Our Professional Training Team 2017-10-30T10:08:31+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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Bryony Roberts
Staff Instructor

Instructor qualifications: PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer, IAHD-Americas Instructor, Tec 50 diver

Specialties taught: Sidemount, Digital Underwater Photography, Deep, Wreck, Nitrox, 02 Provider, Dry Suit, Equipment, Search & Recovery, Project Aware Coral Reef Conservation

Favorite dive site in Utila: CJ’s Drop Off

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Hafza Thila, Maldives

About me: Scuba diving enabled me to travel to beautiful places and to experience many amazing adventures. From covering every atol in the Maldives by liveaboard to managing a small eco resort in a remote area in Indonesia, there is always something new to see and experience.

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 2 resident in-house PADI 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.

  • Josiah “Juicy”
    Josiah “Juicy”
    Course Director
  • Jemma
    Jemma
    GoECO Program Lead
  • Sabina
    Sabina
    General Manager
  • Nico
    Nico
    Staff Instructor

 

Our Instructors and support team are multi-lingual and come from cultures as countries and cultures as diverse as the USA, Urugay, the UK, Honduras, Spain, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland, 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
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.

Jemma
GoECO Program Lead

Born in: England

At UDC since: May 2014

Instructor qualifications: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, O2 Provider, Gas Blender, Equipment, IAHD-Americas, PPB, Project AWARE and Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation.

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Black Coral Wall

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Namena Marine Reserve, Fiji

Most memorable diving moment: Spotting a Frogfish in Airport Caves, Utila

About me: “I like well to be in the company of explorers” (J.M.Barrie)

Sabina
General Manager

Born in: Mexico

At UDC since: January 2016

Instructor Qualifications: Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties Taught: Wreck, Deep, Nitrox

Languages: English & Spanish

Favorite Dive Site in Utila: Pumpkin Hills

Favorite Non-Utila Dive Site: Little Stirrup Key, Bahamas

Most Memorable Diving Moment: My very first confined water session

About me: I’m a Mexican who doesn’t like tequila, spicy food or avocado and I worked as an Uber driver for 6 months to save up to become an instructor!

Nico
Staff 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!