Open Water Course

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  • $ 645.00 CAD

Why train with us?

  • Low student to instructor ratios : 3 or 4 students per instructor both in the pool and ocean

  • Our retail store is located downtown.

  • Diving courses available all year-round. Private courses available.

  • We teach children 10 years and older.

  • Passionate team of Instructors who love to teach.

Student Discount :

When you enroll in your PFI Freediver Course, you’ll automatically receive 10% off a customized Mask, Snorkel, and Fins package of your choosing if you purchase all items together!

Equipment Rental :

Diving Sports includes all the basic gear included in our freedive package.

Transportation :

Transport can be provided from our shop to the dive site. We have our shop van (limited to a 2 passenger maximum capacity). Available passenger places in the shop van will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.


Having a buddy, someone to train or dive with is not required as freediver will always be ‘buddied’ up if alone but there are discounts available for more than one student signing up. The discount is applied by ‘adding a buddy’ at the bottom of the sign up process.

Course Description

This program teaches fundamental freediving techniques. It allows you to comfortably enjoy the aquatic world to depths of up to 20 m/66 ft. You will also practice static apnea. This helps develop your breath-holding abilities and in-water comfort.

Your PFA Freediver course will cover fundamental topics such as:

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

  • Is this course for you?

  • You’re interested in learning the fundamental techniques of freediving
  • You’re new to freediving
  • You typically dive in the shallows
  • You want to dive safely
  • You want to hold your breath longer
  • You want to dive deeper

  • Skills

    If a student cannot do this, they may receive a certificate reflecting what they can accomplish. Some students take the course for the experience and not the certification. These students often participate in just the confined-water sessions. We are happy to accommodate students who wish to do so; however, we need to know this ahead of time.

    To earn PFI Freediver certification, students must be able to:

  • Demonstrate adequate safe buddy skills, showing how to perform a rescue to PFI standards
  • Perform a minimum 1:30 static breath hold in the pool with the opportunity to increase to maximum capacity
  • Dive using proper technique to at least 10 m/33 ft with constant weight and free immersion using the PFI method of entrance and exit with proper recovery breathing

  • Classroom

  • Complete the manual or eLearning Program
  • Pass final with 80 percent or more
  • Stretching and equalizing workshops
  • CO2 and O2 workshops

  • Watermanship and stamina

  • Prepare freediving equipment without instructor assistance
  • Proper entry procedure (select best local option)
  • 200 m/655 ft continuous swim without fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or flotation
  • Minimum of ten-minute tread/float
  • 25 m/82 ft no-mask snorkel swim without surfacing
  • Snorkel blast clearing
  • Recovery breathing and coaching
  • Minimum of four consecutive static breath-holds with no hypoxic symptoms achieving at least 1:30
  • Recovery breathing and coaching for buddy

  • Open water

  • Recovery breathing and coaching (hook breathing)
  • Six target constant ballast dives reaching minimum 10 m/33 et
  • Four free immersion dives to a minimum depth of 10 m/33 ft
  • Emergency rescue and problem management (rescue scenarios)
  • Managing an LMC and blackout on surface and an underwater blackout
  • Self-emergency skills such as a mask flood and ascent, and weight belt

  • Prerequisites

  • Swimming or snorkeling experience
  • Good health and fitness
  • 10 years of age with parent/guardian permission
  • PFI-Medical-Form


    Commitment to Safety Enjoyment

    At Diving Sports we believe in making sure all our students are receiving the highest quality instruction and customer service. Our instructors are open and honest about what your needs are during each part of the course. This means it is normal for some students to be asked to return for extra training (pool or ocean) prior to certification. This ensures all of our students walk away with everything they need to be safe and have fun for every dive they do following the course.

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