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Old 05-12-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

Good Morning Everyone,
I am fairly new to the world of spearfishing, and am ready to step up my game. To be honest I am terrible at holding my breath. My static PR is 1:34 and when I am diving I am usually only under for about 30 seconds! I want to take the FII Deep Freediving Instruction class with Daniel Koval, but it's $295, and that seams to be on the lower end of the price range for these things. Has anyone taken this class or a comparable one that they would be interested in reviewing. Are these worth it?
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P.S. I already posted this under California Spearfishing, but I thought I might get some more info from here.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

I am taking the level 1 FII course in Florida in two weeks. Just a quick background, I have been spearfishing since I was 14 years old (28 now). My comfortable depth diving is about 65-70 feet, with about 1:30+ dive time. I consider myself a safe diver, and never push my limits (in my own opinion). With that being said, I consider myself a beginner and can only speculate how terrible my technique really is. I am looking forward to learning from someone who is 10X the diver I am, and also am looking forward to improving the safety in which I dive.

I probably could have said this much shorter: Take the class, it will help you out much more than the $500 speargun you have probably already splurged for...
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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I am taking the level 1 FII course in Florida in two weeks. Just a quick background, I have been spearfishing since I was 14 years old (28 now). My comfortable depth diving is about 65-70 feet, with about 1:30+ dive time. I consider myself a safe diver, and never push my limits (in my own opinion). With that being said, I consider myself a beginner and can only speculate how terrible my technique really is. I am looking forward to learning from someone who is 10X the diver I am, and also am looking forward to improving the safety in which I dive.

I probably could have said this much shorter: Take the class, it will help you out much more than the $500 speargun you have probably already splurged for...
Well said.. Who are you taking a class with?
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:30 PM   #4
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In short.. Yes. There is not doubt that you will enjoy and learn a lot.
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

I am taking my class with Andrew from Nautilus in Miami. I bought a gun from him recently and he gave me some of the best service I have ever received. We talked for about 30 minutes and I ended up ordering an Aimrite KV with a Merou reel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he hooked me up with a reel full of line for free...
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I am taking my class with Andrew from Nautilus in Miami. I bought a gun from him recently and he gave me some of the best service I have ever received. We talked for about 30 minutes and I ended up ordering an Aimrite KV with a Merou reel. I was pleasantly surprised to see that he hooked me up with a reel full of line for free...
Nice! Andrew is a solid guy! I'm glad you're going to be learning from him!!

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:31 PM   #7
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

Daniel is an awesome dude and a good instructor. I was kind of in the same boat as you with breath hold. Now my static breath hold is just under 4 mins and I dove down to 60ft. Worth it.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:54 PM   #8
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

Thanks so much guys I really want to take it, and by the way… nope im still using my $50 Pole-Spear
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:58 PM   #9
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Thanks so much guys I really want to take it, and by the way… nope im still using my $50 Pole-Spear
Good move, you will learn a lot about fish body language when you have to stalk them with a stick...
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:55 PM   #10
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

I'm taking level 2 in July. I took level 1 about 3 years ago. I've been trying to advance through diving with very skilled and safe divers but I have finally realized that I need to take the class. Now that I've paid the deposit and am committed, I'm super pumped. I'm excited about taking my diving to the next level, especially in terms of safety.
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Old 06-01-2013, 06:37 AM   #11
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

The real question is, How much do you think your life is worth. Is it anywhere near a measly 300 dollars?
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The real question is, How much do you think your life is worth. Is it anywhere near a measly 300 dollars?
Well said... I always say in my classes, "I've love to spearfish and freediving, but I love my family a whole lot more!" $300 is a drop in the bucket!

We have to view these classes as a long term investment, like your 401K. My personal opinion is that you'll have a higher return than on your 401K... You'll be alive, you'll enjoy your family, your hobbies and even perhaps what is left of your 401K

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Old 08-05-2013, 02:29 PM   #13
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

Just want to say please be careful and always be safety conscious. Just because you learned how to hold your breath for a long time and dive deeper than sixty feet, doesn't mean you can now do that anytime, anywhere. I know some members on here don't like the idea of pushing your limits in class and then applying that outside while spearfishing. Remember to always dive well within your limits especially after taking the class. No one is superman.
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

Daniel is great guy, an excellent instructor and works within the rules that will keep you safest.... if you do as you are taught....
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:20 AM   #15
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Re: FII Free Diving Instruction, Daniel Koval

As with Jstiver, I just took the FII lvl 1 with Andrew at Nautilus. Awesome class, and for the folks in FL, a great dude! I have been spearing for a few years and picked up good and bad habits by watching my buddies and youtube videos, but never learning what my body's capabilities and limits are, let alone safety. Having completed the course, now I know and can help others be safe and be a more natural presence in the water.
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