POSEIDON DIVE CENTER has been operating in Taganga, Santa Marta since 2000, and has become the only authorised PADI RESORT and DAN BUSINESS MEMBER in the area.
We have 1 Course Director and 2 instructors, who are highly qualified and have a wide range of specialisations. We can give you specialised help and help you with any questions or problems.
We also have full time dive masters who guide you on our fascinating dives.
All Poseidon employees are qualified Emergency First Responders and DAN oxygen providers.
As a PADI RESORT, in order to ensure the safety and satisfaction of divers (trainees, experienced divers or instructors) we continually check that the air quality in the tanks is clean and dry. Part of this quality control is the regular taking of air samples which are sent to the USA for analysis.
On the 31st of march 2005 POSEIDON DIVE CENTER became the only PADI GOLD PALM RESORT in TAGANGA – SANTA MARTA, because of the quality service and fulfil of the PADI standards while teaching diving courses.
6 months later, on the 1st of October 2005 POSEIDON DIVE CENTER took another step forward within the dive industry and we converted us into the ONLY PADI GOLD PALM INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN COLOMBIA !!!!!
Now we can teach divers, who want to quit their jobs, follow their dreams and change their lifestyle directly in our resort here in Taganga and become diving instructors.
In the 2006 edition of the “GUIA DE RUTAS POR COLOMBIA”, www.rutascolombia.com on page 91, Departamiento del Magladena, POSEIDON DIVE CENTER is the only dive school mentioned in the guidebook in the area around Santa Marta.
In April 2006 PADI sent us a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE RECOGNIZING THE WORK OF OUR COURSE DIRECTOR AND THE STAFF OF POSEIDON DIVE CENTER DURING THE INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSES IN 2005.
Our Course Director Max and his IDC class of march 2006 en Bocas del Toro / Panama was shown in THE UNDERSEA JOURNAL OF PADI THIRD QUARTER 2006.
Back: Antonio, Rosmarie, Examinador Mario, Eduardo, Javier, Raul
Front: IDC Staff Carlos, CD Max, IDC Staff Nena, IDC Staff Francisco, Irbing
Due to the support of PROEXPORT COLOMBIA it became possible to rent a booth at DEMASHOW 2006 in Orlando, Florida with the goal to promote COLOMBIA to the dive professionals who participated in the show.
Camilo ( Proexport ),Fernando y Andrés ( Diving Planet ),Gloria (Banda Dive Shop),Max y Nena (Poseidon Dive Center ), no están en la foto : Felipe ( Felipe Divers ), German ( Fundación Malpelo )
As an addicional service we installed in November 2006 the use of NITROX ( ENRICHED AIR WITH MIXTURES FROM 32 UNTIL 36% OXYGEN). The greatest adventure about diving with Nitrox is the longer No decompression limit and you feel less tired after your dives. You can count with 23 scuba tanks exclusively for Nitrox.
During the month of November 2006 we received in Taganga travel journalists from England and in December 06 / January 2007 they published a newspaper with travel reports from the sites they have been visited in Colombia.
Read the newspaper WONDERLUST in English:
During the peak season in January 2007 was published an article in the newspaper AVIANCA No 22, THE COLOMBIAN AIRLINE aboute the tourism and diving in Taganga.
In a German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, was published an article of a travel journalist who is traveling from Alaska to the land of fire. To read the article in German: htm/Artikel Kolumbien.htm
In April 2007 we received our new, innovative boat: POSEIDON DIVE specially designed for divers,
a 10m Catamaran with 2 x 100 HP 4 stroke outboard engines with a complete roof, 4 entries and exists,
GPS, VHF Marine Radio, Fishfinder and sound system.
The boat can be used for maximal 18 divers.
With proud we can say that POSEIDON DIVE IS THE 1st real dive boat operating in Colombia!
The video is in WINDOWS MEDIA FORMAT ( .wmv ) to watch the video please press the start button
The German newspaper, Welt published a travel report on the 23rd of October 2007. To read the article in German: http://www.welt.de/reise/article1290528/Touristen_trauen_sich_wieder_nach_Kolumbien.html
As a continuing effort to promote Colombia as international tourist destination, we
went back to DEMA 2007 in
Orlando, Florida, the biggest trade show of dive professionals in the world as exhibitor with the support of
Present on the booth were: Laura and Camilo from Proexport, Andres and Camilo from Diving Planet,
New free of charge service for our clients: From now on we offer WIFI Internet for clients who come with their Notebooks.
In February 2008 was held
the biggest IDC ever in the history of Colombia in the city of Medellin.
