Who We Are

Mission Statement


To continuously strive for the highest quality customer service possible, help others to discover, experience, better understand, and protect the marine environment and forge a path to a more sustainable and responsible marine tourism industry that others can follow.

Leading the way

We are extremely proud to say that MAD is now leading the way in the local tourism industry and setting the standards by which high quality service, top notch scuba instruction and environmental and community involvement are being defined. We are especially proud of all our team members. Their eagerness to learn and be part of the solution is exemplary and helps drive our efforts to continuously raise the bar.

MAD ABOUT DIVING opened in 2001 under the name Crocodive and, three years later, the shop became a PADI Dive Resort. Early in 2008 Michel Lavoie, our resident PADI Course Director, got involved. Michel brought with him the highest credentials possible within the PADI system and 20 years of experience. Later that same year, Michel was instrumental in having the dive shop become the first in Osa Peninsula to be awarded the prestigious PADI 5 Star IDC rating.

Michel and Ginette took over in 2009 and brought new vision and direction. The name changed to MAD ABOUT DIVING to reflect their passion for and commitment to scuba diving, diver training, marine protection and conservation and true sustainable tourism.  In 2011 Pablo and Laura joined the MAD team and became the proud owners in 2013.  Michel and Ginette are currently living in Bocas del Toro but are still a part of the MAD family.

Where we are.  We are located 130 meters from the Main entrance to Marino Ballena National Park (commonly known as The Whale’s Tail)

Our location