We’re making Freediving 

Fun, Accessible and Easy

Welcome to the Freedive Academy Panglao!

Being a Molchanovs Instructor Trainer, an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, an AIDA and World Series of Freediving instructor, and a former competitive depth freediver I know that proper education and training is vital for the enjoyment and safety of the sport. Luckily I’m based in Panglao Philippines where we have with our freediving centre direct access to the best freedive spot in Asia – and arguably of the world.

I’m also very lucky to call freedive mecca Dahab in Egypt my home away from home, and have been fortunate to be doing depth training there – and here in Panglao, with some of the best freedivers in the world.

As a pro freediver, I know that finding proper guidance in training, finding buddies and developing plans and goals can be complicated while you only want to explore the sport and dive deep.

We were able to make the Freedive Academy Panglao a freediving home with highly skilled professional instructors for all levels from beginners up to Instructors and Instructor Trainers. We make freediving education and training fun, accessible and easy.

We hope to see you soon in tropical Panglao Philippines.

Vincent Sparreboom
Freedive Academy Panglao Founder & Owner,
International Business Developer, Instructor Trainer & Coach

A Professional Freedive Development Centre in the Heart of the Philippines

A Home for Beginners and Champions, Future Champions and those becoming Professionals

Maybe you want to learn how to freedive, do a beginner freediving course and try freediving for the first time. Perhaps you are ready to take your freediving to the next level by becoming a Master Freediver or a Freediving Instructor. The Freedive Academy Panglao always has something nice to offer. We have beginner and intermediate courses starting every couple of days, and we run SSI Level 3, Molchanovs Wave 3, SSI Instructor Courses and Molchanovs Instructor Courses pretty much every month. If you are a Master; join us and jump in at any time, we have Masters ready to join you on the buoy year-round.

We have a big freediving centre and beautiful eco-friendly apnea sports resort here in Panglao fully equipped with high-quality materials and premium gear, designed explicitly for freediving. We’re located 300 meters from the ocean with coral wall and massive drop-off at only 10 meters from shore. The island is surrounded by palm, banana and coconut trees, and with the tropical clear blue waters of the Philippines, we know you’ll enjoy the flip-flop freediver lifestyle on Panglao.

Here you will find more information about Freediving in the Philippines.

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Spectacular Freediving, Training and Coaching in Panglao!

It truly is, taking a freediving course in the Philippines is simply spectacular! Panglao is a beautiful green island perfect for learning how to freedive or further develop your freediving skills. From our freediving centre, we have access to the best freediving location in Asia, perhaps in the world! This, plus, you will be surrounded by coconuts, palm and banana trees and this makes Panglao Island the ultimate dream location for freediving and perfect for level 1 and level 2 courses. We teach all possible levels in freedive education including all instructor levels and speciality instructor levels!

We access the ocean with a comfortable 2-minute scooter ride, with our shuttle car or with an easy <10 minute walk. We have a spectacular reef, fixed -50, -80 and -130 meter dive lines at swimming distance, and always fish around. With near perfect conditions year-round, we can bring you to the dive lines any time of the day, and any day of the year. Because we have easy access to the ocean and traininglines, we can offer the lowest training rates for masters and fellow instructors in the industry, starting at only $350 a month – and this while you are diving at the best freedive location in Asia!

This is how it is to Freedive with us in Panglao!

Please note; this video was shot at our first location. We still dive at the same reef, but we moved about 300 meter down the road to a brand new Freediving Centre with Sports Resort and 25-meter pool.

Whether you are a beginner freediver or Master Freediver, with us you start your training in Panglao, and you continue your Freedive Training at home via an online community and online coaching – the training consists of in-water, dry-training, fitness, and nutrition. Furthermore, whether you are looking to get back at depth, want to improve your dive time or as most of us want; go deeper! We have the Master Instructors and Trainers to help you reach your goals.

But let’s be honest here; you are travelling all the way to Bohol, you want to enjoy the freediver flip flop lifestyle too, and life on Panglao is perfect for this. Short’s, flip-flops, riding around the island on a scooter, palm trees and greens everywhere, white sandy beaches, enjoying the many many great restaurants with as many fresh juices as you want – Panglao is a tropical paradise!

Same goes for the ocean! Near perfect diving conditions year-round with a water temperature of 26 – 31C. You’ll have via a short swim easy access to unlimited depth with 30 to 40-meter visibility. You will always be surrounded by tropical fish, and while it’s rare; at the dive lines we’ve regularly seen whale sharks, pilot, minky and grey whales, manta’s and rays, dolphins varying from 2 or 3 to pods of 80 to 100, and twice we even had a blue whale (!!!) at the lines – the Philippines waters have it all!

Check out the Freedive in Panglao page, and contact us with your goals, plans, and wishes, and we’ll tell you all that you need to know, and we can help you.

We hope to see you soon in the tropical clear blue waters of Panglao Philippines!

