Beginner courses

everyone can freedive

Choosing to discover freediving is probably one of the best ideas you have had so far. It is the beginning of an exciting journey, an endless path. We are happy and honored to guide these first steps. For most divers, freediving is neither competitive, nor extreme. Being young and athletic is not mandatory either. So, unless you are medically unfit for underwater activities, you can do it.

Tailor made program

Each person is different, and so is each student’s course. We teach freediving to life guards and people afraid of the ocean, to scuba instructors or beginners hardly able to equalize. According to your background and goals, we design a program that suits your needs. An average first course lasts for 25 hours which you will spend with one of our lovely instructors.

COURSE MODULES

  • Theory sessions provide an understanding of what is happening inside and outside of the body. You can be sent the PDF manuals from the education programs of AIDA and RAID before the course starts. During the course we will review its content and focus on “key points”.
  • Swimming and snorkeling is sometimes useful to develop awareness and build up confidence. We also go diving off line to enjoy the beauty of marine life. Moalboal is famous for its sardine run but also has sanctuaries offering a diverse and colorful underwater world.
  • Static apnea is one of the first water sessions. Visually not far from floating face down like a dead fish, it is a great opportunity to better one’s ability to relax.  It helps realise how comfortable and peaceful a breathold can be while observing and enjoying the ‘now’.
  • We may plan Dynamic apnea to prepare the open water sessions or work on technique. It is about moving horizontally, underwater. The focus is on gliding, improving your fin kicking technique, and adjusting the pace to remain calm and efficient.

 

  • Equalization workshops help you learn how to ‘equalize your ears and mask’. When you freedive you need to equalize pressure between the inside of your ears and the underwater environment. For some divers it is almost natural, for others it is a longer process that may need both your patience and our support. you’re attention remains focused both on relaxation and frequent, precise equalization.
  • Free immersion is when we use the rope to pull down. Your attention remains focused both on relaxation and frequent, precise equalization. You will be amazed to see yourself that comfortable at depth.
  • In Constant weight you use your fins to descend and repeat “duck dives” which allow you to fluidly and efficiently enter the water. Passing the first meters you discover a relative absence of gravity – a suspended state in a clear three dimensional environment where your body glides slowly and effortlessly.

 

Caring for our students

During your stay at Freedive Co- Op we are available to discuss and analyse technique and the sensations experienced. Videos of your sessions are used for a better understanding of streamlining and how to move in the water. We can then adapt what to focus on for the next sessions. Daily debriefings are also a time to adjust your psychological balance. Keeping an open-minded, positive and enthusiastic attitude for the whole duration of the course is a necessary base to improve and make it a positive experience – our only and common goal.

 

different but same same

Your first freediving course will be unique but actually identical to the way we all learn. We become better freedivers by extending our comfort zone, repeating dives or exercises consciously and comfortably. This patient approach goes in the direction of a safe and enjoyable practise. We assess our training by keeping in mind these 2 main guide lines :

  • Am I learning something positive for me ?
  • Am I truly happy with what I am doing ?

You may pass requirements and get the AIDA international freediving federation certifications 1,2,3 stars or the RAID level 1,2,3 – but only for what they are, happy by-products, not driving motivations.

To learn more about the School, the freediving spots and accommodation available, please go to the DIVING section.