Frequently Asked Questions
All three freediving schools, AIDA, PADI & Apnea Academy, are excellent options for learning how to freedive and advancing your freediving skills and knowledge!
The choice really depends on YOU! Your schedule, your preferences and personal goals.
Great courses if you just have the weekend and want to try freediving
Schedule-wise, if you only have a weekend available to do a course – PADI courses would probably be your best option, because the courses can be completed within two days. Most of the theory is done as a self-study at home or in the evenings after the freediving sessions.
PADI courses are also a great option if you’re not quite sure about freediving, and just want to try it out to satisfy your curiosity
Important note: PADI courses aren't always available. There may be a conflict in schedule (for example an AIDA course may already be scheduled that weekend.) Also, all PADI courses need to be at a PADI dive center, which isn't always possible.
AIDA – Most Popular
If you have 3+ days and want a more comprehensive freediving course
AIDA freediving courses are currently the most popular courses at Freediving.Life.
If you have a little more time (3-4 days) and especially if you’re already freediving a bit or scuba diving and very comfortable in the water, I recommend you consider the AIDA freediving courses.
AIDA courses are very comprehensive courses and provide freediving practice in the water. The theory is taught in person using presentations, videos, photos and demonstrations. A large part of the course is about safety and rescue training, so I recommend AIDA courses especially if you are already spearfishing / freediving so you can have more knowledge and practice freediving efficiently and safely and also so you can have plenty of practice with buddy assistance and rescue.
If you have 5-7 days and want all the ins-and-outs about freediving, as well as 3 times the amount of practice & knowledge
If you want to learn ALL the ins-and-outs about freediving and if you have time to do a longer course (5-7 days), the Apnea Academy courses could be a good fit! Apnea Academy courses provide a lot of information regarding freediving technique, physics, physiology, relaxation, equalization and more.
You’ll have plenty of time for practice with nearly three times the amount of freediving and confined water sessions. Often times, certified freedivers of another agency, enroll in an Apnea Academy courses, because they want a more thorough understanding about freediving and also so they can train and practice all week!
Still not sure?
If you're still not sure which course is right for you?
Feel free to email me at email@example.com and I’ll gladly advise about which course is the best specifically for you.
Please note that I don't always provide you with equipment for the course. (Be sure to check the details of the course)
As an freediver you will be encouraged to own your own full set of freediving equipment as this leads to safer and better diving. I will be happy to advise you so that you can make informed decisions on which kit to buy.
Here is the list of equipment and other items you will need for your course:
- Mask (low volume, silicone skirt, diving mask with nose pocket, Note: not swim goggles)
- Snorkel - simple J-type snorkel. (no valves, flexi-hoses) Must have tangs to keep snorkel in mouth.
- Fins (long fins are not essential for the AIDA 1*, AIDA 2*, PADI Freediver, AA Level 1, however you will need regular snorkeling fins or scuba fins without the boots)
- Wetsuit - Preferably 3mm open-cell for Dahab in the summer or 5mm for Dahab in winter. Must fit well.
- Weight belt - Rubber weight belt with lead weights. It is important that you have sufficient weights for the thickness of your wetsuit. (Please note that the lead weights must be removable and adjustable at all times during the course)
- Big beach towel, suitable for doubling as a stretching and breathing mat
- Drinking water
- Diving knife
- Depth Gauge/dive computer (preferred, not essential)
- Fin retainers