Meet Our Team

We are dedicated professionals, ready to do whatever it takes to make your trip to Coiba National Park very special.

CAMILO AND SABINA

CAMILO AND SABINA

Owners & Managers

Like many people, we fell in love with diving the first time we realized we could breathe under water and that those creatures we‘d seen in the movies really did exist. Even though we never imagined we’d take it this far, our life now is all about helping others have that same experience. In Coiba we have found a truly magical place for both, those first awkward moments under water, and unforgettable memories for the more experienced scuba divers.

Camilo is the founder of Panama Dive Center. In 2012, he decided to make a change, leaving behind his “normal” life in Colombia and permanently settling on the shores of the Panamanian Pacific. A hands-on type of guy, Camilo does everything around here, from admin work, filling tanks and fixing equipment, guiding and teaching (with special focus on technical courses), just to mention a few things. Mostly though, he infects those around him with his love and passion for diving, spreading smiles and happy vibes all over town.

Sabina was one of those permanently infected by his charm and, as the avid diver she already was, decided to put an end to her travels and settle in Santa Catalina in 2014. This German/Spanish globetrotter and adventure-loving diver decided to end her English-teaching days, preferring the ocean as a classroom.

Our Fish

KIM – PADI MSDT

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES: crown of blonde with flashes of silver in the head area
DESCRIPTION: Wrapped in a 5 or 7 mm wetsuit year-round, this specimen delights with her sense of humour and dedication.
ABUNDANCE & DISTRIBUTION: Born and bred in Kenia, this specimen traveled back and forth between Africa and the UK in the initial phase, but soon discovered the rest of the world as well and has since December 2016 found permanent residence in Panama.
HABITAT & BEHAVIOR: likes to play in the ocean (also found submerged without tank at times). When not in water can be seen soaking up some sun on the beach.
REACTION TO DIVERS: delightfully efficient and professional when surrounded by divers.

KAT – PADI OWSI

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES: Stylishly braided hair decorating the edge of her forehead.
DESCRIPTION: A big smile is usually drawn across the always perfectly tanned face. Friendly and patient, with German efficiency.
ABUNDANCE & DISTRIBUTION: A unique specimen that came to Panama Dive Center as an intern to do her AOW and has for now abandoned the grey of her homeland to settle in beautiful Panama.
HABITAT & BEHAVIOR: When not submerged with a scuba tank, she can be found relaxing in a hammock or star fishing on the beach.
REACTION TO DIVERS: Curiously approaches divers with a keen interest to interact and show them round.

CEDRIC – PADI OWSI

DISTINCTIVE FEATURES: Unmistakable crown of messy curls.
DESCRIPTION: Of French origin, this specimen is known to be especially lucky with all things fish.
ABUNDANCE & DISTRIBUTION: While Cedric is the newest addition to our instructor team he is far from new in Coiba, having been around for over 5 years.
HABITAT & BEHAVIOR: A keen traveler, Cedric has dived and travelled all over the planet and found a home close to many different oceans. Thankfully, his love for Coiba and Santa Catalina has brought this unique specimen back to us.
REACTION TO DIVERS: Filled with infinite patience, he is always more than happy to help and share his experiences with any diver that approaches.

Behind the Scenes

GABRIELA

GABRIELA

Shop Manager
RUBEN

RUBEN

Operations Manager
SOLIN

SOLIN

Boat Assistant and Gas Blender
MARIO

MARIO

Boat Assistant

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