With a Freediving Internship, you help us, and we help you.
Our very own Freedive Academy Panglao founder & owner Vincent is responsible for the internships.
“Something, a lot of people don’t realise, but when you work in the tourism industry, seven days a week, from early morning to late at night and especially when you’re a big freediving centre like us, you need the help. A fantastic solution for both the centre and the customer is working with interns and internships.
Here at the Freedive Academy Panglao, we wanted to do Freediving Internships the right way! Now at any time, we have at least four interns, which resulted in great group dynamics and a beautiful family atmosphere. Our interns get a big discount on their courses, free housing and free lunches and in exchange, they work for us around the centre.”
Regardless of your motivation; money, the experience of working in a big shop or the social aspect, the internships are guaranteed a lot of fun and memorable experience!
Come to Panglao for a Freediving Internship
Freediving can be Expensive, but if You Help Us, We’ll Help You!!
There are many reasons why someone could do an internship. Maybe you want to save some money on your freediving courses or freedive training. Perhaps you want to build up experience working in a freediving centre. Maybe you are keen for the freediving knowledge you gain while hanging out with us. You like to be part of a freediving family. Whatever it may be, an internship at the Freedive Academy Panglao might be right for you.
Because we’re based on Panglao Island, are a big freediving centre with resort and our 25-meter pool, have a small retail shop and multiple staff houses we can offer great opportunities for joining the different freedive instructor courses, and short and long-term freediving internships and freediving development programs.
But of course also; Panglao is a beautiful green island covered by palm, coconut and banana trees. Driving around the island on your scooter with shorts and flip-flop’s almost immediately makes you experience the flip-flop freediver lifestyle. The island has excellent facilities and restaurants, and on day’s off there is also plenty of things to do in Panglao and Bohol. Furthermore, the groceries are cheap but very good. The fruit is spectacular! The Filipino people are the most friendly people you’ll ever meet in your life. Travelling to Panglao is super easy and just as easy is also extending your Philippine Visa – much easier than in any other Asian country!
The Freedive Academy Panglao is located at the Northside of the island about 10 minutes away via scooter from the busy Panglao tourist area Alona. Instead of tourism, we choose fantastic diving, nature and peace 😉 At about 15 minutes away from Tagbilaran City, we are based central in Panglao island, and at only 4-minute walk away from the staff houses.
The dive centre, pool, resort and location are top-notch. We already finished the first stages of our construction. We extended our 10-meter pool in a beautiful two-lane 25-meter pool with special static and seating areas which will be perfect for pool presentations, dynamic and static training. With a 15-minute scooter drive, we also have a fantastic 50-meter pool at our convenience – we take all our Level 3 and Master students there regularly too.
We developed a fantastic outside area along with luxury bamboo bungalows perfect for freedivers. With great music playing from the speakers the outside area and terras are perfect for chilling out or for using the gym equipment or doing your stretching.
But of course, the strongest point of our location is the massive drop-off at about 300 meters from the centre and resort. We have access to 50 meters with a 10-meter swim, and at about 80 meters from the shore, we have a 130-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 to depth, we don’t need a boat for diving, and 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 and freediving internship.
Check out the Below Video to see how it is to freedive with Us.
Please note; this video was shot at our first location, we now moved 300 meter down the road to a brand new Freediving Centre and Eco-Friendly Apnea Sports Resort.
The Different Freediving Internship Packages!
Because we’re a true Freedive Instructor Training centre, running monthly instructor courses and are combining our courses with Mermaid Instructor and Swim Teacher courses we can be very flexible with the internship packages. For most people doing an freediving internship, of course, the freediving instructor course will be the end goal, but this is not necessary for all participants. We offer 2 different internships. And to quickly sum those up, they are;
1 Month Internship:
- Level 1 and 2 or Level 3
- 3 weeks Master training
+3 Month Internship:
- Level 1, 2 and 3
- 2 months Master training
- Instructor Course
Please note; the one-month internship is only available in March, June, September and December, and for the three-month internship it is not mandatory to start with a Level 1 course. We often have Level 2 and Level 3 freedivers joining us for 3-months too.
