Miami, FL

Upcoming Courses

Location Info

Classroom Sessions: Class sessions will be held at Vortex Spearfishing Shop, 2803 SW 27th Ave., Miami, FL 33133 

Pool Sessions: will be held at Shenandoah Park located at: 1800 SW 21 Avenue, Miami, Fl 33145

Open Water Sessions

For the open water training, we’ll be working with RJ Diving. The cost for the boat is $60US / session (if paid by cash) or $65US/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.

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

The best way to find hotels in your price range close to the classroom is to visit www.hotels.com, www.expedia.com or other such webistes and enter in the address for Vortex (see above).

Equipment Requirements

If you need any of the following Freediving gear you have a couple choices in the Miami area.  There is Vortex Spearfishing Shop or 305.443.6789 (where the course is held) and Austin’s Diving Center or 305-665-0636.

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 major changes to the final schedule will be emailed, to those who have registered, one to two weeks before the start of the clinic.

DAY 1

*for the Nov 10-13, 2012 course the first day will be all class with pool from 12-3.

8:00am – 2:00pm Classroom Session
Introduction
Registration
Emergency Procedures
Proper Breathing Techniques
Equipment
Physiology of Freediving
3:00pm – 6:00pm Pool Session
Rescue Skills
Static Apnea Development
Technique Evaluation.

DAY 2

*For the Nov 10-13 course the day two ocean session will board the boat at 3:30pm

8:00am – 10:00pm Pool Session
Pool Training Exercises
Static Apnea Development
11:00pm – 2:00pm Classroom

Physics & Physiology of Freediving
2:00pm – 7:00pm Open Water session
Warm-ups
constant Ballast
Rescue Evaluations

DAY 3

8:00am – 1:00pm Classroom
Physiology of Freediving
Training Programs
2:00pm – 6:00pm Open Water session
Warm-ups
Free Immersion
Rescue Evaluations
Technique Development

DAY 4

8:00am – 12:00pm Open Water Session
Warm-ups
Free Immersion
Rescue Evaluations
Technique Development
1:00pm – 3:00pm Wrap up at local restaurant (optional)

Please don’t plan flights out before about 6pm as we can’t guarantee what time the boat will get back to the dock.

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