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Advanced Ocean Freediver

$695.00

Advanced Ocean Freediver

Prerequisites

To enrol in this course a student must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older(16 years with parent or guardian consent).
  • Be certified as an AIDA 2 Freediver Or have completed the AIDA 2 Crossover Evaluation if crossing over from another freedive organisation (see below for more information).
  • Have completed the AIDA Medical Form.
  • Have completed the Liability Release form.

Purpose

This 22 hour freediving course builds upon the Ocean Freediver course covering the necessary skills and knowledge for a recreational freediver to confidently and safely freedive to a maximum depth of 30 metres. Students are expected to build upon their static breath hold times and dynamic distances in the pool. The first component of the Advanced Ocean Freediver course is knowledge and theory development for approximately 6 hours in total. The second component is pool based practicing the freediving skills of static apnea, dynamic apnea and rescues to an advanced level. This is approximately 6 hours (depending on student numbers). The third and final component is in the open ocean practicing the freediving skills of free immersion, constant weight, equalisation and safety to an advanced level. This consists of 4 open water sessions across two days (about 10 hours including boat travel time).

For time poor students unable to attend the face to face theory component in the classroom, we offer a self-study option for the more motivated students. We will email you the 97 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 pool and ocean components of your course. Please allow a minimum of 1.5 hours for this discussion. This self-study option is available for all AIDA 2 Freediver level courses and higher. Please inquire for further information about this option.

Certification

On successful completion of this course the student is awarded the AIDA 3 Advanced 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. 

AIDA Freediving Instructor

$1,980.00

AIDA Freediving Instructor

Prerequisites

To enrol in this course a student must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have completed the AIDA 4 Master Freediver Course or have completed the AIDA 4 Crossover Evaluation if crossing over from another freedive organisation.
  • Have completed the AIDA Medical Form.
  • Have completed the Liability Release form.
  • Have completed a course in First Aid with CPR within the last 2 years.

Purpose

The Instructor course (IC) is for students at the AIDA 4 Master Freediver certification level or equivalent who wish to become professional freediving teachers and coaches by challenging themselves with not only greater physical challenges of breath hold, depth and stamina but to undertand the AIDA system of education.  Freediving is experiencing exponential growth in Australia and overseas and as such there are increasing opportunities for casual, part-time and full-time freedivng teachers. For students who graduate from the Freediving Gold Coast AIDA Instructor Course, there are opportunities to be employed by Freediving Gold Coast. For the select few who are talented, highly motivated and organised you will be invited to run your own freediving school as part of Freediving Gold Coast network of schools and clubs.

The Freediving Gold Coast AIDA IC utilises a number of delivery modes of learning as follows:

The Residential or on-location mode of learning is undertaken full -time over a minimum of 4 days (typically an intensive four day long weekend Friday to Monday) to complete all pool, ocean and teaching sessions.

The Part-time mode of learning is conducted over 5 to 10 weeks with one to two three-hour theory evening sessions per week to fit into the working lives of our busy students. As such these evening sessions may be face to face in our offices on the Gold Coast or conducted by distance learning using Zoom to whereever you live in Australia (or oeverseas).

Our recommended option for Australian residents is to begin the AIDA IC with the part-time mode of learning with evening theory sessions Face to Face or by Distance learning using Zoom. Then IC candidates travel to the Gold Coast (or other designated location) for our Residential of a 4 day long weekend to complete all your pool, ocean and teaching sessions. This Part-time AIDA IC with our intensive Residential has the following components:

Theory

All the theory components will be conducted by Face to Face or by Zoom on one or two evenings per week. For example, Monday and Wednesday evenings 7 to 10pm.  There are 9 Face to Face/Zoom theory sessions of three hours. IC candidates are also welcome to attend in person if you live locally or able to get to our offices in Ashmore on the Gold Coast.

Performance Criteria

There are 2 pool sessions and 3 ocean days (6 sessions) conducted on our Residential long weekend from Friday to Monday.

