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Apnea ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE

 

SAFETY . PERFORMANCE . AWARENESS

 

AAS is the official Singapore representative for AIDA (Association Internationale pour le Développement de l'Apnée) and CMAS (World Confederation of Underwater Activities), the international federations for Freediving. We are also a member of the Singapore Underwater Federation and affiliated with the World Underwater Federation and the Asian Underwater Federation.

The AAS is a not for profit organisation and the fees go towards creating general and safety awareness of the sport.


Founded by National Record holder Jonathan Chong, the Apnea Association of Singapore was formed to bring freedivers in Singapore together to learn and train in a safe freediving environment.

 

what we do?

  • 50m pool sessions  
  • 4.5m deep pool sessions 
  • Local and overseas dive trips
  • National competitions
  • Workshops
Mondays  7:00-9:00PM Jalan Besar Swimming complex

Mondays 

7:00-9:00PM

Jalan Besar Swimming complex

Thursdays 7:00-9:00PM Katong Swimming complex

Thursdays

7:00-9:00PM

Katong Swimming complex

Weekends Monthly depth trainings Open water

Weekends

Monthly depth trainings

Open water

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Membership with the Apnea Association of Singapore is a great way to get involved with the freediving and apnea-related community. The AAS has a constantly expanding network with clubs and associations around the region to get you involved. Being a member also means that you can compete in any AIDA and CMAS competition worldwide and be eligible for both national records and team selections for these competitions.  

MONDAYS 7-9PM @ JALAN BESAR SWIMMING COMPLEX

THURSDAYS 7-9PM @ KATONG SWIMMING COMPLEX

The pool fees is $10 per session to help cover the pool rental lanes.

how do i join you guys??
 

Before joining training, you must:

• be a member of the AAS / $60 annual (quarterly pro rated) membership fee

• completed a safety induction

• Have completed a freediving course (PADI,AIDA, SSI or equivalent)


if you have done a freediving course prior,
1)contact us through email or facebook, before coming down for a safety induction* 
 

i am new to freediving! can i do a freediving course?

Feel free to contact us, if you are interested in picking up a course or an introduction try out.

when is the next safety induction?

Induction is a general briefing and safety brief of training works. (30mins)
Please contact us before dropping by.

do i have to pay for a safety induction?

Cost is $10 as per normal pool session. This covers the lane rental. 

what are the aas membership fees? or pool fees?

The membership fees are SGD$60 per annum (quarterly pro rated) till December.
The pool fees is $10 per session to help cover the pool rental lanes.
The AAS is a not for profit organisation and the fees go towards creating general and safety awareness of the sport.

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TRAINING SCHEDULE

MONDAYS 7-9PM @ JALAN BESAR SWIMMING COMPLEX

THURSDAYS 7-9PM @ KATONG SWIMMING COMPLEX

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I'VE NOT DONE ANY FREEDIVING BEFORE. CAN I TRY IT OUT WITH YOU?

Yes. We'll have an "intro to freediving". Cost is S$80 for intro session

DO YOU TRAIN IN THE OCEAN?

Yes, we organise recreational or ocean training trips to the nearby islands and overseas.

Does Freediving(Breath holding) harm the body?

To best our knowledge, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that Freediving or breath-holding within our limits is harmful to the body. A study by Ridgeway and MacFarland (2006) wrote “1–20 years of repeated exposure to hypoxemia including multiple adverse neurological events did not impact on performance on standard neuropsychological tasks.” This suggests that blackouts does not impair one’s cognitive functioning (i.e. intelligence). This is further supported by observations from Lindholm (2007) and Fitz-Clarke (2006)

So how is Freediving beneficial to the body?

There is a range of published, peer-reviewed research suggesting that breath holding has a wide of physiological and mental benefits. This is also seen with athletes engaging in altitude and hypoxic training tools.  Lemaître, Joulia, & Chollet (2010) even wrote “These results suggest that apnea training may be an effective alternative to hypobaric or normobaric hypoxia to increase aerobic and/or anaerobic performance.”

Note: As in all form of sports/exercise, one should not over push/over train one’s limit but to train is a systemic and progressive manner to avoid diminishing effects.

what are the rules for training with the aas?

There are certain rules by which we must abide by. It might come across as over the top and restrictive, but in reality it doesn't interfere with our training.

AAS Membership: You must be a member of the Apnea Association of Singapore to be permitted to train. This allows the AAS to continually support the local Freediving sports scene which also includes you. It also means you can compete in any AIDA competition worldwide and are eligible (subject to citizenship) for national records.

Freediving Certification: You must have an accredited Freediving certification, or complete one within 6 months of joining the AAS. Acceptable schools include (but not restricted to) AIDA, Apnea International (previously Apnea Australia), Pure Apnea, SSI, PADI, Apnea Academy, PFI, FII. Having an accredited Freediving certification does not exclude you from a safety induction.

Email apnea.association.singapore@gmail.com to check if your current (or intended) accreditation is with a different school.

Safety Inductions: You must have completed a Safety Induction session in order to train. This includes a diver rescue drill. 

Safety Inductions are generally held on the first Monday training session of the month.

IMPORTANT: The golden rule in freediving is to NEVER TRAIN ALONE. Thus, we practice a very strict 1-up, 1-down system. This means that whenever a diver is holding his/her breath, there must be one safety spotter watching that person.

 

 

 

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