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AIDA 1*

This is a 1 day workshop. It is designed to be an introduction to free diving for the complete beginner. It aims to help the student to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely within the limits of their experience. It consist of 1 theory session in the morning followed by 1 open water session in the afternoon. 

 Price: $90 per student (10% discount for locals!)*

Theory material, certification fee and basic gear included!                 

Course duration: 1 Day

To enroll in AIDA 1* you must be:

  • 18 years old (16 years with parent or guardian permission)

  • Able to swim at least 100m

 

AIDA 2*

The purpose of this course is to teach the student the necessary skills, safety and techniques to safely freedive to a maximum depth of 20m. Students will be introduced to Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and Constant Weight freediving. Proper breathing, relaxation, and how to provide safety for you and your buddies will be the key factors in this course.

 

Price: $360 per student (10% discount for locals!)*

Theory material, certification fee included!                                                 

Course duration: 3 Days

To enroll in AIDA 2* you must: 

  • Be 18 years old (16 years with parent or guardian permission)

  • Be able to swim at least 200m and 300m with mask, snorkel and fins

No freediving gear? No problem! We have limited gear available for rental. Reserve yours as soon as possible

AIDA 3*

The aim of this course is to continue building up the previous skills taught in AIDA 2* to safely freedive to a max depth of 30m . We will focus on free falling, Frenzel equalization, training tables, advanced stretches to help the body adapt to more pressure and also the psychology to handle greater depth and longer dive times.

 

Price: $420 per student (10% discount for locals!)*

Theory material, certification fee included!                                        

Course duration: 4 Days

To enroll in AIDA 3* you must: 

  • Be 18 years old (16 years with parent or guardian permission)

  • Have completed AIDA 2* course or equivalent

No freediving gear? No problem! We have limited gear available for rental. Reserve yours as soon as possible

TRAIN  

We offer personal coaching for various levels. It's a great way to improve your equalization and technique, whether you're preparing for the next course or simply want to go deeper. We had many students already improving their personal records with 10m+ in just 2 sessions! Come learn some tricks and tips and enjoy our deep blue waters.

 

                                                      Price: $45 per session.                     

Personal coaching + deep safety included.                                                   

Duration: 2 hours per session

Only for certified freedivers (any level of any agency is welcome)  

 

                                                                                                                                                                   No freediving gear? No problem! We have limited gear available for rental. Reserve yours as soon as possible

 

* 10% off for locals only applicable if you're doing a single course.

 

                 2018 schedule:             

                                           

           1 December - AIDA 1

       2-4 December - AIDA 2

       6-9 December - AIDA 3

 

 

You can always send us an inquiry to propose a date that fits your schedule (preferably at least 8 weeks in advance)

 

We speak your language!

Our courses are taught in English and papiamentu, dutch and spanish spoken! so you can feel at home during class!

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Your Instructor


Your Instructor


Nirvana Oceanquest 2016, by Laura Babahekian

Your instructor

Danny Mad

Danny was born and raised on our beautiful island and is the founder of Free Diving Curacao. He has a full time job as an Air Traffic Controller instructor and in his free time he teaches freediving, competes, goes surfing, assists and promotes clean ups organized by different local organizations, trying to make a difference. He is also a certified PFI advanced and safety diver. In 2016 he became the first and only local to ever participate in a freediving competition. He placed 3rd in FIM with a dive to 51m at the Deepsea Challenge in 2016 and officially holds all national records of Curacao. He is dedicated in helping students to unlock their true potential in a safe manner. He's been freediving since 2008 and started teaching in 2017. He's currently the only AIDA instructor on Curaçao. He talks about himself and freediving:

" I never believed in doing apnea courses. It's simply the way we are raised here... in denial for most things, until one day I attended a freedive competition here organized by Performance Freediving International (PFI). Since then my curiosity started to grow. I wanted to know more. I did courses with them and I was amazed, completely mind blown on how much I was learning! I was taught by famous folks such as Kirk Krack, Ashley Chapman, Shelby Eisenberg, Walid Boudhiaf, William Trubridge, Goran Colak, Jonathan Sunnex, Dean Chaouche etc. I learned the do's and dont's, techniques to improve my diving and more importantly... safety! I realized how easily things can go wrong and therefor made safety the number priority during my classes. I want people to know the potential risks when safety protocols are not followed. Learning from different organizations enabled me to notice that not every dive school or instructor out there knows or puts enough emphasis on safety. This is not acceptable as it will eventually cause you unnecessary injuries. The sport is becoming more and more commercialized, just another way to make money. This sadly affects the quality of teaching and the content of courses. I know for a fact that in our region, I'm the only one teaching all safety protocols, diving techniques, tips and tricks according to the course level.

My advice: Take a freediving course!

But before you do, do some research before you choose an instructor or school. This is very important. Ask around for feedback. This will for sure be beneficial because in the end, it's an investment in yourself! See you in the deep blue." - Danny

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Contact


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