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Diving Conditions


markwAugust 16. 2011

Diving Conditions

by Mark Wallerstein

This diver, like most others, would love perfect conditions on and in the water every day. Unfortunately, this is not always a reality. Not all of us can live in Kona where the water and temperature is perfect year round. For the most part we are all stuck, and I say stuck hesitantly because anywhere you can dive is great already, diving in whatever location is reasonably close to us. For some we are luckier than others, I was able to escape the lakes of New Hampshire and start diving ever day in the warm South Florida waters.

The conditions here could easily be argued as great year round. However, what people see as great has changed dramatically. Many have become spoiled to the point where a little rain means the conditions are no longer diveable. So to you I pose these questions; what is a great day on the water? What are diveable conditions?

8-16-11aI for one say any day that you can get in the water for either Freediving or Scuba and be safe is a great day with diveable conditions. I was out in the Gulf Stream not too long ago working with a class from the FII headquarters in pompano when a rain storm passed over us. Quite often around here you will see divers leave the water and call it a day when rain hits, especially if it lasts more than ten minutes. When that rain hit us the only thing that went through my mind was; “hey… free back massage during my breath up. Awesome.”  It was still a warm day; I had my wetsuit on so everything was still perfectly comfortable. If anything the rain actually calmed the seas a little bit. During the dive it was even better. As I sat around 70 feet and looked up all I saw was a magnificent picture of Freedivers warming up, and the water dancing from the rain drops. I couldn’t have asked for a better view while I was down there.

As for scuba divers, I ask what is the rain really going to do to you? You are underwater the entire time, and don’t be afraid to leave your gear close to the back of the boat out from cover. I promise you, it is going to get wet one way or the either, just because the gear is there doesn’t mean you have to sit in it for the ride to the site. If anything, all diver should hope that it rains a little on the way back to land, you’re getting free fresh water gear wash without having to do anything. Next time you look at the conditions and try and decide to go Scuba or Freediving I truly urge you to really think about it. Ask yourself; is it safe? How will the conditions truly affect me? And will I enjoy myself? If you can answer yes to all of these, then my friend you are diving in ideal conditions already. Be safe and enjoy what you have…

Don't Get Burned Out


markJuly 19. 2011

Don't Get Burned Out

by Mark Lozano

Now that summer is here, it is easy to get caught up in all of the fun outdoor activities, and rightfully so! For those of us who are always active we can over do it at times, and near the end of the season, it will catch up to us.

I began training for my first triathlon several weeks ago. I set the standards low, a nice easy Iron Man 70.3. Training for this has become my second job. It is difficult at times to know when and how to pace myself, especially when I am so close to reaching one of my goals. However, I know that if I maintain pace, I will come away injury free and will have more energy to keep working later. Swimming, biking, and running, all in the same day, where does this give me time for all of the other fun things we get to do in the summer? Well, it doesn’t really. So I break it up most of the time, so that I have the energy to go surf, spearfishing, hang out with friends, or even just take my girlfriend on a date.

On top of all of this, I teach freediving three to four times a month during our peak season here in California. Sound like I may be pushing myself a little hard? Well, those of us who have completed the Level 2 course are familiar with CBS GONE, to make sure we don’t push ourselves to blacking out on our dives. I’ve devised a similar acronym for burning yourself out: SPENT FM

Sore- is your body consistently in pain from over exertion?

Personal Relationships- Is your personal life suffering from you never being around?

Exhaustion- Are you always tired or feeling weak?

Neglect- Does your pet or anyone else resent you because they never see you?

Timing- Are you beginning to show up late to things that you didn’t before?

Friends- When is the last time you hung out with your friends?

Memory- Are you forgetting important things that you would normally never forget?

Ask yourself these questions once a week, and decide if you should keep on with what you’ve been doing, or if you need to change something to avoid the dreaded BURNOUT.


‘Till next time, dive safe!

Mark Lozano

To Teach or to Educate


Breatt Scaglione || FII Freediving Courses with Freediving Instructors International || Learn to Freedive! www.freedivinginstructors.comJuly 13. 2011

To Teach or to Educate: THAT is the Question!

by Brett Scaglione


Think back to your time in schooling… everyone seems to have that one teacher that stood out from the rest as your favorite.  Throughout the years of being involved at Barry University, I have always been fascinated with what qualities a teacher possesses that made them stand out in their student’s mind as being the “best teacher they ever had.”  Every time I have conversed with students on this subject, the reason almost always seemed to be the same: “I learned the most with them: they were able to get the information across in a way that I was able to understand and I actually enjoyed going to class!”  If this individual is considered a teacher by title, but is able to reach students unlike other teachers have in the past, are they still to be considered a teacher?  What have they done that is so different than that of the other teachers?

Personally, I do not think individuals who are among the pantheon of “The Best Teacher I Ever Had” should be considered teachers, but as educators.  An educator is “a specialist in the theory and practice of teaching/education” (, 2011).  In other words: to be considered an educator, one must be well versed in communication, possess a mastery of all related information in their field, and understand their students well enough to be able to relate the information to them so they can truly assimilate information, not just recite it.  An educator has a multitude of tools that can be called upon at any given time to be able to explain a topic many different ways.  There might be a class where you are trying to explain the theory of hypoxia and it might have to be explained three different ways with different metaphors and scientific based conversations.  An educator is able to take this challenge in stride due to a true mastery of the information involved and an ability to look at every student as an individual.  This allows the educator to unlock the secrets to their student’s full understanding of the knowledge.


As an Instructor for  Freediving Instructors International it is necessary for you not only to become an educator, but a Professional Aquatic Educatior.  This is someone someone who truly cares about the information they teach, possesses a mastery of the information they present,  lives their lives according to the standards by which their student are held, and is an unwavering ambassador for not only the sport and activity of freediving, but also the safe practices that are a part of our passion.  Face it: it is our job to make sure freediving is conducted in a safe and enjoyable manner! Is it possible to ensure our student’s safety/enjoyment if they do not understand all the information?


So, the rest is up to you: are you going to teach or are you going to educate?”


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