Intro Freediver



What is Freediving?

The PFI Introduction to Freediving course is an experience program that educates curious audiences on safety and problem management of freediving and breath-holding. This program does not include specific skills development or certification, but provides a foundation for people who want to understand the benefits of freediving before taking a recreational freediving course. This course teaches:

  • Safety and problem management for apnea training

  • Near blackout and blackout management

  • Introduction to Static Apnea (maximum 2:00)

  • Introduction to Dynamic Apnea (maximum 25m/82 feet)

Is this course for you?

  • You're interested in understanding the basics of freedive training and technique

Format/Duration – 1/2 Day

The Introduction to Freediving course is a half-day program consisting of:

  • 1.5 hour classroom session focused on knowledge development

  • 2 hour confined water session practicing rescue and safety techniques for breath-holding

There is no open water training in this course.


  • Minimum age 10 years old with guardian

  • Comfortable in water

  • Good health (please take a look at the PFI medical form).

What to bring - Basic snorkeling and scuba equipment can be used but we highly recommended that freediving specific equipment is used for this course.

  • Mask, snorkel, fins

  • Timing device or Dive Computer

  • Full wetsuit suggested but not required

Cost - PFI Introduction to Freediving course prices vary by location and instructor but start at $50. The tuition price covers the following:

  • Personalized instruction from advanced freediving specialists, national and world record holders, and/or trainers (Note: instructors may or may not use our course registration and database but all use the PFI educational system.)

  • Knowledge development classroom session

  • Skills development confined water session


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.

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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