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im going to get my certification as a divemaster this year and wonder what would be the best place. cost is of the main importance. where would be the least expensive of the two to get certified?
- i really want to go to panama since i surf as well, but i have a house i can house sit in the roatan so im really torn between the two.
-also im not the most expereinced diver but have spent a lot of time in the water, surfing fishing, diving, etc.
Bay Islands for sure.
Check out Coconut Tree Divers in the West End.
They have dorms for folks takng courses with them.
Not sure how much it costs now but bck in 2008 it was les than $10. per night to stay in th dorm.
I have no comments on which country would be better. I suggest that you consider asking the shops about how they run their divemaster programs. You can also see if there are others on Scubaboard who have completed the divemaster program with the shop and instructors you are considering. I did my DM with Anja and Liber Garrido Barnet who are now at Mayan Divers in West Bay on Roatan and had a great time. They were a great match for me and I learned a lot from them.
Last edited by jlevine; October 23rd, 2010 at 08:15 PM.
if you "need" to surf then you have to go to Santa Catalina on the pacifc side of Panama, but there are only 2 dive operators and i don't know if they take dive master students.
If you can focus "only" on diving then the bay islands are definitively the better choice as they are a real divemaster and instructor forge.
If you are interested in Bocas, PM me and I will give you complete information on our DM program. It is diving intensive (you will be doing LOTS of diving to increase your experience level). The cost of the course is $500 plus books and PADI fees. We also offer a DM internship where we waive the tuition in return for helping around the shop (gearing up divers, assisting with classes, helping lead dives, etc.). You can also check out our web site at Bocas Water Sports for basic info about our operation.