FII Freediving Education Agency
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FII Freediving Education Agency

The leading freediving education program and the only freediving education curriculum in the world accepted at a collegiate level...   


F.I.I. was founded by Multiple World Record Freediver and pioneer in freediving education, Martin Stepanek. When you learn freediving from any F.I.I. certified and fully insured instructor, you know you are getting the finest, safest, standardized freediving education available.

From extensive freediving research conducted at universities such as the Karolinski Institute and Harvard, we are now developing a better understanding and learning the true value of the mammalian diving reflex. Integrating this groundbreaking research with ten years of extensive teaching experience and training of world class freediving athletes, F.I.I. has identified the key knowledge and essential skills to effectively train individuals in the sport of freediving. F.I.I. has developed a specialized curricula that trains students, utilizing their own inborn mammalian dive reflexes, to move efficiently and comfortably underwater on one breath in a matter of days.

Many freediving education agencies place less importance on technique and knowledge and more importance on performance. This ineffective teaching method offers the diver a quick performance increase that is quickly limited by poor technique, discomfort and eventual injuries. F.I.I.'s principles are based upon developing core techniques and understanding that, from this solid foundation, performance follows, and the true freediver evolves.

F.I.I. has gone on to become the fastest growing freediving education agency in the world with professional and elite trained instructors in high demand worldwide.


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Martin Stepanek

13-Time World Record Freediver and F.I.I. Founder


Martin Stepanek Descends to a New WR 122 meters Martin Stepanek is a freediving pioneer having gone to depths never before - over 400 feet on a single breath of air. He claimed his first Freediving World Record in 2001, and has since gone on to become one of the world's top freedivers in history, setting over 13 World Records thus far in his competitive career.  Martin's passion for physiology and sports biology led him to explore what the human body experiences while freediving and he worked closely with top researchers from prestigious universities such as Harvard and the Karolynski Institute of Sweden to uncover some of the physiological mysteries behind his sport. His participation in this ongoing research has helped scientists better understand the impact that depth and pressure have on the freediver.


Martin's strong desire to improve the effectiveness and safety of freediving education led him to start his own freedive training agency, F.I.I. (Freediving Instructors International).   F.I.I. is paving the way of modern freediving education and is now the largest freediving training agency in the United States with worldwide reach. Martin has trained some of the world's most elite watermen athletes utilizing the F.I.I. system with notable clients such as Crown Prince of Dubai, World Record Big Wave Surfer Garrett McNamara, and World Champion Freestyle Skydiver Omar Alhegelan.


A popular international sporting figure, Martin offers seminars and lectures worldwide from motivational speaking to community charity events. He is also a long standing ‘Ocean Hero’ for the world’s largest ocean protection group, Oceana where he brings awareness to important ocean conservation issues.


Martin has featured on ESPN, BBC, CNN, Discovery Channel, PBS, and FOX along with numerous print magazines such as Men’s Journal “Athlete of the Year”, Playboy, Men’s Health, Muscle and Fitness, ELLE.

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