What is the PADI Divemaster Course?

Do you love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere. As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

Why choose Panama Dive Center?

At Panama Dive Center, our PADI Divemaster Training Program has been devised to offer a professional view of the diving in Coiba National Park and empower a more conscious awareness of the importance of caring for our oceans in each of the participants.

At Panama Dive Center S.A., we follow the highest training standards as established by PADI, the most recognized diving agency in the world. Having achieved ´5 Star Dive Resort´ level, we strive to give each participant the best possible training, while keeping key factors such as professionalism, safety and enjoyment in mind.

The Divemaster Training Program, is a once in a lifetime experience for all those that partake, and for many only the first step in a long and wonderful career in the dive industry. Doing your divemaster training in Santa Catalina not only means having the opportunity to live in a stunningly beautiful, remote, little village on the shores of the Pacific Ocean in Panama, but also having the chance to dive and learn in as stunning a place as Coiba National Park.

With two IDCSIs, one MSDT and two OWSI there to train you, all instructors at Panama Dive Center S.A. excel in their professionalism and in the quality of the training  they give. Blessed with opportunities to dive in the best places of the world and with many years experience in the dive industry, they apply this knowledge in their training of future PADI Dive Masters, instilling environmental awareness, responsibility towards clients and a keen sense for their own and other people’s safety.

Our program is a personalized introduction to the dive industry in one of the most beautiful dive spots in the world. We don’t mass produce! The manageable size of our operation, the quiet pace of life in Santa Catalina and the beauty of the surroundings all contribute to a unique training experience perfect for you if you are looking for great and challenging diving, personal attention, and a well-rounded learning experience with the possibility to be taught by a variety of people, add new skills and create lifelong friendships with those that mentor and accompany you during this program.

Divemaster Course

Divers in Coiba

If you who don’t have the time to do a longer internship and can’t wait to get started working as a professional in the dive industry, this is for you. It is a full time course which includes all theoretical and practical parts of the PADI course as well as a good, if shorter, look into the workings of a dive center.

Duration: 28 days

Cost: $1,680


Not included:

  • Accommodation (we can help you organize)
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Food
  • Dive Insurance (recommended)
  • PADI Professional Membership Fee
  • national park fees


 Divemaster Internship

If you want to spend some time getting to know the industry before starting off as a professional and want to live in rather than just visit Santa Catalina, this option is for you. You will become part of the team and will learn about every aspect of the dive industry through experience, not just theory, and have the opportunity to do other courses such as freediver or sidemount.

Duration: 3-5 months

Cost: $400


Not included:

  • Accommodation (we can help you organize)
  • Certification fees for additional courses 
  • Food
  • Dive Insurance
  • PADI Professional Membership Fee


  • There is an application process for the internship.
  • Certified PADI Advanced and PADI Rescue Diver
  • 23 years old
  • At least 40 logged dives
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months (can be updated with us)
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months

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