Differences in PADI Dive Centers

Choosing which PADI dive center you go to, which instructor is going to teach you and If you want to become a dive pro, which course director you want for your Instructor Development training are the most important decisions you will make in your entire diving career.

Dive Division, the Caribbean Dive Network, offers the widest variety of Dive courses and Pro Development Courses on Curacao.

There are many different levels of PADI Dive Centers, depending on the quality and what a dive center can offer.

At the moment there is only one dive center on the island Curacao with the highest status of all: PADI 5 Star Career Development Center. Which one? Blue Bay Dive & Watersports, located at Blue Bay Resort, Curacao.

Let’s talk about the different dive centers levels and facilities, so you can make the right decision on with which dive center you should choose.

PADI Dive Center
PADI Dive Resort
PADI Facility
PADI Dive Boat

Choosing a quality training center is not easy. There is an enormous offer. Ranging from PADI Dive Recreational Facility to PADI 5 Star Career Development Center and everything in between. It might not make a difference to you if you are just starting, but it makes all the difference when you are looking to becoming a pro. Always choose quality! As they say: You get what you pay for! 

PADI Recreational facility

This is a facility that has a body of water that can be used for recreational snorkeling or scuba diving. PADI Recreational Facilities are there for local recreational scuba diving businesses, recreational divers, and snorkelers. For example, a pool you can rent to do your confined water session.

PADI Dive Boat

This is a dive vessel that takes costumers on dive and snorkel excursions. Dive boats may offer teaching of scuba diving, snorkeling and Discover Scuba Diving experiences. Sometimes they also offer different watersport activities.

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PADI Dive Center

A professional business with the core business: Teaching of recreational scuba diving and retail of equipment. They can teach you up to PADI Divemaster.

PADI Dive Resort

Dive operators who cater mostly to scuba divers and snorkelers on a holiday. Resort dive operators are most likely located in a resort and are usually directly affiliated with hotels within the resort.

PADI Dive Resort
PADI Dive Center

PADI 5 Star Dive Center

A 5 Star Dive Center is a progressive dive shop that provides a full range of PADI scuba diving education programs, equipment selection, and experience opportunities while encouraging aquatic environmental responsibility. They excel in providing quality services to divers, are active in the community, and ensure that divers have the opportunity to continue their development. All Dive Division Locations have the PADI 5 Star rating or higher.

PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

These PADI Dive Resorts are the ones excelling in what they do. They provide the most memorable scuba diving experiences and give outstanding service. 5 Star Dive Resorts are committed to providing quality training, show environmental awareness, and have a good selection of equipment.

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center

PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers are dive centers that meet all PADI Five Star Dive Center standards and are allowed to offer PADI instructor-level training. They have at least one PADI Course Director on staff and are committed to offering PADI Instructor Development Courses and continuing education opportunities to dive professionals. If your goal is to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, go to a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center!

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And the crème de la crème: a PADI 5 Star Career Development Center

A PADI 5 Star Career Development Center (CDC) classification is awarded to PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centers that dedicate their businesses to professional development for dive instructors. It is with only hard work and dedication that earns you this title. The PADI Career Development Center status is the highest level a dive center can reach. 


So why choose a PADI CDC center over a PADI IDC center?

PADI 5 Star CDC’s offer career-oriented training to prepare dive professionals for employment in the dive industry as well as offering job placement assistance for candidates who successfully followed their training. PADI 5 Star CDC’s are committed to training dive leaders and conducting career development programs. They go beyond the regular instructor training and their goal is to make you the best of the best.

These dive centers are well-established businesses with proven success in training PADI Instructors. Because of the services offered, PADI 5 Star CDC’s are places where candidates receive training to prepare them for careers in the dive industry. PADI divers, members, and the dive industry at large all benefit from the PADI 5 Star CDC’s commitment to professional development and excellence.

So, you see, we are very proud to have achieved the status of CDC and want to continue to keep excelling in what we do! Ready to have us run the extra mile for you and make you the best of the best? Come and find Curacao’s first Career Development Center and start making your dreams come true. For more information about all the possibilities we offer, feel free to send us an e-mail.

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