Why dive?

Escape to a different world. Scuba takes you to a different world with new colors, shapes, textures and creatures a world where the roles you play husband, wife, mother, father, friend take on a new dimension. Become a scuba diver and escape to a peaceful place to renew your energy and excite your senses.

Explore new places. Scuba diving frees you to explore the underwater world from historic shipwrecks and pristine reefs to the mysteries of your local quarry. Become a scuba diver and explore what you’ve been missing.

Experience a connection with nature; a feeling of freedom, and a transformation. Diving connects you with nature. It immerses you in new sensations and experiences. It transforms your perception of life forever. Become a diver and transform yourself.

Ready to experience it?

Our learn to dive programs are listed below. Click on the course to read the details.

Learning to Scuba Dive has never been easier!

Whether you’re on the go or want to take it slow, now you can complete the knowledge development portion of the PADI Open Water Diver course online with PADI eLearning. It’s a great match for your active schedule.

Start Today with eLearning online!

Click the PADI elearning link, you will have another way to begin independent study with the PADI Course online via an interactive web-based program.
So, what are you waiting for?. Learn to dive with Panama Dive Center today!

PADI Scuba Diver

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The PADI Scuba Diver course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you  ̶ particularly if you expect to go scuba diving primarily with a dive guide. This course is an intermediate step for earning an Open Water Diver certification, if that’s your ultimate goal.

PADI Scuba Divers are qualified to:

  • Dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres/40 feet.
  • Obtain air fills, rent or purchase scuba equipment and participate in dive activities as long as properly supervised.
  • Continue dive training by completing the PADI Open Water Diver certification and taking certain specialty diver courses.

Prerequisites: to enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required.

Price: $260 (1,5 days)

Includes: theory, all the gear, instructor, dives (3 confined and 2 openwater dives) , ebook, online certification and lunch.

Click here if you´d like to receive further information about becoming a Scuba Diver.

PADI Open Water Diver

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If you’ve always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course – the world’s most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

Prerequisites: To enroll in a PADI Open Water Diver course (or Junior Open Water Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. If you are between 10 and 14 years old, you will receive the Junior open Water Diver Certification. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. Due to international law regarding the use of the internet, eLearning is only possible if you are 13 or older.

Complete Course (three days)

One day of theory (videos, quizzes, exams and knowledge review)

Two days of diving (confined and open water dives) in the national park.

Price: $410 + $40 (entrance fee(s) and/or overnight)

Includes: all the gear, instructor, dives, ebook, online certification and two lunches.

When you reserve this course, you will be sent a code with which you can access your ebook before even arriving in Santa Catalina. If you have the time and want to start reading into it, you can do that.

With eLearing (if you only have two days to do it):

All the theory is done online before your arrival and our instructor will go over any questions you have regarding that part of the course  once you get here. All dives (confined and open water dives) will be done in the national park.

Price: $410 + $55 (PADI eLearning) + $40 (entrance fee(s) and/or overnight)

Includes: all the gear, the instructor, the dives, ebook, videos, quizzes, exams and knowledge reviews, e-dive planer, online certification and two lunches.

When you reserve this course you will be sent a code with which you can access your the PADI eLearing. You must have completed it before your arrival in Santa Catalina and bring us the online record of completion.

Special Offer: Add a Nitrox Certification!

For only $95 extra, you can walk away with two certifications. Learn how to dive and how to extend your bottom time and be safer in one go!

Book your spot now!

PADI Adventure Diver

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The Adventure Diver course is a subset of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course. Have you always wanted to try digital underwater photography, fish identification or dry suit diving? There’s a long list of scuba adventures you can take part in during this program. Complete three Adventure Dives and you earn the Adventure Diver certification. It’s a great opportunity to work with your instructor to build your scuba skills and gain more confidence. Get a taste of what you like and enjoy scuba diving more than ever.

Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old and want to take the next step should enroll in an Adventure Diver course. Young divers may only participate in certain Adventures Dives – check with your PADI Instructor.

