Are Mermaids Real?

They are in our Mermaid Academy!

From Freediver to Mermaid Instructor Trainer

Tessie came to the Freedive Academy Panglao for her freediving courses and stayed with us to become an SSI Freediving Instructor Level 2. After becoming a Freediving Instructor, she did with us her Monofin Speciality Instructor and Mermaid Instructor course while she now leads the Mermaid Academy of the centre as the only SSI Mermaid Instructor Trainer in South East Asia. An incredible accomplishment!

“When I first started mermaiding, I had no idea it would get me to where I am now. I love teaching people how to become a mermaid, whether they’re wearing a tail or using bi-fins. My favourite part of being an instructor is seeing how much my students grow during the course and helping them become more confident in the water!”

Working with Tessie guarantees professionalism, a high level of education and a lot of fun!

Mermaid Tessie

Freediving and Mermaid Courses – Everything Comes Together!

For us, adding mermaid-ing to our services made total sense. We knew that almost every girl that joined us for a freediving course in the Philippines loves being in the water, wanted to look beautiful underwater and when they were little, they wanted to be a mermaid.

When you dream of mermaids, you think of beautiful, mythical underwater creatures that swim as effortlessly as a fish. And now, you have the chance to live out your mermaid fantasies and become a certified SSI mermaid yourself!

Imagine swimming under the tropical sun and effortlessly gliding through the water as a magical mermaid (or merman!). Join the skilled staff of the Freediving Academy Panglao, Bohol’s only mermaid academy, for a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim like a mermaid.

This is how it is to take a Mermaid Course with us!

Mermaids are Real, and you got an SSI Mermaid Certificate to Prove it!

Each SSI Mermaid course is designed to give you the skills necessary to live out your underwater fantasy. We’ll teach you how to put on your mermaid equipment correctly, we’ll teach you safety skills, and you’ll get free and complimentary GoPro photos and video of your experience. A tail and monofin will be provided for each student to help you swim your way to your SSI Mermaid certification.

Looking for that perfect Instagram photo to showcase everything you’ll learn in our mermaid courses? Consider adding a professional photography package to your course! With this add-on, a professional underwater photographer will join your session and capture all of your special underwater mermaid memories for the camera!

Dreams can come True! Become a Mermaid!

You are going to have so much fun! You will learn how it is to swim with a monofin, how it is to swim with a mermaid tail. You will be dressing up, and modelling on land and in the pool or ocean. The thing you’ve been dreaming of for so long is finally happening. Our mermaid instructors will take you on a whole new adventure. Message us today – without any strings – to see what are the possibilities.

Just fill in the form, and our support team who are all freedivers and mermaids too, will get back to you usually within hours – if they’re not diving 😉

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Beginner and Recreational SSI Mermaid Courses – Exploring a New World with a Tail!

A brand new experience for young and old. The dream of every little girl – who doesn’t want to be a real-life mermaid?!

Our well-trained mermaid instructor team will teach you modelling – you will learn how to model for the best-looking pictures on land and in the pool or ocean. But mermaid-ing isn’t all about looking pretty. We teach our mermaid students how to swim with a monofin and mermaid tail, but more importantly, we teach you all the necessary in-water safety skills to model and swim safely in any environment. The progressive learning systems of SSI are a guarantee that you’ll experience swimming and diving in a safe and fun manner. Are you ready for a fantastic experience?!

If you’ve never swum in a mermaid tail before, this is the course for you! We will provide you with everything you need to transform into a mermaid! In this introductory half-day course, you will learn the basics of swimming like a mermaid and create fin-tastic memories to last a lifetime. No previous diving experience or mermaid-ing experience is necessary to join this course.

The course includes: use of a mermaid monofin and basic mermaid tail, one pool session

Duration: 0.5 days

Price per person: $85

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

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of the mermaid-ing gear, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

  • Minimum age: 12
  • If running a ‘Try Mermaid Explorers’ minimum age is 6
  • Student to instructor ratio 6:1

Do you have a little mermaid or merman itching to get their fins in the water? Join us for this unique course specifically designed for children ages 6-12. This 2-day course is designed to help your child start their own magical underwater journey safely, all while focusing on fun and comfort in the water. No previous diving or mermaid-ing experience is required for this course, but we do recommend basic swimming skills prior to starting the course.

The course includes: use of a mermaid monofin and basic mermaid tail, three pool sessions and two unedited GoPro videos

Duration: 2 days

Price per person: $275

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

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of the mermaid-ing gear, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

  • Minimum age: 6
  • Able to swim and comfortable in the water
  • The max. student to instructor ratio is 6:1
Mermaid Explorers

Want to spend more time as a mermaid? This Mermaid course is a more intensive version of the Try Mermaid course. During this 2.5-day course, you will learn proper fin swimming techniques, how to blow bubble kisses and perform headstands, as well as proper safety techniques. In no time at all, you can master techniques to transform you into a magical mermaid and show off your shell-tastic new mermaid-ing skills in the pool. No previous diving experience or mermaid-ing experience is necessary to join this course.

