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Everything about the course exceeded my expectations and I really felt that you put us first in everything. Thank you for that. It is getting rare these days to actually feel that the customer comes first.
There is a difference with Utila Dive Centre, come find out!!!!
What better way to start the year and a professional dive career for our May PADI IDC candidates and congratulations to all our PADI Scuba Instructor candidates and IDC staff instructor candidates from Utila, at the completion of the PADI Instructor Exams on Utila celebrating another 100% pass rate and continuing our outstanding and unmatched success from 2012, 2011 and 2010.
Once again our candidates excelled from our dedicated personalised Instruction, and showed there is a difference with the preparation work and training by our GoPro staff, PADI Course Directors Andy Phillips, Jhair Herrera and Course Director/Marine Biologist Suzy Phipps and IDC Staff Instructors Oriol Pares, Mary Peter and Sarah Pulitzer who excelled in preparing and training our Instructor candidates who came from afar as the UK, the USA, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Switzerland, Argentina, Russia and locally Honduras, and seeing them through one of the best chapters in their dive careers and with a lot of fun along the way!
If you'd like to learn more about a professional dive career as either a PADI Divemaster or Instructor on Utila, please contact PADI Course Director Andy Phillips on email@example.com for more information, so make your life mean something and join one of our next IDC's!!!!!!
Our 2013 Instructor course schedule is also available for download.
Get your Summer 2013 off to the best start ever by becoming a PADI Instructor with our upcoming IDCs held on Utila, Honduras. If you are a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) then you can enroll in one of our upcoming PADI IDCs. All our PADI IDC's in 2012 ended in an unmatched 100% pass at the exams and our first IDC's of 2013 in January, February, March and April ended with another 100% pass and our May IDC fully booked up and has got off to a great start. If you are a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) then you can enrol in our next scheduled PADI Instructor course for 2013 and make your summer start on a high note. Our next PADI IDC will run from June 5th (8th for E-learning option) to 16th with exams 18th/19th then our July Instructor course runs from the 3rd (6th for E-learning option) to 14th with exams 16th/17th. For further dates on the Instructor course our 2013 Instructor course schedule is now available for download, and prerequisite training if needed can be scheduled beforehand in a convenient package.
The new PADI Instructor course E-learning option allows candidates who are time-constrained to study a portion of the course online and then arrive 3 days after our classroom start date (on the Saturday) to join in the program. Please contact us to learn more about the convenience of this option and to join today.
There's never been a better time to become a PADI Instructor, with a booming dive industry through Central America and the Caribbean from Mexico to Panama, with a demand for PADI Scuba Instructors to work the upcoming 2013 season. Make your year start on a high note and mean something: join us for the most exciting and dynamic PADI Instructor training in Central America and check our dedicated GoPro Utila website for our amazing GoPro 3.0 2013 promotions. Arrive early for our free diving and preparation program, please 'Contact Us' for more information and read on to find out what makes our program and staff the most chosen and awarded in Central America.
Congratulations to Marina Rodriguez and Milady Nazar who win a scuba diving course and accommodation with us from our Facebook sweepstakes competition!
Smiles at the graduation of the first International Yacht Training program conducted on Utila!!!! More amazing reasons to visit, dive and train with us, the world really is your Ocean now!
This year UDC's PADI Divemaster and Instructor training has raised the game once more and we're expanding our amazing and comprehensive curriculum and course offerings and partnering with International Yacht Training (IYT) to offer the Dive Boat Mate and Coxswain/Captains programs. The IYT professionally recognized boating qualifications are specifically targeted to meet the needs of the scuba diving industry and to develop PADI professionals maritime knowledge and skills including practical boat driving experience. The Dive boat Mate courses were introduced due to demand from the diving industry and cover components relating to health, safety, engineering, legal and competency aspects that are required to safely operate such a boat.
