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Prep

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Thirsty? Much too late. Take a ONE GALLON bottle of water with you each morning, and finish it during the day. Start doing this at least one day before the course to ensure you are hydrated for your first day of class. That’s the MINIMUM you’ll need to consume during this course to stay hydrated. Every class has a few students who don’t think this is important, and show up with little baby bottles of water, with cups of coffee, or soda pop. These are always the students who have trouble equalizing, extending their breath-holds and in general getting the least accomplished. If you’re not getting that urge to visit the bathroom every hour or so, you’re not hydrating properly!

Consider abstaining from all caffeinated beverages throughout the course. Caffeine is not a freediver’s friend. With that being said, you know what you need to function, so listen to your body as we want you to feel well and be attentive during the course.

Have a couple of your favorite power bars with you. There will likely be times when you’ll want a carb boost, but heavy food in the stomach does not mix well with freediving.

Open your mind. No matter what your previous freediving experience, please come into the course ready to learn. Some students come into the course believing they know almost everything there is to know, which makes a person hard to teach. So, be open and ready to learn everything, even if you think we’re going over a section you think you already know about. A willingness to learn and take instruction will greatly improve your experience in the course and how much you allow your freediving to advance.

1. Fill out all the information requested in on the online registration form.

2. Pay the deposit or full payment for the course.

Once you have paid the deposit or full payment you will receive a welcome packet a few weeks prior to your course. If you register a month or more in advance the welcome packet may not arrive until your course date is closer to ensure logistics are accurate.

In the welcome packet there are medical and liability forms that will need to be filled out prior to the course.

- If you answer 'YES' to any of the medical questions, a doctor's signature is required, so please ensure that you do this in a timely manner to avoid any issues preventing you from taking the course.

- If you answer 'NO' to all the medical questions, a doctor's signature is NOT required. Bring this paperwork to the first day of class.

Payments

Yes, you may pay in-store prior to course date with any credit card or cash.

Yes, call us at (561) 848-0678 and we can process your credit card payment over the phone.

Yes, you may request a Paypal link by emailing info@teachmetofreedive.com.

*Please keep in mind there is a $150 rescheduling fee to cover the costs associated with your spot in the course that we are not able to recuperate if you do not provide a minimum of 2 weeks lead time. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule to avoid this additional fee.

Equipment

BFS, Junior & Level 1 Students:

Mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit (1mm minimum thickness, full arms, full legs is
recommend), rubber weight belt, weights, timing device (water proof with the ability to count time.)

Level 2 Students:

Low-volume mask, long-blade fins, snorkel, full wetsuit, rubber weight belt, weights, freediving computer

It’s nicer to have long blade fins, although any fins will work. It’s nice to have a 2 piece 3mm open cell wetsuit, although any wetsuit will work. It’s nice to have a freediving computer, although any timing device with the ability to count seconds will work.

Bring it to the pool and ocean sessions. Please bring ALL of your gear to both sessions.

Yes, we do limited dive computers and fins. Please contact Florida Freedivers to inquire about and reserve which computer you would like to rent for your course to ensure it will be available for you

Please be sure to bring the required items listed below:

1. Mask – A low volume freediving mask is recommended

2. Fins – Long Blade fins are recommended

3. Snorkel – The simpler the better, a simple J-tube snorkel is recommended

4. Wetsuit – 3mm, open cell, two-piece is recommended. 1.5mm full body suit is the minimum requirement

5. Weights – Coated weights are recommended, please have a minimum of 2-3 lbs

6. Weight Belt – Rubber is the best material for freediving

7. Timing Device – A Freediving computer is recommended, but a standard timing device is sufficient

If you are a Level 2 student, please see the Level 2 page as your equipment requirements are more advanced.

Scheduling

You can reschedule, but we’ve already committed to the pool and boat that you’ll be in the course. We have fees that we’ve committed to for you, so if you need to change your dates there will be a $150 rescheduling fee to cover the costs associated with your spot in the course that we are not able to recuperate. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to reschedule.

There are times when it is not wise for us to go out for the ocean session due to weather. If this happens to your course, please look on our website and contact the shop to schedule when you’d like to complete your ocean session. Upon availability, we will add you to that session and work to get your certification completed. No extra charge.

Look on our website under continued education course dates and contact us to let us know which date you’d like to make up. Upon availability, we will add you to that session to work towards completing your certification. There is a $75 cost to redo your pool session.

Yes, just look at our website for upcoming course dates. Contact the shop to schedule when you’d like to complete your ocean session. Upon availability, we will add you to that session and work to get your certification completed. There is a $100 cost to redo your ocean session.

After Your Course

Absolutely! Not only do we offer additional FII core and specialty courses like spearfishing and level 2, but we also have a continued education program, which already certified divers may register for to hone their skills in both confined water training and open ocean training. Simply check out the ocean session and apnea sessions under the courses tab

The FII Level 1 Freedivers certification will not only qualify you for the spearfishing and level 2 FII Freediving course, but if you choose to travel many charters guides are requiring a recognized certification in order to participate in any freediving related event. FII is recognized worldwide!

Please allow 7 days for the certification to process after completing your course and an additional 14 days for the certification to be mailed and received on the address you  provided during registration.

If you feel this time has passed, and you have not yet received your certification, please email info@teachmetofreedive.com to correct the issue.

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