Professional diving training centerBuddy Dive Academy

At Buddy Dive we value dive training and continuous development of our team, facilities and our guests. In 2010 we decided to bundle our 30 years of experience and started the Buddy Dive Academy. Over the last years the Buddy Dive Academy has grown to a professional dive training center. All the hard work got awarded when the Buddy Dive Academy became a PADI 5-star Career Development Center. Something to be proud of as there are only 100 Career Development Centers worldwide and the Buddy Dive Academy is the only one in the southern Caribbean.

Buddy Dive Academy offers every level of dive training imaginable, conducted in several languages. We offer dive training courses from the recreational level to the professional level and everything in between. We start with introductory courses such as Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) and Open Water Scuba certification and offer professional level Instructor Development Courses (IDC) as well. In addition, we offer a variety of continuing dive training; besides the standard PADI specialties we also offer you the chance to become a tec diver or start your career in diving and become a dive instructor.

Recreational Courses

The discover scuba dive is an introduction to scuba diving. In half a day you will learn about the equipment, the basics of breathing underwater and experiencing scuba diving for yourself under the guidance of our professional instructors.
Incl. theory, pool training and 1 ocean dive. Min. age 10 years. *

Duur: 1/2 dag
Prijs: $90

A complete scuba diving course that will teach you everything you need to know when becoming a diver. The course will lead you through the basic principles of diving, confined water dives to learn the basic skills and finally open water dives to use the skills you learned and to explore the beauty of the under water world
With the PADI Open Water Certification you are allowed to dive without a dive instructor and to a maximum depth of 18 metres/60 feet.
Incl. Instruction, course materials & certification. Min. age 10 years. *

PADI E-learning available.

Duration: 4-5 days
Price: $375

Have you always wanted to try digital underwater photography, fish identification or dry suit diving? There’s a long list of scuba adventures you can take part in during this program. Adventure Dives are single dives to extend your knowledge and count towards your Advanced Open Water Certification.
Incl. 1 dive & course materials. **

Duration: 1/2 – 1 day
Price: $55

The PADI Advanced Open Water Certification is designed to advance your diving. The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through a set of adventure dives. After completing the PADI Advanced Open Water you are allowed to dive to a maximum depth of 30 metres/100 feet.
Incl. instruction, course materials, certification & 5 ocean dives. **

PADI E-learning available.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $270

Already have your PADI Open Water Certification, but haven’t been diving lately? The Scuba Review refreshes your knowledge and skills, so you can feel comfortable again under water.
Incl. instruction, course materials, 1 ocean dive. *

Duration: 1/2 day
Price: $90

Don’t want to spend the entire vacation on a dive course? With the referral course you can start the theory and pool dives with your local dive shop before your vacation. Once on Bonaire, you just need to finalize your open water dives in our crystal clear waters under the watchful eye of our instructor and the marine life.
Incl. Instruction, certification and 4 ocean dives. *
Current referral papers & medical statement required.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $240

*Use of all required equipment is included
** Equipment & dive air not included

Specialty Courses

How many of you have been diving abroad and encountered the possibility of doing dives beyond 100ft/30 meters? It happens far too often and it should not be done without proper training. When you complete the PADI Deep Diver Specialty course you will be trained to plan and execute dives to a depth of 130 feet/40 meters.
Incl. Instruction, course materials and 4 dives.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $200

The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty course is one of our most popular scuba diving specialty courses. Scuba diving with Enriched Air/ Nitrox can significantly increase your dive time.
Incl. Instruction and course materials.
PADI E-Learning available.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $130

Experience the excitement and exhilaration of diving at night for the first time or complete the PADI Night Diver Specialty to enhance your night diving experiences.
Incl. Instruction, course materials and 3 dives.