You must be physically dive fit and capable of achieving the following performance requirements during the course:

  • Static Apnea of at least 4 minutes.
  • DYN performance at least 90m.
  • DNF performance of at least 50m.
  • CWT dive to a depth of 40-50m.
  • FIM dive to a depth of 40-50m.
  • Long CWT 30m Dive of at least 1:30.
  • Long FIM 30m dive of at least 2:00.
  • Deep rescue (25m) rescue followed immediately by 50m tow.
  • Hang at 15m for up to one minute followed by rescue.
  • Stamina test 5 x 20m CWT dives with one minute surface interval.
  • CNF to 20m.

We strongly recommend that you are engaging in a regular program of specific physical training leading up to the course to accomplish the performance criteria in the minimum number of sessions. We would recommend that you come out on one or more of our DDD (Deep Dive Days) before commencement of your IC to feel confident and at least capable of depth diving in the 35 to 40 metre ranges. 

Teaching Sessions

The main objective of the course is about learning, understanding and teaching the AIDA system. You are required to teach material from the AIDA 2 and AIDA 3 courses. While this can be conducted in a role play format to Instructor Trainer, Clinton Laurence, one of the unique advantages of doing an IC with Freediving Gold Coast is we can offer actual teaching to students on AIDA 2 and AIDA 3 courses. Ideally we would like to try to provide these opportunities to you during your AIDA Instructor course. For example, our AIDA 2 courses are conducted on a Friday evening, Saturday and a Sunday every second week and you could teach students on these days to fulfill part of the teaching requirements including setting up the dive site with ropes and knots. Similarly, it should be possible for you to do some teaching during an AIDA 3 course.

You are required to teach a warm-up/stretching session. Again we can provide real class opportunities to do so in our HPC (High Performance Coaching) program on Tuesday or Thursday evenings or one of our weekend AIDA 2 courses.

In other words, where possible, our goal is to provide real life teaching opportunities and observations in actual courses. This is rarely possible on overseas instructor courses. The teaching sessions will be conducted over the Residential long weekend.

Academic Requirements

You will be required to:

  • Complete all AIDA 2 to AIDA 4 exams with a 90% pass rate.
  • Pass the AIDA Instructor exam with at least 90%.
  • Present a Special Presentation with a topic of interest
  • Provide a handout of your Special Presentation

You will need a strong knowledge of the science of freediving with the underlying anatomical, physiological, and training foundations. 

Employment Opportunities

On completion of the course we can provide employment opportunities to teach casually on our AIDA courses.  We are also looking for exceptional AIDA freediving teachers who can represent Freediving Gold Coast in other locations and who will follow our business model and practices.

Summary

Overall, our AIDA Instructor course has this format:

  • 9 X 3- hour theory Face to Face/Zoom sessions.
  • 2 pool sessions for the performance criteria/teaching session.
  • 3 ocean days/6 sessions for the performance criteria/teaching session
  • Teaching and participating in one of our AIDA 2 courses or simulated role playing.
  • Teaching and participating in one of our AIDA 3 courses or simulated role playing.
  • Conducting a warm-up/stretching session as part of HPC or an AIDA 2 Freediver course.

You will need to allow a 5 week period of time to complete the Part-time AIDA IC with two evenings per week for all theory sessions. We offer several payment options by Stripe online, credit card or split payments. The course fee does not include pool entry or equipment rental costs (though at this level you should have your own gear).  Prices are as follows.:

  • Full payment of $1980 prior to starting the course. This includes a 10% discount.
  • 6 fortnightly payments of $366.66 by Stripe online (see below); bank transfer; or credit card for total course cost of $2200 (including GST and certification fees).
  • Any additional theory, pool or ocean sessions required to complete IC criteria are $95 per session.

