About the Stage A Course.
- Minimum Age: 17 (13 with Parental consent)
- Open Water Training: 2 sessions
- Static session + Dynamic Session
This course covers the following subjects:
- Freediving categories.
- Safety for freediving. Rules of behavior for freediving.
- The buddy system and the role of the buddy and diver in training.
- Training session planning.
- The difference between a depth session and a Spearfishing session.
- Equipment for freediving. Which mask, snorkel, fins and suit to choose when you go Training…
- Physiology for freediving
- Proper breathing for freediving. We will discuss the first of 3 stages of proper breathing.
- Relaxation techniques for static training. Relaxation is the most important aspect of Static training.
- Equalisation techniques.
- Preventing pressure injuries (barotraumas) whilst Freediving.
- Freedive emergencies.
- avoiding and reacting to blackout and “surface samba” (loss of motor control).
The Training sessions include Static breathhold training, Dynamic training and open water sessions.
- The emphasis is on energy efficient movement in the water.
- The main idea is to prolong the dive time and not only the depth.
It is important to understand that with proper training and knowledge a Freediver will improve the depth as well as the dive time.
- Always dive with a Buddy
- Active Vs Passive safety
- Dive well within your limits
- Never freedive after SCUBA
- Correct breathing before freediving. Avoid Hyperventilation
- Never Exhale during the dive
- Proper breathing upon surfacing
- Always maintain a long enough recovery between dives.
- Move slowly! Quick movements use more O2 and are usually less efficient. Maintain Streamlining.
- Always use a float and flag during practice
- Equalise on descent, never on ascent. Never dive sick or if equalisation is not possible.