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Brave New World


Alexandra Freeman - Freediving Girl - FII Blog - www.freedivinginstructors.comFebruary 21. 2012

Brave New World

By Alexandra Freeman

Certified FII Level 1 & Level 2 Freediver

My entire life has revolved around the pursuit of an art form that requires strength, determination, discipline, technique, artistry, and equal parts vanity and humility. I am a ballerina.I am a Las Vegas showgirl. And now I am a freediver.

Alexandra Freeman | Dancer | Girl Freediver | Freediving courses with FII (Freediving Instructors International) www.freedivinginstructors.comI fell in love with the sport six months ago after watching the documentary “Freediver” with Tanya Streeter. Having grown up on the California coast, the ocean was dear to me; watching her dive with sea lions, dolphins, sharks, blue whales, so far beneath the surface, so at home in this aquatic world, I was enraptured at the thought. It was so amazing to see this tall, blonde, eloquent female setting world records in a male-dominated sport. I was inspired. Enamored. Obsessed. I wanted to know what it was like to be fearless at depth, to explore a world that was not my own. Girl freediving with dolphins | Alexandra Freeman || FII www.freedivinginstructors.comNot only were the romantic notions of being some kind of mermaid appealing to me, but the athletic side of the dive was alluring as well. Being a classically trained dancer I have trained my body to ignore discomfort, set new goals, push myself to my limit and beyond... all things that are imperative to progressing in the dive. I’m only four months in, but I feel I have the heart, the mind, and the body for the sport. I can’t wait to see what this new world has in store for me. 


Alexandra Freeman

Freediving Secret - The Silver Bullet


Errol PutignaJanuary 23. 2012

Freediving Secret - The Silver Bullet

by Errol Putigna

We hear and read about these freedivers diving incredible depths and having spectacular breath-holds. We often ask ourselves, “How do they do it?” “Are they super-human?” Some “perhaps” are but the majorities are normal human beings with an innate aquatic ability that can be easily tapped into by proper instruction and guidance.

We often look for the “silver bullet”, the “secret” on how we can improve our diving ability. I recently gave my brother a FII Level 1 class for Christmas and got him to take the class. He is an emergency medicine doctor, practicing in Orlando, has 5 kids and a real knack for learning, especially when it comes to the human body. He has dabbled in freediving since he was a kid, just like me. We would go with our father spear fishing and plenty of diving to the bottom of the pool to fetch keys. He enjoys the water very much so. When I took my first FII class, he was the first one I called and told about my 5:00 breath-hold. I was super excited and he was in disbelief. To be honest, I couldn’t believe it myself.

Freediving CourseHe has been tormented with a problem in one of his ears and has complained about having trouble equalizing for quite some time. He was very skeptical that he would do well in the class but I assured him it was not about doing “well” in the class or chasing numbers. It was about learning to freedive safely and putting it all together.

He took the weekend off and came down to Jupiter, FL to take the class. He seemed pretty attentive and obviously knew the science behind what we were teaching. I love teaching physicians and/or anyone in the medical profession because they know the science but never put two and two together to see that it really can be done. After the academic portion of the class, we headed to the pool, did our safety and freediving skills and proceeded to the static apnea portion of the class. He did his series of breath ups and finished with a 3:00 breath-hold (the limit of the Level 1 class). He was fired up, but his real concern was the open-water portion and his equalization. I told him not to worry, just do as he had been taught and everything should work out.

Freediving SpringsWe got to the ocean and it was a bit bumpy. We started with all the skills taught in the academic and confined water portion and started reaching deeper depths. Most of the students were blowing past the personal bests, including my brother. He ended up reaching 66ft 3 times (depth limit of the class). For the next 3 days, he was calling me super excited about his accomplishments. He said, “I don’t know what I did different from before”. I told him, “There is no silver bullet or one thing you did differently. It’s all the little things you did and put together that allowed you do to what you did”.

I often get asked advice about freediving. It’s not about the one thing that makes it work. It’s about putting the puzzle together and making all the pieces fit to make it all work. Perhaps this is what we could call the “Silver Bullet”. That’s what freediving is about. Dive safe!

Errol Putigna

Girls - Get Freediving!


Niki Roderick || Freediving courses with FII (Freediving Instructors International) www.freedivinginstructors.comJanuary 11. 2012

Girls - Get Freediving!

by Niki Roderick

 I n the United States, freediving is still looked upon primarily as Spearfishing - a man’s sport. Where as in Europe the ladies have been reaping the benefits of this recreational sport for centuries! So, why is

Girl Freediving, Apnea, Freediving courses, FII, Freediving Instructors International || www.freedivinginstructors.comNow, I have no desire to convert you all to fish killers, rather I would like to open the door to what freediving means to me and thousands of others. Freediving in its simplest form is mastering the art of breath control and movement underwater; it is interacting within the underwater realm in the most natural way possible. And, as a pleasant side effect, we keep fit, healthy, and eat pretty much whatever we want.

If you browse through all the top workout trends of 2010-2011, you will find a common thread: Interval Training. Whether spinning your way to smaller derriere or Tracy Anderson’ing your way to Paltrowesk thighs. They are all utilizing the rapid and effective results of Interval Training. What most don’t realize is that freediving is pure Interval Training. So, why don’t we consider our weekend freediving as serious IT? Because it didn’t feel like a workout, in fact, it was relaxing! Spinning and other interval training methods are classed as hard-core, sweat-till-you-drop; I want to die kind of workouts. I call these my ‘1 Hit Wonders’, in other words, I went hard, went home and never came back (although really wanted too). I salute all you women out there that love sweating in a tiny room with 30 others listening to thumping house music. You deserve those legs! I'll take the easy option.

Freediving with Whales || FII Freediving courses, www.freedivinginstructors.comFreediving is a girl’s best friend. It specifically targets key problem areas for women (without a personal trainer), plus it calms the mind, de-stresses the skin all the while growing us long, lean muscles. Freediving forces us to master the art of both mind and body control, something we all need to lead happy, balanced lives. The key to getting and maintaining a healthy body is finding a sport or activity that you love…and it’ helps if it doesn’t  feel like a workout ;-) Freediving offers women an easy, complete workout that defines fun and your derriere - no soundtrack needed.


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