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April 16-20, 2024

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Vitomir Maričić

Sanda Delija

Petar Klovar

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Fun Dives


1,300 Php / Person

Balicasag island

2,900 Php / Minimum 2 Persons

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Learn how to freedive in panglao

Hello and welcome to Blue Freedom Apnea, your gateway to an unforgettable freediving experience in Panglao and the Philippines! 

Ever found yourself floating in clear blue water, looking down at fish and coral and thought, “I wish I could dive deeper and explore”? If that sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place to learn about freediving in Panglao.

We’re super excited to tell you about our freediving school right here on this beautiful island. Freediving is such an amazing way to get close to the ocean. Imagine, no heavy tanks or noisy equipment—just you, the water, and all the beautiful sea life.

Picture this: You’re floating on the clear waters of Panglao, the sun smiling down on you. You take a big, deep breath, feeling both excited and peaceful at the same time. With a strong, dolphin-like kick, you start your dive. Down you go into the underwater world of the Philippines. You’re freediving in the Philippines, and it feels amazing! You see colorful coral, friendly fish, and maybe even a sea turtle if you’re lucky. What a wonderful feeling!

Our freediving instructors here in Panglao are really passionate and skilled. They’ve felt the call of the deep just like you have. And they can’t wait to guide you on your own freediving adventure. They’ll teach you how to hold your breath, move your body, and most importantly, how to be safe and have fun while freediving.

So, if you’ve ever dreamed of freediving in Panglao or elsewhere in the Philippines, now’s your chance to make it come true. Come join us and dive into a world you’ve only dreamed of. The ocean is calling, are you ready to answer? 🐠🌊🌞

Why Freediving?

So, you’re wondering, “Why freediving?” I totally get it, and let me tell you, once you try it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. Maybe you’ve seen cool pictures of underwater life on Instagram, or watched videos of people freediving deep with just a single breath. Or perhaps, you’ve tried snorkeling and felt a pull to go deeper and see more. If any of that sounds like you, then trust me, freediving here in Panglao is your next big adventure. Once you dive in, you’ll wish you had started this exciting journey a lot sooner.

Now, you might be asking, “What else is there to gain?” Well, freediving isn’t just about the experience; it offers some pretty amazing benefits too.

  • Self-Discovery: Freediving teaches you to control your breath, calm your mind, and face the vastness of the ocean with a brave heart. It’s a journey inward as much as it is outward. Through freediving in Panglao, you’ll discover a strength you never knew you had.
  • Health Benefits: Freediving is a full-body workout that improves your lung capacity, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. Plus, the calm and focus required for freediving are beneficial for mental health too. The relaxation techniques used in freediving are akin to meditation, promoting a peaceful mind.
  • Connection with Nature: Freediving brings you close to marine life in a respectful and awe-inspiring manner. The beauty of the underwater world experienced through freediving here in Panglao is unparalleled.

Why Choose us?

So you’re sold on the idea of freediving in Panglao, and now you’re wondering, “Why should I choose Blue Freedom Apnea?” Great question, and I’m thrilled to share some reasons that make us stand out as the premier freediving school in Panglao.

Experienced Instructors:

First things first, our instructors are top-notch. We’re talking about talented folks with over 20 years of experience in the world of freediving. They know the ins and outs, the ups and downs, and every safety measure in between. You’re in good hands, my friend.

Affordable Adventures:

We get it; adventures shouldn’t break the bank. That’s why we’ve priced our courses to be as accessible as possible. Affordable doesn’t mean cutting corners; it means opening doors for more people to experience the joys of freediving.

We Bring the Fun:

We love freediving, and we want you to love it too! Our courses are a happy mix of learning and having a good time. Once you’re done with the training, you can join us for fun dives where you’ll swim next to beautiful fish and corals. Think of it like a fun day out, but you’re also learning amazing new skills!

Capture the Moment:

Here’s the cherry on top: we record your dives! That means you’ll have these incredible memories captured forever. Want to show off your newfound skills on social media? You got it! Need some pointers to improve? We can do a video analysis for you.

Prime Location: Napaling

We’ve got the best spot in town—Napaling! It’s just a quick swim from the shore and you’re in a whole new world. Deep drops, colorful fish, and amazing corals are all right there. Napaling is a top spot for freedivers, and you’ll see why as soon as you dive in.

