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Old 06-13-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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New Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Here is a short 2 minute video from Immersion Freediving June 6-8 3 day PFI Freediver course.




Just got a text message from a past student CJ Duffie who saved his buddy from a blackout this weekend.

My friend and I were freediving in about 95 feet of water off Pensacola. This time in particular we were spearfishing a small tugboat when we started to loose our fish to sharks almost instantly once the fish were shot. We decided it was time to pick up anchor and move. When I tried to pull the anchor it would not come up and after trying everything possible, we had no choice but to dive down and see what the anchor was hung up on. We had been hunting at roughly 65-75 feet all day with good visibility so we knew we would be able to see why the anchor was stuck once we made a relatively shallow dive over the anchor line. As it turned out, the anchor was tangled and wrapped in rope from the tugboat.

I took a moment to breath up and began my descent to release our captive anchor. I leveled out at 70 feet, located the anchor, and began descending towards the knotted mess. According to my dive watch, I was at 85 feet when I began untangling the line. After roughly 45 seconds of struggling against the tension of the anchor line and the knots from the rope, I had been able to free majority of the anchor and began my ascent. I would have my dive buddy finish the job once I returned to the surface. I reached the surface and could not have felt better after a 1 minute 40 second dive. I told my dive buddy that there was only one or two more loops that needed to be untangled and he began his breathe up to finish the job.

He began his descent as I watched over him from the surface. After a few moments I noticed he was on his way back up, as the anchor had begun to rise as our other friend on the boat pulled it away from the wreck. I dove down to meet him at roughly 30 feet and ascended while keeping eye contact as instructed by Ted during my PFI Intermediate Freediver course.
Upon reaching the surface, he took his first breath and began to have a samba, or loss of motor control. I quickly grabbed him in anticipation of a black out that could soon follow. Just as I had anticipated, his head and body went limp. I kept my hand under his chin to keep his head out of the water as I then turned him on his back ready to take off his mask and proceed with the “ blow tap talk” technique that I had learned from Ted. Thankfully by the time I reached for his mask, he became conscious and stared at me blankly. He had no recollection of having a samba or lack of consciousness and attempted to begin swimming around on the surface again. I quickly informed him of the events that had just occurred and helped him to get back on the boat.

I am very thankful for everything that I have learned from Ted during my course with Immersion Freediving. I was prepared to handle the situation as I had been through many simulations similar to this both in the pool and ocean sessions during the course. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have a safety diver watching over you during every single dive. My dive buddy has made multiple dives well over 100ft and comfortably returned to the surface without a problem. It only takes one moment for shallow water black out to occur and without the proper training, this story could have ended much differently. Be safe when diving and think about your friends and family that you would leave behind in the case that you did not have a proper safety diver to watch over you during your dive.


Immersion Freediving 3 Day PFI Freediving course is the most thorough 66ft course on the market. This course has 7 hours of classroom, two 3 hour pool sessions and two 3 hour in water ocean sessions. Other courses typically have only one pool session and only one ocean session and less classroom time. I teach all my students how to properly Frenzel via my exclusive Skype equalization sessions before class even starts.

I run classes year round in Fort Lauderdale. I have 11 courses on the schedule that still have spots left. You can see the course schedule @ http://immersionfreediving.com/class...urse-schedule/

Dive safe out there.
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Old 07-06-2014, 08:24 PM   #2
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Wow, great to hear everything worked out.

I also completed the Intermediate course with Ted and Immersion Freediving in November of 2012. I learned so much about safety and feel much more comfortable diving deeper. I did a 4:25 wet static in the pool and couldn't complete more than a 2min hold previous to taking Ted's class.

I always recommend Immersion Freediving to my spearfishing friends. It made me a better and safer diver after only 4 days. Small class size allowed lots of personal instruction and dive time.

This type of story is why I finally decided to get proper instruction.
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:41 PM   #3
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Look at 1:21-1:28 of your video, there is splashes of water into the face ( it could make blackout after blackout)
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Old 07-24-2014, 03:25 PM   #4
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Here is most recent video. One of my long term boat captains finally became a student and took the course, he easily maxed out the course.

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Old 07-24-2014, 03:50 PM   #5
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Is there any instructors i can go to here in southern CA?
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:22 PM   #6
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

I know 2 PFI instructors in California.

http://www.pacificcoastfreediving.com

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Garo with California Freediving Academy teaches out of San Diego, you can see his and other PFI instructor courses in the area @ http://www.performancefreediving.com...fi_upcoming.py

I'm sure they are FII instructors in that area as well.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:37 PM   #7
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Luis Alvarez spearo from New York, was comfortable around 35-45ft. After 4 days with Immersion he's comfortable between 60-80, hit 115ft, did a 5:30 breath hold a 2 minute improvement, and more importantly now understand how to handle and manage loss of motor controls and blackouts. See his results below


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Old 08-19-2014, 11:52 AM   #8
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Video from the August 15-17 course. I had 2 students come in from outside the USA. One from the bahamas and one from Canada. Several of the students successfully switched from Valsalva to Frenzel via the Skype equalization sessions.



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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

What song is that in the first video?
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

The first video in this thread just has my playing guitar in the beginning and the end is a song by Moses jones from Canada, U are open.
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im trying to find him everywhere and I cant..Do you have a link to that song?
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I've never seen him online anywhere sorry.
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Re: Video: See what goes on in an Immersion Freediving Class

Here is the video from the Intermediate course last weekend. I had a past student bring his drone out and got some good footage of the boat. Also had him shoot some of the video. First time I've ever had a helper in the course, was quite nice. Thanks for the help David Cobia Collier.


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Chris is a brit from Liverpool who flew 7000 miles to come learn to free dive with Immersion. He had ZERO freediving experience and maxed out the course at 66ft. He was a riot!

Check out his journey @

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