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2013 FII Bonaire Camp - July 22-28


2013 FII Bonaire Freediving Camp - July 22-28


Freediving Bonaire with Freediving Instructors International ||

Bonaire is located in the Southern Caribbean about 50 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela. Surrounded by stunning reefs it provides year-round world-class freediving conditions just meters from shore. This Ultimate Freediving Camp Getaway offers a professional training set-up for all skill levels, and includes gorgeous modern apartment accommodations (300 meters from dive site), expert guidance from 13-time World Record Freediver Martin Stepanek along with an array of exciting land, cave and sea adventures.    

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Trip Dates: July 22 (in) – July 28 (out), 2013  (6 nights / 7 days)                                                                                        


Pre Requisites: Open to certified freedivers only. There will be a Level 1 Freediver course running on Bonaire from July 20 – July 21, 2013.

You will be limited to the maximum depth of your certification (i.e. Lvl 1 Freedivers are limited to 66ft/20m; Level 2 - 130ft; Level 3 - unlimited).

Participants must be in good physical condition – See FII Medical Release.


General ItineraryKralendijk

Day 1 / Mon 22 July: Arrive at Flamingo International Airport (BON). Airport picks-ups will be provided - from the airport it is approximately a 10 minutes drive to the apartments. For divers that arrive before 2pm we will be running a late afternoon relaxed freedive training (check your gear, check buoyancy, get to know the location, enjoy the reef, freediving photography).

Day 2 /Tues 23th July: AM – Opening meeting. AM- Daily scheduled freediving depth

training sessions with FII’s world-class instructor team in Kaya Gobernador Debrot 103 (300 meters from your apartments). This special dive site provides optimum training conditions for participants to work on their goals, at their own pace, with as little or as much training guidance as they request. Freediving training runs daily from 8am – 12pm and afternoons are open for adventuring!

PM- The evening will bring a specialized equalization clinic from 13-time World Record Freediver Martin Stepanek. Martin has been to depths of over 130 meters!

Day 3 – Day 5 / Wed 24th – Fri 26th July: Same as above. Adventure trips will be running in the afternoon. These include caving adventures, island explorations and more.                                                        

Day 6 / Sat 27th July: AM - Freediving Training Session. PM - Closing party & dinner.

Day 7 / Sun 28th July: Departure Day. All airport transfers provided.


Additional Information 

Bonaire average water temperatures:78° - 84° F

Bonaire air temperatures in July: Average high 88F/31C, average low 79F/26C

Currency: USD   ||    Language Spoken: English


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: Water bottle with carabineer clip, wide brim hat with neck tie and a Mini Flash Drive (for your photos & videos).

FII Apartments Bonaire



The FII team worked hard to secure you affordable, comfortable modern apartments within close vicinity to everything. Your apartment is located a mere 350 meters from the depth training site and 3 miles from the main township. The apartments are two bedroom (twin beds)/two large bathrooms, stainless steel kitchen, and private balcony. There is a pool & outdoor lounge area and lovely bars & restaurants nearby. And, of course they have internet!

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FII Apartment Balcony Bonaire



Price $1190.00 USD (based on twin share accommodations, please contact us for private room rate)

What's Included:

  • 6 nights accommodation, twin share room, modern stylish 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments w/ full stainless steel kitchen, living area and balcony (350 meters from dive training site)
  • All airport transfers and transportation to events. shopping expeditions, etc. 
  • Six days of freediving tuition from World-Renowned Freediving Instructors including 13-Time Freediving World Record Holder, Martin Stepanek
  • Daily HD videos of your freedives
  • Quality HR underwater images of you freediving
  • Exclusive Equalization Clinic (Clinic covers both Frenzel & BTV (Hands-Free))
  • Apartment cleaning fee, tourist accommodation tax.


Not included:

  • Return Flights to Bonaire. Airport code: BON (check for the best rates. Currently showing $390 MIA-BON round trip. Otherwise, is also good.)Freediving courses with Freediving Instructors International ||
  • Car rental (this is optional for anyone wishing for more independence from the group)
  • Additional tours with Flow Bonaire such as caving, hiking, kayaking, etc.
  • All Food & Beverages
  • $75.00 cash apartment security deposits (due on arrival, refunded at end of trip) 


Payment Policy & Deposit:

  •  A deposit of $250.00 is required to secure your spot.
  •  Full payment will be due by May 22, 2013.
  •  All payments on ‘Trips’ are non-refundable. . Please call us with any questions before payment on + 1 954 323 2222 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



A Camp Bulletin with a fully detailed day-to-day activity schedule will be sent out one month prior to the camp commencing. If you have any other questions prior, please do not hesitate to call us anytime.


