About

Cliff Etzel

Cliff Etzel

Cliff Etzel

Freediving is my passion... Is it yours?

My name is Cliff Etzel.  I'm an underwater photographer, cameraman, PFI Certified Intermediate Freediver, certified DAN Dive Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) and training to become a freedive instructor through Performance Freediving.

I have over 30 year's experience as a professional photographer & multimedia journalist working in diverse genre’s as photojournalism, editorial, portraiture and producing documentary and small business profile videos for clients such as Ford Motor Company, American Express, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Oregonian Media Group, Yelp, Zillow which are but a partial list of past and current clients.

My history and experience in freediving:

I created and published the first online specific informational website called Freediving-mag.com which was the first freediving specific website of its kind back in December of 1998.  After doing it for over a year by myself, I was approached by publisher Stephan Whelan of Deeperblue.com to integrate my writings and became the founding Freediving editor for the website. I initially received my freediving education from what resources were available at the time off the internet and eventually trained with Kirk Krack, the founder of Performance Freediving International where I earned my Intermediate Freediver certification. I continued to expand my knowledge and training with world renowned freediving trainer Aharon Solomons and former freediving world champion Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras where I received my first freedive instructor certification with the now defunct IAFD.  I'm currently continuing my education to become a PFI certified Freedive Instructor.

I live and train in the Pacific Northwest.

I utilize the following brands in my freedive instruction and in my work as an ocean conservation photographer & multimedia storyteller while freediving exclusively

Olympus underwater housing and dome port for freediving
Waterway freedive fins
Mares Viper Mask and Snorkel
CLiff Etzel freedives with Suunto Freedive Computers