The Course Directors were Ricardo Sanchez and Max.
As IDC Staff Instructors were present: Fernando Cardena, Guillermo Sanchez, Julio Velez,
Jorge Sanchez, Lenner Ospina, Jimmy Bernal, Gina Garcia, Pablo Montoya, Jorge Sanchez, Fausto Moreno and Juana Perea.
The evaluators were Fernando Martins, Claudio Brandileone and Jose Morera.
Straight after the IDC /
IE in Medellin we headed of to Bogota,
where POSEIDON DIVE CENTER participated in the
tourism trade show of Colombia ( ANATO ) , which was held on February 25th and 26th.
As represents of PDC went Nena and Max.
A new IDC was held in Taganga from the 29th
April which finished on the 8th of May. The 1st
ever held inTaganga began on May 9 and terminated on May 11. All candidates from our Course Director Max
passed successfully and we wish the new PADI Instructors all the best for their future within the dive industry.
Fernando Martins ( Examinador ), Alan Pertuz, Richard Rodriguez, Silvia Chaparro, Charlotte Fox, Andres de Plaza
Julio Velez ( IDC Staff Instr. ), Nena ( IDC Staff Instr. ), Max ( Course Director ) y Jessie Hug
On June 20 started another IDC in Taganga
which finished on the June 29. The
2nd Instructor Examination
held inTaganga began on June 30 and terminated on July 1. Welcome to the new professionals and leaders
and we wish them all the best for their future.
Santander Vasquez ( El Nene ), Javier Gutierrez,, Jose Morera ( PADI Regional Manager )
Nena ( IDC Staff Instr.), Catalina Aponte, Max ( Course Director ) y Misael Duffis
During the PADI Member forum which took place on the 23rd August 2008 in Bogota our
COURSE DIRECTOR MAX received from JOSE MORERA ( PADI REGIONAL MANAGER )
AN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AND ASSISTANCE
OF INSTRUCTOR CROSSOVERS HELD IN COLOMBIA DURING 2007 - 2008.
An article published on the 18th September 2008 in the newspaper EL TIEMPO about
the best dive sites in Colombia
The Video COLOMBIA, THE ONLY RISK IS WANTING TO STAY 9,62 MB
For the 3rd time COLOMBIA in Conjunction with Proexport was part of DEMA 2008,
from the 22nd – 25th October in Las Vegas - USA.
and Alberto from Publifibra, Nena and Max from Poseidon Dive Center, Kees from Aviatur,
Isabel from Dolphin Dive School, Felipe from Felipe´s Diving, Camilo from Proexport, Alberto from Dolphin Dive School
Starting November 17 until November 27 our COURSE DIRECTOR MAX teached another IDC in our resort here
in Taganga. The INSTRUCTOR EXAMINACION was from the 27th until November 30 .
We wish all new PADI Instructors the best with the change of their life style.
Esteban, Andres, Pichi, Felipe, Victor, IDC Staff Raul, Jose Morera ( PADI Regional Manager )
Claudio, Lily, Desi, Mafe, Max ( Course Director ) and Astronel
Not on the photo are: Cedric, IDC Staff Instructor Nena y Andres
During december 2008 we took another step towards the diving future, always thinking in our clients, added a new service to the one already exists.
TECNICAL DIVING IS AWALIABLE NOW IN POSEIDON DIVE CENTER
Due the increasing demand at international level Nena and Max deceided to in roll into the Instructor Courses of technical diving, so we can offer them to our clients. Now we can realize decompression dives with air, Nitrox and Trimix.
One more time PDC shows leadership and Innovator within the Colombian Dive Centers importing all specialized equipment, so the divers can enjoy the underwater world deeper than 40m with planning and safety.
Thinking in our clients few recognized and responsible Dive Center in Latin America created a network in
March 2009 to give the travellers first hand information about trustful dive center in other countries.
The big advantage for the clients is the discount within the network.
YOU RECIVE AUTOMATCLY 5% DISCOUNT FOR ANY SERVICE WHICH YOU CHOSSE FROM ANY COMPANY INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM
Shortlyn we go to expand TREK CATS, it will not be only limited to diving, also hotels, restaurants, Bars, travel agenicies and much more will take part. To know which companies take part, please check us out in Facebook, where we created the group of TREK CATS and of course our webpage
An article about Colombia published 16th august 2009 in the newspaper Volkszeitung of Magdeburg
The second time a couple compromised under water diving with us. Their names are
ANDREA and BRUNO and it happened on the 16th of august 2009. CONGRATULATIONS
Compromise Andrea und Bruno, 16 aug 09 - 17,7 MB
During the 6th and 7th of October 2009 another Instructor examination was
held in Taganga,
6 candidates took the IDC in POSEIDON DIVE CENTER WITH OUR COURSE DIRECTOR MAX
and we wish them all the best for their future.
