DAY 1:CONNECT TO WATER
“Bluenery Academy welcomes you to an introduction to freediving in the legendary bay of Villefranche-sur-mer.
This course is suited to all levels, no matter how familiar you are with the ocean : we provide an easy and efficient way to enter the underwater world.
During your first day, you will discover breathing and relaxation methods – exclusively developed by Guillaume Néry, and our entire team of certified instructors.
You will learn how to clear your ears underwater and practice one of the more relaxing disciplines of freediving : Free Immersion.
Your instructor will accompany you at all times regardless of depth, to give you the confidence and security to explore freely.
Learning objectives :
– Prepare your dives by using conscious breathing and relaxation techniques, an introduction to the Bluenery breathe-up.
– Start practising equalization : clearing your ears underwater.
– Train your first breath-holds.
Welcome to the world of freediving!
DAY 2: LEAVE THE SURFACE
This course is designed for you to become more and more comfortable in the open water.
The day starts with a relaxing yoga class suited to all levels – a great warm-up and an excellent complement to freediving, as both disciplines place special emphasis on the breath.
Your morning stretch is followed by relaxation exercises, and breath-training.
Before going in the ocean, you will learn more about human-water connection, as we review the Diving Response – fascinating physiological adjustments triggered by underwater submersion.
During the water session, you will continue to practice Free Immersion, and discover another freediving discipline called Constant Weight, where divers descend and ascend by finning only, without pulling on the guide rope.
You will also train your duck-dive, a technique used to leave the surface and start your dive in an efficient and relaxed way.
Learning objectives :
– Refine your breath-up technique
-Become familiar with the Mammalian Dive Response
– Practise Free Immersion and Constant Weight
– Train your duck-dive
Keep learning the basics of freediving, and let yourself go !
DAY 3:“EXPLORE YOUR DEPTHS”
Your freediving journey continues as you improve your technique and deepen your knowledge.
The day begins with a meditation in motion, a way of training your awareness by combining breath and movement during a full body stretch – strengthening your mind-body connection.
Before going in the ocean, you will find out more about the science behind breath-hold and receive an introduction to freediving physics.
During the water session, you will learn how to check your buoyancy and keep practising Constant Weight and Free Immersion.
You will be introduced to a piece of safety equipment – a lanyard – securing you to the guide rope during your dives.
As you progress, your self-exploration intensifies. Managing your emotions is essential to fully enjoy your dives, allowing you to further connect with the water.
Learning objectives :
– Understand the effects of depth and pressure on the human body.
– Improve your Free Immersion / Constant Weight and ear equalization technique.
– Buoyancy for freediving – learn how to establish your neutral buoyancy.
– Experience new sensations, and appreciate your progress.
By the end of this first chapter with Bluenery, you be will be able to freedive comfortably between 15 to 25m.
Keep on learning !
The morning session starts at 8.45 am and ends at 1pm. Small groups only (maximum 3 students).
8.45 am: Meet your instructor for an introduction to freediving, followed by an open water session in the bay of Villefranche-sur-mer. The spot is a 10min boat ride from the harbour.
1pm: Back to the harbour, end of the course.
The afternoon session starts at 2.30pm and ends at 7pm. Small groups only (maximum 3 students).
3pm: Meet your instructor for an introduction to freediving followed by an open water practice in the bay of Villefranche-sur-mer. The spot is a 10min boat ride from the harbour.
7pm: Back to the harbour, end of the session.
IMPORTANT and MANDATORY: At least 72 hours before your first freediving course, we kindly ask you to send us a medical certificate of non contraindication to the practice of sport. This document has to be provided by a doctor and less than 3 months old.
On your first training day at Bluenery Academy, please meet your instructor at the location and time noted on your course confirmation receipt. Please bring with you :
– a valid ID card or passport and your course confirmation
– Swimming suit and towel
– Sun protection, soap-shower gel.
– For minors, parental authorization to participate to the freediving course will be required.
During the open water session, your personal belongings will be kept in our facilities. Please keep your valuables at home (Bluenery Academy will not be held responsible for any damages or losses).