AIDA
freediving courses

AIDA International

AIDA – Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée (International Association for Development of Apnea) – is a leading worldwide freediving organization founded in 1992. AIDA specializes in freediving education, freedive competitions organizing, rules and safety.


AIDA 1 Freediving Course

Course description:

The AIDA 1 course is the perfect introduction to freediving. No previous diving experience is required! In this 1-day introductory course spread between the pool and open water, you will learn all you need to set you safely off on your freediving journey. No previous diving experience is required! During this one day course you will learn the basics of freediving theory; the equipment to use and why, how to prepare for a dive, and most importantly, the risks and dangers and how to deal with them. In both the pool and open water sessions you will learn the basics of holding your breath under water, duck dives, finning, buddying and safety procedures. The AIDA 1 course has no performance requirements or exams.

AIDA 1 requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent);
  • be able to swim at least 100 m non stop;
  • have completed the AIDA Medical Form;
  • have completed the Liability Release.

Course duration:

1 day including 1 freedive theory session, 1 confined water session, 1 open water session.

Course price: € 125 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion advices to spread the introductory course over 2 halve days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of freediving. Freedive equipment rental is included.

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AIDA 2 Freediving Course

Course description:

This course is specially designed for confident swimmers that want to learn freediving and gain a solid freediving theoretical knowledge base and learn the basic freediving techniques. The course is aimed for individuals who are already confident in open water with i.e. swimming and / or snorkeling. The AIDA 2 course builds a proper foundation in theory, good technique and safety so you will be able to safely buddy with another AIDA 2 freediver. To successfully complete the AIDA 2 course you will have to comfortably perform a 2 minutes static breath-hold, swim 40 m in dynamic and freedive to 16 m in open water, besides passing the theory exam and showing proper buddy and rescue skills.

AIDA 2 requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent);
  • be able to swim at least 200 m non stop without fins and at least 300 m non stop with mask, fins and snorkel;
  • have completed the AIDA Medical Form;
  • have completed the Liability Release.

Course duration:

2 days, including 2 freediving theory sessions, 2 pool or confined water sessions, and 3 open water sessions.

Course price: € 225 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion strongly advices to spread the foundation course over 3 days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of freediving. Freedive equipment rental is included.

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AIDA 3 Freediving Course

Course description:

This AIDA course is designed for the intermediate freediver who finished his AIDA 2 freediver course and gained some experience afterwards. In this course you will learn more about deep freediving, learn to master the Frenzel equalization, discover new freedive training techniques and skills, safety routines, and many more. The AIDA 3 course sets you off on your way to become an experienced and knowledgeable freediver and be able to independently plan and participate in freediving activities with similarly experienced freedivers. To successfully complete the AIDA 3 course you will have to comfortably perform a 2:45 minutes static breath-hold, swim 55 m in dynamic and freedive to 24 m in open water, besides passing the theory exam and showing proper buddy and rescue skills.

AIDA 3 requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent);
  • have completed the AIDA 2 Freediver course or equivalent, or have participated in 5 AIDA ranked competitions, within the last 6 years with AIDA ranked results of at least 35 m CWT, 3:45 min static and 75 m DYN and have passed the AIDA 2 Exam;
  • have completed the AIDA Medical Form;
  • have completed the Liability Release.

Course duration:

3 days including 3 theory sessions, 2 pool or confined water sessions, 4 open water sessions.

Course price: € 275 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion advices to spread the intermediate course over 4 days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of freediving. Freedive equipment rental is not included.

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AIDA 4 Freediving Course

Course description:

The AIDA 4 course will take your freediving to a total new level of confidence, knowledge and skills. In this course you will learn advanced equalization technique, advanced freediving safety procedures and improve your diving technique and skills. Furthermore you learn the basics of sport nutrition and fitness. As AIDA 4 freediver you can assist in freediver courses with an active AIDA Instructor and gain important experience if you want to continue the AIDA education ladder to Instructor. To successfully complete the AIDA 4 course you will have to comfortably perform a 3:30 minutes static breath-hold, swim 70 m in dynamic and freedive to 32 m in open water, besides passing the theory exam and showing proper buddy and rescue skills.

AIDA 4 requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent);
  • have completed the AIDA 3 Freediver course or equivalent;
  • have completed the AIDA Medical Form;
  • have completed the Liability Release;
  • have completed a course in First Aid with CPR within the last two years.

Course duration:

4 days including 3 theory sessions, one lung and full-body stretching session, 2 confined water sessions, 4 open water sessions.

Course price: € 425 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion advices to spread the foundation course over 5 days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of freediving. Freedive equipment rental is not included.

