GoPro with the most awarded PADI Career Development Center in the Americas with our PADI IDC & MSDT Internships and Amazing Promos, right here, right now!

You only get to train once as a PADI Instructor, so make the right choice with the most reputable PADI Instructor Development Course worldwide. Our professional training has evolved over the last 25+ years to be one of the most sophisticated, comprehensive and technologically up to date programs in the world and with most extensive graduate placement worldwide. During your IDC with UDC you’ll also get a rebreather and sidemount try dive. We’re the real deal, a full service dive center, not a unit in a resort chain, not a pseudo-CDC/hostel with diving as an addendum, and our ownership/management are all active explorers as well as educators so we’re involved in all levels of the dive operation. Our center, boats, tanks, training pool, dock and classrooms are all in one convenient location with a dedicated marina and air/nitrox/trimix gas blending fill station. You won’t need taxis or shuttles to get around Utila and to the dive center. Our team of staff are experienced and expert divers with backgrounds in recreational and technical diving (including rebreathers), who actively teach, dive, and explore new environments each year. We have 2 Platinum Course Directors on our staff and have received the Platinum status for 16 consecutive years, no other facility in the Americas/Caribbean can match this. We’ve committed to environmental conservation with the only Government licensed Coral Nursery on Utila, and by becoming a 100% Project Aware partner and financially support Project Aware every month and all our divers receive a special Aware certification card. Our PADI scuba diving internships, Divemaster, and PADI Instructor courses (PADI IDC) take place in Honduras in one of the most awarded PADI Career Development Centers in the world. We offer you the best training environment in the Bay Islands for you to immerse yourself and learn in, with daily scuba courses and dive trips (which few facilities can match) in the most convenient diving/training/living location.

Course Time: 12 days + 2 day exam

Prerequisites: +18 years old, certified Divemaster, at least 60 logged dives including night, deep, and navigation, and certified diver for at least 6 months.

Next step: If you really want to get a head start and find out what sets UDC apart from the rest of the dive industry, read about our MSDT Prep Program, teach 5 specialties (plus free Adaptive Diving Instructor course plus ScubaPro Technicians course) and earn up to 25 certifications after your PADI Instructor course (approximately 15-25) that you need to reach this rating.

Why Our Instructor Development Course

  • IDC Preparation program- FREE of charge!

  • Worldwide recognized PADI Career Development Center with the most experienced Platinum Course Directors in the Americas – real CDC with real Pro’s not just ‘pseudo titles’!

  • Only PADI Rebreather training facility in Central America- enjoy a free rebreather try dive with the IDC

  • Only PADI CDC facility offering rebreather and trimix technical diving in Central America – learn as you intern!

  • Free Sidemount try dive as well with IDC

  • Complimentary accommodation upon arrival in the Mango Inn hotel

  • Guaranteed group sizes 6:1 more dedicated personal attention

  • Free Instructor course preparation workshops beyond training

  • Free memory stick and workbooks, with intellectual property and training videos, makes your training easier!

  • Discounts on scuba equipment (the only full service retail store on Utila)

  • Additional study and support materials, free of charge, designed to aid your learning development

  • Free WIFI access at dive centre and hotel

  • Global Dive Network – entitles you to reduced rates, and quality dive services at our ‘preferred partners’ in Central America, Asia and Australia

  • Free diving on return visits after completing the DM or MSDT program with us

  • One of the few facilities in the Caribbean with 2 Platinum Rated Course Directors! 

  • Job placements, proven and successful with our Global Placement Network – We have conducted over 200 IDCs in the last 19 years, we know the region and industry the best and have an extensive network of professionals worldwide, no other facility can offer such post-course support!

  • Support tuition in English, Spanish, German & French

  • Guaranteed Pass at the exams or we give another IDC FREE of charge and pay the exams resit – worth up to $1300. 25 year unmatched record (100% pass rate) of training over 2600 professionals with unmatched global job placement network

  • The most diverse range of continuing education options in the Americas; Divers Alert Network courses, International Yacht Training courses, PADI TecRec and Rebreather training, Sidemount diving

  • Premium Pro Plus program – Free Instructor Internship, assist 5 courses as an Instructor, earn up to 25 certifications, no one else in the Americas can offer such a credible, guaranteed and reliable program, as they don’t schedule and certify as many students as UDC!

  • Premium Pro Plus Program – Free PADI ‘Adaptive Teaching’ disabled diver Instructor course, normally worth $200, you just pay the $72 application fee

  • Premium Pro Plus program – FREE SCUBAPRO Technicians equipment repair course, worth $175!

  • Premium Pro Plus program – Marina & Resort Operations Specialty included with our IDC/EFR/MSDT program.  Gain additional logistical experience interning through our facility, marina/boat operations and air-fill/blending station and enhance your resume and experience.  Many resorts worldwide will value this experience and qualification!

  • Additional work shops on Rescue techniques and technical diving

  • Over 80 dive sites around the island

  • Lunch buffets

  • Reduced rates on our International Yacht Training’ programs

  • A lot of fun loving people, come and find out why…

  • Dedicated Government licensed Coral Nursery!

We provide quality training, in a professional yet fun atmosphere, and with unsurpassed support during and after your course. Through our extensive global network of dive professionals, we provide job placements and career assistance.

