Hanli Prinsloo – Keynote Speaker

Freediver, Founder and CEO, I AM WATER Ocean Conservation Foundation

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Specialist Subjects

  • The human connection to the ocean / nature
  • Failure vs. success
  • Overcoming limiting assumptions but respecting limitations
  • Fear and our relationship with it
  • Finding purpose and meaning
  • The importance of the ocean on human life on earth
  • Ocean conservation
  • Mental Strength


  • English


Hanli Prinsloo is a multiple South African freediving record holder and Founder of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation. Prinsloo is a highly skilled free diver and 11 times South African free-diving record holder. Growing up on a horse farm in rural South Africa her love of nature and the human need for wilderness were instilled at an early age.

With a background in social-political documentary filmmaking, Hanli has travelled the world seeking and telling stories of transformation, hope and inspiration. She excelled at competitive freediving and is a sought-after coach having worked with professional rugby players, cyclists, runners and big wave surfers. Prinsloo worked intensively with the South African Springbok Sevens rugby team in 2012-2013. Hanli Prinsloo was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders

At present her energy is channeled into ocean conservation through human experience, reconnecting people with nature through the innovative I AM WATER ocean workshops offered to underserved coastal communities globally. Her for profit sister company, I AM WATER Ocean Travel takes paying clients on extraordinary ocean adventures around the world, teaching yoga, freediving and big animal interactions as a fundraising tool for the work of the foundation.

Hanli Prinsloo also has a newly established online program where she shares the story of nature and its connection to mental strength. The program includes a short breathing session at the beginning with a focus on ‘Your Breath is Your Superpower’, which contains exercises to help strengthening the health of lungs and the way we breathe.

Her personal quest being freediving with marine megafauna has resulted in numerous exhibitions, films and articles about the human/animal connection. Hanli Prinsloo is an acclaimed inspirational speaker and has recently delivered virtual speeches for Coca Cola, Adidas and Bank of America.

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