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Master Freediving Training at the Best Location in 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 centers 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 dependent on the currents. With most freediving centers, 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 lots 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 the Freedive Academy, Panglao, travelled the world to find the best freediving locations, and of course, this is subjective. Still, he found no other place 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, mango, 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, except for 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 round. With pride and without hesitation, can we say that we dive at 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 can reach our fixed lines easily. We have lines set up for you at -50, -80 meters and -130 meters. We have our beautiful coral wall with about an 8 (!) meter shallow water swim, 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 80 and 130-meter line – we love our drop-off!

The coral wall makes freediving in the Philippines spectacular. When you enter the water, you swim or walk over a short sandbank to the drop-off. The drop-off has caves and canyons and is covered by beautiful coral. Immediately you’ll be surrounded by lots and lots of fish. We literally swim through the famous Panglao Sardines cloud to our fixed dive lines. And although it is rare, 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 40 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 Center!

We are building an incredible Freediving Sports Resort.

We are so proud! The new academy we moved to in 2019 is amazing, is fully equipped, looks great and is super convenient! But of course, as a Master freediver, you don’t need to use the classrooms – unless you start your Master Training with the SSI Level 3 freediving course, the Molchanovs Wave 3 course or when you take a master training package and combine the training with an SSI Freediving Instructor Course or Molchanovs Instructor Course. In the middle of the resort and center ground, we have a two-lane 25-meter pool with an attached shallow water area for your static training. We have a beautiful outdoor yoga area and a stretching area which we also use as a small open-air apnea gym with rowing machines, cycles, dumbles, battle ropes and a TRX setup. And next to the pool, we just finished our first five luxury bamboo sports bungalows, which are perfect for relaxing from your diving and travels in Bohol. 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 the possibilities – 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 Freedive 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 center for storing your equipment safely, the shower and have easy access to the dive spot – and of course, we have packages for this. For $350 $175 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 center in the world that offers this rate, let alone on such an island as Panglao with these diving conditions. But for those who want more, we have something really nice!


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

We are extremely proud of our MASTER+ Training Program! The MASTER+ program is based on the Molchanovs Base Training, and we developed it around the needs of freedivers who go on vacation to go deeper and become better all-around freedivers. We don’t want to be a center where people just meet up for training like most centers without any guidance – we are a true Professional Freediving Development and Freedive Instructor Training center!

Our MASTER+ Training Program is a group of a maximum of ten freedivers with a minimum education level of Molchanovs Wave 3, SSI Level 3 or AIDA 4*. The Freedive Academy Panglao Masters train by themselves but under the guidance of a competitive freediver and very experienced master instructor.or Instructor Trainer

*starting the regular Master Training or MASTER+ Program with an SSI Level 3 or Molchanovs Wave 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!!!

MASTER+ Training Schedule

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

Every week the Masters sit down with an Instructor (at least Master Instructor level) and discuss their training week, their challenges, and look at the following week’s program 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, rest days, and then 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 the calming background sound of the ocean!

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master freedivers in the pool

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 the possibilities – 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!

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

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, and of course, how fantastic our training location and freediving center are. We can talk for hours about the friendliness of the locals, and 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 16x 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

The Freedive Academy 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, 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 with the Freedive Academy Panglao in December 2015 and stayed there for four months. The strongest part of the Freedive Academy is its 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. The 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 the Freedive Academy, 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.

Davide Carrera – World Champion and World Record Holder

I spent the first two weeks and a 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. Still, his Team welcomed me, and I felt at home from the beginning.

The depth is just in front of the dock, 300 meters 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 lovely 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 the 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 the Academy. I recommend training by the colours 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 colour 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 centre, this is the place to go ;-)!

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

Sendoh Wang – Chinese NR Holder & Asia Continental Record Holder in all Depth Disciplines

Freedive Academy Panglao is a really nice and fantastic place to learn freediving and train. It’s not only about the setup, high-quality gears using for teaching, the great 25m pool, but also the professional and friendly instructor and owner here.

With their support, I can keep my training routine every day, even in quarantine time. They provide safe conditions for study and training freediving. Highly recommended if you want to come to Panglao.

Apply Now for our Master Programs!

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


This is what you get with the Freedive Academy Panglao MASTER+ Program!

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    You follow a training program developed by competitive freedivers who are all Master Freediving Instructors and Instructor Trainers. This training program includes deep training with our other Masters, conditioning, pool, dry- and gym training, stretching and yoga classes, static – and with a 15-minute scooter trip, we regularly visit the 50-meter Olympic size pool in Tagbilaran too.
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    We’ll do brief daily evaluations and weekly one-on-one sit-downs with one of the Master instructors to keep you on the right track.


To celebrate free travelling and the re-opening of the Philippines, we are offering up to a 50% temporary discount on our training packages for those coming to the Philippines or booking their trip now.


Guided and Organised Training is $700 $350 a month!

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


Independent and without the Guidance and Training plan, you train for $350 $175 a month!


When you are a deep diver, and you just need a buddy without the need for 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, can train with us as much as they want for only $350 $175 a month. Here too, we have 2-week packages available.

*The prices mentioned above all include taxes, environmental and snorkelling fees, and the use of the facility like showers, toilets 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 a 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” * *

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