So, are you ready to explore the underwater world with the Blue Freedom Apnea family? Dive in and experience the best freediving in Panglao!

Courses We Offer for Your Freediving Journey in Panglao

So you’re excited to try freediving in the Philippines but can’t decide which course to take? No problem! Here at Blue Freedom Apnea, we offer two awesome choices: Molchanovs and AIDA courses. Both are top-notch, so you really can’t go wrong with either to start your freediving journey here in the Philippines!

What’s the Difference Between Molchanovs and AIDA?

Both Molchanovs and AIDA get you started in the amazing world of freediving. They’re similar but have some small differences that might interest you.

Molchanovs starts off easy, so it’s great if you’re new to freediving. As you get better, the courses dig deeper into special ways to dive, like diving without fins or using a single big fin, known as a Mono-Fin. Plus, Molchanovs feels like a close group of friends who all love diving. They focus on what you personally need to get better and stay safe.

AIDA is globally recognized and offers a balanced approach to freediving. It combines classroom knowledge with hands-on ocean experience in a way that’s inviting and unintimidating. As you advance, AIDA also allows you to specialize, ensuring that your diving skills are both broad and deep.

The Instructor Makes All the Difference in Freediving

So, you’re excited about freediving in the Philippines, especially here in Panglao, right? Well, hold your fins, because here’s the golden nugget: no matter if you choose Molchanovs or AIDA, what truly shapes your freediving experience is your instructor. Yep, that’s right! A great instructor turns each dive into a mini-adventure, making you feel like a fish in the ocean, exploring and learning in the safest way possible.

Our instructors at Blue Freedom Apnea are more than just certified. They’re crazy about freediving, super committed, and always go the extra mile—or should I say, the extra depth—to make sure you’re not only safe but having a blast underwater.

So if you’re thinking about freediving in Panglao, don’t just look at the course; look at who’s teaching it. Because the right instructor makes all the difference in the world, or should we say, under the sea!

If you’re still keen to unravel more about the differences between Molchanovs and AIDA, our blog has got you covered.

About our school

It all began with Giorgio Mariotti, who fell in love with the calm, clear waters of Panglao Island, a top place for freediving in the Philippines. Coming from a small town in Italy, Giorgio always felt excited around water. Starting off alone, he quickly got really good at freediving. On his journey, he found out that freediving is more than a sport. It’s a way to feel calm, make great friends, and see a whole new world under the sea.

Teaming up with his wife, Debora Mariotti, who is the youngest freediving teacher in Bohol and a local, they started Blue Freedom Apnea. Together, they had a simple but strong goal: to share the joy of freediving in Panglao with everyone, especially the people who live here.

So here’s the deal. Blue Freedom Apnea isn’t just another freediving school; we started as a nonprofit. Why’s that? We’ve got two main reasons. First, we know many locals in Panglao are into spearfishing but might not know all the ins and outs of freediving safety. We want to change that. Secondly, we’re super convinced that freediving offers more than just an adventure underwater; it improves your daily life too. Feeling that unique freedom in the water teaches you to feel free in life, and the calmness you learn underwater helps you be calm in everyday situations. That’s why we make our freediving courses affordable. We want everyone to get a chance to experience the joy and benefits of freediving in Panglao.

So there you have it, that’s the essence of Blue Freedom Apnea. We’re not just teaching freediving skills; we’re sharing a new way to approach life itself. Imagine breaking free from your everyday worries as you dive into the clear waters of Panglao. You’ll find that the mental toughness you gain from freediving helps you in all parts of life.

We warmly invite you to join our community, to experience the magic of freediving in the Philippines for yourself. Take the plunge with us and discover an underwater world that will leave your heart full and your spirit renewed.”

Happy Customers

5,000+ guest in for years

Blue Freedom Apnea is a freediving school based in Panglao, Bohol. A nonprofit organization founded by a group of volunteers, our dream is to make freediving safe and accessible to everyone

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Zacha @zachaaaa01

Through their instruction, I was able to learn how to freedive properly with proper equalization, breathhold, relaxation. Highly recommended!! 🫶🏻

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Divewith L @divewithl

Very accomodating, good food enjoyed my stay there and i learned a lot from them especialy in freediving. 😊

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JMV E @jmve2023

Good place to learn how to freedive, with qualified instructors and solid foundation to the craft. Dont forget to visit them when you go to bohol

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Bianca E @C8482JWbiancae

Staff are friendly and helpful. Have your dives with them and have the best time of your life! You will not regret coming here!

