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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 i.e. Static Apnea
• Open-Water skill development i.e. technique for Deep Diving!
• Equalization for Deep Diving
• Equipment for Freediving and Snorkeling
• The fundamental Physics & Physiology of Freediving—what happens to your body at depths!

Course Syllabus

Level 1 Safety & Problem Management
Freediving Equipment
Physics and Physiology for the Level 1 Freediver
Freediving Technique Development
Correct Breathing for Freediving
Breathing and Breath-Hold Technique Development

Cost: $550


Intermediate Freediver: 

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

The PFI Intermediate Freediver course instructs competent and comfortable freedivers in essential safety and problem management for breath-hold diving, with a high emphasis on proper technique development. This program also includes details on training and equipment for diving to depths of 40 meters/132 feet. Instructors will cover the following topics:

Intermediate Safety and Buddy Procedures
Proper Ventilation for Gas Saturation and Volume
Equipment for Performance 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

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
You want to learn how to safely deep dive
Download and review the PFI medical form. If you say YES to any questions, you need to get a doctor's approval to take part in the course. Email if you have any questions about the medical form.

There are many skills which will be practiced repeatedly, simulated, and taught throughout the duration of every course. It should be noted that in order to pass course, a student must complete all the classroom sessions as well as the pool and ocean sessions. In accordance with participation, a student will receive a certificate based on the skills and objectives they complete, even if it is lower than the course they are currently taking. There are pool and ocean qualifications to pass each PFI course. If a student only wants to pass the pool section, the instructors at PFI are happy to accommodate but will need to be informed before the class begins. At the end of the Intermediate Freediver course, a student will be able to perform:

Adequate safe buddy skills, showing how to perform a rescue to NAUI/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
If only receiving pool certificate, must complete 50 meter dynamic plus the 3:00 static
Attend all classroom teaching sessions

Stretching and equalizing workshops
CO2 and 02 training workshops
Complete all quizzes in manual
Complete pre learning quiz before class
Pass final with 80 percent or more
Prepare freediving equipment without instructor assistance

Proper entry procedure (select best local option)

100 meter continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or flotation
Minimum of five minute tread
Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds without any hypoxic symptoms minimum 3:00

Recovery breathing and coaching

Pool only: Minimum of three dynamic performances
Pool only: Complete a minimum 50m dynamic apnea
Mananage LMC, blackout on surface and underwater
Finding blackout diver on surface
Negative pressure dives
Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy

Eight constant ballast dives reaching minimum 25m/82ft using proper entrance and exit

Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios), 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
This course is taught by highly trained PFI Instructors at locations all over the world.

The NAUI/PFI Intermediate Freediver course includes:

Classroom Sessions
2 Confined Water sessions
3 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.

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 (unassisted freedive) of 6 meters/20 feet
For this course, each diver is responsible for bringing his or her own equipment:

Mask, snorkel, fins
Full wetsuit (3mm for warm water locations; 5-7mm for cold water locations)
Rubber weight belt and small number weights
Timing device or Freedive Computer

COST: $900
The tuition price covers the following:

Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists, national and world record holders, and/or trainer
1 Instructor/Assistant : 6 student divers ratio (in water)
Intermediate Freediver Student Manual
Classroom sessions with detailed knowledge development taught by freediving experts
Confined water sessions
Open water sessions
Hands-on experience with specialty freediving equipment
Certification card


Refunds and Cancellations


Because The Oregon Freediving Company has the highest commitment to quality courses with small instructor to student ratios, we book our instructors in advance and are unable to issue refunds for cancellations on the course. However, we can issue a credit on account (with administration fees) if you need to reschedule your course date.  The fee schedule is  as follows:

  • More than 14 days notice: you can move to another course location and/or date with only a $75 administration fee. You can log into your account and cancel/change the course yourself.
  • Less than 14 days notice: you can move to another course location and/or date with an administration fee of 25% of the total course cost. You will need to contact your instructor to have this done.
  • 7 days notice: you can move to another course location and/or date with an administration fee of 50% of the total course cost. You will need to contact your instructor to have this done.
  • Less than 7 days notice or no notice: you may lose your full course payment. Please contact your instructor to have this done.

If you are registered for a course that requires additional fees (such as hotel and travel) and we are not given at least 2 weeks notice of change, then such fees may be deducted from your course deposit as well as any change fee.

If we have to cancel a course due to conditions or instructor health we will make every effort to reschedule as soon as possible with the same group of students and you will have the option to bump to any future equivalent course already on the calendar.

Your credit will be with the instructor through which your original course was booked.

Deposits on special order gear/equipment items are non-refundable once item has been ordered.