Education Standards



   1Up Freediving offers classes for the absolute beginner to the competitive level. Following the exacting standards of the International Association for the Development of Apnea, AIDA, you can be sure that the instruction you will receive is world class. 

   Our courses are offered primarily in Seoul, Korea and the East Sea, though during the summer and winter can conduct courses globally. We also do our best to work around busy work schedules in Seoul, and split the pool and open water portions of our courses over two weekends. Which means as our student you're able to learn what you want when and where you want to.

    Our 2 and 3 star courses are also able to be split if you are unable to commit to two full weekends. It is possible to get all the knowledge, and a good foundation of the skills only in the pool. You're also able to sign up for an open water session any time in the future to put yourself to the test and upgrade your certification. Of course, if you just want to get into some warm water right away it's easy enough to finish the theory and pool sessions with us at 1Up Freediving, and then jet down to the tropical paradise of your choice to do the open water sessions. Let us know and we can help you find the best school wherever you're going.  

Discover Freediving (AIDA 1 - 1 Day)

The AIDA 1 course is for the absolute beginner and can be done in a single day. It is designed for anyone who wishes to understand what freediving is and learn the very basics. Through this course you will develop basic freediving skills, knowledge, and safety procedures. After our AIDA 1 course you'll be more comfortable with your snorkeling and maybe even able to make your scuba dives a bit longer and more relaxing.


Learn to Freedive (AIDA 2 - 3 Days)

The AIDA 2 is the foundation course for freediving. It takes place over the course of 3 days and includes two theory sessions, one pool session, and three open water sessions. This is where to start for students who are already comfortable and happy in the water. Throughout this course students will develop a solid understanding of basic freediving knowledge, skills, and safety, as well as an introduction to the sport of freediving with practice in static (STA), dynamic apnea (DYN), free immersion (FIM), and constant weight (CWT).


Upgrade Your Freediving (AIDA 3 - 4 Days)

The AIDA 3 course is a more advanced course, and builds on the skills learnt in the AIDA 2. Here you will develop your skills and knowledge about your physiology during the dive including the Mammilian Dive Response, and the effects of rapidly increasing and decreasing pressure, and how to minimize any risks. More safety procedures, training and relaxation techniques, as well as more advanted skills for your dive and training will be trained. In essence the AIDA 3 teaches a diver how to safely and effectively plan their training sessions to improve what they need or want to focus on in their diving.


One-Up The Competition (AIDA Competition Freediver - 2 Days)

This course may be taken after earning the AIDA 2 qualification and above. Have you got the bug and just need to see how far you can push yourself in national or international AIDA competitions? This course will help students with additional training, as well as instruction by an AIDA International Judge to ensure you're able to comply with all of the AIDA International competition rules and regulations. 


AIDA Competition Safety Freediver (2 Days)

The Competation Safety Freediver course is for AIDA 2 qualified freedivers and above. Here you will learn safety prodedures and competition rules so that you can actively participate as a safety diver in AIDA national or internation competitions. This will make you a more confident buddy in our own diving as well.

When you've only got one breath

What is freediving?

     Simply, freediving is a form of underwater diving that relies on a diver's ability to hold his or her breath until resurfacing rather than on the use of a breathing apparatus such as scuba gear. For everyone the sport is different. Some want to push their limits and dive as deep or long as possible. Others want to use this to catch their own dinner spearfishing. And for some it's simply a way to enjoy snorkeling and underwater photography more.

1Up Freediving

      1Up Freediving is the first English freediving center in Seoul, South Korea. We know that many expats living here in Korea do their best to jet down to tropical islands during their time off here, and so offer freediving education to help you make the most of that. Though you certainly don't need to leave the country to get in some good diving. Korea actually has quite a few great places to learn to dive; from the East Sea if you just want depth quick and easy, to Jeju Island for more beautiful ocean life and the home of the Haenyeo. Through our freediving courses you're able to learn the basics from just helping you be more comfortable in the water when snorkeling, to knowing how to structure your own training to really push your limits and one-up the competition. 


Who We Are

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     Kevin comes from the deserts of Arizona. There he fell in love with rock climbing and yoga. But once in Asia discovered the beauty that are our oceans. While traveling he found a beginner freediving class and from there couldn't get enough. Combining the peace and freedom of being in the water, with the relaxation and mindfulness of yoga, he worked towards becoming an AIDA freediving instructor with We Freedive in Phuket, Thailand. Living in Seoul he's worked with many of the small teams to help further the burgeoning freediving community while continuing to introduce and promote freediving there.

     With a background in communication and education, teaching comes naturally to Kevin and he is able to use this to help connect and explain freediving to each student's individual needs.



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