safe buddy course

The PFI Safe Buddy program was designed by PFI to create a platform upon which its students and customers, certified or not, could learn about the Safety Procedures, Rescue Techniques and Risk Management Methods which accompany Safe Freediving Practices. This course is for aquatic professionals and general public alike who are interested in learning the essentials of safety supervision for apnea and freediving. Designed by PFI with the intention of helping increase safety awareness during recreational breath-holding/freediving activities, this course focuses solely on the Safety and Problem Management for apnea training along with Near Blackout (Loss of Motor Control etc.) and Blackout Management. It does not include instruction for any freediving or breath-hold techniques as does the PFI Freediver courses.

Performance Freediving International Courses offered by Bottom Dwellers Freediving provide the students within its courses with 'DAN's Student Medical Expense Coverage'


Course Format:

0.5 Days (specific courses and locations vary depending on scheduling, be sure to consult the specific course you are interested in taking for specific details. This course is class and pool only. There are no open water sessions as part of this course)

The Half Day Course will consist of:

  • 1 classroom session (2 hours) - Knowledge Development of the course

  • 1 confined water session (2 hours) - Apply the knowledge learnt in class and practice safety and rescue techniques for breath-holding.

The schedule and layout/order of these sessions varies course to course as these course are booked on a demand basis. Please contact Bottom Dwellers via the contact link at the bottom of the page if there is a course you are interested in taking as not all courses are posted on this site.


Good Health is the only prerequisite for the Safe Buddy course. Please be sure to consult the medical form linked below prior to enrolling in the course. If your response is 'Yes' to any of the medical form questions, you may be required to obtain a doctors signature of approval before participating in any Bottom Dwellers & Performance Freediving International's courses. Please contact Bottom Dwellers if you have any questions about the medical form.

Equipment Requirements

  • Mask & Snorkel

  • Fins

  • Timing device or Dive Computer

    • *Full Wetsuit

    • *Weight-Belt and weights

*equipment which is recommended, but not required for the course.


PFI Safe Buddy course prices vary by location and instructor, but start at $100 per person. The tuition price covers the following:

  • Personalized instruction from advanced freediving specialists, national & world record holders & trainers,

  • Knowledge Development Classroom Session

  • Skills Development Confined Water Session

If you're interested in taking a Safe Buddy course with Bottom Dwellers and you don’t see one posted in our calendar or you’d like to organize a private, please contact us by following the link below.