Learn the basics of freediving and immediately apply that to spearfishing. In just one weekend you will learn the basics of breath hold diving, take a large and comfortable boat to the Coronados, and get to hunt side by side with seasoned instructors and guides. Getting this type of knowledge from someone who has been freediving and spearfishing professionally is THE best way you can start your spearfishing career.
We follow the standard freediving course schedule for the first two days, but on the third day we will take a comfortable boat to the Coronado Islands which always hold clearer water, and fish anywhere from 5 feet of depth down to 60 feet. No matter the depths you are comfortable at, you will be able to hunt effectively.
In order to get a Molchanovs W1 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 a free line diving session to use so that you can work out the kinks and get certified at a later date.
The following is the Wave 1 curriculum:
Discover your natural freediving ability.
Join the Molchanovs Wave 1 Course with Just Get Wet, and you will see how comfortable you can be in the water! You will learn the basics of freediving and all the techniques you need to dive down to 20 meters in the safest and most comfortable way.
In this course, we will also introduce you to the basics of freediving, including diving without fins and developing your skills to become a reliable freediving buddy.
MOLCHANOVS WAVE 1 COURSE OUTLINE
By means of online videos and a course manual, you will learn:
- Physics and physiological basics of freediving
- Relaxation and breathing techniques
- Mental techniques/relaxation
- Introduction to equalization
- Mamalian Dive Reflex
- Potential trauma
- Multiple choice exam
One Pool Sessions
In these sessions you will learn:
- Introductions of freediving equipment
- Static breath holds (STA)
- Techniques: Finning technique, body position and turns
- Dynamic diving (DYN)
- Introduction to Dynamic without Fins (DNF)
- Buddy and rescue procedures
Two Open Water Sessions
In the open water sessions you can apply all that you have already learnt from the theory and pool sessions!
In open water you will learn:
- Introductions of techniques: Duck dives, body positioning, equalization
- Basic safety and rescue: Buddy and rescue procedures
- Freediving techniques: Free Immersion (FIM) & Constant Weight (CWT) to 12-20m depth.
- How to spearfish...what gear you need, how to use it, what fish to look for, and how to hunt them
As a certified Molchanovs Wave 1 freediver you will be able to meet the following requirements:
- 1:30+ min static breath hold
- 30m diving horizontally in the pool
- Diving 12 – 20m depth in open water
With this class you'll also know how to put food on the table ;)
Course Schedule and Locations
- Friday 1700-1900
- Online Materials Classroom Review
- JGW Headquarters, Mission Beach
- Saturday 0700-1000
- Pool instruction (statics, dynamics, technique)
- The Plunge, Mission Beach
- Saturday 1200-1500
- Shallow water - familiarization, technique
- Mariners Cove, Mission Bay
- Sunday 0700-1700
- Open water diving - Spearfishing!
Almost everything can be rented from Just Get Wet, except for spearfishing equipment.
Mask – A low volume spearfishing/freediving mask. A standard snorkel/scuba mask is OK for the Level 1 Freediver course.
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.
Surf Suit - for our Saturday morning pool session
Fins – Longblade freediving fins. Standard snorkel/scuba fins are acceptable for the Wave 1 course.
Weight belt – A rubber weight belt is preferred. A standard webbing weight belt is OK
Weights – A selection of 2lb to 4lb weights, most people use 12lbs for line diving.
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.
Throughout your Wave 1 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 me to get recommendations.
Looking forward to getting out there with you!
Not Included: Mexican fishing license, approximately $30