FREEDIVING

Definition: Underwater, where the physical and spiritual meet, a diver can glide effortlessly without heavy breathing gear, free to explore the primordial liquid where all life began. This is the art of Freediving.

Fact: Any healthy person, regardless of age or gender, can become a competent freediver.

HOW?

All mammals, including humans, possess a set of adaptive mechanisms that allows them to not only survive a breath-hold underwater, but to perform very well when these mechanisms are properly trained.

This is the foundation of our system to learn freediving.
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COURSES

Snorkeler

Snorkeler

Course Duration & Schedule:
3-6 hours / 1-2 days

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Freediver

Freediver

Course Duration & Schedule:
6-10 hours / 1-2 days

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Advanced Freediver

Advanced Freediver

Course Duration & Schedule:
12-18 hours / 2-3 days

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Expert Freediver

Expert Freediver

Course Duration & Schedule:
22- 28 hours / 4-5 days

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Master Freediver

Master Freediver

Course Duration & Schedule:
30 hours / 6 days

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INSTRUCTORS

Master Freediver

Rudi Castineyra

Level: Instructor Trainer
Teaching Experience: Has been teaching freediving since 1985, with a total of over 430 courses and 3500 students.

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Master Freediver

David Lee

Level: Instructor Trainer
Teaching Experience: Has been teaching freediving since 2002, with over 50 courses and 300 students under his belt.

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Master Freediver

Yasemin Dalkilic

Level: Master Instructor
Teaching Experience: Has been teaching freediving since 2001, with a total of over 30 courses and 240 students.

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EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

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CONTACT

Instructors at this location:
Rudi Castineyra, Instructor Trainer, Director of Education
Yasemin Dalkilic, Master Instructor
Courses available at this location:
Snorkeler, Freediver, Advanced Freediver
Contact:
Rudi Castineyra Rudi@LearnFreediving.com

Instructors at this location:
David Lee, Instructor Trainer
Kynan Cooke, Master Instructor
Courses available at this location: All
Contact:
David Lee David@LearnFreediving.com

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SNORKELER

This course is the introductory step to the aquatic world for those with no experience. It is aimed at novices, young and old, who want to start exploring the underwater realm mainly as onlookers from the surface, in a controlled, not physically demanding, and safe manner. This course is also a must for freediving enthusiasts who are less than 12 years of age (minimum age for course is 8).

The course's primary goals are to:

  1. Familiarize snorkelers with the selection and use of the essential gear (mask, fins and snorkel).
  2. Present basic fin swimming and snorkel breathing techniques.
  3. Introduce a simplified diving protocol for sporadic, shallow diving practice.
  4. Teach safety principles, rescue and self rescue procedures.

  • 1-2 hours classroom/1 session (can be done online)
  • 1-2 hours shallow water-pool/1 session*
  • 1-2 hours deep water/1 session*

*learning portion can be done online, practical demonstration and evaluation required with instructor

All students must, without exception:

  • Pass the test "Basic Water Survival Skills" at the start of the course.
  • Be at least 8 years old.
  • Have parental permission if under the age of 18.
  • Be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 16.
  • Fill out the forms "Release of Liability", "Dive Fitness Evaluation" and "Parental/Guardian Permission", if applicable.
  • Provide their own equipment as required.

  • Dive mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Wet Suit* (optional)
  • Snorkeling Vest* (optional/or if required by instructor)

  • All training, Shallow and Deep Water access.
  • A 100-entry FREEdiving Logbook
  • A "Snorkeler" certificate upon successful completion of the course.

F.R.E.E. Snorkeler

This person is competent in the use of snorkeling equipment and basic snorkeling practices, as per the standards set forth by F.R.E.E. (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity). As such, this person can undertake the activity without supervision and/or rent snorkeling equipment. RESTRICTIONS: a) must be accompanied by at least one similarly certified person, b) said companion must be over the age of 18 if this person is under the age of 16, c) if diving from a commercial vessel, maximum depth is recommended to be no more than 12 meters/40 feet, d) this person is NOT allowed to use a ballast device (weight belt) at any time during snorkeling.

