Posts Tagged ‘AIDA’

APNEISTS UK CLUB TRIP to Makadi Bay, Egypt

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Steve Millard from Apneists UK enjoyed a fun filled trip to the wonderful Red Sea Coast with Mermaids, dolphins, changing octopus and treasures!  Read all about it in the link below.


Ocean Dreams – take on Freediving!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I have known Tina and Bob from Ocean Dreams for over 10 years and whenever freediving was discussed the general response from Nurse Tina was – it’s not natural!  So over the years they have done deep technical diving…. they have done rebreather diving… and lots and lots of scuba diving!  So on this trip when Tina said that they would like to try freediving I almost fell off the boat!  Sabrina and Beth came along to discover freediving too :-)

Didn’t they do well!!!  All passed with flying colours!  Well done and welcome to the quite side 😉

Freediving in Yorkshire!

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

As Freediving grows steadily in the North of England, Apneists UK ( ) has had groups running all over the North West, starting in Manchester and Liverpool, and in Yorkshire for well over a decade. In Yorkshire, Sheffield and Huddersfield currently have clubs, as does Leeds on less regular frequency. In order to facilitate the ability of Freedivers to regularly train and increase the number of sessions we are going to promote the sport in the area with its first AIDA Freediving competition, and we have picked our club in Huddersfield to host the event.

A number of athletes from around the UK will compete in one of three disciplines. Dynamic Apnea, swimming horizontally as far as one can. Dynamic no fins, swimming as far horizontally as one can with… (yes you guessed it). And Static Apnea, lying stationary holding your breath for as long as you can. The highest point score wins, so you can pick your favourite event to try and win it. It is like the mini version of the International we have run every year now for five years, which is attempting all three disciplines and total point score decides the winner.

Some details here of location and timing

The competition holds something for the whole club, and for those travelling. Some athletes are in almost full time training trying to get National records and win the event, some athletes are there to get one step closer to that goal and simply be the best they can be, and some are there for their first taste of competition to see if they like it. In any case its a good reason to get fit and healthy both physically and mentally. Freediving is an extremely personal sport, you do your own dive on the day, but at the same time you never dive alone without someone properly looking after your safety. I think this, in part, is one of the reasons for the strong community spirit within the sport and, despite it being a competition, all athletes encourage the best out of their peers.

An event on the horizon is a good reason to train, an extra impetus to improve yourself and diving in some way. You don’t need to start the sport looking like an Olympian, but if you want a sport that will improve your health and fitness this certainly is a good one to take up. Improvements come over time with regular diving.

This competition will also be a good opportunity to make sure every wrinkle is ironed out of the background organisation for the International competition we have on the 22nd/23rd March 2014. We have some camera testing to do to make it really special. Here is the intro video from last years. . A good opportunity to make the next competition better than the last, we always try and improve. Just before the International will have an opportunity for those wishing to judge in the future to do the AIDA International judges course with an experienced Judge trainer.
Please feel free to come along and see the event. And if you are a Freediver, enter or help out if you want.

Steve Millard


Apneists UK

Head Coach

AIDA Instructor Trainer

AIDA Education Committee


Lovely Louisa makes 30 metres!

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Louisa came to El Gouna again this June to find the depths of the Red Sea.  We started the AIDA 3* course and she excelled again with her new Mustang C4 fins helping her reach the amazing depth of 30 metres.

Champagne was the only way to celebrate after she swam up from 30m with water in her mask one time, did a self-rescue (pulling on the line) due to cramp also from 30 metres and a sexy dolphin kick dive to 30m too!  Looking forward to going deeper together in October :-)

بطل مصرى جديد فى رياضة الغوص الحر

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

بطل مصرى جديد يلمع فى عالم الغوص الحر. محمد المكاوى أول مدرب غوص حر مصرى من منظمة إس إس أى SSI . إستطاع بفضل الله أن يحقق أرقام مصرية قياسية جديدة فى بطولة AIDA Cyprus pool games و التى أقيمت بقبرص بالعاصمة نيكوسيا يوم الأحد الموافق 21 / 4 / 2013. الأرقام كانت فى إثنين من فئات الغوص الحر فى حمام السباحة و اصبح حامل الرقم المصرى الحالى فى فئة حبس النفس الساكن فى المكان Static Apnea بوقت 5:54 دقيقة و فئة السباحة الديناميكية تحت الماء بدون زعانفDynamic without fins بمسافة50 متر.


