Meet the Team

Ian Donald – AIDA instructor trainer and Freedive UK course director

Ian has taught a huge range of people to freedive, from all walks of life. His relaxed and inclusive approach to the sport means that no one will feel like they can’t achieve their full potential.

He holds the highest certification given by AIDA, ‘instructor trainer’, meaning he can teach others to be AIDA instructors. A title given to only the best AIDA instructors.

He is an expert in marine foraging and is the author of ‘Underwater foraging  -Freediving for food’, An instructional guide to freediving, marine foraging and spearfishing.

Ian has been involved as a freediving expert in TV and film projects related to freediving and the natural world. His experience is often called upon for a wide range of projects around the world including extreme sports films, prime time TV and nature documentaries. You may have seen him on BBCs Countryfile or the One show to name a few. He has written pieces about freediving and spearfishing for magazines, national newspapers and digital media all in the hope that he can introduce more people to this wonderful lifestyle.

He has developed cutting edge training programs for pro athletes whose focus is not necessarily Apnea, including surfers and triathletes. Following on from this line of training, he has helped Royal Marine Commando PT instructors refine in water training techniques for recruits, giving Commandos more comfort in the water.

Ian Donald Freediver

Richard Marsh – AIDA master instructor

Richard has been working with Freedive UK since its inception in 2009.

He is a natural waterman;  A surfer, spearfisherman, sailor, coastguard and ex-oyster farmer. Rich has a deep connection with the ocean and a huge range of skills that all culminate in creating one of the best freediving instructors out there. Rich can be found on the majority of our summer courses and holidays.

He not only teaches courses in Cornwall but also runs the courses in our Devon operation.

In classic Freedive UK style, expect his teaching to be relaxed and fun.

Richard marsh freediver

Sam Barnes – AIDA instructor

Sam started his freediving journey with FreediveUK in 2013 and it was immediately apparent that here was a man with a natural talent. His first ever static breath-hold was over 5 minutes and he continued to impress through all his courses. He finished his 4 star training with us in 2014 before going to the Philippines to complete his instructor course with Jean-Pol Francois (AIDA educational officer and instructor trainer) where he passed with flying colours. Sam is now our travelling instructor, taking on the jobs further afield which our other instructors may not be able to attend. He also will be helping us in the busier periods in the UK when needed.

sam-barnes-freediving-instructor

Lissy Raymond – Mermaid course instructor

Lissy is a fully trained AIDA freediver and Mermaid instructor. She runs our UK mermaid courses and teaches ‘mermaiding’ when we are on holidays.

Her other role at Freedive UK is to assist our instructors in and out of the water during AIDA courses and on the holidays.

mermaid lissy

Emily Holmes – Operations manager

Emily is the cornerstone of the Freedive UK operation. Managing bookings, schedules, organising holidays and keeping the rest of the team in line. Without Emily, there wouldn’t be a  Freedive UK!

Your contact with Emily may be limited to email and phone calls unless you come on one of our holidays, where you will find her organising the whole event and slaving away in the kitchen creating delicious home cooked meals for the guests.