Going all the WAY!

From Zero to Hero (from Beginner to Instructor)

The Freediving Zero to Hero is at least 3 months Full-on Freediving!

The company owner Vincent is responsible for all the professional development programs within the academy, and he had this to say about the Zero to Hero programs.

“I’m not per se a big fan of the Freediving Zero to Hero programs. The programs are intense and tough on the body. In 3 months you’ll be diving to serious depths. I did my Zero to Hero in 2012, and even though it was an excellent centre with skilled instructors, unfortunately, things were missing and did I do some dangerous stuff.

The Zero to Hero Freediving programs are very popular, and when we started the centre, we all sat down and discussed how we could change the structure and guidance of these programs.

We’ve developed a robust program, and with all the student success, I’m very very proud of what we have accomplished with our Zero to Hero programs.

Taking 3 to 6 months off to go freediving is fun, exciting and a brilliant way to escape normal day-to-day life.”

Vincent Sparreboom

The Zero to Hero Freediving Program!

The Ultimate 3 Month Break from ‘Normal’ Life!

Do you want to escape the rat race from back home? Great, come to Panglao! Do you want to change your life and experience the flip flop lifestyle? Excellent, jump on a plane! Do you have a couple of months off and you just want to do something rad? Awesome, see you soon!

Joining our Freediving Zero to Hero program has to be one of the coolest things someone can do! It really (!) is the ultimate break from ‘normal’ life! In 3 months – can be extended to 6 months with extra free training – you will dive to depths you could have never imagined before. You’ll become a professional, and you learn how to teach the art of breath-hold diving to others. Do you want to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience?! Come to Panglao!

We are located on the Northside of Panglao Island. Central on the island between the busy and crazy tourist area Alona and Tagbilaran City. On the quiet Northside the island, the marine life is spectacular while we have here an even more impressive drop-off into the depths of the ocean. Our water entry is easily accessible at about 300 meters down the street – safe your energy walking; we go by scooter or use our shuttle ;). Then when you’re in the water you swim for about 10 meters past a beautiful and colourful reef full of life, you immediately have access to about -50 meter depth. And for those more experienced; we also have a -80 and -130 meter buoy at swimming distance.

Panglao Island is a green island with big roads perfect for driving around on a scooter in your shorts and flip flops – the real flip flop lifestyle. Panglao Island is covered by palm, coconut and banana trees, full of birds and butterflies and has excellent facilities and restaurants. You can find really nice and clean accommodation for about 300usd per month. Most apartments have their own kitchen so for those interested in cooking; the groceries are cheap but very good, and the fruit is spectacular! The Filipino people are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet in your life. And extending your Visa is also super easy in the Philippines – much easier than in any other Asian country!

 

Check out the Below Video to see how it is to Freedive with Us.

Why would you do your Zero to Hero with us in Panglao?

You now know already that the location of the centre is fantastic! Panglao Island is beautiful, and with all year around 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. And even though it’s rare, we do get frequent visits from some of the most massive ocean dwellers like whale sharks, dolphins, mantas, minky-, pilot-, grey-, and even blue whales. We are diving directly from shore without the use of a boat, and let’s not forget that travelling to Panglao, Bohol is super easy too.

But besides the location and Panglao Island itself, the Freedive Academy Panglao is for sure worth visiting too. We’re fully operating, but we have a lot of construction going on – no worries, we found ways to reduce the nuisance. This first phase should be finished late October or early November, and then we’ll pick up the next building phases next year in the low season. We’re now developing a bigger outside chill-out area with firepit, the diver’s area, yoga area and we are slowly starting the build of luxury bungalows. We are now also extending our 10-meter pool to 25-meter, while with a 15-minute scooter drive, we have a fantastic 50-meter pool at our convenience. We take all our Level 3, Master and Zero to Hero students there. All the freediving gear we use are high-quality, premium and well-maintained materials. In September our new lunch room will be opened ‘The Plate’ where we’ll serve the most healthy and beautiful breakfasts, lunches and smoothies of the island. The Freedive Academy Panglao truly is the perfect place to go from beginner to freediving instructor!

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. But of course, our most popular package is our Freediving Zero to Hero program, wherein 3 to 6 months you go from beginner to freediving instructor. With us, you can start your program at any time!

Regardless of which package you choose; for sure you’ll love what Panglao has to offer you! Contact us now for more information about our Zero to Hero programs.

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

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What do you get with the Freedive Academy Panglao Zero to Hero!

We kept adding value to the freediving program!

The regular Zero to Hero freediving program is an already complete package that takes you from beginner freediver to SSI Freediving Instructor in 3 months minimum. But when you join us in Panglao for a Freediving Zero to Hero, you will get so much more than the regular (Level 1, 2 and 3, Master Training and FITC) package. The following SSI courses are all included in our Zero to Hero and Freediving Internship programs.

What you get with the Freedive Academy Panglao Zero to Hero:

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    SSI Level 1 (+2 Guided sessions with Instructor)
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    SSI Level 2 (+12 Guided sessions with Instructor)
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    SSI Level 3
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    Master training (2 months)
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    FITC (Freediving Instructor Training Course)

 

The Freedive Academy’s Extras with Every Program:

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    Training Techniques Speciality Instructor
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    Free Immersion Speciality Instructor
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    Extendable to 6 months with FREE training.

And to make it a bit more clear. The guided sessions are where an instructor or intern is guiding the session, setting up the lines, doing your safety and such. And the Master program is where you dive and train with our interns and masters under the guidance of the course manager.

And please note; it’s not mandatory to start with a Level 1 course. We often have students starting with Level 2 and Level 3 joining us for 3 months too.

Completing your Freediving Zero to Hero with the SSI Instructor Course!

The Final Course to Become a Pro Freediver!

The FITC (Freediving Instructor Training Course) is the last step in your Zero to Hero freediving program. After this, you can stay for training, but it’s the final course in your program. The FITC is one long course, and the candidates can be either Level 1 or Level 2 Instructor Candidates. 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 SSI 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.

Every new SSI Freediving Instructor that we train gets the chance to run a few courses with us – you will get your first teaching commission too! But all our instructors, regardless of their level, leave as an FIM and Training Techniques Speciality Instructor too!

SSI Freediving Instructor Training Course

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.

We teach the Freediving Instructor Courses in English – Dutch is possible too. If you prefer another language, please contact us – we regularly work with translators.

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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. But of course, our most popular package is our Freediving Zero to Hero program, wherein 3 to 6 months you go from beginner to freediving instructor. With us, you can start your program at any time!

Regardless of which package you choose; for sure you’ll love what Panglao has to offer you! Contact us now for more information about our Zero to Hero programs.

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

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The Price of Your Zero to Hero Freediving Program!

Adding it all up in a beautiful, comfortable package.

We’re adding a lot of extra’s and value to the program, but what is the cost for all of this, let’s break it down.

What you get with the Freedive Academy Panglao Zero to Hero:

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    SSI Level 1 $320
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    SSI Level 2 $480
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    SSI Level 3 $650
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    Master training $700 ($350 per month)
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    FITC $1350 (plus you pay ~$200 extra to SSI for the instructor study kit and first-year annual fee.)

So the total price is $3500, and because with a Zero to Hero you do everything at once, we can give you 20% discount on the total package which makes a total of $2800.

But as you see, there’s more than ‘just’ a discount.

When you buy everything at once via a Zero to Hero package you will get a lot of FREE extra’s!

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    The additional guided sessions with the instructors between the Level 1, 2 and 3 courses is valued at $372.
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    The SSI Speciality Instructor Course Free Immersion is $330.
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    The SSI Speciality Instructor Course Training Techniques is $330.
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    The option to extend the Master training by 3 months ($350 per month).

Now with the 20% discount, the extra guided sessions, the SSI Speciality Instructor Courses and the Master training your discount can be as high as $2500! This is a lot of extra value and great package deal for up to 6 months of freedive training!

With a Freediving Internship, we give a 35% discount on the total package, but you have to work in exchange for the bigger discount, the free housing and free lunch.

If you have the financial means, we always recommend taking the regular Zero to Hero. This way, you can entirely focus on your training, aconditioning nd resting well.

$2800 is a lot of money, but you’ll be diving in one – if not THE best freediving location in the world! You’ll be living and diving for 3 to 6 months on Panglao Island! Panglao is a fantastic green tropical island with great restaurants, bars, and plenty of things to do when out of the water. And then the Freedive Academy with pretty much direct access to the water entry, diving without a boat on a time you want to dive, and a high-quality facility with the best possible premium gear.

We always have lots of divers around. Often we go on motorbike trips into Bohol province, and regularly we organise evenings with games, campfire nights, group dinners, and movie nights. It is time for you to join the Freedive Academy Panglao family!

IMPORTANT! When you join us for a Zero to Hero program, and want to become a Swim Teacher, a Mermaid Instructor or Certified Lifeguard, you will get 20% discount on all the additional programs you take with us. Same goes for all the other SSI Speciality Instructor Courses – you will get a 20% discount!

SSI Freediving Courses
SSI Freediving Courses

When can you start your Zero to Hero in Panglao?

With us any day of the week, but make sure you plan it around your FITC!

We run SSI Freedive Instructor Courses pretty much every month and a half – with fixed schedules every three months. Be sure to start your Zero to Hero at least 2 months before your desired FITC! Because of the Freediving Internships, we have 4 FITC’s fixed per year, and we try to schedule additional FITC’s in-between these dates. These are the dates we scheduled for the coming year. If you have a preference for certain dates, please contact us. Chances are that we can move or schedule something since most people are here longterm.

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    December 5 to 16, 2019

Please note; only one spot available.

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    ~March 14 to 25, 2020

Please note; only two spots available.

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    ~June 15 to 26, 2020

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    ~September 14 to 25, 2020

The dates are not yet confirmed but likely we run additional instructor course in November 2019, and in February, May, October and November 2020.

When you’re ready to plan your trip, just contact us. Our support team – who are all freedivers too – is ready to answer all of your questions. They know exactly the seats available for the FITC’s, and they know the dates of the Level 3 courses. Since we run many Level 1 and 2 courses each month, we don’t have to schedule those, but the Level 3 courses need to be scheduled somewhat in advance too.

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For more detailed information about Courses, Accommodation, Prices, etc. Please follow the below links. We are looking forward meeting you here in Panglao – you’ll love the freediving family! 🙂

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