FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy

Panglao Philippines

– Our Mission –

We don’t just Teach Freediving. We Create Highly Skilled, Well-Trained, All-Round Freedivers!

At FREEDIVE+, we all fully enjoy living on our beautiful little island, and we love coming to work every day cause we can share our love for breath-hold diving, and our passion for the oceans and the underwater world.

It’s our mission to create the best and biggest professional freediving development centre in the world while maintaining a family atmosphere and a welcoming home for freedivers from absolute beginner to Instructor Trainers and World Champion freedivers!

About Us

The FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao had its official opening by World Champion and multiple World Record holder Alexey Molchanov on February 8th, 2016, and the centre has been rocking the freediving world ever since.

The three founders and co-owners of the centre Sura Dai (苏拉), Cau Yu (曹雨) and Vincent Sparreboom had a clear idea in mind of what they wanted with the centre, having taught and trained all over the world before landing in Panglao.


Meet the three founders and owners of FREEDIVE+

Sura Dai (苏拉)

SSI International Training Director, General Manager and responsible for daily operations at FREEDIVE+ Panglao.

Cao Yu (曹雨)

SSI Level 3 Instructor, SSI Instructor Trainer Candidate, SSI Speciality Instructor Trainer Candidate and Manager Operations China Mainland

Vincent Sparreboom

 SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Specialty Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, and AIDA & Raid WSF Instructor and Manager International Business Development (not China).

FREEDIVE+ focuses on 3 things;

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    Recreational freediving courses, mainly level 1 and 2 courses.
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    Master Training
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    Professional Freedive Development


SSI (and AIDA) recreational freediving courses:

FREEDIVE+ Freediving Academy Panglao offers a wide range of freediving courses and many many freediving specialities. Of course the most popular are the SSI Level 1 and Level 2 courses, and these courses can be started at pretty much any day of the week. We run these courses many times a week. We are also running at least one Level 3 course a month; one month will be in Chinese, and the next month in English. When we have an English Level 3 the same month, we’ll organise a Chinese Instructor course, and the next month when we have a Chinese Level 3, we’ll run an English Instructor course at the same time.


Master Training in Panglao:

If you are looking for the best place for your freediving training in Asia, Panglao for sure and without any doubt has the best conditions. It’s very easy to get to any depth you want, diving at any time of the day, always close to shore, up to 40 meter visibility, up to 31C water temperature, and the out-of-the-water conditions are pretty great too with affordable, and nice long-term stay housing, healthy and good food available all around the island. Whether you want to train by yourself or follow the MASTER+ program, with coaching and guidance from the experienced instructors, FREEDIVE+ and Panglao are a true paradise for master freedivers.


Professional Freedive Development programs:

With Sura being an SSI International Training Director, and Vincent an SSI Instructor Trainer, FREEDIVE+ is capable of running an SSI Instructor Course pretty much every month. Because of this FREEDIVE+ is very strong in offering the different Professional Freediver Development programs. With FREEDIVE+ you can start at any time a zero-to-hero program, apply for an internship, or follow a custom professional development program.



If you are interested in becoming a speciality instructor like Monofin Instructor, Variable Weight Instructor, or any of the other many freediving or ecology specialities be sure to contact FREEDIVE+ too. And if you want to broaden your market as an instructor, you can also choose to participate in the Swim Teacher courses or a Mermaid Instructor courses.

Panglao is an amazing tropical island with near perfect in-water and out-of-the-water freediving conditions, and we’d love to welcome you here on our amazing island!


BUT! The Best is Yet to Come! Our Team! Our Family!

The best things about FREEDIVE+ is not our freediving centre, our location, the high level of freediving education, or even Panglao Island. The Best thing about FREEDIVE+ is our team! The FREEDIVE+ family will make your visit to Bohol, and freediving in the Philippines fun, deep and unforgettable!

We are very proud to introduce to you our FREEDIVE+ family! 

Cici (Jiang, Wenjing)

SSI Level 2 Instructor, Mermaid Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM, Monofin & No Fins

Edge (Li, Yi)

SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Tessie Sumampong LaMourea

SSI Level 2 Instructor, Mermaid Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM, and Monofin

Cyrus Dastoor

SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Nejc Likar

Manager English Division, Apnea Academy Instructor, SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM, No Fins and Monofin

Lobella Mhie

Assistant Manager Academy

Qi Dongqian

SSI Level 1 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM, Monofin and Mermaid Instructor

Kenn Alelie

Manager Academy

Daichi Chen

YA Yoga Instructor, AIDA Instructor and SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Jerald Guioguio

Ground & Support team, and Hippo (van) Driver

BigBer (Jin, Yi)

SSI Level 2 Instructor, Mermaid Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM & Monofin

Marivic Estomata

Alona Shop Manager

Edwin Castillon

SSI Level 1 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Niuniu (Han, Xiaochao)

SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Clyde Aguillon

Online Business Manager

Rex Secoya

Ground & Support team

Samantha van Rossum-Gough

Support and distribution the Netherlands office

Stephen Bulang

Ground & Support team

Liezel Tigol Jumaran

Support team and Housekeeping

Keven Jumaran

Ground & Support team


Support Team & Chef


WeChat Support team China


WeChat Support team China


Intern for the English team


Intern for the Chinese team


Intern for the Chinese team


Intern for the English team

You don’t have to believe us, just read what our many guests had to say about FREEDIVE+ and the FREEDIVE+ family.

On the testimonial page, you can find even more testimonials. Below are random ones, if you refresh the page, you’ll see five new ones.

Gloria Jiayin Tsai

I recommend everyone to train at FREEDIVE+. It was the best decision we made in the Philippines. The dive site drop off is stunning, sardine storm at my arms reach, buoy line ready to connect at any moment when u feel like jumping into the water, helpful staff….lovely training buddies. No boat, no waiting. Just jump in and you are ready to train. My partner and I loved it so much and will come back again definitely. Muah!

Vincent Mathieu – World Champion Static

You cannot say anything less about FREEDIVE+ 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 that you need to progress from 5 to 95m of depth.

I certified 9 minutes + static in the swimming pool at FREEDIVE+. I recommend training by the colors 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 color 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 center, this is the place to go;-)!

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

Gordz Gojunco

Awesome Instructors, really knowledgeable and passionate about Freediving. Good Coaches and Mentors. Perfect facility and location for training and learning! You guys rock! Keep it up. Can’t wait for the next trip

Scott Lambert

Freediving in paradise

If I could give Freedive+ more than 5 stars then I would. This place is magical. It offers freediving students the perfect blend of high calibre instructors, a warm and friendly atmosphere, and an absolutely unforgettable diving location. It does not matter if you are a beginner or a deep diver, this place has something for everyone, and the dive spot is a mere 2 minute swim from the resort. In other words, no boat required!

I was lucky enough to complete my SSI freediving level 1 and 2 under my instructor, Kim, whose knowledge, experience, patience, and encouragement I am truly grateful for. I could not have asked for a better introduction to the depth (and breadth) of freediving and am already planning my next course at Freedive+ 🙂

On Land In Sea

Amazing Dive Spot for Freediving and Scuba! The staff at FREEDIVE+ are all great people from different walks of life. It was a memorable experience filled with exciting adventures and infinite possibilities. Cheers to more dives!

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