This course is designed to be an introduction to freediving for the complete beginner. It aims to help the student to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely within the limits of their experience.
AIDA Level I course is designed to be an introduction to freediving for the complete beginner. It aims to help the student to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely within the limits of their experience. This course is not aimed towards competitive freediving but for recreational freediving only. Therefore the main focus in the course is freediving without a dive line and without dividing the skills into different competitive disciplines. The dives can be combinations of horizontal and vertical swimming. To conduct an AIDA Level I Freediver course, the following knowledge development, breath hold exercise and water session are to be included:
This will be achieved through:
The knowledge development will take place in a classroom-like environment. It will consist of one theory sessions with a minimum duration of 2 hours depending on the number of questions you ask. The knowledge development will be conducted using the AIDA Level I Freediver Powerpoint slides.
There is no exam for the AIDA Level I Freediver theory you just have to demonstrate and understanding of the points above.
This session will be conducted in a swimming pool or similar confined water. After this session you should be able to:
You will have to successfully complete all of the requirements above.
This session will be conducted in a swimming pool or similar confined water.
After this session you should be able to:
To take the course students will need the following equipment:
These items are available for hire from Freediving UAE and included in the basic course cost.
The AIDA Level I Freediver course will be conducted by an Active AIDA Instructor with current Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training (completed within the last two years). The instructor will carry liability insurance for teaching freediving in the UAE. The maximum student diver-to-instructor ratio in confined water is six students per instructor (6:1) and the sessions will be conducted in one day.
I went from maybe 40 seconds in the first class session and reached the 2 minutes [in the second session] so I was pretty stoked.
The price for the AIDA 1 Freediver Course with Freediving UAE is AED 750.
This includes pool access, all necessary equipment and 6 hours of instruction by a qualified AIDA instructor. The price also includes processing of the certification (refer to Post Course Certification section below). The price also includes insurance for the duration of the course.
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To enroll in the AIDA Level I Freediver Course, an individual must:
Before commencing any in-water training, the following forms must be completed, (for students aged under 18 years, both must be co-signed by a parent or guardian):
Freedivers who meet all the requirements outlined above will be certified as an AIDA Level I diver. Students will receive their full certification from AIDA within 2 months. This will be administrated by Freediving UAE.