Learn essential safety and problem management skills for apnea training
The PFI Safe Buddy program is designed to educate uncertified freedivers and aquatic-minded people in the safety and rescue techniques necessary for breath-holding. This program will help to increase safety awareness during recreational breath-holding/freediving activities. This course does not include any instruction on increasing freediving performances or improving personal freediving technique.
You will learn:
Safety and problem management for apnea training
Near blackout and blackout management
Is this course for you?
You're interested in learning how to provide essential safety supervision for apnea and freedive training
You’re an aquatic professional (lifeguard, rescue swimmer, etc.) who needs to understand freediving, its safety implications and how to manage them
Format/Duration –1/2 Day
The Safe Buddy course is a half-day program consisting of:
2 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.
The schedule and layout/order of these sessions vary slightly by location. The program is typically run over a 1/2 day.
Must be 16 years old or Junior Safe Buddy who is at least 10 years old with parent or guardian consent
Competent swimming skills
PFI Snorkeler or equivalent level skills (please take a look at the PFI medical form)
Respond to LMC
Respond to blackout at surface
Assisting ascending diver
Respond to blackout underwater
Static Apnea with proper buddy safety and problem management
Dynamic Apnea optional with proper buddy safety and problem management
Constant Ballast - understand the basic elements of problem management and safety
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, and fins
Timing device or Dive Computer
Full wetsuit suggested, but not required
Rubber weight belt and small number weights suggested, but not required
PFI Safe Buddy course prices vary by location and instructor but start at $40. 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:
Student Starter Kit
Access to online portal including training tips, email access, and private PFI diving community
Direct communication with staff/instructor to answer any questions ahead of time
Access to e-learning/pre-learning online course