Bill Van Deman operates Abyss Freediving, LLC, in Apollo Beach, Florida with classes throughout the greater Tampa-St. Petersburg metropolitan area. Course locations include: Brandon, South Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, and Hudson. Bill was certified as a PFI Professional in May 2012 and as a PFI Freediver Instructor in February 2013. Bill has also been a top competitor in state and national breath-hold spearfishing competitions.
Bill’s perspective as an experienced breath-hold spearfisherman, with over a decade of freediving experience in Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay waters, offers practical insight to freedivers and spearos taking PFI courses on Florida’s West Coast. Bill has represented Tampa Bay Spearfishing Club (TBSC) and Florida Skin Divers Association (FSDA) in several state and national breath-hold spearfishing competitions. Bill’s “TBSC Apollo Beach” team finished as the Florida state runner up at the 2012 and 2013 State Freedive Spearfishing Championships, and as the third place team in 2010 and 2014. Bill’s team has represented FSDA at U.S. Skin-diving Nationals three times (2010, 2011, 2012), and Bill finished a personal best 11th overall at the 2012 U.S. Nationals while leading the FSDA team to a 7th place national finish.
Bill is active in the local dive community and in promoting freediving safety. In 2014, Bill began his second term as president of the Florida Skin Divers Association (FSDA). Bill was event chairman for the 50th and 51st “Southern Open” Florida State Underwater Photo and Spearfishing Championships. Bill was also a past president of the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Club (TBSC) and chairman of the 2011 Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge.
Bill enjoys the role of both teacher and coach that freediving instruction offers. As a father, Bill feels the emphasis of any dive should be the safe and controlled return to the surface- a good dive only counts when you return home safe to share with loved ones and family members your amazing experiences underwater. Bill looks forward to bringing you closer to your freediving goals and in helping you and your family learn in a safe and responsible manner.
“Seeing the surprise and exhilaration in a diver realizing they can achieve the impossible is an amazing high. Knowing fathers, mothers, sons and daughters will leave with a grasp on safe and responsible diving is the most rewarding part of my job”.