The IYT/PADI Dive Boat Mate is being offered and scheduled in conjunction with our PADI Divemaster and MSDT internships, and for already certified PADI Divemaster and Instructors these courses can be offered as a stand alone program. We will be offering training all year round for the Dive Boat Mate course with a start date of the first week of each month and e-learning is completed independently though supported with our Instructors remedial training. The course allows our PADI pro's to start tendering and driving boats as second command, logging sea time and once an individual has completed 180 days (4 hours = 1 day) of sea time, as dive boat crew, they are eligible to take the IYT Coxswain Boat Captains course, which we also offer at Utila Dive Centre.
The Captains & Coxswains license will be offered each quarter and candidates will be able to take this course once they have completed 180 days of sea time, as crew, will be able to complete their Captains license.
For candidates who are training to become PADI Instructors with us on our MSDT program, there is also the option to qualify as an IYT/PADI Dive Boat Mate Instructor, thereby increasing your own employment prospects and that of the future PADI Divemasters you train, and increasing your earnings potential and own maritime teaching experience.
Please see the following sections for more information on the IYT training and courses offered at Utila Dive Centre;
There's never been a better time to train as a PADI Divemaster or Scuba Instructor, with a growing dive industry worldwide, but also in recent years the expansion and growth of the yachting industry and recreational superyachts, makes this the perfect compliment to enhance your dive training and employability in dive resorts, and on day boats, liveaboard vessels and superyachts worldwide. Utila Dive Centre is the perfect facility to gain this experience and training, with a fleet of 6 licensed vessels for carrying passengers and dive crew, and with our own on-site docking area, bay and harbour for practice maneuvers, and dive trips scheduled every day to dive sites with mooring posts, and with drift dives, this is the perfect facility and location to gain experience and a maritime certification.
Contact us for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org and book early as we have very limited spaces on these programs each month/quarter (just 8 places each month for every IYT Dive Boat Mate course and 8 places each Quarter for IYT Captain/Coxswains course).
For divers interested in technical diving, and qualifying as PADI Tec Deep divers, then we have both diver and Instructor level courses scheduled for July and we recommend an early reservation as as our February courses fully booked up and there are only 4 spaces for this program. There are 3 different levels of training within the PADI Tec deep diver program, Tec 40, 45 and 50, and all 3 modules can be taken together to qualify as a PADI Tec Deep diver, allowing you to dive to depths of 165ft/50 meters, using up to 100% Oxygen for accelerated decompression. The complete Tec Deep training takes 9 days and has a course fee of $1350 and $50 manual, and $3 a day reef fee. For PADI Instructors there is also the option to take our 6 day PADI Tec Deep Instructor course and after auditing one Tec Deep component (4 days and $350) and upon meeting the 25 decompression dive requirement, can then offer training in all 3 Tec modules. The Tec Deep Instructor course costs $1200 and $3 a day reef fees, plus $70 Instructor manual and a PADI application fee of $56.
All training can be done on sidemount and backmount, and is offered through the Utila Dive Centre in the Bay Islands of Honduras, and with our fringing reef systems, deep walls, and water temps of 26-28c/78-84f, and visibility of 20-30 meters/70-100 feet, make Utila a great choice in the Caribbean for technical diver training. We have strict class sizes of for our technical programs. The diver level training can be offered immediately before our July 14th Tec Deep and July 20th Trimix Instructor programs. For more information on our technical diver training please visit our tec diving section of this website and contact us for specific course information.
Congratulations to Juliette Bal, our monthly GoPro camera winner in October, above with Utila Dive Centre Divemaster Instructor 'Declan Dowdall'. Juliette has shown outstanding commitment to her professional training and the environment with outstanding dive skills and role-modeling, plus raised awareness of the beautiful island of Utila and UDC with regular Facebook posts and social media updates, and you can read Juliettes blog here. Juliette completed her PADI Divemaster course with us in December and aced the course and is now off traveling Central America and will be updatng her blog with some great photos with her new camera. One of our previous winners Drew Roberts had a lot of fun doing it too, as you can see from his video below, and we'll be giving one camera away, plus accessories, also into 2013, so if you're completing a GoPro PADI Divemaster/Instructor package here at UDC, then you could be the next winner of this fantastic prize.
