Dive into an Adventure of a Lifetime!

Learn the Art of Freediving in Tropical Paradise Panglao!

Discover the depths of the ocean and unlock your inner aquatic explorer with our beginner freediving course at the Freediving Academy in Panglao. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some experience, our expert instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of freediving in the crystal-clear waters of Panglao, known for its stunning marine biodiversity.

Please note; this video was shot at our first location. We still dive at the same reef but moved about 300 meters down the road to a brand-new and fully equipped dive center with bungalows and our two-lane 25-meter pool.

Master the Art of Breath-Holding!

Develop the Skills to Freedive with Confidence and Ease!

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    Experience the thrill of diving effortlessly and exploring the underwater world like never before.
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    Learn from our highly experienced and internationally certified instructors who prioritize safety and personalized instruction.
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    Master essential techniques, including proper breathing, equalization, and finning, to enhance your comfort and efficiency in the water.
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    Immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life of Panglao and witness breathtaking coral reefs, colorful fish, and other fascinating marine species.
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    Small class sizes ensure individual attention and a supportive learning environment.
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    Flexible course duration to accommodate your schedule, ranging from weekend intensives to extended programs.

Our Guests are the Real VIPs here, and they’ve got Stories to Tell! With 5 Travel Awards and a whopping +300 (!!!) 5-star Reviews, they’ve given us the Stamp of Approval. Dive into their Heartfelt Experiences and Join the Fan Club!

Wallis – May 2023 • Solo Traveller

I’m so glad to be one of the family members of the Freedive Academy Panglao. It’s like home. I’m the intern here. Everyone is so humble and energetic surrounding the academy. I remember when I first came to the place. I felt a bit overwhelmed. But people around here are very helpful. They talked to me patiently and explain the details to me, which made me feel relaxed and confident here. I’ve done three courses until now. All the instructors are very professional. They’re very calm, which makes me feel the world is so peaceful. I won’t be nervous during the course, especially since it’s crucial in freediving learning. They’re so considerate and explain all the information to me in a very detailed way. When you pay more attention during the course, I’m sure you’ll learn more than the expectation. Of course, they’re so lovely and experienced. They’re teaching the course in a very gentle mode, in which you can absorb the learning materials gradually, like adapting the depth generally. Don’t be in a hurry!!

I’m so happy I made the best choice before I came here and implemented my decision.

I highly recommend people who do want to be educated in freedive learning.

Thanks to all the lovely buddies around the academy!!

Mia – Feb 2023 • Solo Traveller
The atmosphere here is like coming home. 😍Everyone gathers together for lunch and dinner most of the time, and they will go to the island together on the rest day. The courses are well-arranged and professional! The coach will patiently explain and guide you to achieve your goals. For that, I really appreciate it!🙏 (Especially Vincent and Emily, you guys are so nice, always helping us and solving problems. I have nothing to say about it. We will definitely be back here on our next trip. I am so lucky to have found this dive center in my life. I really appreciate everything here, both warm and professional,🥰 thank you very much!!!❤️❤️❤️💝💝💝
Chad – June 2023 • Solo Traveller
All of the instructors at Freedive Academy Panglao were truly generous with their time and experience, which made for an amazing environment to learn. Their extensive knowledge of freediving techniques, combined with their ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear and concise manner, made the learning process both enjoyable and effective. They demonstrated a genuine passion for the sport, which inspired me to push my limits and explore new depths. I picked Freedive Academy Panglao because of its location and diving conditions. I had no idea the people there would be so amazing as well! I miss them all very much, and I can’t wait to get back there to continue my training!
Benji – May 2023 • Couples

Overall very good experience, and I highly recommend this academy to anyone who’s interested in doing some freediving!

The academy had great facilities and was well-equipped for freediving. If you’re a beginner freediver and don’t have your own proper equipment, you don’t have to worry at all, as the academy got it all sorted for you. They have everything from snorkels, fins, masks, wetsuits, weight belts, etc.

Our instructor, Igor, was very good! He was a huge help and shared with us all the skills and knowledge to become a Wave 1 freediver. Special thanks to him!

Also, every single one in the academy was very friendly and helpful. They made our stay in Panglao very special! I will be back!

Instantly Reserve Your Spot: Book Your Beginner Course Online and Complete Your Booking in a Matter of Minutes—No Hassle, Just Thrills!

