Freediving Levels 1-3

Learn to Freedive with PSAI diving courses

The Professional Scuba Association International’s (PSAI) Freediver courses are designed for those divers who wish to improve their fitness, diving skill, and enjoyment of the underwater world using breath hold diving techniques. PSAI freediving training is conducted in three phases progressively building a diver’s skill and ability to attain depths as deep as 30 meters/99 feet.

Level 1 – 10 meters/33 feet
Level 2 – 20 meters/66feet
Level 3 – 30 meters/99feet

Course Content Includes

History of Freediving
  • Origins
  • Development into a sport
  • Underwater activities involving freediving
Physics
  • Hydrodynamics and Pressure
  • Boyle’s Law
  • Dalton’s Law
  • Archimedes Principle
  • Thermal Dynamics of Heat Transfer
Physiology
  • Hypothermia
  • Exercise, Exertion, and Exhaustion
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Panic
  • Pulmonary Gas Exchange
  • Ventilation and Hyperventilation
  • Bradycardia and the Mammalian Diving Reflex
  • Apnea
  • Anoxia and Hypoxia
  • Deep Water Blackout
  • Shallow Water Blackout
  • Carbon Dioxide Build-Up
  • Barotrauma
  • Decompression Sickness and Freediving
Freediving Preparation
  • Fitness
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Psychological Factors
  • Establishing Personal Safe Depth and Time Limits
Equipment
  • Masks
  • Snorkels
  • High-Performance Fins (Bi-Fins and Monofins)
  • Constant Ballast, Variable Ballast, and No Limits Weight Systems
  • Buoyancy Systems, Exposure Suits, Snorkeling Vests, and Emergency Ascent Devices
Dive Planning
  • Goals
  • Weather and Environmental Factors
  • Tides, Currents, and Surface Conditions
  • Entry and Exit Points
  • Performance Strategies
Surface Support
  • Floats
  • Boats
  • Use of Ascent/Descent Lines
The Dive
  • Buddy Procedures
  • Diving Techniques
  • Descending and Ascending
  • Swimming Techniques
  • Resting and Conserving Energy
Hazards
  • Solo diving
  • Entanglement
  • Entrapment
  • Lost Equipment
  • Injured or Tired Diver
  • Buddy Separation or Missing Diver
  • Missing Boat
  • Marine Life Injuries
  • Buddy Assist and Buddy Rescue
  • Emergency Evacuation Procedures
Freediving Activities
  • Photography
  • Hunting
  • Pool Sports
  • Freediving Competition
  • Enjoyment of the Water without SCUBA