One of the questions we get asked when people book a course with Go Freediving is ‘What freediving course equipment is provided?’ or ‘ Do I need to buy any freediving course equipment?’ The answer is simple – we provide everything you need, you do not need to buy anything in advance.
“…The freediving course equipment provided is good quality and there is a large array of kit such as masks that people can try out. Having a background and expertise in diving I am very impressed with the kit available…”
Adam Horner – Student May 2019
What Freediving Course Equipment Do You Need?
It is true that for freediving, you need minimal kit. However, while you don’t have all the extra kit scuba divers use, most freedivers do use some kit. For our freediving courses we provide equipment that will ensure the freediving learning experience is as comfortable as possible. All students will be provided with a mask and snorkel, wetsuit, freediving fins, weight belt and weights, socks and gloves.
What Freediving Course Equipment Do You Need – Masks and snorkels
At Go Freediving we understand that people have different sized and shaped faces. All of our masks are professional freeediving masks used by our instructors. However, some masks can be more comfortable or well fitting than others depending on the shape and size of your face.
“…The freediving course equipment was very good.
There were loads of options to choose from…”
Simon Harris – Student May 2019
For this reason we stock a variety of masks so that our students can experiment and find the right mask for them. Our snorkels are also professional freediving snorkels.
What Freediving Course Equipment Do You Need – Wetsuit
Freedivers usually need to wear an exposure suit to protect them against the elements. This usually means a wetsuit as the primary focus is normally keeping the diver warm. However in very warm water, freedivers often wear neutrally buoyant suits to protect them from the sun, jellyfish, or other hazards.
We carry a very well stocked supply of wetsuits, in a variety of sizes and thicknesses (if you tend to feel the cold very easily, let us know and we can ensure you have one of our thicker suits). The wetsuits we use are freediving wetsuits – which are different to Scuba diving wetsuits as they have integrated hoods, and are usually two piece and are warmer and more flexible that scuba wetsuits.
“…The freediving course equipment has been great.
My wetsuit fitted like a glove, was just perfect and of great quality…”
Melissa Oates – Student May 2019
When students complete their Freediving Course Equipment booking form they will provide their height and weight. This will ensure we pre-select and reserve the correct sized wetsuit for them, ensuring maximum comfort. If a student already owns a wetsuit, we recommend they bring their wetsuit along as well, just in case they find they are more comfortable wearing their own suit.
What Freediving Course Equipment Do You Need – Fins
Freediving fins are specialist. These are your motor and are one of the most important parts of your equipment for freediving. They are different to scuba diving fins as the blades are much longer and they full foot footpockets. These are designed to ensure maximum performance for minimum input. Freedivers also use the monofin (the mermaid fin).
“…The freediving course equipment that we used was good
and is really interesting – especially the fins…”
Ben Dawson – Student May 2019
We will often bring a monofin along for students to experiment with during their course, but we do not teach this during our RAID courses (we offer separate courses for this).
What Freediving Course Equipment Do You Need – Weight Belt and Weights
Weight is usually worn by freedivers to compensate for the buoyancy of their wetsuit and to ensure that they are neutrally buoyant at the desired depth. To ensure correct buoyancy all student freedivers are provided with a weight belt and weights. The weight belts we use are rubber and are quick release as scuba diving webbing weight belts are inappropriate for freediving. We provide a broad selection of weights so that each student can be weighted according to their needs.
“…The freediving course equipment is great! It is all fairly new and of good quality and it prevents you from having to buy everything before you know whether you want to carry on with it…”
Harry Bowden – Student May 2019
What Freediving Course Equipment Do You Need – Gloves and Socks
To ensure your fins fit snugly and don’t rub, our genuine freediving socks add an extra level of comfort and security during your dives and keep your feet warm.
Gloves come in different thicknesses and are ideal for protecting your hands from the cold, sunburn, and marine life. Ideally you want the thinnest glove possible so that you can still use your hands to equalize and deal with other equipment, but they should be thick enough to keep you warm in cold water. Using freediving gloves during your course dives allows your extremities to stay warm and they will also allow you better grip when using the line.
Check Out Our Latest Freediving Course Students
(and returning students)
Class 18th – 19th May 2019
RAID Freediver Course
Date: 18th – 19th May 2019
Location: Vobster Inland Dive Centre
Water temperature: 15.8 degrees
Weather: Sun and cloud, 16 degrees
Visibility: Excellent (10m+)
Instructors: Emma , Zoe, Jorgen, Tom
Students: Melissa, Richard, Harry, Simon, Adam, Ben, Kathryn, Richard and Simon
Want to know what this weekend’s students thought of their course with us? Read on!
Since 2000 I have been a civil servant doing underwater technology. I am a Marine Biologist with a Masters degree in Subsea Engineering and Diving Technology and spent two years in the water as part of my degree. With a full commercial diving licence, I also taught diving for 4 years at the University of Malaysia.
Go Freediving is about half an hour from where I live so you were the obvious choice. After not diving for 15 years this course has convinced me I want to do more! Getting in the water and spending time with the instructors has been the highlight for me. Everyone is moving at a different pace and everyone is supportive of each other.
