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Freedive Florida

2501 27th Ave Suite A6 Vero Beach, FL, 32960 

Meet Your Instructor

1.Your safety is our No. 1 concern

All our instruction meets the highest standards for safety. Our instructors use the direct supervision method of instruction. During a dive, the instructor remains no more than 5 meters/15 feet from the student diver, unlike many freediving courses where the instructor remains at the surface as the student dives. Your instructor is certified, insured and uses the proven Performance Freediving curriculum. Charter boats have a USCG licensed captain and crew providing safety and support. You can view all our certifications in our office. Just ask, and we'll review them with you.


2.We guarantee your Performance Freediving International course with us will be an incredible experience.

When you go for a freediving adventure at Freedive Florida, you become part of our freediving community. We want you to be happy with every part of the experience, from when you sign up to when you meet land again. It's our goal to make sure every moment is the thrill of a lifetime.


3.You'll test your limits

Freediving is an adventure that many people add to their "bucket list." When you take a course with us, we're helping you accomplish a goal -- whether it's improving your existing skills, learning new techniques, meeting personal goals, overcoming challenges or just scratching an item off your list. We'll help coach you to achieve your goal, but we'll never pressure you to do something beyond your comfort zone. It's safe to test your limits with us. We'll keep you safe.


About Us


Gaylin Gates has been a dive instructor since 1993, specializing in dive rescue and safety, underwater photography and freediving. Besides working at Deep Six Dive & Watersports, he has worked as an instructor in the Bahamas, St Croix and the Philippines. Divers Alert Network has certified Gaylin as a Diving Emergency Specialist Instructor, their highest rating for instructors. In addition to basic scuba diving certifications, he trains CPR & First Aid instructors and offers safety courses from basic CPR/ First Aid to CPR for Healthcare Professionals. His photographs have been featured in local newspapers and regional magazines in the southeastern US and California. An avid freediver and certified Performance Freediving International Gaylin graduated from West Point with a degree in physics and electrical engineering and is a veteran of the US Army. COURSES TAUGHT BY GAYLIN GATES:

Performance Freediving International Courses Performance Freediver Course Introduction to Freediving Course Freediving Safe BuddyCourse Snorkeler
PADI Courses Digital Underwater Photography  Dry Suit  Underwater Videographer Fish Identification Tec Rec Gas Blender  AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty  Project Aware  Enriched Air  Deep Diver Equipment Specialist  Underwater Naturalist Night Diver  Peak Performance Buoyancy  Search & Recovery  Wreck Diver  Emergency First Responder (EFR) Courses EFR Instructor Primary and Secondary Care (CPR & First Aid) AED & Emergency Oxygen Care for Children w/AED  Care For Children  Divers Alert Network Courses Diving Emergency Management Provider Diving Emergency Specialist Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Neurological Assessment CPR: Health Care Provider Professional Scuba Inspectors-Professional Cylinder Inspectors (PSI-PCI) Courses Visual Cylinder Inspection Oxygen Cylinder Cleaning Technician Valve Technician Eddy Current Testing Technician Certified Repair Technician Aqualung Sherwood Oceanic Mares

After 30 years of scuba, we wanted something new!

 Instructor Gaylin Gates was looking for new challenges and experiences for his customers and decided to pursue freediving.


Gaylin attended his first Performance Freediving International course taught by Kirk Kraak and Mandy-Rae Cruikshank in 2007 and was hooked. "After 32 years as a scuba diver, most of it as an instructor, I was humbled at how much I had to learn about freediving. Most of all, I was amazed by the PFI curriculum and instructional technique. The safety protocol we use is fantastic."Gaylin has been a certified Performance Freediving Instructor since 2010.