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Freediver Instructor

Want to teach your own Freediving courses? Become a PFI Instructor!

The PFI Freediver Instructor course is for avid freedivers who have successfully attained the PFI Assistant Instructor certification. This certification is for individuals who want to teach PFI freedive training programs as the lead Instructor.

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 Instructor 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 ready to share your passion with your community.
  • You are interested in learning and sharing valuable freediving techniques with others.
  • You are interested in teaching as a lead Instructor in PFI Freediver courses.

Format / Duration
The PFI Freediver Instructor course includes, at a minimum:

  • Theory Exams
  • Academic Presentations
  • Confined Water Presentations
  • Open Water Presentations


  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Be certified as a PFI Intermediate Freediver
  • Be certified as a PFI Freediver Supervisor and a PFI Assistant Instructor
  • Be in good medical & physical condition and have signed medical clearance for freediving from a physician.
  • Be an active status CPR, first aid and AED provider with a program that includes marine life injuries and neurological assessments.
  • Be an oxygen administration provider.

Course Components


  • Assist all classroom presentations
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Standards & Procedures knowledge and exam

Watermanship and Stamina

  • 800 meter snorkel in under 16 minutes
  • 400 meter non-stop swim. Goggles permitted
  • Tread water for 15 minutes without floatation assistance.
  • Complete a static of no less than 2 minutes without warm-up and 4-minute breathe-up
  • Complete a dynamic of no less than 50m
  •  100m egress with non-stop BLS

Confined Water

  • Conduct Pool Site Briefing
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation
  • Confined Water Skill Evaluation
  • Problem Management Evaluation

Open Water

  • Open water constant weight dive evaluation
  • Open water teaching evaluation
  • Problem management
  • Skills evaluation

Equipment Used

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Exposure protection
  • Weight belt and weights (appropriate for local environment)
  • A timing device and freedive computer
  • Any recommended equipment relevant to the level of

How to take this course!

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