Hanli Prinsloo

Keynote Speaker, Freediver, Founder and CEO of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation Foundation

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Domestic In-Person (USA):

$10,000 - $20,000*

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$5,000 - $10,000*


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Cape Town, South Africa


Hanli is a multiple South African freediving record holder and Founder of I AM WATER Ocean Conservation. Growing up on a horse farm in rural South Africa her love of nature and the human need for wilderness was instilled at an early age. With a background in social-political documentary filmmaking, Hanli has traveled the world seeking and telling stories of transformation, hope, and inspiration. Hanli excelled at competitive freediving and is a sought-after coach having worked with professional rugby players, cyclists, runners, and big wave surfers.

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. As co-founder of a for-profit company I AM WATER Ocean Travel, she also 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. Her personal quest to be freediving with marine megafauna has resulted in numerous exhibitions, films, and articles about the human/animal connection. She is an acclaimed international speaker, a Young Global Leader under the WEF, and a Dangote Fellow.

Apart from her over thirteen years of competitive freediving and 11 national records, Hanli has a background in documentary filmmaking which has taken her into the front-lines of social political conflict all over Africa, from Burundi to Uganda, South Africa, and Zimbabwe to name a few. Hanli is a strong believer in the greatness of the human spirit under the toughest of circumstances, having seen beauty and hope flourish where least expected.

Her experiences underwater inspired her to found the I AM WATER Foundation, where Ocean Conservation Through Human Experience is in the spotlight. Through her sport Hanli has trained an array of corporate clients to world-class athletes; working with mental toughness, mind over body control, and mindfulness.

Weaving in universal truths learned underwater and at the front lines of non-profit scaling about leadership and how to live a purpose-driven life, Hanli brings fresh perspectives to these important topics. She is a Young Global Leader under the World Economic Forum as well as a Dangote Fellow.

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Topics covered in Hanli’s keynote speeches:

  • 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!)
  • Ocean conservation
  • Finding hope in what seems like desperate times


I Am Water: Hanli Prinsloo at TEDxBermuda
TEDxSeaPoint-Hanli Prinsloo-Trust, Strength and salt water
Protecting the world’s oceans through human experience | Hanli Prinsloo, I AM WATER
Hanli Prinsloo – Freediving and a Deeper Ocean Connection – Harvest Nature 2019
Freediving Champion Hanli Prinsloo On The Value Of Picking Your Own Story
SA Freediving Record Holder Hanli Prinsloo

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“Hanli Prinsloo has been a keynote speaker and facilitator at our Next Generation Foundation Program for our most wealthy clients (Age group 20 – 30y) in Asia and Switzerland for the last four years. She conducted a half-day session on the topic of “Passion” in a very experimental way bringing in all her expertise and passion around the topic of freediving and preserving the Ocean. Hanli is always one of the top high lights in the program as she has the rare gift of being a very inspirational speaker but also being able to connect very easily to the audience thanks to her personality, experience and kindness. I can recommend Hanli very much as she is able to win the minds and hearts of people by showing what living the purpose of life really means.”

Jürg Stiefel, Program Director
Next Generation Foundation Program at UBS

“There are very few people who have the wealth of knowledge, expertise and relatability that can only be obtained from time spent in and under the water. It is this that sets Hanli apart and conjures one of the more sincere and urgently delivered messages we as a population have to hear. Working alongside Hanli in both raising awareness and addressing the critical health of our oceans continues to be one of the highlights of our ongoing operations and sought-after occasions for our broad community audience.”

Lawrence Stafford
Finisterre UK

“Thank you tremendously for being the keynote for our Chicago Metro Forum – A Purposeful Legacy. The audience as well as our team was impressed with your passion, ambition, and drive. Our guests were highly engaged and found your presentation to be insightful, thoughtful, and intriguing. We can see that you have a huge passion for what you do and that passion clearly shows in the success of your I AM WATER Foundation. Your keynote was an important segment of the event and will continue to help our advisors discuss with clients and prospects what their passion and purposeful legacy is. We appreciate your time and hope to work with you again in the future.”

Jaclyn Bellino
UBS Financial Services, Client Event Programming, USA