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Freediving Azores
HOLD IT... OR PICO WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY

July, August, September 2017
Freediving Pico Island - Azores Freediving Pico Island - Azores

WHY FREEDIVING

Freediving is a fun and natural way of diving which allows you to enjoy the world below the surface on your own breath and explore and encounter marine life as you become part of the ocean.

Freediving is more than just an experience, it is truly an awakening of some innate sensations. We spend nine months in the womb submerged in amniotic fluid, whose composition is similar to seawater. After birth, a baby will naturally swim the breaststroke if immersed in water, holding breath for a few seconds at the time... until she or he learns how to walk.

The word apnea comes from the Greek A-pnoia, which means breathless. It is exactly how people feel while the fly over the mid-Atlantic and, suddenly, they sight Pico Island. The feeling of standing before something magnificent will flood you, along with the awareness that it is Nature's generosity that allows us to enjoy it.

This is why freediving Pico will be such a full, pervasive experience. Depending on your level, our Freediving Instructors will walk you through the basics or train you to improve your skills. This will include breathing sessions, equalising sessions and underwater training, in the aim of letting you get the most out of your freediving experience in Pico while enjoying the highest standards of safety.
Become part of the Ocean
Photo by Kalindi Wijsmuller


COURSES

Our freediving instructors will be able to issue certifications with AIDA, SSI, PADI and Apnea Academy.

The standards required for any particular certification vary depending on the school you choose. Those indicated below refer to AIDA.


  • FREEDIVING EXPERIENCE
    A try out experience thought who are curious about freediving. It is designed to be an introduction to freediving, a first experience for the complete beginner. It helps you to develop basic skills, knowledge and safety procedures necessary to enjoy freediving safely and within the limits of your experience.


    COURSE TYPE PRICE DURATION
    Private course: 120 Euro/person 3 hours
    2 or more students: 90 Euro/person 3 hours
    Equipment rental is included in price.

  • BEGINNER
    The Beginner course is an essential foundation course covering all the necessary skills and knowledge to freedive confidently and safely.
    It will enable you to comfortably freedive to a depth up to 20m. In this course you will learn relaxation and breathing techniques, physiology knowledge, finning technique and body positioning in the water, duck diving, equalization, safety and rescue procedures, and the skills to all four freedive disciplines: static, dynamic, constant weight and free immersion.


    COURSE TYPE PRICE DURATION
    Private course: 300 Euro/person 5 half days
    2 or more students: 230 Euro/person 5 half days
    Equipment rental is included in price.

  • ADVANCED
    The Advanced course is an intense program for those who want to take their freediving deeper.
    You will develop new skills and in depth knowledge of the mammalian dive reflex, safety procedures and techniques for deep freediving such as free falling, Frenzel equalizing, training tables, the risks of increasing and decreasing pressure and how to minimize these risks, static apnea, plus a dry session on yoga and stretching for apnea.

    You will be able to dive to a depth up to 30m.


    COURSE TYPE PRICE DURATION
    Private course: 350 Euro/person 6 half days
    2 or more students: 260 Euro/person 6 half days
    Equipment rental is NOT included in price.

  • MASTER
    The Advanced course is an intense program for those who want to take their freediving deeper.
    You will develop new skills and in depth knowledge of the mammalian dive reflex, safety procedures and techniques for deep freediving such as free falling, Frenzel equalizing, training tables, the risks of increasing and decreasing pressure and how to minimize these risks, static apnea, plus a dry session on yoga and stretching for apnea.

    You will be able to dive to a depth up to 40m.

    Theory: Dalton Law, Boyle Law, Henry’s Law, MDD, narcosis nitrogen, failure depth, exhale diving, mouth fill, packing, fitness, training on land.
    Water sessions: lung stretch, coaching, static 3'30 packing, dyn 70m, safety diver, depth 40 m. Stretching.

    COURSE TYPE PRICE DURATION
    Private course: 550 Euro/person 5 days
    2 or more students: 400 Euro/person 5 days
    Equipment rental is NOT included in price.

Become part of the ocean!
Photo by Kalindi Wijsmuller


OUR INSTRUCTOR FRANCESCO PIRRONE

Francesco Pirrone is an Italian professional freediver, qualified to teach Apnea Academy, Aida, PADI (Master Freediver Instructor) and SSI (Instructor Level 3) courses.
He is also an Emergency First Response Instructor.

At the beginning of his career, Francesco had mentors such as the great Umberto Pelizzari, Andrea Zuccari, Federico Mana e Wendy Timmermans.

For him, apnea is all about feeling in harmony with oneself and Nature. He is animated by a huge passion that leads him to experience freediving to its fullest, spanning disciplines such as Dynamic in the swimming pool, Constant and No Limits. Interacting with wild animals such as dolphins and mobulas is also very high on his list.

As an athlete, Francesco reached 175m in dynamic apnea, 90m No Limits, 70m Constant Weight (CWT) and over 5 minutes in Static. All these performances were recently recorded during CMAS competitions in Italy and AIDA competitions in Egypt.

Above all, what Francesco loves the most about freediving is its simplicity and the unique feeling of well-being it provides.

TRAINING SESSIONS

If you want to improve your freediving technique, increase your depth, overcome mental barriers or work on another specific skill, come train with one of our instructors!

The instructor will make a personalized training plan with you and provide the buoy and rope set up suited to your depth.

During the training session the instructor will coach, follow you underwater to identify and correct mistakes and give you guidance and feedback to help you achieve your goals.


PRIVATE LESSONS PRICE
Private lessons: 50 Euro/person
2 or 3 students max.: 35 Euro/person
Includes teaching, buoy, line and assistance.
Equipment rental: + 10 Euro.



PRIVATE TRAINING PRICE
Private training: 40 Euro/person
2 or 3 students max.: 25 Euro/person
Includes teaching, buoy, line and assistance.
Equipment rental: + 10 Euro.



SAFARI
(for certified freedivers)
PRICE
2 to 5 divers: 50 Euro/person


EQUALISATION COURSES

Scuba diving and freediving are truly enjoyable activities, but equalisation troubles can turn a nice day into an unpleasant experience.

By taking this course you will find out a lot more about your personal way to equalise and, by learning the very best available tecniques, you will make your dives safer and much more comfortable in all conditions.

The course takes place in our centre and includes both theory and practice.


COURSE TYPE PRICE DURATION
Private course: 40 Euro/person 1-2 hours
2 or more students: 25 Euro/person 1-2 hours

You can purchase an Equalisation Kit for 25 Euro.




Freediving with Blue sharks

DATES OF YOUR STAY

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The dates you are letting us know are purely indicative and not binding. If needed, you will be able to change them in order to match the best flight options or transfers from island to island.


freediving Pico Island
Freediver: Kalindi Weijsmuller - Photo by Chris Vyvyan-Robinson

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Transportation is included for dive sites that are accessed by shore.

All freedives are proceeded by a briefing and are paced to allow plenty of time to train and enjoy.

Every freediver is required to have valid insurance.
If you do not have one, you will be able to purchase one at our centre for 3.5 Euro/day.

Upon check-in, we will ask you to fill in a medical statement and a liability release form.

Please also consider insuring your freediving and photographic gear as we are not liable to refund any damages.



NUMBER OF GUESTS

No. of adults: Accompanying kids under 3 years old: Accompanying kids from 3 to 11 years old:

Caloria elegans - Azores
Caloria elegans - Photo by Justin Hart

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