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F.i.i. Level 1 Freediving Course

Next Available Dates:

June 1st/2nd - 1 spot available

Day 1: Saturday June 1st - Classroom and Pool Training
Day 2: Sunday June 2nd- Ocean Training (Catalina)

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September 28th/29th

Spots fill up quickly! Summer months will fill up 1-2 months in advance so be sure to sign up for your class as soon as possible to reserve your spot!

Spear America stands as a pinnacle of excellence in the realm of aquatic exploration, boasting an elite cadre of globally renowned instructors who are masters in the art of freediving, spearfishing, and safety instruction.

Whether a complete beginner or an informally trained freediver/spearfisherman with years of experience, this course will set you on the right path to eliminate bad habits and show you the most efficient and safe freedive techniques. During this course, students train the fundamentals of the FII education system in an easy-to-learn course format operating between the classroom, pool and open water setting. With a high emphasis on freedive safety training and technique development, students master the proper skills to effectively freedive up to depths of 66 feet/20 meters.

Why take an FII course:
Were you aware that FII (Freediving Instructors International) mandates its instructors to reach the pinnacle of excellence? Even the most skilled freedivers often undergo the FII training multiple times, given that instructors in training must achieve a flawless 100% score across three distinct sections. A 99% score, even in 1 section means the instructor in training will need to retake the course —each section demands a perfect score. FII maintains the highest standards in knowledge and safety education in the freediving realm. By taking an FII course, you are receiving the highest level of training by our FII Instructors who embody kindness, patience, passion, and extensive expertise.

-Competent swimming skills and comfortable in open water
-Participants must be 16 years or older
-Equipment: Wetsuit, mask, snorkel, long blade fins, weight belt, weights and timing device

3 Steps to Certification
Step 1: In person classroom session
Step 2: Pool training (same day as classroom)
Step 3: Ocean training
And that's it! you're certified!

Day 1:
-Classroom Session: 8am-1pm - Spear America, Costa Mesa
-Pool Session: 2pm-5pm - Location TBD

Day 2:
-Ocean Session: Take the ferry to Avalon to Casino Point Dive Park at Catalina.
All day experience. Times may vary. Approximate schedule is 7am-5pm.

Ferry ticket is not included in the price of the class. Please communicate with your instructor so they may book the ticket for you and take payment or you may book the ticket individually for yourself.

Students can purchase or rent gear at Spear America at least 1 day prior to their scheduled classroom session. Students receive discounts on gear purchases. Proper gear is extremely important to your safety and success for this course. We do not allow bodyboarding, surfing, snorkeling or scuba gear to be used for this course. Unsure if your gear is appropriate for the class? Email us photos of your gear at and we can double check it for you!

Buying this as a gift for someone? Purchase this class now and once the recipient is ready, email us at to get scheduled. If these dates don't work, we can reschedule the student for a future class!

Sign up by purchasing your class today!

Once purchased, we’ll reach out to you via email regarding your next steps. Have questions? Please reach out to us at 949-536-5336 or email us at

Return Policy for classes:

Courses are non-refundable but can be rescheduled for a later date. Click the link below to review details about cancellations/rescheduling fees:

Embark on your underwater journey through the FII Level 1 Freedive course, paving the way for a succession of exhilarating adventures such as the FII Level 2 Freedive course. Ready to take your diving to the next level? Elevate your passion to the Spearfishing and Freedive Safety Course. Count on Spear America to ensure your safety and unlock a new hobby that will surely become your next obsession.
Why purchase from Spear America:
-Receive student discounts
-Professional Gear fitting
-We’re a family owned business - This means we’re invested in building a relationship with our customers and offering individualized experiences. As a local business, we pride ourselves in being able to offer such a personal customer experience.
-Environmentally Friendly - Shopping locally reduces your carbon footprint by avoiding shipping products long distances.
-Shopping with Spear America helps support your local community and dive club. Spear America sponsors and supports many community events and the local dive club to ensure divers can continue to have fun throughout the year, meet new dive buddies and create lifelong memories!