(Formerly known as the “Basic Freediver” course)
Classroom and Pool Sessions
Jack’s Diving Locker, 75-5813 Alii Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
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Open Water Sessions
For the open water training, we’ll be diving from shore at the City of Refuge which is located about a 30min from Kona. Directions will be given at the start of the course.
There are many hotel options in the Kona area. Web sites such as Expedia.com can help you find one in your price range. Some of the closer hotels are the Kona Islander, Uncle Billy’s, and Royal Kona Resort.
- Mask, fins and snorkel – Preferably low volume mask and long blade fins or mono fin.
- Wetsuit with gloves and boots – 3mm freediving suit is 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.
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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.
Fun Things to do in Kona
If you are in Kona before the course or after the course and want to get out Freediving or whale watching/dolphin watching then contact Mele Nai’a Dolphin Excursions. Mele Nai’i is owned and operated by past PFI Instructor and PFI co-founder Brett LeMaster.
Sample Course Schedule
The following schedule is for the Intermediate Freediver program and is subject to change. Other courses follow different daily schedules. All courses start at 8am sharp on Day 1 unless otherwise stated. Full course payment is due at this time. Please remember to get your medical form signed prior to the start of the class IF you say YES to any questions on it.
9:00am – 1:00pm Classroom – Jack’s Diving Locker
Introduction & Registration, Emergency Procedures, Equipment, Breathing / Proper Ventilation’s, Physics of Freediving
– Lunch Break –
2:00pm – 6:00pm Pool Session at Jack’s Diving Locker
8:00am – 4:00pm– Two dive sessions at City of Refuge