Testimonials

“What to say about Ted Harty owner of Immersion Freediving… Some may know him by Capt America, Aqua Man, team Captain of the 2012 U.S. freedive team orU.S constant weight record holder. Regardless of how you know of Ted Harty the one thing everyone can agree on is that when it comes to freedive education it’s almost impossible to top his courses.”
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Jeromy Gamble
Owner of Spearing Magazin – Private course

 

“I just finished Ted Harty’s Intermediate Freediver Course, and it was one of the most content-rich, empowering, and exhilarating experiences I’ve ever had.

Being a recreational athlete for over 50 years (I’m 63), I was a little cautious about what risks would exist throughout 3 days of ocean diving (it’s a 4 day course)”

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Bill Kyser
Owner Special Forces Training Academy – Intermediate Course

“I live and dive, 99% in Ontario, Canada, mostly in the St. Lawrence river, the 1000 islands region. I had found freediving and spearfishing on the Internet, 2 years prior, and had ” self-taught” myself how to do it, or so I thought. Sure, I bought the stuff, and read Spearing magazine, shot fish, and dove holding my breath to do it, but that was the extent of my “knowing “, ANYTHING about safety, physiology, and techniques important to staying alive in this game.”
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Cary Gibson
PFI Intermediate Course

“If, like me, you’re mainly a spearfisherman, you’ll learn a lot of things that also apply to spearfishing. In fact, everything you’ll learn applies to spearfishing as well. More than anything, if like for me this is your first freediving course, you need to approach it with an open mind: not only most (if not all) of what you learn will directly translate into spearfishing, but the approach Ted teaches is likely radically different from anything you’ve known or done so far.”
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Matteo
PFI Intermediate Course

“It seemed like this was going to be a no brainer. I would just need to train to hold my breath longer. While the theory and safety aspects of the class were easy to pick up, there was one fundamental skill required in order to be a free diver that completely eluded me. The Frenzel Technique of clearing your ears. All the other divers were able to pick it up so easily. It seems my years of experience actually put me at a disadvantage. Evidently my body had naturally found a way to equalize in the past and I had been using it habitually for 38 years.”
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Heather Stone
PFI Freediving Course

“First of all just to give a little background about my “freediving” prior to taking the course, I would have called myself a pretty serious spear-fishermen for the last 3-5 years diving fairly comfortably at depths ranging from 10-65feet. I had reached depths just over 80 feet on my own and by no means had any sort of comfortable hunting time there and had a personal best static breath hold of just over 3 minutes. ”
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Justin Baker
PFI Intermediate Freediver Course

“Many participants of PFI courses taught by Ted Harty have written about his skill in the water, where he indeed is like a “merman:” amazingly, Ted goes down with each diver on every dive, giving feedback during the dive if possible via signals or sounds, and right after surfacing (well, he does wait for you to do the “cleansing” breaths). During the pool time and ocean dives, he proves to be an extremely patient instructor—even when someone like me keeps making the same mistake over and over, say looking down on the descent…”
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Jesus Illundain
PFI Intermediate Course

Past Testimonials

Noel Skwiot – Testimonial

Ted Harty is a record holding competitive freediver who is eager to share the “secrets” to successful diving to depth-safely. While he continues to seek out new information about the sport’s techniques from top professionals that he is acquainted with, he willing shares this information in the training course.

His Immersion Freediving course combines topics on safety in water with breath-hold and diving techniques that enabled me to overcome my limitations with getting to depth with relative comfort. The course is procedural in that Ted presents a process during class session (whether in water or classroom) and then patiently coaches students of knowledge learned to achieve success with that process. Then the processes are combined for successful safe deep diving in relative comfort.

Ted’s Immersion Freediving course has absolutely improved my breath-hold, safety, and the way I dive. He will recognize any inefficiencies you have with your dive and with corrections enable you to perform better, safer, and with greater comfort deeper. I highly recommend this course for everyone, especially those “highly experienced” spearfishermen.

Noel Skwiot May 2016 4 Day PFI Intermediate Course

Joe Dudley – PFI Intermediate Course

Ted this was one of the best classes I have taken in a long time and I feel this in the biggest jump I have done and properly. I really enjoyed the safety aspect of the class and it put things in great perspective. I will be practicing the stretches and holds. There are a lot of things that I can take from the course and use them in other parts of my life. Thank you for the great opportunity to take this with you and keep up the great work.

Joe Dudley Feb 2016 4 day PFI Intermediate course

Jason Buchheim – PFI Intermediate Course

I thank you for teaching us all this great knowledge about Freediving!  I guarantee you that through this course I will be a much safer freediver!!!

I had some bad habits that are hard to break, but I take it seriously and will absolutely break them (ie, keeping snorkel in mouth freediving, blowing bubbles when no mouthpiece in mouth, I learned all this from my PADI courses from 1985 and it has been ingrained in my brain)  I probably was not your favorite student as I kept making silly mistakes and my rhythm sucks (you should see me try to dance)- but I do take it all seriously and am sincerely trying my best and hopefully improving.

Thank you, you are a great instructor!

Jason Buchheim Feb 2016 4 day PFI Intermediate Course

Tyson Ward – PFI Freediver Course

My name is Tyson Ward, I am 31 years old, a Professional Firefighter/Paramedic for 10 years, and have been freediving/spearfishing for the past 16 years. I signed up for Ted’s course for same reason I suspect many others do, I wanted to dive deeper, stay longer, and shoot bigger fish! What I did not realize was that I would not only be given the tools to make those things possible, but I would learn how to do so safer than I had ever done before. Within the first 2 hours of class I discovered several habits that needed to be corrected and Ted was there every step of the way to help me reprogram. Ted also provided excellent explanations based on science and/or personal experience. When you have a pool of instructors such as PFI you better believe the information you receive is the best. 

