Expand Your Freediving Business

Become a Swim Teacher!

Swim Teacher and Freediving Instructor Courses are a Perfect Match!

Our co-founder & owner Vincent Sparreboom is responsible for the Swim Teacher programs within the FREEDIVE+ Freedive Academy Panglao.

Vincent is an SSI Freediving Instructor Trainer, an SSI Speciality Instructor Trainer and Swim Teacher Trainer with a passion for our oceans and conservation work.

Being a Freediving Instructor and Swim Teacher Vincent started looking for additional services to offer more value to our students, and thus he began an intense training program with SSI.

FREEDIVE+ is now the only Freediving centre in the world where you can also become a certified Swim Teacher. We offer all levels of Freedive Education and all possible Swim Teacher courses.

First and foremost; we are a Professional Freediving Development Centre!

We have been running SSI Freediving Instructor courses since 2014 (with FREEDIVE+ since the start in 2015), and this has been a big success – we are now running Instructor Courses almost every month. But after talking to so many instructors and instructor candidates we’ve noticed that these future instructors and shop owners are looking for additional ways to generate income. And combining freediving courses and swim classes in countries like the Philippines where 95% of people can’t swim is the perfect combo.

Of course, we continue running the Freedive Instructor courses in the Philippines, but from September 2017 we offer our guests the option to do a Swim Teacher course too. We are very proud to say that we are the only freediving centre in the world to offer the two – let alone offer all levels of both!

This is how it is to take a Freedive or Swim Teacher Course with us in Panglao!

Becoming a Certified Swim Schools International Swim Teacher!

Swim Schools International started out of passion of several aquatic professionals from both the swimming and scuba diving worlds. They intended to create a worldwide, standardised program for swim instruction, open to anyone who wants to better their abilities and level of swim teaching.

Swim Schools International provides education materials, swim teacher training and certifications for Swim Teachers, Trainers, and Aquatic Training Facilities around the world. In the short time they started with the program SSI now stands as one of the leaders in progressive swim education and is a role model for global swim teaching standards. Their initiatives, standards and certificate requirements ensure that certified teachers are capable of meeting the needs and abilities of swimmers of all ages – from 3 months old all the way through adulthood.

Swim Teacher Courses of ALL Levels!

Whether you are a freediver, a swimmer, a water enthusiast; becoming a swim teacher is a great way to share your passion for the ocean or water.

But it’s not just about sharing your passion for the water. You are teaching people a necessary life skill. With the SSI Swim Teacher programs, you can teach swimming everywhere you like.

Fill in the form today, just check our availability. Usually, you’ll have an answer within hours.

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The 4 Levels of Swim Teacher education!

Progressive Education for Babies to Seniors

As a Swim Teacher candidate, you can take a single course, multiple courses or join a 7-day program to complete all possible levels.

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    Swim Teacher: Level 1

The goal for all SSI Swim Programs is water safety. Children need to independently learn how to safely move in the water. Age appropriate learning of basic swim skills will provide the foundation for learning swim strokes.

Built for the 3-year-old who has no swimming experience, the Aquatike I class focuses on comfort in the water, with a final goal of swimming 2M (7ft) with reach & pull, and a 10 count with the face underwater.

Prerequisites: Child must be 3 years old

Swimming Skills: None

Final Goals: Swim 2M (7ft) With Reach & Pull, 10 Count Face Underwater

The Aquatike II class follows the Aquatike I class’ final goal of swimming 2M (7ft) with reach & pull, and a 10 count with the face underwater.

Prerequisites: Child must be 3 years old

Swimming Skills: Swim 2M (7ft) With Reach & Pull, 10 Count Face Underwater

Final Goals: Swim 3M (10ft) With Windmill Arms, Getting Front Breath With Assistance; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Built for the 3-year-old who has moved past the Aquatike II level and is ready for more challenge, but hasn’t turned 4 years old yet.

Prerequisites: Child must be 3 years old

Swimming Skills: Swim 3M (10ft) With Windmill Arms, Getting Front Breath With Assistance; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Final Goals: Swim 6M (20ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath With Assistance & Resume Windmill Arms To Destination; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Built for the 4-5-year-old who has no swimming experience.

Prerequisites: Child must be 4-5 years old

Swimming Skills: None

Final Goals: Swim 3M (10ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath With Assistance; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Built for the 4-5-year-old who has moved past the final goals of Preschool Beginner, but has yet to turn 6 years old.

Prerequisites: Child must be 4-5 years old

Swimming Skills: Swim 3M (10ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath With Assistance; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Final Goals: Swim 6M (20ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath & With Assistance Resume Windmill Arms To Destination; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Built for all beginner swimmers with no previous swimming experience, anywhere in the age range of 6 years to 17 years old.

Prerequisites: Swimmer must be no younger than 6 years old, but not older than 17

Swimming Skills: None

Final Goals: Swim 6M (20ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath With Assistance & Resume Windmill Arms To Destination; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Built for beginner swimmers with some previous swimming experience, anywhere in the age range of 6 years to 17 years old.

Prerequisites: Swimmer must be no younger than 6 years old, but not older than 17

Swimming Skills: Swim 6M (20ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath With Assistance & Resume Windmill Arms To Destination; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Final Goals: Swim 12M (40ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath Independently & Resume Windmill Arms To Destination; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Built for beginner swimmers with some previous swimming experience, anywhere in the age range of 6 years to 17 years old.

Prerequisites: Swimmer must be no younger than 6 years old, but not older than 17

Swimming Skills: Swim 12M (40ft) With Windmill Arms, Get Front Breath Independently & Resume Windmill Arms To Destination; Must Use Arms & Legs In Forward Motion

Final Goals: Swim 12M (40ft) With Windmill Arms, Independent Rollover Breathing

Course duration is 3 days

Price per person: $480

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

The above price is including taxes, rental of gear and tools, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

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    Swim Teacher: Level 2

Small classes are the key to learning. This allows children to learn and improve at their own pace. Comfort in the water, breath control and learning the correct strokes are the focus.

