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Master Freediving Training in the BEST Location of Asia

Arguably the BEST Freediving Location in the World!

Finding the right place to train isn’t easy. It all starts with the price. As freedivers, we know that the cost for two weeks, a month or even longer can be out of control. Why would you pay $25, $30 or more for a single session? This is ridiculous!

And then when you find an affordable place you pay for the taxi, you have to share a cab and wait for others to be ready, you have to travel each day to reach the dive spot. Whether it is via taxi or boat – the boat!  Most freediving centre’s do drift diving, and although drift diving with a boat can be nice, you have to wait for others, your training time is limited, and you are depended on the currents. With most freediving centre’s it just doesn’t work…

In a perfect world, we would all be diving in a beautiful green tropical paradise with fantastic restaurants and local markets, near perfect diving conditions almost immediately from shore, cheap yet high-standard accommodation and lot’s of activities to do for your days off.

But yeah… In reality, training is usually not as convenient as you would like, it’s pricey, and the diving and living conditions are far from ideal.


Master Freediving Training in the Philippines

The owner of Freedive Academy in Panglao travelled the world in order to find of the best freediving locations, and of course, this is subjective, but he found no other place suits better than the location where we are based here in Panglao.

Panglao is a luscious green tropical island in the heart of the Philippines. The Island is relatively big (about 20 km wide), so it’s very easy to escape the busy tourist areas. The island has green everywhere and is covered with banana, coconut and palm trees, and has big roads for easy cruising around with your scooter. Around the island, you’ll find beautiful white sandy beaches, with the exception of the north side of the island where we are based.

On the north side of the island – on just a small part, you will find no white beaches – we have a cliff and massive drop-off!! And this cliff and our location towards the big island Bohol East of us, make our dive location nearly perfect all year around. Without a doubt we are really proud to say that we have the best freediving location in Asia, arguably in the World!

We are the only known dive site in Asia that has unlimited depth pretty much directly from shore. With just an easy swim we are able to reach our fixed lines easily. We have lines set up for you at -25, -50 meters and -100 meters. With about a 8 (!) meter shallow water swim we have our beautiful coral wall, and this cliff immediately goes down 25 meters. Twenty meters further-in we already have access to 50 meters depth. And from there with a short swim we have an 100-meter line – we love our drop-off!

The coral wall makes freediving in the Philippines spectacular. The moment you enter the water you swim over a short sandbank to the drop-off. The drop-off has caves, canyons, and is covered by beautiful coral. Almost immediately you’ll be surrounded by lots and lots of fish. And it is rare, but we’ve had whale sharks on the lines, dolphins and manta’s passing by, massive sea turtles and four minke whales checking us out, and not so long ago we had an enormous pod of about 20 to 30 pilot whales passing by. We even had a 20-meter blue whale checking us out for about 5 minutes – with only 10 meters away from us an incredible experience we’ll never forget! And this with an average water temperature of 28C, up to 30 meters visibility, rarely any current, this is what makes freediving in Panglao fantastic! We are freediving in paradise!


In September 2019 we moved to our New Freediving Centre!

A Freediving Centre Designed by Freedivers for Freedivers.

We are so proud! But of course, as a Master freediver, you don’t need to use the classrooms, you are not doing a freediving course, and most of you won’t do an SSI Instructor Course either, but we have a beautiful yoga and stretching area for you. We have a four-lane 25-meter pool of which three lanes are 15 meters and more shallow and perfect for your dynamic and static training. We have a small apnea gym, a restaurant, and conveniently next to the centre we have our deluxe apartments which are perfect to relax from your travels to Bohol for a couple of days until you found yourself a nice long-term accommodation around the island. Life in Panglao is good!

Get in Touch, and let us Tell You about the Possibilities!

Like what you hear?! We’re not surprised; we love it here too!

Because we’ve limited the number of Master freedivers to dive here, it’s wisest to confirm your spot asap.

We work on a first come, first serve basis. Contact us today to see if we have any availability. We will answer all possible questions you might have about accommodation, your long term stay, out of the water activities, food, anything!

Contact us via this form to see what the possibilities are – no strings attached! Our support team will come back to you usually within a couple of hours – and btw, they’re freedivers too, so they know what you need! 

Just fill in the form, and if they’re not diving, you’ll hear from us soon.

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Master Training in Asia doesn’t get any Better!

Maybe you only need a buddy, a buoy and perhaps some other gear. You want to use the centre for storing your equipment, shower, easy and direct access to the dive spot – of course; we have packages for this. For $350 a month you can train whenever you want, at any time you desire and as many times that you want. When doing only 23 sessions a month this results in a mere $15 (!) per session – we challenge you to find another centre in the world that offers this rate, let alone on such an island as Panglao with these diving conditions.


