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 strongest 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 an freediving internship or a Zero-to-Hero 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 just want to do to an Instructor Course for the extra knowledge. Maybe you want to do a course to teach your friends how to freedive. 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, serious, 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 great 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 at Kalikasan Dive Resort – Kalikasan means Nature in the local language, and ‘nature’ is what you get here. The centre and resort facilities are top notch. We have a 12 meter pool right in front of the centre perfect for pool presentations, dynamic and static training. With a 15 minute scooter drive we have a 50 meter pool at our convenience, and of course the strongest point of our location is the massive drop-off right in front of the resort. We have access to 40 meter with a 15 meter swim, and at about 80 meters from shore we have a 125 meter buoy. 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. Because of the easy access – we’re not diving with a boat, and the year round excellent diving conditions we are able to 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 Freedive Instructor Courses Every Month!

Because we’re a true Professional Freedive Instructor and Swim Teacher Development centre we are able to run 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 internships with free housing and free staff lunches.

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    Instructor Course (Basic)
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    Instructor Course (Pool, Level 1 and 2)
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    Instructor Course (Level 3)
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    Instructor Trainer Course
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    Instructor Course Cross Overs
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    Zero to Hero Freediving Program
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    Freedive Instructor Internship
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    Swim and Freediving Instructor Combo

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 practises, 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 possibliities like joining our Freediving Instructor Internship where you immediatly gain experience working as an 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 Freediving Instructor Course! It’s one big course, suited for 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. Our aim is 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 couse. And then later on when you have a bit more experience you can easily upgrade from Level 1 to Level 2 Instructor.

All of this can be done in Panglao, but the candidates must have a valid CPR, First Aid and Oxygen First Aid certificate and must complete prior to the course the Instructor Training record with the statement of understanding, liability release and SSI Dive Professional Agreement. Furthermore, the student must have a medical statement not older than one year. And of course the candidate has to have the 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 100 logged dives, completed the Freediving Level 3 program, and the Freediving Stress & Rescue Specialty.

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, Dynamic No Fins (DNF), Training Tables and Freediving Stress & Rescue Specialties or be a Basic Freediver Instructor and have issued at least 25 Basic Freediving Certifications, and completed Freediving Level 2, the Dynamic No Fins (DNF) and Training Tables Specialties.

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 an amazing divespot 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, Dynamic No Fins (DNF) and Training Tables Specialties or be a Basic Freediver Instructor and have issued at least 25 Basic Freediving Certifications, and completed the Dynamic No Fins (DNF) and Training Tables Specialty.

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 and performed a DYN Blackout from 2 – 4 meters.

Price per person: $1350

Be sure to contact us, Group or Package Discount may apply.

The above price is including taxes, snorkling fee, rental of freediving gear, use of the facility and resort, studie materials and certification fees.

The Freediving Instructor Courses are being taught in the 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 possibliities like joining our Freediving Instructor Internship where you immediatly gain experience working as an 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 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 – the FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao got you covered!

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 a 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 all recreational freediving levels, and 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 issed at least 20 Freediving Level 2 certifications.

Course completion requirements: 50 meter 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 profesional 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 Basic Freediving Instructor SSI Cross-Over can be teached also in the Dutch language. The Level 3, the Specialist Instructor and the Instructor Trainer Course can be run in the English and Chinese 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 possibliities like joining our Freediving Instructor Internship where you immediatly gain experience working as an 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 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, than 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 great! You’ve seen the freedivers in video’s or when you where doing scuba, and you know that this freediving ‘thingy’ is something for you. You are meant to be a freediver! The Zero-to-Hero program let’s 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 40% 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 resort, and in exchange for your work you get a 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 a SSI Scuba Instructor, 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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