Kona, Hawaii USA

Upcoming Courses

Location Info

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.

Nearby Hotels/Motels

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.

Equipment Requirements

  • 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.

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.

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 Wild Hawaii Ocean Encounters. Wild Hawaii Ocean Encounters 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.

Day 1

8:00am – 10:00pm Classroom – Jack’s Diving Locker
Introduction & Registration
Emergency Procedures
10:30pm – 3:00pm Classroom Jacks Diving Locker
Equipment
Breathing / Proper Ventilation’s
Physics of Freediving
3:00pm – 6:00pm Pool session Jacks Diving Locker
Rescue Skills
Technique Development
Static and Dynamic Evaluation
7:00pm – 9:00pm Clinic Social Restaurant TBA – Optional

Day 2

8:00am – 10:00am Classroom Jacks Diving Locker
Psychological Aspects of Freediving
Land Based Training Exercises
10:30am – 12:00pm Pool session Jacks Diving Locker
Pool Training Exercises
Static and Dynamic Performance
1:00pm – 5:00pm Open Water – City of Refuge
Warm-ups
Free Immersion
Rescue Evaluations
Technique Development

Day 3
8:00am – 12:00pm Classroom – Jacks Diving Locker
Physiology of Freediving
Psychological Aspects of Freediving
1:00pm – 5:00pm Open Water – City of Refuge
Warm-ups
Free Immersion
Rescue Evaluations
Technique Development

Day 4

8:00am – 12:00pm Open Water – City of Refuge
Warm-ups
Free Immersion
Rescue Evaluations
Technique Development
1:00pm – 3:00pm Wrap up session
Training Schedule Development
Class wrap-up

Please don’t plan flights out before about 6pm.

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