PFI Intermediate Freediver Course

Our most advanced offering for those who wish to realize their fullest potential. The Performance Freediving International Intermediate Course is for the relatively experienced diver who wants to max out their abilities. 

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

Format/Duration

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

Prerequisites

  • 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

Classroom

  • 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

FAQs

How long is the course? What’s the structure of the days ?

4 days

Day 1- 8am-12pm Classroom Theory 

Day 1- 1pm-4pm Pool Session 

 

Day 2- 8am-12pm Ocean session

Day 2- 1pm-4pm Pool & Classroom session 

 

Day 3- 8am-12pm Ocean session 

Day 3- 1pm-4pm Classroom session 

 

Day 4- 8am-12pm Ocean session 

 

What’s the cost of the course?

$5600 which includes:

  • Personalized instruction from highly trained freediving specialists.
  • A student-to-instructor ratio of no more than six:one
  • 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
  • Boat costs
  • elearning codes

 

What equipment do I need?

Mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit or at least some kind of exposure protection. Weightbelt if you have a wetsuit. Timing device (such as waterproof watch or stopwatch) or a freedive computer.

 

What does this course teach?

  • Essential safety procedures for breath-holding at the Intermediate Freediver level
  • Proper breathing techniques for freediving and snorkeling
  • Confined water skill development i.e., static apnea
  • Open water skill development i.e., techniques for depth diving
  • Equalization for depth diving
  • Equipment for freediving and snorkeling
  • The fundamental physics and physiology of freediving; understand what happens to your body at depth

 

Up to a depth of 132 feet/ 40 meters

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

 

NOTE CAREFULLY: THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT IN TOBAGO BASED AROUND THE CROWN POINT/MT IRVINE AREA