Take your freediving to the next level with this 3-day AIDA 3* course in Southern Barbados near Bridgetown with Alex Davis, AIDA & Advanced PADI Freedive Instructor.
If you have already completed the AIDA 2* (or similar), then the three-day AIDA 3* course will help you step up your freediving! You'll learn advanced techniques and dive up to 30m, and improve your safety and relaxation.
You start the course with a theory session that includes recapping basic info from the AIDA 2* course. On yoga mats, you work on improving breathing technique with some advanced relaxation skills and refining your recovery breathing technique.
At the pool (or confined water area), you perform multiple LMC and BO simulation rescues to ensure fluid, controlled and correct rescue techniques. You get introduced to warm-up tables for both STA and DYN as well as CO2 training.
You finish the first day with a quick open water dive and some equalization drills.
Before you go to the ocean, your instructor conducts the second theory session where you'll learn about enhanced training concepts, the MDR (Mammalian dive reflex) and planning deep dive sessions.
You have two open water sessions that include, but are not limited to: adjusting weight for deeper dives, training and developing Frenzel equalisation, freefall technique, correct finning and streamlining, providing safety for freedivers going 20m and beyond. You'll also work on your rescue skills, and be taught how to 'self-rescue' from depth for situations such as leg cramp.
Freefalling (sink phase) is the next step to becoming a deep freediver. You'll work on when to enter freefall, posture and streamlining, relaxation, equalization and how to enjoy this new sensation!
After finishing the third theory session, you'll take a short exam which covers various topics discussed during the knowledge development. Once completed, you'll review your answers to ensure you understand all the information.
Then, you have your last two open water sessions in the morning/afternoon (break for lunch in between). You'll have the opportunity to dive up to 30m (98ft) and looking to achieve at least 24m (78ft). You'll also perform a deep BO rescue followed by a surface tow of at least 50m to complete the final safety requirements for the course.
The course starts at 8:30am and finishes around 4:30/5pm weekdays and weekends. It's conducted with no more than 4 students to ensure the highest levels of safety and education.
By 3* level you should have your own equipment (mask/snorkel/fins/wetsuit) but the school can still provide gear where needed. Please get in touch with the instructor after your booking is confirmed to communicate your sizing info.
Due to the increased depth during this course, it may be necessary to charter a small boat to access dive sites further from shore. In this case there will be a boat fee – you will be made aware of this before course commencement as it is dependent on the number of students, conditions, and scheduling.