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PFI is the most well respected freediver training organization in the world – and the most modern! We make it simple to get started with your training through our online learning platform.

Step 1

Get Smart

Start your course right here, online! The eLearning program uses graphics, text and videos to convey the academic knowledge required to become a certified freediver. You’ll apply this knowledge during the in-person workshops and training.

Step 2

Jump In

After getting the knowledge through eLearning it’s time to complete the dry workshop and then hop in the confined (pool) and open water with your instructor! You’ll learn and refine skills in confined water and then apply those at depth in the open water environment.

Step 3

Dive In

Once you have the knowledge and have developed your skills in the confined and open water environments to the satisfaction of your PFI Instructor, you’ve earned the prestigious title of PFI Freediver.

Learn to Freedive

Begin Freediving Today!

PFI makes it possible for you to complete all of the academic requirements for your entry-level freediving certification online. You can get started right now! When complete, your in-water skill-development freediving sessions and final open-water training freedives will be completed at a local PFI Dive Center, or at a location of your choosing.

PFI Freediver eLearning Course

Click to get started on your PFI Freediver eLearning course.  Additional course details are listed below.


Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 20m/66 feet!

This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques for comfortable enjoyment in the aquatic world to depths of 20m/66ft. You will also practice Static Apnea to help develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.

Your PFI Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as:

• Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at Freediver Level
• Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling
• Confined water skill development
• Open water skill development
• Equalization for depth diving
• Equipment for freediving and snorkeling
• The fundamental physics and physiology of freediving

Is this course for you?

• You’re interested in learning the fundamental techniques of freediving
• You’re new to freediving
• You typically dive in the shallows
• You want to hold your breath longer
• You want to dive deeper


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

• Classroom sessions
• Confined Water sessions
• Open Water sessions


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

  • Safety skills as a buddy
  • Perform a 1:30 static breathhold in the pool with opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive with proper technique to 10 meters constant weight and free immersion with proper recovery breathing


  • Swimming or snorkeling experience
  • Good health and fitness
  • 10 years of age with guardian permission

Course Components


  • Complete the manual or eLearning Program.
  • Attend all classroom teaching sessions
  • Stretching and equalizing workshops
  • CO2 and O2 workshops

Watermanship and Stamina

  • Swim test
  • Survival float
  • Snorkel

Confined Water

  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 1:30
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Optional: Three dynamic performances
  • Optional: Complete a minimum 25m dynamic apnea
  • Manage LMC, blackout on surface and underwater

Open Water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Six target constant ballast dives reaching minimum 10m/33 feet
  • Four free immersion dives to a minimum depth of 10m/33 feet
  • Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios)
  • Managing an LMC and blackout on surface and underwater blackout
  • Full mask flood and ascent from depth

Equipment Used:

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

How to take this course!

  • Sign up for the PFI Freediver course online: Start eLearning today!
  • Find your local PFI 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 the full course cost.

Review the course Standards & Procedures.

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