PFI ASSISTANT FREEDIVER INSTRUCTOR
Become a Freediving Professional!
The PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor certification is for individuals who want to learn the fundamentals of teaching through the use of educational tools, systems, and educational philosophies. You will also learn how to assist and supervise breath-hold divers during PFI courses, freedive training, and recreational freediving.
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 AFI Candidate presentations and microteaching to PFI educational standards
Learn how to develop lesson plans for classroom, confined water, and open water sessions
IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?
You are certified PFI Intermediate Freediver, Supervisor, or equivalent from a recognized agency with PFI Freediver Crossover Exam, plus PFI Freediver Supervisor.
You have current CPR, AED, O2 Administration, and First Aid certifications
You're interested in learning and sharing valuable freediving techniques with others
You're interested in participating in PFI or affiliate freediving courses
You're in good health and fitness—check the PFI Medical Form
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 do not already have it, you can sign up for it on their website at: www.diversalertnetwork.org.
FORMAT / DURATION – 4-DAYS
The PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor course is held over four days and includes:
16 Hours of Classroom Sessions
8 Hours of Confined Water Sessions
5 Hours of 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.
Minimum age of 18 years
PFI Intermediate Freediver, Supervisor, or higher 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 Assistant Freediver Instructor, graduates may engage in co-teaching freediving activities under the direct supervision of a PFI Instructor.
Graduates may also be qualified to enroll in the Instructor Evaluation program for qualification as a Freediver Instructor or higher (experience dependent).
To receive PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor certification, one must:
Pass all academic knowledge quizzes and exams
Demonstrate mastery and understanding of Assistant Instructor level supervision skills
Demonstrate mastery in Confined Water & Open Water skills
Perform untimed swim
Perform timed mask-fins-snorkel swim
Rescue with egress
Tread for a specific time
Perform to PFI standard throughout all freediving and swimming capacity tests and performances
Demonstrate Instructor level rescue and egress skills
Demonstrate safe and responsible diving practices
Present academic presentations and receive a passing score
Present Confined Water & Open Water teaching presentations and receive a passing score
WHAT TO BRING
For this course, each diver is responsible for bringing his or her own equipment:
Low volume mask
Full wetsuit (3mm for warm water locations; 5-7mm for cold water locations)
Rubber weight belt and small number weights
Freediving computer plus an additional waterproof timing device
PFI Issued Course Manual
The PFI Assistant Freediver Instructor course starts at $750.
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.
(Note: Instructors may or may not use our course registration and database but all use the PFI educational system.)
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:
Student Starter Kit
Access to online portal including training tips, email access, and private PFI diving community
Communication with staff/instructor to answer any questions ahead of time
Access to e-learning/pre-learning online course