Assistant Freediver Instructor Course


The PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor certification is for individuals who want to learn the fundamentals of teaching using our educational tools, systems, and educational philosophies. You will also learn how to assist and supervise breath-hold divers during PFI courses, freedive training, and recreational freediving.

In this course you will:

  • Learn techniques to present and manage student learning in classroom, confined water, and open water environments
  • Further understand the Open Water Rig components and how to assemble them
  • Have professional level safety and problem management skills for assisting student emergencies
  • Conduct your own AFI Candidate presentations and microteaching to PFI educational standards
  • Learn how to develop lesson plans for classroom, confined water, and open water sessions

Is this course for you?

It is if:

  • You are certified PFI Freediver Supervisor.
  • You have current CPR, AED, O2 Administration, and First Aid certifications including Neuro and marine life injuries
  • You're interested in learning and sharing valuable freediving techniques with others
  • You're interested in participating in PFI or affiliate freediving courses
  • You're in good health and fitness
Download and review the PFI medical form. If you say yes to any questions, you must get a doctor's approval to participate in the course. Contact us if you have questions about the medical form.

For this course, you must have DAN (Divers Alert Network) Dive Accident Insurance. If you do not have this already, you can sign up on the DAN website.


This course is taught by highly trained PFA Instructors at locations all over the world. It includes:

  • 16 hours of classroom sessions
  • 8 hours of confined-water sessions
  • 5 hours of open-water sessions
The schedule and layout/order of these sessions vary slightly by location. The program typically runs over four days. Click the link on any course to find the exact schedule for that program.


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • PFI Intermediate Freediver, Supervisor, or higher certification
  • Up to date (within two years) CPR, First Aid, O2 Administration, and AED certifications (documentation required)
  • Be in good medical and physical condition and with above average swimming
  • Good health and fitness (see Medical Form)


To receive PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor certification, one must:

  • Pass all academic knowledge quizzes and exams
  • Demonstrate mastery and understanding of Assistant Instructor level supervision skills
  • Demonstrate mastery in Confined Water and Open Water skills

    • Perform timed swim
    • Perform timed mask-fins-snorkel swim
    • Rescue with egress
    • Tread for a specific time
    • Perform to PFI standard throughout all freediving and swimming capacity tests and performances
  • Demonstrate Instructor level rescue and egress skills
  • Demonstrate safe and responsible diving practices
  • Present academic presentations and receive a passing score
  • Present Confined Water and Open Water teaching presentations and receive a passing score

Qualification of graduates

Upon successful completion of the PFI Assistant Freediver Instructors, graduates may engage in co-teaching freediving activities under the direct supervision of a PFI Instructor.

Graduates may also be qualified to enroll in the Instructor Evaluation program for qualification as a Freediver Instructor or higher (experience dependent).

Required equipment

Students must supply:

  • Low-volume mask
  • Snorkel
  • Freediving bi-fins
  • Full wetsuit (3 mm for warm water locations; 5-7 mm for cold water locations)
  • Rubber weight belt and a small number of weights
  • Timing device and a separate freediving computer
  • PFI-issued course manual


Course fees appear on the upcoming courses section of this website.

Professional liability insurance is an extra charge for those interested in pursuing professional freediver responsibilities after receiving PFI Freediver Supervisor certification.


See our upcoming courses page for more information on when and where courses are happening. You can also contact PFA directly if you don’t see a course which fits your schedule.

Registration and payment details

To secure your spot in a course, we need to receive your registration and either a 50 percent deposit or full payment. Any outstanding course balance is due by the start of the course. See our course schedule to register.

By registering for a course, you also receive:

  • Student Starter Kit
  • Access to online portal including training tips, email access, and private PFI diving community
  • Communication with staff/instructor to answer questions ahead of time
  • Access to e-learning/pre-learning course materials
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