 A Complete Training Program for Freedivers who want to go Deeper!

We are extremely proud of our MASTER+ Training Program! We developed it around the needs for freedivers who go on vacation to go deeper and become better all-round freedivers. We don’t want to be a centre where people just meet up for training like most centre’s without any guidance – we are a Professional Freediving Development and SSI Instructor Trainer centre!

Our MASTER+ Training Program is a group of maximum ten freedivers with a minimum education level of AIDA 4* or SSI Level 3*. The FREEDIVE+ Masters train by themselves, but under the guidance of a very experienced team of Freediving Instructors and competitive freedivers.

*starting the Master Training Program with an SSI Level 3 course is also possible!


The Master Freedivers Follow a Training Schedule With;

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    Deep Training
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    Dry- and Gym Training
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    Open-Water Conditioning Training
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    Stretching and Yoga Classes
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    Pool Training

But most of the time… We’ll be diving deep!!!


And when it’s possible; some of the Masters will be giving specialist guest workshops on any topics they like.

Every week the participants sit down with an Instructor (at least Master Instructor level) and discuss their training week, their challenges and look at the program of the next week and how to fit in personalised exercises to become the best freediver you can be.

The program is very well balanced with single session days, two sessions days, of course, rest days, and then there are also days we do evening dry training sessions and days where we do evening static sessions in the pool. Imagine; doing static in the evening in a pool lit by warm light, a lovely cool breeze, and with the calming background sound of the ocean!

The MASTER+ program and schedule is developed and lead by Vincent Sparreboom and Sura Dai. Vincent is an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, SSI Speciality Instructor Trainer and SSI Swim Teacher Trainer, and Sura is one of only 4 SSI International Freediving Training Directors in the world capable of teaching all level including SSI Freedive Instructor Trainers.

Get in Touch, and let us Tell You about the Possibilities!

Like what you hear?! We’re not surprised; we love it here too!

Because we’ve limited the number of Master freedivers to dive here, it’s wisest to confirm your spot asap.

We work on a first come, first serve basis. Contact us today to see if we have any availability. We will answer all possible questions you might have about accommodation, your long term stay, out of the water activities, food, anything!

Contact us via this form to see what the possibilities are – no strings attached! Our support team will come back to you usually within a couple of hours – and btw, they’re freedivers too, so they know what you need! 

Just fill in the form, and if they’re not diving, you’ll hear from us soon.

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The Best Deep Diver you can Be!!

We’ve seen some Amazing Results!

In the relatively short time the Masters have been with us we’ve seen them;

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    Making big jumps in depth;
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    doing much longer hangs;
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    becoming stronger;
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    becoming smarter freedivers;
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    improve their technique significantly;
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    master the mouthfill;
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    increasing their breath-hold time by minutes;
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    becoming more all-round;
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    developing higher CO2 tolerance levels.

And they are doing all of this in this Incredible Environment!

But don’t Believe Us! Believe the
Many Many Freediving Champions Who already Visited Us!

Of course, we can tell you how good we are, how awesome we are, how spectacular the island Panglao is, of course, how fantastic our training location and centre is. We can talk for hours about the friendliness of the locals, the beauty of the Philippines, but why would you believe us?!

Here are some of the champions – who are used to the best – who demand the best! And read what they had to say about training with us!

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!

Şahika Ercümen – World Record Holder

Freedive Academy Panglao was much more than an amazing freediving center. It was like a family. It was my first time in the Philippines and after my first training with Freedive Academy Panglao, I already started to plan my second visit and after 1 month I am now coming back to this beautiful centre. We only swim 20-30 meters from the shore to train, water is warm and calm most of the time and everybody is full of positive energy. What can I ask more? It is definitely one of my favourite destinations. I am so grateful to the Freedive Academy Panglao family. See you soon.

Evren Orhon – Coach of the Turkish National Freediving Team

I came to train to Freedive Academy Panglao in December 2015 and stayed there for four months. The strongest part of Freedive Academy Panglao is it’s location. You don’t need a boat to go diving. The depth is just right next to you!! The club’s location is so good that in four months I only had two non diveable days. The pool next to the club building offers great static opportunity, even at night time. The staff is so helpful not only in the water but on anything you need about your stay or moving around. Freedive Academy Panglao is a must visit point for all freedivers. The only concern is you can get hooked and may not like your next freediving destination as much.

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 super nice person who loves the ocean and will welcome everybody with the best hospitality, If you have not yet tried to Freedive Academy Panglao. I strongly recommend you to TRY.

