> Welcome to Abalone School!
**UPDATE!! September 3, 2012 - Abalone School is currently taking new students until September 30th, 2012. Spots are filling fast, so contact us here.
Our northern California coastline is abundant with the largest abalones in the world, averaging 7” (about 1.5 lbs) to 9” (about 6.5 lbs). See the size difference.
Many abalone gatherers are “rock pickers”, who check calendar for the lowest of tides and “pick” abalones before the tide comes in. Although this does not require breath-hold diving, it does require waking up before dawn and does not always guarantee finding abalones. And when you do find them, they are quite small (barely 7”). In addition, you still need to purchase a full set of diving gear.
Some will learn to dive for abalones either by themselves or with a friend showing them how. However, without formal training in the sport of freediving, divers can waste many years using improper breathing and movement technique, have little safety awareness, and struggle to dive at 15 feet for an hour or two (compared to a 4-5 hours of relaxed diving with an average of 30 feet).
Like all pursuits, almost anyone with the right motivation can start learning to dive. However it is with PROPER training and education that one can bypass the unnecessary struggles and mistakes new divers, and many experienced divers continue to make. Anyone who has progressed in a physical activity, understands the importance of learning properly the fundamentals, form, and theory for a successful, seemingly effortless and graceful performance.
Through one-on-one training sessions (discussion, pool, and ocean), you will learn to dive safely, check ocean conditions, use proper breathing and equalization methods, use equipment properly and effectively, move with efficiency, as well as various exercises to increase your dive time (time spent underwater), and much more (learn more about the course). Of course, you will also learn how and where to find big abalones.
If you have never caught an abalone, or currently pick them off rocks but curious about diving, or a diver who currently struggles to 20 feet, or simply just curious to find out if this is for you, contact us for more information.