Divers planning ahead for ways to teach their offspring in-water safety skills might care to know that freediving’s international governing body has announced the launch of its AIDA Youth Programme for children aged from six to 15.
The programme consists of four certification courses, each lasting at least 3-4 days: Bronze, Silver and Gold Dolphin (ages 6-11) and AIDA Junior (12-15).
The training is designed to develop competence and confidence, says Swiss-based AIDA, and is skills-based but with no performance requirements – a “maximum performance limitation” is recommended for each course.
AIDA says that the programme was developed by its education, medical and new youth committees, individual instructors, a legal expert and a sport psychologist.
The concepts of “breath-holding” and “freediving” are excluded to prevent competitiveness, with children instead learning “breath control” among other skills.