Each week consists of five depth sessions, unlimited static sessions, and the possibility of some fun excursions around the island (diving the Kittywake or Stingray City are just a couple examples). People from all over the world travel to Grand Cayman in order to train, form friendships, and explore their potential. Anyone who participates, sees dramatic improvement during their first couple of dives, and as the week goes on PBs are set all over the place.
The freedive training camp is one week long and is for Freedivers of all levels. We encourage everyone to have fun.
At PFI, we want to make our divers as comfortable as possible. Training and competing with us means you get white glove service. You wake up relaxed, get into the boat without any logistical hassle or travel worry. The crew gets up early to warm up, practice safety protocol, and make sure everything is prepared for you and your fellow athletes. Your only job is to show up and focus on your dives. After diving, you are escorted back to the condos for a break to rest, eat, and relax. Meanwhile, the crew breaks down equipment, unloads and edits footage for video review, and prepares for the pool sessions or the next day's dives. The video review sessions are offered daily for those who want to participate. It is highly encouraged! Video is a tool for you to see your technique and form in a new perspective--we provide it for both depth diving and pool sessions. There is a lot to understand and learn, and video is an incredibly efficient teaching method.
Grand Cayman Island is the perfect place to host Deja Blue. The water is warm, clear, and perfect for exploring. PFI has done extensive research to ensure everyone at the camp is included, even the kids, and we pride ourselves on being family friendly. We even have a Kids Competition during the third week. It is a great way to educate children about the importance of water safety and respect for the ocean. It's also a great way to bond as a family. During the Kids Competition, there are pool disciplines for distance incorporated in a fun way, like riding on a safety diver's back so the energy and propulsion is through the safety. In the ocean dives, the tags are set at various depths so there is no pressure. Just fun. The most important thing they learn is how to do proper and safe breathing throughout every dive's breathe up and recovery breaths. This instills invaluable knowledge for their own personal safety in the water.
Check out our videos in the gallery or click the social icons in the footer below to visit our Facebook page and Vimeo. You can check out our video blogs from the previous years of training camps and competitions.
Come join us, make friends, train, dive, and have fun!
*There are no refunds or credits for Deja Blue.
Spectators are more than welcome to be part of the fun.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more detail on how to purchase a spectator ticket.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
1. Deja Blue is an AIDA-sanctioned competition that is World Recordable (drug test fees for world records are the athletes' responsibility).
2. You need to register as an athlete on the AIDA website before the start of the competition. If you do not, we cannot post your results.
3. You need to fill out and have a doctor sign (even if you answer NO to all questions) the AIDA medical form. It must be done within one year of Deja Blue. Please have the form available when you arrive at the event.
4. EVERYONE is responsible for bringing ALL of their own equipment including a lanyard. The lanyard must meet AIDA guidelines and be appropriate for each discipline being attempted (No-fins vs Free immersion vs Constant).
5. Kids Competition is held during the third week of Deja Blue, when the Adult Competition will be held.
6. There are no refunds or credits issued for Deja Blue.
Please read and completely understand the rules for each diving discipline, ocean and pool. Understanding the rules will help eliminate errors in starts, turns, and recovery protocols during the competition.
It is not required you compete in Deja Blue. The main focus of the trip is our training camp--building the foundation to become a better diver. We detail the proper techniques, anatomy and physiology changes, and cater training to each athlete's specific needs. We encourage anyone to compete. It is not about the numbers--it is about exploring your potential.
Constant Weight – Diving down and back up under one's own power wearing a fin
Free Immersion – Using the line, one pulls themselves down to depth and back up
Constant No-Fins – Without the use of fins or the line, one swims down to depth and back again
Static Apnea - In the pool, the diver lies face down holding their breath as long as possible
Dynamic Apnea - In the pool with a fin, one sees how many lengths they can swim underwater on a single breath
Dynamic Apnea without Fins – In the pool without the use of a fin, one sees how many lengths they can swim underwater on a single breath
During the seven day competition, competitors can make attempts during 5 ocean days and 5 pool days. They earn points as follows and the winner will be the diver with the overall highest point score in all disciplines.
Depth Discipline: 1 point for every meter of depth achieved / Static Apnea: 1 point for every 5 seconds of breath hold time / Dynamic and Dynamic No-Fins: 1 point for every 2 meters of distance