Southern Caribbean

Caribbean South Announcement

Welcome Astrid de JagerAstrid

International Training would like to welcome Astrid de Jager to the team as Regional Representative for the newly-added Caribbean South territory. Jesse Iacono, Business Development Territory Manager for the Americas and Caribbean, stated “We are excited to have Astrid join our team. She brings a wealth of experience in the world of diving and we are excited to see the support she can help us provide our existing dealers as well as the new ones coming on board.” Iacono added, “With the growth we have been seeing and anticipate in the Caribbean, we are thrilled to expand our team dedicated to the region.”

Before Joining International Training

Originally working as a copywriter and editor in the Netherlands, Astrid decided to trade the computer and dreary weather for the ocean in sunny Bonaire. Since 2009, she has been working as a dive instructor, dive safety officer, and dive business owner. Thirteen years later, it’s time for a new challenge. She’s excited to help ITI support and grow the family in the Southern Caribbean.

Where is Astrid

Astrid’s region consists of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. She is excited and ready to help with all of your agency needs. Please give her a warm welcome at or +599-786-2681!

Linnea Mills

Statement on Linnea Mills

With the tragic loss of Linnea Mills, we can’t help but feel the pain Lisa and Scott Mills must be feeling. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences go out to them.

Our Mermaid and Stuntwoman : Rachel Novak

We catch up with PFI Brand Ambassador Rachel Novak to chat about freediving, mermaiding, stunt work, sailing and so much more! Rachel shows us the competitive side of Mermaiding and what it takes to do underwater stunt work

Important Veteran’s Program Announcement

The new Certification Validation Form should now be included with all VA reimbursement requests along with the VA Form 22-0803, the testing results, and receipt. Read more about this below.

New PFI Freediving Ambassadors

We are happy to announce our PFI Ambassadors for 2023! Welcome to the Performance Freediving Tribe!

DEMA 2022

It's time for DEMA 2022! We're excited to see everyone at the show and we're ready to educate and entertain. We have a number of seminars and social events so swing by the booth and check out the schedule below!

Oceania Crossover

Can the Mammalian Dive Reflex Help Control Anxiety?

In the last sixty years or so, it has become known that freedivers, those who hold their breath to dive deep under the water’s surface, benefit from the Mammalian Dive Reflex (MDR) in several ways. But can that same reflex help control anxiety? Let’s take a deeper look at the MDR, what causes it, and how it can help in anxiety and panic attacks.

How Freediving can be utilized in High Stress environments and Jobs

Freediving is known to be a sport that requires both relaxation and mental toughness. What may often be overlooked is the ability to use the skills we learned during our courses, in our everyday lives. We spoke to two freedivers in high stress jobs and asked them how they use their freediving skills in everyday life.
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