The Underwater Academy


Built from over 20 years experience across a broad range of diving disciplines, The Underwater Academy offers AIDA certified tuition through personalised one, three and four day courses. If you are new to the water, or already an experienced diver, our professional freedive instructors guide you step by step toward your own personal goals.  



More than just a freedive instructor


We don't believe that knowledge of the ocean is a substitute for experience in the ocean; which is why our instructors are hand selected from the most experienced pool of tried and tested watermen available (pun well and truly intended).  There is no shortcut to becoming an Underwater Academy instructor, because we know that the personal experiences and lessons that each instructor has, makes a invaluable contribution to their teaching prowess.  


Freediving Sydney

Lucas Handley


Lucas Handley has extensive experience in the Freediving, Spearfishing and Underwater Photography worlds. Appearing in internationally acclaimed ocean documentaries, and working for such companies as Discovery Channel and the BBC, holding his breath has taken him around the world. Now an AIDA International Master Freedive Instructor, Lucas teaches breathology and personal development courses; deep spearfishing and freediving instruction to -40m and beyond; breath-hold videography and photography. Twenty years spearfishing experience with 15 years in the guiding world, his background as a marine scientist comes through in his courses.

locations: Australia, South Pacific, South East Asia.

Jarred Grimmond


Jarred began freediving over two years ago, and this passion turned into an obsession. After a year and a half of solid training, he was accredited as an AIDA Instructor, and now is our regular task master for squad training. An engineer by trade, he contributed to his AIDA Instructors program with a research assignment calculating theoretical hydrodynamics, thrust and drag on the human body. An expert in streamlining, his enthusiasm as well as his calm and supportive nature make for the perfect instructor. 


Freediving, Sydney, Australia, training Freedive, breath-hold, learn to Freedive, 

Sam Cox


Sam has lived and breathed the spearfishing world for ten years. Managing the Adreno store in Sydney, his knowledge of freediving gear, spearfishing set-up and techniques for successful underwater hunting is unparalleled. Capable and experienced in all environments, sam is the go to guy for spearfishing education. Capable of reaching depths of 30m, equipment in hand, he is an asset to our spearfishing courses and continual promotion of spearfishing safety.

locations: Australia, Coral Sea

 Regulars at our squad training

Regulars at our squad training

Turning theory into practice:


For the static/ breathology part of each course, students are guided through the process in the comfort of a secured pool. For courses run in the Sydney eastern suburbs area, we use the heated 24 hour All Sorts Gym/Pool facility in Alexandria.

 Students "hard at work" with classes

Students "hard at work" with classes

Theory Workshops

Adreno dive warehouse

Our theory lessons are conducted within the walls of Australia's largest Freediving, Spearfishing and diving warehouses Adreno ( As well as being a great meeting place for the extended dive community, the space is filled with the latest in dive technology. If you need anything before hitting the pool or ocean, it's available at your fingertips.

Home, sweet home...


The Underwater Academy has its head-quarters nestled within the walls of Adreno diving warehouses, Australia wide. From here, we have access to the internal classroom facilities, and nearby heated pools. Although we love the comforting surrounds of the Adreno building, we are also highly mobile, and can move locations to suit group bookings from further afield. Now operating Australia wide, we have a wealth of knowledge and deep, protected areas to get you out. Needless to say, where there is water and will-power there's a way to get new divers underwater.


Our open ocean sessions are held at a variety of locations, and are moved to suit the prevailing environmental conditions. If the winds are up in the morning, class might start a little later, or vice versa, the afternoon. If the swell is high and from one direction we'll do our best to get you out and into the best conditions.


 Our Community

The sucess of our school is driven by the community of freedivers, underwater photographers and spearfishers who continue to be a part of the underwater academy. we aim to bring not only our local divers together, but as we grow, our state and national members.

To celebrate the commitment we have to learning, training and developing; we will be organising a diving club around each state centre, that will train together and ultimately compete across a broad and fun range of disciplines (see our regular squad training). We recognise that diversity also includes broadening our perspectives, so will aim to make our state wide competitions friendly, inclusive and fun.

We look forward to sharing those experiences with you.