High Performance Freediving Coaching


High Performance Freediving Coaching Program

The High Performance Freediving Coaching program is 2 days per week on a Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6.30 to 7.30pm for a 10 week term. It is about helping ALL freedivers, from beginners to advanced, to reach their full breath hold and underwater swimming potential through specific fitness training, technique correction and regular safe practice in a small class format.


1.The High Performance Freediving Coaching program consists of 10 weeks per term with 4 terms per year. Each term will roughly follow the Queensland school calendar:

  • Term 1: 23/1/24 to 4/4/24
  • Term 2: 16/4/24 to 20/6/24
  • Term 3: 9/7/24 to 12/9/24
  • Term 4: 1/10/24 to 5/12/24

2. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30pm at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre. In term 2 please note that the first two weeks of term will be at the HOTA Lake (due to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre being closed).

3. Toward the end of term we try to either hold a max night or a friendly competition to evaluate your performance over the term. See our Pool Freediving Competition for more details. If we hold a pool competition then this is included in your HPC fee. It is typically on a Sunday morning over a 4 hour period. Afterwards we meet for the after comp celebration at a local restaurant.

4. Training is structured and goal oriented towards the competition though of course you do not need to enter the competition. We agree with the old adage “A person without goals is like a ship in the ocean without a rudder”. Sometimes breath holding is difficult and we need goals to energize ourselves and to remain focused and motivated. We have found that people who enter the end of term comp improve the most.

5. All training involves a mixture of technique correction, and specific progressive fitness training over the term to maximize your freediving development. You will be challenged. Training is based on sound, safe, scientific principles of training.

6. Registration pre-requisite is AIDA 2 Pool Freediver Course (or equivalent certification) for all bifin training. This course provides the foundation for the High Performance Coaching to build on and develop you as a freediver.

7. You must have your own freedive gear. A minimum is freediving mask/swimming goggles, pool freediving wetsuit (see our articles on the Best Male Pool Freediving Wetsuit or Best Female Freediving Wetsuit) snorkel, weight belt with plastic coated weights, and bifins/monofin. It also helps to have a nose piece if using swimming goggles. Freediving Gold Coast sell a wide range of equipment including pool freediving wetsuits.

8. Cost is $295 per 10 week term (including any required lane hire and registration for the end of term competition). This fee does not include pool entry. Because of the fitness and technique required to participate in these classes over the course of the term there is no casual or pro-rata entry fee. However, if you are planning a holiday during HPC or your are sick please contact us straight away so adjustments in your HPC fees can be made.

9..It is possible to achieve any AIDA 3 or AIDA 4 pool criteria during HPC. In fact, HPC is an ideal opportunity to train for and complete pool criteria for the various certifications while saving money off the full courses.  If you are interested in getting recognised for any pool performances that satsify pool criteria during HPC please choose the relevant course under Upgrade below.

10. A Special Discount Half Price Voucher for one Deep Dive Day is provided to all HPC members. This Voucher is only valid for mid-week Deep Dive Days during the 10 week HPC term in which the student is enrolled.

  • Please choose your term starting date:

    Pre-registration for the end of term friendly competition (included in HPC term fee):

    Please choose this option if you would like to complete AIDA 3 or AIDA 4 pool criteria during HPC. This is a saving of $200 off the regular AIDA 3 Advanced Freediver course or AIDA 4 Assistant Instructor Course. All other criteria are completed outside of HPC training.



We strongly believe to improve performance in breath holding or apnea and the AIDA pool disciplines (see AIDA disciplines) you need regular pool training a minimum of two times per week. This is the main purpose of the High Performance Freediving Coaching program. The program uses structured, goal oriented training to improve underwater swimming technique, relaxation, CO2 tolerance, and fitness (primarily anaerobic endurance). If you want to improve performance in the depth disciplines you will ideally need to combine pool training with the advanced AIDA 3 & 4 courses. While people with natural talent can progress to AIDA 3 and 4 without training, our experience indicates that people who combine pool training with depth training progress faster and more confidently. Once you have achieved 35 to 40 metre depths you only need top ups with Deep Dive Days to maintain “readiness” (& protection against barotrauma injury) to dive deeper for the ultimate challenge. We endevour to provide friendly end of term competitions for those athletes looking for the motivation to test their personal limits, to take their freediving to the next level, and reach their full freediving potential. We welcome athletes from other sports including swimming, surfing, underwater hockey, and even synchronised swimming where High Performance Freediving Coaching focusing on increased breath hold ability and safe underwater training will help in cross training, safety and performance enhancement in their sport. Conditions: Unfortunately, please be advised no pro-rata arrangements are made for those who decide to come one night per week or miss classes. Term fees are non-refundable after the end of Week 2.