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2013 FII Kona Camp!



2013 Annual F.I.I. Kona Freediving Camp! (SORRY THIS CAMP HAS SOLD OUT)


Set in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, the FII Kona Freediving Camp provides participants with a specialized, weeklong freediving training camp. From exciting blue-water freediving marine interaction trips, fun cultural evenings, and unsurpassed daily freediving training  from World Record freedivers and physical conditioning experts; the FII Kona Freediving Camp is your Ultimate Freediving Getaway.

Map of Hawaiian Is.


Trip Dates: October 19th – 26th, 2013 (Arrive 19th, Depart 27th)


Registrations: This trip opened for registrations on Dec 15, 2012 and sold out within 24hrs. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to go on the waiting list.






2013 FII Kona Camp Instructor Team

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2012 FII Kona Freediving Camp Group Photo     

Kona Freediving with FII (Freediving Instructors International) || Freediving courses with Freediving Instructors International ||

Dive Smarter, Not Harder...It's That Easy!

ErrolP Dive smarter, not harder…. It’s that easy!

 By Errol Putigna


 Within our professions, whether you’re a doctor, an engineer or a surfer, we look to further our knowledge and education. We make our best attempts to keep current on new information and to ultimately put it into practice. But sometimes there does      come a time in our lives where we become complacent and say, “I think I know enough.” But do we really?


In freediving and spearfishing the same occurs. We get into the sport, we ask friends what to do to get better, spend exorbitant amounts of time on the internet reading, we spend a mint on gear, we eventually take a course and then we say, “I think I know enough.” Freediving is perhaps one of the only sports where you don’t have to train super hard to be a good freediver, but you definitely have to be smart and know exactly what’s going on. This can easily be done through education.


When I first got into the sport of freediving, I was scratching for the surface at 40ft. I eventually got some information from a local freedive shop and I took my first course. It was a FII (Freediving Instructors International) Level 2 and I wanted to see what it was all about. I did ok in the course and the gains I made were quite incredible (5:00 static and 85ft personal best). I was pretty happy but I knew if I could do that in only a few days, then there must be more. Many of my friends that had also taken the course stopped there with what they learned and never took another class. Not me, I was hungry for more. I knew I had just grazed the surface of all of this. I started taking freedive class after freedive class, diving the line, spearing with the better spearos in my area and years later becoming an Instructor Trainer for FII (one of the 5 in the world). I started taking an interest in writing curriculum alongside Martin Stepanek and really seeing how this all worked. All I wanted to do is learn more.


In the last year, FII has come out with a new class called, Waterman Survival. It’s geared toward “extreme” water sports, such as big wave surfing, whitewater kayaking, wakeboarding, etc. A few of the big name surfers such as, Garrett McNamara (surfs 80+ft waves), Andrew Cotton, Jamie O’Brien and Jeff Weatherall, have taken it (BTW, most ended up becoming more interested in actual freediving by the end of the course J). These guys have survived some nasty spills at The North Canyon in Portugal, Mavericks, Jaws and Teahupo’o! They are at the top of their game but they are still furthering their education to get better (and live longer….).


The same goes with recreational spearing and freediving. It’s not all about hunting at 100ft or diving to 200ft on one breath (although pretty cool and totally attainable). What should be important is to understand your body and what’s happening during a dive even at 30ft., to be safe about it and ultimately, to be truly in tune with yourself. With the proper education, you can enjoy every second of your dive and feel confident. FII has developed different curriculums (click here to see courses) for these very reasons, so that you could learn more about the sports you love. The Internet is great but it requires knowing how to sift through the good and bad information. Classes streamline everything for you and lessen the learning curve. A trained professional will know how to explain it. So, why not take the plunge and really learn to dive smarter, not harder! Dive safe!


Martin Stepanek, Jeff Weatherall, Niki Roderick || Freediving with FII (Freediving Instructors International) ||

Pro Surfers Jeff Weatherall, Jessie Heilman and Greg Weatheral increase their breath-hold confidence with Martin & Niki Stepanek.



Cat Fizgerald || Fitness training, freediving training with FII (Freediving Instructors International) || Freediving courses with Freediving Instructors International || www.freedivinginstructors.comSeptember 19. 2012


by Cat Fitzgerald

Lately my attention has been drawn to transitions. This happens a lot: My attention, my awareness, opens up and gets drawn towards something, and, if I listen, I get to be a part of something amazing while being present at that moment. I am trying these days to be smarter; I’m trying to remember the lessons from before while learning the one at handso I can grow in a geometrical, linear, parallel, and quantum fashion. By this point you are either unconscious, wondering if you had a cup of Timothy Leary tea, or asking the eternal question, "So what."

I often use the physical as a training methodology and/or metaphor for emotional and spiritual development. Ok!Transitions.

Transitions are a huge deal. There are books, classes, coaches, etc. solely dedicated to the art of transitions in the sports world. People spend huge amounts of time and money in the training of smoother transitions. Funny enough, transitions are usually the times in our lives we are in the biggest hurry to escape, so we tend not to be present in the moment and, so, fail to realize that there is a whole lot of fantastic stuff for growth during those times. Those are the macro areas and I want us to look at the micro this month.

We tend to focus on things themselves– atechnique, object, goal, the object of a finished "doing." This by itself is interesting as we focus on the "going to" and the "did/done," the very conjugation of "do" to "doing" demands us to be present in the moment, not just of the pulling and pushing, but how we got there and get from one to another.

For example, stand and mimic your swim stroke, what happens immediately after you have "finished" your kick?Take time to pay attention to your draw and then to thatin-between moment when you’ve finished the draw and begin your kick. We don’t want to be Scuba Steve, the battery operated diver who kicks back and forth mechanically. It's time to discover the next phase. There is no draw then kick and draw again; there is flow. Shift your perception to include the transitions, and then to flow, that place where there is no separation. Like a car engine, it's good to be able to take it apart to fix, but we want it to run like one unit, not simply the sum of its parts. Processing how we move through space should allow us to become more efficient, competitively viable, or, at least, increase our quality of being.

Let's work our Spleen Meridian,

the lateral hamstring stretch. Lie on your back, pull your right leg up and grab the back of it, both hands to the inside. Now bring your left knee to your chest; your right leg should have drawn closer to your chest also.Hold your right leg there while you reach away with your left leg. This should increase the stretch behind and inside your right leg. Once you have this down with both legs I want you to try alternating legs. Once you are comfortable with that movement, you can start trying to explore the moments of transition between the stretches. You should notice work in your abdominals, hip flexors, and quads, all of the balancing muscles that allow you to have a strong kick. Further exploration should lead you to more elasticity, range of motion, efficiency, and, strangely (not really, but it will feel strange initially) enjoyment.

The second exercise is a breathing exercise we do in Aikido.

It will be easier to watch this quick video than to read Tolstoy's dissertation on what the hell is happening. Watch for the moments between your inhalation and exhalation, and when the hands are at the top and bottom of the cycles.

Flow this month.



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