What Better Place to Change Your Life

Then on a Tropical Island like Panglao

The Instructor Development Programs are lead by Sura Dai!

We might very well have one most robust professional development programs in the world. Our very own FREEDIVE+ co-founder & owner Sura Dai is responsible for the centre’s daily management, the recreational courses and instructor training programs.

As 1 of only 4 International Training Directors in the world, she knows how to guide students, and make them better freedivers and instructors. Combine this knowledge and experience with a tropical dream location as Panglao Philippines, put it in a program like a freediving internship or a Zero-to-Hero freediving program, and you’ll have an adventure of a lifetime.

With Sura leading; a +70 meter diver, a very experienced and dedicated and passionate teacher and trainer, you’ll know that you’ll get the most out of your instructor course!

Changing your Lifestyle Has Never Been So Much Fun!

Learning, Developing New Skills and Gaining Experience in a Tropical Paradise!

Maybe you want to do to an Instructor Course for the extra knowledge. Perhaps you want to do a course to teach your friends how to freedive. Or maybe you are done with the life back home and are you looking for opportunities to change your lifestyle. There are many many many reasons why you could take an instructor course. Regardless of your motivation, when you decide to do a course, you want to do it at a proper development centre, with skilled, professional, and highly trained instructor trainers, and at the FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao in Bohol Philippines, you will find that special place.

Being based on Panglao Island offers great opportunities for instructor development programs. First of all; Panglao is a luscious green island covered by palm, coconut and banana trees, and driving around the island on your scooter with shorts and flip flops almost immediately makes you experience the flip-flop freediver lifestyle. The island has excellent facilities and restaurants and offers cheap, but high-quality, long-term stay housing. Furthermore, groceries are cheap but very nice, the Filipino people are very friendly, caring and welcoming and arranging and extending a Visa is super easy in the Philippines – much easier than in any other Asian country.

The FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao is based on the North side of the island – the beautiful, quiet, green and non-tourist side of the island with near perfect diving conditions! Are you not staying in our luxury apartments but in the tourist area Alona, or you want to head out there for dinner or drinks you can do this with 15-minute scooter drive or by our daily shuttle service with our taxi-van.

 The freediving centre and facilities are brand-new and top-notch – designed by freedivers, for freedivers!

Right in the middle on the academy ground, we have a four-lane 25-meter pool of which three lanes are 15-meters which makes the pool perfect for freediving courses, static training and for instructor candidate pool presentations, dynamic and static training. But besides a restaurant, a gym built for Apnea Training, a beautiful stretching and yoga area we also have a large and dedicated instructor course classroom specifically designed for the long and intense instructor courses full of all the possible presentations tools you might need for your presentations.

With an easy swim or short comfortable boat ride, you’ll reach our fixed dive lines. We have lines ready for you with depths of -50, -80 and -130 meters for those belonging to the world top. With year-round near perfect diving conditions, freediving doesn’t get better than this. The water temperature ranges from 26 – 31C, and the visibility is usually around 30 meters and goes up to an easy 40 meters – we even had a few 50 meter days! With year-round excellent diving conditions, we can be very flexible and plan our course schedules wisely. With us, you will get the most out of your course.

 

This is What it Will be Like Doing a Freediving Course with Us.

We run SSI Freediving Instructor Courses Every Month!

Because we’re a true Professional Freedive Instructor and Swim Teacher Development centre we can run SSI Freediving Instructor and Swim Teacher Courses every month. Sura teaches her Instructor and Instructor Trainer courses in both English and Chinese, and Vincent teaches his Instructor Courses and all levels of the Swim Teacher Courses in both English and Dutch. The below programs are available, and we can offer them all as long term programs including freediving internships with free housing and free staff lunches.

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    SSI Basic Instructor Course (SSI Scuba Instructor Cross Over)
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    SSI Instructor Course (Pool, Level 1 and 2)
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    SSI Level 3 or Specialist Instructor Upgrade
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    SSI Instructor Trainer Course
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    Freedive Instructor Cross Overs
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    Zero to Hero Freediving Program
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    Freedive Instructor Internship
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    Swim Teacher and Freediving Instructor Combo
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    Mermaid Instructor and Freediving Instructor Combo

You are choosing the Right Agency for your Freedive Instructor Course!

