Our Team 2017-04-17T14:24:47+00:00
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  • Course Directors
  • Divemaster-Instructor
  • IDC
  • IDC Staff Instructors
  • Instructors
  • Program Leads
  • Josue
    Josue
    GoCCR Program Lead
  • Teresa
    Teresa
    Instructor
  • Matt
    Matt
    Instructor
  • Duncan
    Duncan
    Head Instructor
  • Andy
    Andy
    Course Director
  • Josiah “Juicy”
    Josiah “Juicy”
    Course Director
  • Suzy
    Suzy
    Course Director
  • Bryony
    Bryony
    Staff Instructor
  • Jemma
    Jemma
    GoECO Program Lead
  • Scott
    Scott
    GoTEC Program Lead
  • Mary
    Mary
    Head Divemaster
  • Sabina
    Sabina
    General Manager
  • Nico
    Nico
    Staff Instructor
Josue
GoCCR Program Lead

Born in: Guatemala

At UDC since: October 2016

Instructor qualifications: PADI MSDT, EFR Instructor, Rebreather Instructor, Tec Instructor, 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: Labyrinth

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Cenote El Pit, Tulum Mexico

Most memorable diving moment: Diving in a random seamount in the Pacific with a school of hammer heads

About me: Love diving with Closer Circuit Rebreathers and deep dives. Talk to me and we’ll laugh.

Teresa
Instructor

Born in: Denmark

At UDC since: December 2016

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, Sidemount

Languages: Danish, English, Bad English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Pretty Bush

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

About me: I tend to speak 5 different English accents in one sentence, most of the time without realizing.

Matt
Instructor

Born in: Canada, Eh

At UDC since: February 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, Caribbean Lionfish Containment Diver

Languages: English and Klingon

Favorite dive site in Utila: Blackish Point

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Widowmakers Cave, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Most memorable diving moment: Diving with a whale shark

About me: I have an undying love for my country, but it is just way too cold for my liking. I spent most of my adult life planning and bailing on a backpacking trip around Europe and never actually thought it would happen… luckily for me my opportunity came and I haven’t looked back since. I spent 3 incredible months travelling and it was there that I decided to come to Utila, changed my life completely. I do not think I will ever live in Canada full-time again but cannot wait to visit my friends and family again. Hi mom!

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.

Andy
Course Director

Born in: Scotland

At UDC since: As long as I can remember (circa 2000)

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, Beautiful Oceans Science Instructor Trainer

Specialties taught: All except ice and altitude

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Whale Rock and Pumpkin Hill Banks

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Darwins Arch, Galapagos!

Most memorable diving moment: Won’t say!

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!

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.

Suzy
Course Director

Born in: England

At UDC since: 2010

Instructor qualifications: PADI Course Director, EFR Instructor Trainer, Beautiful Oceans 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.

Languages: English and some Spanish

Favorite dive site in Utila: Jack Neil Beach, Seahorse hunting!

Favorite dive site outside Utila: HP Reef, Maldives

Most memorable diving moment: Manta cleaning station the Maldives….. 20 Mantas Rays cruising over my head for an hour, lining up waiting to be cleaned like Jumbo jets coming in to land!

About me: Happiest with a pair of Sidemount tanks, my camera in my hand and a Seahorse or Nudibranch infront of me.

Bryony
Staff Instructor

Born in: Scotland

At UDC since: June 2016

Instructor qualifications: PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor Trainer, IAHD-Americas Instructor

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

Languages: English, Spanish, German & Dutch

Favorite dive site in Utila: CJ’s Drop Off

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Hafza Thila, Maldives

Most memorable diving moment: My 1st ever breath underwater in Greece doing a DSD with my dad. I had never even considered diving – nearly 12 years after and I can’t imagine doing anything else than scuba diving.

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.

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!

Mary
Head Divemaster

Born in: England

At UDC since: January 2014

Instructor qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Specialties taught: Wreck, Search & Recovery, Nitrox, Deep, DUP, O2

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Red Cliff

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Zenobia

About me: I like diving

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!