If Carlsberg filmed with GoPro video cameras, here's what they would have done, check this out, absolutely amazing! An amazing compilation of video clips shot by UDC PADI Pro Drew Roberts, with the new GoPro Hero Underwater housing, check out diving with Utila Dive Centre and how much fun we make it, there is a difference with UDC', dedicated personal service, experienced staff, personalised experience and groups, and no expense spared to deliver what we promise! As sponsored by GoPro cameras we also have regular competitions/giveaways for our interns to win the GoPro Hero II.
Now we give you more amazing reasons to GoPro with the most awarded PADI Career Development Center in the Americas, and voted #1 Instructor Development Center by PADI Americas for 2011 and 2010, and also best PADI IDC Center by Sport Diver UK in 2010.
The island of Utila offers amazing reef and wall diving with over 80 buoyed sites, dolphins and whale sharks, in the most convenient package for your Instructor rating, 2 Platinum PADI Course Directors overseeing training with the most diverse range of con-ed options around, sidemount, tec, rebreather, and IAHD adaptive teaching, and unlimited diving and up to 15-25 certifications on your Instructor internship.
We have 3 amazing offers for candidates who want to GoPro in 2013 with the most awarded PADI Career Development Center and team in the Americas, and for all bookings taken online by 31st May 2013, however please book ASAP as limited availability each month, in addition to all the other unbeatable benefits and value of training with Utila Dive Centre;
1) $100 reduction off regular Instructor course fee!
2) Free PADI O2 Instructor course!
3) Free IAHD Adaptive Teaching Instructor course with IDC/EFR/MSDT
Please check the following link for more details GoPro 3.0 Promotion 2013.
Successful IAHD Instructor Trainer and Instructors from the Utila Dive Centre program with IAHD Americas head David Valaika
Several of our staff at the Utila Dive Centre recently qualified as IAHD Instructors, and our resident Course Director Andy Phillips qualified as an IAHD Pro Trainer. The IAHD Americas is a registered non-profit 501 (c) 3 organisation, that offers training programs so dive partners, and dive professionals can introduce 'disabled divers' to the magic of the underwater world.
IAHD-Americas offers several levels of certification/supervision for divers with disabilities, and now through one of the premier PADI Career Development Centers in the world, the Utila Dive Centre. Our staff will be able to train divers as IAHD 'dive partners' so they can be responsible and safe dive buddies, and we will soon be integrating the IAHD 'Pro diver' into our Divemaster and Instructor programs, further qualifying our dive professionals and to the dive community, and also to use scuba diving as a powerful rehabilitative tool.
Exit technique for disabled diver Teaching blind diver emergency ascent
IAHD-Americas receives very positive responses from rehabilitation centers, diving clubs and organizations, diving instructors and the media. In addition, IAHD-Americas also conducts seminars, symposiums, and educational programs throughout the industry to share advancements in training and programs and we're proud to be an exclusive partner with IAHD Americas in the Bay Islands of Honduras, offering these adaptive teaching programs to the local dive community and to our dive professionals.
Please contact our IAHD Pro Trainer Andy Phillips on email@example.com for more information on our IAHD progams.
The 1st ever Utila Dive Festival ended this August and and none of us involved in planning this event could have imagined such a great response - thank you to everyone participating in this celebration of diving, and topside fun, and the local community.
Photos courtesy of Sue Beerman
The festival kicked off with the opening ceremony on Chepes Beach on Saturday August 18th, with Pup Morse AKA Scuba Cowboy from Colorado (some of you may have seen him playing at the DEMA dive shows) warming up the crowd at sunset. Pup had a full day traveling and pulled off a great performance in delighting the crowd, whilst registration was taking place, and participants enjoying a island style BBQ and local beers.
