Freedive Academy Panglao

Taking Freediving Eduction to a Higher Level!

– Our Mission –

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

At the Freedive Academy Panglao, we all fully enjoy living on our beautiful little island. We love coming to work daily to 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 professional freediving development center in the world while maintaining a family atmosphere and a welcoming home for freedivers from absolute beginners to Instructor Trainers and World Champion freedivers!

We are very proud to say that our freedivers can dive and train with any freediver, of any level, in any conditions, and anywhere in the world. And our instructors can teach at any dive center, small or big, anywhere in the world. We develop highly skilled top-level freedivers and instructors!

If you really want to learn how to freedive or how to teach freediving, the Freedive Academy Panglao is your solution.

About Us

The Freedive Academy Panglao had its official opening by World Champion and multiple World Record holder Alexey Molchanov on February 8th, 2016 – at that time, we were still operating under the name FREEDIVE+. And since its opening, the center has been rocking the freediving world ever since.

The Freedive Academy Panglao founder and owner, Vincent, had a clear vision of what he wanted with the professional freediving development center in Panglao, having taught and trained all over the world before landing in the Philippines.


Meet the management of the Freedive Academy Panglao.

Vincent Sparreboom

Owner, CEO of the Freedive Academy and Apnea Sports Solutions, SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Specialty Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, Molchanovs Instructor Trainer, AIDA Instructor Trainer, AIDA Judge & Raid WSF Instructor.

Emily Lin

Emily (Mei Lin)

Owner, CFO of the Freedive Academy and Apnea Sports Solutions and responsible for purchasing, retail & distributions and Manager China Operations, Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor, SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor, Mermaid Instructor, and AIDA Judge – and of course, the Boss of the Boss 😉

The Freedive Academy focuses on three things;

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    Recreational freediving courses, mainly beginner and intermediate courses.
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    Master Training
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    Instructor Training Development


Molchanovs, SSI, and AIDA recreational freediving courses:

The Freediving Academy Panglao offers a wide range of freediving courses and many, many freediving specialties. Of course, the most popular are the beginner freediving courses, while we also teach quite a few intermediate and master courses. We have courses starting on almost any day of the week and run them many times a week. Including the master courses – we usually run at least two monthly SSI Level 3, Molchanovs Wave 3, or AIDA 4 courses.


Master Training in Panglao:

If you are looking for the best place for your freediving training, Panglao, for sure and without any doubt, has the best conditions possible. It is very easy to get to any depth you want, diving at any time of the day without using a boat, always close to shore, up to 40-meter visibility, and up to 31C water temperature. The out-of-the-water conditions are pretty great, too, with affordable and excellent and affordable long-term stay housing and 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 very experienced Instructor Trainers and Master Instructors, the Freedive Academy and Panglao are a true paradise for master freedivers.


Instructor Training Development programs:

With Vincent being an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, AIDA Instructor Trainer, and Molchanovs Instructor Trainer, the Freedive Academy Panglao runs at least one or two SSI Instructor courses, Molchanovs Instructor courses, or AIDA Instructor Courses each month. Because of this – and our location and high-end facility, the Freedive Academy is very strong in offering different Instructor Training Development programs. With the Freedive Academy Panglao, you can start a freediving Zero to Hero program anytime, apply for a freediving internship, or follow a custom instructor development program.



If you want to become a specialty instructor like an SSI Monofin Instructor, SSI Variable Weight Instructor, or any other freediving or ecology specialties, be sure to contact the Freedive Academy too. And if you want to broaden your market as an instructor, you can also choose to participate in the Swim Teacher courses or Mermaid Instructor courses.

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


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

The best thing about the Freedive Academy is not the dive center in Panglao, our location, the high level of freediving education, or even Panglao Island. The best thing about the academy is our team! The Freedive Academy Panglao 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 Academy Panglao family!

Samantha van Rossum-Gough

Support and distribution the Netherlands office

Alianie Silos-Gapio

Management Assistant and Receptionist


Management Assistant and Receptionist


Customer Support & Sales Representative



Jan Alfei Guadez

Online Business Manager

Shaina Mae







Ground & Support team


Technician & Maintenance

Sophie Bellin

Sophie Bellin

AIDA and Molchanovs Master Instructor, SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Edwin Castillon

SSI Level 1 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Mark Jacobs

AIDA & Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor

Igor Klimovitsky

Igor Klimovitsky

Molchanovs Wave 2 & SSI Level 2 Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Hannah Wright

Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor

Niky Costa

Molchanovs Wave 2 & SSI Level 2 Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM









You don’t have to believe us. Just read what our many guests had to say about the Freedive Academy Panglao 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.

Jana Neirynck

Perfect place for freedive training with great conditions and an amazing natural drop-off with lots of marine life! The sunsets here are breathtaking, and I even saw fireflies! Vincent, the owner, is a super nice and warm-hearted person! I definitely recommend Freedive Academy Panglao.

David Cabrera

Nice spot! Calm waters and good buddies. It feels like home. Many thanks for all and see you soon 😉

Kristine Tecson

Competent instructors and a fun basic freediving course!

As a beginner, I was a bit terrified of freediving. I had worries before I even started the course and panicked when we finally had to go into the open water.

But thanks to our reliable and (very) supportive instructor, Kuya Edwin, we enjoyed every minute and had fun during our basic freediving course, despite the slightly choppy waters!

My friends and I were complete newbies to freediving. But after just a day of learning breathing techniques and realising just how capable the human body really is, we were able to go into the open water, apply what we learned, and had a blast in the process.

It was amazing how Freedive Academy Panglao encourages you to challenge your understanding of your limitations and break that mould you put yourself into. The initial discomfort that the unknown brings slowly turns into something wonderful that you take with you forever.

My friends and I are already planning to return soon and get our SS1 Level 1 training. We’re excitedly talking about bringing new friends in and sharing the experience with them.

We are particularly grateful for Kuya Edwin! We couldn’t have asked for a better instructor to introduce us to this amazing sport. I personally felt safe from start to finish, and I wonder now why I was so scared in the first place.

To those of you who, like me, had hesitations and fears about freediving, I encourage you to give freediving with Freedive Academy Panglao a try. They’ll help you to open your eyes to the beauty of the ocean depths and make the process very enjoyable, too!

Aileen Chang

I’m so happy and thank Nejc and Edge a lot for my 3 days.
I have passed the SSI level 1 course, and now I also want to do the next one when I get back.🙃

Nejc is so nice and patient.

I didn´t really understand at first, but he tried to explain everything to me, even with DRAWINGS.
It was so sweet and cute, but you will understand soon.😂

I really recommend Freedive Academy Panglao!

Scott Lambert

Freediving in paradise

If I could give Freedive Academy Panglao 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 shore. 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 breath) of freediving and am already planning my next course at the Academy 🙂

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