Classes


Our philosophy

To learn a new discipline or to improve in it, we need good conditions.

At Azores Freediving, we have chosen to welcome a maximum of 2 students per instructor for the Try Freedives and a maximum of 3 for all our other courses. The teaching is done on a workshop composed of a large round buoy to which is suspended a weighted rope. The rope serves as a guide, a reference and an aid to immersion.


Come with peace of mind, we offer you the rental of your equipment for the duration of your course.

The departures are done from a large and comfortable semi-rigid boat and the swimming pool sessions in one of our partner hotels. On rare occasions, we may consider a beach departure on request or because of unfavorable winds.


Training to freedive in the Azores is a sport with a unique added dimension. Through your training, you will be able to say that you are an “Ocean Freediver”, in other words a freediver who knows how to adapt in a moving environment, with currents and waves. A unique experience because your training will provide you with intense moments of viewing a passing turtle, a school of amberjacks or a Mobula ray.

We bet you will come away totally amazed!

Try Freedive 120€

1 day

Includes 10€ of AIDA1 certification. Insurance apnea included.

Prerequisite: Be able to swim 100m non stop.

Program of the day

 

Morning

  • Relaxation and stretching by the pool
  • Static Apnea

Snack – Debriefing

Afternoon

  • Vertical freediving in the ocean
  • Excursion to one of our favorite sites

Debriefing over a drink – Certification

Your discoveries after this day

  • Relaxation, complete & recovery breathing
  • Duck dive, finning, equalization
  • Safety at the surface in pairs
  • Free immersion up to 10m deep (max.)

Bonus : You will be offered an initiatory freediving manual and some nice souvenir photos!

Discovery 220€

2 days

Includes 10€ of AIDA1 certification. Insurance apnea included.

Prerequisite: Be able to swim 100m non stop.

Program over 2 days

 

  • 1 relaxation and stretching session
  • 1 session of static apnea in the pool
  • 2 sessions of vertical freedive in the ocean
  • 2 excursions to 2 of our favorite sites

Your discoveries at the end of these 2 days

  • Relaxation, complete & recovery breathing
  • Duck dive, finning, equalization
  • Safety on the rope and during excursion in pairs
  • Behaviour code while freediving in pairs in the ocean
  • Free immersion up to 20m deep (max.)

Bonus : In addition to an initiatory freediving manual, you will be offered nice photos and videos memories !

Possibility of validating some AIDA2 items at the end of the course.

Atelier Apnée Açores

Immersion 320€

3 days

Includes 20€ of AIDA2 certification. Insurance apnea included.

Prerequisite: Be able to swim 200m without fins or 300m with fins non stop.

What you will have learned at the end of this training

  • Precise theoretical knowledge of the discipline
  • Relaxation, complete & recovery breathing have no more secrets for you
  • Efficient duck dives and finning
  • You know how to define your buoyancy
  • You know how to equalize gently
  • You know how to do surface and deep rescue


In a nutshell

  • You will hold your breath for 2 minutes
  • You will be able to swim 40m long just below the surface on a single breath
  • You will freedive with bi fins to a depth of 20m (minimum 12m)


A written exam completes this practice

(75% correct answers required)

Bonus : In addition to a freediving manual rich in teaching, you will be offered nice photos and videos memories !

Sensation 360€

3 days

Includes 20€ of AIDA3 certification. Insurance non included.


Prerequisite: AIDA 2 or equivalent.

What you will have learned at the end of this training

  • A thorough knowledge of the discipline and the tools to progress with your partner
  • How to prepare, practice and recover from your freediving session
  • The discovery of the free fall
  • Increased confidence as a safety freediver diver
  • How to deal with the unexpected during your freediving session


In a nutshell

  • You will hold your breath for 2 min 45 s
  • You will be able to swim 55m long just below the surface on a single breath
  • You will freedive with bi fins to a depth of 30m (minimum 24m)


A written exam completes this practice

(75% correct answers required)

Bonus : If the weather is good, we take you to Ambrosio to experience your 30m dive among the Mobulas rays! We will take care of immortalizing this Kodak moment for You !

mobula et cable ambrosio apnee

Recommendation & information

In addition to the previous training, we offer coaching sessions à la carte, starting at 60€ for a one hour session. We also give private lessons of monofin (provided) in the pool from 100€ for a 2h session. More information via our contact section.


We advise you to stay on the island for more days than those planned for your course. Indeed, we sometimes have to adapt the program for weather reasons. In addition, you will appreciate to have one or two days off to walk around and/or enjoy some excursions in addition to your training.


Note: The Immersion and Sensation courses do not necessarily lead to a certification equivalent to the level targeted. At least, you will be certified at the lower level and you will be given a certificate of competence allowing you to validate the missing items within one year with the AIDA instructor of your choice.