GoPro IDC Mexico

“When one man, for whatever reason, has the opportunity to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself.”

– Jacques Cousteau –



Dates for 2024



Contact our PADI Course Director Walter Schmit

+52 984 806-4797





Our PADI 5* Dive Center in Bayahibe/ Dominican Republic just became an Instructor Development Center! The first course started on Sep 21, 2022, under PADI Course Director Benjamin. Stay tuned for future announcements on upcoming programs!


✓ Caribbean’s leading PADI CDC

✓ Internship opportunties

✓ Multi-award winning PADI 5* Dive Resorts

✓ Over 20 years of experience

✓ Environmental Ambassadors

✓ Renowned for excellent quality & service

✓ World-class diving experiences


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About Pro Dive International's PADI CDCOne of the leading PADI Career Development Centers in the Caribbean

With currently 14 PADI 5-Star Dive Centers in Mexico and 4 in the Dominican Republic, Pro Dive International is one of the largest scuba diving operators in the Caribbean.

As official dive and water sports service provider of four and five star hotels along the Riviera Maya, Cancun and Cozumel in Mexico, Pro Dive offers a broad portfolio of dive and snorkeling experiences, as well as scuba courses.

We aim to keep the industry benchmark high by training our instructors in-house, provide them with our in-depth knowledge, greatest expertise, hands-on practice, and highest standards to give them a real chance of employment within the company after successful completion of their Instructor Development Course.

Pro Dive International enjoys a reputation as the premier provider of both recreational and  professional PADI training in the Caribbean and stands for safety and excellence.

The PADI 5 Star Career Development Center (CDC) is awarded to PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centers (IDC) that dedicate their businesses to the professional development beyond regular instructor training, from which the dive industry largely benefits.

Go Pro & have the fun of your life!




+52 984 806-4797


Packages & OffersJoin Pro Dive's next IDC!

DISCOUNTS (Conditions apply)

  • 10% OFF IDC or Divemaster Package 
  • 15% OFF IDC or DM for COUPLES
  • 25% OFF MSDT Prep./ Specialty Instructor Training with 6 Specialties (Deep, EAN, Night, Drift, Wreck, Emergency O2 provider)



♥ Full 20-day program, including 3 days IDC prep incl. dive theory, skill review

♥ 1-1 counseling, mock exams

♥ 5 PADI Specialty Instructor courses, such as Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty

NEW: PADI Bull Shark Diver distinctive specialty!

♥ Cenotes dive 

♥ Open water dives & practices

♥ TEC diving workshop

♥ Visit of a hyperbaric chamber

♥ EFR Instructor course

♥ DAN workshop

♥ REAL employment opportunities



HANDS-ON INTERNSHIP opportunity after successful completion in a busy resort operation on the Riviera Maya and/or Cozumel (subject to availability).

AMAZING DISCOUNTS for our GoPRO Candidates on purchasing your own SCUBAPRO Diving Equipment.


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Your PADI Course DirectorWalter Schmit - Over 20 years of pro diving experience 

The passion for diving has led Walter’s life since 2001, when he became a diver in his native land of Puerto Madryn, Patagonia, Argentina.

Walter started his pro career in Spain and the Canary Islands, where he got his first taste of technical diving and rebreather diving. Wanting to live the dream life that diving instructors can supposedly have, he explored the world as a PADI MSDT, gaining experience in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic and Honduras on the island of Roatan, moving after to Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, the Philippines, Greece and most recently India over the last 12 years, certifying divers in recreational and technical diving and achieving the PADI Gold Course Director rating for 4 consecutive years. 

Walter staffed some of the most talented Course Directors to become himself one in 2019. He trained in technical diving with record-holding divers and attained his Tec Instructor Trainer rating, and continued learning with a mCCR rebreather and mCCR Trimix course this year. His passion for learning about diving equals his love of sharing his knowledge. 

Mexico is one of the top diving destinations in the world for diving, and according to Walter one of the best training locations. He is thrilled to be joining the team at Pro Dive and bringing his knowledge of teaching and diving to the company’s award winning PADI CDC.

With close to 10,000 dives, over 2,000 students spread over all continents, Walter has worked in the Maldives, on liveaboards in Thailand, in Lombok’s Gili islands, with the Thresher Sharks of the Philippines’ Malapascua, and will be sure to share anecdotes of his experiences if you are curious and ask him. 

His friendly smile and joyful personality will make you feel right at ease, to relax, enjoy, and learn about diving. Now is the time for him to teach about Pro Dive’s diving, and he will offer professional diving courses like DMC, assistant instructor, OWSI, staff instructor, and a wide range of specialties, technical diving and technical instructors options.


Walter’s Philosophy 

“Make it real”, says Walter with a big, determined smile on his face. “I teach instructors to be ready for real life situations, using my comprehensive experience as an active dive instructor for over fifteen years to train my candidates and prepare them for their own students. Having worked on four different continents and in different oceans, exposed to the most diverse scenarios, means that my mind is full of examples that wait to be shared with my students. I believe that sharing those stories will help my candidates understand what can happen and prepare them for their own future students and how to use the standards.”


Walter offers packages and instructor development within Pro Dive’s GoPro IDC Mexico, and teaches in English and Spanish, and French and German assisted by his wife Dorianne. He’s looking forward to sharing his passion, experience and knowledge with you, and to turning you into a world-class Divemaster or Instructor.

Go Pro with Pro Dive in Mexico! Get in touch with PADI Course Director Walter and reserve your spot today at, or complete the contact form, or call +52 984 806-4797!


Housing & LogisticsUseful information

Housing – Where will I live?

Playa del Carmen offers an infinite number of options, from luxury hotels and apartments to room-sharing hostels and Airbnb’s. We recommend you to choose an accommodation located within a short bicycle ride from our IDC training facilities in Playacar. 

IDC Training – Where will I study?

Our IDC classroom is located in the heart of the Allegro Playacar 4* hotel, past gardens, tennis courts and swimming pools. The large main pool on the beach with its bridge and stunning ocean views will make your pool training even more rewarding. The classroom itself is spacious, air-conditioned, and features a coffee-machine and cookies, for a refreshing start to your day.

IDC Dives – Where will I dive?

Apart from the pool dives at the Allegro Playacar, you will discover some of Pro Dive’s other PADI 5-Star Dive Centers, such as our base next door at the luxurious, adult-only Royal Hideaway Playacar. Here, we will store and set up our gear, hold dive briefings, depart by boat for our ocean dives and bull shark encounters (season November-March), leave by van to dive in the famous cenotes, among other. For our dives in Cozumel, we will take the ferry and van to one of our dive centers on the island.

IDC logistics – Where will I eat?

During your IDC, we will hand you some food coupons to join our staff at the hotel staff cafeteria. Furthermore, you will be able to fully indulge in the delicious local Mexican food and have friendly chats while eating tacos. Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or concerns.