Jupp Alexander

Perfect place to train.

At the beginning of May, I completed my SSI Level 2 freedive at Freedive Academy Panglao with Patrick as my instructor. The location is perfect with a drop right on the doorstep going down to 25m and very quickly to depths for those much more capable than me! The school is relaxed and professional with lots of space Patrick is a very patient instructor with a huge wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for the sport. When I was struggling with certain aspects, especially my relaxation, it was very useful for him telling me his approach, how he overcame certain problems and discussing different techniques. He has high attention to detail and helps improve even the smallest flaw in technique. Helped me a lot with my body position in freefall and finning technique among many other things. I came out of the course a much better and safer freediver. It was a pleasure being coached learning at Freedive Academy Panglao and I will definitely come back again. Bring on level 3! See you in the deep blue 🙂

Shigeru Higaki

Amazing Environment and Instructor

Obviously, they are extremely geographically well positioned, as you can see their website etc.

My room was just located 100m away from the point where we can go 100m depth.

Wake up and change, walk to the shore, and you cantor up the bouy just a few kicks away from the shore.

My amazing instructor Nejc just accompanied me for a week and pushed my PB down over 10m.

Muchas gracias amigos!!!

Gordz Gojunco

Awesome instructors, really knowledgeable and passionate about freediving. Good coaches and mentors. Perfect facility and location for training and learning! You guys rock! Keep it up. Can’t wait for the next trip.

Gloria Jiayin Tsai

I recommend everyone to train at Freedive Academy Panglao. It was the best decision we made in the Philippines. The dive site drop off is stunning, sardine storm at my arms reach, buoy line ready to connect at any moment when u feel like jumping into the water, helpful staff….lovely training buddies. No boat, no waiting. Just jump in and you are ready to train. My partner and I loved it so much and will come back again definitely. Muah!

Alius Dominauskas

Must go place in Panglao. Learned so much cool stuff. I learned to stay underwater for 3 minutes in a day. It was very professional and fun.

Teagan Kane

SSI Freediving level 1&2

I took the level 1 SSI freediving course to see what it was all about and ended up loving freediving. Patrick was very professional taught a great course, I liked it some much I took level two. Patrick was patient and taught me not just the course material but other ways to be a better freediver. Vincent the manager was very accommodating and helpful. I would really recommend it for any level.

Alison E

Awesome freediving experience!

It is our first time to be on the wonderful island of Panglao. Me and my boyfriend were really amazed by the natural beauty of the island. Since we both love the sea and exciting activities we decided to try freediving. Thanks to the friendly and very knowledgeable instructors here, our experience was indeed a memorable one. We have learned the basic knowledge of freediving and finished our level 1 course in 3 days. I highly recommend Freedive Academy Panglao to everyone.

Lui

Super professional, experienced and lovely team. Great courses and location.

I’m a scuba diving instructor and last year I decided to try free iving. I took the SSI level 1 with free iving Guru Vincent Sparreboom. Having taught scuba for 4 years it was great to be a student again, learning something new. Vincent’s professionalism, knowledge and experience was astounding. Definitely one of the most professional coaches I’ve ever had over my 20-year diving experience. In the water we were joined by Edwin and Sebastian who at the time were training to become instructors. Both of these guys were so supportive and encouraging. I felt completely supported and safe throughout the whole experience. Previously when chatting about freediving I managed to hold my breath for 2 minutes (only once). After Vincent coached us on the breathe up and relaxation techniques I was totally surprised that I managed to hold my breath for over 4 minutes!

After such a great experience, of course I went back and did my level 2 with Vincent. Once again the training was superb and I surpassed everything I had learnt at level 1.

I cannot recommend this place enough.

Thank you Vincent and Freedive Academy Panglao!

Mercy Adaptar

A great place to be and greater people to be with. 🙂 😉

One of the best locations for training serious freediving that every freediver would dream of!

It is a very good place to chase depths in a very convenient manner as the place is just nearby a drop off cliff. No need for boats and tiring swimming as after a more or less 10 meters swim, you`re at an awesome training ground. 🙂

Also, it is not just a good place for depths but also for fun diving. The cliff has its own very beautiful reef and colorful coral which is the habitat of a different variety of marine life. From amazing sardines, to yellow fin jack fish, beautiful scorpion fish and etc. If you get lucky, from time to time, you get to see mantas, whale sharks and some serious whales passing by the area!

But what makes me even more happy about this place is the amazing owner, the professional and knowledgeable instructors, and the super friendly staff that make you feel home away from home. They make you feel like you are part of a family. The owner and the instructors are very high skilled and definitely know what they are talking about and make sure you are safe. Safety is their top priority. 🙂

Kudos to everybody especially to Vincent who bestowed his knowledge when he taught me my Level 1 course. Hope to train with you guys again and looking forward to my Level 2 course soon!

Norman Gem Ellasos

Free diving training and holiday

It was a pleasure to have been under the tutelage of Vincent to further improve my freediving skills – it was a very rare opportunity to have received personal instructions and functional wisdom of this specialized craft. My interest is in spearfishing; My ears gave in at the middle of the training and made it to 20 meters only with 10 more meters shy of fulfilling my personal depth goal to bag level 3- it went down hill after that. Nevertheless, there a lot of advance takeaways that I ran away with. Most noteably, the advanced equalization techniques he shared to me. In addition to this, I considered myself lucky to receive yogic asanas and meditational pointers to further improve my technique. He’s a professional instructor of the trade and a yoga guru all rolled into one!

Namaste.

You travelled to Panglao, dove with us, and you love us – awesome, we love you too! 🙂 And now you want to share your experience with others. Thank you!

But serious now, we sincerely appreciate the love!

Thank you!

We hope to see you back here soon!

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