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With the #1 5 Star IDC Dive Center in Panamá.  ↴



It doesn't get better than the DM course at BDC: Caribbean waters, a relaxed atmosphere and extensive training.

- Emeric, Divemaster Trainee


The DM course at BDC is about more than ticking boxes. It's about caring for the environment, honing your dive skills, and becoming a true professional.

- Victor, MSDT / DM Mentor

 Kick of your professional career with our world-renowned Divemaster course

Kick of your professional career with our world-renowned Divemaster course

Take the first step into your professional dive career by becoming a dive master at the #1 Professional Dive School in Panamá. Turn the ocean into your office with the most sought-after job in the dive industry: a PADI Divemaster! At Bocas Dive Center, you will receive close instruction with a mentor and our team of MSDTs (Master Scuba Diver Trainers). You will learn practical skills, assist on many courses, and gain experience supervising and guiding divers.  

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. You will learn practical skills, assist instructors on courses, take part in professional development workshops and gain experience supervising and guiding certified divers. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

The Divemaster course at BDC is specially designed so that you enter the professional diving world with a wide range of skills, practical experience, and work ethic that will set you apart in the dive industry. And it's for that reason that the BDC Divemaster course is one of the best-regarded in the Caribbean. On top of the required workshops, BDC runs Adaptive Diver workshops, Project Aware clean up dives and free Sidemount try dives. It's the added value that makes the BDC Divemaster program so special.

We believe strongly in the protection of the environment, so as part of our Divemaster training we include workshops about threats facing our reefs and ways to protect them, including organising underwater clean up dives and Project Aware awareness days.

Doing the Divemaster course at BDC, you will feel like you have become part of the team. We have two options for completing the course: Traditional and an Internship. Contact us for details regarding the Internship which requires you to become a full member of the staff here at BDC in return for a reduction in the course cost. 

Call or email us for a discussion about your professional goals, specific course scheduling, prices, and any other information.



A fantastic IDC course at BDC

- Trip Advisor


Excellent IDC at Bocas Dive Center

- Trip Advisor


Professional and thorough preparation for my IE

- Trip Advisor

Become a PADI instructor now with the #1 Professional Dive School in Panamá. You only Go Pro once, so you need to make sure that the training your getting is personal, high quality, and recognised around the world. At BDC, you get the highest quality training with an awarded Course Director at the most advanced professional dive school in Panamá. Internationally recognised, the IDC training that Eddie Ibarra provides will prepare you for the real world of Scuba instruction. Instructor candidates are encouraged to develop their own style, within the effective teaching framework that PADI has developed over years of experience. As a 100% AWARE dive center, we are committed to instilling a sense of environmental duty in all our instructors. All our divers receive Project AWARE certification cards. 

Pre-requisites: Divemaster / 60 logged dives (including night, deep and navigation) / certified diver for at least 6 months

Course details: The IDC at BDC includes PADI instructor course and EFR (Emergency First Response) instructor course. Please contact us for latest scheduling, course options and prices.

If you really want to kick start your dive career, think about becoming a PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer) to increase your employability, earnings potential and vary your work. Our MSDT program includes conservation projects, adaptive diver workshops, and free tec diving introductions. Read more below.

Call or email us for a discussion about your professional goals, specific course scheduling, prices, and any other information.



Free internship - earn up to 25 certifications


IAHD Adaptive Diver workshop


Project Aware / Coral Reef Conservation workshops


Free Sidemount try dives

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Add more variety and excitement to your teaching as well as increasing employability by becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. An MSDT is an instructor who can teach 5 specialties and has at least 25 certifications. With our MSDT prep program, you will gain 5 specialty instructor certifications of your choice. Then you can enrol on our MSDT internship, where you will be guided by our team of MSDTs to refine your teaching style whilst also gaining up to 25 certifications. Get a real head start in the dive industry by becoming an MSDT.

Choose from our Specialty Instructor Courses (starred courses are the most popular in the dive industry)

  • Boat Diver
  • Search and Recovery
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Emergency O2 Provider
  • Deep Diver *
  • Wreck Diver *
  • Nitrox (Enriched Air) *
  • Digital Underwater Photography *
  • Night Diver * 

At BDC, we believe in training instructors beyond PADI requirements, which is why we run Adaptive Diver workshops, Project Aware and Coral Reef Conservation workshops and many more on top of the standard course. We also offer free Sidemount try dives (the only facility in Panamá that can offer this).

If you're ready to live the dream and work as a dive instructor, there's no better way to start than with the BDC MSDT program. Skills, qualifications and experience that you'll struggle to find elsewhere. We take pride in the quality of the instructors we train, and that's the BDC difference.

Call or email us for a discussion about your professional goals, specific course scheduling, prices, and any other information.