SFU Advanced Freediving Study / Clinic

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SFU Advanced Freediving Study / Clinic


February 24th through May 15th, 2005


SFU (Simon Fraser University) Vancouver, British Columbia


For its fifth year in a row, Simon Fraser University in partnership with the members of Performance Freediving and the Canadian Association of Apnea (CAFA) will be running an Advanced Freediver Research Study starting February 24th, 2005. This program studies non or novice freedivers over a 12-week period measuring their psychophysiological adaptation. This is done in order to aid science in understanding some of the attributes freedivers are able to develop in respects to mammalian diving reflexes and how these psychophysiological adaptations can help the larger public.

This clinic will be conducted by Kirk Krack, Founder and Past President of the Canadian Association of Freediving and Apnea (CAFA) and Coach/Captain of Team Canada; Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, four time world record holder, nine time national record holder and Team Canada member and CAFA President Tom Lightfoot (Team Canada member and Canadian national record holder). Dr. Andrew Blaber of the Simon Fraser University School of Kinesiology in Vancouver, Canada, will be conducting a study of participants involving the Psychophysiological Adaptations and Responses of Novice and Elite Freedivers. The non-invasive research testing may study the following:

  • Pulmonary Function Measurements
  • Cardiovascular Measurements
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Maximal Oxygen Uptake Measurement

The research clinic will run Thursday evenings for twelve weeks and cover both class and pool sessions with weeks seven to twelve including a weekend open water dive component. This clinic is designed to enhance the participants physiological and psychological capabilities along with the techniques required to be a competent and safe freediver. Non-invasive testing will be done on weeks 1 and 12. Advanced Freediver program covers the following:

  • Safety and Problem Management
  • Equalization and Equipment for Freediving
  • Physics and Physiology of Freediving
  • Breathing and Relaxation for Freediving
  • Surface Swimming Techniques
  • Breathing and Surface Diving Techniques
  • Underwater Swimming
  • Constant Ballast and Free Immersion
  • Static and Dynamic Apnea
  • Competition Skills and Rules

Clinic Price

Price is $595 or $495 for SFU & UBC students and includes the following;

  • $100 Refund upon completion of week 12 lab testing
  • Advanced Freediver Student Manual
  • Classroom, pool and open water sessions
  • CAFA membership


Classroom/Pool sessions, 12 weeks, Thursdays, Feb 24th through May 12th.
7:30pm – 9:00pm Classroom
9:30pm – 11:30pm Pool session

Open water sessions, 6 weeks, Saturdays or Sundays, April 8th through May 15th.
Typically 11:00am to 2:00pm

More Information

Kirk Krack at [email protected] or 604-862-5868

Research Information:

Dr. Andrew Blaber at [email protected] or 604-291-5694


You can register for the course and pay online at the Performance Freediving site. Cost is $595 for regular participants, $495 for regisered SFU or UBC students. A $100 rebate is offered after finishing off your week 12 testing at the aerospace testing department with Dr. Andrew Blaber.

For returning participants the cost is $295. As there is no testing for returning students, there is also no rebate.


    • www.performancefreediving.com


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