The course includes: use of a mermaid monofin and basic mermaid tail, four pool sessions and two unedited GoPro videos

Duration: 2,5 days

Price per person: $325

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

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of the mermaid-ing gear, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

  • Minimum age: 12
  • Able to swim a minimum distance of 40m without any swim aids (no time limit)
  • The max. student to instructor ratio is 6:1

If you want more than the regular course, then we have two options for you. With this course, you can add the one-day modelling speciality, and you can add our camera package to capture those magic moments for perfect and professional snaps for on Instagram, Facebook or WeChat.

Do you want to dive a little deeper into the deep blue below? If you want to move from swimming in the pool to creating your own splash in the ocean, consider joining us for our Ocean Mermaid course. In this 3.5-day course, our trained instructors will take you into crystal clear waters above a vibrant coral reef to give you the chance to stretch your fins and safely interact with marine life for depths up to 5 meters. This course can either be completed as a 3.5-day full course or as a 1-day upgrade from the SSI Mermaid course.

The course includes: use of a mermaid monofin and basic mermaid tail, three pool and three open water sessions and two unedited GoPro videos

Duration: 3,5 days

Price per person: $435

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

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of the mermaid-ing gear, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

  • Minimum age: 12
  • Able to swim a minimum distance of 40m without any swim aids (no time limit)
  • The max. student to instructor ratio is 6:1

If you want more than the regular course, then we have two options for you. With this course, you can add the one-day modelling speciality, and you can add our camera package to capture those magic moments for perfect and professional snaps for on Instagram, Facebook or WeChat.

The ultimate mermaid experience is the Mermaid Model course. During this 1-day course, you will learn the basics of modelling, both above and under the water! In addition to being able to use our beautiful mermaid tails, this course also includes use of our gorgeous mermaid accessories and crowns. You’ll feel like a mermaid queen (or merman king!) as our experienced instructors walk you through everything you need to know to get that perfect Instagram-worthy picture of you as a mermaid. This course can either be done in the pool or in the ocean depending on your certification level.

The course includes: use of a mermaid monofin and premium mermaid tail, two in-water sessions (either two pool OR one pool and one open water session) and two edited photos (one land, one underwater)

Duration: 1 days

Price per person: $175

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

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of the mermaid-ing gear, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

  • Minimum age: 12
  • Completion of Mermaid or Ocean Mermaid
  • The max. student to instructor ratio is 6:1

When taking this speciality course, it would make perfect sense to have our professional camera crew follow you to capture those magic moments for on Instagram or WeChat.

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Mermaids are Real!

On the next photos, you see Tessie, lead Mermaid Instructor Trainer of the Freedive Academy Panglao at the World Championship Mermaiding 2018 in China where she made it to the finals!!

We are professional Mermaids!

Dreams can come True! Become a Mermaid!

You are going to have so much fun! You will learn how it is to swim with a monofin, how it is to swim with a mermaid tail. You will be dressing up, and modelling on land and in the pool or ocean. The thing you’ve been dreaming of for so long is finally happening. Our mermaid instructors will take you on a whole new adventure. Message us today – without any strings – to see what are the possibilities.

Just fill in the form, and our support team who are all freedivers and mermaids too, will get back to you usually within hours – if they’re not diving 😉

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More than a Dream, become a Professional Mermaid!

Spread the Joy of Mermaid-ing at Parties, Classes or Events as a Professional Mermaid?!

You love mermaid-ing, and now you want a career change and share your passion with the world? Well then look no further. The Freedive Academy Panglao mermaid-ing programs are right for you.

In 5 beautiful days, we’ll go over the different courses, how to teach and structure the classes, how to explain the various skills, we’ll go over the many mermaid accessories, and what you can expect while teaching mermaid-ing, and much much more.

You can visit us for just the mermaid instructor course, or combine your mermaid course with for example recreational freediving course or even an SSI freediving instructor course or swim teacher course.

You will live the dream – and help others live their dream, what a wonderful idea!

The course includes: use of a mermaid monofin and premium mermaid tail

Duration: 5 days

Price per person: $750

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

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of the mermaid-ing gear, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

  • Minimum age: 18
  • Completion of Mermaid or Ocean Mermaid
  • The max. student to instructor ratio is up to the Instructor Trainer
  • Pass the SSI Mermaid Water Fitness Evaluation
    o 375 m surface swim in 20 min
    o 25 m DYN
    o Tread water for 15 min
    o Surface rescue tow for 100 m
  • Complete multiple choice exam with at least a 90% score
  • Complete 2 academic presentations
  • Complete 2 pool presentations
  • Complete 2 open water presentations

Any freediving course is a good combo for this instructor course. With freediving, you dive much deeper into breathing, breath-holding and safety skills. If you are already an SSI Level 1 freediver, consider taking the monofin freediving speciality.

Scott Lambert

Freediving in paradise

If I could give Freedive Academy Panglao more than 5 stars then I would. This place is magical. It offers freediving students the perfect blend of high calibre instructors, a warm and friendly atmosphere, and an absolutely unforgettable diving location. It does not matter if you are a beginner or a deep diver, this place has something for everyone, and the dive spot is a mere 2 minute swim from shore. In other words, no boat required!

