Ocean Freediver


Ocean Freediver


To enrol in this course a student must:

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


This weekend course is our foundation freediving course covering the necessary skills and knowledge for a recreational freediver to safely freedive up to a maximum depth of 20 metres. This course is for students already confident in the water especially the ocean.  It is ideal for people who are confident swimmers, surfers, and scuba divers or simply those people who what to challenge themselves. The course consists of three components. The first component is on knowledge and theory development of approximately 5 hours (including a multiple choice test) in the classroom. The second component is pool based practicing the freediving skills of static apnea, dynamic apnea and rescues. This is approximately 4 hours. The third and final component is in the ocean from our specialised freediving boat practicing the freediving skills of free immersion, constant weight, equalisation and safety. This is approximately 4 to 5 hours including the boat trip to and from the dive site (included in the price). We pride ourselves on predicting the best weather conditions for our students to have the best possible experience on our own dive boat. We have the most extant record of visibility and diving conditions off the Gold Coast. See Visibility and Diving Conditions.

For time poor students unable to attend the Friday night theory component (for Gold Coast students) we offer a self-study option for the more motivated students. We will email you the 110 page manual which you are expected to read and answer the Knowledge Review Questions which will be discussed with your instructor prior to the start of your course on the Saturday morning (usually 8am). This self-study option is available for all AIDA 2 Freediver level courses and higher. Please inquire for further information about this option.

If you would like to immerse yourself more fully in your course check out one of our Crater Lakes Freediving Retreats.


On successful completion of this course the student is awarded the AIDA 2 Freediver certification and is registered on the AIDA website Education Online System (EOS).

Medical Conditions

If you tick “Yes” to any medical conditions on the medical form you must see your General Practitioner prior to attending your course. Download Medical Form Here. Please complete the Medical Form and present to your Instructor at the beginning of your course.

Cancellation Policy: The full details of our cancellation policy can be found under FAQ. Please read prior to booking any courses. 

  • Please choose the starting date of your freediving course from the drop down menu below:

    All specialised freediving rubber weight belts, weights and snorkels are complimentary during the course. You may rent the following freediving equipment for the total duration of your freediving course. Please ensure hire is completed at least 48hrs prior to your course start date.

    For more information and description on wetsuit sizes please see FAQ.

    This is complimentary and automatically included in your course fee.



Ocean Freediver course off the Gold Coast

Freediving course off the Gold Coast – are you up to the challenge?

AIDA Crossover Evaluation for Students from Other Freediving Organisations

We often get inquiries from students from other freediving organisations who have not completed part of their requirements of their certification. Students have the option of completing their certification with the world body, AIDA International. To do so, such students will need to complete a Crossover Evaluation.This involves:

  • Assessment of the level of knowledge of the student by means of passing the AIDA 2 Freediver written exam at 75% or higher. Allow two hours for this assessment. Cost is 115.
  • Assessment of the pool or confined water skills equivalent to the level of the AIDA 2 Freediver course. Allow about two hours for this assessment. Cost is $115.
  • Assessment of all ocean or open water skills equivalent to the level of the AIDA 2 Freediver course. This is typically one morning of about 4 hours including the boat trip to and from the dive site. Cost is $115.

Freediving Gold Coast charges a total of $320 (including certification fee) for this Crossover Evaluation. Please note this is an evaluation or assessment and does not include teaching. On successful completion of the Crossover Evaluation students will be certified as AIDA 2 Freediver with AIDA International.

Freediving Gold Coast TV

Here is a nice video of AIDA Master Instructor Cristy Gearon illustrating a very relaxed 20m FIM (Free Immersion) for AIDA 2 students off the Gold Coast in about 22 metres visibility. This is one of the key skills learnt on the Ocean Freediver course for AIDA 2 Certification. 

For other Youtube videos about the Ocean Freediver course see:

What/s it like freediving off the Gold Coast on one of our courses?

Fun with Learning Rescues

Cristy Gearon Performs a 20m CWT Dive