The freediving course equipment provided is good quality and there is a large array of kit such as masks that people can try out. Having a background and expertise in diving I am very impressed with the kit available.
The benefits of doing this course is that I get a certification out of it and I can keep coming back to Vobster to dive. I got to meet some new people and spend more time in the water.
I would definitely recommend this course because the instructors are professional and friendly, it is in a great location and it is just all round fun.
I have taken up spearfishing and I thought I’d better get some formal training so that I can learn to do it safely. I thought a freediving course would be a good way to do that and to learn some better freediving techniques. Through the spearfishing club I belong to, someone recommended Go Freediving.
Doing this course has helped me discover body streamlining, equalisation and finning techniques. For me the ability to do multiple dives with someone who actually knows what they are doing has been a highlight of the weekend.
Getting instant feedback on what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong has been a major benefit.
The benefits of doing this course are the safety and the techniques you learn. I would recommend it because the instructors are very helpful and knowledgeable. The whole set up at Vobster Quay has been wonderful. The course is short enough that it can be done over a weekend without having to take time off work.
My past scuba diving experience with all the kit is what prompted me to do this course because I wanted to be a bit more free.
I was Bohol in the Philippines in November last year and that was the first time I saw freediving. It was amazing that you could swim through the sardines so I gave it a try with my mask and snorkel. I saw freedivers doing it and that is what got me into freediving.
I have discovered that freediving is a lot harder than I thought it would be and that freediving is a lot more of a sport than I thought it was. I enjoyed been pushed further, the challenge and learning to do it properly. The freediving course equipment that we used was good and is really interesting – especially the fins.
The mental benefits of doing a freediving course are that it really helps with relaxation. The stretches in the morning were really good – especially out in the sun. The breathing techniques and fitness are good as well. I liked the pool sessions too. I thought they were quite useful and I would recommend the course.
I did the Try Freediving course last year and I really enjoyed it so I thought it would be a good opportunity to come and do this course. I just love being underwater! I would really like to use freediving more and go on to do spearfishing and spend more time underwater.
Karl did some research into freediving courses, and we have read Emma’s book, and everything just seemed safer and organised with Go Freediving.
I have liked the support. When something wasn’t working for you the instructors would approach it from a different angle and find something that works for you, there was no rush and no pressure. It was just a lot of fun really.
This weekend has helped me build up my confidence and I want to come back and do more and more! The freediving course equipment has been great. My wetsuit fitted like a glove, was just perfect and of great quality.
The benefits of doing the course with Go Freediving was that I got loads of support and excellent equipment and it was just a really fun and supportive environment. You can come back and have the support of the club and other freedivers.
I would definitely recommend the course. It is a great skill to have under your belt and you can have loads of fun with it overseas or in the UK. It’s a completely different way of life once you have got these skills.
For lots of people it is a great conversation to have. I think most people are actually just confused about what it is you are actually doing! It’s not that difficult or tricky it’s just holding your breath and going for a dive. I think it is a great course!
I have always enjoyed being in the water, always loved being underwater and I am just fascinated with how long I can hold my breath for and pushing my body. I just googled it one day and found Go Freediving! The course looked good so I just went for it!
I think it was the clarity on the website and the understanding that it is a process and you don’t just throw yourself in the water and hold your breath. It also highlighted all the things that can go wrong, which shows it is a serious past time. This is what made Go Freediving stand out for me.
Doing this course I have discovered just how powerful our bodies are – way stronger than I ever thought – and how much the mind is still a nuisance whatever we do! The freediving course equipment was very good and there were loads of options to choose from.
Regarding the course, there is no one thing that stood out for me because it is the whole thing. The instructors are very knowledgeable and very friendly. They are very strict which just takes the pressure off the student because everything is very clear.
I would absolutely recommend this course and I am already thinking of all the people I would love to bring back here! The whole environment is amazing and I am loving it!
I have done a freediving course in the past but never completed it and I really wanted to try and complete it. I really fancy the idea of freediving and I think it comes with a bit of a lifestyle change.
The freediving course equipment is great! It is all fairly new and of good quality and it prevents you from having to buy everything before you know whether you want to carry on with it.
I have discovered that the course is more difficult than I thought it would be. I really like the ascents. You don’t get to do that with scuba diving.
The benefits of the course is that is local for me and an internationally recognised course. The instruction as well as the yoga in the morning is good.
I would recommend the course because I think people should be open to new things and it is a great thing to try.
Freediving Courses With Go Freediving
Go Freediving is the longest established, most experienced and friendliest freediving course provider in the UK, led by world class freediving instructor trainer Emma Farrell, and her team of personally trained instructors. No other course provider has such a good instructor to student ratio, safety record and personal touch.
Whether you’re a beginner dipping your toes into the world of freediving, a seasoned pro looking to turn professional, or simply a freediver of any level who wants the best freediving holiday in the world, we’re here for you!
Also check out our online guide, The Beginners Guide to Freediving by clicking here!
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