Find the space to relax under pressure
Myself and the other Bondi Lifeguards were lucky enough to take an underwater survival training course with Erez and the team at Apnea Australia. We of all people know how dangerous the ocean can be so the skills we learnt will give us the confidence we need to handle just about any situation the ocean can throw at us. We can’t recommend Erez and his team highly enough. These guys really are the best of the best and we are grateful for their time and knowledge. 


Surfing is one of the world's most demanding activities. The level of activity can vary from calm, slow, easy surfs to explosive, fast and extreme experiences. 

No matter what level of surfer you are, no matter what waves you surf - you could benefit from learning how to improve your breath-hold and core strength.

Apnea Australia offers Surfing oriented breath-hold and core training workshops in Australia and the Pacific.

There have been many discussions as to what training is best suited for surfing in general and big-wave surfing in particular. Most surfers end up practicing the "rock running" drills and similar drills.

After years of experience in the field of breathing and high performance training we have developed a system that will maximize your ability to perform in the likely event of getting caught under a wave.

Key principles:

  • Preparation is key - knowing what to expect is the first step.
  • Core workout - It is no secret that core training and balance are two of the most important elements of surfing.
  • Warm up - Stretching is not the only thing you need to work on before you go out to the surf.
  • In water buildup - basic drills that can be performed before you catch your first wave.
  • Breathing - Before and during the surf.
  • Relaxation - How not to stress while being held under the wave.
  • Recovery breathing - The most important tool to ensure fast, efficient recovery between waves.

The surfing workshops can either be held as a "one off" clinic of one day or as a series of training sessions that focus on different elements of surfing.


We run the workshops around the country. Regular courses are held in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

We will need a pool to hold the practical session and a lecture room for theory.

Course duration - 1 day or 2 evening sessions.

Number of students - max' 10 per group

Gear required - Mask, snorkel, wetsuit. 

Prerequisites - None.

Ready to take things to the next level?

Join one of our clinics and experience it yourself



The Stage A course is aimed at providing basic knowledge of the different Freediving categories, the important rules of behaviour and the safest way to perform Freediving while allowing the fastest improvement.


The Stage B course is designed to give the Freedivers further knowledge of the aspects of Freediving. During this course, students will be exposed to the physiology of the human body and how it changes during immersion. 


This course is designed to improve the Freediver’s knowledge in the more advanced aspects of Freediving. During this course we discuss aspects of deep Freediving such as deep equalisation, packing, mouth-fill , exhale diving ( FRC) and variable weights.


The Instructor course is our highest level of training. The course is aimed to take everything you have learned on our courses, use all of your experience as a Freediver, and add a set of teaching skills to it. The course results in an international teaching certificate through Apnea International

Apnea Australia Pty Ltd is a registered and fully insured company in Australia
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