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AIDA Instructor Course

Course description:

If you are an experienced AIDA 4 (or equivalent) freediver and your dream is to become a PRO in freediving, the AIDA Instructor Course can prepare you with knowledge and training to start your own professional freediving career.

During the course you will learn everything about becoming a freediving teacher, trainer, or even coach, but mainly instructor! Theory will include everything from teaching methods, to how to recognize mistakes in technique or help someone overcome mental barriers. To successfully complete the AIDA Instructor course you will have to comfortably perform a 4:00 minutes static breath-hold, swim 75 m in dynamic and freedive to 40 m in open water, besides passing the theory exams and showing the needed teaching and rescue skills.

Immersion Dahab freediving school runs AIDA freediving instructor courses as part of its scheduled course program as well as on demand. Please contact us for more information.

AIDA Instructor Course requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent);
  • have completed the AIDA 4 Freediver course or equivalent;
  • have completed the AIDA Medical Form;
  • have completed the Liability Release;
  • have completed a course in First Aid with CPR within the last two years.

Course duration:

7 days including 7 theory sessions, 2 confined water sessions, 4 open water sessions (based on 1 to 4 Instructor students).

Course price: € 900 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion advices to spread the Instructor course over 9 days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of freediving. Freedive equipment rental not included.

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AIDA INSTRUCTOR Cross-over Course

Course description:

If you are an active (experienced) freedive instructor and you want to change to the AIDA education system, the AIDA Instructor Cross-over course would prepare you with knowledge and training to start your own professional freediving career within AIDA International.

During the course you will learn everything about becoming a freediving teacher, trainer, or even coach, but mainly instructor! Theory will include everything from teaching methods to how to recognize mistakes in technique or help someone overcome mental barriers. To successfully complete the AIDA Instructor course you will have to comfortably perform a 4:00 minutes static breath-hold, swim 75 m in dynamic and freedive to 40 m in open water, besides passing the theory exams and showing the needed teaching and rescue skills.

Immersion Dahab runs AIDA freediving instructor cross-over courses as part of its scheduled course program as well as on demand. Please contact us for more information.

AIDA Instructor Course requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent);
  • be an active freedive instructor for a by AIDA recognized organization;
  • have completed the AIDA Medical Form;
  • have completed the Liability Release;
  • have completed a course in First Aid with CPR within the last two years.

Course duration:

4 days including 6 theory sessions, 2 confined water sessions, 3 open water sessions (based on 1 to 4 Instructor students).

Course price: € 550 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion advices to spread the Instructor cross-over course over 5 days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of freediving. Freedive equipment rental not included.

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AIDA JUDGE course

Course description:

Learn more on judging AIDA freediving competitions and all about competitive freediving rules and procedures. This course is not only for individuals who want to become judge but is also for very beneficial for athletes who want to improve their knowledge of the AIDA competition rules and regulations.

In AIDA competitions or record attempts, qualified AIDA International Judges are required to validate athlete’s performances in accordance with the AIDA Competition Rules and regulations. The AIDA Judges are present on event to make sure AIDA rules are respected and applied by every athlete and organizer.

This course is taught by Pim Vermeulen, an International AIDA Judge Instructor, with a enormous experience in judging / organizing National and International competitions, World Championships and judge and organize National and World Record attempts. Furthermore Pim Vermeulen was, as AIDA International Board member, responsible for the development of the rules and for the rectification of World Records. Pim is currently still involved in the development of the AIDA International rules and regulations as advisor.

In the Judge course Pim Vermeulen will give you an inside and detailed view of the rules and their history and how to apply them as judge. During the course we will review actual performance on video and we will do in water simulations.

AIDA Judge course requirements:

  • be 18 years of age or older.

Course duration:

2 days including 5 theory sessions, 1 confined water sessions, 1 open water sessions.

Course price: € 275 (including AIDA certification)

Remark:

Immersion advices to spread the judge course over 3 days, this will be without any extra costs but will give you a more relaxed way into the world of Judging.

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AIDA course packages

Immersion gives discount if you book more than 1 course directly. If due to circumstances you are unable to finish the complete package booked Immersion will recharge course prices to the courses you started. No refund will be given to courses that you started.

  • AIDA 2, AIDA 3 – € 450
  • AIDA 2, AIDA 3, AIDA 4 – € 833
  • AIDA 2, AIDA 3, AIDA 4, AIDA ITC – € 1,733
  • AIDA 3, AIDA 4 – € 630
  • AIDA 3, AIDA 4, AIDA ITC – € 1,530
  • AIDA 4, AIDA ITC – € 1,283

(All including certification at AIDA International)