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