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Miami, Florida USA

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Location Info

Classroom Sessions

Saturday, Sunday and Monday's class sessions will be held at Mercy Hospital, 3663 S Miami Ave
Miami, FL

  • Directions to Conference Room A for Sat and Sun class sessions: Park in Parking garage #1 Walk to main entrance of Mercy Hospital Proceed through lobby to end (past restaurant), make right Follow signs to Elevator "B" Select either elevator # 7 or # 8 Take elevator to sixth floor Exit elevator, make a quick right out of the elevator then left. Conference room "A" is ahead.
  • Directions to the Bayview Pavilion for Monday's class session. Park in Parking garage #1 Bayview Pavilion is the first building as you exit the parking garage. Walk through the lobby through the doors by the elevators. Follow the hall to the right. You will see the conference rooms on your left.
  • If you have any problems finding the facility please call 954-302-2791.

 
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Pool Sessions

  • Hadley Pool 1300 NW 50th Street (12th AVE & NW 50th ST)


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Open Water Sessions

  • For the open water training, we'll be working with RJ Diving.  The cost for the boat is $55US / session (if paid by cash) or $60US/session (if paid by credit card) for three sessions for the charter boat. You will pay the boat directly to RJ Diving. We will travel offshore from Miami for these sessions.


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  • From I-95, exit eastbound on I-395 (MacArthur Causeway) to Miami Beach. Turn right after the big bridge on Alton Road for one block, then turn right into Miami Beach Marina, 300 Alton Road. You will see our boat directly in front on you on the dock where you can pull up and unload your gear. We are by Tarpoon Dive Shop and Monty's. Parking is next door in the lot next to Monty's.

Nearby Hotels/Motels

Hotels near the Miami airport or South Beach area are closest. Here are a few examples:

  • Century South Beach Hotel - 140 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 - Website
  • Sixty Sixty Resort Hotel - 6060 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33140-2219 - Website
  • The Mutiny Hotel - 2951 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33133 - Phone 305-441-2100 Website
  • Best Western Airport Inn and Suites - 3875 Nw 107th Ave, Miami, FL 33178 - Website
  • Courtyard by Marriott Miami Airport South - 1201-c Nw Lejeune Rd, Miami, FL 33126 - Website
  • Wyndham Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center - 3900 Nw 21st St, Miami, FL 33142 - Website

Equipment Requirements

If you need any of the following Freediving gear your best choice in Miami area is Austin's Diving Center. They are open Monday-Saturday 9am-7pm and can be found at 10525 S. Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL. Phone: 305-665-0636 Email: diving@austins.com Website: www.austinsdiving.com
  • Mask, fins and snorkel - Preferably low volume Freediving mask and long blade fins or mono fin.
  • Wetsuit with gloves and boots - 3mm freediving suit required for pool and ocean sessions.  Good freediving suit with attached hood is perfect.
  • Weights and weight belt - Having an assortment of smaller weights to adjust for proper buoyancy is a must.
  • Depth and/or timing device - A waterproof watch at the very least, better yet a freediving computer is perfect.

Check out general gear recommendations.

Don't worry about lines, floats and those sorts of things, we'll bring that.  We also travel with an assortment of freediving computers for you to try out as well.  Along with all of this we'll video your clinic so you can review each day, your skills in the water as they improve. 

Clinic Schedule

The following schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the final schedule will be emailed, to those who have registered, one to two weeks before the start of the clinic.

DAY ONE - Saturday

8:00am - 12:00pm Classroom Mercy Hospital

  • Introduction
  • Registration
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Proper Breathing Techniques

1:00pm - 4:00pm Classroom Mercy Hospital

  • Equipment
  • Physiology of Freediving

5:00pm - 7:00pm Pool session at Hadley Pool

  • Rescue Skills
  • Static Apnea Development
  • Technique Evaluation.

DAY TWO - Sunday  

8:00am - 11:00pm Pool session Hadley Pool

  • Pool Training Exercises
  • Dynamic Apnea Development  

12:00pm - 3:00pm Classroom Mercy Hospital

  • Physics & Physiology of Freediving

4:00pm - 6:00pm Open Water session -RJ Diving

  • Warm-ups
  • constant Ballast
  • Rescue Evaluations
  • Technique Development

DAY THREE - Monday

8:00am - 12:00pm Classroom Mercy Hospital

  • Physics of Freediving
  • Gym Training Exercises or Physiology

2:00pm - 6:00pm Open Water session - RJ Diving

  • Warm-ups
  • Free Immersion
  • Rescue Evaluations
  • Technique Development

DAY FOUR - Tuesday

8:00am - 12:00pm Open Water session - RJ Diving

  • Warm-ups
  • Free Immersion
  • Rescue Evaluations
  • Technique Development

1:00pm - 3:00pm Wrap up at local restaurant (optional)

  • Course wrap-up
  • Celebration

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Upcoming Events

  • Kirk Krack to speak at The South Florida Freedivers meeting March 19. 401 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL

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