1- Introduction to Snorkeling
1.1. - Differences between Snorkeling and Freediving
1.2. - Emphasis on observation from surface with optional sporadic dives

2 - Equipment
2.1. - Essential Gear: Mask, Fins & Snorkel
2.2. - Choosing gear according to person and goals
2.3. - How to use the Snorkel (AND WHAT NOT TO DO)
2.4. - Exposure Protection Gear (suits)
2.5. - Floatation Devices
2.6. - Ballast Devices

3 - Technique
3.1. - Surface Swim
3.2. - Underwater Swim
3.3. - Descent & Ascent
3.4. - Equalization
3.5. - DHV Diving (Diagonal Entry - Horizontal Execution - Vertical Ascent)
3.6. - Self Rescue Swim

4 - Safety
4.1. - Environment Considerations
4.2. - Cramp and Pain Relief
4.3. - The Buddy System
4.4. - Requesting Assistance

FREEDIVER

This is the first course in our Freediving training ladder. It is aimed at snorkelers ready to concentrate on diving, and active water lovers who wish to start exploring the underwater world up close, from the kids in the family to their grandparents (minimum age for course is 12). This simple and enjoyable course presents all basic aspects of the sport in an easy-to-understand manner.

The course's primary goals are to:

  1. Introduce freediving cornerstones, such as entry, descent, ascent and underwater swimming.
  2. Present fundamental techniques like equalization, breathing patterns, rest and prep periods.
  3. Instruct students in the selection and use of specialized freediving gear.
  4. Teach safety principles, rescue and self rescue procedures.

  • 2-4 hours classroom/1 session*
  • 2-3 hour shallow water-pool/1 session*
  • 2-3 hour deep water/1 session

*learning portion can be done online, practical demonstration and evaluation required with instructor

All students must, without exception:

  • Pass the test "Basic Water Survival Skills" at the start of the course.
  • Be at least 12 years old.
  • Have parental permission if under the age of 18.
  • Be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 16.
  • Fill out the forms "Release of Liability", "Dive Fitness Evaluation" and "Parental/Guardian Permission", if applicable.
  • Provide their own equipment as required.

  • Low Volume Dive mask
  • Low Profile Snorkel
  • High Displacement Fins
  • Wet Suit
  • Ballast Device (weight belt)

  • All training, Shallow and Deep Water access.
  • A 100-entry FREEdiving Logbook
  • A "Freediver" certificate upon successful completion of the course.

F.R.E.E. Freediver

This person is competent in the use of freediving/snorkeling equipment and basic freediving practices, including breath-hold dives underwater, as per the standards set forth by F.R.E.E. (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity). As such, this person can undertake the activity without supervision and/or rent freediving equipment. RESTRICTIONS: a) must be accompanied by at least one similarly certified person, b) said companion must be over the age of 18 if this person is under the age of 16, c) if diving from a commercial vessel, maximum surrounding depth is recommended to be no more than 18 meters/60 feet, d) this person is ONLY allowed to use a ballast device (weight belt) if a buoyancy device, such as full body wetsuit or inflatable vest is used concurrently.

1- Introduction to Snorkeling
1.1. - Differences between Snorkeling and Freediving
1.2. - The human body under pressure at depth
1.3. - Physiology of apnea diving, oxygen and carbon dioxide

2 - Equipment
2.1. - Specialized Gear: Low Volume Mask, High Displacement Fins & Low Profile Snorkel
2.2. - Choosing gear: prioritize efficiency and comfort over performance
2.3. - How to breathe with the snorkel: do's and don'ts
2.4. - Exposure Protection Gear (suits): fit, features, purpose
2.5. - Ballast Devices: calculating optimal weight, fit, ditch procedures
2.6. - Floatation Devices: rest, rescue and safety

3 - Technique
3.1. - Surface Swim: knee pivot & leg extension
3.2. - Underwater Swim: optimizing energy use & minimal disruption
3.3. - Entry & Descent: Tuck Dive, one & two legged, wide kick descent
3.4. - Ascent: RQR (Restricted Quadriceps Reliance) kick
3.5. - DHV Diving (Diagonal Entry - Horizontal Execution - Vertical Ascent)
3.6. - Equalization: Valsalva maneuver, full procedure
3.7. - Self Rescue Swim