I was lucky enough to complete my SSI freediving level 1 and 2 under my instructor, Kim, whose knowledge, experience, patience, and encouragement I am truly grateful for. I could not have asked for a better introduction to the depth (and breath) of freediving and am already planning my next course at the Academy 🙂

Mandy Leung

Thanks my teacher Daichi (Chen Dadi) for his caring and sharing, he is super professional and obviously knows a lot about freediving. He helped me to overcome my fears and my limitations. Now freediving becomes my new pursue in life!

Aaron Chiang

The coaches are particularly warm and professional.
There is also many cute kittens.
My stay was way too short, I want to take more lessons with Freedive Academy Panglao.

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.

On the testimonial page, you can find even more testimonials. The ones above are random ones; if you refresh the page, you’ll see five new ones.

There are to many options for the Instructor Development Programs to quickly list them here.

Please check out the Freedive Instructor Training page for more information.

Dreams can come True! Become a Mermaid!

You are going to have so much fun! You will learn how it is to swim with a monofin, how it is to swim with a mermaid tail. You will be dressing up, and modelling on land and in the pool or ocean. The thing you’ve been dreaming of for so long is finally happening. Our mermaid instructors will take you on a whole new adventure. Message us today – without any strings – to see what are the possibilities.

Just fill in the form, and our support team who are all freedivers and mermaids too, will get back to you usually within hours – if they’re not diving 😉

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Suggested Add-Ons and Course Combinations

There is so much more posible at the Freedive Academy Panglao!

Get your Mahina Monofin

Most mermaids have their own mermaid gear.

We are very proud to be an official Mahina dealer – the Worlds leading Mer-Fin brand!

When you order your Mer-Fin before your course starts, we can give you a 20usd discount on the regular retail price.

The normal retail price is $110 but contact us now, and you only pay $90!

Please note; because of the sizes we don’t ship out the Mahina fins – they are only available in Panglao Philippines.

Mermaid Makeup Workshop

Want to look your best underwater? Consider taking our Mermaid Makeup Workshop, a 45-minute to 1-hour long workshop, and let our professional make-up artist give you the makeover of a lifetime and transform you into the mermaid of your dreams!

Price: $125

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour

Add-on includes;

  • Professional makeup application
  • A brief overview on waterproof-ing makeup

Mermaid Model Extended

Just like the Mermaid Model course, our talented underwater photographer will guide you through additional underwater photography sessions and help you capture the perfect photo. This option is not available for those who not have completed the Mermaid Model course.

If you don’t want more time in front of the camera, but can’t get enough photos, we also offer the sale of individual photos from previous underwater photography sessions. The purchase of individual photos does not include additional underwater photography time.

Price: $150 per session; $35 per photo or 2 for $50

Duration: Dependent on client needs

Add-on includes;

  • Additional session(s) in either the pool or ocean
  • Mermaid monofin
  • Premium fishtail skin
  • 1 edited underwater photo per session

Instagram Ready

For those who want an Instagram worthy experience. Let our Mermaid Instructors take you on a 5.5-day journey you’ll want to brag about on social media! This package includes additional underwater photography sessions and the professional application of waterproof makeup.

Price: $960

Duration: 5.5 days

Combination includes;

  • Ocean Mermaid
  • Mermaid Model
  • 2 Mermaid Makeup sessions
  • 2 additional underwater water photography sessions
  • 10 additional edited photos

Mermaid Zero-to-Hero

Based on our freediving Zero to Hero program, this 14-day course will teach you everything you need to become an SSI Mermaid Instructor. Even if you have no previous mermaid-ing experience, our staff will teach you everything you need to know and prepare you for the Mermaid Instructor Trainer Course at the end of the program.

Price: $1240

Duration: 14 days

Combination includes;

  • Ocean Mermaid
  • Mermaid Model
  • Training leading up to the Mermaid Instructor Training Course
  • 7 pool sessions and 7 open water sessions in addition to the course sessions
  • Mermaid Instructor Course
  • 6 additional edited photos

Freediving Mermaid

If you can’t pick between being a mermaid and a freediver, then we suggest you do it all! The Freediving Mermaid package is for the mermaid who wants to go deeper than 5 meters. Learn advanced breath hold techniques and dive deeper than you ever thought possible.

Price: $760

Duration: 7 days

Combination includes;

  • Ocean Mermaid
  • Freediving Level 1
  • 1 additional mermaid open water session
  • 1 freediving coaching session

Monofin Mermaid

The Monofin Mermaid package is for the mermaid who wants to chase depth using a monofin instead of bi-fins. During your time with us, you’ll learn to seamlessly switch between using your monofin for your mermaid adventures and using your monofin to go down the line like a competitive freediver!

Price: $1020

Duration: 10 days

Combination includes;

  • Ocean Mermaid
  • Freediving Level 1
  • Monofin course
  • 1 additional mermaid open water session
  • 2 freediving coaching sessions

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