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Mary Jane D @636maryjaned

Nice food by them. I took the AIDA 1 course. Great training and friendly staff. We had 1 instructor personally. 😊

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EJCruz @estherjemimac

Very insightful training and very accommodating staff. Conquered my fear on open waters 🙂 thank you Date of experience: March 2023

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Faye Camille M @fayecamillem

Super friendly coaches and instructors! Really had a fun time intor diving with the team kahit na malakas current sa open water. ❤️

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Belle D @erbelling

I had a great time.Food was good too. Loved the yoga.. Just too many participants and hard to focus on one student

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Zacha @zachaaaa01

Through their instruction, I was able to learn how to freedive properly with proper equalization, breathhold, relaxation. Highly recommended!! 🫶🏻

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Jjj Linn @JjLinn

Wonderful experience, faced my fears! The place, the people and the lessons are outstanding. Very memorable. Thank you to the team!

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Faye Camille Morada

Super friendly coaches and instructors! Really had a fun time intor diving with the team kahit na malakas current sa open water. ❤️

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David Ballesteros Rincón

My first freediving experience was with them and it was excellent. The whole process was fun and safe, seeing results in the first session.

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Angeli Reid

Very friendly and helpful bunch of people. Highly recommend joining them in their free dices (or snorkeling, in my case).

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Bungis Wis

Freediving unlocked. Thank you so much coaches and all the staffs. So friendly and very accommodating! ❤️❤️❤️

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Zacha Ramirez

Through their instruction, I was able to learn how to freedive properly with proper equalization, breathhold, relaxation. Highly recommended!! 🫶🏻

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Faye Morada

Super friendly coaches and instructors! Really had a fun time intor diving with the team kahit na malakas current sa open water. ❤️

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Leys Quiano

Free diving skill unlocked 🔓 Thank you so much to all the coaches! I highly recommend Blue Apnea if you want to try free diving..❤️❤️❤️

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Ric Roxas

It was i great experience. I really learned a lot. The instructors and faciltators are very approachable and accomodating.

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Andreu Lim

Great experience, great food, great people. Would definitely recommend to people who want to free dive in bohol

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Christine K Hontanosas

When you will join them, you'll have a lot of fun. For me, they are the best freediving school in Panglao. Napaka accomodating sila and friendly pa.

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Sheng Sheng Sheng

I enjoyed freediving with Blue Freedom. I really had fun with the Line Training. See you again in a couple of months 🧘‍♀️🏊‍♀️

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Gregg Ian Aguiman Bayocboc

Very friendly staff and very affordable offers. Very good for beginners who wants to try freediving but dont want to spend a lot of money.

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Anthony Wagner

Giorgio is cool Guy, a good diver. Everything is familiar, we eat together for Lunch a couple of Times. Nice Spots and he is Open minded Person.

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Alain Lanier

if you want a good way to get the best freediving goal this is the way !! five stars and more to Giorgio Mariotti and Blue Freedom Apnea !

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Cedric Mabalot

I love this new doesn't require much of equipment. it is also fun to meet new friends and share thoughts about this sport.

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Regil Mark

Blue Freedom comes with very accommodating and awesome staffs 💕. Training or Fun Dive, you'll never regret joining!

Arke Freedom Apnea Freediving in Bohol

The experience I had here was very good. I think I'll have to come challenge AIDA2 next time. I strongly recommend it.

Blue Freedom Apnea is an AIDA-certified freediving club and non-profit based in Panglao Island, Philippines that provides high-quality freediving courses and training to clients and interns.

Our Mission is to strive to provide high-standard freediving training, tailoring our programs to each individual, and delivering these consistently regardless of our student’s circumstances.

We are headed to be a world-class freediving club and non-profit; where we spread the knowledge of freediving to as many people as possible both through paid and charitable initiatives.

The organization is founded by certified AIDA Instructor Trainer Giorgio Mariotti and the First Aqua Queen of the Universe Debora Celedio Mariotti.

More than 5,000+ guests have visited, availed the courses and had a wonderful time with us.

Freediving Instructors Giorgio Mariotti and Deborah Celedio Mariotti