Ever dreamt of descending into the big blue on a single breath? Experience the feeling of becoming one with the ocean? Swimmers, snorkelers or scuba divers, every year more and more freedivers from all backgrounds discover this amazing sport in pools, quarries, lakes and oceans! Freediving is as much a discovery of the underwater world as an inner journey. It is about technique, physical training and limits, but also about self-awareness, mental and physical relaxation. Below the surface on a single breath, we descend into a world of silence, very different from the one above, and physiological changes in our body are awakened which actually make us feel the silence from within. Read all about freediving here!
Although an underwater sport, freediving differs in many ways from snorkeling or scuba diving. In order to master the specific equipment, techniques and procedures, a freediving course is a must to practice the sport in comfort and safety. AIDA offers multiple courses from discovery to instructor level, which result in certifications that are recognized worldwide and, depending on the level, allow you to dive independently, always with an experienced buddy. The first rule in freediving is: never dive alone! More info on freediving courses can be found here. On this page you can also find a list of instructors you can contact if you are interested in following a course.
A certification is not the end, but only the beginning! In order to maintain and improve ones condition and technique, regular training is required. Several clubs in Belgium offer freediving trainings in the AIDA spirit. A club is also typically the place where you can meet fellow freediving buddies and instructors and plan new adventures. More info on clubs can be found here. AIDA also regularly organises activities in open water, so keep an eye on our calendar!
Some freedivers want to take their skills and limits to the next level by participating in competitions. Of course competition is about numbers and rankings, but as important are the experience of participation and the chance to meet freedivers from all over the world! AIDA International organizes many competitions worldwide from national ones all the way to world championships. But you don’t need to be a top athlete or travel to compete, AIDA Belgium organizes local competitions on a yearly basis. Take a look at the national and international calendars for more info!
Talking about AIDA International, it was founded in 1992 and is the oldest and most experienced freediving federation in the world! Its Belgian branch AIDA Belgium was founded in 2000 and aims to promote freediving in Belgium by organising freediving education, activities and competitions. By becoming a member, you support and actively take part in the development of freediving in Belgium. Read all about it here!
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