 Like many others I considered myself “safe” based solely on the fact that I have never experienced a black out or Loss of Motor Control, that I know of. While this may be true, as the class went on I became aware of a few times that I may have been closer than I would like to admit. The good news to all this? Ted will show you the way. There is no ego, no intimidation, and no shaming. Ted provides you with the knowledge and skills to recognize and intervene should you ever witness a Loss of Motor Control (LMC) or blackout. Ted mentions that he now has 7 former students that have recognized and successfully intervened in a LMC or Blackout occurrence and I, without a doubt, expect that number to grow as he and his fellow PFI Instructors change the culture of spearfisherman and freedivers alike.

 Was Ted able to make good on his promise of diving deeper, staying longer, and being safer? Ted delivered in spades. 3 days before class out of curiosity I performed a static breath hold of 1:45. On the first day of class 2:45. Before this course the deepest I had ever been was 42 feet. On the second day of the course I hit 66 feet (course max) and felt as comfortable as I normally do at 25 feet. Ted performed every dive with every student and reinforced safe practices by having students act as spotters and safeties after every breath hold regardless. Ted also takes photos and videos so you can see how to correct your entry, kick, or any other technique that needs to be addressed.

 Immersion Freediving has a great thing going. I cannot recommend taking Ted’s course enough! I look forward to his intermediate course in the future as I now have a new confidence and comfort level that I have never before experienced. I thank you and my family thanks you for giving me the tools to be a safer and better freediver. Thanks again Ted!

Tyson Ward October 2015 3 day PFI Freediver course

Corey Embree – PFI Intermediate Freediving Course

I just wanted to thank you again for the top notch instruction you gave me last week during the intermediate class. Not only are you a great freediver, your an excellent instructor. Ive taken classes with other organizations but your course is by far the best I’ve ever taken. I took your course wanting to be a better and safer freediver I can honestly say that the course exceeded my expectations. I will not hesitate referring anyone that wants to become better!

Corey Embree October 2015 4 day PFI Intermediate Freediving Course

Taylor – PFI Freediver Course

Hey Ted, Thanks for a great weekend. My initial interest in taking your course was all about increasing my bottom time while spearfishing, however, the more I thought about it my goals changed. My primary reason for attending your 3 day beginner course was now to make myself a safer free dive spearfisherman and did I ever attend the right class! I came away after 3 long days of classroom, pool and ocean sessions feeling very good about what I had learned. I have been a certified scuba diver / spearfisherman since 1968 and I learned more in 3 days than I have in the last 47 years and I thank you! I am very confident that I would now be able to use the training you provided to save someone in the event of a LMC or Blackout.

In regard to my increased bottom time, I now have the techniques needed to improve in this area but also understand there was no “ trick “ or special tip to make this happen overnight. However, with regular practice using the tools you gave me I am confident that over time I will substantially improve in this area as well. All I can say is the time , effort and money I spent to spend 3 days in your course was more than worth it and I would highly recommend specifically for anyone interested in taking this type of course to choose Immersion. Thanks again! Taylor

Taylor October 2015 3 day PFI Freediver course

William Larbiee – PFI Intermediate Freediving Course

I really want to thank you and let you know how appreciative I am for what you’ve done for me and what you’re doing for the sport. 

It probably doesn’t seem like a big deal to you, another hardheaded spearfisherman, another course…another group next week. But you’re changing peoples lives and in all honesty …you’re saving them as well.

As exhausted as I was driving home it was only dwarfed by the excitement that I was feeling. I hit 100′ and 115′ with ease and that desire to see how far I can actually go has been on my mind nonstop. I would like to talk with your more at some point about serious training. 

I know that my course was free, your time and energy were donated….all in an attempt to make me not only a better diver but a safer one. I want you to know that your time and energy was not wasted. 

It takes a special and unique person to be able to teach others. To have the personality and patience to deal with them….to get through to them….day in and day out…especially in difficult conditions….such as the ocean. 

I learned a TREMENDOUS amount and I am excited to push myself further! If there is anything I can help you with (you mentioned about expanding your website, help you out at your booth at Blue Wild, etc) please let me know! 

Thank you again Ted. I look forward to speaking with you again soon!

William Larbiee Sept 2015 PFI Intermediate Freediving Course

Rachel Wells – PFI Freediving Course

To say that we enjoyed Ted Harty’s freediving course would be a complete understatement. My fiancee, Stephen, and I share a deep love for the ocean and have been looking forward to this course since we first heard about it a couple years ago. In just 3 days, this course has completely shifted our lives and changed our perspectives on diving. Ted’s passion for SAFE and effective freediving clearly shines through with his teaching. He is knowledgable, too the point and seriously funny as hell. He made extremely essential safety techniques and procedures easy and fun to learn. Any and all education should be this easy, especially one of such importance. I am so glad that we chose Immersion Freediving and would recommend that anyone who enjoys being in the water, should take this course! 68ft never felt so gooood! Looking forward to the intermediate course next!

Rachel Wells Sept 2015 3 day PFI Freediving Course

About Immersion Freediving

Immersion Freediving was founded in 2010 with the goal of offering the most comprehensive freediving courses on the market, while teaching students to dive deeper, stay longer, and most importantly become safer. My approach is to take the skills that I have developed as a 279ft competitive free diver and modify those techniques so they are applicable to a recreational freediver or spearfisherman. I will fundamentally and permanently alter your approaching to freediving by showing you the Immersion way.

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