4 - Safety
4.1. - Environment Considerations
4.2. - Cramp and Pain Relief
4.3. - The Buddy System, rescue procedures
4.4. - Requesting Assistance, Survival & Self Rescue
4.5. - Blackout: physiology, avoidance, post-treatment
4.6. - Buddy Team Blackout Rescue Routine

Advanced Freediver

Our middle-level course is our most popular one, and for good reason, as it focuses on the most important concepts in the freediver's education. Aimed at Freediver course graduates, or even experienced divers who never got any formal training (and can pass an equivalency test), who are ready to increase their knowledge and performance, this course is a must for the dedicated freediver.

Some of the main topics covered are:

  1. Breathing & swimming techniques
  2. Equipment optimization & aquatic streamlining
  3. Exercise, training & nutrition
  4. Improving breath-hold capacity

  • 5-6 hours classroom/2-3 sessions*
  • 4-6 hours shallow water-pool/2-3 sessions*
  • 3-5 hours deep water/2 sessions

*learning portion can be done online, practical demonstration and evaluation required with instructor

All students must, without exception:

  • Pass the test "Extended Water Survival Skills" at the start of the course.
  • Be at least 14 years old.
  • Have parental permission if under the age of 18.
  • Be accompanied by an adult if under the age of 16.
  • Fill out the forms "Release of Liability", "Dive Fitness Evaluation" and "Parental/Guardian Permission", if applicable.
  • Provide their own equipment as required.

  • Low Volume Dive mask
  • Low Profile Snorkel
  • High Displacement Fins
  • Wet Suit
  • Ballast Device (weight belt)
  • Surface Floatation Device

  • All training, Shallow and Deep Water access.
  • A computerized graph of all Goal Dives performed during the course.
  • A 300-entry FREEdiving Logbook
  • An "Advanced Freediver" certificate and diploma upon successful completion.

F.R.E.E. Advanced Freediver

This person is fully competent in the use of freediving/snorkeling equipment and advanced freediving practices, including multiple breath-hold dives underwater of variable depths and duration, as per the standards set forth by F.R.E.E. (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity). As such, this person can undertake the activity without supervision and/or rent freediving equipment. RESTRICTIONS: a) must be accompanied by at least one similarly certified person, b) said companion must be over the age of 18 if this person is under the age of 16, c) if diving from a commercial vessel, maximum surrounding depth is recommended to be no more than 25 meters/82 feet, d) this person is ONLY allowed to use a ballast device (weight belt) if a buoyancy device, such as full body wetsuit or inflatable vest is used concurrently.

1- Introduction to Advanced Freediving
1.1. - Prioritizing safety and performance over depth
1.2. - The requirements of repetitive deep diving
1.3. - Balancing oxygen depletion vs. carbon dioxide build up
1.4. - Lactate accumulation, hypothermia & energy depletion

2 - Equipment
2.1. - Optimizing Gear: adapting to lowest volume mask & long blade fins
2.2. - Minimizing the use of the snorkel & introducing no-snorkel breath periods
2.3. - Exposure Protection Gear (suits): transitioning to full body suits, benefits
2.4. - Ballast Devices: optimizing weight for specific goal & depth
2.5. - Floatation Devices: how to perform Variable Ballast dives, and using retrieval lines
2.6. - Learning to carry non-diving specific gear: spearguns, cameras, etc.

3 - Technique
3.1. - Surface Swim: knee pivot & leg extension
3.2. - Underwater Swim: optimizing energy use & minimal disruption
3.3. - Entry & Descent: Tuck Dive, one & two legged, wide kick descent
3.4. - Ascent: RME (Rear Musculature Engagement) and transition from RQR (Restricted Quadriceps Reliance) kick
3.5. - DHV Diving (Diagonal Entry - Horizontal Execution - Vertical Ascent)
3.6. - Equalization: Frenzel maneuver, combine with Valsalva, addition of jaw & epiglottis procedures
3.7. - Self Rescue Swim

