Craig A. Gentry, U.S. National Champion
Honolulu, Hawaii
Phone:   (808) 397-7272

Freediving Accomplishments

  • USA National Champion, USA National Championships, 2006 (Hawaii)
  • Team Captain, USA National Team,  World Championships, 2008 (Egypt)
  • Team Captain, USA National Team,  World Championships, 2006 (Egypt)







United States Freediving Association (USFA)

  • President, 2012-Present
  • Executive Board of Directors, 2007- 2011

 Association for the International Development of Apnea (AIDA)

  • AIDA International Judge


Born in Michigan and raised in Oregon, Craig spent most of his adult life living in the Bahamas, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Italy. 

Craig retired from the U.S. Armed Forces in 2008.  Highlights of Craig’s diverse U.S. Naval career are assignments with the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). 

Craig has always had fascination with the ocean world and always wanted to connect with it in a significant way.  Over the years, in attempts to connect with the ocean on a deeper level, Craig became an accomplished waterman in a wide range of ocean sports. None of which quenched his desire. That changed when Craig moved to the Bahamas and enrolled in a Performance Freediving course, finally finding the connection he was looking for.

Freediving in Craig’s words:

“To me, freediving is the most intimate way to connect with the ocean. One has to submit and give into the ocean; have the ocean accept you as you descend deeper and deeper into the blue.  When this happens, a freediver has a relaxed sense of belonging and becoming one with the ocean world.  What a freediver experiences in the deep blue is indescribable.”

Craig enjoys sharing this amazing discovery with ocean enthusiasts wishing to connect with the ocean in the same way.

Over the years, Craig has had the good fortune of learning from, and working alongside some of the best freedivers in the world, Performance Freediving International’s founder and president, Kirk Krack and his wife, Freediving World Champion Mandy-Rae Krack. Today, Craig is a valued member of the Performance Freediving International Team.

Craig assisted Performance Freediving’s in the development of programs designed specifically for U.S. Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and Red Bull high-performance athletes.

In his free time, Craig enjoys spending time with family and friends, developing athletes, underwater photography, and promoting the safe advancement of the sport freediving.