Eddie Ibarra Awarded Gold Status

This month Panamanian Course Director, Eddie Ibarra, reached PADI Course Director Gold Status. This means that this year alone he has certified over fifty Dive Professionals.

This is a huge achievement, adding to the prestige of BDC (Bocas Dive Center) being only 5-Star IDC Technical and Freediving Center in Panama, with Eddie as the only Panamanian to hold Gold status.

Eddie started diving in year 2000 in Panama, and in his last six years as a Course Director, has completed around 2000 certifications.

“Eddie is always pushing everyone to further their diving and learn about everything dive related. The shop offers loads of specialities, there’s ones I didn’t even know about before working at BDC. Now I want to study them all!”—Sarah, a BDC intern.

Eddie places a strong emphasis on training Panamanians, sharing his knowledge to help other locals advance in their diving. Most of the staff at BDC have been certified by Eddie, as well as other instructors on the island. Eddie believes it is important that everyone has a safe and rewarding experience underwater.

Eddie Ibarra

“He strives to maintain the highest learning principles at the Center. His commitment to PADI standards and high level scuba training demonstrates his focus and determination for making BDC a destination for first-class scuba education in Central America.” Tereza, manager at BDC.

Last week another IDC course came to an end. Carlos, from Costa Rica who took part in the course commented:

“Eddie is a fantastic teacher. I had heard about him through multiple sources in Latin America, which is why I chose to do my IDC at Bocas Dive Center. His IDC course has an interactive atmosphere, where one has freedom to ask questions. He is a professional, with a fountain of knowledge, and even more, he is a wonderful person with a good heart.”

Eddie and the team is working hard towards opening Diver’s Paradise in Bocas del Toro. With state of the art classrooms and facilities he can continue to inspire and motivate divers of all levels.

Written by: Sarah Avery

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