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.

  • Mike
    Mike
    Instructor
  • Duncan
    Duncan
    Head Instructor
  • Josiah “Juicy”
    Josiah “Juicy”
    Course Director
  • Jemma
    Jemma
    GoECO Program Lead
  • Scott
    Scott
    GoTEC Program Lead
  • 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, 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
Mike
Instructor

Born in: England

At UDC since: December 2018

Instructor qualifications: PADI Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Equipment, O2 Provider, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Protect Aware, T

Languages: English, Bad English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Pinnacle

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Bushy East, The Maldives

Most memorable diving moment: Dropping into the blue on the outer reef of the Great Barrier Reef

Duncan
Head Instructor

Born in: United Kingdom

At UDC since: May 2017

Instructor qualifications: PADI MSDT, EFR Instructor

Specialties taught: Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Equipment, O2 Provider, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Protect Aware, Tec Rec Gas Blender, Fish ID, Boat, Digital Underwater Photography, Drift, Dry Suit, Naturalist, Navigation, Night,

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Labyrinth

Favorite dive site outside Utila: The Manacles in Cornwall UK

Most memorable diving moment: First time diving with a whale shark – amazing day at the office!

About me: From my first breath underwater I was hooked. Love showing the next generation how to dive and respect the oceans. Can be found at sunset cleaning the rinse bins enjoying a cold beer.

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)

Scott
GoTEC Program Lead

Born in: England

At UDC since: May 2014

Instructor qualifications: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Tec Trimix Diver Instructor, Tec Deep Instructor, Tec Sidemount Instructor, IAHD-Americas Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties taught: Deep, Nitrox, Sidemount, Wreck, Gas Blender, Peak Performance Buoyancy, 02 Provider, Caribbean Lionfish Containment, Equipment, Project Aware and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation.

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: CJ’s Drop Off

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Namena, Fiji

Most memorable diving moment: Descending down to 90m/300ft at CJs Drop Off, looking back up the wall and seeing it disappear above us.

About me: Love deep diving with multiple tanks and catching lots of lionfish for ceviche!

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!