hold, that I could go that far for the first time. The technique was brilliant, definitely. I love the relaxed atmosphere and the fact that you made it accessible to everyone, I really liked that.
There was no judgment, you did good, not good, everyone could have an evolution, and the fact that you didn’t tell us the time, you didn’t know you could challenge yourself, you helped us a lot.
And I really liked the group, there was no-one cocky. It was fun, definitely fun, definitely challenging, and I loved the community, it’s a group, that’s what I like, the buddying and stuff like that. I would definitely recommend the course because it’s quality, pure quality and really good fun, really well taught. Just do it! – Delphine Brise
‘I saw Emma teaching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to freedive on an episode of River Cottage and I loved it. Throughout it looked really fun, something that I could potentially be good at as I like being under the water and I like swimming.
On the course I discovered that I could hold my breath for a lot longer than I thought I could and I really enjoyed wearing the fins, that feeling of speed through the water. A whippet, that was the phrase David used!
I thought the way the course was taught was really clear and really easy to understand. I liked the small group, it felt really personal and it was so much fun, really sociable and a good experience.
I’d definitely recommend the course because it’s really fun and everyone can do it. I definitely want to carry on in the future!’ – Adele Cross
‘Before booking the course there was a kind of fear, fear of the unknown. I have tried Scuba diving and things happened and so I thought this would be the same with freediving but it wasn’t. I really like the water and I love snorkeling .
I discovered that I could hold my breath a lot longer than I thought I could! I love the way you felt really safe, and there was a lot of people there who already knew a lot about freediving so you felt several pairs of eyes on you in a good way.
The course boosts your confidence, it’s fun and it’s a good way to spend a Saturday! It seems so easy, obviously it’s not easy but it feels very accessible. If anyone is thinking of coming, don’t listen to your friends who think you’re mad. Just go for it!’ – Viviane Bernhard
I was quite surprised at how long I could hold my breath, it was good, a good experience, a really good experience in different ways, being in the water again, remembering why I liked it so much.
Everyone was really friendly like. David was stood out there beforehand and we were chatting and stuff and he was talking to you and there was no us and them, we just all mixed in.
I liked learning to be more relaxed in the water, there’s not a lot to be scared of. It helps you challenge yourself in a nice safe environment. I’d definitely recommend the course because it was a great experience and people have to try it. If people are interested in snorkeling and want to take it a little further then definitely do it. I’ve had a fantastic day, really enjoyed it and I really look forward to coming again.’ – Mike Smith
‘I learnt to Scuba in 1980 and I’ve done snorkeling and nobody ever taught me what you need to do to get under water and without knowledge your instant reaction is to duck dive down and you get to a few metres and you think ‘I can hold my breath for about ten seconds’ and its then time to come up again. It’s nice to learn the techniques, to be able to relax and enjoy it. The trouble before was you were always doing it wrong. Confidence is the main thing I got out of the course.
I like all of it. I think being in a small group helps and having lots of experienced people around you helps and the fact that you’re not rushed through anything. I’d rather do a few things well than do lots of things badly
I think the benefits of doing the course would be to surprise yourself, how good you can be as most people think they can’t hold their breath for 15 seconds. To build confidence in the water and to look at techniques that make you more efficient in the water. Years ago I did a helicopter escape course and it was amazing the marines that were panicking, but then you watched how long they were underwater and the last person out was only under for 15 seconds and I thought, everyone in this room must be able to hold their breath for 15 seconds, that’s all it takes.’ – Simon Nash
‘I completed both my basic and advanced Freediving courses this year and have thoroughly enjoyed them both. Emma instructs in a friendly and professional manner making the courses extremely informative yet fun and relaxed at the same time.
Over the courses I have learnt a tremendous amount and developed my freediving skills significantly. I’ll definitely be continuing next year when it gets warmer!’ – Nathan Carter
Throughout the Course both Emma and David were enthusiastic about the joys of Freediving and their enthusiasm for the sport kept the motivation high for everyone.
From start to finish we were all made to feel important as individuals rather than just a group going through the motions and when in the pool and out on the water Emma and David remembered everyone’s experience and tailored the teaching and diving as appropriate – pushing those who were experienced to get that little bit deeper or swim for longer whilst encouraging those with little or no experience (like me) to just get comfortable with being 20 or more feet under the surface with nothing more than the air in our lungs.
