– 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 every day 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 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 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
Owner, CEO, SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Specialty Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, Molchanovs Freediving Instructor 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 freediving courses, while we also teach quite a few intermediate and master courses. All these courses can be started on 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 can run an SSI Instructor course 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 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.
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.
Free diving training and holiday
It was a pleasure to have been under the tutelage of Vincent to further improve my freediving skills – it was a very rare opportunity to have received personal instructions and functional wisdom of this specialised craft. My interest is in spearfishing; My ears gave in at the middle of the training and made it to 20 meters only with 10 more meters shy of fulfilling my personal depth goal to bag level 3- it went downhill after that. Nevertheless, there a lot of advance takeaways that I ran away with. Most notably, the advanced equalisation techniques he shared to me. In addition to this, I considered myself lucky to receive yogic asanas and meditational pointers to improve my technique further. He’s a professional instructor of the trade, and a yoga guru all rolled into one!
I recommend everyone to train at the Freedive Academy Panglao. 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 you 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!
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!
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.
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