Basic Freediving Safety Program – Hilo town, Big Island

Event is confirmed for March 25, 2023. It is a one day program proven to save lives while spearfishing and freediving.

Open to 12-years-old to 25-years-old spearfishermen and freedivers.

This freediving safety program will teach you how to:

  • Ensure you and your diving buddy come home alive
  • Freedive and spearfish following important safety protocals
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a freediving related low oxygen events
  • How to handle freediver blackout
  • How to minimize the chance of freediver blackout
  • Be a Safe! buddy for your friends and family members


Day 1  – Meet 8:45am at Honpa Hongwanji conference room. 9am-12:00pm Classroom; 1:00pm – 4:00pm Practical Training at Kawamoto Swim Stadium (must be out by 4pm)


  • 2.5 hrs classroom Hilo
  • 3 hrs confined water

What to bring:

  • Mask, fins, snorkel, 3mm full wetsuit, weight belt, pen and paper (we can provide anything you don’t have, just let us know!) All items are needed for attendance.

Minimum age to attend:

  • 12-years-old or older (12-17 year olds require both student and one parent/legal guardian to complete the Liability Release and Medical Release)


  • Classroom – Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin
  • Practical Training – Kawamoto Swim Stadium

Additional info:

  • Upon completion students will receive a certificate of completion with the option of taking a short knowledge test for the FII Basic Freediving Safety certification.


  • Due to limited positions, all participants must register.


Interested in this attending this event? Please register each person individually and we'll be in touch! We look forward to working with you.

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