– 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
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)
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. We usually 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 in Asia, 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Nice spot! Calm waters and good buddies. It feels like home. Many thanks for all and see you soon 😉
I like it here a lot! Super nice conditions for deep diving, very friendly people and super professional instructors – after I taught them :p I will definitely come back for more adventures!
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!
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