As diving continues to become more popular  and more candidates enter the field professionally as PADI Divemasters or Instructors, the need to set yourself apart in specialized fields has never been greater. At UDC , we recognize this and are proud to offer a brand new, innovative and cutting edge training program that results in certifications as a PADI Resort Operations Specialist.

The course has been designed to complement the curriculum and practical workshops of PADI Divemaster and Instructor Development courses and give further practical experience and formal training in the marina and resort operations of a dive resort and in unique to Utila Dive Center as we can offer practical training in our extensive facility, through the dive centre, hotel and marine and dock area. The course has been developed around a series of practical workshops and training sessions and appeals to:

  • Recently qualified PADI Instructors to gain additional training and experience in a marina and resort setting, including our dock area with fleet of 5 boats, generator, air fill and gas blending station and experience using customer relationship management software and using PADI Online Processing Center.

  • Certified PADI Instructors trained in store/landlocked based locations to gain training and experience in a marina and resort setting of a dive operation.

  • PADI Divemasters in training to gain additional experience and training, specific to marina and resort based operations.

  • Certified PADI Divemasters trained in store/landlocked based locations to gain training and experience in a resort setting of a dive operation, including our dock area, generator, air fill and gas blending station.

The specialty comprises a wide variety of operations driven tasks that are all crucial to a dive facility/resort’s success and the development of these skills and knowledge will make you a flexible and resourceful asset to any dive operation!

You’ll focus on understanding security and safety hazards specific with dive faciltiies (hyrdrostatic testing, air compressor maintanence and troubleshooting) as well as dive boat vessel trip and logistics training where you’ll get a deeper understanding of what goes on behind the scenes of a resort diving operation.

You’ll gain valuable practical experience working in our marina and dive center our dock area, generator, air fill and gas blending station.

Aside from the land/dock training, you’ll also get an in-depth look into surface supervision of divers – including a look into the supervision and monitoring of technical and rebreather divers.

The program will also expose you to the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) side of our business, understanding the different tools and software that adminstrators and managers use to run a dive facility, as well as some practical training with the variety of different online resources and tools that PADI offers Dive Professionals around the world.

We are proud to present the newest addition to the Utila Dive Center campus, the UDC Marina! This facility was designed to enhance our dive operations and facility, and to provide additional training opportunities for our PADI Divemaster and Instructor candidates.

Our Resort Operations Specialty is PADI approved and results in certification as a PADI Resort Operations Specialist and our marina, dive center and fleet of 5 vessels provides the perfect and most advanced training opportunity to develop not only as a PADI professional, but as a knowledgeable and experienced dive facility operator. Learn the operations of a marina where 5 vessels are maneuvering and docking, air fills to a bank, direct to tanks, and also with our whip system that fills directly onto the boats themselves.

Our marina also has a Cummings 85kw generator to power as a back-up, in the event of island power outages, and 2 Bauer compressors that fill to an air bank. A docking area for our 5 boats with a boat lift/covered maintenance station to remove boats from the water for maintenance.

Stand out with the PADI Resort Operations Specialty on your resume and get real training with Utila Dive Center, more than just a certification!