Above all, we always stress the reason we all dive...to have FUN.
In addition to being very active instructors, we spend an equal amount of time on our own fun dives, underwater explorations and projects. We're both avid wreck, technical and cave divers. If we aren't teaching, we're exploring, or planning and researching our next project.
For us, diving is neither a job nor a hobby. It's a lifestyle.
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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.
Frog Kick Diving was started in 2005 by Brian Wiederspan and Jeanna Edgerton with the goal of setting the standard of dive instruction by training and developing divers, not simply teaching classes. Since then, we've 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, we 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). Our reputations and uncompromising standards earned us an invitation to the IDC/Crossover. Crossover participation was by invitation only, from Andrew.
We're excited to be a part of UTD, as one of UTD's core principles is "we teach the way we actually dive. As active and experienced underwater explorers, it's important to us that the courses we teach be consistent with the way we plan and conduct our own exploration projects and dives, since many of our students become our teammates and participate in our projects.
Quite simply, UTD provides us the ability to teach the way we want to teach, consistent with the way we conduct our own dives. For more information on our UTD Courses, please see our FKD Training Page.
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.
We continue to offer 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.
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