Learn to safety freedives that exceed recreational limits of 40m/132 feet!
The PFI Safety Freediver course instructs competent and comfortable freedivers who have successfully achieved the PFI Intermediate Freediver certification. The course teaches advanced safety and problem management for freedives past recreational limits of 40m/ 132feet. Divers will also learn how to respond to emergency situations utilizing Diver’s Alert Network’s First Aid for Professional Divers program.
Safety and Buddy Procedures for Advanced Freediving
Equipment for safetying dives beyond 40m/132’ such as lanyards, and counterbalance systems
Psychological Aspects of handling emergency situations
IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?
You’re an experienced comfortable freediver and have completed the PFI Intermediate Freediver course
You’ve completed an Intermediate Freediver level course with another recognized agency PLUS have completed the PFI Freediver Crossover Exam
You’re interested in a program with a high level of focus on safety
You want to become a professional level freediver
If so, this is the course for you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the medical form.
For this course, please have current DAN (Divers Alert Network) Dive Accident Insurance. If you do not have it already, you can sign up for it on their website at: www.diversalertnetwork.org
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 both 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.
By the end of the Safety Freediver course a student will be able to perform the following skills:
Working in a safety team
Adequate safe buddy skills, performing a rescue to PFI standards
Prepare gear without help of instructor
Safety freedivers in confined and open water situations
Attend all classroom teaching sessions
Complete all quizzes in manual
Complete pre learning quiz before class
Pass final with 80 percent or more
DAN First Aid for Professional Divers
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
Recovery breathing and coaching
Manage LMC, blackout on surface and underwater
Finding blackout diver on surface
Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy
Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios), surface and underwater
Including LMC, blackout at surface and underwater
Full mask flood and ascent at depth of 10m/33ft
FORMAT / DURATION – 2 DAYS
PFI Safety Freediver is held over 2 days and includes:
2 classroom sessions
1 pool sessions
1 open water sessions
The schedule and layout/order of these sessions vary slightly by location. The program is typically run over 2 days. Click the link on any particular course to find the exact schedule for that program.
PFI Intermediate Freediver certification
You’re comfortable with intermediate level freediving depths, anywhere from 25–40m/82–132 ft
You have a static breath-hold time of three minutes or longer
Good health and fitness—check the PFI Medical Form
16 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, divers are responsible for bringing their own equipment:
Low Volume Mask—fluid goggles and/or nose clip optional
Full Hooded Wetsuit (3mm for warm water locations; 5-7mm for cold water locations)
Rubber weight belt and small number weights
Freediving bi-fins or monofin—if using a monofin for target dives, also bring bi-fins for Safety Freediver training
Freediving computer plus an additional waterproof timing device
Lanyard—suggested but not required
The PFI Safety Freediver program prices are determined by the instructor but start at $450 and includes the following:
Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists, national & world record holders, and/or trainers
1 Instructor/Assistant : 6 student divers ratio (in-water)
PFI Safety Freediver Workbook
Pool, classroom and open water sessions
Hands-on experience with specialty freediving equipment
If a boat is required for open water sessions at your location, a boat fee may be applied 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 so if you don’t see anything in your area try contacting instructors directly.)
After completing this course you’ll receive the following certifications:
PFI Safety Freediver
Your certification card will be mailed to your address within three weeks. The level of certification you receive depends on the skills that you successfully complete during your course. This ensures that future freediving buddies, pools, boat operators, etc. are able to accommodate your freediving level and know what level of safety you are able to provide.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS
To secure your spot in a course, we need to receive your registration and either a 50% deposit or full tuition 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:
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