4 - Training
4.1. - Aerobic Training
4.2. - Anaerobic Training
4.3. - Strength Training
4.4. - Pre-dive & Post-Dive Routines
4.5. - Apnea Capacity Training
4.6. - Lung Capacity Training

5 - Safety
5.1. - Environment Considerations
5.2. - Cramp and Pain Relief
5.3. - The Buddy System, rescue procedures
5.4. - Requesting Assistance, Survival & Self Rescue
5.5. - Blackout: physiology, avoidance, post-treatment
5.6. - Buddy Team Blackout Rescue Routine

Expert Freediver

A qualitative step separates our top two courses, the Expert Freediver and the Master Freediver, from all other courses out there nowadays. These are courses for the freediver who is committed to improving performance exponentially, past the recreational level. In fact, the Expert Freediver is the first course to require specific performance parameters to be achieved, as well as 3 separate specialty courses to be completed, before awarding the student with a certificate of completion. Every topic and principle related to freediving is explained in exhaustive detail. Superior performance techniques are introduced and all practical skills revised and polished under the careful eye of our world class team. For those wishing to pursue a career as a Freediving professional, this course is a requisite before taking the Instructor course, which allows graduates to teach the Snorkeler, Freediver and Advanced Freediver courses.

Students learn to apply the same training methodology that has been used by our instructors to create World Champions. In fact, one World record and several National and Continental records have been set during our Master Freediver courses by our students, showing the levels of performance reached during this unique learning experience. This course represents the pinnacle in Freediving Education, and those who successfully complete it can truly be called Master Freedivers. Additionally, the Master Freediver certification is a requisite to enroll in an Instructor course, for those wishing to turn their passion for freediving into a profession!

  • 8-10 hours classroom/3- 4 sessions*
  • 6-8 hours shallow water-pool/3-4 sessions
  • 8-10 hours deep water/4-5 sessions

*learning portion can be done online, practical demonstration and evaluation required with instructor

All students must, without exception:

  • Pass the test "Extended Water Survival Skills" at the start of the course.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have parental permission if under the age of 18.
  • Fill out the forms "Release of Liability", "Dive Fitness Evaluation" and "Parental/Guardian Permission", if applicable.
  • Provide their own equipment as required.
  • Complete: a) a dive to a depth of 25 meters/82 ft, b) a dive to any depth with a total underwater time of 1:30min, and c) an immersed static apnea of 3:30 min.
  • Complete, before or after the course, 3 specialty courses of choice from our Specialty Courses curriculum.

  • Low Volume Dive mask
  • Low Profile Snorkel
  • High Displacement Fins/Long Blade Fins
  • Wet Suit
  • Ballast Device (weight belt)
  • Surface Floatation Device

  • All training, Shallow and Deep Water access.
  • A computerized graph of all Goal Dives performed during the course.
  • A 300-entry FREEdiving Logbook
  • An "Expert Freediver" certificate and diploma upon successful completion.
  • A personalized 3-month training program

F.R.E.E. Expert Freediver

This person is fully competent in the use of freediving/snorkeling equipment and advanced freediving practices, including multiple breath-hold dives underwater of variable depths and duration, as per the standards set forth by F.R.E.E. (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity). As such, this person can undertake the activity without supervision and/or rent freediving equipment. RESTRICTIONS: a) must be accompanied by at least one minimally (Freediver level) certified person, b) if diving from a commercial vessel, maximum surrounding depth is recommended to be no more than 35 meters/115 feet, c) this person is ONLY allowed to use a ballast device (weight belt) if a buoyancy device, such as full body wetsuit or inflatable vest is used concurrently.

1- Introduction to Expert Freediving
1.1. - Deep diving optimization & dive time minimization
1.2. - The need for anaerobic pre-dive warm up & aerobic post-dive detox
1.3. - Understanding partial pressure of gases at depth
1.4. - Physiology of repetitive deep dives

2 - Equipment
2.1. - Introduction to monofins & short fins
2.2. - Introduction to reduced-volume masks & fluid goggles
2.3. - Exposure Protection Gear (suits): using and caring for open cell suits
2.4. - Ballast Devices: introduction to neck belts & harnesses
2.5. - Floatation Devices: using floats to build a breathing chair

