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President/Founder of PFI
Level: Advanced Freediver Instructor Trainer
Contact: 1-866-388-6595 ext 701 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FB: https://www.facebook.com/kirk.krack or https://www.facebook.com/PerformanceFreediving
In the 1996 Kirk Krack, while working as a trimix Instructor Trainer in Grand Cayman, was first introduced to the competitive world of Freediving while setting up scuba safety for some world record events by Pipin Ferreras and his wife Audrey Mestre. Although he had a lifelong affinity for freediving (or what he thought was called skindiving), he became interested in the physiology of the sport and began to learn more about how this Freediver was able to reach such extreme depths on a single breath.
Kirk developed the educational philosophy, standards and procedures and wrote the manuals for PFI that to this day continue to be improved and perfected with the newest techniques after having trained more than 10,000 students, training 7 athletes to 23 different World Records and setting up World Class events. The PFI educational system was the first in North America to offer a complete course that included not only ways to improve in depth and time but most importantly it taught the safety aspects of the sport. He created a program where you learn the theory behind breath- hold diving, practicing techniques in the pool and then finally perfect the skills in the open water. To this day the PFI system of Freediver education is still one of the most comprehensive Freediving Educational Systems World Wide.
Today PFI not only teaches recreational programs but also is a well-rounded Training Agency that has instructors’ worldwide. Exclusively Red Bull athletes use the PFI system of education. As well and Special Operations forces such as the US Naval Special Warfare Group and US Special Forces as well scientific and educational institutions such as American Academy of Underwater Sciences. To read the complete bio on Kirk Krack click the button below.
Phone: 866-388-6595 ext 700
Employment: PFI Instructor and Operations manager
Resides In: Campbell River, BC Canada
Mandy is a highly motivated and determined female athlete with a great sense of humor. She has developed an excellent understanding of the diving industry during her 22 years working professionally within it as both a PFI Instructor and a PADI Course Director and is well respected.
Since learning to freedive in 2000, Mandy-Rae has attained 13 Canadian National records, finished first place with her Canadian women’s team in two AIDA World Championships and has gone on to hold 7 World Records.
Mandy-Rae was part of the OPS Team in the Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove. Was a mermaid in the movie The Mermaids Chair. She is also a proud member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.
The following physiological statistics were established December 13th, 2000 during testing at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Erik Seedhouse and Dr. Andrew Blaber for an on-going freediving research study entitled Psychophysiological Testing of Novice and Elite Freedivers. It’s important to bear in mind that many of the measurements will increase dramatically during a training cycle.
Vital Capacity of 5.86L, 47% above average of 3.97L
Functional VC of 6.60L, 66% above average of 3.96L
VO2 Max of 49 ml/kg/min
Equalization by swallowing head down
Body physiology good for high endurance training
Static apnea 6:25
Dynamic Apnea 131 meters
Dynamic Apnea w/o fins 100m
Constant Ballast 78 meters
Constant Ballast No-Fins 50m
Free Immersion 74m
No-limits 136 meters
Performance Freediving Instructor since 2001
Has held 7 World Records and 13 Canadian National Records
Member of Team Canada since 2000 and helped the women’s team to two first place finishes and four third place finishes
Was a competitive syncronized swimmer
Began scuba diving in 1985, became an instructor in 1994 and a PADI Course Director in 2000
For more information on Mandy-Rae, go to her website at www.mandy-rae.com
Instructor Level: Freediver Instructor TRainer & Breath-Hold Surf Survival Instructor
Location: Tacoma/Seattle Washington, USA
Chris Bustad was born and raised in Washington State, living at one time or another on both sides of the mountains. Having joined the US Coast Guard right out of high school, he was an Electrician’s Mate and also served as a Cutter Rescue Swimmer. In 2004 Chris became a certified SCUBA diver, and continued on to become a Divemaster.
In 2006 he went to the Diver’s Institute of Technology in Seattle, WA where he was class president and graduated top of his class. Chris worked for 3 years as a commercial diver, and decided to spend more time at home. Later, he started working for a local dive shop and became interested in freediving, needing something with more of a personal challenge feel. He had certainly found it. After freediving with buddies here and there and doing more research, Chris decided that he needed to get some formal training. After further research, PFI was the agency that most closely fit his philosophy and style.
In Sept 2012 Chris took PFI’s Intermediate Freediver Course, taught by Kirk Krack and Rodrigo Novas. That following June, he took it as a refresher, again being taught by Kirk and this time Shell Eisenberg. He was so thoroughly impressed by all of the instructors, Chris knew that he wanted to be a part of the PFI family. Kirk invited Chris to come to Hawaii for the Advanced, Safety Supervisor, Assistant Instructor, and Instructor Exam. Chris signed up immediately.
Instructor Level: Intermediate Instructor & Breath-Hold Surf Survival Instructor
Location: San Francisco, CA USA
John is a PFI Intermediate and Breath Hold Surf Survival Instructor based in San Francisco, California and also offers individualized coaching sessions and specialized classes such as Safety for Abalone Diving and Spearfishing. John is a 2 x U.S. National Record holder for the freediving discipline of Dynamic No Fins (DNF) and has represented USA Freediving at AIDA World Championship events in Belgrade, Serbia in 2015 and Turku, Finland in 2016.
Instructor Level: Intermediate Freediver Instructor, Breath-Hold Survival Instructor, Breath-Hold Special Operations Instructor
Location: Oahu, HI, USA
Company: Hawaii Freedivers (www.hawaiifreedivers.com)
Contact: email@example.com Phone: 808-397-7272
Craig A. Gentry | U.S. National Freediving Champion
Performance Freediving International | Vice President for Special Programs
COURSES CRAIG CAN TEACH:
- Intermediate Freediver
- Breath Hold Surf Survival
- Breath Hold Special Operations
Competitive Freediving History:
- U.S. National Champion, U.S. Freediving National Championships, 2006
- Captain, U.S. National Team, World Championships, 2008
- Captain, U.S. National Team, World Championships, 2006
High-Performance Athlete Development:
Craig successfully coached a Hawaii based athlete in breaking two U.S. National freediving records in the discipline of Dynamic Apnea (distance in a pool with a fin) and in becoming the United States’ first 200-meter athlete (on one breath).
United States Freediving Association:
- President, 2012-2014
- Executive Board of Directors, 2007-2011
Association for the International Development of Apnea (AIDA):
- International Judge for AIDA Competitions, Performances and Record Attempts
Breath-Hold Diving Symposiums and Training Conferences Attended:
- International Conference on Freedive Training, Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy, Dec 2007
- Breath-Hold Diving Symposium hosted by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and Divers Alert Network in Orlando, Florida, June, 2006
More about Craig…
Born in Michigan and raised in Oregon, Craig spent the majority of his adult life in Italy, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Craig now resides in the Hawaiian Islands where he founded Hawaii Freedivers, High Performance Training, a freedive training agency offering a variety of Performance Freediving International’s training courses and specialized coaching sessions.
In his free time, Craig enjoys underwater photography and is an advocate for ocean conservation.