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Freediving is a way of life, a way to explore our inner self and to achieve things we never thought possible. It’s about fun, about swimming with marine creatures and about spending quality time underwater without the need for any gear other than a mask, snorkel and a pair of fins. freediving is not all about competition or pushing limits. Apnea International places a strong emphasis on safety in all of its courses. Our goal is to educate our students to enjoy freediving, live a healthy lifestyle and – most importantly – love and respect the ocean. 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. During this course, The students will be exposed to the physiology of the human body, and how it changes during immersion, will learn techniques to improve the relaxation during their dives and training and will enable them to freedive and keep training in a safe u0026amp; proper way. This course is designed to improve the freedivers knowledge in the more advanced aspects of Freediving. During this course we discuss aspects of deep Freediving such as deep equalisation, packing, mouth-fill , exhale diving ( FRC) and variable weights. Surf Survival training – Tackle bigger waves, improve your focus and relaxation. No matter what level of surfer you are, no matter what waves you surf – you could benefit from learning how to improve your breath-hold and core strength. At the core of our education system is the understanding that each student has his specific needs. Our courses are designed to provide insights into the different aspects of freediving and they all combine elements which will benefit the student outside the scope of the course.

If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.

About the Stage A Course.

  • Minimum Age: 17 (14 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.

About the Stage B Course

  • Minimum age: 17 (14 with Parental consent).
  • Have completed an Apnea International Stage A course (or equivalent)
  • Open water dives: 4
  • Pool sessions: 2

The subjects covered on this course:

  • Physics of freediving .
  • Physiology of freediving
  • Mammalian Diving Reflex
  • Physiology of freediving – black out
  • Training for Static apnea
  • training tables, dry static training
  • Training for Dynamic apnea.
  • Equalisation techniques.
  • Buoyancy Issues for Deeper freediving
  • Safety Equipment for Deeper freediving
  • Psychology of freediving
  • Fitness training for freediving
  • Breathing exercises – Pranayama.
  • Relaxation techniques for freediving.
  • Planning an open water dive session

The Training sessions include Static breathhold tables and Deep water sessions.

  • The emphasis is on energy efficient movement in the water.
  • We will try to find the best individual technique that will result in the best improvement.

It is important to understand that with proper training and knowledge a Freediver will improve the depth as well as the dive time.

Stage C

About the course

This course is designed to improve the freedivers knowledge in the more advanced aspects of freediving. During this course we discuss aspects of deep Freediving such as deep equalisation, packing, mouth-fill , exhale diving ( FRC) and variable weights. This course concentrates on the students “weak spots” and tries to fix them. We discuss mental management systems and advanced breathing techniques. The dives will be videoed so that we could debrief them on land for further improvement.

Prerequisite certifications:

  • Apnea International Stage B (or equivalent), Current CPR and First Aid
  • Prerequisite performance: STA- 03:30, DYN- 50m, CW- 30m
  • Be able to swim u0026amp; sustain himself in the water (with u0026amp; without fins).
  • Be 17 years old or over (or 14+ with a written u0026amp; approved letter from parents)
  • Pool sessions: 2
  • Open water sessions: 6
  • Advanced equalising techniques
  • Advanced breathing techniques
  • Physiology of deep Freediving
  • The principals of FRC diving
  • Mental management systems for freediving – defining goals and structures for the dives.
  • Physiology – Paradoxes in freediving.
  • Nutrition for high performance.
  • Deeper view of freediving emergencies and the proper response.
  • Timing, pace and rhythm in Freediving.

Stage C

About the course
  • Prerequisite certifications: Apnea International Stage B (or equivalent), Current CPR and First Aid
  • Prerequisite performance: STA- 03:30, DYN- 50m, CW- 30m
  • Be able to swim u0026amp; sustain himself in the water (with u0026amp; without fins).
  • Be 17 years old or over (or 14+ with a written u0026amp; approved letter from parents)
  • Pool sessions: 2
  • Open water sessions: 6

This course is designed to improve the freedivers knowledge in the more advanced aspects of freediving. During this course we discuss aspects of deep Freediving such as deep equalisation, packing, mouth-fill , exhale diving ( FRC) and variable weights. This course concentrates on the students “weak spots” and tries to fix them. We discuss mental management systems and advanced breathing techniques. The dives will be videoed so that we could debrief them on land for further improvement.

The topics covered on this course:
  • Advanced equalising techniques
  • Advanced breathing techniques
  • Physiology of deep Freediving
  • The principals of FRC diving
  • Mental management systems for freediving – defining goals and structures for the dives.
  • Physiology – Paradoxes in freediving.
  • Nutrition for high performance.
  • Deeper view of freediving emergencies and the proper response.
  • Timing, pace and rhythm in Freediving.

The instructor course takes 7 days and covers the following subjects:

  • Methodology of running a theory and practical session
  • Ethics
  • Physiology
  • Technique
  • Error correction
  • Anatomy
  • Psychology
  • Goal setting
  • Breathing
The course consists of theoretical and practical components including lectures, pool sessions and Ocean simulations.
At the end of the course you will be certified to teach the Apnea International Stage A and Stage Bcourses.

Entry requirements:

  • Apnea International Stage C freediver or equivalent.
  • First Aid provider / CPR Provider
  • Age 21
  • Provide a medical certificate

Certification requirements:

  • Constant Weight: 40m’
  • Static: 04:00
  • Dynamic (fins): 100m’
  • Pass an Exam
  • Write an assignment and present it.
  • Pass water skills tests
  • Pass practical and theory exams

B4s – Breath training for Survival

Surfing is one of the world’s most demanding activities. The level of activity can vary from calm, slow, easy surfs to explosive, fast and extreme experiences.

No matter what level of surfer you are, no matter what waves you surf – you could benefit from learning how to improve your breath-hold and core strength. There have been many discussions as to what training is best suited for surfing in general and big-wave surfing in particular. Most surfers end up practicing the “rock running” drills and similar drills. After years of experience in the field of breathing and high performance training we have developed a system that will maximize your ability to perform in the likely event of getting caught under a wave.

Key principles:

  • Preparation is key – knowing what to expect is the first step.
  • Core workout – It is no secret that core training and balance are two of the most important elements of surfing.
  • Warm up – Stretching is not the only thing you need to work on before you go out to the surf.
  • In water buildup – basic drills that can be performed before you catch your first wave.
  • Breathing – Before and during the surf.
  • Relaxation – How not to stress while being held under the wave.
  • Recovery breathing – The most important tool to ensure fast, efficient recovery between waves.

The surfing workshops can either be held as a “one off” clinic of one day or as a series of training sessions that focus on different elements of surfing.

Logistics:

We run the workshops around the country. Regular courses are held in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. We will need a pool to hold the practical session and a lecture room for theory. Course duration – 1 day or 2 evening sessions. Number of students – max’ 10 per group Gear required – Mask, snorkel, wetsuit. Prerequisites – None. facebookInstagramLinkedIn