Scott, CD Max, Claudio( PADI Regional Manager ), David, David
Adriana, Alejandro and Fabio
In Oktober 2009 we received our new BAUER COMPRESSOR 500, now we can fill the tanks much faster and also it is supersilent.
Same as the last years we have been at the booth of COLOMBIA AT DEMASHOW 2009
during the days 4 - 7 of November.
Nena and Max from Poseidon Dive Center, Kees and Clement from Aviatur,
Isabel and Alberto from Dolphin Dive School, Andres from Diving Planet, Monica ( Tourism Ofiice Catragena ),
Felipe from Felipe´s Diving, Camilo from Proexport, Monica from Liverboat Nemo, Fernando
On November 10th 2009 german TV published a report over Colombia
Looking more than a year for it, finally we got it. November 13 he arrived,
the ultimate machine to pull the boats out of the water.
UNIMOG 411/ 1961 - NOT THE FASTEST, BUT THE STRONGEST EVER
The 25th of November began another IDC very special in Cartagena.
THE 1st COURSE FOR THE ARMADA NACIONAL DE COLOMBIA - BASE NAVAL ARC BOLIVAR
DEPARTAMENTE DE BUCEO Y SALVAMENTO
WITH OUR COURSE DIRECTOR MAX, IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR NENA AND FERNANDO.
IDC Staff Nena, Claudio ( Examinador ), Capitan Reyna, CD Max
Andres, Diego, El Tigre, Juan Pablo, Cheppe, Armando, Carlos
The 1st Underwater expedition Tayrona was presented in Taganga last Saturday 10th April 2010.
The article was published by the Colombian Newspaper El Tiempo
The 28th of April started a new IDC IN POSEIDON DIVE CENTER - Taganga
ALL OUR CANDIDATES PASSED THEIR IE WITH EXAMINER FERNADO FROM BRASIL
IN A EASY, SAFE AND MOST IMPORTANT DIVERTING WAY WITH OUR COURSE DIRECTOR MAX,
IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR NENA AND RODRIGO "EL GORDO ".
BEST WISHES IN YOUR NEW CARREER AS PADI INSTRUCTORS.
Jorge, IDC Staff Nena, IDC Staff Rodrigo " Gordo ", CD Max, Tama, Micael, Juan Felipe, Jimmy ( The Princess ), Fabio,
Front: IDC Staff Sepp & Franz
With this PADI Instructor Examination we finished our last IDC in 2010.
We started with the EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR COURSE, followed by the INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE, WHICH WAS THE FIRST ONE IN SOUTH AMERICA USING THE NEW CURRICULUM AND MATERIALS IN SPANISH AND FINALLY WE FINISHED WITH THE EXAMINATION AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE PARTY.
ONE MORE TIME SOLDIERS OF THE COLOMBIAN ARMY START TO CHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLE CONVERTING THEM INTO PADI PROS, GUIDED BY
OUR COURSE DIRECTOR MAX AND IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR NENA.
Oscar, Alejo, IDC Staff Nena,CD Max, Teniente de Fragata Tomas
Daniel, Jefe Tecnico Yuri, Examinador Fernando
PDC is also MEMBER of COLOMBIAN´S SCUBA DIVING NETWORK,
which was FOUNDED in 2010 IN COOPERATION WITH THE
MINISTER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND TOURISM AND THE
TOURISTIC PROMOTION FOUND OF COLOMBIA. IN THE WEBPAGE
YOU CAN DOUND THE DIVING OPERATORS, WHO ARE REGISTERED
WITHIN THE REGISTRO NACIONAL DE TURSIMO AND FULFILL
THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS TO BE MEMBER OF THE NETWORK.
POSEIDON DIVE CENTER WAS INVITED BY SANTA MARTA´S
MAYOR OFFICE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BOOTH OF SANTA MARTA
AT THE ANATO FAIR SHOW 2011, HELD IN CORFERIAS BOGOTA FROM
THE 23rd UNTIL 25th FEBRUARY 2011
Our Instructors Tama and Alejo in the booth of Anato 2011
NOW IT IS OFICIAL !!!!!
