The Stage A course is aimed to provide basic knowledge of the different freediving categories, the important rules of behaviour and the safest way to perform freediving while allowing the fastest improvement.
Max depth: 20m
Duration: two and a half days.
The course includes:
- 2-4 Theory sessions (2-4 hours a day)
- 2 open water dives (Max’ 20m)
- 1 dynamic session (wet).
- 1 static session.
To enrol in the Stage A course the applicant must:
- Be 16 years old or over (Under 18 with a written & approved letter from parents)
- Be able to swim 200m without fins, non-stop in less than 8 minutes
- Be able to sustain themselves for 10 minutes in the water without fins
- Be healthy
The subjects covered in the course:
- The basic principals of FreeDiving.
- Breathing techniques – Breathing, Hyper, Hypo & Proper Ventilation.
- Breathing as a preparation for a dive or a static breath hold.
- 11 basic safety rules.
- Effects of the water environment on the diver – depth, pressure, altered sense perception.
- Physiology of FreeDiving – Air spaces, Breathing, cardio-vascular/respiratory system.
- Equalisation techniques – Valsalva (mentioning of frenzel)
- Technique – duck dive, foot work, turns.
- Equipment for FreeDiving.
- Improving breath hold.
- Relaxation for FreeDiving.
- Basics of FreeDiving emergencies (emphasis on shallow water blackout & samba) and the proper response.
- Basic Nutrition for good performance.
- Stretching for FreeDiving
The price includes full equipment, training photography and Apnea International certification.