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 requires a certain amount of skill, at Apneists UK we take qualified Freedivers (AIDA 2*, SSI level 1, Apnea Academy levels for example) onto the course. For non-qualified divers we offer an AIDA 1* one day course to teach you important skills to ensure you are safe in the environmet we will be taking you.

Details here

We run courses in North Wales, and Scotland. Theory in the morning and then we do practical in the afternoon.

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.

Because of the fact you will need a certain skill level before handling the speargun, you will need to be AIDA 1* level (or above/equivalent) to do the course: This can be arranged on a prior course HERE, or for the July and August dates on the Saturday the day before the course date. Details for the AIDA 1* HERE

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 2018

7th July, N.Wales

11th August, Scotland

8th September, Scotland

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.