Intermediate Breath Hold Course for Freediving and Spearfishing

How to get a better breath hold

To help achieve your personal goals we offer an intermediate breath hold course to help you improve and better understand breath hold.

Our Freediving course caters for everyone from beginner snorkeler through to the experienced spearfisher person wishing to learn new skills, improve your breath hold techniques, increase your comfort levels, bottom time and gain further confidence above and below the water.

We offer a range of tips and techniques to help you improve, to book Click here or contact us on 09 377 0896.

For those or you that are outside of Auckland we can come to you or your dive club, contact us on 09 377 0896.

We have many great testimonials contact us now to see how we can help you!

In 2014 a new law was passed that all adventurer activities become part of the Outdoors Mark certification process. Ocean Hunter is pleased to have passed all there audits and is now part of this nation wide safety standard. This means our process and systems are of a very high standard and we put safety first at all times.


Intermediate Breath Hold Course for Freediving and Spearfishing
Course cost

Course cost

Our Intermediate Breath Hold Course is $555.00 (includes meal on the Friday night)


A deposit is required of $200 to confirm your place on any course. If you need to cancel or change your course date please notify us ASAP. We understand circumstance may change and we will re-book you onto another course. Course cancellations within 7 days of course starting are non refundable.

If a course is cancelled due to any reason by Ocean Hunter, Ocean Hunter is not liable for any costs incurred by any person club or group. All course deposits paid will be transferred or refunded.


To complete a course you must down load and complete this form: "Intermediate Breath Hold Course Form "
!! If you say "yes" to anything on the medical form you will need a doctors certificate to be able to complete the course. If you are unsure please contact us. Please bring all paperwork with you.

This course is also a great gift idea. Get a voucher!



Next intermediate breath hold course dates

May 17/18/19

May 10/11/12


Next intermediate breath hold course dates

With all of our courses we collect data on current and performance over the course.
The last 100 people we have taught on average we increased their static breath hold by 328%
and we increased their current  depth by 173%. Join us and see what we can do for you!


Weekend Intermediate Course Schedule

Friday night: Classroom session (5:30pm – 9pm)

Location: Ocean Hunter, Unit 12/2 Tawa Drive, Albany ph 09 377 0896  Or your hosting club or dive shop.
Content: The Human Body in Water: physiological and psychological aspects of breath holding,
Safe Diving Practices, Freediving Equipment, Diet & Hydration, Breathing Exercises

Saturday: 8am – 5pm

Location: Pool location to be advised (9am – 12pm)
Lake or open water (Location  to be advised) (1.30pm – 5pm)
Pool: Stretching, breathing exercises, pre & post dive breathing, static apnea oxygen table, static apnea training & safety techniques.
Pool Equipment: Mask, snorkel, togs, wetsuit 5mm – 7mm, water to drink
Lake/Open water: Stretching and breathing preparation, weighting, entry technique, equalisation,
deep water techniques performed to your comfort levels concentrating on building up time spent at depth.
Lake/Open water Equipment: Mask, snorkel, wetsuit, weight belt, booties & fins

Sunday: 8am – 4pm

Location: Pool location to be advised (9am – 12pm)
Lake or Open water (Location to be advised) (1.30pm – 4pm)
Pool: Preparation techniques (stretching and breathing), warm up statics, max attempt static/s,
fining technique, long dynamics, CO2 dynamics, buddy rescue.
Pool Equipment: Mask, snorkel, togs, wetsuit 5mm – 7mm, booties & fins, water to drink
Lake: Stretching & breathing preparation, diving warm up’s, deeper dives, debrief.
Lake Equipment: Mask, snorkel, wetsuit, weight belt, booties & fins
If you're keen to find out more, send us a message here.



I have done quite a lot of intensive operational and field training during my 7 year career as a flight doctor and as a United States Army forward deployed emergency physician and I can say confidently that your Intermediate Breath Hold course meets or exceeds the standards of the very best military training now available. I found your course to be both rigorous and challenging, while at the same time maintaining a very supportive and encouraging environment. The professionalism and attention to safety demonstrated by you and your entire staff from Ocean Hunter really inspired and encouraged all of us students. As you know I have extensively reviewed the world medical literature on the sport of free diving and can say with confidence that if practiced in the method that you teach, not only is it quite safe, but can also provide significant benefits of improved health and general athletic capacity.

Plus it's just a lot of fun! I really enjoyed the camaraderie and teamwork that you promoted amongst the students as we tackled some of the challenges together. It was nothing short of amazing to me the huge improvements in performance that I was able to make in just three days of training with your method. Now I pretty well live to dive every chance I get! You have provided me with a valuable and unique skill, some awesome new friends, and a whole new way of experiencing the ocean.

Thank you and keep up the great work!

David Grundy, M.D., FACEM Consultant, Emergency Medicine, Middlemore Hospital Director of Disaster Management, Middlemore Hospital and CMDHB Medical Director, Surf Life Saving, New Zealand Former Major and Battalion Surgeon, U.S. Army MEDCOM

All the boys at Westpac Rescue have attended many a course over the years both nationally and internationally, and I can definitely say, that if someone asked me if I knew of a professionally run course that would push them mentally, with enormous rewards as far as achieving a worthwhile outcome, yours would be my first recommendation.

The guys that couldn't make it are jealous and already we are talking about trying to keep up with the disciplines you taught us, by repeating the course again sometime.

Please thank Fran for us, her professional and well informed manner in which she conducted the course demonstrated her wealth of experience in this field which was very comforting when she was asking us to do some of the things we did.

Once again thank you for inviting us to participate in the No Bubbles Free Diving course and we are all sure that it is going to be of a huge benefit to us in our job.

Herby Barnes Crew Chief/Q.A.Manager Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

On behalf of the Operational Dive Team (ODT)I would like to thank you for the breath hold course you conducted recently for all the members of the ODT.All the boys that attended were blown away with the amount of skills they managed to attain in such a short period. This can definitely be put down to the high level and professional instruction and well structured lessons you offered during the course. The course was both mentally and physically challenging with the ODT members all exceeding their initial expectations of individual performance by the end of our day with you.

All ODT members that attended this course would not hesitate to recommend the course to not only divers but sportsmen alike due to the strong mental components and increased lung volume potential attained on the course.

The ODT already plans to do another course at the end of the year for all those who could not partake and for those that wish to hone their skills further. Once again, A big thanks to Mike and the team.


Operational Dive Team Devonport Naval Base, Auckland

Spearfishing FUNdamentals training

Have you done the Ocean Hunter course and are wanting to keep training, or looking to keep dive-fit?

Spearfishing Fundamentals is an Auckland based peer training group. November to March, rig groups meet to train in Lake Pupuke. April to October the group train in the pool at the National Aquatic Centre in Albany

LOCATION: National Aquatic Centre, Albany, and Lake Pupuke

TIME: Early evening, varying by training block

DATE: Every Tuesday and Thursday

PRE-REQUISITE: For depth training in Lake Pupuke, you need to have completed the Ocean Hunter course, or equivalent. For pool training there is no course pre-requisite although all divers must attend the theory pool induction sessions.

Sessions are for 16+ years, limited numbers with preference given to training members from the previous block. Spare places will be advertised on our Facebook page at the beginning of each training block.

Check out the Spearfishing FUNdamentals Facebook Group for more details, or our Instagram page to see the crew in action.

Spearfishing FUNdamentals training