Intermediate Freediver

Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 40m/132 feet!

The PFI Intermediate Freediver course instructs competent and comfortable freedivers in essential safety and problem management for breath-hold diving, with a high emphasis on proper technique development. This program also includes details on training and equipment for diving to depths of 40 meters/132 feet. Instructors will thoroughly cover the following topics:

  • Intermediate Safety and Buddy Procedures
  • Proper Ventilation for Gas Saturation and Volume
  • Equipment for Performance Freediving
  • Psychological Aspects of Freediving
  • Detailed Physics and Physiology of Freediving
  • Confined-Water Static Apnea Development
  • Open-Water Constant Ballast Development
  • Techniques for Intermediate Freediving

 Is this course for you?

  • You have basic experience in Scuba, Freediving and/or Spearfishing
  • You’re interested in freediving in the 25-40m/80-132 feet range
  • You’d like to learn to hold your breath between 3-5 minutes!
  • You’re not sure of extended freediving physiology or the physics that affect you during your freedives and want to know the details
  • You want to learn how to deep dive Safely

Download and review the PFI medical form. If you say YES to any questions you need to get doctors approval to take part in the course. Email if you have any questions about the medical form.


There are many skills, which will be repeatedly practiced, simulated and taught throughout the duration of every course.  It should be noted in order to pass course a student must compete all the classroom sessions as well as the pool and ocean sessions.  Parallel to participation, a student will receive a certificate based on the skills and objectives they complete, even that is lower than the course they are currently taking.  There are both pool and ocean qualifications to pass each PFI course.  If a student is only looking to pass the pool section, the instructors at PFI are happy to accommodate but would need to be informed before the class begins.  For the Intermediate Freediver course a student must perform:

  • Adequate safe buddy skills, showing how perform a rescue to the PFI standards
  • Prepare gear without help of instructor
  • Perform a 3:00 static in the pool- with ample opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive with proper technique to 25 meters constant weight and free immersion using PFI method of entrance and exit- with proper recovery breathing
  • If only receiving pool cert must complete 50 meter dynamic plus the static


  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions
  • Complete all quizzes in manual
  • Complete pre learning quiz before class
  • Pass final with 80 percent or more

Watermanship & Stamina

  • Prepare Freediving Equipment without Instructor Assistance
  • Proper Entry Procedure (select best local option)
  • 100 meter continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit or floatation
  • Minimum of 5 minutes

 Confined Water

  • Minimum of 4 consecutive static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 3:00
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Pool only: Minimum of 3 dynamic performances
  • Pool only: Complete a minimum 50m dynamic apnea
  • Mananage LMC, Black out on surface and underwater
  • Finding BO diver on surface
  • Negative Pressure dives

Open Water

  • Recovery Breathing and Coaching for buddy
  • Six target constant ballast dives reaching minimum 25m/82ft using proper entrance and exit
  • Emergency Rescue & Problem Management (Rescue Scenarios) Surface and underwater
    • Including LMC, Black out at surface and under water
  • Full mask flood and ascend at depth

Format / Duration – 4-Days

This course is taught by highly trained PFI Instructors at locations all over the world. The PFI Intermediate Freediver course includes:

  • Classroom Sessions
  • 2 Confined-Water sessions
  • 3 Open-Water sessions

The schedule and layout/order of these sessions varies slightly by location. The program is typically run over 4 days. Click the “Location & Schedule Information” link on any particular course to find out exact schedule for that program.


  • Basic Freediver or equivalent experience with Freediving, spearfishing or scuba diving (general comfort in the water)
  • You’re comfortable with basic freediving and achieve depths anywhere from 6–30m/20–99 feet with relative comfort
  • You have a breath-hold time of around 1 minute or longer
  • Good health and fitness—check the PFI Medical Form
  • 12 years of age with guardian permission
  • Constant Ballast (unassisted freedive) of 6 meters / 20 feet

 What to bring






For this course, each diver is responsible for bringing his or her own equipment

  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Full Wetsuit (3mm for warm-water locations; 5-7mm for cold-water locations)
  • Weight-Belt
  • Fins
  • Timing device or Dive Computer


PFI Intermediate Freediver course prices vary by location and instructor, but start at $745. The tuition price covers the following:

  • Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists, national & world record holders and/or trainer
  • 1 Instructor/Assistant :  5 student divers ratio (in-water)
  • ‘Intermediate Freediver Student Manual’
  • Classroom Sessions with detailed knowledge development taught by freediving experts
  • Confined-Water Sessions
  • Open-Water Sessions
  • Hands-on experience with specialty freediving equipment
  • PFI T-Shirt—varies with instructor
  • Certification card

If a boat is required for Open-Water sessions at your location, a Boat Fee may be applied in addition to the course tuition. This fee, if applicable, will bedescribed on specific course-location pages.


See our upcoming courses page for more information on when and where courses are happening.  You can also contact a PFI Instructor directly if you don’t see a course that fits your schedule.  Not all programs are posted on this website.

Registration and Payment Details

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

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