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 Freedivers!

At the Freedive Academy Panglao, 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 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 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 Philippines.

 

Meet the management of the Freedive Academy Panglao

Vincent Sparreboom

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

Helen Angac
Helen Angac

General Manager Dive Academy and Resort

The Freedive Academy Panglao 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:

The 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 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 Level 3 courses each month unless we have a Instructor Course, which at the moment, is pretty much every other month too.

 

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, the Freedive Academy and Panglao are a true paradise for master freedivers.

 

Professional Freedive Development programs:

With Vincent being an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, the Freedive Academy Panglao is capable of running an SSI Instructor Course pretty much every month. Because of this 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 an internship, or follow a custom professional development program.

 

Additionally;

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 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 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 the Freedive Academy Panglao is not our freediving centre, 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

Lito Limosnero

Ground & Support team

Sarah Nicolas

SSI Level 2 Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM, and Molchanovs Wave 3 Instructor

Arlene Horcasita

Housekeeping

Emily (Me Lin)

Purchasing, Retail & Distribution and Manager China Operations

Clyde Aguillon

Online Business Manager

JR

Ground & Support team

Julie Mae Bandala

Academy Hostess

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

SSI Level 3 Master Instructor, Speciality Instructor Training Techniques, FIM and Molchanovs Wave 4 Instructor

Samantha van Rossum-Gough

Support and distribution the Netherlands office

Olie

Intern

Jacek

Intern

Toby

Intern

Michal

Intern

Giulia

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.

David Cabrera

Nice spot! Calm waters and good buddies. It feels like home. Many thanks for all and see you soon 😉

Cyrus Dastoor

Safety, Highly Qualified Staff, and Location, Location, Location.

Can’t recommend this place any more.

They have the single best location for freediving in Bohol (and perhaps Asia).

Highly professional and courteous staff, easily contactable and always willing to help…

Great for ALL levels of freediving – 10meters to 100+

Victoria Peters

A great Level 3 course!

I had been looking for a place to do my level 3 for a while, and I’m super happy that I choose Freedive Academy Panglao, not only did they get back to my first enquiry email super fast but it is also a great learning environment! I got sick during my course and taking a couple of days off was not only not a problem but also encouraged rather than rushing through to the finish! 🙂

The school is located right by an amazing reef so when diving you usually run into a whole bunch fish which is always amazing. We even did a night snorkelling/diving session around the full moon which was amazing to get to look at the reef with the moonlight.

10/10 would dive here again! 🙂

Alexey Molchanov – World Champion CWT & CNF and multiple WR holder

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!

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 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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