Events

Advanced Freediving Course - Kona, Hawaii

Saturday,
Jan 18
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Thursday,
Jan 23

352-429 Kealakehe Parkway
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

About The Event

This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic world to depths of 60m. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.
Your NAUI/PFI Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as Safety and Buddy Procedures for Advanced Freediving

  • Equipment for Advanced Freediving & Competitions
  • Psychological Aspects of Advanced Freediving & Competitive Freediving
  • Land & Confined-Water Training and Evaluation Programs
  • Freediving Competition Standards & Procedures
  • Advanced Static Apnea
  • Advanced Dynamic Apnea (depending on location)
  • Open Water Constant Ballast Development & Training (60m maximum depth)

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?

  • You’re an experienced comfortable freediver and have completed the PFI Intermediate Freediver course
  • You’ve completed an Intermediate Freediver level course with another recognized agency PLUS have completed the PFI Freediver Crossover Exam
  • You’re interested in a program with a high level of focus on technique development and open water constant ballast training
  • You want to learn advanced level training programs and have a desire to train in a safe and highly supervised environment

Download and review the NAUI/PFI medical form. If you answer YES to any question, you need to get a doctor's approval to take part in the course.

Location: Kona Honu Divers, 352-429 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Pool: TBD
Open Water: 2 Step Beach
Course Fee: $895.00

This course is taught by highly trained NAUI/PFI Instructors at locations all over the world. The NAUI/PFI Freediver course includes:

  • Classroom: 22 hours
  • Confined water: 10 hours
  • Open water: 15 hours

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform at the end of the PFI Advanced Freediver course are:

  • Working in a safety team
  • Adequate safe buddy skills, performing a rescue to PFI standards
  • Prepare gear without help of instructor
  • Perform a minimum 4-minute static in the pool with opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive with proper technique to a minimum of 40m/132 ft constant weight and free immersion using PFI methods of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing and without hypoxic symptoms

Prerequisites

  • PFI Intermediate Freediver certification or equivalent with PFI Intermediate Freediver Crossover Exam
  • Comfort with intermediate level freediving depths, anywhere from 25–40m/82–132 ft
  • Static breath-hold time of three minutes or longer

Course Components

Classroom

  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions
  • Stretching and Equalizing workshops
  • CO2 and O2 training workshops
  • All equipment workshops
  • Complete all quizzes in manual
  • Complete pre learning quiz before class

Watermanship and Stamina

  • Prepare freediving equipment without instructor assistance
  • Proper entry procedure (select best local option)
  • 200-meter continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or flotation

Confined Water

  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 4:00
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Manage LMC, blackout on surface and underwater
  • Finding blackout diver on surface
  • Negative pressure dives

Open Water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy
  • 12 target free immersion dives reaching minimum 40m/132ft using proper entrance and exit procedures
  • Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios), surface and underwater as a Safety Team
    • Including LMC, blackout at surface and underwater
  • Full mask flood and ascent at depth of 20 m/66 ft
  • Weight removal and ascent from 20 m/ 66 ft

Equipment Used:

  • Low Volume Mask—fluid goggles and/or nose clip optional
  • Snorkel
  • Full Hooded Wetsuit (3mm for warm water locations; 5-7mm for cold water locations)
  • Rubber weight belt and weights in .5-1Kg/1-2lb increments
  • Freediving bi-fins or monofin—if using a monofin for target dives, also bring bi-fins for Safety Freediver training
  • Freediving computer plus an additional waterproof timing device
  • Lanyard

COST INCLUDES:

  • Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists, national and world record holders, and/or trainer
  • 1 instructor/assistant : 5 student divers ratio
  • NAUI/PFI Freediver student manual & workbook
  • Pool & classroom sessions
  • Open water instruction
  • Certification card

If a boat is required for open water sessions at your location, a boat fee may be required in addition to the course tuition. This fee, if applicable, will be described on specific course location pages.

By registering for a course you will also receive:

  • Student Starter Kit
  • Access to online portal including training tips, email access, and private PFI diving community
  • Communication with staff/ instructor to answer any questions ahead of time
  • Access to e-learning / pre-learning online course

For more information or questions: Contact Dan Semrad, dsemrad@naui.org or 503-724-1501.