Ian Walsh, Pro SurferHey guys! Thanks so much for doing the breath class! It definitely helped me two days ago. I was doing full diaphragm breathing in 2 bad zones I found myself in. I got slammed and it help me relax and be really confident in what was going on around me under water. I can’t stress enough how much just doing that class may help us progress our sport. I just need to keep up with the exercises or do another class ha ha! Just wanted to drop a line and say thank you very much!
Check out the video to see the full day! you can see when I get caught on the inside is where I take the proper breath and relax….
David BlaineCaptain Kirk,
You changed my life and introduced me to a magical new world. My time with you and Mandy starting in Vancouver- pools, Tojo, Belugas... Then to Cayman- Talbot! Sting Rays, Deep Caves, Playa, Deep Blue, scuba and adventures that can never be matched (although that's your life and I am very jealous) Then to Lincoln Center- You were supposed to give me my damn blackout- but maybe saving my life seemed more important! That all led to my TED Talk which I am thankful to you! And now I bring it live as an idea that is a reality for the tour. Can't wait until we bring our girls together and I can show Dessa the love!
Luc. BHi Mandy,
I just finished to course yesterday and I wanted to send you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed it. It exceeded my expectations and I am so glad I did it. I also wanted to let you know how impressed by PFI and its instructors. Shell was just outstanding as the main instructor! She really knows her stuff and was very effective in teaching and explaining many of the free diving concepts and making them relevant to us surfers. It was also great to have Kerry help instruct the course. She shared so many valuable and relevant perspectives. Both of them kept things fun and interesting, while always emphasizing safety first.
I will be recommending the course to my friends. I might also plan on attending the intermediate free diver class one of those days.
Daryl WongAloha Kirk, Mandy,
Thank you for a great time by all of us in Kona. I had been wanting to take your course for many years because of input from friends who have taken your course. Somehow the scheduling never fit in with mine, having to schedule Patients six months in advance. It was so nice of you to enable me to plan a private course with 15 of my Spearfishing friends from all over the US. We had East coast Gulf coast, West coast and Hawaii represented.
Your class was more than I imagined it would be. Your professionalism and enthusiasm showed in the results of almost all of our class reaching personal bests of 100 ft or more. Without your help and instruction we would never have been able to learn how to be better divers and safer divers. We now know the why, how and what we should be doing when freediving. All of us had “becoming a safer diver” as a goal, and we reached that with your help. I won’t hesitate to advise all spearos I know to take your course and become a better and safer diver.
I already have many of the participants looking forward to planning to take the Advanced course in Kona.
Once again thank you for your help and guidance. See you in Kona!
Aloha, Daryl Wong
Dr. John Fernandez:I believe that quality instructors are a vital part of the learning experience. PFI apparently follows the most rigorous screening standards in the industry to determine which instructors are suited to make your diving experience successful. In addition to hiring what I would describe as the best instructors I’ve ever met, (and I’ve had hundreds) PFI requires that their instructors have all had prior experience working with freedivers in an educational capacity.
When you’re trying something new, it’s important to relax, have a sense of humor about it and be patient with yourself. One of the best things about your instructors is that they are a part of someone’s break-through moments and cheer them on as they improve these skills that they’ll use for the rest of their lives.
The heights (or depths) that Erin, Ted and Mike took me & my wolfpack friends to in Miami was simply unimaginable, and the exhilaration is indescribable! PFI has my undying (no pun intended) commitment as a lifelong student! I’ll be back for the advanced class, and hope to compete someday.
Dr. John Fernandez
F. Dewolfe Miller, MPH, PhD:Dear Kirk and Mandy and the Team,
I congratulate you and your excellent team on the free diving course you recently held in Kona Hawaii on July 23, 2009.
From the class room to the pool and to the ocean the instruction was comprehensive and always clearly presented. The safety issues for freediving that were taught and used in the pool and ocean were really exceptional. In fact, every aspect of free diving was covered along with a 100+ page manual. The manual will serve me well as a ready reference of what I learned in the course.
If and when you are on Oahu again I hope you will not hesitate to contact me if there is anything I can do to make your stay here better. That is to say I would love to take everyone sailing.
DeWolfe Miller, MPH, PhD