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

Kai (Xie, Kaiheng)

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

Jenel Opena

Support team and Housekeeping

Ron Comidoy

Assistant Manager Academy

Marvin Estoque

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

Ian Dexter Calderon

Support Team & Chef

Zhang Meng

Intern for the Chinese team

Olivier (Lin Xu)

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.

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 mold 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!

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 Freedive Academy Panglao, 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 super nice person who loves the ocean and will welcome everybody with the best hospitality, If you have not yet tried to Freedive Academy Panglao. I strongly recommend you to TRY.

Cara Pang

I came here for a freediving course. Everything was perfect especially the location which provides easy access and safe entry point to the open sea. The amazing underwater world was just seconds from the shore. The staff and management of Freedive Academy Panglao are friendly, extremely helpful and flexible. Strongly recommended.

AJ Ignacio

Best trainers, best location. Too bad there were whale sharks, dolphins and pilot whales when we were training on my birthday. 🙂 Sea you guys soon! 🙂

Assaf Reshef

Did my SSI level 1 with Freedive Academy Panglao and had a blast. They made the course super easy and fun and had the patience to answer all my questions. Thanks a lot everyone, I hope to see you again soon!

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