Bocas Dive Center
"The Most Interesting, Fun, Safe And Best Diving In Panama"
Welcome To Bocas Dive Center
We are passionate about diving, and hope to share our love of the ocean with you. We welcome snorkelers, children of all ages, divers of all levels, families and everyone who wants a chance to enjoy the best diving in Panama.
Bocas Dive Center is the most established, reputable and referred dive center on the island. Founder and manager Eddie Ibarra is a PADI Course Director who returned home after diving around the world with the dream of offering world-class diving in Bocas.
Eddie built the Bocas Dive Center into a PADI 5 STAR IDC that trains divers from beginner to instructor level. He also created the ACADEMY to teach advanced skills to professional and technical divers. The staff and team of Bocas Dive Center are dedicated to providing divers and students with the safest, highest quality, best diving in Bocas Del Toro.
What We Offer
We offer classes in the only PADI 5 Star IDC dive shop in Panama. BDC is the only dive shop in Bocas to offer Nitrox diving. We offer wonderful experiences for both new and advanced divers. If diving in calm intercostal waters any day of the year sounds like fun, come join us.
Our professional dive boats were built in 2014. In order to offer the most fascinating eco-diving in Panama, we chose extremely seaworthy, smooth-riding fiberglass 'Panga' boats. Both of our boats are able to navigate the most unusual and elite dive spots in the area, so with Bocas Dive Center you will see an astounding underwater view of sharks, manta-rays, plus a wide spectrum of magnificent marine life. Having two boats allows us to take up to 20 divers at a time and to visit the most exclusive locations for eco-diving in Panama. Chica and Grande also allow BDC to simultaneously offer expeditions for both beginning and experienced divers. Our boats are always stocked with oxygen tanks, breathing regulators, a first aid kit, spare diving gear, an ice chest, and refreshments that include soft drinks, water, and fruit.
Powered by a 200 horsepower Yamaha 2-stroke engine, this 24 foot boat is environmentally friendly and allows us to promote eco-diving in Panama. Chica is equipped with a VHF radio. She safely accommodates up to 7 divers plus staff and diving equipment, in addition to all of our extra supplies on board.
Grande, at 31 feet, is the fastest dive boat in Bocas. It is powered by 2 200 horsepower Yamaha 4-stroke engine and equipped with a VHF radio. Grande easily and safely holds up to 13 divers, plus staff, diving equipment, and all of the supplies we keep on board.
Discover Scuba Diving
Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you’d like to try scuba diving, but aren’t quite ready for a certification course, Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) is for you. Bocas Dive Center offers DSD from one of our dive boats. Although it is not a scuba certification course, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy introduction to the underwater world. 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 be in reasonable physical health.
You learn the basic safety guidelines and skills needed to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. If you make an open water dive, you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your adventure. Get ready to:
- Go over the scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
- Learn key skills that you’ll use during every scuba dive.
- Have fun swimming around and exploring.
- Hear about becoming a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.
Bubblemaker is as fun as it sounds – a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. Children who are at least 8 years old can use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in shallow water. Have a party or celebrate a birthday by throwing a memorable, exciting Bubblemaker event with friends and family at Bocas Dive Center. A child must be 8 years old or older. Kids must be comfortable in the water, but no prior experience is necessary. Parental approval is required.
Bubblemakers get a chance to:
- Experience scuba diving under the direct care and supervision of a PADI Pro.
- Take their first breaths underwater in water shallower than 2 metres/6 feet.
- Learn about and use scuba diving equipment made for children – not adults.
- Have lots of fun.
Skin diving is snorkeling while making breath-hold dives to observe aquatic life, up close and personal. It’s a great way to explore the underwater world when you’re not able to scuba dive or if scuba diving just isn’t your thing. The PADI Skin Diver course teaches you how to enjoy watching life below the surface and comfortably venture underwater for short visits, whether you dive in a local freshwater lake or the big blue ocean, at home or on holiday at a dive destination. To enroll in a PADI Skin Diver course, you must be at least 8 years old. You need adequate swimming skills and comfort in the water. No prior experience is required.
The PADI Skin Diver course teaches you about:
- How to choose, adjust and use skin diving equipment.
- Basic safety guidelines for being in and around the water.
- Snorkeling and skin diving techniques including checking buoyancy, surface swimming, clearing water from your snorkel and performing effortless surface dives.
- Going on an optional skin dive at a local dive site.
Here at Bocas Dive Center not only do we offer the fun dives but also PADI courses. The courses can go from 1.5 days to atleast 10 days. There is a very wide selection of courses, and depending on what your looking for there is a huge chance we have something to accommodate all your needs. We have everything from beginner courses, specialties and advanced courses. Click here for more information on our courses!
We have courses to teach our clients how to teach others! If you are trying to become a PADI instructor, A dive master, Assistant Instructor or even a EFR instructor, We have it all! We want to make sure than anything having to do with learning scuba dive we offer to our customers! Here at Bocas Dive Center you can pretty much learn anything and everything on scuba diving! We want to share our passion with others! Click here for more information on Go Pro!
These types of courses will transfer you from a recreational scuba diver to a technicalm scuba diver. We teach you everything you need to know on the technical side of scuba diving. Bocas Dive Center is a perfect place to start and finish this learning experience, and we have a wide selection of technical courses to choose from. Click Here for more information on Go Tec!