Discover Scuba Diving in Coiba National Park


Duration: 1 day

Price:  $180 + entrance fee ($20 for foreigners, $5 for panamanians or residents, this needs to be paid in cash)

Included: dive theory, two dives, rental equipment and lunch (fruit and a sandwich)

Possible add ons: if you loved it and the weather is nice, after lunch you can do another dive for an additional $25.

What is it?

Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? Would you like your partner or friend to give it a go? Discover Scuba Diving is for anyone who would like to try scuba diving, but isn’t quite ready to take the full three day course. Many dive shops offer this program either in a pool or straight off a beach. At Panama Dive Center everything happens in Coiba National Park. Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. On your first journey underwater you will be accompanied by one of our PADI-trained instructors who, after teaching you a few essential skills, will take you on the first two dives of your life. 

How does it work?

You will meet your PADI instructor at the dive shop at 7 o’clock in the morning and receive a theoretical introduction to scuba diving. You will join the certified divers on the boat for the trip out to Coiba. Once there, your instructor will find a suitable place to practice a few skills and get you comfortable breathing from a scuba unit, before taking you on your first dive ever. After a break on a beach, you will do a second dive at a different site. Then, we will serve lunch and give you the option to do another dive before heading back to Santa Catalina.


To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to know how to swim and be in reasonable physical health. You will be asked to fill in a medical questionnaire beforehand (it will be sent to you when you make your reservation, so you can go to a doctor if necessary for clearance) to ensure you are fit for diving.

Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us.

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