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PFI Intermediate Freediver Course

Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 40m/132 feet!

This program teaches freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic world to depths of 40m/132ft. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.

Your PFI Intermediate Freediver course will cover topics such as:

  • Intermediate safety and buddy procedures
  • Proper ventilation for gas saturation and volume
  • Equipment for freediving
  • Psychological aspects of freediving
  • Detailed physics and physiology of freediving
  • Confined-water static apnea development
  • Open water constant ballast development
  • Techniques for intermediate freediving

Is this course for you?

  • You have basic experience in scuba, freediving, and/or spearfishing
  • You’re interested in freediving in the 25-40m/80-132 feet range
  • You’d like to learn to hold your breath between 3-5 minutes
  • You’re not sure of extended freediving physiology or the physics that affect you during your freedives and want to know the details


This course is taught by highly trained PFI Instructors at locations all over the world. The PFI Intermediate Freediver course includes, at a minimum:

  • Classroom Sessions
  • Confined Water sessions
  • 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.

What can you expect to learn?

Some of the skills a student will be able to perform at the end of the PFI Intermediate Freediver course are:

  • Adequate safe buddy skills, showing how to perform a rescue to PFI standards
  • Prepare gear without the instructor’s help
  • Perform a 3:00 static in the pool with opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive with proper technique to 25 meters constant weight and free immersion using the PFI method of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing


  • Freediver course or equivalent experience with freediving, spearfishing, or scuba diving (general comfort in the water)
  • You have basic freediving experience and can achieve depths anywhere from 6–30m/20–99 feet with relative comfort
  • You have a breath-hold time of around one minute or longer
  • Good health and fitness—check the PFI Medical Form
  • 12 years of age with guardian permission
  • Constant Ballast of 6 meters/20 feet

Course Components


  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions
  • Stretching and equalizing workshops
  • CO2 and O2 training workshops
  • Complete all quizzes in manual
  • Complete pre learning quiz before class
  • Pass final with 80 percent or more

Watermanship and Stamina

  • Swim test
  • Survival float
  • Snorkel skills

Confined Water

  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 3:00
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Optional: Minimum of three dynamic performances
  • Optional: Complete a minimum 50m dynamic apnea
  • Negative pressure dives

Open Water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy
  • Eight constant ballast dives reaching minimum 25m/82ft using proper entrance and exit
  • Emergency rescue and problem management, surface and underwater
  • Including LMC, blackout at surface and underwater
  • Full mask flood and ascent from 10m/33 feet
  • Eight free immersion dives to 25m/82 feet
  • Weight belt removal and ascent from 10m/33 feet

Equipment Used:

  • Mask, snorkel, fins
  • Appropriate exposure protection
  • Weight system
  • Timing device or freedive computer

How to take this course!

  • Available as an Online Course: Start eLearning today!
  • To find a local Dive Center: Click here!
  • Find your local PFI Instructor: Click here!
  • Course Cost: $123.55 USD for eLearning only.  Pool and open water training not included.  Contact your local dive center for full course cost.

Review the course Standards & Procedures.

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