The Best Service in the Industry and Developing Skilled Freedivers!

2019 was a Year of Many Changes! A New Philosophy and Direction!

We came to Panglao in 2015, started teaching immediately and had our ‘official’ start in February 2016. But many things have changed over the years. Panglao has developed itself into a full-grown tourist destination with an international airport and large ferry terminal, incredible restaurants and nightlife and high-level accommodation for all budgets. Panglao has become a must-visit destination for everyone visiting the Philippines.

We changed too… Mid-2019 we had to rethink what we wanted with the dive centre in Panglao. We no longer wanted to be the biggest freediving centre in the world. This ambition brought us a lot, but we knew all along that this is not what we really wanted…

September 1st, we moved into a new dive centre, right smack on the only access road towards the single most famous dive spot on the island; Napaling Reef with the sardines and immense drop-off perfect for freediving. We are now based about 300 meters from the ocean entry with an incredible building to support our philosophy; WE WANT TO BE THE BEST!

 

Saying ‘you Want to be the Best’ is Easy. Becoming the Best is Not so Easy… 🙂

We extended our pool to a two-lane 25-meter pool with shallow water area for static training. We have a bamboo covered yoga deck for yoga, pranayama and stretching sessions. We started equipping a small outdoor gym for apnea training with cycling and rowing machines for apnea training. We’ve build luxury bamboo bungalows and big outdoor terraces for relaxing and chatting with your colleague freedivers.

We expect to open our brand new restaurant ‘The Bottom Plate’ mid-June, where we serve the most delicious and healthy, strictly vegetarian and vegan breakfasts and lunches you have ever had in your life. We invested heavily in premium diving gear, convenience, safety, and all our classrooms are equipped with anatomical models of the ears, sinuses and alveoli, smart TVs, diving models, oximeters and spirometers.

Our goal is not just to be the best freediving centre in the world. With the new facility, the new equipment and tools, offering more sessions, training and guidance, we hope to achieve the highest course passing rates in the industry – without making the courses any easier. We want to be the only real option to people who really want to learn how to freedive, for those who want to dive deeper, stay down longer or get a better breath-hold.

 

Our Mission Statement: The Freedive Academy Panglao is and needs to be an Education Centre of the Highest Level for all Recreational and Professional Freedivers.

You can breathe again – it’s official! The TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 is in the Pocket!

TripAdvisor Travels Choice Awards 2020

Even though it was a weird year so far, we are still blessed to receive a lot of great feedback and reviews from all our customers – thank you all for this! It’s highly appreciated!!!! And we’re not the only ones noticing all the positive feedback. TripAdvisor did too and they awarded us with the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020!  To all of you who took the time to leave their reviews and feedback.

 

Thank you, you are incredible!

 

Please continue to share your feedback and photo’s on   TripAdvisor   Facebook    Google, and don’t forget to give some kudos to your instructor or coach. It will make their day for sure!

Recreational Courses and Professional Freedive Development

From Beginner to Instructor Trainer, and all sort’s of Specialities – we can offer it all!

  We are a true professional freedive development centre with 1 and 3-month internships where we offer our interns in exchange for helping out, a big discount on the courses, free housing and free lunches.

  The Freedive Academy Panglao is the only freediving centre in the world (!) that offers Internships, Freediving Zero to Hero programs, and Professional Development programs with the possibility to also become a Swim Teacher or Mermaid Instructor!

Recreational Courses:

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    SSI Try & Basic Freediving
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    SSI Level 1 & Molchanovs Wave 1
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    SSI Level 2 & Molchanovs Wave 2
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    SSI Level 3 & Molchanovs Wave 3

SSI Speciality Freediving:

In Panglao, we offer all possible freediving specialities like; Monofin, Training Tables, Free Immersion, No Fins, Scooter/DPV Diving, Variable Weight, React Right and Diver Stress & Rescue.

Professional Development:

Competitive Freediving:

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    Molchanovs Wave 4
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    AIDA Competition Freediver & Safety Freediver
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    Master and Training Programs

We teach our freediving courses in the following languages. However, we also regularly work with translators so please feel free to contact us anytime to check if your classes can be taught in your language.

Regardless of which SSI, Molchanovs or AIDA freediving course you want to take; we’ll encourage you and help you boost your confidence in the water. Learn to freedive with our fantastic team of professional instructors who will help and motivate you throughout your course. Our freediving courses are designed to give you the most enjoyable and safest freediving experience possible. Learn and love freediving with us!

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Napaling Neef
Main Building
Monofin Training
Breathing Workshop
Classroom Training
Freediving Buoys

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A Dive Centre for Everyone! From Beginner to World Champion!

We received many many visitors over the years, but this is what some of the best freedivers in the world had to say about the centre and our freediving family in Panglao!

Alexey Molchanov – World Champion CWT & CNF and multiple WR holder

I like it here a lot! Super nice conditions for deep diving, very friendly people and super professional instructors – after I taught them :p I will definitely come back for more adventures!