Amazing Promotions & Offers with our PADI Instructor Courses
We have 5 amazing offers for candidates who want to GoPro with the most awarded PADI Career Development Center and team in the Americas, and for all bookings taken online (limited availability per month) see what we are offering in addition to all the other unbeatable benefits and value of training with Utila Dive Centre:
Meet our Instructor Development Team – Worldwide experienced and the regions most qualified Trainers and Mentors, because to be the best you need to learn from the best!


Josiah Mackin
Course Director

Instructor Qualifications: PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor, IAHD-Americas Instructor Trainer

Specialties Taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Lionfish Containment, 02, Gas Blender, PPB, Digital Imaging, Navigation, Fish ID 

Favorite Site in Utila: Deep Tarp

Favorite Non-Utila Site: Teluk Kembahu, Lembeh Straight, Indonesia

About me: I love to teach diving, big sharks, cave diving, Guiness and cheese! Pretty much sums it up.

MSDT Preparation Program

Also, if you really want to get a head start and find out what sets UDC apart from the rest of the dive industry, read about our ‘MSDT prep program. Get a head start on your dive career – teach 5 specialties and earn up to 25 certifications after your PADI Instructor course’.  Our MSDT internship allows you shadow our experienced Instructors on courses from Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and even our award winning Divemaster program, so you’ll be more than just certified, but ready to teach to the highest standards and proficiency.  During our internship in UDC you’ll learn a wide variety of logisitcal and operational skills with up to 4-5 boat trips daily, multiple classes of all levels being taught daily, plus specialized training in ecology, tec diving and rebreathers taking place, as well as regular fun diving trips, and you’ll earn certification with our ‘Marina & Resort Operations Specialty’ further distinguishing your resume/CV.  There’s no other internship or facility in the region that covers such a wide variety of courses, specialized types of diving, exposure to operations and logistics, variety of clientele from backpackers to high end professionals, fun divers to tec explorers, and regular students seeking training for you to assist with.

As part of our Premium Pro Plus program (IDC/EFR/MSDT) choose from our Specialty Instructor Courses (Note our top 8 preferred choices are in demand and really set you apart and require our specialized instruction, all other choices can often be applied for based on your own direct experience at a later date);

  • Enriched Air

  • Wreck

  • Gas Blender Nitrox (and Trimix)

  • Emergency O2 Provider

  • Equipment (w/ ScubaPro Course)

  • Sidemount Diver

  • Digital Photography

  • Adaptive Diver

  • Deep

  • Night

  • Naturalist

  • Search & Recovery

  • Navigation

  • Videography

Give your career a head start with our Pro Plus options:
Premium Pro Plus

Our ‘Premium Pro Plus’ program includes the PADI Instructor Development Course, Emergency First Response Instructor and Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation program with the most advanced range of specialty choices in the Caribbean/Latin America. With this package our online promos also include a free PADI O2 Instructor course, PADI Adaptive Diver Instructor course, the acclaimed ScubaPro Technicians course and our ‘Marina & Resort Operations Specialty’.

Includes initial arrival accommodation in Mango Inn hotel, 2 months fees, log book, course manuals, Instructor course IDC crew pack, EFR Instructor manual, Rescue pocket mask, RDP’s (Table and E-RDP ML) and Specialty Instructor manual and MSDT individual specialty course manuals

Platinum  Pro Plus

Our Platinum Pro Plus package includes the PADI Instructor Development Course, Emergency First Response Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer through to IDC Staff Instructor. With this package our online promos also include a free PADI O2 Instructor course, PADI Adaptive Diver Instructor course, the acclaimed ScubaPro Technicians course and our ‘Marina & Resort Operations Specialty’.


Includes initial arrival accommodation in Mango Inn hotel, 6 months fees, log book, course manual, Instructor course IDC crew pack, EFR Instructor manual, Rescue pocket mask, RDP’s (Table and E-RDP ML) and Specialty Instructor manual and MSDT individual specialty course manuals and PADI Course Director manual with IDC Staff evaluation slates.

Our Facilities

Utila Dive Center is the most advanced professional PADI Career Development Center in the Caribbean with a dedicated nitrox and trimix gas blending facility, offering technical and rebreather training, and we’re the only authorised ScubaPro Technician training center in the Caribbean/Central America.  As well as offering the full range of PADI courses, we can also offer courses with the ‘Divers Alert Network’, ‘International Yacht Training’ and Adaptive/Disabled Diver courses.  We have a dedicated marina location and a fleet of 5 boats which allows our IDC course their own personal boat as well as an increased amount of opportunity to go fun-diving when you can prior to the IDC, and each boat is spacious and fully stocked with all you could possibly need while diving. We have large equipment rooms where you can store all your diving gear safely and personal lockers. If you’re also in need of a particular piece of equipment, we manage a large inventory of scuba gear that is sure to fit whatever you may need as well as having a full-time technician available to assist you in the maintenance and repair of your own equipment. The classrooms and conference rooms at UDC and the Mango Inn are spacious and modern, have A/C and are fully stocked with a reference library and wireless internet access to make your scuba Instructor course comfortable and productive. Our presentations are given on widescreen TVs and an LCD projector display with tablets and the latest in PADI digital products. Outside the classroom you are surrounded by luscious gardens with accommodation, freshwater training pool, and restaurant a few steps away. The tranquil gardens of the Mango Inn are the perfect location in this tropical paradise for a low stress learning environment, and you are no more than a 10 minute walk from where you may be staying whilst on Utila.

Contact Us

Call us at +1 619 304 8740 for a personal discussion about your professional training goals, specific course prices, requirements and other questions, or e-mail us at

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