Discover Scuba Diving

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.

Featured in:Boat Tours, Marine Wildlife, Scuba Diving, Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park, Coiba National Park
7 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
8:00 AM
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Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

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.

Attractions Visited

Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park

The Gulf of Chiriquí National Marine Park spreads across 36,423-acres (14,740-hectares) off the Pacific coast of Panama. Founded in 1994, this marine park protects islands, reefs, mangroves, and all kinds of marine and terrestrial wildlife. It’s a great place to snorkel, scuba dive, fish, or simply lounge along a secluded island beach.

Read more:Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park

Coiba National Park

Panama’s Coiba National Park is incredible and exotic. Set along the Pacific coast near the Gulf of Chiriquí, this massive park protects the country’s largest island and some of the most biologically rich waters in Central America. For this reason alone, it’s a favorite among scuba divers and snorkelers.

Read more:Coiba National Park

What to Bring


What's included

instructor and equipment.


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