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!


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
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.


Your Divemaster Mentors


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.

  • Katrina
    Divemaster Mentor
  • Logan
    Divemaster Mentor
  • Mathieu
    Divemaster Mentor
  • Josiah “Juicy”
    Josiah “Juicy”
    Course Director
  • Nico
    Master 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