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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: 28/1/20 to 2/4/20
  • Term 2: 21/4/20 to 25/6/20
  • Term 3: 14/7/20 to 17/9/20
  • Term 4: 6/10/20 to 10/12/20

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 of each term. The first competition in Term 1 is a Static competition on Sunday 22/3/20 (& warmer that time of year to help in training). The second competition is a Dynamic (either bifins or monofin) on the 21/6/20. Our third mini-competition is Dynamic No Fins on the 20/9/20. 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.

Men’s Freediving Competition Wetsuit – Epsealon Abyss

$450.00

Epsealon Freediving Abyss Mens

  • Ergonomic cut with inverted arm performing for maximum comfort in the hydrodynamic position with the arms raised.
  • Super Glide Skin – Yamamoto Ultra Stretch Outdoor Neoprene with Super Composite Skin for exceptional gliding in the water.
  • Elastane inner lining for maximum stretch and comfort, as well as for quick dressing and undressing.
  • Zipper quality YKK.
  • Hydro Dynamic Sealing System – closure of the suit with a flanged flap system that eliminates water entry and promotes hydrodynamics.
  • Easy Fit System – Ultra-stretchy and durable Dolphin Speed collar for easy top dressing.
  • Model 2mm proposed with neck sleeve.
  • Official suit of the AIDA France Team 2019

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.

Octopus Freediving Nose Clip – CLASSIC

$59.95

The Octopus Noseclip CLASSIC:

  • Ergonomic design and high-quality components.
  • Made of a robust polymer structure, two comfortable and replaceable elastomer nose-pads
  • Strong quality leash and with a range of funky colors to choose from.
  • For many freedivers, already a new benchmark and the best noseclip ever designed!
  • Already over 4000 units were sold around the world in the first year!
  • Designed and tested by Swiss record holder Pascal Berger (-131m VWT ).
  • Includes Standard Shipping to anywhere in Australia
  • Made in Switzerland, for a quality you can trust.

Octopus Pulling System

$86.85

Top-quality components:

  • a strong structure (polyamide charged with 20% fiberglass)
  • a thick 8mm anodized aluminum arm (ALU6061)
  • two low frictions polyamide pulleys for ropes 8 to 12mm
  • marine stainless steel screws

Octopus Wrist Lanyard – White / Black

$108.95
  • The Octopus lanyard is a mix of safety, efficiency and comfort.
  • Made using only high-quality components, from the super-light carbon composite polymer carabiner, to the 100cm plastic-coated stainless steel cable, and the strong water-resistant marine-graded polyester velcro wristband.
  • All components ensure a super-light and hydrodynamic lanyard, while remaining extra strong for your safety.
  • The wristband also includes an innovative easy-grab tag, for added ease of quick-release use.
  • Designed and tested by Swiss record-holder Pascal Berger (-131m VWT – Variable Weight).
  • Made in Switzerland, for a quality you can trust.
  • Includes Free Shipping to all major capital cities in Australia. For express deliveries, please contact us.

 

Wristband : 100% polyester with high quality nylon velcro 
Wire and all metal parts : stainless steel SS216
Carabiner : carbon composite

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.

Pool Freediving Competitions

$50.00

Pool Freediving Competitions

Freediving Gold Coast is holding two pool freediving mini competitions in 2020 according to the following schedule:

20/9/20 AIDA Freedivng Gold Coast Club Static Mini-Competition (25m pool of 1.1 to 1.4m depth).

13/12/20 AIDA Freediving Gold Coast Club Dynamic Mini-Competition (Bifins/Monofin Only in 50m pool of 2m depth).

All these freediving competitions are advertised on the AIDA Upcoming Events Calendar. The venue is the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre from 8.30 to 12pm on these dates. All competitions will follow AIDA International Freediving Rules for Competitions and Records and Freediving Gold Coast Pool Standards Code. All are International competitions leading to AIDA International ranking on the AIDA International website. We welcome competitors from Australia and overseas and members from any national freediving organisation. For further information please read the section on Additional Pool Freediving Competition Regulations.

