Nick Fazah - East Coast Divers - Freediving - SSI - Scuba Schools International - Instructor trainer

Who I Am

Nick is joint owner of East Coast Divers and began diving at the age of 13. He is the director of Freediving education as well as all of our SSI courses. He is also the lead of the Redbull Cliff Diving U.S. safety team.

Nick began freediving in the Florida Keys around 2004. While working on a dive boat down there he’d freedive to check on clients, set anchors and generally compare his abilities to others while seeing how deep he could dive or how long he could stay down. With minimal training Nick proved how great of a natural freediving athlete he really is.

In 2009 Nick participated in his first proper freediving course and discovered, for the first time, how much there was to learn about the sport. During the course Nick learned the techniques he’s developed and uses to teach today. With a natural talent – and already a very accomplished scuba instructor – Nick was encouraged to pursue his freediving instructor certification. So, with a lot of dives and training Nick enrolled in a month long freediving instructor development program with Kirk Krack, Ted Harty and Erin Magee of PFI.

After completing the instructor course Nick returned to East Coast Divers and proceeded to develop the largest freediving and spearfishing program in the North East. In a short amount of time with fantastic references from previous students, courses started filling up with dozens of students every month. During this time Nick participated in multiple AIDA international freediving competitions and become an AIDA freediving judge. At these competitions and during training sessions with the world record holder William Trubridge, Nick hit some of his personal best depths. At his first Master Class Nick exceeded 61 meters of depth with a pair of regular freediving fins (200 feet) with just two years of training behind him. A short time later Nick bested that number with a dive to 85 meters (280 feet) with a monofin and regular mask.

After his very successful time competing Nick was sought after by Scuba Schools International (SSI) to build up their recently developed Freediving Program for the US. Currently Nick holds the position of International Training Director for SSI Freediving America.

Since Nick’s competition days he’s returned to Boston to continue to build the freediving community locally. He teaches freediving courses for dive centers all over Boston, New England and the North East. He also runs freediving instructor development programs all over the Americas and Caribbean.

When Nick isn’t teaching he runs freediving and spearfishing trips all season long and adventures to other areas in the winter.

My Skills

  • SSI Instructor Certifier
  • SSI Freediving International Training Director
  • SDI / TDI Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Open Water Instructor
  • PFI Freediving Instructor
  • PB Freedive of 85m/280ft depth with a Monofin
  • AIDA Freediving Judge
Nick is a passionate and reliable person. He loves his job, and it shows through the hard work and commitment he has to his business and clients
Liberty, Aquarist at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
Nick is a great Instructor and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of Scuba diving and Free Diving. His shop is top notch with a great staff who are always available to help in anyway they can.

I highly recommend Nick and East Coast Divers

James, USGG Captain & Charter Owner
Nick is an excellent instructor with in-depth knowledge of both the technical and business aspects of scuba diving. He has great presentation skills and an ability to explain complex concepts in an easily accessible manner.
Vasisht, Bioinformatics Scientist at Courtagen Life Sciences, Inc.
Nick is absolutely an excellent teacher. He communicates extremely well, whether it’s verbally, when teaching a class, in person in the pool, or even in the open ocean. He can boil down complex concepts to simple, memorable heuristics.
Yoav, Head of product at Jana