Deja Blue

 


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Calling all Freedivers! Ready to have the time of your life while challenging yourself in ways you never thought possible? Join us in Grand Cayman for one of our training camps and not only get amazing training but also become part of our Water Tribe and make new friends from all over the world.

Yes, this Freediving camp is as much fun as it is valuable. Each week consists of:

  • Six depth sessions (one shore and five boat)
  • Scooter freediving
  • Train constant weight
  • Free immersion
  • No-fins or variable ballast dives
  • Unlimited static sessions

There is also the possibility of some fun excursions around the island. Diving the Kittywake or Stingray City are just two examples.

After diving, we escort you back to the condos for a break to rest, eat and relax. Meanwhile, the crew breaks down equipment, unloads and edits footage for video review, and prepares for other activities or the next day's dives.

The video review sessions are offered daily for those who want to participate. It is highly encouraged! Video is a tool for you to see your technique and form in a new perspective. There is a lot to understand and learn, and video is an incredibly efficient teaching method.

At PFA, we want to make our divers as comfortable as possible. Training and competing with us means you get white glove service. You wake up relaxed, get into the boat without any logistical hassle or travel worry.

The crew gets up early to warm up, practice safety protocol, and make sure everything is prepared for you and your fellow athletes. Your only job is to show up and focus on your dives.

Grand Cayman Island is the perfect place to host a Freediving Camp. The water is warm, clear, and perfect for exploring. Come see for yourself!

Who is Dejablue for?

The week-long freedive training camp is one week long and is for certified Freedivers of all levels (proof of certification required). We encourage everyone to have fun. Boat fees are included in the cost of the camp. There is great shore diving right out from of Coconut Bay where the staff stay during the camp.

People from all over the world travel to Grand Cayman in order to train, form friendships, and explore their potential. Anyone who participates sees dramatic improvement during their first few dives. As the week progresses, PBs are set all over the place.

What to bring

  • Mask, snorkel, fin(s)
  • Weight belt and or neck weight
  • Lanyard
  • Freedive computer

We can help you make your own neck weight during the camp.

Schedule

Arrive on island the day/evening before the camp starts. Fly into Grand Cayman Airport (GCM).

Diving will happen each day at about 9:00 am, usually from West bay Dock. The instructor will confirm with each participant the night before with departure time and location.

You can depart the island any time after 6:00 pm on the last day of the camp or the day after.

Here is a typical schedule for each day:

  • Day 1: Shore dive acclimation
  • Day 2: Boat training session 1
  • Day 3: Boat training session 2/evening potluck dinner
  • Day 4: Morning static/afternoon boat adventure/day off
  • Day 5: Boat training session 3
  • Day 6: Boat training session 4
  • Day 7: Boat training session 5/wrap-up party

On Day 4 there is an optional boat adventure. This is not included in the price of the program.

Facilities

  • The ocean portion of the training and competition at Deja Blue is on the west side of Grand Cayman Island. In the morning, the crew and athletes leave from West Bay Dock. All registered athletes will be automatically added to the Slack group so it is important to check in and stay updated.
  • All pool training and competition at Deja Blue will be held at the Camana Bay Pool. This is a 25 m/82 ft outdoor pool with plenty of lanes. This allows two athletes to compete at once while athletes warm up in other lanes. There are outdoor showers and locker room facilities for both men and women. The pool provides plenty of deck space to spread out, stretch, and do dry land warm ups.

Accommodations

There are many hotels around West Bay and Seven Mile Beach. PFA staff will be staying at Coconut Bay in West bay. If you would like to stay there too please email Duncan Heard.

There are two rooms in the staff condo available to rent as well. If you would like to find out more about reserving one of these rooms please contact us.

Coconut Bay

You will find Coconut Bay Condos at N W Point Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands.

Steps from the ocean, the Coconut Bay Condos have much to offer. There are two pools on site, which PFA uses during the static portion of the competition. One of the pools overlooks the ocean. These condos are only a 15-minute ride from the airport and offer great shore diving sites and fantastic places to eat and walk.

The owner of the Coconut Bay Condos is Duncan Heard. He will be the main email contact regarding rooming and you can reach him here. Most of our athletes stay here but are welcome to stay elsewhere on the island.

The safety crew stay here. Most of the meetings (including video review) also take place here. If you are staying at another location, make sure you have transportation and a reliable source of communication throughout your stay. PFA provides carpool vans for those on site.

It is important to be present at meetings so you can be informed if there are any changes in the training schedules due to weather or other circumstances.

Many athletes choose to have roommates for the duration of the competition. Most condos are three stories and have five bedrooms. The top floor in most condos has three beds and one bathroom. The middle floor has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and the bottom floor has one bathroom, a kitchen, and a living space.

Pricing varies depending on private or shared bedrooms. Please email Duncan Heard for more information. It is important to be on top of housing because the condos will fill up fast!

To find roommates, contact Mandy so she can send an email to the athletes who have registered.

The condos feature:

  • Internet
  • Washer and dryer
  • Stove
  • Microwave
  • Full fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster
  • Cutlery
  • Pots and pans
  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Cleaning supplies

For more information and a full list of amenities, check out the Coconut Bay Website.

Other accommodation sites

  • Comfort Suites
  • Marriott
  • Holiday Inn
  • Silver Sands
  • Shangri-La Bed and Breakfast

Please understand rates and prices may vary depending on the time of year and what company you chose chosen. These sites are not affiliated with PFA. We simply want to help make your trip management and planning as easy as possible.

Car rental

During the training camp and competition, PFA provides carpool vans. Each van holds eight or more people and we will have multiple vans. Transportation will be only to and from Coconut Bay, the boat dock, and camana bay sports complex.

If you'd rather rent a car, options include:

  • Marshall’s
  • Go Cayman
  • Budget
  • Cayman Auto Rentals
  • Hertz
  • Dollar
  • Thrifty

Other things to know

Cayman Island provides many wonderful training opportunities and travel adventures for our athletes. During our years of traveling here, PFA has picked up on a few tips we want to share:

  • Communication can be tough, especially if you do not have unlimited data. To make this easier on our athletes throughout the competition, we will be using the app called Slack.
  • Most shops, pharmacies, and public stores including grocery stores close on Sundays.
  • Our month in Cayman can lead to a lot of food waste. It is important to know who you are rooming with and plan meals together. Most people end up splitting food costs and/or sharing food by the end of the trip.
  • Macabuca is a restaurant next door to the condos and a common place we hang out, share drinks, and unwind from the hard day of training. There are Monday night buffets and bands playing every week.
  • There isn't a lot of down time, but during the two days we have off everyone seems to be diving. There are a lot of caves to check out, as well as the Kittiwake ship wreck. You can also schedule own adventures through Duncan.