Duration: 1 – 2 days
Price: $200

Participating in the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course has big benefits and advantages for you as a diver. Good buoyancy increases your comfort in the water as well significantly reducing your air consumption allowing longer and more enjoyable dives. And very important, by having good Buoyancy you will avoid negative contact with the environment.
Incl. Instruction, weight check and 2 dives.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $130

From a wedding ring or a weight belt to a lost diver the PADI Search and Recovery Specialty course gives you the basic theoretical knowledge and practical experience to help you find it.
Incl. Instruction, course materials and 4 dives.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $200

The PADI Underwater Naturalist Specialty course increases your knowledge of underwater sea life and the part it plays in the aquatic ecosystem. It also teaches us the importance of diving in an environmentally sensitive way avoiding damaging coral and other aquatic life.
Incl. Instruction, slide show and 2 dives.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $130

The PADI Underwater Navigator Specialty course teaches you to navigate underwater more effectively which increases confidence, reducing exertion and air consumption allowing you more time underwater to enjoy your dive.
Incl. Instruction, course materials and 3 dives.

Duration: 1 – 2 days
Price: $185

The PADI Wreck Diver Specialty course introduces divers to the skills required to plan and execute safe and enjoyable wreck dives including limited wreck penetration and line laying as well as the buoyancy techniques to avoid disturbing any silt.
Incl. Instruction, course materials and 4 dives.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $200

Incl. instruction, slide show and 2 dives.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $130

Incl. instruction, course materials and 2 dives.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $130

Incl. course materials and 2 dives.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $185

Note: all specialty courses are excluding air & equipment

Safety Courses

The PADI Rescue Diver Program prepares you to help prevent, and if necessary, manage dive emergencies, minor and major, with a variety of techniques. The Rescue Diver Course will improve your skills and confidence as a diver, which will prepare you for the road towards the PADI Master Scuba Diver and PADI Divemaster level. This is one of the most challenging – sometimes demanding – and therefore most rewarding programs. It is a serious subject, but a safety dive course is a fun course.
Incl. Instruction, course materials, certification and diving – equipment & dive air not included

Duration: 3 – 4 days
Price: $370

This program teaches CPR and First Aid, meaning you will learn the steps and techniques for handling minor and serious injuries; from a minor cut in the kitchen to aiding patients who aren’t breathing, have no heartbeat, or who have serious bleeding. You will learn how to apply the ABCD’S to a patient’s lifeline, so you can take the necessary steps to increase the chance of survival in the case of the most serious emergencies.
Incl. Instruction, course materials, and certification

Duration: 1 day
Price: $150

Tec Diving Courses

Learn to safely utilize side-mounted cylinders, an alternative to the traditional back-mounted method.

Duration: 1 1/2 day
Price: $212

A transition course from recreational to technical diving. At the end of this course you can dive
up to 40m/130ft.

Duration: 3 days
Price: $424

Take tec diving to the next level and learn all the skills to dive to a maximum depth of 45m/145ft.

Duration: 3 days
Price: $530

Develop your tec skills with this course by mastering further techniques and be able to dive to 50m/165ft.

Duration: 3 days
Price: $636

Go Hardcore! Advance your skills & learn how to use TRIMIX, after this course you can dive to 65m/213ft.

Duration: 5 days
Price: $742

Learn all the essential skills needed to become a Mixed Gas Blender.

Duration: 1 day
Price: $185

This course will make you a better, safer and more competent diver. You can improve your basic skills and gain access to GUE tec or cave training.

Duration: 4 days
Price: $650

Learn how to safely and comfortably dive a double cylinder configuration.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $300

Learn drysuit diving using proper equipment and techniques.

Duration: 2 days
Price: $300

Learn the rigors and discipline of technical diving. This is a great preparatory course if you are considering specific technical diver training, such as cave or decompression diving, or if you are interested in streamlining your equipment configuration for maximum efficiency. Learn about dive planning, physics and physiology, decompression, decompression associated with technical diving, buoyancy control, and side-mount configuration. The NAUI Technical Equipment Configuration (NTEC) training is also part of the NAUI Intro to Tech course.

Duration: On request
Price: On request

This course provides you with the theory, methods, and procedures of planned staged decompression diving while using optimal breathing gas mixtures. Participants will learn how to plan and conduct a standard staged decompression dive to depths not exceeding 130 ft (40 m).

Duration: On request
Price: On request

The NAUI Trimix Diver course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to minimize the risks of utilizing helium-based trimix breathing gas mixtures for dives to a maximum depth of 200 ft (61 m) requiring staged-decompression and utilizing EANx mixtures and/or oxygen during decompression.

