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Waterman Survival


Waterman Survival℠ Course(WMC)

Training utilized by Champion Big Wave Surfers Garrett McNamara & Andrew Cotton, US Navy Seals, Pro-Surfers Jamie O'Brien, Jeff Wetherall, and many more...Waterman Survival with Freediving Instructors International! www.freedivinginstructors.com


"My confidence is so much greater now. I recommend the F.I.I. Waterman Survival course to anyone who wants to enter the water. If you are engaging in some heavy sport, that's in the water, then it is Essential. Do yourself a favor - take the course."

Garrett McNamara, World Champion Big Wave Surfer


In September 2012, F.I.I.'s Director of Education Martin Stepanek took the FII Waterman Survival course to Praia de Norte, Portugal where he trained Big Wave Surfing Champion Garrett McNamara and his safety team. Martin utilized this experience to finely tune new safety techniques, and went so far as to successfully test them himself in 20ft waves (see image upper right).  This course provides groundbreaking information changing the confidence and safety of extreme watermen worldwide.


Any experienced waterman will easily recall at least one moment in their lives when the power of Mother Nature's ultimate force has pushed them to their limits. Gasping for breath, they reached the surface feeling there was nothing else to give, or was there? During this groundbreaking course,  your FII Certified Waterman Survival Instructor will dispel common misconceptions and get to the bottom of the true urge to breathe.  Participants will learn how to retrain the urge to breathe, increasing their CO2 tolerance and breath-hold abilities while also mastering key specialized safety protocols ensuring effective victim management for  breath-hold related incidents in extreme conditions.

This course has set  a new standard of waterman safety training worldwide.


Course Duration: The WMC course is run over 1 day with a minimum of 4hrs academics and 2hrs pool drills.

Entry Requirements: The WMC is designed for experienced watermen with at least a medium level of in-water comfort.


To find your nearest Waterman Survival or Waterman Survival Extended Instructor go to the FII Instructor Locator and use the drop-down menu for 'Professional Rating'.


FII Waterman Survival Course with Freediving Instructors International. Breathhold training designed specifically for surfers and other extreme watermen! www.freedivinginstructors.com

Waterman Survival℠ Extended (WME) 

The extended version of the Waterman Survival Course also incorporates the FII Level 1 Freediver certification course thus allowing us to add-on a series of advanced open water depth drills. With the FII Level 1 certification completed, the Waterman Survival training jumps up a few notches and into a more serious and realistic open-water environment where students are taken through drills simulating high-stress underwater disorientation training and safety scenarios - this version is not for the faint-hearted. This is the ultimate waterman safety training experience.


Course Duration: The WME course is usually run over 3 days with 9hrs academics, 3hrs pool drills and 2hrs open water depth drills. If you are already a FII certified freediver, please contact your WME Instructor for a reviewed schedule & pricing* on the extended version (*space available basis).

Entry Requirements: The WME course is designed for experienced waterman with a medium-high/high level of in-water comfort and of excellent health and fitness.


To find your nearest Waterman Survival or Waterman Survival Extended Instructor go to the FII Instructor Locator and use the drop-down menu for 'Professional Rating'.

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