Certification

On successful completion of this course the student is awarded the AIDA Instructor certification and is registered on the AIDA website Education Online System (EOS). The AIDA Instructor Course Canditate has one year to complete all criteria. For example, if the Canditate cannot complete the CWT 40 metre dive they have one year to complete that requirement to pass the entire course. The Canditate cannot also not be certified until they have completed a first aid and CPR certificate.

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 or IC sessions. 

Assistant Instructor

$995.00

Assistant Instructor

Prerequisites

To enrol in this course a student must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have completed the AIDA 3 Advanced Freediver Course Or have completed the AIDA  3 Crossover Evaluation if crossing over from another freedive organisation.
  • Have completed the AIDA Medical Form.
  • Have completed the Liability Release form.
  • Have completed a course in First Aid with CPR within the last 2 years.

Purpose

The Assistant Instructor course is the highest level of training attainable within the AIDA recreational freediving education system with students being able to achieve the AIDA 4 Master Freediver certification and be able to work in the capacity of Assistant Instructor.  This course has two primary purposes.

Firstly, the  purpose of this course is to familiarise students with the techniques of deeper freediving including FRC diving, mouth-fill equalisation and the associated safety procedures. Students will also continue their development in static apnea, dynamic apnea, constant weight, free immersion, and introduced to variable weight. Besides the in-water skills the students will be introduced to full body warm-ups and stretching, specific stretching of breathing muscles, training concepts and diet that will benefit their freediving development.  By the end of this course the student will be able to dive comfortably in the constant weight discipline in depths from 32 to 40 metres.  More importantly, the skills learnt in this course are fundamental to freediving beyond 40 metres depth.

The second purpose of this course is to prepare successful students for the role of Assistant Instructors. Students will learn to lead an appropriate warm-up session for confined and open water freediving. They will learn to supervise students of all course levels during confined or open water sessions. Students will learn how to set up freediving buoys and ropes with the appropriate knots and braiding techniques, setting the depth of the dive line, and safe handling of other freediving equipment such as bottom plates, and lanyards.

As with all AIDA courses, the student will be required to undertake three components: Knowledge Development (including exam), Pool (or Confined Water) and Ocean. The student has two options with regard to Knowledge Development. The student may undertake the Knowledge Development using the typical classroom format face to face with the Instructor for a minimum of three sessions (about 6 hours). Alternatively, the motivated student can study from the AIDA 4 Manual and complete the Knowledge Reviews which will be checked and discussed with the Instructor in a 90 minute session. Concepts not clearly understood by the student will be explained and clarified during this session.  Assessment will include a written exam and the student teaching a full body warm-up and stretching routine. The Pool/Confined Water component will consist of a minimum of 2 sessions (about 4 hours) performing statics, dynamics and safety procedures. The Ocean component will consist of a minimum of 4 sessions (typically 8 hours of freediving) over two days practicing the skills of mouth-fill, FRC dives, rescuing a blacked out diver from 20 metres, and simulating equipment failures and emergencies such ascending from 20 metres with only one fin or no mask and towing an inert freediver for a minimum of 50 metres. The student will also learn to prepare freediving buoys, lines and setting appropriate depths. The student will also have the opportunity to perform a variable weight dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres.

Certification

On successful completion of this course the student is awarded the AIDA 4 Master 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. 

Deep Dive Days

$95.00

Deep Dive Days

Prerequisites

To enrol in a Deep Dive Day (DDD) a student must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older(16 years with parent or guardian consent).
  • Be certified as a minimum as an AIDA 2 Freediver or equivalent level by an International organisation OR be in the process of completing a certification with Freediving Gold Coast.
  • Have completed the AIDA Medical Form.
  • Have completed the Liability Release form.
  • Freediving Safety Lanyard (mandatory – hire option available).

