Diving in the Dominican Republic!
With an average water temperature of 27 C / 80 F, minimal current, and a visibility up to 30 M / 100 ft., our dive sites are perfect beginners and experienced divers.
Located within a short boat ride of 5 to 15 minutes, more than 20 dive sites range from shallow reefs teaming with life, to walls that hold crab and lobster hidden in crevasses. There is even a wreck to explore for the advanced diver!
Our morning dive meets at 09:00 for equipment setup and briefing and our afternoon dive meets at 1:00! We return to the dive center between dives where you can enjoy a delicious meal at our Apres Dive Bar. Enjoy a cocktail while debriefing in the afternoon! Be sure and checkout the menu!
The institution has the approval and follows the Spanish language curriculum of the Dominican Ministry of Education. GKIS is accredited by SACS CASI (Advanced) from United States. The courses studied at the school are valid in all foreign countries in accordance with international treaties to which the Dominican Republic is a party. The English Language program follows the standards from GKIS curriculum, aligned with the Common Core.
The school is constantly upgrading its campus’ infrastructure to acquire the best possible technological resources in order to offer a better quality of service and to provide the best possible preparation for our students.
The unique features of the school include its internationally diverse student, family and stakeholder populations.
In addition, what sets GKIS apart from the other educational opportunities in this area, both private and public, are high expectations for academic competency in both Spanish and English, and attention to the development of character traits such as honesty, responsibility, perseverance, generosity and humility.
Our annual Science Fair includes students in preschool, Elementary, middle and high school. The GKIS small mixed volleyball team participated in a regional tournament in 2014-2015 obtaining many medals.
GKIS led the way in the creation and implementation of a community-wide Annual Spanish Literacy Completion. In this important event more than 15 private and public schools participated. GKIS students were awarded in many positions and with honourable mentions.
Welcome to the International School of Sosua (ISS)!
ISS is a vibrant, multi-cultural school located on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. As soon as you enter the stunning school campus, you will feel comforted by the warm smiles and greetings from students and faculty alike.
ISS is committed to providing our students with an excellent 21st century education in a safe and caring environment. We accomplish this by employing highly skilled and caring professionals who challenge our students through high but attainable expectations. Our curricular and extra-curricular programs provide a rich and robust learning environment that our students thrive in. Our students, and teachers, love coming to school!
At ISS, a strong sense of community is something we very much cherish. As the proverb goes, it takes a village to raise a child and we believe our school community is that village. We greatly encourage collaboration amongst students, teachers, parents and administration and see this collaboration as the foundation to establishing an optimal learning environment.
Whether you are currently a part of our community or are interested in finding out more about our school, you are more than welcome to stop by or get in contact with us.
Mr. Colin Brown
ISLA Philosophy of Learning
1. We want to be happy!
Happiness is a major goal of life and should thus be a major goal of education.
2. We learn by experiencing nature and the world.
The classroom is just one place where we can learn. Children are powerfully affected, cognitively, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually, by their interactions with nature. We sincerely believe that nature is the greatest teacher that inspires creativity and positivity. We do not believe in concrete classrooms, nor that most learning should take place indoors. Indeed, prolonged time in enclosed spaces sealed from the wonder of nature, the beautiful impact of natural light and the warmth that comes from interacting daily with living things, may be detrimental to children’s growth and development.
3. We work best when we work together.
All students, of all ages and abilities, can contribute. Children learn best when they are engaged with others. That is, education is primarily a social experience of different ages, with different capacities and potentialities, providing the full richness of human diversity.
4. We are physically fit. Healthy bodies make for healthy minds.
Being physically healthy is such an important part of living that it must be a central part of education.
5. We always ask, “Why?”
Knowledge must always be accompanied by understanding of its origins and history, thus our teaching will always ask “Why do we know that?” and “How do we have confidence in the truth value of a knowledge claim?”
6. We love all things and we are protectors of the Earth.
Love and caring, two of the most critical of all human emotions, must be cultivated. The capacity to care and love deeply, in different ways and towards different beings, is key to our humanity.