Despite having difficulty with equalising “head down” I still managed to make some very relaxed and enjoyable dives to below 20 feet and simply hang in the water and then rise gently to the surface, a very Zen like experience, thanks to the trust built up over the Course in Emma and David that they would not have me do anything I could not do.
Thanks to Emma and David I have found a new and lasting enjoyment of being under the water and am looking forward to Freediving for longer and deeper. I have gone from someone who felt they were out of place under the surface to feeling like a welcome guest in a calm and happy home. – Kerr Temba
‘The two day introductory course at Vobster was fantastic: Emma is an expert, enthusiastic instructor, getting the mixture of challenge and reassurance just right. Everything is delivered with a great passion for the sport and introducing others to it – and she is ably assisted by her team.
I swam to 18m on Day 2 and came away hoping this is just the beginning of the underwater life.
The best thing I’ve done with a weekend in the UK for quite a while.’ – Chris Francis
“An unforgettable experience. I found the course after I saw Emma Farrell on TV. Vobster seems to be one of the top all around dive facility in the country, with deep waters and interesting wrecks to see at the bottom. The course was both fun and professional.
I had reservations about swimming in cold water however the freediving wetsuits were amazing at keeping you warm.
I just wished I had been freediving longer. Thank you Emma!” – Harrison Bent
Emma I though what you achieved with me on the level 1 course was nothing short of a miracle, I would like to start this testimonial off by stating that I am not your average free diving student, being very overweight, over fifty and a type 2 diabetic. I felt that you quickly put as all at ease, it did not matter what your gender, shape or size was, you greeted everyone in an enthusiastic manner accompanied with a warm kind smile which melted away the nerves or apprehensiveness that I had and quickly built up my confidence to face the new challenge that lay before me.
The location, accommodation, pool and classroom for our initial pool introduction was excellent and close to Vobster Quay to carry out the practical work. The knowledge, enthusiasm and skills of all the instructors really put me at ease, you all made sure I was fully prepared for the next task or challenge which I had to achieve either in the pool or down in Vobster Quay.
I really enjoyed my time with you and I learnt so much with the pinnacle of the weekend for me being able to freedive down the wall and swim out and out and out before coming up to the surface I was like a child I just wanted to have another go and another go I really didn’t want it to end. having that confidence to free dive without the aid of the line just to go out and enjoy yourself was a truly brilliant experience.
I was fortunate that I came on the course with a “goal” a new challenge for me to go to Gibraltar to free dive and photograph Pilot Whales in the wild which to a degree I achieved.
Many, many thanks to you and your team I hope that I can get down in the new year to sharpen my skills. – Colin Bryce
People take up freediving for any number of reasons but two that should sit on all our lists are pleasure and safety. For anyone dispensing with either of these Emma is not the person to help you because I have rarely felt safer in the water and after swimming with sting rays, tuna, on sunken wrecks and with wild dolphins – all with Emma – it’s impossible not to have a great time in the sea.
Freediving also teaches you a great deal about yourself, the way you think and how much of an ego you have. For me, a static four minute breath hold came easily but diving to depth, a little less so. However nothing is forced by Emma and each person goes at their own pace, albeit within the boundaries of her firm safety zones.
The instruction is precise and consistent and you’re swiftly equipped with all the knowledge you need to begin to look after yourself. More than that, the instruction is delivered in such a way that you’re instinctively looking out for others as well. I’ve found the care, consideration and camaraderie of all the groups under her tutelage to be very high indeed. Leave your ego at home and trust Emma – you’ll meet some really cool people have a lot of fun. – Paul Duffy
I would like to say the whole experience of the level one course was credit to you guys in your relaxed but thoroughly professional attitude and approach to the art of freediving.
I personally got a huge amount out of the course mentally and physically.
I will definitely be booking for the advanced course. Many thanks – Andrew Clements
“I don’t think you guys realise how much you give to people. I just want to make sure you know that YOU (you and David and the whole gang) have already made a huge impact on my life.
I might sound silly to say this after 2 weekends but trust me… now I that know what I was missing from my life and even I won’t have the chance to join you any time soon at least I have something to look forward to.
Special thanks for this to all of you (is it special thanks at all if you thank more than 3 people????)!!!” – Nora Galgozy
Emma is extremely good with nervous students, very calm and relaxed.