Purpose

Deep freediving in Australia is not a myth! For the best freediving in Australia, our dive site allows us to dive to a maximum of 45 metres deep and it’s only a 20mins boat trip from shore. Freediving Gold Coast is the deepest freediving school in Australia and the only freediving school in Australia with our own purpose built boat offering you regular boat trips for regular training. This is a freediving school – you will be on the boat with only freedivers – not scuba divers.  We provide depth divers the opportunity to practice the deep freediving disciplines in all the depth they need to improve for maximal performances in competition, reaching personal bests or just more enjoyable depth dives. Train safely your free immersion, constant weight with no fins, bifins or monofins. Allowable depths are commensurate with a diver’s certification level.  Each Deep Dive Day typically consists of 2 sessions of deep freediving of approximately 90 minutes each or three hours in total. Pick up times are dependent on weather and sea conditions and are confirmed 24 hours prior to the day. These freediving days are typically from 7am to 11am or 8am to 12:00pm departing from in front of the Southport Amateur Fishing Club (unless otherwise notified) – see FAQ.

Freediving Gold Coast welcomes freedivers from other international organisations who wish to have a DDD out with us to continue to practice, maintain and challenge their skills. The saying “if you don’t use it you lose it”  very much applies to depth diving in the ocean. DDD are also ideal opportunities for students to further practice diving to meet course standards for certification (if the standards were not achieved during their enrolled course).

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. DDD may be postponed due to weather conditions. As such we endevour to to re-schedule the DDD as soon as weather conditions permit. 

Gift Voucher

$225.00

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High Performance Freediving Coaching

$195.00

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 follow the Queensland school calendar:

  • Term 1: 28/1/21 to 1/4/21
  • Term 2: 20/4/21 to 24/6/21
  • Term 3: 13/7/21 to 16/9/21
  • Term 4: 5/10/21 to 9/12/21

2. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.30 to 7.30pm at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

3. There is an official AIDA competition (i.e., recognized in the Australian and International rankings) around week 9/week 10 of each term. See our Pool Freediving Competition for more details.

4. Athletes who participate in the High Performance Coaching program have 45% discounts on the associated term pool freediving competition.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Pre-requisite is AIDA 2 Pool Freediver Course for all bifin training. Pre-requisite for all monofin training is AIDA Monofin course. These courses provide the foundation for the High Performance Coaching to build on and develop you as a freediver.

8. It is expected that you have your own freediving gear but it is possible to hire gear from us. 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.

9. Cost is $195 per term (including any required lane hire). 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. Please note that enrolments for the term close by the end of the second week of the term. Fees are non-refundable after Week 2.

 

 

Intro Freediver

$225.00

Intro Freediver

Prerequisites

To enrol in this freediving 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.

Purpose

This 8 hour pool freediving  course is to introduce the complete beginner to freediving basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures. The course goes beyond snorkeling as you learn to safely and confidently freedive beyond 5 metres in depth. The course consists of two sessions. The first session is in the classroom focusing on knowledge development including learning how to breathe and equalise effectively for freediving. The second session is a pool or “confined water”  session where these foundation skills are practiced.

Freediving Gold Coast conducts the Intro Freediver course at a number of locations. When choosing the start dates of your course from the drop down menu please ensure you also choose the correct location. On the Gold Coast the Intro Freediver is conducted at two locations: Location 1 at Parkside Medical/Gold Coast Aquatic Centre or Location 2 at the Gold Coast Seaway. Please note that the Gold Coast Seaway Intro Freediver course is presently only conducted every Monday.

For the weekend courses Freediving Gold Coast practices all the classroom activities at Parkside Medical and all the pool activities at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, arguably the best pool to practice freediving in the southern hemisphere. If you want to challenge yourself beyond the pool we recommend upgrading to the full Ocean Freediver course now for $300 (to Upgrade to the Ocean Freediver course from the Intro Freediver course at a later date is $330).

Certification

On successful completion of this course the student is awarded the AIDA 2 Pool Freediver certification or AIDA 1 (depending on achievement level) 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. 