SINCE 18 MARCH 2011 WE GOT THE PERMIT FROM THE HARBOUR CAPTAIN
OF SANTA MARTA TO OPERATE WITH OUR
NEW DIVE BOAT " POSEIDON FUN DIVE ", ANOTHER CATAMARN WITH 27ft
FOR MAXIMUM 12 PASSENGERS WITH 2 ENGINEES YAMAHA 100HP 4-STROKE,
GPS, VHF MARINE RADIO, FRESH WATER SHOWER, MAXIMUM SPEED: 30mph
AND THE BEST IS, THAT BOAT IS MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE
The 24st march 2011 following event took place in the Hotel Zuana in Santa Marta.
The 1st meeting of the COLOMBIAN DIVING NETWORK - "COLOMBIADIVING"
Oscar Rueda Garcia, Vice Minister of Tourism inaugarated the event,
followed by Ricardo Schanchez who presented the Colombia Diving and the purpose of it.
Melinda Marchena from the tourism board of Bonaire explained how Bonaire manage the
the dive turism, which was first of all interesting, which is exceptional in this island.
PADI also participated in this event, with Cluadio Brandelione,
the PADI´S regional manager for South America talking about the possibilities for
the Colombian diving industry, Steve Mortell from PADI followed up with another
important aspect, the quality of service offered by diving operators and that
all PADI courses are certified by ISO.
In the afternoon former PADI`S regional manager for Colombia, Jose Morera
talked about different aspects in the dive industry.
Alejandro Navas from PROEXPORT COLOMBIA explained the strategy of the
Colombian government for the next years to promote diving tourism outside Colombia.
The participates of the event recognized that since 2002 grow of diving in Colombia
was huge and it is now an important part of the Colombian tourism industry.
Each of us knows that still there is a lot to do, but we are on the right way.
As special guest was invited the Harbor Captain from Santa Marta
Hopefully we will see all who have been in the event and others in the
2nd meeting of the COLOMBIAN DIVING NETWORK - "COLOMBIADIVING"
as soon as possible.
15th of April 2011 POSEIDON DIVE CENTER was named by PADI as an
AUTHORIZED PADI TEC REC CENTER
In May 2011 our Divemaster Naihara from Spain took her next step and
converted herself into a PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR,
went back to Spain in July and from November on she works as
financial chief in a big diving company in Vietnam. You can see the slogan is true
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS
POSEIDON DIVE CENTER together with CALIPSO DIVE CENTER &
TAYRONA NATIONAL PARK installed a Structure for Buoyancy Practice
in the National park at Aguja Island on the 21 June 2011. Depth approx. 10m.
The goal of this structure is to prepare even better the divers with their buoyancy and
help therefore to protect much more the marine life while diving.
To fulfill the objectives of our Safety Operating Manual the Staff of POSEIDON DIVE CENTER received a fire fighting training hosted by the
Santa Marta Airport Fire fighters on 9 September 2011.
During this period of the year came Reto from Switzerland to obtain
his PADI DIVEMASTER certification. Afterwards he went for 2 months
to Switzerland to fix everything for his new career as diver and in
October 2011 the dreams of Reto and Sebastian became true.
Be a PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
Examinator Claudio, Sebastian, CD Max, Reto
November 2011 together with PROEXPORT COLOMBIA we returned
to DEMA SHOW in Orlando - Florida.
In the booth as exhibitor were present:
POSEIDON DIVE CENTER, POSEIDON DIVE CENTER CARTAGENA, DIVE & TOURS,
BUCEO COLOMBIA, CARTAGENA DIVERS, HOTEL ALMAR, FELIPES DIVING
Camilo from Proexport hold a seminar about Diving in Colombia.
THANKS TO ALL WHO STEPPED BY AND VISIT US
Like OFICIAL DEALER SHERWOOD NENA AND MAX participated
in a maintenance seminar for the Sherwood Brut regulator
December we finished the last Instructor Course for this year with the
Instructor Examination in Taganga. 8 candidates worked hard and now they are
PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
CONGRATULATIONS - IT WAS AN EXCELLENT GROUP
Back: IDC Staff Micael, Octavio, Francisco, Examinador Mario, CD Max, IDC Staff Francois,
Master Instructor Nena, Liliana, Nathalia, David, Janina,Javier,
For the 1st time POSEIDON DIVE CENTER participate as exhibitor in the dive Trade show
SALON INTERNACIONAL DE PLONGEE IN PARIS, FRANCE
The show started January 13 of 2012 and finished January 16 of 2012
Cindy and Willy attended the vistiors at the booth
Like every year PDC renew his membership with DAN