3 - Technique
3.1. - Proper dolphin kick with monofin
3.2. - Proper MI (minimally invasive) kick with short fins
3.3. - Entry: stationary one legged tuck dive, from seated position, rollback from face up position
3.4. - Descent: MQR (Modulated Quadriceps Reliance), addition of dolphin kicks
3.5. - Ascent: RME (Rear Musculature Engagement) refinement , combination dolphin kicks in deep water
3.6. - Equalization: Frenzel & Valsalva, jaw & epiglottis procedures, integration of mouth fill

4 - Training
4.1. - Aerobic Training: zones 1 & 2, optimal for freediving
4.2. - Anaerobic Training: sub-maximal effort, repetitive sets
4.3. - Strength Training: optimizing performance over growth
4.4. - Pre-Dive Routines: potentiation of MDR (mammalian diving reflex)
4.5. - Apnea Capacity Training: expiratory apnea training & dry drills
4.6. - Intervalometric training principles

5 - Breathing
5.1. - Balancing 02 and C02 levels at all times
5.2. - 4-section breathing: increasing lung capacity on land
5.3. - 4-section breathing: pre-dive drills, introduction of flushing
5.4. - Inducing hypocapnia before dives, what to do & what NOT to do
5.5. - 50/50 post dive recovery breathing
5.6. - The dangers of thoracic hyper-pressurization or "packing", how and when to use

6 - Safety
5.1. - Introducing periods of aerobic activity during prolonged diving sessions
5.2. - Introducing surface off-gassing periods
5.3. - Tapering deep diving bouts
5.4. - Blackout physiology
5.5. - CPR principles in-water & on-land
5.6. - Use of face masks

7 - Nutrition
7.1. - General principles
7.2. - Recommendations for anaerobic athletes
7.3. - Pre-dive, in-dive & post-dive supplementation

Master Freediver

The top course, not only in our lineup, but in the world. The prerequisites for acceptance are extensive, as is the commitment needed, and then, not all that enroll graduate. Superior performance techniques are introduced and all practical skills revised and polished under the careful eye of our world class team. Students learn to apply the same training methodology that has been used by our instructors to create World Champions. In fact, 2 World Records and several National and Continental records have been set during our Master Freediver courses, showing the levels of performance reached during this unique learning experience. Besides training, topics like nutrition, breathing, exercise, and lifestyle are delved into in exhaustive detail, so that the anaerobic/freediving set up becomes permanently ingrained into the person's routine and mindset. For those on the professional ladder, this course is required before taking the Master Instructor course, whose graduates are able to teach all of the courses in our curriculum. Completion of the Master Freediver course requires very strict performances to be achieved as well as 5 Specialty courses to be completed.

  • 10 hours classroom/4 sessions
  • 8 hours shallow water-pool/4 sessions
  • 12 hours deep water/5 sessions

All students must, without exception:

  • Pass the test "Extended Water Survival Skills" at the start of the course.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have parental permission if under the age of 18.
  • Fill out the forms "Release of Liability", "Dive Fitness Evaluation" and "Parental/Guardian Permission", if applicable.
  • Provide their own equipment as required.
  • Complete: a) a dive to a depth of 40 meters/130 ft, b) a dive to any depth with a total underwater time of 2:30min, and c) an immersed static apnea of 5:00 min.
  • Complete, before or after the course, 5 specialty courses of choice from our Specialty Courses curriculum.

  • Low Volume Dive mask
  • Low Profile Snorkel
  • High Displacement Fins/Long Blade Fins
  • Wet Suit
  • Ballast Device (weight belt)
  • Surface Floatation Device

  • All training, Shallow and Deep Water access.
  • A computerized graph of all Goal Dives performed during the course.
  • A 300-entry FREEdiving Logbook
  • An "Master Freediver" certificate and diploma upon successful completion.
  • A personalized 6-month training program

F.R.E.E. Master Freediver

This person is fully competent in the use of freediving/snorkeling equipment and advanced freediving practices, including multiple breath-hold dives underwater of variable depths and duration, as per the standards set forth by F.R.E.E. (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity). As such, this person can undertake the activity without supervision and/or rent freediving equipment. RESTRICTIONS: a) must be accompanied by at least one minimally (Freediver level) certified person, b) if diving from a commercial vessel, maximum surrounding depth is recommended to be no more than 35 meters/115 feet, c) this person is ONLY allowed to use a ballast device (weight belt) if a buoyancy device, such as full body wetsuit or inflatable vest is used concurrently.

