Basic Freediving Safety Program – Miloli’i, Big Island

Date: Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Team: Heidi Hoover, Sandy Hammel, Micah Tumlinson

Open to 12-years-old and older

This day program teaches 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

Skill entry requirement: Must be comfortable using snorkeling/ freediving equipment and have proficient swimming abilities.



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 outdoors at the community halau
  • Practical Session will be hosted in the 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. You will be sent another link to finalize your registration.
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