Freediving Instructor

AA Instructor Course in English 22nd - 28th October 2017 (Greece)

The next Apnea Academy Instructor Course in English is programmed from the 22nd to 28th of October 2017, in Rodhes island (Greece). The duration of the course is 7 days.

The course will address topics of relaxation, breathing, physiology of respiratory and ear systems, diet, techniques of communication, teaching methods, psychology and group control, with lectures given by expert specialists in each field. Furthermore the AA teaching system, its standards, and the sequence of exercises will be discussed. Theory of Static and Dynamic apnea, Constant and Variable Weight freediving will be treated.

Practical exercises will include techniques of breathing and relaxation at the various levels, Constant and Variable Weight and group control in pool and sea.

Students will be shown videos of good and bad practical technique, and competitions. All students will be filmed in order to analyze their technique. The course places emphasis on the formation of an instructor as much as the development of their technique and performance.

Other than Umberto Pelizzari the teaching staff will be made up of some of the most respected experts in the various relevant fields and a selection of the most expert Apnea Academy Instructors.
Also Carlos Coste, Stig Severinsen, WilliamTrubridge, Miguel Lozano, Sara Campbell, Manolis Yankos and and many other champions are Apnea Academy Instructors.


To be admitted to the course the candidate must be able to perform perfectly all exercises included in the Manual of Freediving (Idelson & Gnocchi), and be capable of:

- static apnea of 4:30 minutes

- dynamic apnea of 80mt

- dynamic no-fins at 60mt

- constant weight freedive (with bi-fins) of 35mt

Instructors who are successful in the evaluation at the end of the course will become members of the Apnea Academy and will be able to hold AA freediving courses of 1 st , 2 nd and 3 rd level, Apnea Discovery and Apnea Stages, within the teaching structure of the Apnea Academy, school for the instruction and research and freediving.

All AA courses and stages are at this link.

For INSCRIPTION and further technical information, contact umberto@umbertopelizzari.com

The course will take place at Hotel Kresten Royal Villas www.thekrestenroyal.gr in Rhodes.

All information for Hotel costs will be given before February 2017.

Detailed information

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For inscrption write to umberto@umbertopelizzari.com

The price for the Instructor Course is 795 euros

Minimum requirements for admission to the course are:

  • swim perfectly freestyle and breaststroke

  • swim underwater breaststroke with perfect technique

  • static apnea of 4:30'' minutes

  • dynamic apnea of 80m with bi-fins

  • dynamic no-fins at 60m

  • constant weight freedive (with bi-fins) of 35m

  • mastery of all exercises described in Manual of Freediving , Chapters 8 & 9

  • speak English

  • be an experienced freediver

It is also necessary to possess

  • personal freediving equipment, including wetsuit, mask, snorkel and bi-fins

(weights can be borrowed from the organisation)

  • Manual of Freediving

  • A Certificate of First Aid, valid in the country of citizenship

  • A valid medical certificate of fitness for subaquatic activity

The organisation will supply successful students with the official Apnea Academy uniform at the end of the course.



  • Monofins can be used, but are not obligatory. Traditional freediving bi-fins are however compulsory to the course.

Manual of Freediving underwater on a single breath

by U. Pelizzari, S. Tovaglieri

Ed. Idelson Gnocchi

You can buy it on Amazon


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