About BDS

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 PetersenChip 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



Owner and Instructor Trainer

Qualifications: SDI/TDI Instructor Trainer able to train instructors in more than 30 different disciplines, such as Open Water Instructor, Decompression Procedures Instructor, Trimix Instructor, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Megalodon Rebreather (CCR) diver, CCR Diver for all levels including overhead environments and custom sidemount CCR, DPV Cave Diver, Lifetime Member and diver for NSS-CDS with Cave and DPV Cave endorsements. Founder of Belize Cave Diving Society Ltd. Member BTIA, Belize Tourism Board Licensed Tour Operator. Scuba instructor since 2004. Expedition level diver for archeological and marine research expeditions. BA in History and English, University of Colorado at Boulder. Dual citizenship, US and Belizean National as of 2013.




Qualifications: SDI Instructor, PADI Instructor, TDI Advanced Nitrox Diver, TDI Megalodon CCR Diver, Studied Culinary Arts at Sinclair Community College, Ohio, Colorado Mountain College



Owner, Personnel Manager, Instructor, and Captain

Qualifications: SDI Instructor, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT). Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Certified Tour Guide since 2001. POB Qualified Captain for boats up to 65 ft. Member Caye Caulker Tour Guide Association. Bo has worked almost every job in the shop and has taught more than 1,500 people to scuba dive. He has been working at Belize Diving Services since 1999.