Your Adventure (1 day)

Choose three of the following adventures to get a step closer to becoming an Advanced Diver:

  • deep diver (minimum age is 12)
  • navigation
  • peak performance buoyancy
  • fish ID
  • drift dive (minimum age is 12)
  • underwater photography (you need to have your own camera)

Price: $270 + $20 (entrance fee to the park)

Includes: theory, 3 adventure dives, ebook, online certification, equipment and lunch

Click here to get more information.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

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You don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different Adventure Dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Prerequisites:

To enroll in a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, you must be 15 years old or older and you must have completed the PADI Open Water Diver.

Complete Course (2.5 days):

You will do a total of five dives. Navigation and deep dive are compulsory. Then, you may choose three of the following:

  •  peak performance buoyancy
  • AWARE fish ID
  • underwater naturalist
  • drift dive
  • underwater photography (you need to have your own camera)
  • Nitrox specialty (additional $95)

Price: $410 +$40 (park fee(s) and/or overnight)

Includes: all the gear, the instructor, the dives, ebook, online certification, two lunches.

With eLearning (if you only have 2 days):

If you just want to focus on the diving, you can do all the theory online before your arrival and our instructor will go over any questions you have regarding that part of the course once you get here. All dives will be done in the national park.

You will do a total of five dives. Navigation and deep dive are compulsory. Then, you may choose three of the following:

  • peak performance buoyancy
  • AWARE fish ID
  • underwater naturalist
  • drift dive
  • underwater photography (you need to have your own camera)
  • Nitrox specialty (additional $95 + $110.10 for eLearning)

Price: $410 + $50 (PADI eLearning) + $40 (park fee(s) and/or overnight)

Includes: all the gear, the instructor, the dives, ebook, videos, knowledge reviews, online certification and two lunches.

When you reserve this course you will be sent a code with which you can access your the PADI eLearing. You must have completed it before your arrival in Santa Catalina and bring us the online record of completion.

If you need any further information on the PADI Advance Open Water Course or you want to reserve your spot click here.

Add a Specialty

For only $60 extra, you can add a specialty to your advanced course and walk away with two certifications, and one step closer to becoming a Master Scuba Diver. You may choose one of the following:

  • AWARE Fish Identification
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Drift Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

To send us an email to enquire about this fantastic deal click here.

PADI Specialties

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We offer the following PADI Specialties. Do not hesitate in contacting us if you wish to receive more information about any of them. The prices don´t include the park entrance fee.

AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Everyone likes to scuba dive or snorkel in warm, clear water on a vibrant coral reef, yet many people know little about what they’re seeing or the importance of reef ecosystems. The AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course helps you appreciate the complexity of these habitats and teaches you how you can help conserve these vital systems.

Prerequisites: Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world can take this course. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions and no water sessions are required to earn this non-diving certification.

Price: $100 (1 day), $200 with diving (only for minimum  (Junior) Open Water divers) (1.5 days)

Includes: theory and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


AWARE Fish Identification

“What was that fish?” is a common question heard after a dive. If you want to be the scuba diver with the answers, instead of the one asking the questions, then take the AWARE – Fish Identification Specialty course. You’ll enjoy your dives even more when you recognize the creatures that you see and can identify the main fish families and their characteristics.

Prerequisites: If you’re at least 10 years old and a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver or higher, you can enroll in the AWARE – Fish Identification course.

Price: $200 (1.5 days)

Includes: theory, two dives, equipment,  lunch and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Deep Diver

The lure of the deep. There’s something exciting and mysterious about exploring deeper dive sites while scuba diving. Sometimes it’s a wreck that attracts you below 18 meters/60 feet, and on wall dives it may be a giant fan or sponge. Whatever it is, to scuba dive with confidence at depths down to 40 meters/130 feet, you should take the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course.

Prerequisites: If you’ve earned the PADI Adventure Diver rating or higher, and you’re at least 15 years old, you can enroll in the Deep Diver course.