For different reasons, we’ve decided to focus with our courses on the Scuba Schools International systems. SSI has over 45 years experience in teaching scuba courses, and have been teaching freediving since 2008 via progressive courses for both their recreational and professional levels. SSI is the only agency in the world who conduct their courses via international ISO standards guaranteeing safe practices, standards and high continues quality.

As an instructor, dive shop owner or professional you can count on SSI for support, you will have an agency backing you up when you have questions, and your students will get their study material via their website, or via the MySSI mobile app. We wanted to focus on one primary agency, and for us, it was clear from the start that we couldn’t find a better partner than SSI.

Change your Lifestyle! Move to a Tropical Island!

At FREEDIVE+ we offer a wide range of possibilities to become a pro freediver. We offer different single instructor courses, we can offer them as a package with training and/or housing included, but we also offer possibilities like joining our Freediving Instructor Internship where you immediately gain experience working as a Freediving Instructor.

Regardless of which package you choose; for sure you’ll love what Panglao has to offer you!

Fill in the form today, just check the possibilities. Usually you’ll have an answer within hours.

The SSI Freediving Instructor Course!

You want to Become a Professional? Then your Training Starts Here!

Most people who want to change their lifestyle or gain more knowledge about freediving, they begin with this course. This is the big 10 or 12-day SSI Freediving Instructor Course! It’s one big course, suited for the different instructor and experience levels.

If you start this course for example after your Level 2 course, you can become a Level 1 Instructor. If you have finished your Level 3 course, have 100 logged sessions, you can become a Level 2 Instructor. We aim to make everyone a Level 2 instructor – being able to teach more courses will give you greater flexibility as an instructor or future shop owner. But if you start after your Level 2 course, or have difficulty with some of the skills requirements you can focus on becoming a Level 1 Instructor – again, it’s the same course; you can even switch levels during the course. And then later on when you have a bit more experience you can easily upgrade from Level 1 to Level 2 Instructor.

We can all organise this for you in Panglao, but the candidates must have a valid CPR, First Aid and Oxygen First Aid certificate and must complete before the course the Instructor Training record with the statement of understanding, a liability release and SSI Dive Professional Agreement. Furthermore, the student must have a medical statement not older than one year – this too can be done in Panglao. And of course, the candidate has to have a minimum age of 18.

Below you will find an overview of the different levels, prerequisites and what you need to do to qualify for a certain level.

Level 2 Freediving Instructor

The Level 2 Instructor can teach Try Freediving, Basic Freediving, Pool Freediving and Level 1 and 2 Freediving.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have a 100 logged dives, and completed the Freediving Level 3 program.

Course completion requirements: Swim 400 meters in less than 10 minutes, 800 meters with equipment in 15 minutes, 85 meter Dynamic with bi-fins (DYN), 50 meter Dynamic No Fins (DNF), 4 minute static breath hold, 40 meter Constant Weight (CWT) with bi-fins, 5×20 meters with 1 minute rest in-between, blackout rescue hang at 20 meters and a blackout rescue from 20 meters with a 50 meter tow while giving rescue breaths.

Level 1 Freediving Instructor

The Level 1 Instructor can teach Try Freediving, Basic Freediving, Pool Freediving and Level 1 Freediving.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have 100 logged dives, and completed the Freediving Level 1 and 2 programs.

Course completion requirements: Swim 400 meters in less than 10 minutes, 800 meters with equipment in 15 minutes, 50 meter Dynamic with bi-fins (DYN), 25 meter Dynamic No Fins (DNF), 2,5 minute static breath hold, 30 meter Constant Weight (CWT) with bi-fins, 5×15 meters with 1 minute rest in-between, blackout rescue hang at 15 meters and a blackout rescue from 20 meters with a 50 meter tow while giving rescue breaths.

