If a career in the dive industry is something you have been dreaming about for years, read on. Because what better way to start than in the Caribbean? Bonaire offers a pristine underwater environment and 24/7 access to scuba diving, 365 days a year. The waters around Bonaire accommodate every skill level, from beginner to advanced diver. Bonaire is one of the most respected diving destinations in the world. For many consecutive years it has been voted to the Best Shore Dive Destination by the readers of Scuba Diving Magazine.

Picture yourself in warm, crystal clear waters with little to no current. Sounds perfect to a diver, right? Over 80 marked dive sites, many of which are easily accessible by shore, truly make Bonaire the shore diving capital of the world.

PADI Divemaster Course in the Caribbean

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 in the Caribbean, 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 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 the Caribbean

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. Free Job placement, 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.

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