Freediving Classes • Panama City Diving
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 Freediving, also known as apnea or breath-hold diving, is one of the fastest growing sports in the world! It allows divers to explore the beauty of the underwater world on one breath the way nature intended, without the encumbrance of or investment in expensive equipment. Almost anyone can learn to freedive and it’s a great activity for promoting physical fitness and stamina. It’s no wonder this fun and exciting sport continues to gain popularity worldwide.

What many don’t know is that freediving is a skill based sport.  We can teach you in a matter of days what could take years of extensive experience.  FII has identified the core skills needed for effective freediving which are implemented into our curriculum offering students the most effective learning experience enabling them to freedive confidently and safely. Our curriculum has proven results, whether interested in swimming on the reef, freediving with dolphins, mastering the art of spearfishing or maybe even interested in the competitive aspects, FII has a course that will have you freediving like a pro in no time!


The Level 1 course is an introduction to the fundamental techniques of the FII education system. This highly effective 1.5 day course covers everything from safety & problem management, breathing techniques & equipment selection to correct freediving methods for gradual depth progression. For many, this is the point of entry into FII’s formal freediving education system and provides divers with a solid foundation to freedive confidently and safely up to depths of 66 feet/20 meters with breathholds up to 3 minutes. For divers already achieving these depths, it will provide an enhanced understanding of the sport and modern new techniques in order to be doing this more effectively and most importantly, more safely. This program includes academic presentations, confined water training and one open water session.

Throughout the FII Level 1 Freediver course you will learn:

Throughout the FII Level 1 Freediver course you will learn:

  • Level 1 Safety & Problem Management for Freediving
  • Level 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

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, min. 3mm wetsuit, weights, weight belt, fins, timing device.  Basic snorkel/scuba style equipment is OK for the Level 1 course.


Certification Level: Level 1 Freediver

Course Duration:  2 day course

Minimum Age Requirement: Participants must be 16 years or older