Water Safety Course

Water Safety Course

Freedive Northern Ireland

Available to 31 October 2024

Book now from £50.00

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Safely experience a real rip current!

Most beginner surfers and open water swimmers will have experienced currents but not many know how to spot them.

In this course you will learn the tools to analyse any beach and surf zone and develop a systematic approach to see patterns in a chaotic environment and understand how to avoid or use currents to your advantage as well as safely and calmly get out of them again.

If you are surfing/swimming in cold water, do you know about the cold water shock or the effects of the afterdrop? In this course we will raise your ocean awareness, analyse your beach and ocean area and help you to learn everything you need to know so you can go into the water with confidence.

What you'll learn on your water safety course

  • Know how to spot currents
  • Know how to use and get out of rips
  • Know how to deal with Hypothermia, cold water shock, incapacitation and the after drop
  • Understand how to analyse any surf / swim zone
  • Learn about swell, waves, tides and rules of the line up
  • Know how to accurately interpret surf forecasts
  • During the practical part of the in-person course you can experience a real-life rip current 

Learn from the experts

Hanno is the face behind Freedive NI, allow him to inspire you to make memories in the water too!

Hanno is now trained by Italian national record holder Linda Paganelli and is a certified SSI Level Two Instructor excited to bring the amazing underwater world to people of all levels and abilities.

Hanno now specializes in helping you achieve your personal goals on, below, or out of the water by working on the specific needs of each individual so that they can progress with joy and bliss!

More watersport fun!

Not sure if this course is for you? Check out Freedive NI's page for all of their activities! From family-friendly swimming tours to romantic cave paddleboard tours for couples. From boat snorkel tours as part of your hen do weekend in Northern Ireland to freediving courses for beginner and advanced thrill seekers, they offer a wide range of new and exciting tours and packages!

8 Ballyreagh Rd,
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How To Find Us

By Rail to Portrush

From Belfast

Translink operates a regular timetable, usually every hour or less between Belfast and Coleraine. You can find the schedule here, or use their app/website here. The journey from Belfast Central takes around an hour and 20 minutes through the Antrim countryside.

From Coleraine, you may have to change for trains to Portrush. Trains run every hour, and the journey takes around 10 minutes. There are two stations in Portrush. Dhu Varren, which is on the western entrance overlooking West Strand and Portrush Station in the centre of town. 

From July 14 – 21, there will be extra trains as well as extra carriages (allowing more people on) on the regular timetabled train services. The majority of the extra trains will be early morning trains from Belfast

By Bus

Translink runs several bus options for getting to Portrush the Causeway Rambler, Ulster Bus and Goldline depending where you are coming from.

When coming from Belfast, you can use the regular 218 Goldline (Timetable here) coach service from Belfast or 234 Goldline from Derry~Londonderry (timetable here). 

Both of these services arrive at Coleraine Rail and Bus station, where you can easily jump on theUlsterbus 140bus service to Portrush. 

By Car

Via Belfast

Follow the M2 towards Antrim. Take the A26 to Ballymena and follow the M2/A26 towards Coleraine/Portrush. On approach to Coleraine, follow the yellow (AA) and electronic signs for Public Parking.

Via Causeway route

This is possibly the best route to take to get to Portrush, clinging to the Atlantic coast from Belfast to Portrush, the Causeway Coastal Route is adorned with stretches of sandy beaches, picturesque fishing villages, rolling gorse-covered valleys and fuchsia-edged clifftop paths. Taking in the fantastic scenery from the car is incredible, but the other senses could be missing out! The sounds of the crashing waves, the birds soaring up above, the salty taste from the sea on your lips and the wind whistling past your ears – these are all part of this legendary land’s beauty.

  • Premium ION wetsuits
  • Premium carbon paddles
  • Premium Snorkeling Gear

Freedive NI do require that you have moderate fitness levels, fairly good breathing skills and generally good bodily strength to participate in most of these excursions - for your own safety.

Here's a list of things you might want to consider bringing for your adventure:

  • Sunscreen - Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, especially if spending extended periods in the water
  • Warm clothes and layers - for before and after you're in the water
  • Towel - Essential for drying off after your water activities
  • Water bottle - Staying hydrated is crucial, so bring along a reusable water bottle to sip on throughout the day
  • Snacks - Energizing snacks like granola bars or fruit can keep you fueled up for your adventures
    Waterproof bag or dry bag

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