We’ll make booking your course easier than ever, and just like talking to our customer service, you can still enjoy nice bundles and discounts and all while you book from the comfort of your home.

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  • Complete the payment via Paypal/credit card.
  • Check your email. Within 24 hours, our customer service will contact you to confirm the itinerary and course.
  • Enjoy Panglao! 🙂

Dive Deep and Thrive: Check Out the Details of Our Beginner Freediving Course!

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    Duration: While the course can be completed in just 2 days, we highly recommend our 2.5-day option. This extended course includes an exclusive, 100% FREE open water session. Dive deeper and capture stunning photos on the dive line or reef as you expand your skills, discover new depths, and create unforgettable memories.
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    Theory and Practice: Immerse yourself in the world of freediving through a combination of interactive classroom sessions and hands-on water training. Learn essential freediving theory, techniques, and safety procedures from our experienced instructors.
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    Equipment: Rest assured, all necessary equipment will be provided during the course. We’ve got you covered so you can focus on honing your skills and enjoying the experience.
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    Certification: Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an internationally recognized beginner freediving certification, showcasing your accomplishment and expertise.
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    Flexibility: Make the most of your stay with us by seamlessly combining the beginner freediving course with a variety of exciting options. Embark on thrilling island-hopping adventures or explore the scenic beauty of Panglao through captivating land tours. Customize your experience and easily add these activities when booking through our convenient online form.

Dive Deeper into the Details: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

Is previous freediving experience required for the beginner course?

No, the beginner course is designed for individuals with no prior freediving experience. It is suitable for complete beginners.

What is the minimum age requirement for the course?

The minimum age requirement for the course is typically 16 years old. However, please note that participants under 18 years old require parental consent.

Do I need to be a strong swimmer to participate in the course?

While basic swimming skills are necessary, you don’t need to be an Olympic-level swimmer. Feeling comfortable in the water and having basic swimming abilities is important.

What equipment will be provided during the course?

We provide all necessary freediving equipment, including wetsuits, masks, snorkels, fins, weight belts, and safety equipment. You just need to bring your enthusiasm!

Is the course physically demanding?

The course involves physical activity, including swimming and breath-holding exercises. However, our instructors will adapt the training to your individual abilities, ensuring a safe and enjoyable learning experience.

Are there any health requirements or medical restrictions?

Freediving involves breath-holding and being submerged underwater, so it’s important to have a reasonable level of fitness and good overall health. If you have any specific health concerns, it’s recommended to consult with a medical professional before participating.

Will I receive a certification upon completing the course?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an internationally recognized beginner freediving certification. This certification will validate your newfound skills and knowledge.

Can I continue my freediving journey after completing the beginner course?

Absolutely! The beginner course serves as a foundation for further progression in freediving. Our instructors can provide guidance on the next steps, including advanced courses and specialized training.

Is transportation to and from the dive sites included in the course?

Transportation to the dive site is included as part of the course package. Our training ground – famous Napaling Reef, which offers incredible diving opportunities, is conveniently located only 300 meters from the Freedive Academy. You’ll have easy access to this renowned site, ensuring you spend more time in the water and less time traveling. However, transportation to the Freedive Academy itself is typically not included. Don’t worry, though – we are more than happy to assist you in arranging transportation or provide recommendations for reliable local transportation services to ensure a seamless experience.

Can I book the course for a group or as a private session?

Yes, we offer options for group bookings as well as private sessions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly to discuss your specific requirements and preferences.

Reach Out and Get in Touch with Our Sales & Customer Support Team

Sales & Customer Support:
Not ready to book now? Please reach out to us via email. However, you can also follow or message us on any of our social media channels.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +63 905 965 9984  

Location: Napaling Drive, Panglao

Feel free to contact us for any inquiries or assistance you may need. We’re here to help!

At the Freediving Academy, we are committed to providing exceptional training and ensuring your satisfaction. If, for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied with your beginner freediving course, please let us know. We value your feedback and will make every effort to address your concerns and make it right.

Immerse yourself in the underwater world’s captivating beauty and unlock new exploration depths. Enroll in our beginner freediving course today and embark on an unforgettable journey that will open your eyes to the wonders beneath the waves.

Join us at the Freediving Academy in Panglao and experience the thrill, the serenity, and the transformative power of freediving. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to dive into the adventure of a lifetime!

Napaling Neef
Main Building
Monofin Training
Breathing Workshop
pool workshop
Classroom Training