1- Introduction to Master Freediving
1.1. - Deep diving optimization & dive time minimization
1.2. - The need for anaerobic pre-dive warm up & aerobic post-dive detox
1.3. - Understanding partial pressure of gases at depth
1.4. - Physiology of repetitive deep dives

2 - Equipment
2.1. - Using the line & lanyard as complimentary gear
2.2. - Main features of a sled for Variable Ballast dives
2.3. - Rescue gear: lanyards, harnesses, lift bags

3 - Technique
3.1. - Mastering ER (Efficiency Rate): stroke length /time vs. stroke number/distance vs. total dive time
3.2. - Introduction to Unassisted Constant Ballast technique
3.3. - Optimization of unassisted & assisted fin swimming in shallow water training
3.4. - Refining of monofin technique
3.5. - Refining of Variable Ballast techniques
3.6. - Self rescue procedures in deep water
3.7. - Equalization: Frenzel & Valsalva, jaw & epiglottis, mouth fill as a whole, adding diaphragm pressurization

4 - Training
4.1. - Aerobic Training: recovery tool post-dive & rest periods optimizer
4.2. - Anaerobic Training: introducing max-intensity drills on land & in water
4.3. - Strength Training: technique mimicry & supersetting adaptation
4.4. - Pool training: mastering intervalometric training
4.5. - Apnea Capacity Training: mixing NPV (Negative pressure/volume) & static periods
4.6. - Optimizing rest periods in-training and in-season

5 - Breathing
5.1. - Refining 4-section breathing to increase lung capacity
5.2. - Exercises and drills for LCI (lung capacity increase)
5.3. - Last breath optimization
5.4. - Dealing with hypercapnia during ascent & immersed exhalation
5.5. - Refining 50/50 post dive recovery breathing
5.6. - Mastering NPV (Negative Pressure/Volume) in all situations

6 - Safety
5.1. - Carrying compressed air bailout bottles
5.2. - Using oxygen pre-dive & during dive sessions
5.3. - Off-gassing with oxygen post-dive
5.4. - Decompression therapy post-dive sessions
5.5. - Safety diver principles, both on apnea and scuba
5.6. - Rescues in deep water

7 - Nutrition
7.1. - Understanding fuel systems & training zones applications
7.2. - Optimizing fat oxidation & glycolytic utilization
7.3. - Long term diets, pre and post tournament tweaks
7.4. - General health and longevity guidelines

Rudi Castineyra

Rudi is the founder of our training system. Rudi was born on June 26th, 1969, in Cuba. He started freediving at age 4, scuba diving at 7, and by 12, he had become fascinated enough with freediving that he started developing a rudimentary training system. Through constant observation, research and self experimentation, he spent the next four years refining the concepts that still are the foundation of our system. By 16, he started teaching courses to local fishermen to help them turn their mostly dangerous practices into safe, informed ones. He then became a member of the junior national team, where he worked with several world-class divers and trainers and started including sports science and medicine elements to his own training system. By 1991, he had taught his basic course to over 500 students. That same year, he immigrated to the USA, where he continued to work in diving related fields, from underwater video and photography, scuba instruction, technical diving and, as before, freediving.

In 1995, Rudi was ready to put his system through the toughest test of all, a world record attempt, and he worked with one of his old friends from Cuba to set 3 world records. He then went further by taking on a completely inexperienced diver and guiding her to several world records in just 8 months. Several more trainees came seeking his help for world records, including his future wife Yasemin Dalkilic, and once he was done, he had taken 6 divers to a combined 26 world record attempts. In 1999, Rudi co-founded F.R.E.E. (Freediving Regulations & Education Entity), an organization dedicated to regulating freediving records and, most importantly, to the dissemination of knowledge with a safety foundation. Rudi continued teaching courses all over the world ever since, and in 2010, started shaping many of his diving techniques and skills into an Anaerobic Training System that can be used by other athletes, regardless of their sport, and has helped potentiate anaerobic adaptations in surfers, firefighters, climbers, and even regular people looking to improve their breathing efficiency. Besides his diving work, he continues to work on many other projects, the most special one of which is the raising of his two daughters with wife and 8-time Freediving World Record holder Yasemin Dalkilic.

