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2015 FII Kona Freediving Camp




October 17 - 24, 2015 - SOLD OUT 

Arrive October 17th (by 4pm), Depart October 25th (anytime)



Set in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, the FII Kona Freediving Camp provides participants with a specialized week long 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.

FII Freediving Camp in Kona, Hawaii with Martin and Niki Stepanek"One of the most memorable experiences of my life and I will be back"

" What an amazing week in Kona with FII."

" thank you so much for another amazing life learning week of trust and fun and ocean diving I grow as a person every time I'm here!"

" I wanted to say thank you again for an amazing week in Hawaii. You did an absolutely fantastic job and I truly enjoyed every minute of it!"


Suitable for: Freedivers with a special interest in marine interaction, underwater photography, serious depth training or how about a week of just plain FUN!


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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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.


Daily Schedule:

Events run from 9am-1pm daily, with the afternoons free to explore the island! Evening social events and meetings run on four nights of the week and the mid-week day off/beach BBQ day runs on Wednesday from 1pm-6pm. It's a full week and you're going to love it!


Included:FII Freediver and Shortfinned Pilot Whales during the FII Kona Freediving Camp

Six Days of Freediving Training with World-Renowned Freediving Instructors including 13-time Freediving World Record Holder, Martin Stepanek! World class training for all levels!

Daily Technique Video Reviews

Daily HD Videos

Exclusive 1hr  F.I.I. Marine Interaction Clinic with Martin Stepanek

Organised Beach Day Activities!


Not included:

Flights, Accommodation & Car Rental

Animal Interaction Boat Fee (optional add-on & approximately $125.00 per trip)

Food & Beverages at Social Events


Travel AssistanceFII Freediver Training Under the Guidence of a FII Instructor

Airport Code: Kona International Airport (KOA)

Accommodation and Car Rental Recommendations:  For a full list of recommendations, please email Niki Stepanek at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Shared options are available!


Additional Info

Final balance billed 3 months out.

All payments on camps are final.

Full schedule of events sent out 2 months prior to camp commencing.


Any questions can be directed to Niki Stepanek at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 808.212.0012 (HST).





Freediving: What is my limit?

FII Freediving Instructor Trainer Errol Putigna

By Errol Putigna

I often hear the excuse, "Oh, I'm fine. I never push myself..." This may be fine and dandy until something goes wrong. I have a friend that has a static apnea breath-hold of 5 minutes 30 seconds. He is definitely above the norm in the freediving world. As a general rule of thumb, your working time underwater is half of your static apnea time. So in his case, it was 2:45. I witnessed him having a loss of motor control (when you lose control over your muscles in which at this point you need the assistance of buddy to keep your airway out of the water so that you don't inhale water or if the situation escalates, blackout) after a dive that was only 1 minute 17 seconds.... Now the question is, what happened? Did he push his limits? We went over his dive and reviewed it..... To tell you the truth, I (and he) have no idea what happened except the fact that he had a properly trained safety buddy to bail him out of his situation.

This brings me to my next point on how to wrap your head around what freediving/spearfishing truly is: it is a sport in which there are so many variables that one can never be certain if and when they will have a hypoxic event (such as a Loss of Motor Control or a Blackout). The variables may be; what did you eat? Are you hydrated? Did you sleep well? Are you stressed about family or work? What was your breathing pattern before and after the dive? These are all variables that will interact with each other in a different manner on any given day. We just don't know.FII Freediver Training in Portugal

Having said this, there is one really simple solution to correct any possible mishap that may happen during a dive. Have a properly trained safety buddy! I cannot reiterate this enough. All it takes is one event of your safety buddy not being there and, well let's just say that it won't be good.... I always say, "I love spearfishing and freediving, but I love my wife and son a whole lot more." Keep everything in perspective. It's a sport we love to do but let's keep it safe! Take a formal freediving class and educate yourself on what you can do to be safe.

So, next time you're out there enjoying the outdoors, make sure that you have all of your safety plans in place and that you're not relaying on what your limits are!



Errol Putigna

Errol Putigna is an internationally recognized Freediving Instructor that works with Freediving Instructors International (FII) and 13 time world-record holding freediver and creator/founder of FII, Martin Stepanek. He helped develop freedive curricula along side Martin Stepanek, such as FII's Junior Freediver program and is one of the most sought after freediving instructors in the world, having taught professional athletes and Forbes 500 business entrepreneurs among others. He teaches both recreational level and professional level certification courses all over the United States, Bahamas and Spain. In addition, he has translated and adapted FII's materials for the Spanish speaking market.

Click here to view Errol's course listings.

Got Lube?

Martin StepanekBy Martin Stepanek


I have always believed the most important piece of a freediver's equipment is the wetsuit. I'm sure those of you who use proper freediving wetsuits can testify to this belief and will never go back to anything else. Those of you who don't have one, or are in the possession of one of those "Wanna be freediving suits" ... you just have no idea what you're missing out on, and how much this changes your freediving experience and performance. I'm sure you all know from your freediving course how identify the most important features of your wetsuit and get the most bang for your buck. As cool as a 3D Camo might be, having an open cell lining on the inside is far more important. There have been many articles written on the thermal advantages, increased pliability of the suit and other benefits of this key attribute. However, when it comes down to this single element, without which this otherwise beneficial feature turns into a nightmarish hassle, the majority of sources go pretty quiet. So, let's talk about lube!Girl Freediver with Freediving Wetsuit

A healthy mix of hair conditioner and water (1:6 ratio is my favorite) is not just for making suit entry easier. Shampoo, soap or even baby powder would do just fine. The advantage of a thick hair conditioner mix is that it stays there for the entire dive period. The lubes primary purpose is to create a layer of lubricant between the freediver's body and freediving wetsuit, thus minimizing the friction between the open cell neoprene and the skin throughout the duration of the freediving session. This seemingly strange ritual significantly cuts down on breathing resistance and increases the volume of air during the freediver's peak inhalation. The lube barrier also dramatically decreases the likeliness of pressure related discomfort and tracheal squeeze, while decreasing oxygen consumption and aiding in equalization. If you are lucky enough to have your suit made of Yamamoto 45 then this layer of lube will truly make you appreciate your investment, the extreme pliability of this material, with no friction on freediver's body, gives the sensation of diving with no wetsuit at all.

Sound too good to be true? Try it for yourself! The cheapest conditioner goes for about 99 cents a bottle. I'd say it's a pretty much risk free experiment. Just don't be skimpy! If you think you have put too much conditioner in your suit ... add a little more.

Note: Stay clear of coconut scented conditioners as these do not combine well with urine. Organic, all-natural conditioners are obviously a favored choice, however, finding an affordable solution that stays put for the duration of the session proves challenging.





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