Why take an advanced freediving course? For some people it’s about being safer in the water, others about a career path to becoming a freediving instructor, and for others it’s about a personal journey deeper down and deeper inside. Check out our latest film to see what happened to Chris and David on their RAID Advanced Freediver Course this June.
Meet the two new advanced freedivers
Chris is training to be a freediving instructor. Already an experienced freediver, he’s now progressing through his levels in order to gain his instructor qualification and go and teach abroad. David is a stunt man who did his first freediving course with Go Freediving five years ago in order to add more strings to his stunt man bow. Now back, he was keen to expand his knowledge and go deeper safely.
What happens on an advanced freediving course?
The advanced freediving course starts with the mini quizzes and exams which are completed at your own time at home. The next step is two pool sessions, run back-to-back on the Friday night before the start of the course. It’s a chance to perfect static and dynamic apnea. See Chris and David hold their breath for over three minutes (the advanced freediving course requirement is 2:30). Then see them swim underwater for over 55 metres.
The next day is at Vobster, for two open water sessions interspersed with theory sessions. These help consolidate the home learning and give the students a chance to ask any questions.
The open water sessions of the advanced freediving course take the core skills of the RAID Freediver program further. There is a deeper rescue and other skills, and students dive up to 30m. They experience ‘freefall’, the magical moment when negative buoyancy is achieved, and how to finely tune their neutral buoyancy.
Another key part of the course is thoracic stretching, to help dive deeper and reduce the risk of injury. As a freediver starts to dive deeper, it’s vital they learn about the risks, from lung squeeze to decompression sickness, and how to avoid them happening.