WHY RICH COAST DIVING
Rich Coast Diving will help you begin your dream career as a PADI Professional. Our PRO Courses have been the starting point for hundreds of professionals from around the world. Rich Coast Diving takes pride in the quality and the professionalism of our teaching methods. But also the fun during our courses. Since we have our own inhouse Course Directors it allows to offer flexible schedules.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES FOR THE COURSES
Rich Coast Diving will help you begin your dream career as a PADI Professional. Our PRO Courses have been the starting point for hundreds of people from around the world. Rich Coast Diving takes pride in the quality and the professionalism of our teaching methods. But also the fun during our courses. Since we have our own inhouse Course Directors it allows to offer flexible schedules.
You can find the prerequisites for each course in the description of the designated course page.
Rich Coast Diving is located in the small town of Playas del Coco. You can either fly to the capital of Costa Rica named San Jose (SJO Int'l Airport) and take a shuttle bus to Playas del Coco (5 hours). We can recommend the Interbus shuttle company for bookings go to www.interbusonline.com
Or you can fly to Liberia (Daniel Oduber Int'l Airport) which is 40 min from Playas del Coco and from this airport we can arrange your pickup ($50 USD one way).
HOW DO I GET THERE
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING
Your Course Director will send you a document with all the information about your course, including what you will need to bring. We highly recommend that you bring your own equipment. If you do not own your own set of equipment yet, you can buy your personal set at our dive shop at a discounted rate or rent it (for divemaster internship only)
As a future PADI professional the following items are mandatory and you cannot start you course without them! We do sell all items with a 20% discount for our PRO participants if you can not bring them from your home country. Dive computer, DSMB, compass, knife / divers tool, sound device (wisle).
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR
Our location offers excellent year-round diving opportunities. Visibility changes from day to day so there is no better or worse season for visibility. Water temperature ranges from 23 – 28 Celsius throughout the year so a 3 - 5mm wetsuit is sufficient to keep you comfortably warm under water. Most dive sites are only 10 minutes away and accessible all year.
In Costa Rica the seasons are divided between the rainy season (which runs from May to October) and the dry season (which runs November to April). But these seasons do not affect our diving conditions. So any time of the year is great to do your PRO course.
AND PADI / EFR FEES
Becoming a PADI Pro is not cheap but definitely worth it and we want to make sure that you can plan your budget accordingly by understanding all the costs and fees. You find an overview of the prices and fees on our price list.
Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns you have regarding the costs of the PRO Courses and additional PADI and EFR fees. In short:
First there is the cost of the course for the training we provide you to become a PADI Professional. The cost of the course will be paid directly to Rich Coast Diving.
Besides the cost of the course there are additional "PADI fees" which will be paid by credit card at the end of the training directly to PADI. As a PADI professional you will have to pay PADI initially to apply to become a member, as well as pay annual membership fees to retain your teaching status with them.
Third there are the EFR instructor fees and EFR annual fees.
Since PADI and EFR fees change annually please contact us for the latest update on fees.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY
You may cancel your reservation by written confirmation to firstname.lastname@example.org up to 14 days before the start of your course and you will receive a full refund. But in case of cancellation with notification within 14 days prior to arrival, your deposit will not be fully refunded (50% of your activities and 100% of the accommodation). Ofcourse we do understand that unexpected circumstances may happen and we can reschedule your course for free up to 14 days before the starting date. However payments made for accommodation reservations will not be refunded.
HOW DO I PAY
We are flexible and offer different payment options for you comfort. Please contact us for the details. Please note that bank and transfer fees are to be paid by the customer. On arrival you can settle your final payments by credit card or payment in cash (USD/EUR/CRC).