Welcome to Rich Coast Diving!
The dive shop has been around since 1993 in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. We took over the company in December 2005 and are now the only PADI 5* CDC facility with a Green award in Costa Rica. Having 2 in house PADI Course Directors gives flexibility and fun to our PADI Pro courses. Our goal is to guide you through the IDC developing abilities, diving skills and knowledge, giving you the confidence you need form the moment you start teaching your own student.
To make the program more complete for you we offer a great MSDT program and will expand your knowledge in the specialties you prefer so you can transfer this passion along to future divers. Rich Coast Diving is also proud to announce that Martin van Gestel is the only PADI Platinum Course Director in Costa Rica.
Our modern IDC facility includes air condition classroom, with a big screen for all to see and apprehend all information. The relaxed atmosphere enhances your learning abilities with a continues flow of coffee and tea as well as occasional snacks. Our 12 day program ensures every candidate not to just pass the IE but also to be ready to begin your career as a confident PADI Open Water Instructor.
Thanks for visiting the Rich Coast Diving company and allowing our dreams to come true! Rich Coast Diving is the place for an unforgettable diving adventure during your vacation in Central America.
Meet our Staff
Martin Van Gestel
Martin fell in love with Scuba Diving in 1976. His first experience was with a brass helmet and a 80kg suit and led shoes. A lot of things have changed since 1976.
Martin is your PADI Course Director.
Brenda Van Gestel
Brenda van Gestel is the second Course Director at Rich Coast Diving, Brenda loves teaching the Aware program and is able to teach you the manta, turtle, shark and Bull shark specialty. Rich Coast Diving is 100% AWARE
We have the advantage of multilingual Staff qualified to support and help you in Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish and French. You can also count on experienced Staff Instructors available for teaching and sharing dive experience with you during your training.