7. We want to understand: ourselves, our world, and our place in it.
Finding meaning in life is not an abstraction, but something we actively assist students in coming to terms with, through both the angst and the wonder of existence.
8. We are a part of the world and we share common experiences with everyone.
Humans are not complete without a spiritual compass and spiritual experiences. These are fundamental aspects of the human experience; it follows then that it must be a central part of education to expose students to a variety of spiritual experiences and traditions, to promote the ethical and moral development and maturation of our students, and to allow students to immerse themselves in full spirituality.
9. We love technology, but we also know it has dangers.
Our students will be skilled users of technology and be keenly aware of its opportunities and pitfalls.
10. We want to do well, now and in the future.
We believe in finding success, on terms that are sustainable and healthy in the long term.
The Emily Watson School of Dance, located in Sosua, offers classes in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Salsa and Dancercise.
Offering classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Hip Hop,Musical Theatre, Merengue, Bachata, Salsa and Dancercise
Welcome to First Steps English Play Group – The First Steps to school without the stress!
First Steps Playgroup aims to be more than a simple ‘daycare center’ but a bridge between home and the “big school”. Our goal is to promote the child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development through play, learning in an effortless way which comes naturally to your child.
We are set in a friendly and welcoming environment, adapted to the young child, in which they can express themselves and develop in their own unique way, at their own pace.
The children are socialized to be ready for the structure of school in a more playful and enjoyable setting.
First Steps playgroup aims to give children unlimited opportunities to develop through imagination, creativity, and play. We set daily activities for the children to learn through games, role play, songs, painting, play dough, music, puzzles, as well as encouraging free play.
Whether your child is an English speaker or not, every session will be 100% in English. We create fun and engaging activities that capture the attention and promote the development of each individual child as a whole, as well as supporting their development of the English language.
Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Join Us For Daily Diving & Snorkeling Trips
in Beautiful Sosua Bay, Dominican Republic
If you are looking for the best lil dive shop in Sosua, look no further! We are number 1 on Trip Advisor and many other sites for a reason. Having 2 fully trained PADI and SSI instructors along with our expert dive masters we are equipped to deal with your every need.
On the North Coast of the Dominican Republic here on Sosúa Bay we are fortunate to have some wonderful and easily accessible dive sites. Whether you are staying in Puerto Plata, Cabarete or Sosúa here in the Dominican Republic, our dive sites are nearby and boast some of the most beautiful soft corals in the Atlantic Ocean. There is also a wide variety of marine life to experience. Diving here in Sosua is easy, safe and full of adventure. Let us pick you up, suit you up and get you into our beautiful bay!
Sosua, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic 57000
Superior Dive Sosua first opened here in Sosua Bay, Dominican Republic in 2010 under the guidance of Chuck & Wendy Ceccarelli. After being closed for a few years we are back under new administration and our aim is clear. To provide our clients with a custom dive experience that keeps them coming back for more.
We are the only dive shop in Sosua that specializes in private PADI Scuba Diver Training Courses & personalized dive trips for certified divers. Let us put together a dive package designed to fit around your schedule. Attention to detail is what we pride ourselves on. No big groups, no rushing around & no hassle.
Learning to dive or continuing your diver education then get private dive training from dive shop owner & PADI IDC Staff Instuctor Luke Charles-Short #289058. Luke is a multiple time winner of the PADI Elite Instructor Award & has been diving since 2000. He has over 7 years teaching experience right here in Sosua Bay. An enthusiast for Scuba Diving in the Dominican Republic he considers Sosua Bay his office.
Don’t compromise on your diver training. Learn to dive with Luke and see why Superior Dive Sosua stands out from the rest of the dive operators in the Dominican Republic.
We aim to provide the best scuba diving and the best diver training in the Dominican Republic. So if you are planning on staying in the Sosua or Cabarete area then come and dive with PADI Dive Resort Superior Dive Sosua and let us get you wet all over.