Free Diver

Free Diver


Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 20m/66 feet!

This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the underwater world to depths of 20m/66ft. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.

Your PFI Freediver course will cover essential topics such as:

• Critical safety procedures for breath-holding at Freediver Level

• Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling

• Confined water skill development

• Open water skill development

• Equalization for depth diving

• Equipment for freediving and snorkeling

• The fundamental physics and physiology of freediving

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 hold your breath longer

• You want to dive deeper


PFI Freediver course includes, at a minimum:

• Classroom sessions

• Confined Water sessions

• Open Water sessions


• Swimming or snorkeling experience

• Good health and fitness

• 10 years of age with guardian permission


Some of the skills a student will be able to accomplish at the end of the PFI Freediver course are:

• Safety skills as a buddy

• Perform a 1:30 static breathhold in the pool with opportunity to increase to maximum capacity

• Dive with correct technique to 10 meters constant weight and free immersion with proper recovery breathing


Course Components

• Classroom

• Complete the manual or

eLearning Program.

• Attend all classroom teaching sessions

• Stretching and equalizing workshops

• CO2 and O2 clinics

Watermanship and Stamina

• Swim trial

• Survival float

• Snorkel

Confined Water

• Minimum of four repeated static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 1:30

• Recovery breathing and coaching

• Optional: Three dynamic executions

• Optional: Complete a minimum 25m dynamic apnea

• Manage LMC, blackout on surface and underwater

Open Water

• Recovery breathing and coaching

• Six target constant ballast dives reaching minimum 10m/33 feet

• Four free immersion dives to a minimum depth of 10m/33 feet

• Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios)

• Dealing with an LMC, blackout on surface and underwater blackout

• Complete mask flood and ascent from depth

Equipment Used

• Mask, snorkel, fins

• Suitable exposure protection

• Weight system

• Timing device or freedive computer

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