Learn to Freedive

Explore sunken ships and airplanes while gaining a whole new set of skills. 0 days off work.

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Learn to Freedive

Explore sunken ships and airplanes while gaining a whole new set of skills. 0 days off work.

Dive as deep as 20m with just a layer of neoprene between you and the underwater world. Sound intimidating? Don’t worry—with this course you’ll learn everything you need to know about safe and relaxed freediving, and you’ll have loads of fun doing it. Your underwater adventure includes:

  • 2 days of freediving lessons
  • 1 night of accommodation at a countryside B&B
  • Breakfast, lunches, snacks and hot drinks
  • Activity transfers
  • Pool and quay fees
  • All freediving equipment
  • Instruction by certified freediving instructors
  • Course tuition and theory materials
  • RAID Freediver certificate and card (dependent on performance)

Perfect for:
Adventurous souls who want to add a new skill to their repertoire; SCUBA divers and snorkelers who want to explore beyond the limits of those sports. No previous experience needed.

What to Expect

Saturday: Learn to freedive

Meet your instructors at the Glebe House hotel first thing in the morning.

You’ll start with a classroom session to learn about breathing techniques, safety and the equipment you’ll be using.

Next, head to the pool to try things out. Learn to move underwater with grace and ease, and practice holding your breath for minutes at a time.

Break for lunch, then head to Vobster Quay where the real fun begins.

The quay is an old quarry filled with fresh spring water and used exclusively for diving and swimming.

On the quay’s bottom you’ll find sunken boats and airplanes and a host of other weird and wonderful things to explore.

Dry off at the end of the day and head into town for a hot meal and a celebratory drink. You’re halfway there!

1 ½ hours in the classroom, 2 hours in the pool, 2 ½ hours open water

Sunday: Hone your skills

Wake up in the peaceful countryside and indulge in a hearty breakfast—you’ll need the calories for the day ahead.

Head straight out to Vobster Quay for a morning open water session. At this point you’ll be swimming like a fish.

Break for lunch, then head back to the pool for some more theory. Now that you have open water experience under your belt there’s a whole lot more you can learn.

Return to the quarry for a final open water session. Swim in and out of the sunken airplane and check out other wrecks, gaining more confidence and skill each time you dive.

Wrap things up in the evening and receive your certificates and cards with your fellow divers.

Head back home and start planning your next freediving getaway.

1 ½ hours in the pool, 4 ½ hours open water

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at Glebe House, a former rectory-turned-B&B in the countryside south of Bath. There are only four rooms in the building, so you’re sure to have a peaceful and relaxing experience. Rooms are ensuite with TV, hot beverage facilities, and free wifi. Breakfast is included.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Accommodation Shared Room Friday Night Payable Before Departure
Friday Night Accommodation Shared Room £40.00
Train Station Pick-up & Drop-off Payable Before Departure
Train Station Transfer (2 ways, 4 pers.) £60.00

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Location

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Glebe House and Vobster Quay are both on the outskirts of Frome, a charming town (pop. 26,000) just south of Bath. The town is perhaps best known for the hoard of Roman coins found there in 2010. Frome has a thriving arts and culture scene, many beautiful parks, and many quality restaurants, including the famous Archangel on King Street. Frome was named the “sixth coolest town in Britain” in 2014.

Vobster Quay is where you’ll be spending much of your time. The quay is an old quarry filled with fresh spring water. The water is filtered by zebra mussels, so it’s remarkably clear. Visibility up to 20m is common, though it’s reduced in the summer.

The quay is known for its wealth of submerged artifacts for divers to explore, including a boat, the old quarry crushing works, and a commercial airliner cut into three sections.

The best thing about diving at the quay is no tides, no currents, and no waves. It’s a calm and interesting place to learn a new skill.

Start point?
You will meet your host at your hotel, Glebe House in Frome, on Saturday morning at 08:30. If you’re traveling by train, please arrive the previous night. If you’re traveling by car you can choose to arrive Friday night or just before the meet time on Saturday. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your course ends on Sunday evening at 17:00. Please plan your departure accordingly. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?

By car: Frome is just 21km south of Bath. The town is easily accessed off the M4 and M5. Drive time is approximately 2 ½ hours from London.

By train: Take the train from Paddington Station to Bath Spa. The best times are:

  • Friday: Depart Paddington Station at 18:27, arrive in Bath Spa at 20:35 (2 hours 8 minutes).
  • Sunday: Depart Bath Spa at 18:35, arrive at Paddington Station at 20:57 (2 hours 22 minutes).

From Bath Spa we can arrange a transfer to your hotel north of Frome (20 minutes). Just let us know!

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Frome
  • Taxi between hotel and train station (if needed)*
  • Friday night accommodation and Saturday breakfast*
  • Dinners
  • Personal expenses

Want to keep things simple? Items marked with * can be booked through our concierge service. Now that’s a hassle-free adventure.

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10.

Please note, if there are not 2 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Freediving is the sport of diving and swimming while relying on your own breath control. You may have seen competitive freediving on TV, where divers use weights to plunge hundreds of meters down, but that’s a completely different sport than recreational freediving. Recreational freediving isn’t about how deep you dive, it’s about how much fun you have!

Freediving is a very calm, peaceful and elegant sport. You use breath control and body positioning techniques to swim underwater with comfort and ease, using the time to explore the sea floor, investigate schools of fish, or simply enjoy the sensation of weightlessness.

As long as you’re always diving with a buddy, there’s a very low risk of injury. At worst you might experience cold chills or discomfort in your ears.

RAID certification enables you to freedive to depths of 20m in a relaxed and safe manner. According to the RAID website you’ll “develop skills necessary to train your body to be more efficient with oxygen, gain better respiration and muscle flexibility, and learn new skills to explore your freediving potential to the maximum.”

Freediving is suitable for anyone who can swim for at least 10 minutes. No particular level of fitness is needed, nor do you need any previous SCUBA or snorkeling experience. You will need to complete a pre-trip medical statement to make sure you don’t have any conditions that would prevent you from freediving safely.

Breakfasts at the hotel are included. You can choose from a full hot meal, a lighter hot meal, or a range of cereals.

Lunches will be simple and tasty, like jacket potatoes and various fillings, paninis, burgers and hot dogs.

Dinners are not included, but there are many options in Frome as well as in the hotel itself. You may also choose to dine in Bath if you arrive by train on Friday night.

Most diets can be accommodated.

Air temperatures from spring to fall range from 14 – 20 °C during the day, and cool off to 8 – 13 °C at night. Water temperatures at Vobster Quay vary dramatically depending on location and season, ranging from 4 – 18 °C.

Your host will provide all the freediving equipment and course materials, including:

  • Fins
  • Mask and snorkel
  • Weight belt and weights
  • Wetsuit
  • Neoprene hood, socks and gloves

Your host recommends you pack:

  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Hat
  • Warm outdoor clothes

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