Price: $380 (2.5 days)

Includes: theory, four dives, equipment,  lunch and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Digital Underwater Photographer

Underwater photography is one of the most popular diving specialties, and with so many underwater cameras to choose from, it has become easier and more fun than ever to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures. The PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course gets you going quickly, whether you use a point-and-shoot camera or a sophisticated dSLR like the pros.

Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers who are at least 10 years old are eligible to take the Digital Underwater Photographer course.

Price: $200 (1.5 dias)

Includes: theory, two dives, dive equipment, lunch for two days,  online certification

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Drift Diver

The PADI Drift Diver Specialty course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along. It feels like flying – except that you’re underwater using scuba equipment. Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. If this sound like fun, then the Drift Diver course is for you.

Prerequisites: If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Drift Diver specialty course.

Price: $200 (1.5 days)

Includes: theory, two dives, equipment,  lunch and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Emergency Oxygen Provider

Knowing how and when to use emergency oxygen is a great skill to have and means you’re ready to help others should the need arise. Becoming a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider lets you breathe easy knowing that you can recognize scuba diving illnesses treatable with emergency oxygen, and are prepared to offer aid.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, age restrictions or water sessions required for this course – it’s open to everyone. Scuba divers, snorkelers and anyone who is around divers – boat crew, lifeguards, etc. – will benefit from having this training

Price: $100

Includes: theory and online certification

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Enriched Air Diver (Nitrox)

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is PADI’s most popular specialty scuba course. Why? Because scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives. If staying down longer and getting back in the water sooner sounds appealing, then don’t hesitate to become an enriched air diver.

Prerequisites: If you’re a PADI (Junior) Open Water Diver who is at least 12 years old, you can enroll in the Enriched Air Diver Specialty course.

Price: $235 (1.5 days)

Includes: theory (eLearning is available for additional $110.10), two dives, equipment,  lunch, online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us or go straight to our booking page to reserve your spot.


Equipment Specialist

Don’t miss a dive due to minor issues with your scuba diving equipment. Whether it’s a missing o-ring, wetsuit tear or a broken fin strap, the PADI Equipment Specialist course teaches you to manage basic repairs and adjustments. You’ll also learn more about how your gear works, making you more comfortable with it and better prepared to take care of your investment.

Prerequisites: If you’re at least 10 years old and certified as a PADI (Junior) Scuba Diver or higher, you can enroll in the Equipment Specialist course.

Price: $250 (2 days)

Includes: theory and online certification

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Night Diver

The thought of dipping below the surface at night seems mysterious, yet so alluring. Although you’ve been scuba diving at a site many times before, at night you drop into a whole new world and watch it come to life under the glow of your dive light. The scene changes as day creatures retire and nocturnal organisms emerge. If you’ve wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, sign up for the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 12 years old, can enroll in the Night Diver specialty course. A minimum of 3 people is required for us to run this course. It is organized in combination with two day trips, since it is necessary to stay in the park to do them.

Price: $520 (2 days)

Includes: theory, three training dives (sunset, night, sunrise), four fun dives, equipment, overnight in Coiba, lunch and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Peak Performance Buoyancy

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers. You’ve seen them underwater. They glide effortlessly, use less air and ascend, descend or hover almost as if by thought. They more easily observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. You can achieve this, too. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course improves the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevates them to the next level.

Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Open Water Divers or higher, who are at least 10 years old, are eligible to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy course.

Price: $200 (1.5 days)

Includes: theory, two dives, equipment, lunch and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Project AWARE Specialist

Project AWARE’s philosophy is to mobilize a global force of scuba divers and water enthusiasts who care about protecting the world’s water resources and choose to make a difference – one dive at a time. By earning the Project AWARE Specialist certification, you’ll be aware of the most pressing problems facing vulnerable aquatic environments and know what everyday actions you can take to help protect them.

Prerequisites: Anyone who has an interest in the aquatic world should take this course. No age restrictions or water sessions required for this non-diving specialty.

