This is the 2.5-day beginner course in the AIDA certification system; a complete, challenging and rewarding course for anyone who loves the ocean!

The course includes 5 hours of theory, 3 open water sessions and 2 confined water sessions

You will learn all about freediving physiology, disciplines, equipment, breathing techniques, mental strategies for breathhold, technique, equalisation and risks, safety and rescue techniques. 

The static and dynamic sessions in confined water are used to teach relaxation, breathing, finning and safety techniques. In the open water sessions you will apply the skills they have learned in the pool / confined water sessions and combine them with the basic skills of open water freediving.

You will have to pass a theory exam at the end and achieve some minimum depth and breathhold requirements. You can reach up to 20m in this course.

Included: Instructor, all equipment, boat use, PDF theory document & certification

2.5 days


  • What is freediving?
  • Disciplines of freediving
  • Physiology
  • Breathing technique & exercises
  • Preparation for static apnea: relaxation, mind and body control techniques
  • Equalisation
  • Duckdive, finning & bodyposition technique
  • Risks in freediving
  • Safety, rescue procedures and buddying
  • Exam minimum 75% pass rate

Water Sessions (confined & open water)

  • Static breathhold
  • Dynamic session
  • Buoyancy check
  • In-water preparation for dive and breathhold
  • Equalisation
  • Free Immersion technique and dives
  • Constant Weight technique and dives
  • Buddying
  • Safety & rescue procedures for all disciplines

18 years of age or older (16 or 17 years old with parent or guardian consent)

Can swim at least 200m non-stop without fins and at least 300m non-stop with mask, fins and snorkel

Medically fit to dive