The next steps in the ladder are:
Stage A Course
The Stage A course is aimed to provide basic knowledge of the different freediving categories, the important rules of behaviour and the safest way to perform freediving while allowing the fastest improvement.
- Freediving categories.
- Safety for freediving.
- The buddy system.
- Training session planning.
- Equipment for freediving. Which mask, snorkel, fins and suit to choose when you go Training…
- Physiology for freediving
- Proper breathing for freediving.
- Relaxation techniques for 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.
Stage B Course – Going deeper
The second course is aimed towards increasing your depth safely and deepening your understanding of the physiological changes that take place during the dive.
This course is limited to 30m
- The dive response
- Advanced breathing
- Planning a training session
- Technique and streamlining
Stage C – Mental preparation for advanced freediving
The third course will take you to a whole new level of understanding and performance.
This course will focus on the mental aspects of performance freediving and will provide insights in its various aspects.
To enroll on this course you will need to have experience and understanding of your technique and breathing.
The instructor will assess s your performance, pinpoint your weak points and help you overcome them.
This course will teach you techniques that will allow you to dive deeper than 40m.
- Mental management systems for FreeDivers
- Competitive freediving
- Goal setting
- Deep Equalisation techniques
- Personal training program
Apnea International offers specialised spear-fishing classes. The courses teach safe spearfishing techniques, codes of conduct, gear, rigging and other subjects.
The last step in the ladder is the instructor course. This course will allow you to teach “Apnea International” courses.