Kristine Tecson

Competent instructors and a fun basic freediving course!

As a beginner, I was a bit terrified of freediving. I had worries before I even started the course and panicked when we finally had to go into the open water.

But thanks to our reliable and (very) supportive instructor, Kuya Edwin, we enjoyed every minute and had fun during our basic freediving course, despite the slightly choppy waters!

My friends and I were complete newbies to freediving. But after just a day of learning breathing techniques and realising just how capable the human body really is, we were able to go into the open water, apply what we learned, and had a blast in the process.

It was amazing how Freedive Academy Panglao encourages you to challenge your understanding of your limitations and break that mould you put yourself into. The initial discomfort that the unknown brings slowly turns into something wonderful that you take with you forever.

My friends and I are already planning to return soon and get our SS1 Level 1 training. We’re excitedly talking about bringing new friends in and sharing the experience with them.

We are particularly grateful for Kuya Edwin! We couldn’t have asked for a better instructor to introduce us to this amazing sport. I personally felt safe from start to finish, and I wonder now why I was so scared in the first place.

To those of you who, like me, had hesitations and fears about freediving, I encourage you to give freediving with Freedive Academy Panglao a try. They’ll help you to open your eyes to the beauty of the ocean depths and make the process very enjoyable, too!

Simone Corell

Excellent freediving school

A special thanks to our great teachers, Nejc and Kim! We had good fun, learned a lot & enjoyed the super nice reef and the sardines.

Location is perfect, with a house reef directly nearby dive centre.

We hope to come back soon!

Simone & Bernd

Aileen Chang

I’m so happy and thank Nejc and Edge a lot for my 3 days.
I have passed the SSI level 1 course, and now I also want to do the next one when I get back.🙃

Nejc is so nice and patient.

I didn´t really understand at first, but he tried to explain everything to me, even with DRAWINGS.
It was so sweet and cute, but you will understand soon.😂

I really recommend Freedive Academy Panglao!

Alius Dominauskas

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

Jemmo Pacoma

One of the best if not the best place to freedive.

I did my SSI level one with them back in June 2017 and my level 3 last July, and it feels like coming back home. The center has a very contagious positive atmosphere that you do not want to miss. Everyone is so great from the instructor to the ground crew. At Freedive Academy Panglao you’ll meet freedivers of all level, and everyone is so supportive of each other. The center has the facilities you’ll need for your freediving training. The best part of it is that the centre is only a few minutes away from your depth goal.

Will definitely come back.

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.

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 buoy 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!!!

Lui

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

I’m a scuba diving instructor, and last year I decided to try freediving. I took the SSI level 1 with free diving 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 breath 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!

Tessie LaMourea

World class freediving dive center (plus cats)
I have nothing but love for this center. Vincent really created a dive center that feels like a home away from home.

I did my level 2, level 3, and my instructor course at this center over the course of a couple months and I’m so glad I was trained at Freedive Academy Panglao. The training conditions really cannot be better. The water is flat, warm, and inviting every single day, and visibility is easily 15-20 meters. You can swim out to the surface line and have access to as much depth as you want. The thing that makes Freedive Academy Panglao different, though, is the people.

The staff is incredible. I was lucky enough to train with all the English instructors during my stay, and every single one of them made me a better diver (thank you Vincent, Kim, Edwin, and Nejc!). Their coaching helped me set new personal bests, all while making training fun. I was able to train not only with instructors but also with other master divers. Freedive Academy Panglao has a master’s training program with insanely talented divers, and I learned so much from diving with so many people. It doesn’t matter if you’re diving to 10 meters or to 100 meters, everyone was so welcoming and supportive of each other. I looked forward to all my training sessions because I liked the people I trained with.

Bottom line – the instructors are informative, everyone is fantastic to train with, and the location is perfect. As a bonus, after a long training session, you can relax in the hammock or spend some time cuddling with one of the dive center cats (all of them are perfect and adorable and fuzzy). The Freedive Academy Panglao is a world-class freediving center, and they have the best dive center cats. I absolutely adore this place!

Danny B.

We had a really nice time here at Freedive Academy Panglao.

My friend and I did a level 1 course here in August, and first of all, learning to freedive is really something special. The instructor was recommended to me via a mutual friend, and I contacted him via Facebook since their website was still under construction, but he responded to all my messages within the hour.

Lessons where nice, and a lot of fun – on land and in the water. It surprised me how easy it was to hold your breath for minutes when you know how to breathe properly (3:06!). The 3 days we spent at the centre where great! Unfortunately, we did have rain and some waves during the lessons in the water, but that happens – the wrong season I guess…

Additionally, there was some construction going on at the dive resort, and we had moments that the noise outside was quite annoying. But overall; we had a really good time, and I hope to come back to the Philippines one day to do my level 2 with them.

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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