Şahika Ercümen – World Record Holder

The Freedive Academy was much more than an amazing freediving center. It was like a family. It was my first time in the Philippines and after my first training with Freedive Academy, I already started to plan my second visit and after 1 month I am now coming back to this beautiful centre. We only swim 20-30 meters from the shore to train, water is warm and calm most of the time and everybody is full of positive energy. What can I ask more? It is definitely one of my favourite destinations. I am so grateful to the Freedive Academy Panglao family. See you soon.

Evren Orhon – Coach of the Turkish National Freediving Team

I came to train to with the Freedive Academy Panglao in December 2015 and stayed there for four months. The strongest part of the Freedive Academy is its location. You don’t need a boat to go diving. The depth is just right next to you!! The club’s location is so good that in four months I only had two non-diveable days. The pool next to the club building offers great static opportunity, even at night time. The staff is so helpful not only in the water but on anything you need about your stay or moving around. The Freedive Academy Panglao is a must-visit point for all freedivers. The only concern is you can get hooked and may not like your next freediving destination as much.

Elliot Hyomin Kim – Korean National Team Coach and National Record Holder

I have been training for a long time all over the world from Asia to Europe, including four world championships as an athlete and coach. The freediving location is very important from beginner to deep diver. Here at the Freedive Academy, you can approach all the buoy’s from beginner to 150m deep within 200m from shore. Weather is also fantastic as I am staying here for two months from June to July. I have not had a single day on which I could not dive due to the weather conditions. The person here in charge of the center, Vincent, is a super nice person who loves the ocean and will welcome everybody with the best hospitality. If you have not yet tried the Freedive Academy Panglao. I strongly recommend you to TRY.

Davide Carrera – World Champion and World Record Holder

I spent the first two weeks and a half of this January at Freedive Academy Panglao for training. From the first mail, I understood that Vincent was a very kind and generous person, at that time he wasn’t there cause he was in India to improve his yoga. Still, his Team welcomed me, and I felt at home from the beginning.

The depth is just in front of the dock, 300 meters walking from the school and 45 seconds from my room 🙂 warm water and normally not much current, perfect conditions and the team is smiling all the time, very kind, responsible, professional and always ready to go in the water and make you feel safe and part of the team.

In few minutes by scooter, it’s easy to find fresh and local fruits and vegetables and other good food, Philippines people are very lovely people, I always felt nice vibes everywhere I went, also in town, everybody smiling and ready to help you….I loved this place very much, and I’m missing it, I hope to come back soon…Thanks again, everybody!

Vincent Mathieu – World Champion Static

You cannot say anything less about the Freedive Academy Panglao than that it’s a simply magical environment. With the perfect training conditions – visibility of 30m and a similar 30 degrees Celsius at the moment – in a calm sea, you have all you need to progress from 5 to 95m of depth.

I certified 9 minutes + static in the swimming pool at the Academy. I recommend training by the colours of the sunset or during the evening with the mood lights on and the stars shining down.

And what to say about the drop-off… You would believe it was made especially for freedivers. Lying down on the 25-meter curbed edge you can admire the corals from underneath, spectacular colour changes and incredible species that will delight both biology amateurs and underwater photographers. Did I already mention the family of sardines who form an essential element of the ecosystem at this part of the drop-off? Not to be missed are the hunting fish and the hungry needlefish around.

If you want a great freedive centre, this is the place to go ;-)!

Thanks to Vincent, and Sebastian for their kindness and hospitality. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sendoh Wang – Chinese NR Holder & Asia Continental Record Holder in all Depth Disciplines

Freedive Academy Panglao is a really nice and fantastic place to learn freediving and train. It’s not only about the setup, high-quality gears using for teaching, the great 25m pool, but also the professional and friendly instructor and owner here.

With their support, I can keep my training routine every day, even in quarantine time. They provide safe conditions for study and training freediving. Highly recommended if you want to come to Panglao.

Do you want to see more testimonials? Have a look at this page! 5 Star reviews all the way!

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Freediving is so much more than going up and down the line!

Yes, freediving is much much more! Freediving is making new friends from all over the world, discovering new places, seeing the most amazing sunsets imaginable, trying out new dishes in exotic restaurants, falling asleep on the sounds of Gecko’s, playing with whale sharks and dolphins, dirty shorts and worn-down flip-flops, cruising around the island on your scooter, freediving is a way of life. You come to visit us to improve your freediving skills – naturally! But when you have the time; Panglao and the Philippines have so much more to offer! At the Freedive Academy Panglao you can take a Swim Teacher course or a Mermaid Instructor course, and as a future SSI Freediving Instructor or Molchanovs Freediving Instructor, this, of course, is a golden opportunity to expand your market. If you are looking for more leisure and exciting times; Panglao and the province Bohol won’t disappoint! It’s more fun in the Philippines!