Completing your Freediving Internship with the Instructor Course!
Change Your Lifestyle, Become a Pro Freediver!
Most people who do an internship with us come for at least three months and finish their internship with the SSI Freediving Instructor course or Molchanovs Instructor course. If you choose to do the SSI Instructor Course, and whether you do a freediving Zero to Hero or a Freediving Internship, we always try to have you aim for the level of ‘SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor’. The skills requirements for the Level 2 Freediving Instructor are more challenging than the Level 1 Instructor, but we found that with the right guidance and training plans almost all our students can pass the Level 2 Instructor requirements in the three months they are with us. The only option for Molchanovs is the Wave 2 Instructor course.
Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor Training Course
The Wave 2 Instructor can teach Wave 1 and 2 Courses, Lap 1 and 2 courses and guide Base Level 1 to 4 programs.
Prerequisites: The candidate must have a Wave 3 Certification or passed the Wave 3 Crossover Evaluation and have a First Aid Certificate (no older than 2 years)
Course Completion Requirements: 4:00 to 5:00min Static breath-hold, Demonstrate STA Buddying and Static Rescue, Dynamic No Fins (DNF) 60m, Dynamic Bi Fins (DYNB) 100m, Demonstrate DYN Monofin Technique and DYN buddying + rescue + support + Pool exit (help permitted), Constant Weight Bi Fins (CWTB) 40m (dive time 80-90s), Constant No Fins (CNF) 30m, Free Immersion (FIM) 40m, 15m Standby Rescue, CO2 Dive (NB at 10m, 60s vertical finning, elbows above the surface, one full breath then 20m CWT dive), and a BO Rescue -25m, Tow 50m incl. Rescue Breaths
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.
Change your Lifestyle! Move to a Tropical Island!
At our Freedive Academy in Panglao, we offer lots of possibilities to become a pro freediver. We offer quite a few different instructor courses, and we can offer them all with a package, like with or without training. Join us in Panglao for a 3-month internship, and we’ll take you from absolute beginner to freediving instructor. With us, you can start your program at any time!
Contact us now for more information about our internship programs.
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Doing More than ‘just’ a Freediving Internships
Preparing Yourself as Future Shop Owner
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 other month, and you might even have read about all the things you can do in Panglao. But you will get so much more with one of our freediving internships.
Some of the Many Reason you Could Join Us in Panglao!
The Social Side of an Internship
Swim and Freediving Instructor Combo
Learning how to build a Successful Business
Freediving Courses are expensive!
The Mermaid Combo
The Teaching Experience
When can you start your Freediving Internship?
Pretty much any day you want but…
As of March 2019, we raised the number of interns we accept. This resulted in a more robust internship program, more activities, better freediving and a beautiful close group of ocean-loving water enthusiasts!
Having that said; this also resulted in some practical problems like for example the free housing that we offer. Our interns still get free basic housing but now with set dates for their room availability. We can only provide housing for the internship programs per quarter. For example; your free accommodation can be available from January 1st till March 31st.
In this example, you are more than welcome to start the internship mid-December and finish late April. But before or after your freediving internship you need to organise your own accommodation. Of course, we’ll assist you with finding accommodation too, but you need to arrange and pay for it yourself. Also very important to know that in this example, your instructor course would start somewhere mid-March.
These are the exact dates of the 3-month freediving internships;
January 1 to March 31, 2020
April 1 to June 30, 2020
July 1 to September 20, 2020
One Seat Available
October 1 to December 31, 2020
Last Two Seats Available
Again, you are more than welcome to come earlier or leave after the above dates, but you need to arrange accommodation yourself when you’re in Panglao outside of these time frames.
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