Trace Malinowski Conducts the First PSAI
Level 1 Freediver Program
On August 14 – 15, 2016 the first PSAI Level 1 Freediver program was conducted at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. PSAI instructor trainer and author of the PSAI Freediver manual, Trace Malinowski (in wetsuit), had the pleasure of teaching (from left to right) Alan Parker Lue, Patrick Kidd, Justin Bates, and Anthony Brown the techniques for safer breath hold diving to 10m/33ft. The PSAI freediving program consists of three levels. Level 1 to 10m/33ft, Level 2 to 20m/66ft and Level 3 to 30m/99ft. What makes PSAI apnea programs different than those of other agencies is that the parameters for safety are entirely based upon scientific research and recommendations. Most freediving programs tend to push the envelope of breath hold times and depths. The PSAI freediving program is intended to boost diver skill, confidence and enjoyment without encouraging behavior that could subject a diver to undue risk. PSAI freediving is part of an elite curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge related to recreational and extended range diving and compliments PSAI’s Narcosis Management® and Extended Range Diving programs to create a well-rounded diver.