Discover Scuba Diving

Do you want to try scuba diving but are unsure about plunging into a full certification course? If so, this is the course for you. Discover Scuba, operated by the Panama Dive Center in Santa Catalina, lets you scuba dive without a certification. It’s a great way to learn to use scuba equipment, try diving, and get a quick introduction to the ocean.

Discover Scuba Diving

Santa Catalina

Santa Catalina is one of Panama’s best diving destinations. It’s near the Coiba National Park, which has abundant marine life, and the town is friendly and mellow.

You’ll always remember the first time you breathe underwater. It’s a surreal experience—you feel like you’re on another planet exploring colorful new environments. It can take a little getting used to, but after a few minutes you’ll relax and enjoy yourself.

During the Discover Scuba course, you’ll learn the basics of scuba diving under the direct supervision of a PADI professional. You’ll get acquainted with scuba equipment and learn to use it in shallow water. The gear includes a mask, snorkel, fins, buoyancy compensating jacket, scuba tank, and regulator.

You’ll practice breathing underwater and begin to feel comfortable inhaling and exhaling. You’ll also learn basic skills and safety rules that carry over to full scuba certification courses.

To take this course, you must be at least 10 years old.
Entrance fee to Coiba National Park is not included on rates, the cost is $20 per person.

What to Bring:

swimsuit

What's Included:

instructor and equipment.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

What to Bring:

swimsuit

What's Included:

instructor and equipment.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

Nearby Activities

Nearby Lodging

Get your Perfect Vacation!
Free Custom Vacation Planning
Start Planning Now
HAVE QUESTIONS?
Is Your Planning Service Free?

Yes it’s free! AND our expert planners provide additional guide and services to ensure your trip plan is perfect. Not only do you get the same rates as if you book directly with hotels and tours, our service also includes 24 hours in-country support and seamless transportation logistics. Furthermore, real people, our local experts, are here to offer support every step of the way -- from the moment you start your plan to when the actual trip ends.

How Does Your Service Work?

We do more than book your reservation -- our expert planners guarantee that your vacation experience is everything you want it to be, no regrets. Imagine a one-stop-shop travel planning experience. You can customize your trip through seamless conversations over the phone, email, or chat. From planning, booking, to hassle-free payments, you won’t have to worry about anything other than having a good time.

Can I Trust You?

We have planned over thousands of vacations for people just like you. Our mission to make travel planning easier for anyone began in 2006 in Costa Rica, and it continues to this very moment. With over a decade of travel planning expertise, we are confident that we can craft your perfect vacation.