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.
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 experiencies, among other things, is priceless.
Travelleres 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 be willing to teach them.
We have openings for volunteers all year long. A minimum commitment of THREE MONTHS and minimum age 23 is required. Unfortunately, due to bad experiences, we cannot accept couples. 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.
The duties of a volunteer include attending clients, washing gear in the afternoons and helping and cleaning around the shop. You'll also be asked to help out with social media, painting, beach cleanups and other activities related to the dive industry. You have the opportunity to go diving at Isla Coiba and to further your education in the field of diving (OW, AOW, Rescue, Specialties, DM, Sidemount, TEC).
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. We offer internships from 4 - 6 months for those that are already AOW or Rescue divers and want to go all the way to divemaster in their time here.
English, Spanish, German and French
The accommodation is a simple house shared amongst the volunteers. It has two rooms, each sleeping two people, with fans and attached bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen. The house is right next to the dive center and a stone's throw from a small shop and the beach.
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 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, a post office and internet cafes which Santa Catalina doesn´t have.
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