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



Thank you,


2013 FII Bonaire Camp Instructor Team


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2013 FII Kona Camp!



2013 Annual F.I.I. Kona Freediving Camp! (SORRY THIS CAMP HAS SOLD OUT)


Set in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, the FII Kona Freediving Camp provides participants with a specialized, weeklong freediving training camp. From exciting blue-water freediving marine interaction trips, fun cultural evenings, and unsurpassed daily freediving training  from World Record freedivers and physical conditioning experts; the FII Kona Freediving Camp is your Ultimate Freediving Getaway.

Map of Hawaiian Is.


Trip Dates: October 19th – 26th, 2013 (Arrive 19th, Depart 27th)


Registrations: This trip opened for registrations on Dec 15, 2012 and sold out within 24hrs. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to go on the waiting list.






2013 FII Kona Camp Instructor Team

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2012 FII Kona Freediving Camp Group Photo     

Kona Freediving with FII (Freediving Instructors International) || Freediving courses with Freediving Instructors International ||

Dive Smarter, Not Harder...It's That Easy!

ErrolP Dive smarter, not harder…. It’s that easy!

 By Errol Putigna


 Within our professions, whether you’re a doctor, an engineer or a surfer, we look to further our knowledge and education. We make our best attempts to keep current on new information and to ultimately put it into practice. But sometimes there does      come a time in our lives where we become complacent and say, “I think I know enough.” But do we really?


In freediving and spearfishing the same occurs. We get into the sport, we ask friends what to do to get better, spend exorbitant amounts of time on the internet reading, we spend a mint on gear, we eventually take a course and then we say, “I think I know enough.” Freediving is perhaps one of the only sports where you don’t have to train super hard to be a good freediver, but you definitely have to be smart and know exactly what’s going on. This can easily be done through education.


When I first got into the sport of freediving, I was scratching for the surface at 40ft. I eventually got some information from a local freedive shop and I took my first course. It was a FII (Freediving Instructors International) Level 2 and I wanted to see what it was all about. I did ok in the course and the gains I made were quite incredible (5:00 static and 85ft personal best). I was pretty happy but I knew if I could do that in only a few days, then there must be more. Many of my friends that had also taken the course stopped there with what they learned and never took another class. Not me, I was hungry for more. I knew I had just grazed the surface of all of this. I started taking freedive class after freedive class, diving the line, spearing with the better spearos in my area and years later becoming an Instructor Trainer for FII (one of the 5 in the world). I started taking an interest in writing curriculum alongside Martin Stepanek and really seeing how this all worked. All I wanted to do is learn more.


In the last year, FII has come out with a new class called, Waterman Survival. It’s geared toward “extreme” water sports, such as big wave surfing, whitewater kayaking, wakeboarding, etc. A few of the big name surfers such as, Garrett McNamara (surfs 80+ft waves), Andrew Cotton, Jamie O’Brien and Jeff Weatherall, have taken it (BTW, most ended up becoming more interested in actual freediving by the end of the course J). These guys have survived some nasty spills at The North Canyon in Portugal, Mavericks, Jaws and Teahupo’o! They are at the top of their game but they are still furthering their education to get better (and live longer….).


The same goes with recreational spearing and freediving. It’s not all about hunting at 100ft or diving to 200ft on one breath (although pretty cool and totally attainable). What should be important is to understand your body and what’s happening during a dive even at 30ft., to be safe about it and ultimately, to be truly in tune with yourself. With the proper education, you can enjoy every second of your dive and feel confident. FII has developed different curriculums (click here to see courses) for these very reasons, so that you could learn more about the sports you love. The Internet is great but it requires knowing how to sift through the good and bad information. Classes streamline everything for you and lessen the learning curve. A trained professional will know how to explain it. So, why not take the plunge and really learn to dive smarter, not harder! Dive safe!


Martin Stepanek, Jeff Weatherall, Niki Roderick || Freediving with FII (Freediving Instructors International) ||

Pro Surfers Jeff Weatherall, Jessie Heilman and Greg Weatheral increase their breath-hold confidence with Martin & Niki Stepanek.


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