Freediver course


This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques. It allows you to comfortably enjoy the aquatic world to depths of up to 20 m/66 ft. You will also practice static apnea. This helps develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.

Your PFA Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as:

  • Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at the Freediver level
  • Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling
  • Confined water skill development i.e., static apnea
  • Open water skill development i.e., techniques for depth diving
  • Equalization for depth diving
  • Equipment for freediving and snorkeling
  • The fundamental physics and physiology of freediving; understand what happens to your body at depth

Is this course for you?

  • You’re interested in learning the fundamental techniques of freediving
  • You’re new to freediving
  • You typically dive in the shallows
  • You want to dive safely
  • You want to hold your breath longer
  • You want to dive deeper
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If a student cannot do this, they may receive a certificate reflecting what they can accomplish. Some students take the course for the experience and not the certification. These students often participate in just the confined-water sessions. We are happy to accommodate students who wish to do so; however, we need to know this ahead of time.

To earn PFI Freediver certification, students must be able to:

  • Demonstrate adequate safe buddy skills, showing how to perform a rescue to PFI standards
  • Perform a minimum 1:30 static breath hold in the pool with the opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive using proper technique to at least 10 m/33 ft with constant weight and free immersion using the PFI method of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing


  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions
  • Stretching and equalizing workshops
  • CO2 and 02 workshops
  • Complete all quizzes and exams
  • Complete pre learning quiz before class
  • Pass final with 80 percent or more

Watermanship and stamina

  • Prepare freediving equipment without instructor assistance
  • Proper entry procedure (select best local option)
  • 200 m/655 ft continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or flotation
  • Minimum of ten-minute tread/float
  • 25 m/82 ft no-mask snorkel swim without surfacing
  • Snorkel blast clearing
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds with no hypoxic symptoms achieving at least 1:30
  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy

Open water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching (hook breathing)
  • Six target constant ballast dives reaching minimum 10 m/33 et
  • Four free immersion dives to a minimum depth of 10 m/33 ft
  • Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios)
  • Managing an LMC and blackout on surface and an underwater blackout
  • Self-emergency skills such as a mask flood and ascent, and weight belt removal and ascent


  • Classroom sessions
  • Two confined-water sessions
  • Two open-water sessions


  • Swimming or snorkeling experience
  • Good health and fitness (see Medical Form)
  • 10 years of age with parent/guardian permission

Required equipment

  • Mask, snorkel, 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 or freediving computer


  • Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists, including national and world record holders, or their trainers
  • A student-to-instructor ratio of no more than six:one
  • Student manual or eLearning
  • Classroom sessions with detailed knowledge development taught by freediving experts
  • Confined water sessions
  • Open water sessions
  • Hands-on experience with specialty freediving equipment
  • PFA t-shirt
  • Certification card


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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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