Spearfishing and foraging course

foraging course

Imagine a secluded beach, sun in the sky, well fitting wetsuit to keep you more than warm for hours at a time, stepping into the sea and putting your face into the water and seeing what is going on underneath the waves. You know the best time to dive, you have worked out the tides, you have the correct equipment for the job, you have researched the area and know where to look for the natures bounty to bring back to your friends for a beach barbeque. This is possible to do safely with the correct training, and good advice from experienced spearos. We only use experienced Instructors and spearos to run the courses.

Beach in North Wales

Spearfishing and foraging is an environmentally friendly way of catching your food for the table. Todays destructive, unsustainable fishing methods are simply not a long term viable option.

To safely breath hold dive and then duck dive and handle and fire weapon requires a certain amount of diving skill. We take qualified Freedivers (AIDA 2, SSI level 1, Apnea Academy levels for example) onto the one day spearfishing course. We have two tracks for unqualified divers.

The AIDA 2 beginner freediver course is recommended, For beginners to the sport the route would be AIDA 2 pool and theory, AIDA 2 open water then the one day spearfishing course. Or, if you can demonstrate with previous experience you could do a preparation course (AIDA 1) before the spearfishing course we can do it over a weekend. 

Details here to sign up for the AIDA 1 or 2 courses, dates for AIDA 2 there also, dates for AIDA 1 below

We run courses in North Wales (dates to be added), and Scotland. Theory in the morning and then we do practical in the afternoon. The courses are accredited by the British Spearfishing Association

Spearfishing course content;

  • Reasons to spear fish and forage
  • Gun safety and gun handling
  • Water safety (tides, boat traffic, use of floats etc)
  • Fish identification and minimum sizes
  • Crustaceans and molluscs
  • Regulations, and how to find out about the areas where you dive
  • Physiology and dangers of freediving
  • Basic breathhold techniques
  • Hunting techniques
  • Equipment 
  • Importance of self reliance
  • Code of conduct

Fitness; You need a decent level of fitness to join us on the courses, as a minimum you will need to fill in Liability forms and medical forms to screen for any underlying medical problems which may need Doctors advice, and you need to be able to swim comfortably 200 metres swimming and 300 metres snorkelling.

Availability; Some of the courses we have are designed to do both courses back to back. Dates on application. We will organise courses for groups of four at mutually agreeable times.

Next course dates for 2019

 6th July, Scotland AIDA 1 star, (Spearfishing preparation day)

7th July, Scotland Spearfishing course

24th August, Scotland AIDA 1 star, (Spearfishing preparation day)

 25th August, Scotland Spearfishing course

21st September, Scotland Spearfishing course

Cost £125

Supported by Staunch UK



E-mail: Steve@freedivers.co.uk Phone: 07940998915

Freediving, when practised properly, is a very safe sport. However there are risks so always dive with the supervision of a QUALIFIED and competent buddy. Never hold your breath alone, even in water as shallow as your bath. Someone needs to be there who knows exactly what they are looking for and what to do in case of a blackout. A casual observer or even a lifeguard who hasn't been specifically trained in apnea would not be suitable.