What Freediving Skills Do You Learn On A Freediving Course?

When you sign up for a freediving course with Go Freediving, one question you might ask is ‘What freediving skills will I learn?’

The freediving skills and techniques we teach on our courses have been specifically selected to ensure a thorough, safe and enjoyable course can be experienced by everyone, regardless of previous experience, ability, age, confidence and any other miriad of variables our students may present to us.

At Go Freediving, we follow the RAID freediving course programme, which offers students a three tiered learning package – online theory, confined water and open water. We take a closer look at what the course programme involves and what is expected at each element of the course.

Freediving Skills – Online Theory

EnvironmentManualQuick Quiz
PhysiologyManualQuick Quiz
RescueManualQuick Quiz
ManagementManualQuick Quiz
Confined water trainingManualQuick Quiz
Open water trainingManualQuick Quiz

These six elements form the foundation of the course, and come with a training manual for each section which can be downloaded and kept for future reference. At the end of each element there is a Quick Quiz to test knowledge and understanding. There is no time limit in order to absorb and test your understanding of the material. Learning and testing yourself in your own time is a far more relaxing way to progress through this portion of the course, and is excellent preparation for the practical elements ahead.

FreediverExamKnowledge check
Once you have completed the online theory you are required to take a final knowledge check. Again, there is no time limit in which to complete this, and you are not required to score 100%. This part of the course is preparatory to the practical elements you will move on to when you attend your course.
The course itself may seem intense when you first read through all the skills and techniques you need to learn, but they are carefully designed to ensure you become a better, safer freediver in the most relaxed, professional environment possible.

Freediving Skills – Confined Water

There are 12 freediving skills to master in order to successfully pass the confined water skills. Please be assured if you do not complete all of the confined water skills, you will still be able to progress to the open water element in order to complete the freediving skills required in this final element. Your confined and open water skills are judged independently.

The thing I liked most was being in the water and just developing my freediving skills. The people I have been with have been amazing, and I never felt rushed to get anything done!

Freediving Skills To Master in Confined Water

1. Correct donning of freediving equipment
Mastered preparation and donning of all freediving equipment including, Mask,snorkel,fins,weightbelt, exposure suit
2. Swim test and water entry and exits
Mastered correct entry and exit techniques and completed successful 200 mtr /660 ft swim test.
3. Correct freediving buddy safety system
mastered the buddy safety system for freediving by always Freediving with a buddy present & displaying the correct direct supervision techniques of the one up one down freediving code of conduct at all times.
4. Correct weighting for dynamic freediving in confined water
Mastered correct neutral buoyancy weighting for Dynamic Freediving skills.
5. Perform core freediving skills correctly
mastered the core skills of Freediving including proper breathing for freediving & avoiding incorrect habits such as hyperventilation, mastered proper finning and body position techniques and the correct use of mask and snorkel.
6. Perform dolphin kick technique
Mastered the dolphin kick technique for freediving with both feet together side by side
The confined water skills usually take place at Glebe House, where Go Freediving has exclusive use of the pool and classroom for the duration of this section of the course. Students are expected to work through the skills as individuals or pairs performing skills ranging from getting into your wetsuit (there is a definite art to it!) and wearing your mask (special lessons for those with beards!), through to dive techniques and rescue scenarios.
7. Perform correct duckdive and equlisation technique
mastered correct skills used in the process of the duck dive head first dive used to descend including Equalising the ears, sinus and mask.
8. Perform dynamic bi fins to 30m or 100ft in confined water
Mastered and performed Dynamic bi-fins freediving using correct Freediving techniques and conservative oxygen limit management ( EG: not pushing the limit) to a minimum of 30 mtrs / 100ft.
9. Correct use of freediving buoy and rope
Mastered the use of a Freediving Buoy as a surface marker & diver down flag attachment point, resting area, and guide rope attachment point.
10. Perform a correct rescue scenario for dynamic
Mastered rescue and safety skills for black out, loss of motor control due to Hypoxia, mastered rescue underwater & rescue on the surface using the Rescue response revive protocol during Dynamic Freediving skills.
11. Perform cramp removal
Mastered techniques used to relieve leg/foot cramps on a Buddy and on self.
12. Perform the tired or injured diver tow technique
mastered techniques for towing a tired buddy freediver by using a pushing technique and a pulling technique using head support incase of unconscious diver.

Freediving Skills – Open Water

This is usually the favourite element of the course! Once our students have the opportunity to test their new freediving skills in an open water enviroment, we see rapid increases in confidence, relaxation and improvement. Many of the skills required for open water are building on freediving skills first practiced in the pool with a few extra skills added.

I have just enjoyed being in the water and learning new freediving skills. I like that I can still learn new things. I really liked the instructors and I felt safe. 

 

