Freedive Fest

April 2nd-4th

General Info

Freedive Fest, 3-day camping event includes all Apnea Workshops, T-Shirt, Raffles, Cookout/Party & two nights of camping (Friday night and Saturday night). Our festival camping does NOT include water or electric hook-ups. Event hosted on a Hontoon Island State Park , a private island located on the St. Johns River. Island accessible only by a passenger ferry or by private boat; the ferry service runs from 8am until 6:30pm. All cabins and tent sites are located 3/10 of a mile from the ferry dock. Cabins & Boat slips are available for overnight boat camping. Just hop on the ferry (or private boat), unload your belonging, hop in one of our vans and enjoy Freedive Fest!

Bring Your Boat, Jet Ski, SUP & Kayaks!!!

Cabins & Boat slips are limited; Boat slip additional $50 & Cabin are an additional $100. Cabins accommodate up to 4 people; each cabin has a ceiling fan, overhead lighting, one electrical outlet, bunk beds (no linen), and a screen porch with table and chairs. Outside each cabin is a picnic table, water faucet and a ground grill suitable for cooking or a small campfire. All cabins are less than 30 yards to the restroom.

Explore the park on a bicycle or hike the 3-mile roundtrip self-guided trail that begins at the Ranger Station and follows Dead River to the large Indian mound at the southwest corner of the island. Go on an adventure around the island by SUP or kayak, just a quick paddle to the spring. Kayaks may be rented at the Island Store, which also sells camping items, souvenirs, drinks and ice cream. Picnic tables and cooking grills are available. Largemouth bass, bluegills and speckled perch are good catches along the banks of the St. Johns River. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Pets must be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than six feet and well behaved at all times. Fishing and fires are allowed in designated areas only. A Florida fishing license is required.


Freedive Fest Primitive Camping $85

Saturday Only Ticket $50.00

Boat slip additional $50.00

Cabin additional $100.00 (accommodates 4 people) SOLD OUT

*If your group is getting a cabin ONLY one member of the group needs to register & pay for the cabin ($185), others will just need a primitive camping pass ($85). So if a group of 4 splits a cabin it works out to $100/person. 

**If your group is camping on a boat ONLY the vessel owner needs to register & pay for the boat ($135), other in the group will just need a primitive camping pass ($85).

Every diver must complete a registration form (below), you are not registered till payment is made in full.

Payments can be made through Venmo @Ryan_Rush or CLICK HERE to pay online, a 3% convivence fee will be applied if you do not wish to pay through Venmo.

Event Outline:

April 2nd

9:00am-2:00pm Check-in & Campsite Set Up

2:00pm Static Competition Sign Up

3:00pm Shark & Minnows (Apnea version)

Afternoon Dive & Sunset Paddle

April 3rd

9:00am-11:00am Apnea Workshops

~Neuro Assessment & Black Out with Dr. Juan Valdivia

~All About Carbons with Jeff Crutcher

~Mental Fortitude & Visualization with Dale Bartush

~Sustainable Spearfishing with Ryan Rush

Afternoon Paddle To Line-Dive Session

5:00pm Static Competition

7:00pm Cookout, Party & Raffles

Night Paddle & Dive

April 4th

U/W Easter Egg Hunt

~Plastic eggs will be filled with candy & gear tickets for FREE GEAR!!!

Afternoon Paddle & Dive

*You will be responsible for all meals except for Saturday night; we will be cooking out. Please let us know if you have any food allergies. Times are an estimate and are subjected to change.

Questions Or Sponsor Info:

    Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    28.97667, -81.35694
    28°58’36″N, 81°21’25″W

    Hontoon Island is located west of DeLand off of State Road 44. Turn on County Road 4110 (Old New York Ave.), left if you are traveling west on 44, right if you are traveling east on 44. Follow County Road 4110 to County Road 4125 (Hontoon Road) make a left, go to River Ridge Road (continuation of County Road 4125) and make a left on to River Ridge Road. Our address is 2309 River Ridge Road. You must enter Hontoon Island’s address into your GPS in order to arrive at the correct destination. Entering the park’s name into your GPS will not bring you to the parking area.