THE INSIDE STORY
Who We Are
After over ten years of commercial diving in the Gulf of Mexico, Tony Stead decided to share his love for diving and set up the Panama Dive School in Bocas del Toro, Panama:
Our business is a PADI Dive Resort, and our passion is teaching people of all ages to dive comfortably and confidently.
Our experience, passion and commitment make our business one of the best in the industry, with a loyal community of clients who keep coming back to our shop time after time.
At Panama Dive School, we believe that diving should be both safe and fun, and our professional PADI-certified dive instructors will ensure that your dive courses and fun dives exceed your expectations.
PADI DIVE INSTRUCTION COURSES
Discover Scuba Diving
Basic Scuba Diver
Open Water Diver
Advanced Open Water Diver
TIGER ROCK & POLO BEACH CAVES
These top dive-sites are weather-dependent and available only to advanced certified divers unless accompanied by a PADI instructor. Please email us for details.
Panama Dive School is committed to providing lessons that not only fit every level or age, but also infuse our supportive and innovative teaching approach. Check out our instructors below.
Former commercial diver and underwater welder in the Gulf of Mexico, Tony enhances his students' knowledge beyond the scope of sport diving requirements.
Lana Patelle exudes quiet competence and is a gifted instructor who takes pride in her work and is able to calm the most apprehensive novice and ensure a successful and enjoyable course completion.
Dive Master & Photographer
Mark is a talented diver and accomplished photographer who leads certified divers.
Fernando is the boat captain at Panama Dive School and is responsible for boat operation and maintenance. He assists divers with water entry and exit and stays topside during your dive.