You can go to a CMAS Diving School near your place or on your holiday location. In these CMAS Diving Schools you can learn to dive under the supervision of experienced CMAS Instructors.
When you obtain a CMAS Diving Certificate in one country or another this will, on one side, be linked to the Diving Federation of the country; but as these Diving Federations are recognized by CMAS, your CMAS Diving Certificate is recognized Worldwide; so you can dive everywhere in the world according to the qualification of your CMAS Diving Certificate.
Normal healthy people should not have any problems with diving; but if you have problems with your heart, lungs, ears/sinuses, you should check with you Medical Doctor before starting to dive. But you Diving Instructor will help you with a specific medical checklist to use; in this way you are sure that you are medical apt for diving.
Yes, you need to be properly insured for diving; but you CMAS Diving School and/or CMAS Diving Instructor can help you to get a proper diving insurance. This Diving Insurance needs to be adapted to the type of dives you do and needs to be renewed annually.
For children as of 8 year old, CMAS has a special training program adapted to our youngsters. CMAS suggests that the age limits for children’s diving should be between 8 and 14 years. Children over 14 can join the classic (adults) diving program.
When diving with children starts at the age of 8, there is no a predefined age to stop diving. Diving is a recreational sport which can be done in a relax, little energy consuming way; so you can dive as long as you whish and as long its possible/allowed. This means that you should still be medical fit and that you should be able to deliver the effort that is to dive (= getting your gear on, walking to the water and doing a little swim). It’s no uncommon that people keep on diving until the age of 75 or even 80 years old…
Within CMAS, we have programs to allow people with special needs to enjoy the beauty of the underwater environment; these programs are adapted to the special needs a diver needs…
Contact your CMAS Diving School to get more information on these programs.
CMAS Diving School are managed by enthusiast divers and courses are given by experienced Instructors following the CMAS Standards; this give you the opportunity to properly learn to dive and to obtain a worldwide recognized diving certificate?
When you have a certificate from another diving federation and you can show significant experience it will be possible to do a cross over to a CMAS Diving License via a CMAS Diving Instructor. You just need to check if your initial certificate is from a CMAS recognizes federation.
You can always buy all equipment immediately but this is not mandatory. The CMAS Diving School where you learn to dive will have most equipment available to be rented to you. You can learn to dive without big investments; but afterwards and depending of the frequency of your diving you will be willing to buy your own diving gear.
The CMAS Diving School where you spend your holidays will normally also be able to provide you with the necessary equipment.
First you need to be an experienced diver and you need to pass some diving certificates; only then you can learn how to become a CMAS Dive Instructor in your CMAS Diving School; and of course it will be a big advantage if you are an enthusiastic/didactic water lover so you ca, learn other people how to enjoy the silent world as described by Jean-Jacques Cousteau.
Within CMAS, diving with compressed air is the base, but when you are a sufficiently qualified compressed air diver, you can specialize in diving with Nitrox (mixtures Oxygen and Nitrogen), diving with Trimix (mixtures with Oxygen, Nitrogen and Helium); this can be done in a classic Open Circuit configuration or a more specialized CCR/Rebreather configuration. So depending on your personal interest… The sky is the limit…
Yes, besides the classical diving, it’s possible to develop yourself by learning new/other techniques such a dry suit diving, scooter diving, sidemount diving, first aid diver, wreck divers etc... Contact your CMAS Diving Instructor to get mor info on these specialize programs/licenses.
Normally a person who can participate in any athletic event is capable for freediving. Extra medical tests for professionals have to make examinations about heart, lungs, ears and sinuses.
Yes, freediving can help anxiety. The basis of freediving is the breath control through relaxation and concertation. That helps a lot in every aspect of any sport and in general term breath control is a life changing education.
Yes, a disabled person can be a free diver. Of course, under the supervision of his-her buddy. He-she will need a special medical permission from his-her doctor prior the involvement in courses-training. Blindness is a limiting factor for freediving.
There is no age limitation for freediving. Anybody can start freediving from childhood (courses youth limit to participation is 12 years). We also have free divers that they started at the age of 70+ and they are great divers.
Every Master athlete can participate individually without any restriction at any CMAS Masters competition.
At world cups the registration for the event has to be from your club.
Normally the participation requirements are described at the info pack of each open competition.
For participation in National championships or World Championships, you have to contact your National federation.
Yes, you can crossover from Aida or other organization. The advantage is that CMAS is a worldwide organization officially recognized from International Olympic Committee. CMAS has affiliated federations at more than 130 countries at all the 5 continents.
Its just need to contact a CMAS freediving instructor to your near area and he-she will guide you.
Every normal person can enroll in a freediving course. No need for any special ability just to be able swim in the pool or in open water accordingly.