Freediving Skills To Master in Open Water

1. Correct donning of freediving equipment
Mastered preparation and donning of all freediving equipment including, Mask,snorkel,fins,weightbelt, exposure suit, guage/computer
2. Correct freediving buddy safety system
mastered the buddy safety system for freediving by always Freediving with a buddy present & displaying the correct direct supervision techniques of the one up one down freediving code of conduct at all times
3. Correct weighting for depth freediving in open water
Mastered correct positive surface buoyancy weighting & at depth neutral to negative buoyancy weighting for depth Freediving skills
4. Perform core freediving skills correctly
mastered the core skills of Freediving including proper breathing for freediving & avoiding incorrect  habits such as hyperventilation, mastered proper finning and body position techniques and the correct use of mask and snorkel & Equalisation of ears sinus and mask on descent
5. Correct use of freediving buoy and rope
Mastered the use of a Freediving Buoy as a surface marker & diver down flag attachment point, resting area, and guide rope attachment point
6. Perform correct duckdive and equalisation technique
Mastered correct skills used in the process of the duck dive head first dive used to descend including Frenzel Equalising the ears, sinus and mask
7. Perform proper equalisation techniques on descent
Mastered equalization of the ears sinus and mask regularly on descent without problem
8. Perform freedive to a minimum of 10m or 33ft using bi fins
Mastered freediving to a minimum depth of 10 mtrs / 33ft using correct safe freediving skills with bi-fins technique and proper turns at depth
9. Perform a no fins ascent from a depth of 10m or 33ft minimum
Mastered freediving ascent from a minimum depth of 10 mtrs / 33ft using correct no-fins (arms only) freediving skills to simulate leg cramps, remaining calm and in control
10. Perform a mask off ascent from a minimum depth of 10m or 33 ft using bi fins
Mastered freediving to a minimum depth of 10 mtrs / 33ft then ascending without mask using correct safe freediving skills with bi-fins technique, remaining calm and in control.
11. Perform a correct SWB rescue scenario from 10m or 33ft
mastered rescue and safety skills for Shallow water blackout, due to Hypoxia, mastered rescue from depth & subsequent rescue on the surface using the Rescue response revive protocol while remaining calm and in control using proper techniques
12. Perform a correct SWB or LMC rescue scenario on the surface
mastered rescue and safety skills for Shallow water blackout/LMC, due to Hypoxia, mastered subsequent rescue on the surface using the Rescue response revive protocol while remaining calm and in control using proper techniques
13. All dives logged online
All freedive sessions completed on the RAID WSF Freediver course are logged by the candidate on their RAID profile on the RAID website
14. Student has met all the relevant prerequisites as detailed by RAID for this course.
All requirements set by RAID for this course are understood and have been completed
15. Perform cramp removal
Mastered techniques used to relieve leg/foot cramps on a Buddy and on self.
16. Perform the tired or injured diver tow technique
mastered techniques for towing a tired buddy freediver by using a pushing technique and a pulling technique using head support incase of unconscious diver.
17. Water entries and exits
Mastered correct entry and exit techniques for open water freediving.

Once students have completed all elements of the course, they are able to enjoy their newfound underwater freedom and start exploring planes, platforms, marine life and anything else that grabs their attention!

Watching how quickly students progress during the two day course is immensely rewarding, regardless of whether those new freediving skills will be used in or out of the water (many students tell us how much the course also helps them out of the water with relaxation, anxiety, stress and other mental obstacles they face).

Check Out Our Latest Freediving Course Students

Class 20th – 21st July 2019

RAID Freediver Course

 

 

Go freediving - freediving techniques - Vobster

 

Date: 20– 21 July 2019

Location: Vobster Inland Dive Centre

Water temperature: 20.4 degrees

Weather: Sunny, 21 degrees

Visibility: Excellent (12m+)

Instructors: Emma and Tom

Students: Laura, Karen and Eva

 

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

 

My interest in freediving started when I was snorkelling off the coast of Easter island, and the lady with me was a freediver. She was freediving in front of us and it just looked so amazing. She was at the same level as the scuba divers and it was quite inspiring! 

I chose Go Freediving because of the location, it looked professional, and was certified. Plus we thought it was better than going to the sea because the sea is more weather dependent. 

I have discovered that freediving is all about equalisation! I was surprised at how comfortable I feel in the water. It is technical but not too heavy on the brain, it’s about learning the skill. I find equalisation and breathing were the most useful freediving skills to learn. The breathing is really interesting and being aware of what my body and breath can do is good.

The thing I liked most was being in the water and just developing my freediving skills. The people I have been with have been amazing, and I never felt rushed to get anything done!

Three benefits of this course are the location, the instructors and the personalised tips and suggestions – I really appreciated that. 

I would recommend the course because I felt safe and I have progressed, and just enjoyed being able to learn at my own pace.

Laura Kay

 

I decided to do a freediving course because I just love swimming!

I did scuba diving many years ago but I didn’t like all the equipment. Also, my first dive after I qualified, someone got seriously injured so I just didn’t feel safe after that scuba diving. 

About a year ago, I was snorkelling in Chile and the instructor was a freediver. I watched her swimming down with the fishes and I just thought I also want to be able to swim with the fish like she was doing!

I googled lots of different courses and choose Go Freediving because of the location and it looked like you knew what you were doing. It was well structured and the website had loads of information. 

I have discovered that the more relaxed you are, the easier it is to freedive. I got down deeper than I thought I would be able to go and I was really chuffed with that. The most important freediving skill I learned was definitely the equalisation!

I have just enjoyed being in the water and learning new freediving skills. I like that I can still learn new things. I really liked the instructors and I felt safe. 

The three benefits of the course are that you learn new skills, get a new hobby and feel safe doing so.

I definitely recommend the course to anyone who is interested in freediving because you will amaze yourself and do things you didn’t think you could do!

Karen Creed

 

go freediving - freediving skills - EvaI see freediving as an additional training opportunity for scuba divers to get more confidence in the water, breath holding at depth. Also I wanted to enjoy the surroundings underwater without the noise of the scuba diving equipment. 

I chose Go Freediving because my husband did the course and he was very happy with it and Vobster is also close to me.

Doing this course I have discovered that I am not a natural CO2 retainer and I have to find a way to control my body better and the urge to breathe. I am very happy with reaching 5m as I did not think I would be able to do it. 

I liked the relaxed atmosphere of the weekend and the organisation and structure of the course, while still having time to help each student progress at their own speed. The benefits for me were the close location, the small and friendly group and I felt really welcome and very well looked after.

I would recommend the course for the structured learning without pressure.

Eva Hermann

Want to learn all these freediving skills and more? Learn to freedive with Go Freediving

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

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

Also check out our online guide, The Beginners Guide to Freediving by clicking here!

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