I never imagined I would achieve what I did and she helped me release my ‘mental block.’ – Britta Schaedler
Confident teaching put me at ease. Good mix of theory and practical.
Overall very enjoyable!
“I learnt a lot more than I expected and that there is a lot more to freediving than going as deep as you can on one breath.”
I’d always had a slightly romantic idea of freediving and dreamt of being comfortable under the water for extended periods of time. When my wife gave me the course for my birthday I was really excited but a little nervous, being a complete novice. Having two trainers with different approaches meant that you learnt a lot more and were put completely at ease with safety being number 1 and having fun a close second.
I’m now totally hooked and can’t wait for the Summer to get down to bigger depths and practice my breath hold techniques even more. A great course! – Iain Thurgar
“Thanks for the weekend – fantastic, addictive and so so different!”
I loved the calmness of the instructors, their good humour, laid back approach and professionalism!
There was such a relaxed atmosphere on the course. We discussed about other topics and this helped to get a bigger picture of the freediving world
I have been Freediving/Spearfishing since 1997. I attended Go Freediving at the beginning of last year to do the freediver course to try and improve the reverse equalization problems and my bottom time.
By the end of the first weekend I had gone deeper than ever before, my equalization problems were gone and I can now hold my breath for over 5 minutes!!
I liked the extremely high quality of instructors and friendliness in their delivery of training.
It was a really fantastic weekend and i learnt so much, managed to get to 9 metres which is better than the 5 i was at. Massive thanks to all the fantastic instructers on the course, really impressed with the way the whole course was run.
Will be back next year to do the skills at Vobster and hopefully complete this course.
Really good instructors – fun, friendly and knowledgeable. A really fun course for pretty much anyone.
Great instructors and a great location for a relaxing weekend in and around the water.
“This course redefined my limits. Not only measurable limits such as depth and time, but mostly mental limits. It’s a giant leap if you can ‘focus away’ your urge to breathe.”
Kees van der Giessen
I would have struggled booking the course had you not given me such financial leeway and support, letting me pay in instalments as I’m 110% pleased I booked. If you are given the right teacher you can achieve anything. The time that was invested by both instructors in terms of equalizing was amazing and knowing there was no pressure to achieve, that I could come back at any time and complete my skills made it much more enjoyable.
I liked most being able to progress with depth. I couldn’t equalize at all before the course so I came onto the weekend expecting to gain some freediving skills but not expecting to do all the requirements. However going a little bit deeper each time and learning how to equalize my own ears and how that felt like, became more and more enjoyable.
I met some lovely people on the course and will be able to dive with a buddy in the future and make new friends. I also feel more confident that I could go anywhere in the world and know how to be safe, how to dive safely and progress safely.
I think everyone should take up freediving. Anything that brings you closer to nature and more in touch with the natural world is a step in the right direction. It gets you very present and grounded, there’s no thinking about anything else that’s going on. – Iain Pennington
I decided last year to book the advanced course because of the stage I was at and how I was freediving. On the course I discovered that I need to slow down and take my time, that everything doesn’t need to be a rush. I learned to dive deeper, better and accomplish more goals.
I liked most the openness of everyone, you could ask any question that you wanted. Everyone’s friendly, everything works. I would definitely recommend the course, because it’s the right way to learn something , the safe way of doing something, not just doing something and not really understanding it. – Jonathan Davies
I come from Qatar and I wanted to do the course in England. I wanted to do it the cold because if I’m good in cold, I can do it in the winter in my country.
Actually, for the other courses, people they just tell me do this do this, but on this course it’s different, they can see your mistake and they will not push you more than your limits and they will say do like this. Not like a friend say ‘it’s okay’. It’s better to take a course not to take a chance. Most of the time I’m hearing about freediving and it’s all black out black out but now I know the different way to do it.
You have many options at Vobster, platform, plane, boat. For me it encourages you to go down and see it. Not like ‘here is 10m and there is nothing’. Here for practice it is better for someone to see something. When he told me there is a plane there it made me want to go and see it.
I like the number of the people, small group, most of the time it was just focus on me and Iain. Small numbers are nice. Timing is also nice. And it is nice actually to have everything online, the manual for six months. Most of the time you have mobile, tablet, you have access to it and the instructors also answer any general questions. They have knowledge. It is better to recommend the course to someone who doesn’t try freediving before so they get it right from the beginning, not like me! – Nayef Al-Remaihi