Freediver Courses in Tacoma, WA with Phase 3 Freediving

Location Information:

Classroom: Underwater Sports Tacoma, 9606 40th AVE SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Pool Session: Curtis Aquatic Center, 8805 40th ST W, University Place, WA
Ocean Session: May vary due to weather on the Tacoma Waterfront.

Instructor Information:

These courses are run by PFI Instructor Chris Bustad and his company Phase 3 Freediving.  You can contact Chris directly by email at: or by phone at: 253-312-4397.

Sample class schedule (subject to change):

*please note that the July course will run over two consecutive weekends.

Day 1:  9:00 am to 12:00 am, registration and classroom.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm pool session.
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm ocean session.

Day 2:  9:00 am to 12:00 am classroom.
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm pool session.
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm ocean session.


  • Mask, fins and snorkel – Preferably low volume mask, J snorkel and long blade fins.
  • Wetsuit – 3mm wetsuit suit is required for pool (Curtis is generally around 82 deg. F) and 5mm to 7mm for ocean sessions, (Puget Sound runs from low 40’s to mid 50’s depending on season). A good freediving suit with attached hood is recommended. Also needed, will be appropriate gloves and socks/boots.
  • Weights and weight belt - Best choice is a rubber weight belt with an assortment of smaller weights to adjust for proper buoyancy.
  • Depth and/or timing device – At minimum a waterproof watch with a stopwatch, or even better a freediving computer.
  • While scuba wetsuits, fins, and weight belts are available for rent, they are not ideal for freediving.  I strongly suggest purchasing your own equipment prior to the class.
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