PADI OWSI to Freediver Instructor Development & Training - PADI FIDT

PADI OWSI To PADI Freediver Instructor


Scuba diving and freediving are two different activities that require very specific skills. It is easier to start freediving if you have already some good experience in scuba, but when it comes to teach freediving, you will feel more confident when you are able to demonstrate mastery as a professional Freediving Instructor.

As it is the case for every sport, the more you will practice, the more experience you will gain and the better you will become.

There is a set of skills which is absolutely essential for every freedive instructor. Your body and mind will require training in various conditions, disciplines & situations to reach your targets and be able to supervise other in a safe and healthy way. Teaching freediving can be physically and mentally challenging. Body adaptation to this new challenging activity is something that isn’t developed in a couple of days.

Hence, we have designed a specific program to support, motivate and guide PADI Scuba Instructors who wants to offer the exciting freediving experience to their students. 

This program has been designed by Jean Pol (JP) Francois is an experienced Scuba Instructor (PADI – NAUI – SDI) , a professional freediver for more than 25 years (AIDA Education Officer, AIDA and PADI Instructor Trainer – CMAS Freediver Instructor – Apnea Academy Instructor – AIDA Judge Instructor) and former competition swimmer. 
JP perfectly knows what are the challenges encountered by the scuba diving instructors when they discover freediving for the first time.

During this 8 days, you will join the PADI Freediver, PADI Advanced Freediver course, and gain more coaching in-water with profesionnal freediver and instructor trainer. 

Every candidates to our Instructor course, has the possibility to join our FREE INTERNSHIP Program. During this time, you will be assisting (class and in water) our Instructors when they are giving class, training, coaching. It is the best way to gather information, become familiar with the education standards, be with different students, observe different style of teaching, and learn your future job. 
It can be done after your IC. The lenght of this internship is up to you, as you can stay with us a long as you want.  



  • PADI Freediver
  • PADI Advanced Freediver course
  • TOTAL of 10 Open Water Coached Sessions


  • Breathing, Static, Dynamic  
  • Depth disciplines techniques
  • Equalization – Depth Techniques 
  • Undulation - Monofin 



Skills to demonstrate with mastery:

  • Relaxation Breathing

  • Last Breath

  • Recovery Breathing

  • Relaxation during the static

  • No ‘pushy’ attitude

  • Buddy in Static

  • Dynamic techniques: Bi fins – Monofin

(optional) - No Fin (optional)

  • Turning in Dynamic

  • Buddy in Dynamic

  • Safety in Static and Dynamic (LMC – BO)

  • Duck dive

  • Body position in deep dives

  • Line orientation

  • Finning techniques

  • Turning technique; Budy procedure

  • Lanyard use

  • Rescue exercises in depth

  • Open water dives set up


Performances to reach:

  • Static apnea 3’00 min

  • Dynamic apnea : 60m 

  • Static apnea and Dynamic Rescue exercise

  • CWT to 30m min

  • FIM to 30m min

  • Rescue BO at 20m

Want to sign up...

PADI OWSI To PADI Freediver Instructor


  • 18 years old

  • Be a current Emergency First Response Instructor (or qualifying CPR/first aid instructor). (If you are not currently a First Aid Instructor, we can help you to arrange your coure and it will take 3 days to complete this course)

  • Have a PADI Master Freediver certification (or have a qualifying certification)

  • Present a medical statement signed by a physician within 12 months

Paperworks: Complete the PADI MEDICAL FORM , the PADI liability release and the PADI Statement of Understanding

Course duration:  8 days

In order to gain more experience, every candidate can also combined this program with the Master Internship.
The length duration will be up to 3 weeks.


Price : Click on the location below to know the price

Contact us to book your course.

Instructor candidates Freedivers are encouraged to have their own personal freediving equipment.

Then after the completion of the cross over, and to start teaching the PADI System, you also need the PADI Freediver Instructor Material Package including the following:

  • Freediver Touch
  • PADI Instructor Guide
  • PADI Instructor Cue Cards
  • PADI Instructor Application Fee
  • PADI Examination Fee

You can buy this package at Freediving Planet or at your PADI regional headquarter.



AIDA Freediving PADI Freediver center Bestdive
Freediving Equipment Mobby's Apnea Gear Freediving Planet at Palaka Dive Center