Become a PADI Scuba Instructor at Buddy Dive Academy

You are dreaming of a career in the dive industry. What better way to start than on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, shore diving capital of the world? As one of the best PADI professional dive training facilities worldwide, Buddy Dive Academy is the right place for you. We maintain very high standards in all levels of scuba education, which will help you succeed as a PADI Professional Instructor.

PADI Divemaster Course in Bonaire

Just meeting the prerequisites for the PADI Divemaster Course alone is a great accomplishment. By the time a diver is ready to enroll in the Divemaster Course on Bonaire, he or she has learned a great deal about diving through training and practical experience. The Divemaster Course elevates the candidate’s knowledge and experience to a level that is expected from a diving professional. By earning the PADI Divemaster certification, you will have taken your first solid step into diving’s leadership ranks.

The PADI Divemaster Course on Bonaire can be completed in 7 days.


To take this course, you must:

  • be certified as a PADI Rescue Diver;
  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • have completed and logged at least 40 dives to enter and 60 to exit (being certified as a divemaster);
  • be fit for diving and submit a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

PADI Divemaster in Bonaire

Become a PADI professional in the Caribbean while diving at the best Diving Resort of Bonaire. Buddy Dive Academy gives you the best possible professional Dive Training and education. We inserted the most effective tools in our PADI IDC package to exponentially increase your professionalism and employability in the dive industry. In our package free job placement is included, we will help you find the job of your dreams in Bonaire, other islands in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world. We enhance our training with a FREE week of on-hand teaching PADI Courses with our experienced PADI Instructional staff.

Diving in Bonaire

Bonaire, with its fringing reef in close proximity to the shore, about 80 official dive sites, calm waters and good visibility has something to offer for every diver. At Buddy Dive, our custom dive boats invite you to explore the beautiful marine life during a guided dive, or enjoy the convenience of our unique Drive Thru to explore the island’s underwater world at your own pace.

Bonaire’s waters offer something special for every diver. Novice divers will appreciate the calm waters while diving in Bonaire, reefs that run parallel to shore, and minimal currents. These conditions make it an ideal location to really work on improving those buoyancy skills! And the abundance of marine life living along the shallow drop-off area of the reef slope allows for maximum bottom time, while giving new divers an opportunity to develop a level of comfort and confidence in their newly learned skills.

Certified Assistant

The combination of solid professional training and spontaneous initiative in a Certified Assistant creates a comfortable and effective learning environment for student divers and ideal efficiency for the Instructor’s teaching scenario. Buddy Dive's Career Development Center is working with a Certified Assistant together with the Instructor for every Instructor Development Course.

Having a Certified Assistant available to help with equipment and course preparation has a lot of value to an Instructor. As the confined water session progresses the Certified Assistant makes himself/herself useful as an aid in managing the students underwater and an extra pair of eyes to increase the safety of the lesson. Also, having an assistant for demonstrations make the confined water session easy, as well as safe, for the Instructor to teach.

It is no secret that many student divers feel more comfortable approaching the Certified Assistant for consultation during training sessions than the Instructor. The assistant creates a friendly conduit between the student and the Instructor and provides a teamwork atmosphere. Having someone that produces a relaxed tone makes learning easy and more importantly fun. Having a second person there in the role of an assistant to bounce ideas off of for unusual or difficult teaching situations is also excellent for both the student and Instructor. It increases the productivity and enjoyment of the class.

The role of a Certified Assistant in training sessions is crucial. For a larger class especially, having an assistant to aid the Instructor is key in keeping the class running smoothly. PADI Instructors training people who will eventually become diving staff should take care to create a professional who will carry out this vital role effectively. A certified assistant who is hardworking, exemplifies role model behavior, and has a great sense of humor and sociable nature will take an Instructor’s course to the next level.

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2018 IDC Dates


Prep Course:
April 29th & 30th

May 1st to May 8th

Days off to prepare for examination:
May 9th

Instructor Examination:
May 10th & 11th


Prep Course:
August 13th & 14th

August 15th to 21st

Days off to prepare for examination:
August 22nd

Instructor Examination:
August 23rd & 24th


Prep Course:
November 25th & 26th

November 27th to December 4th

Days off to prepare for examination:
December 5th

Instructor Examination:
December 6th & 7th