Adults ages 19 and up can discover Panama and a taste of Costa Rica in one action-packed week!

Discover the natural wonders of Panama’s ecosystems and absorb the Panamanian way of life while learning to scuba dive and sea kayak. Begin your adventure with a sea kayaking expedition through the tropical islands of the Bocas del Toro archipelago. There, earn your NAUI scuba certification while diving among vibrant coral reefs, colorful fish, mangroves, and a sunken ship.

**This course can be combined with 19+ Costa Rica Rainforest Trek course for an unforgettable two-week experience.

Program Highlights

  • Get the chance to join deep dives and night dives, if you already have a scuba certification.
  • Gain firsthand experience way of life in a small island community in Panama or the remote rainforest communities in the mountains of Costa Rica.
  • Immerse in Caribbean traditions and culture in Panama.
  • Earn a diver certification upon program completion.
  • Build a bond with coursemates from around the globe.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary. Details are subject to change.


Fly to Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) where you will be greeted by our staff and be driven to our rainforest base in San Ramón de Tres Ríos, Cartago Province. Meet your newfound friends and coursemates, instructors, and participate in a “duffle shuffle” to prepare all you need for the course. Overnight in furnished dorms.


Wake early and enjoy a drive through the lush mountains and valleys of southern Costa Rica to cross the Panama border. Take a boat ride to your picturesque dock island home in the Caribbean archipelago of Bocas del Toro and begin the scuba phase of your course. Overnight at the home of our host family on Isla Solarte.


Take a morning theory course and shallow water lesson on scuba diving to learn about the equipment, breathing techniques, and safety procedures. Take your first dive in deeper waters to explore the wildlife and colorful reefs that surround these Caribbean islands. Receive an orientation on your community service projects. Overnight at the home of our host family on Isla Solarte.

DAY 4-5

Acclimate and practice your diving skills while discovering vibrant coral and spectacular shipwrecks beneath the sea. If you are already certified, earn your advanced certification on special dives including a compass navigation dive and a deep dive. Volunteer at a local indigenous school on community development projects and spend time with the students practicing your Spanish. In your downtime, learn how to or perfect your wakeboarding abilities as you carve through the islands of Bocas del Toro and visit Sloth Island for incredible wildlife sightings. Overnight at the home of our host family on Isla Solarte.


Take a practical and written exam toward earning your scuba diving certification. Enjoy an afternoon of sea kayaking and a celebratory night dive—wave your hands and glide through the waters as thousands of magical bioluminescent lights illuminate your path. Overnight at the home of our host family on Isla Solarte.


Wake up to begin the transport back to our Costa Rica rainforest base. Arrive back at the rainforest base in San Ramón de Tres Ríos for gear return, course reflection, and final dinner. Overnight in furnished dorms.


Transition to your next course or transfer to the Juan Santamaría Airport (SJO) for departure. Say hasta luego to your friends and coursemates. Nos vemos pronto en Costa Rica!

Community Service

Earn 7 – 10 hours of community service that may include refurbishing or building recreational equipment for schools and spending time with local school children.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
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1,645 USD
$200 deposit
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19+ Summer Course: Panama Scuba & Service