Please Note: We can certify you as a Pool Instructor, but we rarely do. As a Level 1 or 2 Instructor you can also teach the pool courses, and since we have a fantastic dive spot, we almost always certify the candidates as Level 1 or 2 Instructor.

Freediving Pool Instructor

The Pool Instructor can teach Try Freediving, Basic Freediving and Pool Freediving.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have 50 logged freediving sessions, and completed the Freediving Level 1 program.

Course completion requirements: Swim 400 meters in less than 10 minutes, 800 meters with equipment in 15 minutes, 50 meter Dynamic with bi-fins (DYN), 25 meters Dynamic No Fins (DNF), 2,5 minute static breath hold and performed a DYN Blackout from 2 – 4 meters.

Price per person: $1350

Be sure to contact us; Package Discount may apply.

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of freediving gear, and use of the facility.

The SSI Freediving Instructor Courses are being taught in English, Chinese and Dutch language. If you prefer another language, please contact us – we regularly work with translators.

If you want to have a quick reply, please use the short form on this page.

For more detailed information about Courses, Accommodation, Prices, etc. Please follow the below links.

Change your Lifestyle! Move to a Tropical Island!

At FREEDIVE+ we offer a wide range of possibilities to become a pro freediver. We offer different single instructor courses, we can offer them as a package with training and/or housing included, but we also offer possibilities like joining our Freediving Instructor Internship where you immediately gain experience working as a Freediving Instructor.

Regardless of which package you choose; for sure you’ll love what Panglao has to offer you!

Fill in the form today, just check the possibilities. Usually you’ll have an answer within hours.

Next Level Freedive Instructor Upgrade Courses

We can teach all levels all the way up to Instructor Trainer!

You have been teaching freediving courses for a while, perhaps you have your own freediving centre, and you have a good number of certifications under your belt. Then it’s time to take your Instructor capabilities to the next level.

For most Instructors, the logical step would be a Level 3 Instructor Course so that they can also teach the Level 3 Freediving Courses. Others might be tempted to start with Professional Development Courses and choose for the Specialist Instructor Course so they can also teach Basic Freediving Instructor Courses.

Whatever course you choose; Freediving in the Philippines is incredible, and the FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao got you covered with all possible SSI levels!

Basic Freediving Instructor (SSI Scuba Cross-Over)

The Basic Freediving Instructor can teach Try Freediving and Basic Freediving.

Prerequisites: The cross-over candidate must be an SSI Dive Control Specialist or SSI Assistant Instructor.

Course completion requirements: The candidate must be able to complete and demonstrate all skills as outlined in the Basic Freediver Training Manual.

Freediving Specialist Instructor

The Freediving Specialist Instructor can teach Basic Instructor Courses.

Prerequisites: The upgrade candidate must be at minimum a Freediving Level 1 Instructor with at least 30 Basic or Level 1 certifications and assisted at least 1 Instructor Training Program.

Course completion requirements: The candidate must be able to complete and demonstrate all skills as outlined in the Freediving Specialist Instructor Manual.

Level 3 Freediving Instructor

The Level 3 Instructor can teach all recreational freediving levels.

Prerequisites: The upgrade candidate must be a Freediving Level 2 Instructor with at least 30 Pool or Level 1 certifications and issued at least 20 Freediving Level 2 certifications.

Course completion requirements: 50 meters Constant Weight (CWT) with bi-fins, 25 meter FRC dive with a mouthfill from maximum 5 meters depth, coach a static session considering both safety and motivation, blackout rescue hang at 20 meters and a blackout rescue from 25 meters with a 50-meter tow while giving rescue breaths.

Freediving Instructor Trainer

The Freedive Instructor Trainer can teach all recreational and professional freediving levels.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have assisted in, at a minimum 1 Instructor Training Course, be an active Level 3 Instructor, issued a minimum 60 pool or level 1 certificates, 35 level 2 certificates and 5 level 3 certificates or be an active Freediving Specialist Instructor, have conducted at least 1 Basic Freediving Instructor Course, issued a minimum 60 basic, pool or level 1 certificates, 35 level 2 certificates and 5 level 3 certificates.

