FREEDIVING- Training, exploration, fun, and personal accomplishment.
The discipline of Freediving means so many different things to different people. Ultimately it is a way to experience being underwater in the most natural way. Without bulky Scuba tanks, and on only one breath, it is the closest we can get to joining our water dwelling mammals that inhabit the ocean realms. By taking advantage of the amazing bodily function called the Mammalian Dive Reflex, a trait humans share with several other mammals that regularly spend time in the water, we can achieve feats underwater that surprise the average person. With the correct training, and bodily adaptation over time, depths of hundreds of feet and breathold times in the five to ten minute range are achievable.
Experience Counts! Read why I became an Instructor with Performance Freediving International.
Performance Freediving International (PFI) is the longest running Freedive Certification agency in North America and second longest world-wide. Since its formation in 2000, PFI instructors have taught more than 10,000 people to Freedive Safer, Longer and Deeper. A letter from PFI founder, Kirk Krack, explains in-depth what sets PFI’s instructors apart from all the others out there. Read the full document here.
Multi Discipline sport.
Freediving as a sport takes many forms. At its most basic levels there is the competitive field, spearfishing, and general recreational fun diving. Within the field of competitive Freediving there are 6 main disciplines that we teach as Performance Freediving Intl Instructors. These are also the primary categories in international competitions these days. The six disciplines are broken down into three open water and three pool aspects. The open water styles are depth focused and consist of Constant Weight with Fins, Constant Weight No Fins, and Free Immersion ( Pulling down a rope by hand). The pool styles are focussed on time and distance. The styles are Static Apnea ( Breathhold time). Dynamic Apnea and Dynamic Apnea No Fins (swimming lengths underwater on one breath).
Safety Safety Safety
Performance Freediving International holds safety to be the number one priority in all its training. Every lesson that is conducted in the pool or ocean contains a section of safety related training. There are risks in any sport, and Freediving is no different. But with proper safety procedures and appropriately trained buddies or supervisors it is a safe sport. Blackout and near blackout procedures are taught thoroughly as well as all other manner of in water emergency handling.
On one of my last days of training recently in Kona, Hawaii, our safety and emergency preparedness training got put to real life use. Click the following link to read the full account of a rescue the team pictured to the right took part in. PFI Pros Take Action
DEJA BLUE 8- GRAND CAYMAN ISLAND
Every year Performance Freediving International holds an Ironman of sorts. Two weeks or training and one week of freediving competition in the spectacular waters of Grand Cayman. This event attracts athletes from many countries around the world and is a great time for freedivers to hone their skills and compete in a friendly yet competitive environment. In 2017 I was the official photographer. It was a great time diving, photographing, and meeting many new friends.
Below is a gallery of images from this competition.
I am currently certified to teach the PFI Intro to Freediving, Snorkeler, Safe Buddy, and Freediver courses. Click here to view my upcoming courses that are available for joining.