Taught by Ian Donald, AIDA master freediving instructor, author and spearfisherman, you will learn how to dive deeper, stay there longer and ultimately… catch more fish!
Designed for either new divers looking to get in to the sport or for more advanced spearos looking to improve their safety and bottom time.
Endorsed by the British Spearfishing Association
This course lasts two days and teaches spearfishing/freediving safety, hunting techniques, freediving techniques, pool training (all with the spearos very specific needs in mind) and could leave you with an AIDA 1* freediving qualification (assuming you make the grade!).
You will discover how to locate and catch Lobsters and Crabs, learning the tell tale signs of their presence and how to pick them up without getting pinched. You will be taught how to operate a speargun safely and how to hunt sustainable fish choices and what shellfish and seaweeds you can eat so you always come home with something for the pot.
All the diving will take place in the diverse and exciting waters of Cornwall, where we will take you to proper spearfishing marks whilst you do your dive training
On the first day we concentrate on confined water breath-hold techniques, relaxation, underwater efficiency, hand foraging and basic gun handling, this allows the focus to me more on the diving and less on worrying about the use of the gun.
On the second day we dedicate our time to spearfishing, focusing on increasing bottom time and stealth.You will be taught about tides, currents and other dangers so you can be as safe as possible whilst enjoying this rewarding activity. During the training you will use quality equipment and will have the opportunity to practice your aim on underwater targets if the fish are not playing ball. If the conditions are acceptable we will use a boat to access the sites (this is our preference and will always work to this goal).