Monofin Freediver

$395.00

Monofin Freediver

Prerequisites

To enrol in this course an individual must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older(16 years with parent or guardian consent).
  • Have completed the AIDA 2 Freediver certification or AIDA 2 Pool Freediver certification or equivalent.
  • Have completed the AIDA Medical Form.
  • Have completed the Liability Release form.

Purpose

This one day course in total is an introduction to monofin swimming covering the necessary skills, techniques and knowledge necessary to start using the freediving monofin efficiently.  Students will be introduced to different approaches to freediving with a monofin, exercises designed to work on style and training programs to develop strength, flexibility and skill in using the monofin. The course consists of three components. The first component is knowledge development in the classroom of approximately 2 hours. The second component is either pool based or confined water based (in a protected area in the ocean) practicing monofin freediving skills. This session is about 2 hours. Students have the option of completing the  third and final component in the pool/confined water or the ocean. If the student wishes to undertake the final session in the ocean the student will also need to purchase an Ocean Fun Day session.

This freediving specialisation is typically offered on a one on one basis to individual students and is based on demand. While the use of monofins are encouraged it is still possible to undertake the course using smaller bifins and regular bifins. Please contact us to arrange suitable training times and dates.

Certification

On successful completion of this course the student is awarded the AIDA Monofin 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.

Ocean Freediver course off the Gold Coast

Ocean Freediver

$495.00

Ocean Freediver

Prerequisites

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.

Purpose

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 5 hours including the boat trip to and from the dive site (included in the price).

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.

Certification

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. 

Pool Competition Safety Freediver

$195.00

Pool Competition Safety Freediver

Prerequisites

To enrol in this course an individual must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older.
  • Have completed a minimum of AIDA 2 Pool Freediver certification or equivalent for the pool course and full AIDA 2 Freediver certification or equivalent for the depth course.
  • Have completed the AIDA Medical Form.
  • Have completed the Liability Release form.
  • Have completed the AIDA  Course Registration.

Purpose

This one day course is to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to enable the student to act as a Pool Competition Safety Freediver in all AIDA pool competitions. The first component is knowledge development in the classroom. The student will learn and understand the role of the Pool Competition Safety Freediver in all AIDA pool discliplines (STA, DYN, DYNB and DNF) in relation to the current AIDA Regulations for International Freediving Competitions.  The second component is pool based practicing the important safety procedures in various simulation scenarios . Each component, classrrom or pool, is about 2 to 3 hours (depending on the number of students on the course). This freediving specialisation is typically offered just prior to one of our competitions (see our competition schedule) throughout the year. Please note special discounts apply for students who complete this specialisation and who also volunteer as Pool Competition Safety Freediver in one of our competitions. This is a great way to get competition experience as a Pool Competition Safety Freediver and save money.

 

Students have the option of upgrading this course to the full AIDA Competition Safety Freediver to also act as a Safety Freediver in all the AIDA depth discplines (CWT, CWTB, CNF, and FIM). If you are interested in acting as a Safety Freediver in depth competitions please choose the upgrade option. Please enquire if you are interested in this more comprehensive freediving specialisation qualification as dates will need to be organised around our Deep Dive Days. In addition to the classroom activities students will be expected in the ocean to:

  • Assist a competition diver during their entry in the competition zone, conduct an inspection of the diver’s safety equipment and assist them with putting on the official competition depth gauge.
  • Demonstrate appropriate safety procedures while conducting a rescue for a diver
    experiencing a black out at the surface under competition conditions.
  • Act as a safety freediver to the instructor during a CWT dive meeting the instructor at a depth between 15m and 20m and escorting them to the surface.
  • Conduct a rescue for a diver experiencing a black out at a depth of 15m under competition conditions.
  • Tow an inert freediver a distance of at least 25m on the surface.

Certification

On successful completion of the Pool Competition Safety Freediver course the student is awarded the AIDA Pool Competition Safety 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.