David Lee

David was born on July 21st 1975, in Kingston, Jamaica. His mother, Janet Lee, has owned Lady G'Diver, one of the Caribbean's most reputable dive shops since 1979, allowing David to grow up in a water sports environment, mastering scuba diving, surfing, windsurfing, and dipping his fins in freediving. After finishing high-school, David moved to Tulsa, USA, to pursue a college degree in Information Systems. During this time, he fell in love with martial arts, attaining a black belt degree on two different disciplines from legendary teacher Dan Inosanto in a short time, thanks to his customary hard work and natural talent. A few years later, now working as an IT specialist and having mastered yet another discipline, yoga, David felt an old passion of his reignite, freediving. This time, he would take it all the way. In 2000, he meets renown trainer Rudi Castineyra and World Champion Yasemin Dalkilic, and they are so impressed with David's natural ability, they propose he joins their team and train full time with them. David accepts, and the results soon follow. By the summer of 2001, David set his first world record, in the hardest category of all, Unassisted Constant Ballast, of which he became the undisputed master at the time, being first to pass the 40, 50, 60 and 65 meter marks.

In 2002, David became an instructor, and it was during a course he was assisting his trainer Rudi teach that he met his future wife, 2-time Olympic Champion Olga Novokshchenova, also an avid freediver. David had progressed to the rank of Master Instructor by 2003, and has since taught many courses, primarily at his home base location in the Blue Lagoon, Jamaica. He retired from competitive freediving in 2008, but continues to freedive and, unsurprisingly, has taken up other sports like kite surfing, and hobbies like underwater photography. David continues to teach freediving as he enjoys "teaching the joy, simplicity and purity of freediving to others, always safely and responsibly". He also is the founder and president of Fitness Base Camp (FCB) and popular online program that creates customs workouts for its many users in a trade mark 10 minute limit. Few instructors have the experience, knowledge and attitude for teaching that David has, the reason why he is such a popular instructor in our team.

Yasemin Dalkilic

Yasemin was born on May 2nd, 1979, in Ankara, Turkey, more than 600 miles from the sea. It was only during summer holidays that she got a chance to indulge her passion for the underwater world, and she made good use of that limited time. By age 14, she was in the national Monofin swimming team, setting several Turkish records and establishing herself as the best freediver in her country. In 1998, she competed in the Freediving World Cup in Italy, taking first place and becoming the best freediver in the world aside from the current world champion. But that changed a year later, when Yasemin contacted Rudi Castineyra, the trainer of the very diver who held the world record. Turns out, Rudi had heard of Yasemin, was very impressed with her potential, and willing to help her. After 6 months of training over the internet, they first met only a month before she attempted her first world record, at which she succeeded.

From then on, Yasemin's talent kept flourishing under Rudi's guidance, eventually setting a total of 8 world records together. Especially important were the 3 records she set in 2000 and 2001 with the support of Quantum Watches, which were broadcasted LIVE on international TV via satellite, a first for a female freediver. Yasemin holds the distinction of being the first woman to break the 120 meter/400 ft barrier, which she did on LIVE TV. During 2002 and 2003, Yasemin went through a difficult time, when she failed several record attempts inexplicably, only to find out she had a tumor in her pancreas, which had to be operated immediately. She was back in top shape by 2006, when she set her last two world records, but chose to retire afterwards to pursue other interests. Besides a budding career in music composing, documentary filmmaking, and environmental activism, Yasemin focused on freediving instruction. She has taught courses around the world, specializing in Master courses for those wanting to learn what many consider "the purest technique in all of the sport" from the master herself. Nowadays, Yasemin continues to teach, enjoys a career as a sought after computer programmer and enjoys raising her two daughters, together with husband Rudi, her partner of the last 20 years, both in and out of the water.