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We are a certified 5 Star PADI Dive Resort in Santa Catalina, Veraguas, Panamá. We operate diving tours and run all PADI courses from Open Water to Divemaster in Coiba´s National Park.
Please note that you have to stay for a minimum of 3 months.
We started the business in 2010 and have since been voted the top dive resort in Santa Catalina.
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
The cultural exchange benefits all of us, both the volunteers and our clients. Having volunteers and clients from all over the world, the exchange of culture, ideas, thoughts, adventures, knowledge, diving experiences, among other things, is priceless.
Travelers that volunteer with us won't only improve their diving skills, they will also learn the insights about what goes on inside a dive shop. The more they want to learn, the more we will teach them. At our Dive Center, we are 5 full time instructors, 1 shop manager, 2 boat assistants, 1 operations manager, 2 captains and 1 maintenance worker.
WHAT WE OFFER
We have openings for volunteers all year long for various types of travelers: those who want to do some diving (minimum 1 month stay), those who also would like to further their education in the diving field (2-3 month stay, we offer OW, AOW, Rescue, Nitrox, Sidemount, Freediving) and those who would like to become dive professionals and come to do their DM (3-5 month stay). You will be living in the idyllic town of Santa Catalina on the Pacific shore of Panama, and have the opportunity to dive one of the most spectacular places in this area of the world: Coiba National Park.
WHAT WE ASK FOR
Depending on the length of your stay and the nature of your exchange, the duties of a volunteer include attending clients, helping when boats return in the afternoon and helping with cleaning around the shop. You might also be asked to help out with social media, painting, beach cleanups and other activities related to the dive industry.
Fluency in English is required and preference is given to those who speak Spanish (and obviously any other language is a bonus as well). We do not accept couples, families or qualified DMs/instructors as volunteers. While you do not need to be a qualified diver to come and volunteer for us, however, a love and passion for the ocean are a must. For all of these a minimum age 23 is required.
To be very clear, we are looking for hard-working people who want to make a difference in the dive shop and people who want to learn about and experience the dive industry. If you are looking for a holiday, this is not for you.
English, Spanish, German and French
The accommodation is a room shared with another volunteer. Each room is equipped with two fans and has an attached bathroom. A fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer are also available on the premises. The house is approximately a 15 minute-walk from the dive shop and 2-minute walk from the beach. Internet is available at the dive shop.
Santa Catalina is a small fishing village located three hours from Santiago and seven hours from Panama City. It is the hub way to Coiba Island and the National Marine Park. There are two small supermarkets, a fruit and vegetable store, a pharmacy and a bunch of hotels and restaurants. The nearest main town is Sona, located an hour and a half away by bus. It is still relatively small, but there you will find larger supermarkets and facilities including ATM’s and a post office.
Santa Catalina is now a tourist destination and much of the small community’s income and industry is derived through tourism. In the high season (from December to April), hostels fill up, whilst in the low season the town feels like a sleepy village where you can lose yourself in the slow pace of life.
Activities include of course diving, but also surfing (location of the ISA Reef World Surfing Games, 2013), paddle boarding, yoga, kayaking, and horse riding. There are two beautiful beaches and lots of jungle for you to explore :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
max 5 hours, 5 days a week
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