Freediving safety training event offered free to community

| August 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

To make the practice of freediving safer for the people of Molokai, the group Freediving Instructors International is planning a two-day safety training event led by certified professionals.

Freediving is commonly practiced for spearfishing and other activities. An upcoming free safety training event will help make freediving safer.

Freediving is commonly practiced for spearfishing and other activities. An upcoming free safety training event will help make freediving safer.


Holding your breath and diving underwater is a common, and sometimes dangerous, practice. The F.I.I. hopes to minimize, if not eliminate, breath-holding related incidents by increasing freediving safety awareness throughout the island.

“Freediving is a way of life on this island,” Niki Stepanek, the F.I.I. event organizer wrote about Molokai. “When a life is lost through lack of education and training, it sends shock waves through this tight knit island community. Sadly, the most high-risk category is males between the age of 17-35, most of whom are the family’s providers.”

Stepanek continued: “Sharing the F.I.I. Basic Freediving Safety training with the people of Molokai is our community’s way of sharing aloha and respect for this beautiful island, and its people.”

The event will be led by 13-time world record freediver Martin Stepanek and a team of F.I.I. certified professionals. This group will run three F.I.I. basic freediving safety courses (divided into several groups) over two days from Oct. 28-29.

Niki and Martin Stepanek are the event organizers for the freediving safety classes on Molokai Oct. 28-29.

Niki and Martin Stepanek are the event organizers for the freediving safety classes on Molokai Oct. 28-29.


The freediving training is made available pro bono to any Molokai resident who practices breath-hold activities. The only minimum entry requirement is to be of 12 years or older and in good medical health. The estimated attendance is now over 80 people.

To make this event a success, the F.I.I. needs donations to assist in covering the expenses of this event. Costs for the event include travel expenses for the F.I.I. instructors and the assisting crew, books and training materials, fees, rentals and equipment. At this time $525 has been raised with a goal of $2,500. The event will be accepting donations for the next 59 days at the gogetfunding.com website.

The Molokai Freediving Safety Event is organized by Freediving Instructors International (F.I.I.) and the Ka Honua Momona International (501c3 nonprofit) with support from Molokai Fish & Dive and Maui County.

For more information, contact Niki Stepanek at niki@freedivinginstructors.com or by calling 1-954-323-2222.

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