AIDA was established in 1992 and is derived from the French name, Association Internationale pour le Développement de l’Apnée, which translates to International Association for the Development of Freediving. AIDA is a non-profit organization that has many volunteers who work in their respective professional fields. For example: AIDA Medical Committee has first-aid specialists, trauma specialists, and doctors with diving experience, etc. These experts provide the most up-to-date knowledge and research reports to AIDA, which enables AIDA to have the most advanced scientific knowledge and technical experience in the field. AIDA offers courses from beginner-level all the way up to instructor-level, along with specialty courses such as Monofin Diver, Competition Safety Diver, and an AIDA Judge course.

Freediving education system

The goal of the AIDA education system is to teach freediving knowledge and techniques in a safe manner and to promote freediving in general. The AIDA teaching system organizes courses for complete beginners all the way up to instructor level, which are all presented in a professionally structured, step-by-step manner.

Freediving safety guidelines

Freediving safety is the most important consideration in the AIDA teaching system. AIDA competition rules and teaching systems are formulated with safety as the first consideration. AIDA instructors teach freediving knowledge that applies to all different kinds of divers, such as spearfishers, snorkelers, athletes, etc.

Freediving competition and world records

AIDA holds freediving competitions around the world and has their own database of national and world records. Trained and certified AIDA judges implement and supervise the competitions in accordance with safety guidelines in order to meet the various levels of participants in small regions; AIDA also organizes the world championships.

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AIDA 1

  • Learn the freediving breathing principle
  • Discover methods of equalization
  • Get familiarized with freediving safety information
  • Review the difference between freediving and scuba diving
  • Learn how to breathe properly and different methods of relaxation
  • Practice holding your breath on land
  • Practice holding your breath in water
  • Identify and experience the “urge to breathe”
  • Learn how to properly buddy and rescue someone performing a breath-hold in water
  • Get familiarized with the different types of freediving equipment
  • Learn the duck dive and body posture
  • Check equalization in the water
  • Practice pulling up and down the line and becoming comfortable
  • Reach depths of up to 10m

Included:

  1. AIDA 1 one-day course
  2. AIDA 1 Certification fee

Not included:

  1. Equipment: snorkel, wetsuit, fins, weight belt/weights, lanyard (500NT/day)
  2. Transportation to and from class location/dive sites
  1. This course is a one-day freediving experience. If you would like to experience the full course, it is recommended to sign up for AIDA 2
  2. The course requires 100m of non-stop swimming without equipment or 200m of swimming with mask and fins
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AIDA 2

  • Basics of freediving physiology
  • The freediving breathing principle
  • Prevention of blackouts (BO) and loss of motor control (LMC)
  • How to dive safely
  • The Frenzel equalization technique
  • Theory of different rescue techniques
  • Preparation for the AIDA 2 exam
  • Putting the freediving breathing principle into practice
  • Learn how to safely extend apnea time
  • Practice static safety for BO and LMC
  • Learn how to weight yourself correctly for dynamic sessions
  • Focus on body posture and finning technique
  • Practice dynamic safety for BO and LMC
  • Learn the duck dive, body positioning, line orientation, and focus on ease of equalisation
  • Practice free immersion (pulling up and down a line) and constant weight (finning up and down a line)
  • Focus on freediving technique
  • Learn how to safety and rescue fellow divers
  • 2:00 static breath-hold (STA)
  • 40m dynamic apnea (swimming horizontally) (DYN)
  • 16-20m constant weight (finning up and down a line) (CWT)
  • Rescue from 10m depth
  • 75/100 on the AIDA 2 Exam

Included:

1. AIDA 2 three-day course
2. Certification fee

Not included:

1. Equipment: snorkel, wetsuit, fins, weight belt/weights, lanyard (500NT/day)
2. Transportation to and from class location/dive sites

  1. The course requires 100m of non-stop swimming without equipment or 200m of swimming with mask and fins
  2. If you fail to pass the course requirements, you still have up to one year to train for and complete them
  • Group discount
    • 2-3 people: 300NT discount per person
    • 4 people: 500NT discount per person
  • Discount on equipment purchase
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AIDA 3

  • Three theory sessions
  • Relaxation and stretching session
  • One static apnea session
  • One dynamic apnea session
  • Four open water sessions
  • AIDA 3 Exam
  • Learn the common traumas in freediving, how to address them if they occur, and prevention
  • How to safely increase your dive times and increase your tolerance to carbon dioxide
  • Improve freediving technique, body posture, relaxation, and Frenzel technique
  • Learn how to freefall
  • Work on increasing depth safely
  • Practice safety and rescue skills
  1. 18 years old
  2. Completed AIDA 2 certification or AIDA 2 Crossover
  3. Completed medical questionnaire with physician’s signature if required
  • 2:45 static breath-hold (STA)
  • 55m dynamic apnea (DYN)
  • 24-30m constant weight (CWT)
  • Rescue from 10-15m depth with 50m tow

Included:

  • AIDA 3 three-day course
  • AIDA 3 Certification fee

Not included:

  1. Equipment: snorkel, wetsuit, fins, weight belt/weights, lanyard (500NT/day)
  2. Transportation to and from class location/dive sites
  • Group discount
    • 2-3 people: 300NT discount per person
    • 4 people: 500NT discount per person
  • Discount on equipment purchase