Whilst Scuba Cowboy was entertaining the crowds the check-in/registration procedure opened, and registration gave each participant a program guide for the week with t-shirt, and 5 raffle tickets for a draw that night, with prizes including a GoPro Hero II sports camera, an Aqualung regulator and a DiveRite SMB/reel. After opening remarks for the festival by organizer Shell Pitts, a DJ entertained the crowd (several hundred strong) till 8.30pm and then there were several other prizes including courses drawn and anticipation and excitement as Scuba Cowboy and PADI Regional Manager (Central America) Robert Sievens announced the winners. After the prize draws were announced, the music and party continued till around 10pm, as the first diving event was the buoyancy dive on Sunday AM, with a continued daily theme throughout the week where divers got to enjoy specialised events and activities.
Photo courtesy of Sue Beerman
On Sunday afternoon the volley ball competition was hosted with 6 teams entering, and after several hours of play, the winning team collected the prize fund. Although the sun may have gone down, the pub quiz hosted that evening kept things heated up with fun and banter between over 40 participants/10 teams, and this went to a tie-breaker of several questions, before Utila Dive Centre team 'Mammoth Cow' took the title and prizes sponsored by DiveRite, reels, slates, wet notes, pouches and an SMB.
Sunday and Monday afternoon also had freediving clinics hosted for people who might like to forgo the tank and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of free diving.
Monday morning was the dive shops time to host the deep dive activity, with our divers visiting the deeper walls of Utilas Northside, and many of our divers got to swim with Dolphins, not a bad Monday AM! That same day many participants also conducted a specialized Reef Survey dive as well, with data being uploaded to the Reef groups website. On Monday afternoon Utila Dive Centre ran the side mount and rebreather try dives, also to be repeated on Wednesday PM and Friday PM with full attendance. All our participants in the try dives were entered into a draw with the 2 winners receiving a DiveRite Nomad sidemount system and one of the winners was UDC Divemaster Mike Edgecombe! There was also a tour of the Utila Hyperbaric chamber where talks were given about diving physiology and DCS.
The fun continued Monday evening with a Fish ID talk by local Instructor Adam Lafferty conducted at the Utila cinema, and 50 people listened to Adam entertain and educate about the local aquatic life and behavior, and prizes drawn out to attendees included an Intova light, and also an Intova underwater camera/housing. After the Fish talk Tranquila bar hosted 'Casino Night', this was where all Passport holders received chips to the value of 200 in denominations of 50, 25 and 5. There were 2 tables, one of BlackJack hosted by Brooks and another for Texas Hold em hosted by Dani. The games continued play until players were bust, or the clock was called at 11.30pm, and chips tallied. There were 3 prize winners, #1 received a dive package and adventure dive from Parrots, #2 a $100 voucher at local boutique 'Beach Bazaar', and the 3rd prize (and some say preferred) was a $25 positive tab behind Tranquila bar! Thank you to Adam Lafferty and Tranquila for a very educational and also entertaining night!
Tuesday saw the dive centres conduct a Fish ID dive in the morning, and in the afternoon Laguna Beach resort hosted a pool party at their resort on the south side, arranging transportation from the town, which was an awesome escape to see how the other half on Utila lives! Tuseday night was about local flavour (quite literally) with the 'Taste of Utila' food fair in the center of town with Scuba Cowboy showing up again to entertain the crowds whilst attendees enjoyed a food bazaar with participating restaurants included La Piccola, Big Mama's, Munchie's, Buccaneer's Cafe, and Skid Row Bar and Grill, as well as some good old Dunkin Donuts from the mainland! Everyone ate their fill, including all the local street dogs.
The sidemount and rebreather try dives at Utila Dive Centre continued on Wednesday afternoon and participants experienced a whole new level of diving without bubbles, and superior streamlining on sidemount. Wednesday also brought a beach BBQ at one of Utila's exclusive resorts, Utopia, complete with ping-pong, volleyball, as well as shore diving direct from the resort.
