Here you will find an overview of the different freediving agencies, the different freediving courses and the different freedive instructor courses. Each of these freediving agencies acknowledges each other as an official freediving certification agency. With most freediving center’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.

Please note, we added Molchanovs Freediving Education also to the below tables and overview. Since they are a new agency, the other agencies don’t ‘officially’ recognise them. Since we are an SSI and Molchanovs freediving center ourselves, we know the Molchanovs courses very well. We know that the all-round level of Molchanovs freedivers is usually higher than students of other agencies. With us certified Molchanovs Wave students can cross-over to SSI and AIDA.

Crossing over from SSI or AIDA to Molchanovs should not be a problem with any Molchanovs dive center.

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 different tables, 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

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  • Level I
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
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PADI

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  • 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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  • Wave 2 Instructor & Lap 2/3/4 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

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  • Assistant Instructor
  • Instructor
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RAID
Instructor

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  • Instructor
  • Advanced Instructor
  • Master Instructor
  • Instructor Trainer
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* Because of the space limitations on this page we removed CMAS from the table. Directly crossing over from CMAS is possible too. Please contact us for more information since level and skills of CMAS freediving courses may vary by country.

** This page has been updated in February 2021.

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

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