Top 5 fun Dive Courses at Buddy Dive

Are you looking to develop your diving skills but having trouble deciding which of the many exciting dive courses to take? We understand! With so many exciting programs to choose from, we have created a top-five list to help you narrow it down. Keep reading to discover some of our most captivating dives and the perfect dive course for you!

5. Underwater Photography Specialty Course

Have you witnessed the most beautiful fish in the ocean, but were you always disappointed that you could not show it to your friends at home? Then this dive course is for you! Our experienced photo instructors guide you through a day of learning photography basics and completing two dives. You will learn to take stunning underwater photos and document your ocean adventures. Participants in this course often tell us they develop a deeper appreciation for Bonaire’s underwater beauty and an insatiable desire to keep snapping photos! Click the button to learn about our Underwater Photography Specialty.

4. Bubblemaker

Are you ready for your child to embark on a thrilling underwater journey? Introducing Bubblemaker, an exciting PADI program specially crafted for kids aged 8-10 years old. It is more than just scuba diving; it is a chance for your little ones to blow bubbles and discover the wonders of the underwater world. Think of Bubblemaker as a kid-friendly version of a Discover scuba dive, tailored to make the experience both safe and incredibly enjoyable. Unlike traditional dives, this program skips the complex skills and takes place in the inviting waters around our dock, ensuring a maximum depth of 6ft/2m.

Here is what your child can expect under the watchful eye of our experienced dive instructors:

  • Breathe Underwater with Scuba Gear: Equipped with scuba gear, your child will learn to breathe underwater and explore the mesmerizing shallows around our dock.
  • A World of Activities and Underwater Wonders: The program is not just about diving; it is a complete adventure filled with engaging activities and awe-inspiring underwater marvels.
  • All-Inclusive Experience: Worried about equipment? Do not be! The program fee covers everything your little diver needs, including the tank and other essential gear.
  • Personalized Instruction: Each child receives personalized instruction, ensuring a safe and unforgettable experience.

Our dedicated instructors provide one supervised dive, guiding your child through this magical underwater escapade. Let your child’s curiosity and enthusiasm for the ocean come to life with Bubblemaker at our dock.

Kids Dive Course

3. PADI Rescue Course

One of the most challenging programs we offer at Buddy Dive is the PADI Rescue Diver course and therefore also one of the most fun. The Rescue program prepares you to help prevent diving emergencies of any kind, through various techniques. This program is the last recreational program that PADI offers before the professional courses start. In addition to gaining lots of theoretical knowledge, the Rescue course improves your skills and self-confidence as a diver. This three- to four-day course is perfect for you if you are truly dedicated to scuba diving and safety. At Buddy, we see that many participants take this dive course because they enjoy diving with others but also feel responsible for them. Because of the challenge, this is also one of the most rewarding courses that Buddy Dive offers.

2. Lionfish Hunter Course

Are you ready to protect the ocean from the invasive Lionfish? Then this course is something for you. This training provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively and safely remove these invasive predators and help restore balance in vulnerable marine ecosystems. This course can only be conducted on Bonaire, due to the unique way in which the lionfish are caught. The Lionfish are caught with a unique spear that doesn’t cause damage to the reef (like for example the Hawaiian sling, which is prohibited to use on Bonaire). During this course, you will learn all the skills you need to become a Lionfish hunter through the instructions and two dives. Because the Lionfish have no natural enemies, they can reproduce quickly, but with you as a hunter, we ensure that the Lionfish does not take over the entire ocean, at Buddy Dive we offer you this opportunity.

1. Reef Renewal Diver Course

How cool is it to give nature a helping hand while doing what you love? During the Reef Renewal course, you will learn all reef renewal techniques you need for the restoration process. The course consists of classroom sessions and three training dives. During the training, you will work on all the activities that are conducted in the nurseries and restoration sites. Meanwhile, the Reef Renewal Foundation works together with nine dive operators on the island, but did you know that Buddy Dive is the founding partner of Reef Renewal? From the first minute, we were aware of the impact we can have when we work together to keep the reef healthy and beautiful. This course not only offers an incredible adventure but also ensures that you contribute to the social and environmental goals of Bonaire.

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