stage a



Minimum Age: 16 (13 with Parental consent)

Open Water Training: 2 sessions

Static Session + Dynamic Session

Course results in an international certification from Apnea International

On this course we will cover these subjects:

  • Freediving categories.
  • Safety for Freediving. Rules of behavior for Freediving.
  • The buddy system and the role of the buddy and diver in training.
  • Training session planning.
  • The difference between a depth session and a Spearfishing session.
  • Equipment for Freediving. Which mask, snorkel, fins and suit to choose when you go training…
  • Physiology of Freediving.
  • Proper breathing for Freediving. We will discuss the first of 3 stages of proper breathing.
  • Relaxation techniques for static training. Relaxation is the most important aspect of static training.
  • Equalisation techniques.
  • Preventing pressure injuries (barotraumas) whilst Freediving.
  • Freedive emergencies.
  • Avoiding and reacting to blackout and “surface samba” (loss of motor control).
  • The Training sessions include Static breath-hold tables and Deep water sessions.
  • The emphasis is on energy efficient movement in the water.
  • The main idea is to prolong the dive time and not only the depth.
  • It is important to understand that with proper training and knowledge a Freediver will improve the depth as well as the dive time.

At Apnea Australia we pride ourselves in providing the highest quality freediving education backed up by many years of freediving experience – competitive and recreational.
You can be confident that the instructor in front of you has dived thousands of times and his/her experience will be invaluable in your learning and how you experience the course.

Freediving may look easy but it is not. If you have prior ocean or pool experience you may excel straight away. But if you don’t, we recommend that you have at least these core aquatic skills:

  • Entry and Exit Knowing how to enter and exit the pool and the ocean
  • Buoyancy and Balance You should know the basics about buoyancy and balance – how to float and how to sink, even without weights
  • Streamlining – Understand how to push off the wall, how to maintain a streamlined position and the reasons advantages of minimising drag underwater.
  • Breathing Understand how breathing affects your performance and buoyancy
  • Health and fitness General health and fitness is expected

Prerequisites for the freediving course:

  • Be healthy and complete a medical statement. The statement is for your own safety so please provide accurate information
  • Swim at least 400m in the pool without fins
  • Swim at least 300m in the ocean with fins
  • Put your face into the water while wearing a mask and breathe through the snorkel in a relaxed way

Freediving is a safe sport but if things go wrong, you should be able to react quickly.
Your action can save yours or someone else’s life. Therefore a certified freediver = safe freediver


As an Apnea Australia Stage A Certified Freediver, you will:

  • Learn how to monitor and respond to emergencies with the correct rescue techniques
  • Move through the water efficiently
  • Confidently dive to at least 10m depth
  • Know how to react in stressful situation in the ocean – place one of your fins above your head at 10m and kick to the surface
  • Clear your mask at depth
  • Perform active and passive rescue in the ocean (you will learn the details on the course)

If you consider the Course to be the first step, or more advanced step, in your freediving journey, we encourage you not to put too much pressure onto yourself.
If you let go of your expectations and enjoy the learning experience, you will have more fun, you will improve and you will be well on your way of becoming a certified freediver.
How deep you go and how long your dives are will depend on how much time and effort you are willing to invest into the art of breathing and breath-holding.

Let us be your guide on your freediving journey that will hopefully last a lifetime.

The Team at Apnea Australia

You will need to bring your own gear – Mask, Snorkel, fins and wetsuit. The gear does not have to be freediving gear but it is recommended. A gear session will be conducted through the course to help you choose the right gear.

If you do not have gear – please notify your instructor before the course so that he could provide you with options.

Most courses are held over 2 days.

First day-

  • Start around 08:00. Theory until 12:30.
  • Static and dynamic training until 16:00.
  • Theory to 17:00-17:30.

Second day-

  • Meet for theory / go for a dive – depending on sea conditions and boat.
  • We need 3 hours of theory + time for 2 dives (each dive – 1 hour).
  • Finish the course after a final exam around 16:00-17:00.
  • This schedule is only for general knowledge. Times may change according to sea conditions and the will of the group.
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