Immersion Freediving will be holding a PFI Intermediate Freediver class Feb 16-19, in Fort Lauderdale. You can find details about the class here. Winter course price is $645. Course consist of 3 classroom sessions, two 3 hour pool sessions, and two ocean session typically 3 hours plus spent in water. Boat trips are $60 and paid the day of the trip. See upcoming course schedule Why choose Immersion Freediving? Maximum class is 5 people, no 25 person classes Skype equalizing session with students before the start of class Classes held on Immersion Freediving private boat, run by a coast guard captain, with first aid and DAN Oxygen Kit. You will get much longer time in the water. We will get back on the boat when we are finished not when the dive boat captain tells us to. Immersion Freediving has gear for rent or for sale. All classes taught by PFI Intermediate Freediving Instructor and US Freediving National Recorder holder Ted Harty Special deals for out of town students, more information here. Video from latest Immersion Freedivng PFI Intermediate Freediver Course [YT]V392yOt6zvU?hd=1[/YT] Short Video of students discussing their favorite part of the class. [YT]uhFZWkzG7Z0?hd=1[/YT] The average student does a 4-5 minute breathhold in the pool. The average student does a 100 foot freedive in the ocean. Breathing techniques How to get a much bigger breath than you can right now. How to breathe to maximize bottom time. How to breathe when you surface to increase safety. Discussion on packing: what it is, how to do it, and how to do it without hurting yourself. Static apnea (Holding your breath face down in the pool) Average student completes course with a 4:00-5:00 minute breath hold. How to practice static apnea in a safe manner with a trained buddy. Why it is important to train static apnea. Become a more confident and comfortable freediver by adding a minute or two to your breath hold. During Intermediate course, we do two static sessions. On the last session we allow students to hold their breath as long as they can under controlled and safe conditions. Freediving Safety How to provide proper freediving safety as a buddy. How to weight yourself properly to ensure safety and maximize performance. What a blackout is, how as a buddy you would recognize it before it happens, and how to deal with it. You will learn Intermediate safety techniques: how to provide safety when divers are diving deeper than 66 feet. This is different than the safety taught in the Freediver Course. How to deal with a underwater blackout. Kicking and Entry Techniques How to kick properly so you are not wasting energy getting to the bottom. How to kick straight down to bottom without your typical 30-degree angle on descent. How to make an efficient entry without wearing excessive weight. Reduce your oxygen consumption and increase your bottom time by making these modifications to your entry method and kicks How to count your kick cycles, so you know exactly how deep you are at all points during you dive. How to vary your kicking strength so you are not wasting oxygen as you go deeper. Discussion of sink phase — when you actually stop kicking and sink the rest of the way to your target depth — and how to apply it to your freediving. Freediving Equipment Lecture Why a freediving mask is superior to a scuba mask for freediving. Why a freediving-specific wetsuit is better than a scuba wetsuit. What type of snorkels are good; what types you should avoid. Are your $150 dollar scuba split fins great for freediving or terrible for freediving? Modifications you can make to existing gear to increase performance. This lecture will turn you into a much more informed consumer when purchasing gear. Streamlining Techniques Proper hand position for freediving and why it matters. Proper head position for freediving. Ever wonder why most freedivers and spearfishermen never kick straight down? This is why. How to reduce surface area as you are pushing through water. This makes the same dive require less energy, which leads to increasing your bottom time. Hands-on equalizing workshop We will discuss proper equalizing techniques for freediving. Believe it or not, it’s not the same as equalizing for scuba. If you’ve ever had to turn around and head up to the surface because you couldn’t equalize while freediving, this is the answer. We will explain the difference between the Valsalva and Frenzel equalization method. The Valsalva method of equalization is taught in scuba courses. It is basically pinching your nose and blowing. The proper equalization method for freediving is the Frenzel technique. We will discuss how to find out which method you are using and how to switch you over to the right method. You will also receive homework assignments to give you the tools to practice at home and perfect the techniques. During the Intermediate course we will discuss advanced equalizing techniques. If you ever been freediving past the 80-foot range and been unable to equalize, this is the answer. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call at 954-324-4444 .