Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 20m/66 feet!
This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic 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 fundamental topics such as:

• Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at Freediver Level
• Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling
• Confined water skill development i.e. Static Apnea
• Open water skill development i.e. technique for deep diving
• Equalization for deep diving
• Equipment for freediving and snorkeling
• The fundamental physics and physiology of freediving to understand what happens to your body at depth


• 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

Download and review the PFI medical form. If you answer YES to any question, you need to get a doctor's approval to take part in the course. Email us if you have any questions about the medical form.


This course is taught by highly trained PFI Instructors at locations all over the world. The PFI Freediver course includes:
• Classroom sessions
• 2 Confined Water sessions
• 2 Open Water sessions
The schedule and layout/order of these sessions vary slightly by location. The program is typically run over 2/2.5 days depending on the location of your course.


There are many skills which will be practiced repeatedly, simulated, and taught throughout the duration of every course. It should be noted that in order to pass course, a student must complete all the classroom sessions as well as the the pool and ocean sessions. In accordance with participation, a student will receive a certificate based on the skills and objectives they complete even if it is lower than the course they are currently taking. There are pool and ocean qualifications to pass in each PFI course. If a student only wants to pass the pool section, PFI instructors are happy to accommodate but will need to be informed before the class begins.

By the end of the Freediver course, a student will be able to perform the following skills:

  • Adequate safe buddy skills, showing how to perform a rescue to PFI standards

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

  • Dive with proper technique to 10 meters constant weight and free immersion using PFI method of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing

  • If only receiving pool certification, must complete 25 meter dynamic plus the 1:30 static


  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions

  • Stretching and equalizing workshops

  • CO2 and 02 workshops

  • 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)

  • 25 meter no mask snorkel swim without surfacing

  • Snorkel blast clearing

Recovery breathing and coaching

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

  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy 

  • Pool only: Complete a minimum of three dynamic apnea performances with no hypoxic symptoms to a minimum distance of 25m/82 feet plus 1:30 static

Open Water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching (hooking)

  • 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)

    • Managing a LMC and blackout on surface and underwater blackout

  • Full mask flood and ascent from depth


• Swimming or snorkeling experience
• Good health and fitness–see PFI Medical Form
• 10 years of age with guardian permission

WHAT TO BRINg: Basic snorkeling and scuba equipment can be used but we highly recommended that Freediving specific equipment is used for this course

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

• Mask, snorkel, fins
• Full wetsuit (3mm for warm water locations; 5-7mm for cold water locations)
• Rubber weight belt and small number weights
• Timing device or Freedive Computer


PFI Freediver course prices vary by location and instructor but start at $395. The tuition price covers the following:
• Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists, national and world record holders, and/or trainer
• 1 instructor/assistant : 5 student divers ratio
• PFI Freediver student manual & workbook
• Pool & classroom sessions
• Open water instruction
• PFI T-Shirt—varies by instructor
• Certification card

If a boat is required for open water sessions at your location, a boat fee may be required in addition to the course tuition. This fee, if applicable, will be described 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. 

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


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.

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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