Davide Carrera – World Champion and World Record Holder

I spent the firsts two week an half of this January at Freedive Academy Panglao for training, from the first mail I understood that Vincent was a very kind and generous person, at that time he wasn’t there cause he was in India to improve his yoga, but his Team welcomed me and I felt at home from the beginning.

The depth is just in front of the dock, 30 seconds walking from the school and 45 seconds from my room 🙂 warm water and normally not much current, perfect conditions and the team is smiling all the time, very kind, responsible, professional and always ready to go in the water and make you feel safe and part of the team.

In few minutes by scooter it’s easy to find fresh and local fruits and vegetables and other good food, Philippines people are very nice people, I always felt nice vibes everywhere I went, also in town, everybody smiling and ready to help you….I loved this place very much and I’m missing it, I hope to come back soon…Thanks again everybody!

Vincent Mathieu – World Champion Static

You cannot say anything less about Freedive Academy Panglao than that it’s a simply magical environment. With the perfect training conditions – visibility of 30m and a similar 30 degrees Celsius at the moment – in a calm sea, you have all you need to progress from 5 to 95m of depth.

I certified 9 minutes + static in the swimming pool at Freedive Academy Panglao. I recommend training by the colors of the sunset or during the evening with the mood lights on and the stars shining down.

And what to say about the drop-off… You would believe it was made especially for freedivers. Lying down on the 25-meter curbed edge you can admire the corals from underneath, spectacular color changes and incredible species that will delight both biology amateurs and underwater photographers. Did I already mention the family of sardines who form an essential element of the ecosystem at this part of the drop-off? Not to be missed are the hunting fish and the hungry needlefish around.

If you want a great freedive center, this is the place to go ;-)!

Thanks to Vincent, and Sebastian for their kindness and hospitality. I look forward to see you again soon.

Apply Now for our Master Program!

Are you ready to challenge yourself in becoming the best freediver you can be?!


This is what you get with the FREEDIVE+ MASTER+ Program!

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    You follow a training program developed by Vincent and Sura – some of the leaders in Professional Freedive Development. This training program includes deep training with our other Masters, and depending on the weekly schedule this can include open-water conditioning training, dry- and gym training, stretching and yoga classes, static, and we regularly do pool training too – and with a 15 minute scooter trip we regularly visit the 50-meter Olympic size pool in Tagbilaran too.
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    Daily evaluation and weekly one-on-one sit-downs with one of the Master instructors to keep you on the right track.


The cost of Guided Training is $650 a month!

2-week packages are available too, contact us for the available options.


Without Guidance and Training plan you train for $350 a month!


When you are a deep diver, and you just need a buddy without the need of a training plan – some people just want to do deep diving every day which is of course more than okay, then we can offer you something nice too.

Deep divers who just need a buddy, a buoy and other gear like weights, a safe home to store their equipment, showers, and easy entry to the best dive spots in Asia, they can train with us as much as they want for only $350 a month. Here too we have 2-week packages available.

*The prices mentioned above all include taxes, snorkelling fee, and the use of the facility like showers, toilet and safe storage for your gear.

We guarantee that you become a better freediver!
You’ll be the BEST you can be!

We have so much confidence in our MASTER+ program and coaching that when you decide to sign up for our MASTER+ program with training plan and guidance. That if you are not happy we’ll unconditionally and without asking for a reason, we’ll refund you the difference towards the lower priced Master program. You can’t lose – you only become a better freediver!

* * “100%, No Questions Asked, Take-It-To-The-Bank Guarantee” * *

FREE Variable Weight, No Fins, or Training Tables Specialty!

For the time being to celebrate the new setup of the program we include for those who join us for a month a Free SSI Specialty course or workshop; Variable Weight, No Fins, or Training Tables. Please note: this only applies to the people that join us for a month, and we reserve the right to cancel this special promotion at any time. Contact us now to reserve your spot to make sure you can participate in the specialty course or workshop.

Don’t wait too long; we only accept 10 Masters at any time!

The acceptation works on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis. Don’t miss out on training in the best dive spot of Asia!

We hope to see you soon in Panglao!

The instructor team!


Important last notes:

1) We understand that not everyone has direct access to a dive spot, but becoming a better freediver doesn’t have to end when you leave Panglao! We’ll provide you with the tools, knowledge and experience to continue your training at home.

2) Don’t forget. It’s time to make a decision now! Because we’ve recently reframed the program, we are only now offering the FREE monthly speciality program like Variable Weight, No Fins, or Training Tables. We can stop offering this extra at any moment – act now and reserve your place in the Master Program!

3) Be sure to contact us now, reserve your spot before the 10 spots are taken. To maintain the quality of the program we’re not taking on more than 10 freedivers.

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