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SAFER International Freediving Courses announced

SAFER International announces the SAFER International tuition and training program for 2003 in Spain. The program will start with a 3 day clinic taught by the current world champion of variable ballast Gianlucca Genoni.

Dates: May 23-25/2003. Genoni will also reveal his new research projects for the development of freediving near Mount Everest.

Ricardo Hernandez, president of SAFER and Senior Instructor and Freediving Trainer will also travel to Spain to teach a six day Freediving Instructor & Trainer Course (May 26-31,2003) based in the physiology of our sport (not scuba), the use of relaxing techniques, development of breathing techniques, the specific nutrition, how to train in winter (wet and dry exercises), pool and open water training. You can visit SAFER’s website at

On May 31, a one day speciality course on how to avoid a blackout and other dangers that may be a threat for a freediver. Topics to be covered include: How it occurs – physics; How it occurs-physiology; How to get through successfully; The self protection techniques and more.

In September, SAFER staff will travel to Kalymos, Greece to develop a feasibility study for the development of diving and freediving trips to the Island, travelling as well to Symi where Statis Hatzis who dove in 1913 down to 88 meters to recover an anchor for the Italian navy was born. The SAFER staff will travel to the island and will have meetings with the local sector (hotels, restaurants, diving centers, municipalities,.) in order to develop substainable and eco-tourism based opportunitues for the freediving and diving vacations to the Island of Kalymos.

SAFER could not avoid the blue of Amorgos, the island where the Big Blue was filmed. Those Islands are well known because they are the very last ones in keeping the business of sponge divers going to the Red Sea and the Mediterranean for their six month season and keep the essence of the freediving sports history. SAFER is in touch with Finnish, UK, USA and Spanish travel wholesalers specializing in diving and eco-travel in order to promote the Island hidden beauty and its underwater treasures. SAFER is working for the development and promotion of the sport and non profit development projects to become successful.

For further information, you can contact them via email at or

Cliff Etzel
Cliff Etzel
Cliff is the former Freediving editor of He is now a freelance journalist and film-maker.