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 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


  • 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 safely deep dive

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


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 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 each PFI course. If a student only wants to pass the pool section, the instructors at PFI are happy to accommodate but will need to be informed before the class begins. At the end of the Intermediate Freediver course, a student will be able to perform:

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

  • Prepare gear without the instructor's help

  • Perform a 3:00 static in the pool with opportunity to increase to maximum capacity

  • Dive with proper technique to 25 meters constant weight and free immersion using the PFI method of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing

  • If only receiving pool certificate, must complete 50 meter dynamic plus the 3:00 static


  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions

  • Stretching and equalizing workshops

  • CO2 and 02 training 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)

  • 100 meter continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or flotation

  • Minimum of five minute tread

 Confined Water

  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 3:00

  • Recovery breathing and coaching

  • Pool only: Minimum of three dynamic performances

  • Pool only: Complete a minimum 50m dynamic apnea

  • Mananage LMC, blackout on surface and underwater

  • Finding blackout diver on surface

  • Negative pressure dives

Open Water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy

  • Eight constant ballast dives reaching minimum 25m/82ft using proper entrance and exit

  • Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios), surface and underwater

    • Including LMC, blackout at surface and underwater

  • Full mask flood and ascent from 10m/33 feet

  • Eight free immersion dives to 25m/82 feet

  • Weight belt removal and ascent from 10m/33 feet


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 vary slightly by location. The program is typically run over 4 days. Click the link on any particular course to find the exact schedule for that program.


  • Freediver course or equivalent experience with freediving, spearfishing, or scuba diving (general comfort in the water)

  • You have basic freediving experience and can achieve depths anywhere from 6–30m/20–99 feet with relative comfort

  • You have a breath-hold time of around one 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: 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 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 and 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 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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