freediving course

About the course


  • 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

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.


Subjects covered


  • Freediving categories.
  • Safety for Freediving and the 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.
  • Correct 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.


Course Schedule


Day 1

  • Meet to go to Stradbroke Island for a dive – depending on sea conditions and boat.
  • Static and dynamic pool training until 16:00-17:00.

Day 2

Meet to go to Stradbroke Island for a dive – depending on sea conditions and boat.

  • Time for 2 dives (each dive – 1 hour).
  • Finish the course after a final theory discussion and brief 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.

Course PRICE


Course price: $625

Includes: Course theory book, pool entry, ferry to Stradbroke Island, Dive boat fees, tuition and certification upon successful completion of the course




freediving course

About the course


  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Have completed an Apnea International Stage A course (or equivalent)
  • Open water dives: 4
  • Pool sessions: 2
  • Course results in an international accreditation by Apnea International

The Stage B course is designed to 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. Students will learn techniques to improve their relaxation during dives and training, enabling them to Freedive and train in a safe and proper way. We will get familiarised with the different Freediving organisations and the key personalities of the sport.

Subjects covered


  • Physics of Freediving .
  • Physiology of Freediving.
  • Mammalian Diving Reflex.
  • Physiology of Freediving – black out.
  • Training for Static apnea.
  • Training tables, dry static training.
  • Training for Dynamic apnea.
  • Equalisation techniques.
  • Buoyancy Issues for Deeper Freediving
  • Safety Equipment for Deeper Freediving.
  • Psychology of Freediving.
  • Fitness training for Freediving.
  • Breathing exercises – Pranayama.
  • Relaxation techniques for Freediving.
  • Planning an open water dive session.

The Training sessions include Static breath-hold tables and Deep water sessions.

  • The emphasis is on energy efficient movement in the water.
  • We will try to find the best individual technique that will result in the best improvement.

It is important to understand that with proper training and knowledge a Freediver will improve the depth as well as the dive time.

Course Schedule


Day 1

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

Day 2

  • 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).
  • Theory until around 16:00-17:00.

Day 3

  • 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 course 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.

Course Price


Course price: $740

Includes: Course theory book, pool entry, Two days ferry to Stradbroke Island, Two days of dive boat fees, tuition and certification upon successful completion of the course.




freediving course

About the course


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 Principals


  • 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.

Logistics


  • Course duration - 1 day or 2 evening sessions.
  • Number of students - max' 10 per group
  • Gear required - Mask, snorkel, wetsuit. 
  • Prerequisites - None.


freediving course

Meet your instructor


Jodie Murphy is an Apnea International qualified Freediving instructor, but also a keen spearo which means you'll receive practical training that you can apply directly to your next spearfishing trip.

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