Our Professional Training Team 2018-10-30T15:31:47+00:00
Meet your Professional Training Team
 Instructor Development Team 

 Region’s most Qualified and Experienced Team – 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!

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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.

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.

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Your Divemaster Mentors

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Though PADI requires that an Instructor holds the bare minimum rating of ‘Open Water Scuba Instructor’ in order to train Divemasters, at Utila Dive Centre our Instructors have to be at least an ‘IDC Staff Instructor’ in order to train a Divemaster. This means your tuition will come from Instructors that train Instructors and Assistant Instructors. Our staff have received recognition from PADI for their teaching efforts and numerous ‘certificates of excellence’.

Our 3 resident in-house PADI ‘Platinum’ Course Directors (the highest Instructor rating) personally oversee all of our professional training programs and closely work with our Instructor team in a dynamic fashion, so our courses are constantly evolving and improving, the end result being a better trained dive professional.

  • Katrina
    Katrina
    Divemaster Mentor
  • Logan
    Logan
    Divemaster Mentor
  • Mathieu
    Mathieu
    Divemaster Mentor
  • Josiah “Juicy”
    Josiah “Juicy”
    Course Director
  • Nico
    Nico
    Master Instructor

 

Our Instructors and support team are multi-lingual and come from cultures as countries and cultures as diverse as the USA, Chile, the UK, Honduras, Spain and France, with world-wide diving experience. This gives us a unique advantage in making our internships much more real-world, rather than boring you with too much traditional academics and allows you to draw and learn from years of diverse teaching experience.

Meet the Team
Katrina
Divemaster Mentor

Born in: Malta U.K.

At UDC since: October 2017

Instructor qualifications: PADI Staff Instructor

Specialties taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Night, Underwater Naturalist, O2 Provider, Aware Underwater Reef Clean,

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Sting Ray point & Black Hills & Table Top

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Mike’s Point Raja Ampat

Most memorable diving moment: Being hooked on a reef hook underneath 2 opposing shark tornadoes during tide change – stunningly fabulous!

About me: Diving has made my soul sing since the first time I blew bubbles during my OW in the Maldives. My passion for ocean conservation, sustainability and all things marine, drives me to pass on the immense fun that is diving, along with a healthy respect and Sense of care to all things oceanic and it’s critical link to our lives and very existence. I love a quiet G&T at the end of the day on the UDC dock as the sun sets, reflecting both the rose light off the sea and my thoughts back at me.

Logan
Divemaster Mentor

Born in: Canada

At UDC since: Dec 2017

Instructor qualifications: PADI Staff Instructor

Specialties taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Equipment, O2 Provider, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Protect Aware, Tec Rec Gas Blender, Fish ID

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Sturch’s Bank

About me: On Wednesdays we wear pink.

Mathieu
Divemaster Mentor

Born in: France

At UDC since: Dec 2017

Instructor qualifications: PADI Staff Instructor

Specialties taught: Deep, Nitrox, Night, Wreck, equipment specialist, TecRec Trimix Blender, O2 provider, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Coral Reef conservation, Project AWARE

Languages: French, English and Picking up Spanish!

Favorite dive site in Utila: Pinnacle

Favorite dive site outside Utila: So many !! Manta Point, Nusa Penida / B17 Bomber, Calvi, Corsica / Cenote Siete Bocas, Mexico …

About me: I am for SCUBA!

Josiah “Juicy”
Course Director

Nationality: USA

Instructor Qualifications: PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer

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

Teaching Languages: English & Utilian

Favorite Site in Utila: Deep Tarp

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

Most Memorable Diving Moment: Doing the Beqa Shark dive in Fiji with my dad.

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

Nico
Master Instructor

Born in: Chile

At UDC since: February 2016

Instructor qualifications: PADI MSDT, IAHD-Americas Instructor

Specialties taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Equipment, O2 Provider, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Protect Aware, Tec Rec Gas Blender

Languages: Spanish and English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Aquarium

Favorite dive site outside Utila: T3, Perhentians islands, Malaysia

Most memorable diving moment: Wreck diving in Chile with a Sea Lion!!

About me: Talk to me about diving, music, travelling, photography and we’ll be friends!