Intermediate Freediving and Spearfishing

Learn how to properly hunt fish underwater!

Intermediate Freediving and Spearfishing

Duration

3 Days

About

This is an incredible opportunity to improve you freediving capabilities and immediately apply that to spearfishing when we take a boat to the Coronado Islands with a spearfishing guide. Getting this type of spearfishing guidance from someone who has been doing it for years is THE best way you can start your spearfishing journey.

Friday night and Saturday will follow the normal Molchanovs Wave 2 curriculum (see below), but on Sunday when we would normally do a depth session in La Jolla, we will take a boat out to do some depth work, and plenty of hunting.

Our goal is to give you the best freediving and spearfishing experience possible, so the location of our boat trip is to be determined by local conditions. If conditions are good we will go to the Coronado Islands, which provides an amazing variety of hunting locations, as well as water that is generally much more clear than the local kelp beds. Keep in mind this will require you to get a Mexican Fishing License. We promise it's worth it! 

In order to get a Molchanovs W2 Freediver certificate there are some requirements you need to pass, and usually Sunday is the day we would focus on those depths. That being said, we want you to focus on enjoying the sport more than anything else. If you purchase this class and don't pass, you will get 2 line diving or pool training sessions to use so that you can work out the kinks and get certified.

Pre-requisites:

Successful completion and certification of a Molchanovs W1 (or equivalent) course

Included:

  • Boat charter
  • Molchanovs Wave 2 course
  • Spearfishing and diving instruction
  • Biosphere permit

Not Included:

  • Mexican Fishing License
    -Spearfishing and freediving gear (we do have some available to rent)

The following is the Wave 2 curriculum:

COURSE OUTLINE

Online Learning Curriculum:

  • History of freediving
  • Frenzel equalization
  • Introduction to air control: Reverse packs or grouper calls
  • Preventing potential traumas
  • Effects of depth
  • Written exam

Pool Learning Curriculum:

  • Additional equipment
  • Improvements of techniques
  • Dynamic swimming (55M)
  • Buddying and rescue procedures (repetition)
  • Improving Dynamic No Fins (DNF) technique
  • Introduction to the monofin technique

Open Water Curriculum:

  • Improvement of equalization: Frenzel technique
  • Usage of lanyards
  • Free fall technique
  • Further safety and rescue: Rescue from 15+m
  • Introduction to Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) to 15m
  • Application of air control (Grouper Call and Reverse Packing)
  • Improve your relaxation while focusing on your freediving technique

As a certified Level 2 freediver you will be able to meet the following requirements:

  • 2:30+ min Static Breath Hold (STA)
  • 55+m Dynamic With Fins (DYN)
  • 35+m Dynamic No Fins (DNF)
  • 24 – 30m CWT and FIM in the open water
  • 15m Constant Weight No Fins (CNF)
  • Free fall technique
  • With this class you'll also know how to put food on the table ;)

Required Gear:

We have all of the diving gear to rent if you need it with the exception of the optional ear plugs and the spearfishing gear. You will have the option to add rental gear to your order at checkout. Throughout your Wave 2 Freediver course you will be instructed on what to look for when purchasing new equipment. It is not necessary to buy a new set of equipment prior to your course. However, if there is something you do need/want to purchase then please do not hesitate to call us to get recommendations.

Mask – A low volume spearfishing/freediving mask. 

Snorkel – A simple J. style snorkel

Wetsuit – This is your most important piece of equipment. For San Diego, it’s highly recommended to have a 5mm proper spearfishing or freediving two piece, open cell inner/nylon outer suit. If you don’t have access to this suit, then a very well fitting 5mm full neoprene suit, preferably with a hood is OK. A proper freediving suit will positively influence your course experience.

Fins – Longblade freediving fins. 

Weight belt – A rubber weight belt is preferred.

Weights – You will want more weight than you use for line diving…closer to 16-18lbs.

Spearfishing gear - speargun, stringer, and a dive knife

Optional Items – If you are sensitive to the cold water, you may want to consider purchasing some VENTED Docs Pro Plugs.

