WHO WE ARE
The frog kick is an extremely efficient propulsion technique used in all types of diving and diving environments due to the many benefits it provides the diver.
It's a graceful, yet powerful kick that requires minimal effort to move the diver through the water, in turn reducing the diver's breathing rate. Wreck and cave divers use it because its motion prevents kicking up silt. The underwater environment appreciates it because its motion limits impact on the diving environment, preserving delicate reefs and habitats. Divers and underwater photographers who use the frog kick appreciate that it aids in good trim and buoyancy control and the precise positioning ability it provides them.
Simply put, the frog kick isn't exclusive to technical or cave diving. It's a kick that benefits literally every diver- recreational, technical or overhead, warm water or cold water.
Hence our namesake, Frog Kick Diving. The training we provide isn't simply a checklist of skills. Instead, we teach consistent, scaleable skills, techniques and knowledge our students can apply to all of their diving, in turn increasing their awareness, confidence and enjoyment of their dives. It provides a foundation that's consistent with any future endeavors they may pursue in their diving career, whether that be warm water reef diving, cold water recreational diving, or technical and/or cave diving.
Every FKD class you take will simply build on your prior class. No relearning of skills. Rather, you'll use your existing skills and training as your foundation, incorporating new skills to strengthen and build that foundation into a new level of diving. From 30' warm water reef dives, to 200' trimix DPV dives in 46 degree water, we teach consistent skills, built on the same foundation that are used in each. The result is the same muscle memory, increasing your efficiency and allowing you to maximize your time underwater enjoying the dive.
Frog Kick Diving was started in 2005 by Brian Wiederspan and Jeanna Edgerton with the goal of raising the bar and setting the standards of dive instruction. Since then, Brian and Jeanna have taught over 300 students a safer and more enjoyable way of diving while building a reputation for providing the highest quality dive training in Puget Sound, as well as the West Coast.
In December 2008, Brian and Jeanna were 2 of 9 instructors, worldwide, handpicked to participate the first ever IDC/Crossover for Unified Team Diving (UTD) International. UTD is a new training agency, formed by Andrew Georgitsis, former Training Director of Global Underwater Explorers (GUE). Brian and Jeanna’s reputations and uncompromising standards earned them each an invitation to the IDC/Crossover. Crossover participation was by invitation only, from Andrew.
We're excited to be a part of UTD. UTD's philosophy is quite unique, and very similar to our teaching philosophy:
UTD, or Unified Team Diving, is an inclusive philosophy that unifies the team towards the dive, ultimately improving the safety, conformity and competence of the team and the members and therefore the enjoyment of the dive.
We continue to teach NAUI courses, as always. As NAUI Instructors, we are given the latitude to teach beyond the minimum required standards of each course. This is extremely important to us, and is a major advantage for the student, as in order to safely enjoy our colder, low visibility Puget Sound, more specialized training is essential. For more information on NAUI training, please see our NAUI Page.
In our courses, we emphasize approaching every dive with a similar mindset, including gas management, team communication, propulsion techniques, buoyancy control, proper dive planning, and minimizing risks and managing contingencies. We also stress the importance of respecting the underwater environment so future divers can enjoy the wonderful world we have the privilege of visiting.
Above all, we always stress the reason we all dive...to have FUN.
In addition to being very active instructors, Brian and Jeanna spend an equal amount of time on their own fun dives, underwater explorations and projects. They're both avid wreck, technical and cave divers. If they aren't teaching, they're exploring, or planning and researching their next project.
For us, diving is neither a job nor a hobby. It's a way of life.