Our Team 2017-04-17T14:24:47+00:00
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  • Course Directors
  • Divemaster-Instructor
  • IDC Staff Instructors
  • Instructors
  • Andy
    Andy
    Course Director
  • Suzy
    Suzy
    Course Director
  • Bryony
    Bryony
    Staff Instructor
  • Josiah “Juicy”
    Josiah “Juicy”
    Staff Instructor
  • Dani
    Dani
    Head Instructor
  • Jemma
    Jemma
    GoECO Program Lead
  • Scott
    Scott
    GoTEC Program Lead
  • Mary
    Mary
    Head Divemaster
  • Aly
    Aly
    Instructor
  • Sabina
    Sabina
    Instructor
  • Jake
    Jake
    Instructor
  • Doug
    Doug
    Instructor
  • Sam
    Sam
    Instructor
  • Nico
    Nico
    Instructor
  • Dan
    Dan
    Instructor
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!

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.

Josiah “Juicy”
Staff Instructor

Nationality: USA

Instructor Qualifications: PADI Master Instructor, EFR Instructor

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

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.

Dani
Head Instructor

Born in: Honduras

At UDC since: May 2014

Instructor qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties taught: Caribbean Lionfish Containment Diver, Enriched Air (Nitrox), Deep, O2 Provider, Gas Blender, Equipment, Wreck, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Languages: Spanish and English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Stingray Point

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Anywhere in Roatan

Most memorable diving moment: Discovering UV night diving, it was like taking a walk through Tim Burton’s head

About me: Turtles and Chipotle are my life.

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

Aly
Instructor

Born in: United States

At UDC since: Aug 2015

Instructor Qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IAHD-Americas Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties Taught: Deep, Wreck, Enriched Air (Nitrox), Gas Blender, Equipment, 02 Provider, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware

Languages: English & Spanglish (I’m working on it!)

Favorite dive site in Utila: Ted’s Point

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Komodo, Indonesia

Most memorable diving moment: Seeing a whale shark whilst diving here in Utila on the north side!

About me: After learning to scuba dive whilst traveling through SE Asia, I decided to leave my corporate sales job to pursue a full-time career in the dive industry, and I have never looked back! I am an avid lionfish huntress, and happiest searching for tiny macro life especially in sand patches.

Sabina
Instructor

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!

Jake
Instructor

Born in: Winnipeg, Canada

At UDC since: May 2015

Instructor Qualifications: PADI IDC Staff Instructor, Tec Deep/Tec Trimix Instructor, Tec Sidemount Instructor, Closed Circuit Rebreather Instructor

Specialties Taught: Sidemount, Deep, Nitrox, Wreck, Gas Blender, CLCD, IAHD-Americas, 02 Provider, Peak Performance Bouyancy, Project Aware and Project Aware Coral Conservation

Languages: English

Favorite Dive Site in Utila: Airport Caves/Teds West

Favorite Non-Utila Dive Site: Peacock Springs, Florida

Most Memorable Diving Moment: Seeing my computer tick 90m/300ft for the first time, looking around, and realizing just how small we are.

About me: I love the water, a good challenge, teaching, and -now- exploring. Diving, especially Tec/Sidemount/CCR, brings it all together, I haven’t looked back(or up?) since.

Doug
Instructor

Born in: USA

At UDC since: May 2016

Instructor qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diving Trainer, Specialty Instructor, EFR Instructor

Specialties taught: Enriched Air (Nitrox), Deep, Wreck, Gas Blender, Equipment, O2 Provider, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Languages: English

Favorite dive site in Utila: Black Hills

Favorite non-Utila dive site: Chumphon Pinnacle, Thailand

Most memorable diving moment: When a huge pod of bottlenose dolphins decided to join me on a dive. We were completely surrounded by them. Played with us underwater for 15 minutes before heading back off into the blue.

About me: It was always a dream of mine to go diving, and I finally got the chance while living in Southeast Asia. I was hooked from the first dive. If I’m not underwater, you can find me in the forest or high up on a mountain somewhere.

Sam
Instructor

Born in: Scarborough, England

At UDC since: November, 2016

Instructor qualifications: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Specialties taught: PPB, Night, Side Mount, Deep, Drysuit, Navigation, Search And Recovery, Enriched Air, Project Aware, Coral Reef Conservation, Wreck

Languages: English, Scottish, Cornish!

Favorite dive site in Utila: Halliburton Wreck

Favorite dive site outside Utila: Los Narćoticos Wrecks – Gran Canaria

Most memorable diving moment: Taking my farther who has a life long fear of water for a dive In a swimming pool… he even managed to remove and replace his regulator underwater!

About me: I have been an Instructor for 3 years, I love diving in the cold waters of the uk in a dry suit as much as I do here in lovely warm Utila! I am a metal head so give me a wreck and I will be happy for hours!

Nico
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!

Dan
Instructor

Born in: Sydney, Australia

At UDC since: November 2016

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

Specialties taught: Sidemount, Enriched Air/Nitrox, Deep, Wreck, Search and Recovery, O2 Provider, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, Photography, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, Gas Blender

Languages: English (pero estoy aprendiendo español)

Favorite dive site in Utila: Labrynth swim-throughs

Favorite non-Utila dive site: Temple of Doom Cenote, Mexico

Most memorable diving moment: the point where I had to stop counting the turtles and sharks in Sipadan, Malaysia

About me: Travel is my life. I collect fridge magnets. I need a second fridge… and a new hobby.