Built for intermediate swimmers to begin work on competitive strokes. The Intermediate I class focuses on development and technique of the Freestyle stroke.

Prerequisite: Swim 12M (40ft) With Windmill Arms, Independent Rollover Breathing

Final Goals: 25M (80ft) Freestyle, Get Side Breath

Developed for intermediate swimmers to build on competitive strokes. The Intermediate II class focuses on development and technique of the Competitive Backstroke.

Prerequisite: 25M (80ft) Freestyle, Get Side Breath

Final Goals: Freestyle 25M (80ft) Bilateral Breathing; Elementary Backstroke 25M (80ft)

Built for advanced swimmers to build on competitive strokes. The Advanced I class focuses on development and technique of the Breaststroke.

Prerequisite: Freestyle 25M (80ft) Bilateral Breathing; Elementary Backstroke 25M (80ft)

Final Goals: Freestyle 50M (160ft) Bilateral Breathing; Breaststroke 25M (80ft) ; Competitive Backstroke 25M (80ft)

Built for advanced swimmers to build on competitive strokes. The Advanced II class focuses on development and technique of the Butterfly stroke.

Prerequisite: Freestyle 50M (160ft) Bilateral Breathing; Breaststroke 25M (80ft) ; Competitive Backstroke 25M (80ft)

Final Goals: Freestyle 25M (80ft) Bilateral Breathing; Breaststroke 25M (80ft); Competitive Backstroke 25M (80ft); Butterfly 25M (80ft)

Built for advanced swimmers to work on speed and endurance using the four competitive strokes: Freestyle, Competitive Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly.

Prerequisite: Freestyle 25M (80ft) Bilateral Breathing; Breaststroke 25M (80ft); Competitive Backstroke 25M (80ft); Butterfly 25M (80ft)

Final Goals: 800M (2600ft) Freestyle 400M (1300ft) IM Without Any Disqualifying Techniques

Course duration is 2 days

Price per person: $375

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

The above price is including taxes, rental of gear and tools, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

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    Swim Teacher: Adult

No prior experience, no problem. Adult groups are small groups with students with similar skills. Regardless of their ability, all swimmers are encouraged to learn and improve their techniques.

Teaching an adult non-swimmer to swim is often not an easy job, so SSI offers two different levels for adults age 18 and over. Often the fear of the water far outweighs a technical inability, so we begin by focusing on comfort in the water using tools to aid in decreasing fear. Then gradually those tools are removed, eventually leading to an adult that feels safe and comfortable in the water. Neither the Adult Beginner or Adult Advanced classes are intended to produce competitive swimmers, although that is certainly welcome. Instead, the focus is on comfort and ability in the water, and removal of fear.

The basics of this class are the same as the Beginner I-III levels for the younger swimmers but tuned to the unique needs and abilities of adults.

Prerequisites: Age 18+, No previous swimming skills required

Final Goals: 2 Minute Tread, 2 Minute Back Float & 20M (65ft) Swim With No Flotation Equipment

Once the fear of the water is mostly overcome, focus then shifts to technical training. The Adult Advanced program introduces the competitive swim strokes to the adult swimmer: Freestyle, Competitive Backstroke, Breaststroke & Butterfly.

Prerequisites: Age 18+, 2 Minute Tread, 2 Minute Back Float & 20M (65ft) Swim With No Flotation Equipment

Final Goals: 5 Minute Tread, 40M (130ft) Freestyle & 40M (130ft) Elementary Backstroke

Course duration is 2 days

Price per person: $375

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

The above price is including taxes, rental of gear and tools, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

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    Swim Teacher: Baby & Me

Baby Swim teaches parents to work with their babies on water safety and swimming skills. After 9 months in a safe environment, babies have a natural affinity to water. Early introduction to the water will have significant impact on babies’ comfort and skills in the water.

The Swim Schools International Baby & Me class is centred around gaining comfort in the water for the 6-month-old to 36-month-old child. Instead of parents sitting idly by while the class takes place, this is one-on-one time with parent and child, all under the direction and supervision of a certified SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher.

Our Aquababy swimmer level is the intermediate step for children in the Baby & Me class who have completed the skills for that level but have yet to reach the age of 36 months old. This level introduces independence from the parent, having the certified SSI Baby & Me Swim Teacher performing all of the hands-on teachings in the water while the parent sits in direct supervision on the edge of the pool. This class can aid children in becoming more independent from their parents and helps foster a learning bond between the child and their swim teacher while keeping a parent close by if need requires.

Prerequisites: Must Have Been Previously Enrolled In SSI Baby & Me Class,
Can Hold Breath For 10 Seconds, Can Swim 1M (3ft) In The Water Independently

Final Goals: Swim 2M (7ft) With Assisted Breath Using Arms & Legs, Independent Back Float, Independent Jump, Turn & Grab The Wall

Course duration is 2 days

Price per person: $375

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

The above price is including taxes, rental of gear and tools, use of the facility, study materials and certification fees.

The Swim Teacher Courses are taught in English and Dutch. If you prefer another language, please contact us – we regularly work with translators.

The Full Swim Teacher Education Package!

As a Swim Teacher, you can now teach all levels and all ages.

If you are interested in doing all 4 swim teacher courses, we can reduce the duration of the course to 7 days instead of 9 days. And instead of the $1590, you’ll pay $1250. We also offer special package prices for combination with our Freediving Instructor courses. Please contact us for more information.

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