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Hanli Prinsloo

Tagline: Ocean Advocate

Speaker Highlights

  • Record-Breaking Freediver: Hanli Prinsloo holds multiple South African freediving records, showcasing her exceptional physical prowess and determination in the water.
  • Passionate Conservationist: As the Founder of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, Hanli is dedicated to protecting our planet’s oceans and marine life through innovative workshops and educational programs.
  • Engaging Storyteller: Hanli’s vibrant storytelling combined with stunning visual material from the underwater world captivates audiences and inspires them to reconnect with nature and live purposefully.
  • Expert Coach: With experience coaching professional athletes from various disciplines, Hanli offers valuable insights into unlocking human potential and achieving peak performance.
  • Advocate for Change: By sharing her experiences and advocating for ocean conservation, Hanli encourages audiences to take action and make a positive impact on the environment and future generations.

Keynote Topics

Topics covered (or a selection) in a keynote speech, told through anecdotes with spellbinding visual elements:

  • The human connection to the ocean / nature
  • Competitive career, failure vs. success
  • Overcoming limiting assumptions but respecting limitations
  • Fear and our relationship with it
  • Mental strength – we are not our thoughts
  • Near death experience underwater
  • Finding purpose and meaning (and what is that?)
  • The importance of the ocean on human life on earth
  • Our effect on the ocean (and no, it’s not just about plastic!)
  • Finding hope in what seems like desperate times

Travels From:

  • Cape Town, WC

Fee Range:

  • Fee Range: 50,000 - 75,000



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Hanli Prinsloo’s journey is one defined by a profound connection to the ocean, a passion for adventure, and a commitment to conservation. With a diverse background spanning competitive freediving, documentary filmmaking, and environmental advocacy, Hanli brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her speaking engagements. Hanli Prinsloo | Ocean Advocate Hanli’s fascination with the […]

Hanli Prinsloo’s journey is one defined by a profound connection to the ocean, a passion for adventure, and a commitment to conservation. With a diverse background spanning competitive freediving, documentary filmmaking, and environmental advocacy, Hanli brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her speaking engagements.

Hanli Prinsloo | Ocean Advocate

Hanli’s fascination with the underwater world began at a young age, growing up on a horse farm in rural South Africa. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, she developed a deep appreciation for the wilderness and a longing to explore the mysteries of the ocean. This early connection laid the foundation for her future endeavors as a freediver and conservationist.

As a multiple South African freediving record holder, Hanli has pushed the boundaries of human capability in the water. Her achievements in the sport not only demonstrate her physical prowess but also serve as a testament to her courage and determination. Whether diving to record depths or swimming alongside majestic marine creatures, Hanli’s experiences beneath the surface have shaped her perspective on life and inspired her mission to protect our planet’s oceans.

Beyond her success as a competitive freediver, Hanli Prinsloo is a passionate advocate for ocean conservation. In 2010, she founded I AM WATER Ocean Conservation, an organization dedicated to promoting marine conservation through transformative ocean experiences. Through innovative workshops and educational programs, Hanli and her team work tirelessly to reconnect people with the natural world and inspire a sense of stewardship for our oceans.

Hanli’s background in social-political documentary filmmaking has further enriched her storytelling abilities, allowing her to craft compelling narratives that resonate with audiences around the globe. Her experiences documenting stories of transformation, hope, and inspiration have honed her ability to connect with diverse audiences and convey powerful messages of change.

As a sought-after coach, Hanli Prinsloo has shared her expertise with athletes across various disciplines, from professional rugby players to big wave surfers. Her unique approach to training combines physical conditioning with mental fortitude, helping individuals unlock their full potential and achieve their goals.

Reasons Why Event Planners Should Book This Speaker

  1. Inspiring Stories: Hanli’s life is a testament to the power of courage, resilience, and purpose. Her captivating tales of freediving adventures, encounters with marine life, and efforts in ocean conservation will leave audiences inspired and motivated to make a positive impact.
  2. Unique Perspective: Hanli Prinsloo offers a fresh and unique perspective on themes of freedom, fear, risk, and purposeful living. Her experiences as a freediver and environmentalist provide valuable insights into overcoming challenges, embracing uncertainty, and finding meaning in life.
  3. Visual Impact: With stunning visual material from the underwater world, Hanli’s presentations are not only intellectually stimulating but also visually captivating. Her vibrant storytelling combined with breathtaking imagery engages the senses and leaves a lasting impression on audiences.
  4. Expertise in Human Potential: As both a record-breaking athlete and a coach, Hanli possesses a deep understanding of human potential and the psychology of peak performance. Her expertise in unlocking peak performance can benefit individuals and teams across all sectors.
  5. Commitment to Conservation: By booking Hanli Prinsloo as a speaker, event planners align their events with a meaningful cause: ocean conservation. Hanli’s advocacy efforts through I AM WATER Ocean Conservation offer attendees an opportunity to support environmental initiatives and contribute to positive change.

Why Book Through Speakers Inc

Event planners should choose Speakers Inc to book Hanli Prinsloo for their next event for several reasons:

  1. Professional Representation: Speakers Inc is a reputable speakers bureau known for representing top-tier speakers and entertainers. With their expertise in event management and talent representation, they ensure a seamless booking process and a successful event.
  2. Access to Diverse Talent: Speakers Inc offers a diverse roster of speakers, emcees, and entertainers, allowing event planners to find the perfect fit for their specific needs and audience demographics.
  3. Personalized Service: The team at Speakers Inc provides personalized assistance to event planners, helping them navigate the selection process, negotiate contracts, and coordinate logistics to ensure a successful event from start to finish.
  4. Quality Assurance: By booking Hanli Prinsloo through Speakers Inc, event planners can have confidence in the quality and professionalism of the talent they hire. Speakers Inc thoroughly vets all speakers to ensure they meet the highest standards of excellence.
  5. Peace of Mind: With Speakers Inc handling the booking process, event planners can focus on other aspects of event planning, knowing that they have trusted professionals managing their speaker arrangements.


In conclusion, Hanli Prinsloo is more than just a speaker; she is a storyteller, an adventurer, and a champion for the oceans. Through her animated and passionate presentations, Hanli inspires audiences to embrace freedom, confront fear, and live with purpose. Her unique blend of personal experiences, professional expertise, and commitment to conservation make her a compelling choice for events seeking to educate, motivate, and inspire.

By booking Hanli through Speakers Inc, event planners can access a world-class speaker who will not only captivate their audience but also leave a lasting impact on their hearts and minds.

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