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Learn to freedive, Stage A – Newcastle, NSW

Are you tempted by the blue ocean depths or are you a spearfisherman wanting to dive deeper, stay down longer and catch more fish? You came to the right place.

Freediving lets you explore space between two breaths. To learn to freedive means to learn about yourself, while exploring your body and mind – at depth. To hold the breath feels unnatural at first but with knoweldge and training, it can feel joyful, effortless and calming. Because of this, freediving can be challenging but ultimately life changing.

The Apnea Australia Stage A Freediving Course is the introduction to the purest form of diving. You’ll learn about the importance of breathing and about the physiology of a breath hold – why you fell what you feel when you hold your breath and what you can do to safely prolong this experience – on land and in the water.

You’ll learn skills that will take your freediving or spearfishing to the next level. Together, we’ll work on the flexibility of your body and mind. Maximum depth to be reached on this course is 20m.

DAY 1, 8:00am – 3:30pm
Theory & Pool training
I’ll guide you through a pool training session so that you experience different training methods we use in freediving. We’ll complete a static CO2 table and some dynamic drills. You’ll leave this session with newly gained confidence in your skills and abilities.

DAY 2, 8am – 4:00pm
Open water Freediving sessions
During the day you will complete several dives and have the chance to experience everything you learned in the pool and in the class room hands-on in the ocean. We usually do 2 ocean dives depending on ocean and weather conditions.

After you’ve completed the freediving course, you have all the skills and knowledge to start freediving deeper, longer and safer. Just like with anything in life, all the good things take time and effort. You can join a freedive group in your area, I run weekly pool training sessions in Newcastle, deep training sessions at Lake Argyle in 2024, social dives and freediving holidays around the world:


Please check out this article from my hometown, Newcastle:

Freediving is my super power, passion and a way of life. I have 13+ years experience in recreational freediving and I’m a competitive freediver as well.


Michaela Werner, 0421 655 031





Dive free & always with a buddy,



If you manage to complete all the online and physical requirements of the course, meaning that you’re a safe diver and every freediver can trust you with their life, you will be able to use your Apnea International certification world-wide on any commercial boat.

You will need to bring your own gear – mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit, weight belt, socks & gloves. The gear does not have to be freediving gear but it is recommended.

If you do not have freediving equipment, please notify me so I can point you to the right direction.

To do this course you must be comfortable in the water and healthy.

Please download a medical Declaration HERE to make sure you are fit to do the course
Michaela Werner Instructor
08:00 - 16:00
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08:00-11:30 Theory / Exercises

11:30-12:30 Lunch Break

13:00-15:30 Pool Session

Day Two

08:00-11:00 Ocean Session (Part 1)

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-13:30 Emergencies / Relaxation

14:00-16:00 Ocean Session (Part 2)

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