Niki hails from New Zealand and has been a Kona resident for ten years. She is a dedicated ocean athlete and holds the New Zealand National Freediving Record for diving down 60 meters without fins (breaststroke). She is the founder and CEO of FreediveSafe and one of the cofounders and former COO (15 years) of F.I.I.—the largest freediving education agency in the U.S. which has safely trained over 25,000 spearfishermen and freedivers worldwide —and enjoys sharing her passion for ocean safety by serving island communities. In addition to being a world-class freediver, she’s a former competitive swimmer, stand-up paddler, sports enthusiast and has a lifetime of ocean-related experience. She has logged two transatlantic crossings by boat and more than 30,000 nautical miles by traveling the ocean worldwide. She is deeply passionate about ocean safety and works to improve the safety around spearfishing, particularly for Hawaiian youth with deep cultural roots in sport. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking forest trails with her two rescue pit bulls, downwind SUP, and freediving in the deep blue waters off the Kona coast. On July 8th, 2022, Niki paddled across the Pailolo channel (Maui to Molokai - 27 miles) with fellow freediving instructor Cory Fults to raise awareness for spearfishing fatalities in Hawai‘i and FreediveSafe’s mission.
“Modern freediving safety training is an essential element to spearfishing practices, ensuring our divers can safely enjoy harvesting from the ocean. I am dedicated to ensuring this training becomes available statewide and is integrated into the tradition of handing down sports techniques to the next generation,” Niki says.