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I’m Already a Freediving Instructor – What is involved?

With PFI – Performance Freediving International – joining the International Training family, we get this question a lot.  Here’s the simple answer – If you are Freediver Instructor from another recognized agency (including NAUI, FII, AIDA, SSI, PADI, Apnea Academy, or Mulchanov) the crossover process is pretty straight-forward.  You have to meet the minimum requirements for the PFI Freediver Instructor Exam.

So, what are those requirements?

Here’s a list:

  • Certified as a PFI Intermediate Freediver or equivalent
  • Be able to demonstrate all skills of the Safety Freediver and Freediver Supervisor courses.  Those skills include team safety and rescue, freediver supervision on multiple levels, and rescue evaluations.
  • Once you have demonstrated those tasks, we then move on to the Freediver Instructor Crossover Evaluation.  This includes
    • Completing the Freediver eLearning and earning a 90% or higher on the final exam,
    • Completing the Intermediate Freediver eLearning with at least an 80%,
    • Graded teaching presentations for classroom, confined and open water,
    • S&P examination
    • Demonstration quality skill circuit of all skills covered, a no warm-up static and dynamic apnea, 20 meter capacity dives, 20 meter stress test, and watermanship and stamina swims and tread.
  • The Crossover evaluation is typically 3 days long.

You will want to keep in mind that during the evaluation, if the Instructor Trainer feels you haven’t met the demanding PFI standards, they may require additional classes at lower levels as remedial training prior to issuing the PFI Instructor credentials.

What if I’m a scuba instructor, but not a freediving instructor?

If you are scuba instructor and want to get the freediver instructor rating, you will need to go through an Intermediate Freediver course (if not already certified), plus take the Safety Freediver and Freediver Supervisor course prior to the Freediver Instructor evaluation.   This will typically take 6 to 10 days depending on if you have the Intermediate level certification already.

Getting started

To enroll in the PFI Instructor Crossover evaluation, you will need to either contact PFI Headquarters for an IT in your area, or you may contact the PFI IT or facility directly.  The IT will then go over course schedule, logistics, pricing, and more.

PFI offers some of the best customer service in the industry.  At Headquarters, we truly do feel that we work for the instructors, not the other way around.  New courses and specialties are in development, plus you may submit your own unique specialty for review.  You will have the flexibility to teach in a way that works for your students in your area, provided you meet standards and procedures.  You will also have access to five agencies (including sport, technical and public safety diving as well as First Response) for one low membership renewal fee.

To find out more about International Training, visit

From its humble beginning in 1994 to today, the group of training agencies Scuba Diving International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI), and Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) form one of the largest diving certification agencies in the World – International Training. With 24 Regional Offices servicing more than 100 countries, the company today far exceeds the original vision the founders had when they conceived the idea on a napkin, sitting at a kitchen table in the early 1990’s.

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14 Divers You Do Not Want To Be On A Scuba Diving Charter Boat! (Watch Video)



We’re counting down some of the scuba diving etiquette faux pas that I see week in, week out on dive charter boats. I’m giving you my best advice to not become ‘THAT’ diver and stay in the good graces of you Charter Boat Scuba Captain and Crew.

This is stuff they just don’t teach you during your PADI Open Water Course! The unwritten rules of scuba diving. Good behavioral habits to develop to be the scuba diver that everyone looks forward to having on their dive boat.

I’m drawing from my experience as a charter boat Captain, but also asked a whole bunch of my friends in the Scuba Diving business for their input on what divers do to drive them crazy! Thanks for your input!

I’ve been asked for this video a bunch. Let me know in the comments which diver stereotypes I missed!

Thanks for watching!



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My Dive Buddies Episode 3: Jimmy Gadomski’s Sunken Treasure (Watch Video)



My Dive Buddies Episode 3: Jimmy Gadomski’s Sunken Treasure! I’ve brought in my good dive buddy Jimmy Gadomski to the dive locker to regale you with stories from his treasure hunting exploits. We’re also talking the difference between being a recreational dive boat captain and a technical dive boat captain and discussing what has gone wrong with so many near-misses/almost-accidents.

Jimmy is one of those great guys who can’t walk past a muddy puddle without wondering what is at the bottom of it. He shares his insight on how he decides if a student is ready to start tec training and how to train a dive master to run tec trips. He also makes me killer jealous with his stories of diving the wrecks of the Great Lakes – something I was supposed to also do until COVID-19 got in the way!

And as always, Jimmy faces the 10 questions we ask everybody.

Here are the timestamps:

  • Intro: 00:01
  • Jimmy’s jobs: 01:03
  • How Do You Decide If A Potential Student Is Ready For Tec? 02:15
  • Considerations for running a Tec Charter boat: 04:18
  • Service and Safety in Tec Diving: 05:47
  • What’s happening with all these near misses this summer? 06:46
  • How can the Tec Diving community identify safety concerns? 10:12
  • Show and tell! 13:51
  • Gold and silver coins: 16:36
  • Great Lakes diving: 18:52
  • 10 Questions We Ask Everybody: 20:50 Cheers! 22:48

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I really hope you guys enjoy watching this series of videos as much as I enjoy making them or else it wouldn’t be fair!

Thanks for watching. D.S.D.O James

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