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Crossing over to PFI

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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 www.tdisdi.com.

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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Reef Rescue Network launches new interactive map

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The Reef Rescue Network (RRN) was established in 2017 by the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) as a network of non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses committed to improving the condition of coral reefs by restoring populations of corals and other species that will build coral reef resilience. Since then the RRN has grown to include nearly 30 coral restoration sites in partnership with 25 local partners from 9 islands within The Bahamas as well as Aruba and St. Lucia. Through this partnership between coral reef scientist’s local conservation and education organizations and private businesses in the dive industry, the RRN is making significant advances in restoring coral and building reef resilience.

Visitors and locals can now immerse themselves in coral restoration activities at a partner location within the Reef Rescue Network. The network has coral nurseries that offer coral restoration experiences throughout The Bahamas, Aruba & St. Lucia. PIMS has developed a PADI Reef Rescue Diver Specialty Course that dive shops throughout the Reef Rescue Network are teaching. To participate, you must be a certified open water diver and at least 12 years old. The course takes one day and consists of knowledge development and two open water dives at a coral nursery.

You can learn how to assist with maintaining the nursery and get a hands-on experience or you can just scuba or snorkel the coral nursery as a fun dive to just observe and enjoy the nursery and marine life that it attracts. Another option is to scuba or snorkel one of the many restoration sites to view the corals that have been outplanted and witness for yourselves this habitat restoration and the marine life it has welcomed.

To find out more about the Reef Rescue Network, watch this video:

To visit the new Reef Rescue Network Interactive Map click here.

To learn more about the Reef Rescue Network visit their website by clicking here.

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Saving Scuba: Are We Living The Dream Yet?! (Watch Video)

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Are We Living The Dream Yet?! How do we save scuba diving? A multi-million dollar industry primarily comprised of mom-and-pop shops. Non-essential. Tourism-based. And hit so hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In this video, I identify three key challenges to the scuba diving industry that have been amplified, but not created, by the coronavirus outbreak. Cute hashtags are not going to save scuba diving. We need a plan. We need action.

I have friends – professionals in the industry – who are suffering hardships because of this pandemic. And just because the quarantines may be lifted, it doesn’t mean everything will return to normal. People who have suffered economically because of business closures are not going to rush out and spend money on dive gear and travel.

As always, stay safe and thanks for watching. D.S.D.O, James


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