Freediving Instructor

AA Instructor Course in English 9th - 15th November 2024 (Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea)

The next Apnea Academy Instructor Course in English is programmed from the 9th to 15th of November 2024, in Sharm el Sheikh, Red Sea (Egypt).

The duration of the course is 7 days.

The Instructor 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, group control in pool and sea.

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.


For all sea sessions will be used the Freediving World Apnea Center in Sharm ( http://freedivingworld.it/en/).

The Freediving Center is located inside the Sharm Club Resort (ex Labranda). Here we have the pool for static and dynamic, theory room, gymnasium.


For the Instructor Course, we suggest to the candidates Hotel Sharm Club Resort or Club Reef (150meters far from Freediving Center)

For hotel info and reservation get in contact with Alice Cattaneo alice@freedivingworld.it )

From the satellite-map attached, the red star is Club Reef Hotel, the red circle is Sharm Club Resort and the red rectangle is the training area for all sea sessions.



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 (attached the cover), 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 1st , 2nd and 3rd 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 the following link https://apnea.academy/en/didattica/


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





Detailed information

For inscription 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: 4:30'' minutes

  • dynamic apnea: 80m with bi-fins

  • dynamic no-fins: 60m

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

  • mastery of all exercises described in Manual of Freediving , Chapters 6,7 and 8

  • speak English

  • be an experienced freediver


It is also necessary to possess

  • personal freediving equipment, including wetsuit, mask, snorkel, bi-fins, lanjard. Weights can be borrowed from the organisation)

  • Manual of Freediving (available on Amazon, in paper and ebook version)

  • 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, available on Amazon.

You can buy it on Amazon



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