About BDS


Located 10 minutes by air or 40 minutes by boat from Belize City, Belize Diving Services is the only internationally qualified dive shop on the quaint island of Caye Caulker. The dive shop has a celebrated history. Founded by diving pioneer Paul Heinerth and fellow cave divers in 1978, BDS has hosted the most accomplished divers in the world for more than 30 years. We pride ourselves in offering the best scuba diving instruction and adventure to divers of all levels.

Belize Diving Services offers diving courses from beginner to the highest levels of recreational and technical instruction. We train hundreds of divers annually and Belize Diving Services is the only technical training center in Belize.

Belize Diving Services is an SDI/TDI 5  Star Instructor Training Center and a PADI Dive Center/Resort. A five star SDI/TDI Instructor Training Center is a facility offering all the features of a dive center but which is also able to conduct instructor courses. BDS also is approved by the British Ministry of Defence Centre (MAC) to offer scuba instruction to British armed forces.

Chip and Dani Petersen Chip and Dani Petersen have owned Belize Diving Services since 2009. Since taking the helm, BDS has been featured in the industry’s leading dive magazines and international press. We have been recognized by the Belize Ministry of Education for Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility, been recognized by SDI/TDI as a top-performing facility, and celebrated our 10th year of PADI membership. Check out press and awards here:

Men’s Journal, MJ Approved Travel, January 2013
Sport Diver, June 2012, Dive the Elements in Belize’s Wild Atolls by Tim Neville
Sport Diver, Sept. 2011
Scuba Diving, August 2011