Duration: On request
Price: On request

Course materials included in all courses.
Tanks, air & Nitrox will be included in the course, helium and O2 fills (higher than 32%) will be charged per cu ft of gas.
NAUI courses available upon request.

Kids Diving Courses

A fun filled experience for kids aged 5 to 10 years old where they will learn to snorkel and how to use SASY equipment. The kids will learn about fish and the underwater world, but also enjoy lots of other activities like arts & crafts. We will start with pool sessions to review swim skills and introduce the kids to snorkeling and free diving skills. We will take the kids into the ocean later in the week.
Incl. activities, a snack, equipment and adult supervision from one of our staff members.
Kids need to be able to swim.

Buddy Kids Club takes place in the morning from Monday – Friday; 8.30am – 12.30pm
One Morning $60
Three Mornings $180
Five Mornings $250

Start scuba diving early with this specially designed program for kids! The PADI Seal Team is an introduction to the basic skills of scuba diving for kids aged 8 -10 years old who are able to swim.

“Aqua missions” & underwater fun using real scuba gear is a great way to introduce children to the underwater world & offer them an opportunity to dive just like mom & dad!
The AquaMissions cover basic scuba diving skills, such as breathing underwater, clearing a mask of water, recovering a regulator and swimming around and experiencing the sensation of being weightless. After completing the AquaMissions your kid will become a recognized PADI Seal Team Member.
The Padi Seal Team is a 5-morning program 8.30 am – 12.30 pm (Monday-Friday only)
Price includes activities, a snack, equipment, the PADI Seal team Crew-pak (video, activity book and log book) and continues guidance from one of our Divestaff Instructors.

Duration: 5 days
Price: $350

SASY stands for ‘Supplied Air Snorkeling for Youth’ and let’s your kid experience the underwater world by snorkeling with scuba equipment instead of a snorkel.
A SASY unit is basically a personal flotation device with a small scuba tank and regulator attached. This way your kid will float on the surface, but with the scuba equipment they are free to keep their heads under water and don’t miss out an any of the action below.
SASY sessions are included in the Buddy Kids Club. It is also possible to rent SASY equipment and take your kids out snorkeling yourself!

Duration: On request
Price: On request

Bubblemaker is a fun PADI program for kids aged 8-10 years old. It’s the chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving. It is very similar to a discover scuba dive, but without skills and performed in the ocean. The kids will use scuba gear to breathe underwater and swim around in the shallow water around our dock(max 6ft/2m), under the constant supervision of one of our dive instructors.
A Bubblemaker session is included when participating in the PADI Seal Team.
Incl. Instruction, all required equipment, 1 dive and constant supervision of a dive instructor.

Duration: 2 hours
Price: $90

Kids aged 10-15 can participate in the PADI junior open water scuba diving course. This course is a full PADI dive course with certification. Your child will learn how to be an Open Water Diver and will be under constant supervision of a dive instructor throughout this course. By the end of the course your kids are fully certified PADI divers – they are not allowed to dive unsupervised until the age of 16.
Incl. Instruction, course materials, certification and dives.
PADI E-learning available. NOTE: Your kids are required to request a new card with PADI when reach the age of 16.

Duration: 4 – 5 days
Price: $375

We also offer junior specialty courses for those who are already certified. E-learning courses are also available so your kids can complete the PADI theory at home and complete the practical dives with our dive instructors.
NOTE: Your kids are required to request a new card with PADI when reach the age of 16.
Contact us for more information.

As PADI 5-star dive center we are bound to certain rules and regulations for the safety of your children. We value these rules and regulations, so we cannot make any exceptions and all activities need parental approval. Read the PADI Rules & Regulations

IDC/Professional

This means you really have nothing to think about. Come to us at Buddy Dive and we take care of everything for you, including lodging, course materials, meals, fees and so on. So this is the ultimate package for you if you want no worries and only want to focus on your IDC and Instructor Examination.

Duration: 2 weeks
Price: $2.900

If you are living on the island and/or don’t want to make use of our carefree all-inclusive IDC package, this is the package for you. You still get to enjoy the comforts of having classrooms, confined and open water closely together. Just as the added benefit of becoming both EFR and PADI Enriched Air Instructor.

