– Our Mission –
We don’t just Teach Freediving. We Create Highly Skilled, Well-Trained, All-Round Freedivers!
At the Freedive Academy Panglao, we all fully enjoy living on our beautiful little island. We love coming to work every day so 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 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!
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 the opening, the centre 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 centre in Panglao, having taught and trained all over the world before landing in the Philippines.
Meet the management of the Freedive Academy Panglao
Owner, CEO, Molchanovs Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Specialty Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, and AIDA & Raid WSF Instructor.
Emily (Mei Lin)
Owner, CFO & Purchasing, Retail & Distribution and Manager China Operations – and Boss of the Boss 😉
General Manager Dive Academy and Resort
The Freedive Academy focuses on 3 things;
- Recreational freediving courses, mainly beginner and intermediate courses.
- Master Training
- Professional Freedive Development
Molchanovs, SSI (and AIDA) recreational freediving courses:
The Freediving Academy Panglao offers a wide range of freediving courses and many many freediving specialities. Of course the most popular are the beginner and intermediate freediving courses, and these courses can be started at pretty much any day of the week. We run these courses many times a week. Normally we even run one or two SSI Level 3 or Molchanovs Wave 3 courses each month.
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 the use of a boat, always close to shore, up to 40-meter visibility, 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, 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.
Professional Freedive Development programs:
With Vincent being an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer and a Molchanovs Instructor Trainer, the Freedive Academy Panglao is capable of running an SSI Instructor Course or Molchanovs Instructor Course pretty much every month. Because of this – and our location and high-end facility, the Freedive Academy is very strong in offering the different Professional Freediver Development programs. With the Freedive Academy Panglao, you can start at any time a freediving Zero to Hero program, apply for a freediving internship or follow a custom professional development program.
If you are interested in becoming a speciality instructor like SSI Monofin Instructor, SSI Variable Weight Instructor, or any of the other many freediving or ecology specialities 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 a 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 things about the Freedive Academy is not the freedive academy, 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!
SSI Level 1 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM
Ground & Support team
SSI Level 2 Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM, and Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor
Samantha van Rossum-Gough
Support and distribution the Netherlands office
Online Business Manager
Ground & Support team
Julie Mae Bandala
Jennifer Daradar (Jimmy)
Maintenance & Support team
Guadalupe Bendanillo (Pinky)
Support Team & Chef
Olivier (Lin Xu)
SSI Level 2 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM
Molchanovs Instructor Trainer, SSI Level 3 Master Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM
You don’t have to believe us, just read what our many guests had to say about us and 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.
Amazing dive spot for freediving! The staff at Freedive Academy Panglao 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!
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 🙂
Nice spot! Calm waters and good buddies. It feels like home. Many thanks for all and see you soon 😉
The coaches are particularly warm and professional.
There is also many cute kittens.
My stay was way too short. I want to take more lessons with Freedive Academy Panglao.
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.
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