Venue

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

Marine Parade Southport QLD 4215

Entry Cost to venue is $6.30.

The Static competition is held in the 25m pool while the dynamic competitions for bifin/monofin are held in the 50m training pool. The Dynamic competition for no fins is in the 25m pool.

All pools are heated with an average pool temperature of about 28 degrees centigrade.

Competition Structure

Each athlete must complete and submit the following documents via email by 5pm on the Thursday before the competition to email dive@freedivinggoldcoast.com.au:

  • AP (Announced Performance)
  • AIDA Medical Form – must be GP signed
  • AIDA Liability Form
  • Passport (current) photo / details for evidence of your nationality.
  • Registration with the Australian Freediving Association (AFA)
  • Freediver Certification (AIDA2 Pool minimum or certification equivalent)

Competition briefing is at 8.30am on the day of the competition with the first OT (Official Top) commencing at 10am.

Each performance will be measured and converted into points according to AIDA Competition Regulations. Athletes with the highest cumulative points across all Freediving Gold Coast competitions in the year will be awarded either 2020 Freediving Gold Coast Male Champion or 2020 Freediving Gold Coast Female Champion.

Competition Prerequisites

Once payment is received you will be sent an information pack about the competition and asked to email copies of:

Passport to verify nationality.

AIDA Medical Statement signed by a medical doctor. Download Medical Form Here.

AIDA Liability Release signed and dated by the competitor. Download AIDA Liability Release Here.

Proof of certification of freediving education/training equivalent to AIDA 2 Pool Freediver.

Failure to provide this documentation by 5pm on the Friday prior to the competition will result in being unable to compete and forfeiture of the registration fee.

Registration

Registration is now open.

Limited to a maximum of 10 athletes from Australia or overseas for the Static competition and a maximum of 15 athletes for the dynamic competitions.

All athletes must be a qualified freediver (minimum AIDA 2 Pool Freediver or international equivalent).

General registration fee is $95.

Special Registration fee for current Freediving Gold Coast High Performance Coaching (HPC) members $50.

If for some reason you decide to withdraw, our cancellation policy is as follows:

  • 100% refund 4 weeks prior to competition day.
  • 50% refund 2 weeks prior to competition day.
  • No refund less than 2 weeks prior to competition day.

Registration fee does not include pool entry ($630) transport to and from venue, and any food/drinks. Freediving Gold Coast is not responsible for any medical expenses, medical evacuation expenses, or hospitalization expenses incurred as a result of competing in the competition and any such expenses are the responsibility of the competitor and their own personal insurance.

Snorkel Floats

$13.95

Snorkel Floats

  • Improves freediver safety
  • Designed to fit over most snorkels (fits very easily over snorkels with a 2.5cm diameter). For tighter fits, a lubricant can assist application.
  • Protects your snorkel from sinking during preparation and relaxation phases.
  • Ideal for ocean diving and statics.
  • Available in a choice of black, blue, maroon,red, pink and yellow.
  • Made of durable neoprene.
  • Available only in Australia.

 

Women’s Freediving Competition Wetsuit – Epsealon Abyss

$450.00

Epsealon Abyss – Women

  • Ergonomic cut with inverted arm performing for maximum comfort in the hydrodynamic position with the arms raised.
  • Super Glide Skin – Yamamoto Ultra Stretch Outdoor Neoprene with Super Composite Skin for exceptional gliding in the water.
  • Elastane inner lining for maximum stretch and comfort, as well as for quick dressing and undressing.
  • Zipper quality YKK.
  • Hydro Dynamic Sealing System – closure of the suit with a flanged flap system that eliminates water entry and promotes hydrodynamics.
  • Easy Fit System – Ultra-stretchy and durable Dolphin Speed collar for easy top dressing.
  • Model 2mm proposed with neck sleeve.
  • Official suit of the AIDA France Team 2019