Basic Freediving Safety Program – Kona

Open to 12-years-old to 22-years-old spearfishermen and freedivers.

Team: Heidi Hoover (@merlifehawaii)

This is a five hour program teaching you how to:

  • Ensure you and your diving buddy come home alive
  • Freedive/spearfish following standardized safety protocals
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of a freediving related hypoxic event
  • Effectively manage a freediving related hypoxic event
  • Minimize the chance of freediver blackout or LMC (loss of motor control)
  • Be a Safe! buddy for your friends and family members

Depending on group size, we may split the practical training into two sessions. Group 1 will complete their practical training on Saturday afternoon and Group 2 will complete their practical training on Sunday between 11am-2:30pm. Students from out of town (those who do not live in Kona) will be given priority to complete the course on Saturday afternoon. If you live in Kona, then you will complete the practical training on Sunday.


Saturday, July 23rd

8:45am – Student Intake

9:00am – 12pm – Classroom Instruction

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Break

1:00pm – 4pm – Practical Safety Training and Final Course Overview


What to bring:

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

Minimum age to attend:

  • 12-years-old or older (12-17 year olds require both parents/guardians to complete the Liability Release and Medical Release)


  • Classroom will be hosted at Suite Possibilities, 75-5915 Walua Road, Kailua Kona
  • Practical Session will be hosted in Kailua Bay

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 pre-register.


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