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 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!

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, SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Specialty Instructor Trainer, SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, Molchanovs Freediving Instructor Trainer, and AIDA & Raid WSF Instructor.

Emily Lin

Emily (Mei Lin)

Owner, CFO & Purchasing, Retail & Distribution and Manager China Operations – and Boss of the Boss 😉 Plus, Molchanovs Wave 2 and SSI Level 2 Instructor.

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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    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. We have courses starting on pretty much any day of the week and run them many times a week. We usually run one or two monthly SSI Level 3 or Molchanovs Wave 3 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.

 

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 a freediving Zero to Hero program at any time, apply for a freediving internship, or follow a custom professional development program.

 

Additionally;

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 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!

Edwin Castillon

SSI Level 1 Instructor and Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Bong

Technician & Maintenance

Alianie Silos-Gapio

Alianie Silos-Gapio

Management Assistant and Receptionist

Ailene

Housekeeping

Samantha van Rossum-Gough

Support and distribution the Netherlands office

Clyde Aguillon

Online Business Manager

Jay R

Ground & Support team

Sophie Bellin

Sophie Bellin

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

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

Benji Nicolas

Molchanovs Instructor Trainer, SSI Level 3 Master Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques and FIM

Giulia

Intern

Olie

Intern

Jacek

Intern

Toby

Intern

Michal

Intern

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.

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 🙂

Gloria Jiayin Tsai

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!

Norman Gem Ellasos

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!

Namaste.

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! 🙂

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