Price: $ 100 (no dives, 1 day);  for certified divers: $200 (two dives, 1.5 days)

Includes: Theory and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


AVAILABLE SOON! Sidemount 

Having scuba tanks on your back isn’t a requirement for exploring the underwater world. Many scuba divers have discovered the joy of mounting cylinders on their sides. Sidemount diving gives you flexibility and streamlining options. Plus, you don’t have to walk with heavy cylinders on your back – just enter the water, clip them on and go. Sound interesting? Sign up for the PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty course.

Prerequisites: If you’re a PADI Open Water Diver who is at least 15 years old, you can enroll in a PADI Sidemount Diver course.

Price: $380 (2.5 days)

Includes: theory, 1 confined and 3 open water dives, lunch on the two diving days and online certification.

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.


Tec Gas Blender (Oxygen)

The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is the most popular diver specialty course and the number of technical divers is on the rise, which means that lots of scuba divers want enriched air and gas blends. The Tec Gas Blender course teaches you to blend enriched air nitrox gases using one or more blending methods. Being the blender is a key job at a busy  PADI Dive Center or Resort and your work allows other divers to do what they love to do – scuba dive.

Prerequisites: If you’re a PADI Enriched Air Diver and are at least 18 years old, you can enroll in a Tec Gas Blender course. Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organizations may apply – ask your Tec Gas Blender Instructor.

Price: $280 (2 days)

Includes: theory and online certification

If you wish to receive more information on this course click here to contact us.

Emergency First Response (EFR)

Emergency First Response training focuses on building confidence in lay rescuers and increasing their willingness to respond when faced with a medical emergency. Course participants learn simple to follow steps for emergency care and practice applying skills in a nonstressful learning environment. All courses are supported by self-study manuals, videos and quick reference cards to enhance learning and allow you start learning right away.

EFR courses meet the CPR and first aid training requirements for the PADI Rescue Diver course and all professional-level ratings. Most PADI Instructors are also Emergency First Response Instructors.

The following EFR courses are based on internationally recognized medical guidelines for emergency care.

Primary Care (CPR) – This course teaches you the steps and techniques for handling life-threatening emergencies. You’ll practice eight skills for aiding patients who aren’t breathing, have no heartbeat, may have a spinal injury, may be in shock or who may have serious bleeding. You’ll learn to how to perform CPR and continue to monitor the patient, so that you provide every possible chance of survival while waiting for emergency medical services to arrive.

• Secondary Care (First Aid) – Because many medical conditions are not life-threatening and emergency medical services are sometimes delayed or unavailable, this course teaches you how to provide first aid that eases pain and reduces the risk of further harm. You’ll learn to assess a variety of injuries and illnesses and practice bandaging and splinting.

• Care for Children – This course allows participants to learn, practice and apply emergency care skills specific to helping infants and children with medical emergencies. It’s designed for those who work with children or are likely to have to respond to emergencies involving youngsters. This course is often integrated with Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) courses

Prerequisites: there are no prerequisites to take this course.

Duration: 1-2 days

Price: $90

More Information or Reserve your Spot Here!

PADI Rescue Diver

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Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they’ve ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

Prerequisites: PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Divers who are at least 12 years old and have completed the Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive may enroll in a Rescue Diver course. You also need to have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. You can complete this training during the Rescue Diver course. Your instructor may also offer the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider specialty diver course at the same time.

Full Course on Site (5-6 days)

Price: $660 (park entrance fees are not included)

Includes: theory, eBook, equipment, lunch on diving days and online certification

With eLearing (4 days)

The theory is done online before your arrival (link to PADI eLearning). You need to bring us the online record of completion done through our dive center and our instructor will go over any questions you have regarding that part of the course.

Price: $660 + $ 46 for eLearning (park entrance fees are not included)

Includes: equipment, lunch on diving days and online certification

Special Offer: Emergency Oxygen Provider

Add this certification to your rescue Course for an additional $50.

If you need any further information on the PADI Rescue Diver or you want to reserve your spot click here.

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