• Freediver (Level 1)

Freediver (Level 1)

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.

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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

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