With the PADI Freediver programmes recently launched at DEMA in November 2015, members in New Zealand were keen to jump on board and start offering PADI Freediver training to their customers.
PADI enlisted the assistance of 2 time Australian record holder, professional freediver and PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Adam Stern to train a group of Freediver Instructors here in New Zealand.
The training was aimed at PADI Instructors who were already competent Freedivers. Adam fine-tuned their skills but focused mainly on teaching techniques, demonstrations of performance requirements, commonly encountered problems and emphasized ensuring all training was done in a relaxed and comfortable manner.
The training included knowledge development via the PADI Freediver digital product along with several Confined Water workshops covering Static Apnea, Dynamic Apnea and rescues. Open Water workshops went over Weighting and Free Immersion, Constant Weight Freedives and open water rescues.
Congratulations to all the new PADI Freediver Instructors – Bevan Blunden, Bryan Bailey, JJ Spiers, Josh Cochrane, Kelly Weeds, Ryan Hansen and Stuart Hofstetter.
Here’s what some of the new PADI Freediver Instructors had to say about the programme:
Bryan Bailey – Blenheim Dive Centre
“The new PADI freediver program is a great extension to the PADI range of courses, the theory and practical content is world class, attending the instructor course was inspiring and confidence building, this program has a big future, Adam Stern is a great asset to PADI.”
Ryan Hansen – Dive Zone Whitianga
“I found the PADI Freedive
r Instructor training very worthwhile, it was clear that the instructor trainer was extremely knowledgeable and was able to pass on that knowledge effectively. What I learnt during the course surpassed my expectations.”
Bevan Blunden – Splash Waikato
“The PADI Freediver Instructor course was amazing. Adam Stern provided such a great learning atmosphere with his dubious amounts of enthusiasm towards the sport. The PADI Freediver Instructor training fine-tuned my own skills and knowledge which has made me a better diver than ever before.”
JJ Spiers – Dive Zone Bay of Islands
“The PADI freediving Instructor course was awesome, truly a breathtaking experience! I was amazed at the depths we achieved during the course & the ease of doing so, learning new relaxation and breathing techniques made it possible to dive on one of New Zealand’s famous ship wrecks the HMS Canterbury. Gliding down through schools of travelly and kingfish on one breathe. Amazing. The study part of the course was fun too, it’s laid out in an interactive touch format which has some stunning photography and videos as well as that important information. Overall I really enjoyed the PADI Freediver Instructor course both in water & out. The course has made me much more confident in my free diving and rescue skills which I believe down the road when I begin teaching the course myself these skills will be invaluable!
Adam Stern – PADI Instructor Trainer
“I was so impressed with the skill level of the instructor candidates. They were so smooth and comfortable in the water that instead of teaching new technique I was simply tweaking existing technique which made it such a pleasure to be out diving in New Zealand waters. New Zealand now has 7 experienced Freediving instructors and the freediving community there is about to become a whole lot safer.”
Stuart Hofstetter – Paihia Dive
“I found the course excellent. Learning the science behind freediving and the correct way to teach, train and progress safely was a real eye opener. I’m hooked and can’t wait to start teaching!”