Here you will find an overview of the different freediving agencies. Each of these agencies acknowledges each other as an official freediving certification agency. With most freediving centre’s you can easily switch from one agency to the other. With some schools, you might need to do an evaluation session before crossing over.

At the Freedive Academy we look at this case by case.

And even though they’re not yet mentioned in the below tables; we do – and have welcomed many students from the Russian Freediving Federation – now called the Molchanovs Freediving Education and Training systems. Certified Molchanovs Wave students can directly cross-over to our SSI and AIDA courses.

Crossing over from one agency to another would look something like.

Course 1. AIDA 2*
Course 2. SSI Level 2
Course 3. SSI Level 3

Or

Course 1. PADI Freediver
Course 2. PADI Advanced Freediver
Course 3. Apnea Academy Level 3
Course 4. SSI Level 3

We also regularly receive requests about the Apnea Total courses and cross-overs. We always do an evaluation session with Apnea Total students to see what level they are. With Apnea Total it depends on the instructor the student had, and because there is no fixed structure in their courses, we can not tell in advance which level course you can take with us.

Please note: because of the table this page is best viewed on tablet or desktop.

 

DIVER LEVEL

SSI

  • Basic
  • Pool
  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
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Molchanovs

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  • Wave 1
  • Wave 2
  • Wave 3
  • Wave 4

AIDA

  • AIDA 1*
  • AIDA 2* (Pool)
  • AIDA 2*
  • AIDA 3*
  • AIDA 4*
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Apnea Academy

  • ---
  • Level I
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
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PADI

  • ---
  • ---
  • Freediver / Advanced
  • Master
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FII

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  • Level 1 Pool
  • Level 1 + Junior
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
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PFI

  • Intro Freediver
  • Basic Freediver
  • Intermediate Freediver
  • Advanced Freediver
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RAID

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  • Basic Freediver
  • Freediver
  • Advanced
  • Master
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DIVE PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

SSI
Instructor

  • Basic Instructor
  • Pool Instructor
  • Level 1 Instructor
  • Level 2 Instructor
  • Level 3 Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer
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Molchanovs
Instructor

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  • Lap 1/4 Instructor
  • Wave 1 Instructor
  • Wave 2 Instructor
  • Wave 3 Instructor
  • Wave 3 Instructor
    Trainer
  • Wave 4 Instructor
  • Wave 4 Instructor
    Trainer

AIDA
Instructor

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  • Pool Instructor
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  • Instructor
  • Master Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer
  • ---
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Apnea Academy Instructor

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  • Academy Instructor
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  • Instructor Trainer
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PADI
Instructor

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  • Freediving Instructor
  • Advanced Instructor
  • Master Instructor
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  • Instructor Trainer
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FII
Instructor

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  • Assistant Instructor
  • Level 1 Instructor
  • Level 2 Instructor
  • Level 3 Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer
  • ---
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PFI
Instructor

  • ---
  • Assistant Instructor
  • Instructor
  • ---
  • ---
  • ---
  • ---
  • ---

RAID
Instructor

  • ---
  • ---
  • Instructor
  • Advanced Instructor
  • Master Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer
  • ---
  • ---

* The level and skills of CMAS freediving courses may vary by country.

** This page has been updated in February 2020.

For questions about courses and cross-overs, please feel free to contact us.

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