Intermediate Freediver Course - Oahu, HI

Jun 8
Jun 13

300 Franklin Avenue
Kapolei, Oahu HI

About The Event

Interested in diving to 40m? Spearfishing? Wreck diving?  That sounds good to me, let's do that on Oahu!!  Through a collaboration with High Performance Diving, we are super excited to offer this intermediate course which will consist of four days of intermediate training followed by an optional day of spearfishing (BW Wahoo/reef) and another wreck diving.  The course will be held in Kapolei (Classroom/Pool at 300 Franklin Avenue) and lodging in the Ko'olina area is recommended.  Professional photo packages of your experience will also be available.  We will have four days of boat diving.  Boat fees will be $40/diver/day.

Intermediate Freediver
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


  • 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: $775 USD

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

    To secure your spot in a course, we need to receive your registration and either a 50% deposit or full payment. Any outstanding course balance is due by the start of the course. See our course schedule to register.  Payments can be made on the store tab of

By registering for a course you will also receive:

  • Access to e-learning/pre-learning online course

  • Communication with staff/instructor to answer any questions ahead of time

For more information:  Contact Dan Semrad - or (503)882-2965