Discover Freediving Experience – Vancouver Howe Sound Adventure
Discover freediving at this one day experience in the Howe Sound, BC only a few minutes drive from downtown Vancouver, BC. The local waters around Vancouver have stunning wildlife and marine ecosystems to discover. Seals, sea lions, porpoises, octopus and rockfish are just a few of the animal species we encounter when freediving. With the Discover Freediving Experience you will learn the theory of freediving, learn how to control and maximize each breath-hold and then put it all into practice with an open water diving session. This one day experience will provide you all the basic knowledge you need to become a safe freediver. We will include study materials, a certification and all the equipment required for the experience.
- Duration: 1 Day
- Commitment: Intro
- Max Depth: 10 meters
- Certification: AIDA 1
WHAT TO EXPECT
If you are interested in freediving and don’t want to commit to a full course, then this one day discovery course is for you.
Learn the basics and fundamentals of freediving theory, physiology and diving physics.
You will learn how to safely hold your breath longer and have a greater comfort while submerged.
You will learn how to identify risks in freediving, practice safety skills and rescue techniques.
After completing this program, you’ll be more confident whenever you are in the water.
You will receive an AIDA 1 Certificate issued by AIDA International.
We recommend to sign up for an AIDA 1 Beginner Freediver course if you have little to no experience in an open water setting. A pool based course will help you achieve a comfort underwater and while holding your breath. If you already have experience in scuba diving, snorkeling or other open water activities, then we recommend to take an AIDA 2 course.
For an AIDA 1 Discovery Freediver course you must be able to swim 100 meters non-stop in a pool or confined water setting. No other requirements needed. All courses require participants to sign a medical form, a liability release and be 18 years of age or older (16 years with parent or guardian consent).
For an AIDA 1 pool session you will need a wetsuit, a mask and snorkel. A thin wetsuit is required to stay warm while practicing statics in the pool. We recommend a triathlon/surfing/snorkelling wetsuit anywhere between 3mm to 5mm thick. As a reference, this is appropriate: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5021-537/Fusion-4-3mm-Neoprene-Wetsuit. For an AIDA 2 pool session you will need exactly the same equipment as an AIDA 1 pool session, and additional fins, a weight belt and weights are required. Please bring a change of clothes, a yoga mat, pool sandals and any other gear appropriate for a pool session.
An open water session in Canada requires specific freediving equipment to maintain comfort, warmth and protection in the water. In the summer months, the surface water may be warm, however thermoclines persist at depth. For any open water course, session or training we require a mask, snorkel, fins, weight-belt, weights and a freediving wetsuit. Additionally, socks and gloves may be required.A freediving wetsuit is a two piece wetsuit that seals off water. We recommend a thickness from 5mm to 7mm for summer freediving and 7mm for winter freediving.
Other equipment to bring is a change of warm and dry clothes, towel, sandals, and a warm beverage. You can rent a full freediving equipment package at a local dive shop (contact us for details) or purchase a wetsuit online. We recommend the local Canadian wetsuit manufacturer Oceaner Sporting Goods (www.oceaner.com). Sea to Sky Freediving students receive 10% off wetsuits from Oceaner. For more info on cold water freediving and wetsuits, check out this article: https://www.freedivewire.com/freediving-wetsuits/
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