محمد المكاوى هو الحاصل أول ميدالية دهبية فى هذة البطولة لتحقيق أعلى رقم Static Apnea.


و بذلك يصبح نجما مصريا جديدا فى سماء الغوص الحر و نتمنى له كل التوفيق و المذيد من النجاحات و الإنجازات.


الجدير بالذكر أنة إفتتح مؤخرا أول مركز غوص حر من منظمة SSI فى قبرص فى مدينة لارناكا حيث يقيم ، و لكنه أيضا يخطط للمجىء لمصر لتدريب من يرغب من المصريين على الغوص الحر و بناء فريق مصرى قوى يستطيع المنافسة فى بطولات الغوص الحر.


للمذيد من المعلومات عن محمد المكاوى إضغط على الرابط التالى







Course Dates 2013

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

The following are AIDA course dates so far for 2013 if you would like to join in send us a mail :-)

If you are traveling at another time just mail us to check availability.

April 2013

Sharm Training

Cyprus Competition

AIDA 2* Freediver Course 29th April – 1st May


May 2013

2 Star Course – 2nd – 4th May 2013

3 Star Course – 5th – 7th May 2013

2 Star Course – 8th – 10th May 2013

1 Star Course – 26th May 2013

1 Star Course – 28th May 2013

2 Star Course – 30th May – 2nd June

June 2013

Depth Training Marsa Alam – 5th – 7th June 2013

1 Star Course – 8th June 2013

SSI Level 2 – 19th – 21st June 2013

Depth Training – 22nd – 23rd June 2013


July 2013

2 Star Split Course – 6th July 2013

2 Star Course – 12th – 14th July 2013 El Gouna


August 2013

Nordic Cup – Judging Sharm El Sheik 5th – 8th August

1 Star Course – 24th August 2013

1 Star Course – 30th August 2013

September 2013

1 Star Course – 1st September 2013

2 Star Course – 3rd – 5th September 2013

3 Star Course – 7th – 9th September 2013

Training Days – 2nd, 6th, 10th and 11th September 2013

1 Star Course – 14th September 2013

2 Star Course – 16th – 18th September 2013

3 Star Course – 20th – 22nd September 2013

October 2013

AIDA 2 Star Course – 1st – 3rd October 2013

AIDA 3 Star Course – 7th – 9th October 2013

AIDA 2 Star Course – 11th – 13th October 2013

AIDA 3 Star Course – 14th – 16th October 2013

Static and Depth Training –  20th – 24th October

AIDA 3 Star Course – 24th – 26th October 2013


November 2013

Sharm El Sheik – Training


If you would like to take part in a course on a different date please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

We also run training days, safety freediver courses, competition training and first aid certifications too!  So come and join us for some fun in the sun!

Last Course of 2012!

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

The last course of 2012 is taking place from 13th December – 15th December 2012 at The Marriott Hotel, Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt.

AIDA** Freediving Course
This course is undertaken after completion of the AIDA * Freediver Course and is for people with experience of snorkeling and who feel comfortable in the water both on the surface and under the water.

Throughout this course you will learn safety procedures and techniques to enjoy breath-hold diving. You will learn the basics in Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and Constant Weight Freediving.

You earn this certification by completing 2 theory sessions, 2 confined water sessions and 3 open water sessions from the shore or off one of our boats on the beautiful Red Sea. After completion you will be able to dive safely with a buddy of the same level anywhere in the world!

If you would like to join for the last course of 2012 please mail me at

Sahl Hasheesh – AIDA 2* course

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

Lynn and Mark came from cold London for some fun in the sun.

AIDA Team World Championships Final Results

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Mens Results

Gold Croatia – photo from Vedrana Vidovic

Silver France – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Bronze Czech Republic – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Well done eveyone!


Womens Results

Gold Japan – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Silver France – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Bronze Serbia – Photo from Ryuzo Shinomiya

Well done everyone!

AIDA TEAM World Championships 2012 – Results from 14th September 2012

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Due to the official website going a bit screwy have uploaded the retults in an easy to read format.

Clicking through to see the individual results here: