BOCAS DIVE CENTER WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2012 by PADI COURSE DIRECTOR AND BOCAS NATIVE, EDDIE IBARRA.
After getting his diver certification at age seventeen, Eddie was disappointed in the scarcity of advanced classes for diving in Bocas del Toro. He traveled to Honduras, Costa Rica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, where he gained diving skills. As an IDC staff instructor, he noticed that no place was as perfect as Bocas for learning how to dive.
Eddie realized that with its easy logistics, simple access , tranquil weather, and unique culture, Bocas was the perfect place for a dive center. Since opening BDC, Eddie has taught 2,000 divers, from advanced students who returned to their own countries to open dive shops, to young couples who became master divers and returned a few years later when their children were old enough to dive.
At BDC, we are privileged to share our passion for diving in Bocas Del Toro. We emphasize education, conservation, professionalism, safety and fun. We are the only PADI 5 Star Instructor’s Development Center in Bocas. We train divers of all levels and our continuing education courses are gaining world-wide recognition for their quality and rigor.
As the Bocas Dive Center Director of Education, Eddie makes sure that the entire staff of BDC is dedicated to providing the highest quality scuba diving in Bocas Del Toro.