Receiving professional freedive training is an important component of becoming a safer and better freediver. To gain a better understanding of freedive physiology and the whys and hows of incorporating safety guidelines in your dive routine, DiveWise suggests divers take a hands-on course from one of the following agencies.
PFI – Performance Freediving International
For over a decade Kirk Krack’s agency PFI has offered educational freedive courses designed for snorkelers, freedivers, and spearfishermen to fit their own level of experience and/or training. PFI instructor Mandy Rae Cruickshank has held 6 freedive World Records and 12 Canadian National Records. PFI has set up world record events for many athletes. Krack has been closely affiliated with the Association for the International Development of Apnea (AIDA) and founded the Canadian Association of Freediving and Apnea (CAFA).
For more information visit PFI.
FII – Freedive Instructors International
FII certified courses are designed in a comprehensive format, specifically targeting safety and self-improvement. These courses provide the knowledge and tools divers need to reach their goals. FII’s founder/owner, Martin Stepanek, has set over 13 world records in his competitive career. He has worked with top researchers from Harvard and the Karolynski Institute of Sweden to uncover some of the physiological mysteries in the sport of freediving.
For more information visit FII.
AIDA International – International Association for the Development of Apnea
AIDA International is a non profit organization that was founded in 1992 to further the development of freediving. It has a long history and a broad international reach. Over the years AIDA International has defined disciplines in freediving and recognizes and authenticates world records achieved in these disciplines. Currently it has a primary European focus and a small North American presence.
For more information visit AIDA.
DAN – Divers Alert Network
While predominately serving the scuba community, DAN does offer significant support to freedivers and also offers courses that benefit freedivers such as
Emergency Oxygen in which students learn primary diving first aid, oxygen delivery options, and how to provide oxygen to breathing or non-breathing injured divers.
Diving Emergency Management Provider in which students develop CPR skills, learn how to provide oxygen first aid, conduct neurological assessment, and how to treat injuries from marine life.
Basic Life Support: CPR and First Aid in which students learn to manage shock and choking and how to assess injuries. This course meets ILCOR/AHA 2010 guidelines.
First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries teaches how to assist with stings, bites, and seafood poisoning as well as identification of hazardous marine life, practice in treating injuries, and helps students gain tools to avoid injuries.
For more information on these and other DAN courses visit DAN Training Courses.