Lead Instructor: Bill Van Deman
Bill Van Deman, 317-412-2626 cell
Tyler Sultenfuss, 813-695-4445 cell
PFI T-shirt, Manual, Online training resources, Classroom and pool use. Open water fees (Boat charter or spring entry) will be extra.
Low volume mask, snorkel, longblade fins, rubber weight-belt and a full 3mm or thicker wetsuit with hood is required for pool or open water. A 2 piece (hooded jacket and pants/overalls) open cell freediving wetsuit is recommended from October to May- a typical scuba or surfing wetsuit does not provide adequate warmth for our training in cooler months in Florida and you may not be able to complete class due to cold and shivering.
Location Info (Addresses)
Tampa-Apollo Beach (Apollo Beach, Florida, US)
Classroom and Pool is located at Apollo Beach Racquet and Fitness, 6520 Richies Way, Apollo Beach, FL, 33572.
Open water is located at Troy Springs State Park, 100 NE Oleander Rd, Mayo, FL, 32008.
Pre-course equipment workshop: We will offer a pre-course freediving equipment training session the evening before class from 6:00pm-8:00pm at one of our Tampa area partner dive shops (to be determined). We will go over proper equipment, preparation and gear use for the course to give our students a chance to understand features and benefits of proper equipment and to give students a chance to rent or purchase course appropriate equipment prior to pool/open water. If you cannot make pre-course equipment session due to work or travel we can arrange to make-up equipment training session at end of classroom on day one or two.
Classroom and pool Day(s): We start classroom promptly at 8am on Day 1. We will be in classroom from 8am-noon, followed by pool. Please bring your current swim and dive gear (mask, snorkel, fins, weigh-belt and wetsuit) to pool. You will need a full 3mm hooded wetsuit for static breath-holds from October to April to prevent being cold or shivering (even in heated pools). We will alternate pool with final classroom sessions.
PFI Freediver-Open water day: (not applicable on Pool only courses)- Open water sessions will be held on the final listed date of course and includes two open water sessions- one free immersion (pulldowns) and constant ballast with fins (kicking down) of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours per session. Open water sessions will primarily be held at Troy Springs State Park or alternate dive site in the event of flooding or park closure. Sessions typically start at 10am to allow for the 3 hour travel time from Tampa and typically end by by 3pm to allow travel time back to Tampa. Please contact instructor one to two week prior to course to verify open water location in the event of poor weather, flooding or undiveable water conditions.
Day 1- Class and Pool sessions 8am-5pm
Day 2 Classroom and Pool 8am-noon
Day 3- Open water sessions 10am-3pm