Duration: 2 weeks
Price: $1.182

Dive Master e-learning & IDC.
During this program you will be first trained to become a PADI Divemaster and after completing that course you immediately enrol into the IDC and you’ll become a PADI Instructor. You have the choice to combine your DM course with the all-inclusive IDC or the regular IDC. You have the benefit of learning at home in your own pace and in your own time. E-learning has the future, so choosing this path will prepare you optimally for your future as an instructor.

Duration: 23 days
Price: On request

Dive Master & IDC
This basically covers the same as above, however you don’t have the convenience of e-learning, so during your course you have class-room sessions with you instructor and evenings with self-study, next to the general preparation you need to do for the following day. That is why this course takes a couple of days longer, than the e-learning option.

Duration: 23 days
Price: On request

Rescue Diver, Divemaster and IDC.
We would to love to help you to bring this challenge to a good completion. Actually, you will not be the first person to follow this road to success and self-realization with us. We know what we are doing for sure.

Duration: 27 days
Price: $1.927

Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and IDC
Yes, it is possible! Being an Open Water Diver and going in 1 stretch all the way to Instructor. And don’t think it isn’t possible, we have guided people through this process and 1 of them was back a year later to work for us, as part of our professional fun and sometimes a bit crazy dive staff.

Duration: 30 days
Price: $2.112

Just meeting the prerequisites for the PADI Divemaster Course alone is a great accomplishment. By the time you are ready to enroll in the Divemaster Course, you have learned a great deal about diving through training and practical experience. The Divemaster Course elevates your 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.

Duration: 7 days
Price: $750

The teaching skills you will develop during the PADI Assistant Instructor Course will allow you to independently conduct several PADI Programs and with some further training from the PADI Course Director you can also teach non-diving specialty courses. Assistant Instructors are Dive Educators who assist with the knowledge development of the student. Taking the PADI Assistant Instructor Course will take you one step closer to becoming a PADI Open Water Instructor.

Duration: 4 days
Price: On request

Read more about our IDC courses

Underwater Photography

Incl. 1 classroom session, 1 one hour guided dive, use of digital camera system

Duration: 1/2 day
Price: On request

Incl. 2 classroom sessions, 1 one hour guided dive, use of video system

Duration: On request
Price: On request

Incl. 3 hours instruction, course materials, 2x one hour guided dive, use of digital camera system. PADI PIC to be purchased in the dive shop.

Duration: On request
Price: On request

2 classroom sessions, 2 one hour guided dives, use of video camera. PADI PIC to be purchased in the dive shop.

Duration: On request
Price: On request

Classroom Topic 1 – Diving with a Digital Camera with emphasis on Basic Camera Settings, Maintenance, Approaching fish.
Classroom Topic 2 – Macro and closeup photography.
Classroom Topic 3 – XXXX

3 one hour guided dives (1st guided dive mandatory, assignments on other photo dives may be completed without photo guide. This allows maximum flexibility for our guest’s diving schedule).

Duration: On request
Price: On request

Each course of instruction includes your images downloaded to a USB.

Reef Renewal Specialties

Join us on a Discover Reef Renewal Dive – learn how to conduct a nursery/restoration site survey and participate to the site maintenance activities as removing algae and predators, which can damage the corals and affect their growth.
Incl. 1 dive, Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire Tag and air/Nitrox

Duration: 1/2 day
Price: $65

During 3 training dives and classroom sessions you will learn all the techniques involved in the reef restoration process. You will participate in all the activities that need to be carried out on the nurseries and the restoration sites.
Incl. 3 dives, course material Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire Tag and air/Nitrox

Duration: 1 1/2 – 2 days
Price: $220

Assist the Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire staff in the coral nurseries. Help with maintenance activities, and outplant corals to restoration sites around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.
Incl. 2 dives and air/Nitrox

Duration: 1 day
Price: $80

Assist the Reef Renewal Foundation Bonaire staff in the coral nurseries. Help with maintenance activities, and outplant corals to restoration sites around Bonaire and Klein Bonaire.
Incl. 12 dives and air/Nitrox

Duration: 6 days
Price: $400

*For certified Reef Renewal Divers.