Meet our course directors - they make the magic happen at BDC, your dive center in Bocas!


Eddie Ibarra, Course Director

Eddie started his professional dive career in 2004 as a PADI Divemaster and continued his education in Costa Rica, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil. He qualified as a PADI Master Instructor in 2008 and worked as a Diving Operations Manager in Bocas. In 2010 Eddie founded a training facility for passionate and highly motivated dive professionals, but it wasn’t until 2012 that he realized his dream of creating the most comprehensive dive center in Panama. As one of just 1,300 divers in the world who holds the highest level of certification, Eddie is the first Panamanian and youngest Central American to receive the status of PADI Course Director.

Eddie loves teaching everyone from ten-year-old beginners to the most advanced diving instructors, and is qualified to offer a wide range of courses. He invites you to take a class at the best dive center in Panama!


Carlos Peñaherrera, Course Director

Carlos has a Bachelor degree in Biology and is a PADI Course Director with vast experience in teaching scuba diving. He has contributed for many years to the growth and development of scuba diving by offering regional training and qualification of new instructors.

A few of the advanced instructor courses Carlos is qualified to teach are: Tec Trimix, Tec Deep, DSAT Trimix Blending, CMAS, DAN, and PADI Master Instructor.

Carlos is a recognized SCUBA equipment technician. He provides technical service and maintenance for several Scuba Diving Brands, such as: BAUER, COLTRI, SCUBAPRO, AQUALUNG, APEXS, SHERWOOD, and DIVE RITE among others. Carlos is also a qualified provider of PSI/PCI INSPECTORS courses and provides quality technical support for our dive center in Panama.