Freediving Certification Levels

FII core courses offer students the opportunity to become certified up to their level of training. To pass an FII course, students are required to master certain skills and academics taught throughout their course. FII courses are not performance based and our proven curriculum focuses on mastering the correct freediving specific techniques with a high emphasis on safety. Upon becoming certified, students receive an FII certification card and optional wall certificate.

 

After taking and passing a FII course, students are welcomed into an exclusive online forum where topics such as freediving training, finding buddies, travel, and FII news are discussed.  FII strongly believes in keeping your newly attained information current as opportunities for depth and pool training are made available through our instructors and facilities on a regular basis.

 

Junior Freediver Course

This class is for participants 12-15 years old.

 

This 2 day program offers junior freedivers the opportunity to master the fundamentals of the FII freediving techniques in a relaxed, fun, safe environment.

The academics of this course have been specifically adapted by grade school teaching professionals to be both easily digestible and fun.  The junior freediver practical curricula offer students fun games and activities that cleverly integrate the fundamental skills and key safety protocols. During this course, students are trained up to a maximum depth of 50 ft/15 meters. The junior freediver course has a maximum student – instructor ratio of 4-1 so our professional instructors can provide the safest learning experience for our new generation of freedivers.  As a parent, this course is a must for your son/daughter to learn the proper freedive safety techniques! It saves lives!!!

 

Upon successful completion of the Jr. Freediver course and reaching the minimum age of 16 year old (with parent consent) you will be able to enroll directly into the FII Level 2 course.

 

Throughout the FII Junior Freediver course you will learn:

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  • Jr. Freediver Safety & Problem Management for Freediving
  • Jr. Freediver Confined and Open Water Rescue
  • Introduction to Freediving Specific Equipment
  • Basic Physics and Physiology for the Jr. Freediver
  • Freediving Technique Development
  • Correct Breathing for Freediving
  • Equalization Techniques for the Jr. Freediver
  • Open Water Rescue Skills, Buddy Supervision and Self Evaluation

 

Student Learning Materials:

Junior Freediver Student Manual and Workbook,

Junior Freediver Academic Review

 

As a F.I.I. Junior Freediver you will use the following equipment:

Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit, Weights, Weightbelt, Fins and Timing device.

 

Certification:
Participants will be encouraged to take a 30 minute test on course completion to gain Jr. Freediver certification card. This is required to advance in further freediving training.

 

Course Duration: 2 day course

 

Minimum Age Requirement: 12 years old

 


 

Level 1 Freediver Course

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The Level 1 course is an introduction to the FII education system.  It covers everything from safety & problem management, breathing techniques, & equipment selection to correct freediving methods for gradual depth progression. This course is ideal for anyone wishing to master the correct basic freediving techniques of our system enabling you to confidently freedive to depths up to 66 feet/20 meters. We highly recommend taking the Level 1 Freediver course before proceeding onto the Level 2 course.

Throughout the FII Level 1 Freediver course you will learn:

  • Level 1 Safety & Problem Management for Freediving
  • CertiLevels1Level 1 Breath-Hold Technique Development
  • Level 1 Confined Water Rescue and Buddy Supervision Techniques
  • Introduction to Freediving Specific Equipment
  • Basic Physics and Physiology for the Level 1 Freediver
  • Freediving Technique Development
  • Correct Breathing for Freediving
  • Equalization Techniques for the Level 1 Freediver
  • Open Water Rescue Skills, Buddy Supervision and Self Evaluation

 

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Student Learning Materials:

Level 1 Student Manual and Workbook,

Level 1 Academic Review

 

As a F.I.I. Level 1 Freediver you will use the following equipment:

Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit, Weights, Weightbelt, Fins, Timing device.

 

Certification Level: Level 1 Freediver. Students are not required to dive the maximum depth of the course for certification. FII certification tests are based on the skills and knowledge you will master throughout your course.

 

Course Duration: 2 day course

 

Minimum Age Requirement: 16 years old

 

Cost: $335

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Level 2 Freediver Course

The FII Level 2 Freediver course is perfect for spearfishermen and freedivers whom have already taken the FII Level 1 course, or are already experienced with breath-hold activities, the correct use of freediving specific equipment, fundamental skills and hold good kinesthetic awareness.  During this course you will be introduced to your natural inborn aquatic abilities and instructed on specific techniques to unlock them. You will also learn of limitations the human physiology and physics the underwater environment impose on freedivers, how to recognize these thresholds and how to avoid crossing them.

CertiLevels3The maximum depth of this course is 40meters/130 feet.

Throughout the FII Level 2 Freediver course you will learn:

  • Level 2 Safety & Problem Management for Freediving
  • Basic Breathing Techniques Development
  • Confined Water Rescue and Buddy Supervision Techniques
  • Freediving Specific Equipment for the Level 2 Freediver
  • Physiology of the Level 2 Freediver
  • Physics in Freediving
  • Open Water Freediving Technique Development
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Student Learning Materials:

Level 2 Student Manual and Workbook,

Level 2 Academic Review

 

As a F.I.I. Level 2 Freediver you will use the following equipment:

Low Profile Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit, 1lb-2lb Weights, Rubber Weightbelt, Longblade Freediving Fins, Freediving Specific Computer 

 

Certification Level: Level 2 FreediverStudents are not required to dive the maximum depth of the course for certification. FII certifications are based on the skills and knowledge you will master throughout your course.

 

Course Duration: 4 day course

 

Minimum Age Requirement: 16 years old

 


 


 

Level 3 Freediver Course

This high intensity course arms participants with the knowledge to attain personal goals by utilizing freediving training techniques developed by F.I.I. founder and Freediving World Champion, Martin Stepanek. This advanced program will open up a whole new realm of freediving techniques and training knowledge. Whether you’re a  recreational freediver, competitive spearfisherman or simply a freediving enthusiast, this course will help you develop an understanding of advanced freediving techniques, the demanding physiological aspects of freediving, diet and nutrition, advanced safety and self rescue techniques, and other depth-specific training practices such as FRC (Functional Residual Capacity) dives. All techniques are used by the leading athletes in the sport of freediving and spearfishing. The F.I.I. Level 3 course is guaranteed to take you to the next level and beyond!

CertiLevels5Throughout the Level 3 course you will be instructed in the following:

  • Understanding and Application of Training Principles
  • Training Techniques and Skills Specific to Freediving Fitness and Performance
  • Dietary Needs of the Freediving Athlete
  • Advanced Breathing and Stretching Exercises
  • Advanced Freediving Technique Development
  • Advanced Safety Techniques for Supervision and Self Rescue, including counter ballast operations.
  • Freediving Psychology

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  • Deep Equalization Techniques

 

Student Learning Materials:

Level 3 Student Manual and Workbook,

Level 3 Academic Review

 

As a F.I.I. Level 3 Freediver you will use the following equipment:

Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit, 1lb-2lb Weights, Rubber Weightbelt, Longblade Freediving Fins/Monofin, Freediving Specific Computer, Lanyard

 

Certification Level: Level 3 Freediver. Students are not required to dive the maximum depth of the course for certification. FII certifications are based on the skill and knowledge you will master throughout your course.

 

Course Duration:  4 day course

 

Minimum Age Requirement: 16 years old