The AIDA 1* course is designed as a fun, one day introduction to freediving. If you have ever wanted a taste of what it is like to snorkel below the surface, to dive down and meet the marine life on their level, then this one day course can help you do it! The course teaches the basics of breath-hold and breath-hold diving, focusing on technique and aquaticity. Students familiarise themselves with anatomy and physiology before trying their hand at apnea techniques. Students are guided during an open ocean session to swim to depth, focusing on correct 'duckdive' and equalisation techniques.

The day is run in a very relaxed style, with small classes in a "hands on" style. You are offered plenty of guidance, with the focus on a fun experience rather than specific training objectives.


What to bring?

 - mask, fins, towel and wetsuit

 -  weight belt is provided


The courses are run in the eastern suburbs between Bondi and Long Bay, depending on prevailing environmental conditions.

*Students should have basic swimming skills and be able to demonstrate these prior to undertaking the course.


The AIDA 2 program forms the structural framework for all breath-hold diving. Whether you are a complete beginner, wanting to know how to ‘snorkel a bit deeper;’ or a more experienced diver wanting to develop the correct skills to keep progressing, the course focuses on creating safe and accurate technique.

Rather than “chasing numbers,” the three day instructional guides you through the theory and practice of breath hold, correct finning and hydrodynamic positioning, relaxation techniques, equalisation and a thorough understanding of physiology. During the open ocean sessions, students are exposed to a variety of freediving disciplines, the preparation for each dive, and techniques for safety and rescue.

The classes are small and intimate, so one on one time with the instructor is maximised. The course does include a few challenges for successful completion including a 40m DYN “distance swim,” a 16-20m CWT “deep dive” and a 2min static “stationary breath-hold.”  These are fun targets, and the program guides you through the necessary techniques to achieve and eventually exceed these.

What you learn:

 - Basic physiology of freediving

 - Advanced breath-hold and relaxation techniques for static apnea

 - Buddying for static and dynamic apnea

 - Correct hydrodynamic finning for DYN and CWT diving

 - Rescue and recovery for DYN and CWT diving

 - Efficient equalisation and duckdiving for CWT and FIM freediving disciplines

 - Safety and buddying while line training


What to bring?

-          You will need a wetsuit appropriate for current temperatures

-          Mask, snorkel and towel

-          Fins (freedive fins not necessary but make things a little easier)

-          Weight belt if you have one, if not, weights and belt provided

-          Some determination, enthusiasm, laughter and a few good stories

The theory sessions for this course are conducted at Adreno Sydney (678 Botany road Alexandria)* and the evening pool session is held at All Sorts Gym & Pool, Alexandria. Ocean segments are flexible due to environmental conditions and will be advised on the Thursday evening.


Courses run by demand:

Your enquiry will be pooled and potential dates will be offered upon request;


Candidates for the 3* course must have completed an AIDA 2* course or recognised equivalent and have maintained freediving fitness allowing for the progression to the 3* level. The course is taught over four days, focusing on deep safety and progressive freedive training. Candidates are guided through a 28-30m CWT, 3minute static and 60m DYN with appropriate techniques to achieve these performances.

*pre-requisites: AIDA 2* or equivalent

Courses offered by The Underwater Academy will be run to the standard of the operating procedures below. All freediving instructors and assistants must be of AIDA instructor or AIDA 4* standard, or recognised equivalent.



The underwater academy is run as a freediving school and training facility. As such, we include specialised equipment and services with our courses. Both our short courses and our extended multi day courses include:

-          Rubber weight-belt and weight hire

-          Johnline or lanyard (used for 3* and above)

-          Pool entrance fees

-          Safety kit hire

-          sunscreen

-          Course materials

-          Certification


Although we do provide some equipment during the school and training sessions, it is up to potential candidates to bring the following:

-          Wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel, towel

-          Transport to, from or between venues

-          Lunch/water

-          Notepad/pen

Additional costs for boat hire will occur for 3* and 4* courses.



All payments must be paid in full by the commencement of the first day of the course, with a non-refundable 25% deposit required one (1) week in advance.

Course materials will be provided on receipt of the 25% deposit.

Certification will occur after the candidate fulfils all requirements (or fulfils necessary requirements for lesser certification) and completes candidate application on the AIDA International website.



The Underwater Academy reserves the right to postpone course dates due to environmental conditions or lack of numbers; however in the event that a course is delayed due to insufficient numbers, the candidate is entitled to a full refund if a suitable course date cannot be arranged within one (1) calendar month.


In the event that the ocean dependant part of the course is unable to be completed due to adverse environmental conditions, a suitable follow up date will be arranged. If a follow up date cannot be arranged, the customer will be eligible for full refund.


A failure to complete necessary tasks, or inability to complete tasks will not result in a refund, however, at instructor’s discretion, arrangements may be made for an additional day of instruction.


Non-attendance will not result in a refund.