The only certified dive center in Bastimentos town.
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Dive with a purpose, see more and have more fun! Divers of all associations and snorkelers are welcome
Dive with a purpose, see more, have more fun
We are very proud to say that we are the first and only dive center in Panama to offer these programs. We are in the dive industry because of our passion for the underwater world and no other dive shop does more for diver education, marine protection, and community awareness.
These innovative courses can:
Help you better connect with the magic and beauty of our oceans;
Give you the opportunity to become a knowledgeable, passionate ocean steward;
Teach how to collect important scientific data used by researchers worldwide;
Help you have much more fun diving.
Prices include instruction, data collection materials, 2 dives, necessary gear with dive computer and balance sticks, snacks and water onboard.
Marine Science Courses
Ocean Classrooms has created the Dive Shop Program of online marine science courses using innovative methods that make learning about the marine ecosystem fun, accessible and affordable. By breaking down the complex elements that make up the ocean ecosystem into various topics of interest you get to choose what and how much you learn. There are 9 topics to choose from such as Marine Ecology, Biology of the Ocean and An Evolving Ocean plus one on sea turtles.
These innovative courses will help you better connect with the magic and beauty of the underwater world and give you the opportunity to become a knowledgeable, passionate ocean steward as well to have much more fun diving.
Marine Science Dive Experience
When you take a course and dive with us you receive unique dive briefings and specially guided dives that are geared to the contents of that particular course. For example, if you chose Marine Ecology, the briefings will complement what you have learned and your dives will be guided in a special way that allows you to observe how various organisms interact and depend on each other. Fun and animated discussions after each dive help to heighten your dive experience.
Dive with Scuba 6 Eco Diving, see more, learn more, have more fun.
The University of Queensland, Australia, created this international citizen scientist program specifically for divers and snorkelers like you. Using a unique color reference card, you learn how to collect important data that will help marine biologists worldwide monitor coral health. It’s easy to learn and can be done while diving a coral reef anywhere in the world.
Takes half a day. $110
Certified divers of all associations can earn the PADI CoralWatch Distinctive Specialty in conjunction with project AWARE. $135
Coral Reef Ecology
This is a state-of-the art introduction to coral reef ecology geared to divers and snorkelers. Based on solid marine science, you will be introduced to how coral reefs form and function; fish behavior; who eats what, and much more.
Takes 1 and a half days. $150
Beautiful Oceans is recognized worldwide as being exceptional, state-of-the art coral reef ecology science programs. We are always amazed at how many of our students return from their Discovery Dives excited to tell us it was as if a light switched on, that they now saw things in a completely new way and how eager they were for their next dive.
The online portion is comprised of 30 topics containing compelling text, beautiful pictures, fascinating videos, over 100 interactive online quizzes, a final comprehensive knowledge review and online certificate of completion for print out.
Upon arrival, you receive an 80-page full-color course manual, a luxury collector’s binder, 2 Creature Discovery Kits (2 letter-sized paper inserts and 2 plastic pocket dive slates). You get a classroom presentation before doing 2 Discovery Dives or Discovery Snorkel sessions with your instructor.
This program familiarizes you with the six zones of a typical fringing coral reef and some of the organisms found in each zone. You discover a simple system to recognize specific coral reef zones and understand why some species are more abundant in certain zones. You study the most common behaviors exhibited by coral reef organisms. You will understand why scientific names of coral reef species are important, and discover an easy way to learn these names. You are also introduced to the process by which fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and atolls are formed.
This program is the ‘Who Eats Who’ of the coral reef and will help you understand what constitutes a coral reef ecosystem and how food webs result in the movement of energy from organism to organism. You learn about seagrass and mangrove ecosystems, which are associated with coral reefs. You’ll be introduced to some of the major groups of organisms that live on coral reefs such as phytoplankton, zooplankton, algae, plants, coral, fish, sponges, echinoderms, etc. You learn some of the basic interactions that occur between these groups, discover example species and learn some of their interesting behaviors. You learn how to use the Coral Reef Organism Behavior Tool to learn how the marine creatures you encounter get the energy they need to survive.
Takes 1 day + personal online training. $160
Reef Environmental Education Foundation is the largest citizen scientist program that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and snorkelers to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientist.
You learn how to collect and report information on marine fish populations. The data are collected using a fun and easy standardized method and are housed in a publicly-accessible database.These data are used by resource agencies and researchers. REEF is active in 7 geographical regions of the world so, no matter where you dive, you can help protect our reefs.