Beginner Freediving Course in Sliema, Malta
The AIDA 2 freediving course is for confident snorkelers or swimmers who want to learn all basic theory and techniques of freediving. This is probably the most challenging and rewarding AIDA course. For those who are already confident in the open water, this course is your starting point. It gives you a foundation of good techniques and safety so that you can later on buddy with other AIDA 2 freedivers and train on your own.
The course consists of:
- two theory sessions
- one breathing and relaxation session
- two confined water sessions (usually in the swimming pool)
- three open water sessions
- one exam to take at the end
The student is asked to go through the AIDA educational material beforehand (the material will be sent upon booking), in order to be able to focus on practice during the course. On the day of the course, the main points will be reviewed and all questions answered.
Open water session
Our three water sessions will happen right above a shipwreck on the Sliema promenade. The deeper you go, the better your view of the wreck will be... The maximum depth for AIDA 2 though is 20m.
Static apnea is a freediving discipline in which the diver holds his/her breath for as long as possible with the nose and mouth immersed while floating on the surface of the water. Depending on the conditions in the water, we will either practice in the sea (at the same location as the open water session, holding on to our buoy), or in the Sliema's swimming pool.
Included in the listed price
Educational material (sent before the course), freediving equipment, AIDA certification (if the requirements are met), and insurance. The requirements to be certified are: 16m in constant weight (finning down), 2min in static apnea, and 40m in dynamic apnea (finning under the water in a pool).
This course will be a private, one on one course. No other student will be present. If you do wish to bring along one or two friends, a discount of € 75 will be given to any additional student. To maintain optimal conditions, three students at the most will be accepted.
Please do not drink alcohol and avoid using the AC or eating dairy for at least 3 days before the course. Any of these are likely to cause sinus congestion which will make it much more difficult to equalize your ears as you go down the water.
Please note that AIDA International's standards strictly require students fo fill in the AIDA medical statement and the AIDA liability release before any course. They will be given to you in paper form at the beginning of the course.
Here's a video of the Tug 2 shipwreck over which we'll be diving.