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2014 FII Kona Freediving Camp




Kona Camp #1 - October 18-24, 2014  (Arrive: Oct 17, Depart: Oct 25)  - SOLD OUT

Kona Camp #2 - November 02-08, 2014  (Arrive: Nov 01, Depart: Nov 09) - SOLD OUT




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


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Suitable for: Individuals with a special interest in marine interaction, underwater photography, or depth training. 


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.


General Itinerary


Arrival Day: AM- Arrive in Kailua-Kona Airport (KOA).  Evening: Opening Meeting and a group dinner/social gathering at the Kona Brewery.


Day 1: AM - Daily scheduled freediving depth training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team in optimum training conditions. Participants can work on their goals or just enjoy the blue, at their own pace, with as little or as much training guidance as they request. Freediving training runs from 9am – 1pm. 

PM- The evening will bring our entertaining FII Animal Interaction Clinic.


Day 2:   AM - Daily scheduled freediving depth training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team from 9am – 1pm. 

AM - Animal Interaction Trips – Operated off an ex-Navy Seal vessel, we will be taking out a maximum of six divers lead by one FII Instructor in search of local marine life. Common species include spinner dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, spotted dolphins, manta rays, wahoo and other pelagic species. Depending on the ocean activity,  we will also share some of the most stunning swim thus and caves. Animal Interaction trips run from 8am-12pm daily.


Day 3:  Same as Day #2.  This evening brings our wonderful cultural experience: Learn about the Kava traditions, taste some of the local traditional food such as Imu pork,  poi and coconut taro.


Day 4:  Barbeque Beach Day.  Its time to Relax! Sea kayaking, reef freediving, sea kayak, spearfishing... or maybe you just want to bring along a hammock and enjoy the beach! Sunset Potluck Beach BBQ.


Day 5 - 6: Same as Day #2.


Day 7 : Line diving with Martin Stepanek and his team of instructors from 9am - 12pm, then its time to shower, pack and head into town for our Closing Party!


Departures  Day: We recommend a late afternoon flight.




Animal Interaction Trips


Our goal: To seek out and freedive with some of the most marine life on this planet!Niki Stepanek Freedivng with Dolphins

The FII team will introduce you to specialized freediving techniques developed over years of interactions with the local marine life. You will learn how to enhance the interaction on an intimate animal- to-animal level and observe natural behaviour while interacting on breath-hold. Common species include short-finned pilot whales, spinner dolphins, spotted dolphins, manta rays, oceanic white-tip sharks and an array of pelagic fish. These trips are an optional add-on to your Camp experience, and there is an additional boat fee of approximately $125- per trip (paid the morning of your boat departing). We highly recommend the Animal Interaction trips as it’s an exciting day on the water and provides amazing photography oppourtunities 

Reminder: You only have time to participate in one activity (either depth training or the boat trip) per day as both activities run from morning – mid-day.

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  • Meetings will be hosted at Jacks Diving Locker, 75-5813 Ali'i Drive Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Freediving Training will be hosted south of the township in a sheltered bay offering pristine conditions
  • Animal Interaction trips will be departing from Honokahau Harbour, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, Kailua-Kona, HI



Diving Gear and Equipment


Water temperatures will be around 77F – 80F / 25C – 26C

Freediving Training: You will need to bring a 3mm Freediving/Spearfishing Suit, a mask, snorkel, freediving fins, rubber weight belt, small weights, and freediving computer.

Additional Items: A thin shell rain jacket, water bottle with carabiner clip, wide brim hat with neck tie and a Mini Flash Drive (for your  videos)



Price $745.00 (non-refundable deposit of $250.00 paid at time of registration)

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Six days of Freediving Training with World-Renowned Freediving Instructors including 13-Time Freediving World Record Holder, Martin Stepanek

Daily HD Videos of Your Depth Freedives

Exclusive 1.5hr Animal Interaction Clinic with Martin Stepanek & Team

FII Animal Internation Guide

Organised Beach Day Activities

Not included:

Flights, Accommodation & Car Rental

Animal Interaction Boat Fee (approximately $125.00 per trip)

Food & Beverages at Social Events

FII Freediver Hawaii | FII Kona Freediving Camp

Payment Policy & Deposit:

A non-refundable deposit of $250.00 is required to secure your spot

Full payment will be billed 3 months prior to your camp starting

Upon booking a position on the Animal Interaction boat you will become fully responsible for this position. We do not accept last minute boat cancellations

All payments on the Kona Camp are final and non-refundable



Car Rental

You will need to rent a car. If anyone is interested in sharing accommodation and car rental, please let us know.  Budget Car Rental usually offers the best rates on the island and we recommend Orbitz as the best booking service.


Due to the islands size and sheer untouched beauty, planning a few road-trips is a must-do addition to your trip. You will have most afternoons off for these trips (2pm-evening).



We highly recommend exploring the wide range of beautiful vacation rentals available in the Kona district. Pricing varies.


Vacation Rentals:

Please contact us for the best vacation rental deals!



The Kona Islander Inn - Affordable accommodation right in downtown Kailua-Kona (3 min walk to Jacks Diving Locker). Rates starting at $79- per night

The Manago Hotel - Historical, clean, affordable accommodation in beautiful Captain Cook. Rates starting $39- per night


You can also view other hotels of your taste and budget by going to ‘Trip Adviser’ and searching ‘Kailua-Kona Hotels’.



A Camp Bulletin with a fully detailed day-to-day activity schedule will be sent out two months prior to the camp commencing. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact Niki Stepanek, Event Organizer on 808-212-0012 (HI time) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


We look forward to your joining us on this adventure of a lifetime!




2014 FII Kona Camp Instructor Team



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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