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Education

Freediving is fun once you have learned some essential techniques. AIDA Canada is pleased to bring you a standard of instruction that will help you shorten the learning curve and enjoy a lifetime of diving beneath the waves on a single breath of air.

Courses

Most courses are offered through AIDA Canada associated clubs. Clubs are required to provide a course for members on basic safety in order to retain their insurance coverage. For most clubs, these courses are required for membership and/or participation in club recreational and competitive events. We highly recommend that all freedivers take a basic safety course or equivalent:

Option 1: AIDA * or AIDA ** Freediver (AIDA International)
Option 2: Safety freediver – Intro (AIDA Canada)

Beyond basic safety courses, you can take further courses and seminars with your club, through AIDA Canada, AIDA International, or an outside instructor. We highly recommend going through Canadian freediving clubs for your initial instruction, as this is an affordable and enjoyable way to get into the sport.

Mentorship

Freediving can be a complex sport to the non-initiated. However, with the help of someone experienced and a variety of perspectives at your disposal, you can get up to speed quickly and safely.

AIDA Canada supports both formal and informal mentorship programs for its members. A direct benefit of membership will be access to exciting seminars and programs at low cost from expert recreational, and competitive freedivers. These freedivers will also bring their personal passions to share with you.

We also believe that AIDA Canada can provide mentorship to clubs and groups wanting to form a club. Our role as a national association for freediving gives us the opportunity to provide services to several clubs at once, saving them lots of time, effort and money. These services include media relations, sponsorship and outreach, expertise, insurance, and standards for safety and competitions.

Public Education

Given that the media emphasis on freediving as an extreme sport runs counter to our focus on recreational freediving and safe, controlled and well-managed competitions, AIDA Canada will be focused on providing clear and consistent information on freediving to the Canadian and international public.

As a member, you can help support this objective by referring curious individuals to our website or to one of our board members for further follow-up. We will be working with clubs to develop a public education program to operate in tandem with pool and open-water practices, emphasizing that freediving is a safe sport when practiced correctly.

Above all, our central message is that freediving is fun and addictive and has created a community of people who care about oceans, lakes and rivers.