Run every weekend and many midweek dates, from early May to the end of September, the AIDA 1&2 star course is by far the most popular way to get in to freediving as it combines the 1st and 2nd levels of the AIDA educational ladder in a fun 2 day course. AIDA are the worlds foremost freediving educational body and have been developing the way we teach freediving since the 90s.  This freediving course will make you a freediver in 2 days!  Taught by world class freediving instructor and author Ian Donald

By the end of the course you will have covered

Equipment for freediving.
Breathing for freediving.
Equalisation.
Safety for freediving.
Preparation breathing.
Efficiency of movement.
Static apnea training for breath-holds of over 2 minutes.
Using freediving equipment.
Duck diving.
Equalisation.
Body positioning.
Finning style.
Buddying.
Deep dives to a minimum of 50ft (nearly 4 storeys deep)
Dynamic (distance) apnea of over 40m.

learn to freedive

Day one


…we go over some theory and cover the aspects of correct breathing. We then go through a couple of hours of pool training, covering static breath holding and dynamic apnea. In the afternoon (after a free lunch), we start our open water sessions in the sea. Here we can get used to equalising and diving down with perfect technique. Here at Freedive UK we put a lot of effort in to training you to achieve perfect style, concentrating on efficiency of movement and form as our primary goal. Plus you get to do it all whilst swimming among the wildlife of the Atlantic! Our instructors are experts in local marine life and you will be taught as much about the marine environment as you want.

Day two


On your second day as a freediver you will learn how to dive deeper. We will dive using dive lines and lanyards for your safety and will start to focus more on deep diving posture and relaxation. We will conduct our deep dives from boat charter, in order to give you the best quality instruction and the most exciting diving on the day (in bad weather or other exceptional circumstances we may use a local quarry for safety reasons). After lunch we will push things that little bit deeper in order to complete the depth requirements. If we have time and everyone has done what they can, we will finish with some recreational diving in the sea, looking for interesting wildlife and spectacular underwater scenery to dive among.

Costs and requirements


Lunches, water, free sports bottle, boat charter, pool hire, training, certification and all equipment is included.  (If you have your own wetsuit, we would recommend bringing it (although you can use one of ours for free). You need to be over 16 and must be able to swim 200m unaided. All courses are conducted in very small groups (max 1:4 instructor to student ratio), to ensure the highest levels of safety and teaching quality. Courses start and finish in Newquay, Cornwall. Days start at 9:30 am and end at about 5-6pm.

Course costs £300.

Book now!


Spaces are limited so if you want to book this course find an available date in the booking calendar at the bottom of this page and book your space online now. The booking system is live and available spaces are shown on each course. All courses are guaranteed to run once a space is booked, we have no minimums and will not cancel on you.  Alternatively you can have a chat to us about it all before committing and book over the phone, all contact details can be found here.  If there is a date that you want that is fully booked (and you can’t make another date) contact us as we may be able to accommodate your needs. Deposits can be taken for courses.

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-Scan through the months (use the arrows on the calendar) to find courses that suit your requirements, Courses are run from May until the end of September- If a course isn’t available for the date that suits you please let us know.

We do not have minimums for this course, your course is guaranteed to run. In bad weather we also have a quarry we can use so courses are never cancelled.

– Please ensure you select both days of the course to allow the system to proceed with your booking- YOU DO NO NOT NEED A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO PAY WITH PAYPAL (any problems please call 01637 621922 and we will process the payment for you over the phone)