Intermediate Freediving and Spearfishing

FAQs:

Diving stuff

About our courses / charters / trainings:

The Wave 1 class will show you how much you are naturally capable of, and how easy and natural this sport really is. No matter your ability level or comfort in the water, our instructors will give you the next steps that you need to develop as a freediver. We also don’t want you to focus on passing the class in one weekend. You have a year to knock out the requirements, and we train every Sunday morning which is a perfect (and cheap!) way to hone your skills. We hope that you will come back to continue to improve your technique and aquatic abilities, and more importantly to meet and dive with our community of freedivers!

First and foremost…you don’t have to pass everything in one weekend. You have a year to knock all the requirements out, and our focus is to be here to help you along that journey as it often takes a few sessions to really settle into the sport, and the environment.

Regarding schedule: We typically do these on weekends, so we do a Friday night classroom session (5-7PM), Saturday morning pool (0645-0930) and Saturday afternoon shallow water session (1030-1400) all in Mission Beach

Regarding numbers, we want to see a 1:30min static breath hold, and a 40 foot dive both pulling down the line (free immersion), and kicking down (constant weight). Most people who come through the class are intimidated by these numbers, and we can't wait to show you how attainable they are!

Proper execution of the safety protocols is also essential.

You are ready, and you don’t need to train! That’s the best part of this class. The way to get deeper depths and longer breath holds is to relax, to soften, and to enjoy the process. This is attainable to anyone and everyone, and our favorite thing is showing you what you’re naturally capable of. I guarantee it’s more than you thought!

You will need a 5mm freediving suit (STRONGLY encouraged), a mask and snorkel, weights and weight belt, fins (long blade freediving fins also STRONGLY encouraged), booties and gloves. We have all of these for rent, and if you’re interested in one of our nicer suits we have a rent to own program.

Usually…no. I get it. I surf, I have multiple surf suits and I did not want to buy a freediving suit. The thing with freediving is that we are sitting on the surface for 90% of the time, making no movements and generating no body head because we’re trying to slow our heart rate down and relax. Additionally, the first time you shiver your relaxation completely dissolves and your oxygen consumption goes up 300%. In my mind, you’ve paid good money for this class and having a wetsuit that is too thin ruins the experience.

Confidence in your abilities, comfort in greater depths, and a community of local freedivers who are eager to improve and want to do that with you. You also have the opportunity to earn a certification. If you hit all the pool requirements you will get a Lap certification, and if you hit all the open water requirements as well you will get the full Wave certification.

First and foremost all we have to offer is the worst answer….it depends. But it depends for a reason! As we work with you through the weekend we will determine which trip is the best for you, your comfort, your ability, and the local conditions. All of those vary greatly, but here are our metrics for determining the las/ final day:

If the conditions are awful, it’s not worth it. We would rather take you out line diving to focus on your form and technique in a location that is almost always the most mellow for our region. If this ends up being the case, we will set you up for another day to get out there spearfishing.

If the conditions are good we have a couple options. The first is the La Jolla Kelp, which is very close by, easy to reach, and often has clear water and lots of life (Calico, Sheepshead, Yellowtail, White Seabass).

The other option is to go to the Coronado Islands. This is an open ocean, bare bones, but extremely safe trip offshore that often yields Yellowtail, Calico, Sheephead, White Seabass, Triggerfish, and many more. This includes a mexican fishing license, but we will cover your biosphere permit. These islands are often more clear than the San Diego area, but are also an open ocean environment

Yes, it's a safety and liability thing, but more than anything it gives the entire group comfort knowing that everyone else they are diving with is properly trained in safety procedures. You need to hold a certification (from any agency), or be working on training to complete course requirements.

16 years old...but we are releasing classes for younger students very soon. Please send us an email if interested, you'll be the first to know!

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About our shop and community:

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Masks, snorkels, dive weights, weightbelts, Riffe, Leaderfins, noseclips, all the fixins for a freediving buoy set up, a couple wetsuits(Riffe, Beuchat & Omer), and Riffe spearguns and accesories to include floats, float lines, dive knives, fish stringers, and many more.

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