Intermediate Freediver Course Deposit ($850 Full Course Fee/$425 refresher)
INTERMEDIATE Learn to freedive down to a maximum depth of 40m/132 feet!
The NAUI/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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the medical form.
SKILLS 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 CLASSROOM 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 WATERMANSHIP & STAMINA 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 CONFINED WATER 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 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 (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 FORMAT / DURATION – 4-DAYS 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.
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 (unassisted freedive) of 6 meters/20 feet WHAT TO BRING: BASIC SNORKELING AND SCUBA EQUIPMENT CAN BE USED BUT WE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT FREEDIVING SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT IS USED FOR THIS COURSE. 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: $850 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