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 during your IDC with UDC you’ll get a rebreather and sidemount try dive. We were nominated and voted winners of PADI Americas and Sport Divers Instructor Development award for best PADI IDC center, no other IDC center worldwide has achieved this for 3 consecutive years, and we’re the real deal, a full service dive center, not a unit in a resort chain, and our center, boats, tanks, training pool, dock and classrooms are all in one convenient location with a dedicated marina and 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 the only 3 Platinum Course Directors in Central America on our staff and have received the Platinum status for 13 consecutive years, no other Course Director or facility in Latin/Central America 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 (shorter for elearners) + 2 day exam
Option 1) Instructor course package (IDC/EFR) includes PADI Instructor course and EFR Instructor course, IDC crewpack, EFR Instructor manual, local reef fees and free PADI O2 Instructor course with total savings of $325. PADI fees are paid separate to PADI but included in quote.
Option 2) Premium Pro Plus package (IDC/EFR/MSDT) includes PADI Instructor course, EFR Instructor course, MSDT prep course with optional internship, IDC crewpack, EFR Instructor manual and MSDT specialty manuals. We also free O2 & PADI/IAHD Adaptive Instructor courses, PADI /Resort Operations Specialty’ training/certification plus ScubaPro Technicians course – savings of $965!!!! PADI fees are paid separate to PADI but included in quote..
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 IAHD 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 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/TrekCATS card – 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 (standard fee for equipment rental apply if needed)
Only facility in Central America with 2 Platinum rated Course Directors
Job placements, proven and successful (We have conducted over 150 IDCs in the last 15 years, we know the region and industry the best)
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; IAHD-Americas, 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 IAHD-Americas ‘Adaptive Teaching’ disabled diver Instructor course, normally worth $350, you just pay the $100 application fee
Premium Pro Plus program – FREE SCUBAPRO Technicians equipment repair course
Additional work shops on Rescue techniques and technical diving
Over 80 dive sites around the island
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!
Andy Phillips M.sc.
PADI Course Director
Instructor qualifications: PADI Resident Course Director, PADI/IANTD Trimix Instructor Trainer, Rebreather Instructor Trainer, DAN Instructor Trainer, NSS-CDS Sidemount Cave Diver, International Yacht Training Instructor Trainer, IAHD-Americas Instructor Trainer
Specialties taught: All except ice and altitude
Favorite dive site in Utila: Whale Rock and Pumpkin Hill Banks
Favorite dive site outside Utila: Darwins Arch, Galapagos!
About me: Happiest when I am underwater on a Monday hearing my watch chime 9am and enjoying the sunset ‘après dive’ with friends and a cold drink!
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.
Suzy Phipps B.sc.
PADI Course Director & Marine Biologist
Instructor qualifications: PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer, IAHD-Americas Instructor Trainer, IYT Diveboat Mate Instructor, IYT Diveboat Coxswain Instructor, DAN Instructor.
Specialties taught: Most of them, favourites being Conservation related and Photography.
Favorite dive site in Utila: Jack Neil Beach, Seahorse hunting!
Favorite dive site outside Utila: HP Reef, Maldives
About me: Happiest with a pair of Sidemount tanks, my camera in my hand and a Seahorse or Nudibranch infront of me.
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. 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);
Gas Blender Nitrox (and Trimix)
Emergency O2 Provider
Equipment (w/ ScubaPro Course)
Search & Recovery
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, IAHD Adaptive Diver Instructor course and the acclaimed ScubaPro Technicians course.
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, IAHD Adaptive Diver Instructor course and the acclaimed ScubaPro Technicians course.
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.
Utila Dive Center is the most advanced professional PADI Career Development Center in the Caribbean with an onsite 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 the ‘International Association of Handicapped Divers– Americas’. We have 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.