Want to teach your own Freediving courses? Become a PFI Instructor!

The PFI Freediver Instructor course is for avid freedivers who have successfully attained the PFI Assistant Instructor certification. This certification is for individuals who want to teach PFI freedive training programs as a lead Instructor.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn techniques to present and manage student learning in classroom, confined water, and open water environments

  • Understand the Open Water Rig components and how to assemble them

  • Be equipped with professional level safety and problem management skills for assisting student emergencies

  • Conduct your own Instructor Candidate presentations and microteaching to PFI educational standards

  • Learn how to develop lesson plans for classroom, confined water, and open water sessions


  • You are certified as a PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor

  • You are interested in learning and sharing valuable freediving techniques with others

  • You are interested in teaching as a lead Instructor in PFI, or affiliate, Freediver courses

  • You are fit and in good health—check the PFI Medical Form

If you answer yes to the above, then this is the course for you!

Download and review the PFI medical form. To become an active PFI Professional, the PFI Medical Form must be signed by a physician even if you answer "No" to all questions.

For this course, please have current DAN (Divers Alert Network) Dive Accident Insurance. If you don't already have it, you can sign up for it on their website at:


The PFI Freediver Instructor course is held over two days and includes:

  • Theory Exams

  • Academic Presentations

  • Confined Water Presentations

  • Open Water Presentations

The schedule and layout/order of these sessions vary slightly by location. The program is typically run over two days. Click the link on any particular course to find the exact schedule for that program.


  • Minimum age of 21 years

  • PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor certification

  • Up to date (within 2 years) CPR, First Aid, O2 Administration, and AED certifications—documentation required

  • Be in good medical and physical condition and with above average swimming skills

Qualification of Graduates

Upon successful completion of PFI Freediver Instructor, graduates may participate as a lead Instructor in PFI or self-organized PFI freediving courses. Instructors can teach the following PFI programs: Safe Buddy, Snorkeler, Freediver, and related coaching and open line sessions.

To receive PFI Freediver Instructor certification, one must:

  • Pass all academic knowledge quizzes and exams

  • Demonstrate mastery and understanding of Basic Instructor level supervision skills

  • Demonstrate mastery in confined water and open water skills

  • Demonstrate Instructor level rescue and egress skills

  • Demonstrate safe and responsible diving practices

  • Present an academic presentation and receive a passing score

  • Present a confined water and an open water teaching presentation and receive passing scores

    • Perform untimed swim

    • Perform timed mask-fins-snorkel swim

    • Rescue with egress

    • Tread for a specific time

    • Perform to PFI standard through all freediving and swimming capacity tests and performances

 What to Bring

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

  • Low volume mask

  • Snorkel

  • Full wetsuit (3mm for warm water locations; 5-7mm for cold water locations)

  • Rubber weight belt and small number weights

  • Freediving bi-fins

  • Freediving computer plus an additional waterproof timing device

  • PFI Issued Course Manual


The PFI Freediver Instructor course starts at $745.

Performance Freediving International Professional Membership and Witherspoon & Associates or First Dive Professional liability insurance are an extra charge for those interested in teaching freediving professionally after receiving Assistant Instructor certification.


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.


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. 

(Note: Instructors may or may not use our course registration and database but all use the PFI educational system.)

By registering for a course you will also receive:

  1. Student Starter Kit

  2. Access to online portal including training tips, email access, and private PFI diving community

  3. Communication with staff/instructor to answer any questions ahead of time

  4. Access to e-learning/pre-learning online course

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