Set in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, the FII Kona Freediving Camp provides participants with a specialized seven day freediving training camp. Expertly tailored to cater to all experience levels, and all interests from laid back water lovers to line-diving enthusiasts. The Kona Freediving Camp is the perfect recreational freediving vacation that easily fits into any family or individuals schedule. Join us for exciting blue-water freediving marine interaction trips, fun cultural evenings and unsurpassed daily freediving training from FII's team of world class instructors. The FII Kona Freediving Camp is your ultimate freediving getaway.
Trip Dates: October 18 – 25, 2014
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Suitable for: Individuals with a special interest in marine interaction, underwater photography, or depth training.
Pre Requisites: Open to certified freedivers only. For non-certified divers, a range of FII courses will be available directly prior to the Camp. Please contact us for more information.
You will be limited to the maximum depth of your certification (i.e. Lvl 1 Freedivers are limited to 66ft/20m). Please contact us if you have any questions.
Participants must be in good physical condition – See FII Medical Release.
Arrivals / Sat, Oct 18th: AM- Arrive in Kailua-Kona Airport (KOA). Evening: Opening Meeting and a group dinner/social gathering at the Kona Brewery.
Day 1 / Sun, Oct 19th: AM - Daily scheduled freediving depth training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team in optimum training conditions. Participants can work on their goals or just enjoy the blue, at their own pace, with as little or as much training guidance as they request. Freediving training runs from 9am – 1pm.
PM- The evening will bring our entertaining FII Animal Interaction Clinic - mandatory for everyone attending the Animal Interaction trips.
Day 2 / Mon, Oct 20th: AM- Daily scheduled freediving depth training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team from 9am – 1pm.
AM - Animal Interaction Trips – Operated off an ex-Navy Seal vessel, we will be taking out a maximum of six divers lead by one FII Instructor in search of local marine life. Common species include spinner dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, spotted dolphins, manta rays, wahoo and other pelagic species. Depending on the ocean activity, we will also share some of the most stunning swim thus and caves. Animal Interaction trips run from 8am-12pm daily.
Day 3 / Tues, Oct 21st: Same as day #2. This evening brings our wonderful cultural experience: Learn about the Kava traditions, taste some of the local traditional food such as Imu pork, poi and coconut taro.
Day 4 / Wed, Oct 22nd: Barbeque Beach Day. Its time to Relax! Sea kayaking, reef freediving, sea kayak spearfishing, boogie boarding... or maybe you just want to bring along a hammock. Sunset Potluck Beach BBQ.
Day 5 - 6 / Thurs, Oct 23rd & Fri, Oct 24th: Same as day #2.
Day 7 / Sat, Oct 25th : Line diving with Martin Stepanek and his team of instructors from 9am - 12pm, then its time to shower, pack and head into town for our Closing Party!
Sun, Oct 26th : Departure day.
Animal Interaction Trips
Our goal: To seek out & freedive with some of the most beautiful creatures on this planet!
The FII team will introduce you to specialized freediving techniques developed over years of interactions with the local marine life. You will learn how to enhance the interaction on an intimate animal- to-animal level and observe natural behaviour while interacting on breath-hold. Common species include short-finned pilot whales, spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins, manta rays, oceanic white-tip sharks and an array of pelagic fish. These trips are an optional add-on to your Camp experience, and there is an additional boat fee of approx $125- per trip (paid the morning of your boat departing). We highly recommend everyone to book at least one Animal Interaction trip as it’s an exciting day on the water and what the FII Kona Camp has become known for. We will open registrations for the Animal Interaction trips a few months out from the Camp commencing.
Reminder: You only have time to participate in one activity (either depth training or the boat trip) per day as both activities run from morning – mid-day.
- Meetings will be hosted at Jacks Diving Locker, 75-5813 Ali'i Drive Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
- Freediving Training will be hosted south of the township in a sheltered bay offering pristine conditions
- Animal Interaction Trips will be departing from Honokahau Harbour, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI
Diving Gear and Equipment
Water temperatures will be around 77F – 80F / 25C – 26C
Freediving Training: You will need to bring a 3mm Freediving/Spearfishing Suit, a mask, snorkel, freediving fins, rubber weight belt, small weights, and freediving computer.
Additional Items: A thin shell rain jacket, water bottle with carabiner clip, wide brim hat with neck tie and a Mini Flash Drive (for your videos)
Price $745.00 (deposit $250.00 paid at time of registration)
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Six days of Freediving Training with World-Renowned Freediving Instructors including 13-Time Freediving World Record Holder, Martin Stepanek
Daily HD Videos of Your Depth Freedives - Bring a flash drive!
Exclusive 1.5hr Animal Interaction Clinic with Martin Stepanek & Team
FII Animal Internation Guide
Organised Beach Day Activities (Sea kayaks, boards, etc)
Flights, Accommodation & Car Rental
Animal Interaction Boat Fee (approx $125.00 per trip)
Food & Beverages at Social Events
Payment Policy & Deposit:
A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is required to secure your spot.
Full payment will be due by 08/18/14
Upon booking a position on the Animal Interaction boat you will become fully responsible for this position. We do not accept last minute boat cancellations
All payments on the Kona Camp are final and non-refundable
You will need to rent a car. If anyone is interested in sharing accommodation and car rental, please let us know and we will connect you all in a group email. Budget Car Rental usually offers the best rates on the island. We recommend Orbitz as a booking service.
Due to the islands size and sheer untouched beauty, planning a few road-trip adventures in your off-time is a must-do addition to your trip. You will have most afternoons off for these trips.
We highly recommend exploring the wide range of beautiful vacation rentals available in the Kona district. Pricing varies.
Please contact us for the best vacation rental deals!
The Kona Islander Inn www.konaislanderinnhotel.com - Affordable accommodation right in downtown Kailua-Kona (3 mins walk to Jacks Diving Locker). Rates starting at $79- per night
The Manago Hotel www.managohotel.com - Historical, clean, affordable accommodation in beautiful Captain Cook. Rates starting $39- per night
You can also view other hotels of your taste and budget by going to ‘Trip Adviser’ and searching ‘Kailua-Kona Hotels’.
A Camp Bulletin with a fully detailed day-to-day activity schedule will be sent out one month prior to the camp commencing. If you have any other questions prior, please do not hesitate to call us anytime.
We look forward to your joining us on this adventure of a lifetime!
2014 FII Kona Camp Instructor Team
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