If you arere an avid freediver, you likely spend a lot of time thinking about freediving, talking about freediving and sharing the details your latest freediving adventures. Becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor lets you take your passion for freediving to the next level and allows you to do what you enjoy as a profession. You must earn the PADI Freediver Instructor rating, but you gain a job that lets you share incredible underwater achievements with others, transforming their lives for the better while enriching yours.
There are two paths to earning the PADI Freediver Instructor rating. The first is for experienced freedivers who gain instructional skills by attending a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course. The second path is for freediver instructors who want to join the PADI organization by attending a PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation.
To enroll in a PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course, you must be at least 18 years old, have a PADI Master Freediver certification (or have a qualifying certification), be a current Emergency First Response Instructor (or qualifying CPR/first aid instructor) and present a medical statement signed by a physician within 12 months.
Note that PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (or higher rating) who are also experienced freedivers and have a PADI Advanced Freediver certification may apply directly for the rating by submitting a PADI Freediver Instructor Application to their PADI Regional Headquarters.
In the PADI Freediver Instructor Training Course, over a minimum of four days, during both classroom and inwater sessions, you cover these key topics:
In the PADI Freediver Instructor Orientation, which may be conducted in person or as a webinar over a few hours, you cover these key topics:
For both program, there is also a Care for the Environment topic and a written final exam.
Visit your local PADI Freediver Center to pick up a PADI Freediver Instructor Start-up Kit that includes a complete set of instructional materials. Start learning immediately by reading through the PADI Freediver Program Instructor Guide. Your PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer will schedule sessions to complete your training.
Follow your passion and become a PADI Freediver Instructor: