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. In these extra 3 free months of training you can also complete all the program requirements so immediately you take away the pressure of doing the requirements during the courses itself, just finish when you train freely. You’ll become a pro freediver, and you learn how to teach the art of breath-hold diving to others. You will dive to depths you could have never imagined before. 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 and literally trough the famous Bohol sardine school of Napaling reef, 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. Stay in our pool-side luxury bamboo sport bungalows or we can help you 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 much much easier than in any other Asian country!

 

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

Please note; this video was shot at our first location. We still dive at the same reef, but we moved about 300 meter down the road to a brand new freediving centre with bungalows and our very own two-lane 25-meter pool.

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

You now know already that the location of the freedive academy 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 and our dive resort are for sure worth visiting too. We’ve build spectacular luxury bamboo bungalows and later this year in the low season we’ll build an additional four large bungalows. We have a beautiful and efficient dive and shower area, an amazing canopy and outside sitting area for relaxing and chatting with the other divers. We have a small outside gym and stretching area with rowing machines, cycles, dumbles, battle ropes, gymballs and TRX setup for your apnea training.. We’re now developing a bigger outside chill-out area with firepit and we are slowly starting the build of the restaurant terras. Probably late May we’ll open our new lunchroom ‘The Bottom 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! The biggest job we had was the extension of our 10-meter pool to a two-lane 25-meter with a shallow water static area – looks incredible! We love our new pool! While with a 15-minute scooter drive, we also have a fantastic 50-meter pool at our convenience. We regularly take all our Master and Zero to Hero students there. Plus all the freediving gear we use are high-quality, premium and well-maintained materials too.

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!

We run SSI Zero to Hero programs, Molchanovs Zero to Hero’s and combinations of courses from both freediving agencies. Any regular Zero to Hero freediving program is an already complete package that takes you from beginner freediver to 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 and/or Molchanovs courses are all included in our Freediving Zero to Hero and Freediving Internship programs.

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

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

* You will find more information below but we recently started offering a compact cross-over package so you can immediately become an SSI and Molchanovs instructor in the same program, and this has been a big success.

 

The Freedive Academy’s Extras with Every Program:

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    SSI Training Techniques Speciality Instructor
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    SSI 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 Freediving 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 become a Molchanovs Wave 2 Freediving Instructor, an SSI Level 1 or Level 2 Freediving Instructor or a Wave 2 instructor and SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor via a cross over package. 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’ – you need to be a Level 2 Instructor to make the cross over to Molchanovs, and as a Level 2 Instructor you can teach more courses. 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 Molchanovs or SSI Freediving Instructor that we train gets the chance to run a few courses with us – you will get your first teaching commission too! Furthermore, all our SSI instructors, regardless of their level, leave as an FIM and Training Techniques Speciality Instructor too!

Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor Certificate

Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor Training Course

The Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor can teach Wave 1 and 2 Courses, Lap 1 and 2 courses and guide Base Level 1 to 4 programs.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have a Wave 3 Certification or passed the Wave 3 Crossover Evaluation and have a First Aid Certificate (no older than 2 years)

Duration: 9 days

Performance & Course Completion Requirements:

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    Constant Weight Bi Fins (CWTB): 40mtr. (dive time 80-90s)
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    Free Immersion (FIM): 40mtr.
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    Constant No Fins (CNF): 30mtr.
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    Dynamic Bi Fins (DYNB): 100mtr.
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    Dynamic No Fins (DNF): 60mtr.
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    Static Breath-Hold: 4:00min.
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    Standby Rescue (1min. Rescue Hang): 15mtr.
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    BO Rescue (50mtr. tow incl. Rescue Breaths): 25mtr.
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    CO2 Dive: 60sec. then 20m CWT dive

* All skills need to be demonstrated with instructor level quality.

Price per person: $1350

Be sure to contact us; Package Discount may apply.

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of freediving gear, and use of the facility.

SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor

The SSI Level 2 Freediving Instructor can teach Try Freediving, Basic Freediving, Pool Freediving and Level 1 and 2 Freediving.

Prerequisites: The candidate must have a 100 logged dives, and completed the Freediving Level 3 program.

Duration: 10 days

Performance & Course Completion Requirements:

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    Constant Weight Bi Fins (CWTB): 40mtr.
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    Dynamic Bi Fins (DYNB): 85mtr.
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    Static Breath-Hold: 4:00min.
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    Standby Rescue (1min. Rescue Hang): 20mtr.
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    BO Rescue (50mtr. tow incl. Rescue Breaths): 20mtr.
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    5x 20mtr. (1min. surface interval)
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    400mtr. Swim: In less than 10min.
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    800mtr. Swim with Equipment: In less than 15min.

* All skills need to be demonstrated with instructor level quality.

SSI Molchanovs Instructor Package

The SSI Level 2 & Molchanovs Wave 2 Instructor Combo

It doesn't matter if you do a Zero to Hero, a freediving internship or a single instructor course, with the SSI Level 2 Freedive Instructor & Molchanovs Instructor Course combo you get the best of two worlds!

SSI has the biggest dealer network in the world and offers fantastic support to instructors and centres, and their recreational courses are very well built. At the same time, Molchanovs is pure freediving, focussed on technique and skills while you can work independently without being affiliated to a centre. It is not strange that this combo package is so popular!

We start with the SSI Instructor Course, and already during the instructor course, we'll talk about the differences between the agencies and do Molchanovs 'requirements' like video skill review. Because we add more value to the SSI instructor course we can shorten the Molchanovs cross over at the end of the SSI course, and offer it all in one fantastic and compact package for both certificates!

Price per person: $1650

Be sure to contact us; Package Discount may apply.

The above price is including taxes, snorkelling fee, rental of freediving gear, and use of the facility.

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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    Wave 1 or SSI Level 1 $320
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    Wave 2 or SSI Level 2 $480
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    Wave 3 or SSI Level 3 $650
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    MASTER+ training $700 ($350 per month)
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    FITC $1350 (plus you need to pay Molchanovs about $150 and SSI about ~$200 extra for their instructor study kit and first-year annual fee.)

Important to point out is that we charge you the price for the individual training ($350 per month), but as a Zero to Hero student you will join the MASTER+ training program ($650 per month. The individual training program normally only includes the use of the academy, buoys and setup, while the MASTER+ that you get with your Zero to Hero Freediving program is ocean training in the morning, pool, static, or dry training in the afternoon, plus we incorporate more yoga and gym training into the program. With the MASTER+ program, we coach you and help you develop your own training schedules for you.

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 full 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 ($650 per month).

Now with the 20% discount, the extra guided sessions, the SSI Speciality Instructor Courses and the Free MASTER+ training your discount can be as high as $3210! 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, conditioning and 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!

Let’s get introduced! We’ll schedule a video call, and we will answer all your questions and show you around the centre!

There are quite a few different options and ways for you to join our instructor development programs. With many of our customers, especially those who join the Zero to Hero programs or the Freediving Internships – but also those who come for training and a Freedive Instructor Course, we often schedule an FB, Whatsapp or Skype call to talk about the different options. We understand that all the information about the various agencies, the different levels and options for the courses can be confusing. During this call – which is, of course, free of charge and without any further obligations, we discuss all the options. We will make a plan together, and we’ll immediately show you around the freediving school and resort, so you have a good idea of what kind of dive centre we are!

We believe this is a great way to get introduced, get your questions answered and to get an inside look into daily life at the academy. Fill out the form below, we’ll send you all the needed information, and we’ll schedule a call. We look forward to talking to you soon!

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 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 SSI Freediving Instructor Courses and Molchanovs Instructor Courses 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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    June 24 to July 5, 2020

    SSI & Molchanovs Combo

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    ~July 13 – 24, 2020

    Molchanovs Course

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    September 14 to 25, 2020

    SSI & Molchanovs Combo

Please note; only one seat available.

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    ~December 5 to 16, 2020

    SSI & Molchanovs Combo

Please note; only one seat available.

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    ~January 18 – 25, 2020

    Molchanovs Course

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    March 15 to 26, 2021

    SSI & Molchanovs Combo

Please note; only two seats available.

The dates are not yet confirmed but likely we run additional instructor course in October, November and February 2021 too.

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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