In Hawaii and many other ocean-centered cultures, freediving is a way of life. Learning to become one with the water and rely on it for sustenance — both physical and spiritual — is very much a rite of passage. But it’s also dangerous to the inexperienced or overzealous and many young lives have been lost […]
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USA National Spearfishing Champion Justin Lee returns from his outdoor adventure travels to lead another youth event at Hawaii Preparatory Academy (HPA) on May 28, 2022. This safety training is free and open to the public for 12- to 25-year-old Hawaii island residents. It will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the HPA […]
A huge thank you to our students for joining us in Hilo! We were impressed with your dedication to learning, and even though it was a long day, you worked hard, and everyone passed the course! Twenty-one safer spearfishers on the Big Island of Hawai’i! Now you need to promise us and your ‘ohana that […]
Once or twice a year, we hear of an elite level diver who died while spearfishing alone. Sadly, most of those experienced divers have been in the sport long enough to have had some exposure to or formal training in safety protocols. In other words, they fully understand the risks that come with ignoring freediving […]
On July 31-Aug 1, FreediveSafe hosted a hugely successful spearfishing safety event for 21 local youth in Kona, Hawai’i. The students assembled from all over the Big Island from Mountain View to Hamakua, and completed the FII Basic Freediving Safety course with FII freediving instructors, Heidi Hoover, Sandra Hammel and Martin Stepanek. Big Island native […]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: FreediveSafe! Hawai’i 73-5737 Kuakini Hwy, Suite 202 Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 Phone 808-900-3331 www.freedivesafe.org email@example.com FREEDIVESAFE! ANNOUNCES CRITICAL SAFETY TRAINING FOR DIVERS SPEARFISHING SAFETY TRAINING EVENT TO TARGET LOCAL YOUTH Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, July 21, 2021: FreediveSafe, a nonprofit that works to provide lifesaving freediving and spearfishing safety training to all […]
We are proud to announce FreediveSafe! is now a public charity with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The granting of nonprofit status is a major milestone for our organization, and we are excited to provide freediving and spearfishing safety training to our communities. Thank you all for your participation […]
As we enter the Christmas holidays, we’d like to take moment to thank you all for your participation and support of our freediving and spearfishing safety initiative. Since launching FreediveSafe! Hawai’i in August 2020, we have trained over 43 people in lifesaving freediving and spearfishing safety protocols. This is nearly double our initial four month […]
From May to July 2020, we lost five members of the freediving and spearfishing community in Hawai’i. The divers, who were between 15 and 52 years of age, were freediving at Ka’ena Point, O’ahu; Ka’a’awa, O’ahu; Mahukona, Big Island; Old A’s, Big Island and Paia, Maui. As these tragedies unfolded, the media shared heart-wrenching images […]