Course completion requirements: The candidate must be able to complete and demonstrate all skills as outlined in the Freediving Instructor Trainer Manual, and perform a 100 meter Dynamic with bi-fins (DYN), blackout rescue hang at 20 meters and a blackout rescue from 25 meters with a 50-meter tow while giving rescue breaths.

The Instructor Trainer seminars are only possible in the English or Chinese language. All other professional freediving courses in being taught in English, Chinese and Dutch. If you prefer another language, please contact us – we regularly work with translators.

If you want to have a quick reply, please use the short form on this page.

For more detailed information about Courses, Accommodation, Prices, etc. Please follow the below links.

Change your Lifestyle! Move to a Tropical Island!

At FREEDIVE+ we offer a wide range of possibilities to become a pro freediver. We offer different single instructor courses, we can offer them as a package with training and/or housing included, but we also offer possibilities like joining our Freediving Instructor Internship where you immediately gain experience working as a Freediving Instructor.

Regardless of which package you choose; for sure you’ll love what Panglao has to offer you!

Fill in the form today, just check the possibilities. Usually, you’ll have an answer within hours.

Doing More than ‘just’ a Freedive Instructor Course

An Instructor Course can be so much more than just 10 or 12 days of Studying!

You now know about our Freediving Centre in the Philippines. You know about the SSI Freedive Instructor Courses that we run here in Panglao, and that we run them every month, and you might even have read about all the things you can do in Panglao. But we do offer so much more than ‘just’ a Freediving Instructor Course.

Panglao is a beautiful green tropical island in the heart of the Philippines, and thanks to our unique location on the island we can offer fantastic freediving conditions year round. If you add to that, the life on the island; great restaurants and bars, cheap groceries and shopping, lot’s of activities for on your days off, and really nice and affordable long term housing, then you realise that Panglao is perfect for a long term stay. And because FREEDIVE+ can offer so much more than ‘just’ an instructor course many of our visitors decide to stay here for a longer period of time and combine their Instructor Course with training or one of our other programs. Have a look, see what fits you!

 

Join us with one of the following Instructor programs.

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    Zero to Hero Freediving Program

You love the water, you love to swim, and you want to do something incredible! You’ve seen the freedivers in video’s or when you were doing scuba, and you know that this freediving ‘thingy’ is something for you. You are meant to be a freediver! The Zero-to-Hero freediving program lets you start with the Freediver Level 1 course, and will end with you becoming a Freediving Instructor Level 1 or Level 2.

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    Swim and Freediving Instructor Combo

A first in the industry! We are very proud to be the first and only freediving centre in the world to offer all SSI Swim Teacher Courses. Whether you want to teach kids, baby swimming, adult or competitive swimming – getting a swim teacher certificate is a great way to increase earnings, and gain more business opportunities. When you do your Freedive Instructor Course with us, you can get up to 35% discount on all Swim Teacher Programs.

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    Freedive Instructor Internship

You are sure that you want to make freediving your profession – and why not! The flip-flop lifestyle on a tropical island like Panglao – who wouldn’t want that? The FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao offers the possibility to get trained and gain proper experience in working at a freedive centre. When you are not doing courses or training, you’ll be helping out around the centre or retail shop, and in exchange for your work you get a big discount on the course prices, we provide you housing and free lunch. At the end of your Freediving Internship, you’ll be a skilled freediver and experienced instructor!

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    Instructor Course Cross-Over’s

You might be an SSI Scuba Instructor, or perhaps you are a Freediving Instructor with AIDA, CMAS, or PADI, or any of the other agencies. In most cases, a cross-over to SSI shouldn’t be a problem. Here you find the Freediving Courses Equivalence Chart.

If you want to have a quick reply, please use the short form on this page.

For more detailed information about Courses, Accommodation, Prices, etc. Please follow the below links.

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