If you’ve seen or heard of freediving through YouTube, TV or at your local dive club, you might just be intrigued enough to find out a little bit more about this unusual extreme sport and why a Try Freediving Course is so popular.
We say ‘unusual extreme sport’, because on the one hand it can be incredibly dangerous (particularly if not performed correctly) which is, of course, what most people associate with extreme sports, yet on the other hand is so relaxing, many freedivers reach a meditative state during their training – which couldn’t be further from most people’s perception of extreme sports!
So what is a Try Freediving Course and what do you do?
Is the Try Freediving Course a Certification Course?
No, the Try Freediving Course is an experience session. It is an introduction to freediving, but is a platform from which many of our most advanced freedivers discovered their passion for the sport.
Because the Try Freediving Course is an experience session, it is not a mandatory course to take if you wish to progress onto a RAID freediving course.
If you know freediving is what you want to do, you can go directly to the RAID Freediver course and start working towards your first certified freediving level.
Please note; If you wish to join our weekly club sessions in Bath or our other club venue in Poole, it is a pre-requisite that you have either completed a Try Freediving Course or the RAID Freediver course (or equivalent).
Where Do You Hold A Try Freediving Course?
Our Try Freediving course is classroom and pool-based (confined water) – but with an emphasis on practical exercises and participation. When we run a Try Freediving course at Go Freediving, we use a local swimming pool in Bath where we have access to a classroom and have hired lanes not only for the course session, but also our regular club sessions. This means our Try Freediving course students also have the opportunity to watch club members at various levels and experience practice their freediving skills.
Is There Any Pre-Course Learning on a Try Freediving Course?
Unlike the RAID Freediver Course which has a distance learning package prior to attending the course, the Try Freediving course has no such requirement – there is no preparation required in advance. The course is primarily water based – a basic introduction to the sport of freediving. The classroom input at the start of the course ensures all safety and basic techniques are understood before entering the water.
What Do I Need to Bring to a Try Freediving Course?
Your fins, mask, snorkel and wetsuit are all included in the price of your course. All you need to bring is a towel, swimsuit and these two forms:
- Medical Form (only needs to be signed by a doctor if you answer ‘yes’ to any question)
- Liability Release
Even though wetsuit hire is included in the price of our Try Freediving course, if you already have a wetsuit then we recommend you bring it along too, as it may be a better fit for you.Scuba wetsuits are suitable as long as they’re at least 5mm thick. Triathlon suits tend to be less suitable as they don’t have hoods – although the course is held in a heated pool, you can get cold during static apnea.
Who Are the Instructors?
The Try Freediving Course is usually taught by Go Freediving owner and trainer, Emma Farrell together with other members of her highly experienced freediving instructing team.
How Long Does the Try Freediving Course Last?
The course usually runs from 6pm – 9.30pm on a Friday evening so that it co-ordinates with our club sessions. We do ask for students to arrive at least half an hour earlier than the start time so that we can clear admin and issue kit as soon as possible as this will give us more time in the water during our allocated time.
What Are the Class Sizes?
Go Freediving has always prided itself on an excellent instructor to student ratio. We never have any more than four students per instructor. In fact we quite often have an assistant helping each instructor too! We keep course numbers low so you can learn at your own pace under the watchful eye of our skilled, experienced instructors.
What Do You Learn During the Classroom Session of a Try Freediving Course?
Once the short admin section has been completed, the classroom session provides a brief history and development of freediving, before moving on to buddying skills, freediving equipment, how to breathe correctly and safely and also why the mammalian dive reflex is so important. It is a great place to get all those questions asked before you get changed and get into the water
What Do You Learn During the Confined Water Session of a Try Freediving Course?
This is the part you have been waiting for! This is where everything you have learned during your classroom session gets put into practice! This is where people really start to surprise themselves and start to realise they need to redefine what they thought their limits were!
You will have practice static and dynamic apnea sessions. These will prove how long you can hold your breath for and how far you can swim underwater. You’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of!
What Can I Do After Completing a Try Freediving Course?
If you have been bitten by the freediving bug following your Try Freediving Course, you have a number of options. You could:
- Begin your RAID qualifications by completing a RAID Freediver Course
- Become a club member and start attending our club weekends
- Become a Bath or Poole member and start attending our weekly pool session training
- Join us on our freediving holidays and trips you can even complete your Try Freediving Course while you are on holiday with us!
- Start training for your RAID certification to enter competitions
- Improve your Scuba diving
In other words, a Try Freediving Course is just the beginning! If you love freediving as much as we do then you could also become part of a friendly, thriving, passionate club!
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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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