Freediving Instructor

AA Instructor Course in English 13th - 19nd October 2024 (Tenerife, Canary Islands)

The next Apnea Academy Instructor Course in English is programmed from the 16th to 22nd of October 2022, in La Caleta, in the south of the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain).

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 AA West Europe Freediving Center located at La Caleta.

8 minutes walking from the Apnea Center, the Tenerife Top Training Center ( www.tenerifetoptraining.com ) will host all pool sessions, theory lessons, breathing and relaxation sessions.


For the Instructor Course, we suggest to the candidates 

- Hotel Hovima Jardin Caleta (https://www.hovima.com/en/hotel-hovimajardin-in-tenerife/ contact Heike +34922782755 ext 118, heike@tenerifetoptraining.com ) or 

- Hotel Villa Maria (https://www.hotelsuitevillamaria.es/en/ ): they are both very close to the Apnea Center and TTT.

In any case,  anybody is free to go where He prefers.

Candidates will receive a specific form with all costs, contacts and information for reservations.


As you can see from the satellite-map attached, the Hotels (the red stars in the map attached), the Apnea Center (the red circle in the map attached ) and the Tenerife Top Training Center (the red square in the map attached  ) are all very close.

If you like to check the area, on Googlemap  ‘La Caleta, Tenerife’.

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 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 http://apnea.academy/en/didattica/


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



Detailed information

Instructor course program

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 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

You can buy it on Amazon



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