At around 6 pm we took our divers out for their night dive, seeing such cool stuff as Caribbean Spiny Lobsters, King Crabs, Caribbean Octopus, and a free-swimming Spotted Moral. After the boats pulled in, everyone rinsed their gear and headed for Karaoke Night! Everyone got their turn on the microphone with such classics as Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," all the way down the spectrum to Metallica's "Enter Sandman." It was a crazy night, but that's how we do things here on Utila!
Throughout the week participants were also observed in an ongoing treasure/scavenger hunt with over 31 clues to collect, and Thursday morning brought the underwater portion of the week-long Treasure Hunt. Participants went to specific dive sites in the morning to uncover clues of photos that will then have to recreate on land, to go along with topside clues of Utila's most prominent landmarks. In the afternoon everyone went down to Pirate's Bay for Captain Morgan's Dive Centre's Scuba Olympics. Events included Underwater Tug-of-War, Underwater Shotput, and Paddleboarding race. Utila Dive Centre Divemaster Jimmi Larsen won 2nd place and received a Sealife camera.
That evening all the dive boats from the island brought out their finest decor for the first annual Utila Dive Fest Boat Parade of Lights. The boats were decked to the nines complete with Christmas tree lights, strobes, lazers, projectors, and potted trees, as well as many joyful participants rocking out to onboard music. We on Utila have all decided that this should not just be an annual occasion, but try and do it as much as possible!
Once everyone docked in we all scooted up to Treetanic, one of Utila's most unique bars, for the judging of the week-long Photography Competition. Participants contributed photos in five different categories, including Best Topside Shot, Best Macro, Best Portrait, Best Underwater-scape, and Best Reef Creature. The photos were beautiful and were displayed on two projectors around the bar and voted on by all Dive Fest Passport holders.
The votes were tallied and the another successful winner came from Utila Dive Center, Alex Bauer won 1st prize for her submission of a squid on a night dive eating a shrimp.
On Friday all the participants headed to various locations around the island to conduct an underwater clean-up for Project Aware, and Utila Dive Centre pulled out 12 bags of trash before heading for a BBQ on the water caye. That afternoon there were the final special events in freediving, hyperbaric chamber tour and Utila Dive Centre hosted the final sidemount and rebreather try dive, and then in the evening we had the spectacular closing party at Chepes Beach.
At the closing ceremony more prize winners from the week were announced and regulators, BCD's, sidemount rigs, GoPro cameras, Sealife cameras and local prizes including a week in a luxury resort were won. PADI Regional Manager Robert Sievens and Vice President Bob Coleman congratulated the festival organisers for their efforts and successes and we all look forward to next years event. Then at 9pm attendees who had purchased a 'Chinese Lantern' for a donation to Project Aware collectively lit them and released into a beautiful moonlit evening for a spectacular closing, before DJ's continued to entertain the crowds until the early hours.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan McMillan
Just some of the prizes won that week included;
12 Sealife Cameras
Aqua Lung regulator, BCD and mask/snorkel and fins
Scubapro MK25/S600 regulator
5 GoPro HD Hero II sports cameras with housing
Intova cameras and light
2 DiveRite sidemount rigs, reels, SMB's and wet notes
We'd like to thank the Utila Dive Festival organizers for this amazing annual event to Utilas calender and also to the sponsors who made this possible;
PADI, Scubapro, Aqualung, DiveRite, Sherwood, Intova, GoPro cameras, Sealife cameras, ScubaBoard, ScubaDiverLife, and our local business community.
Stay tuned for next years news on the 2nd annual Utila Dive Festival!
We'd like to congratulate Chris Langehaug on being the 1st ever diver in Central America, Honduras and the Caribbean to complete the PADI Trimix Instructor course in sidemount. The course was scheduled from July 22nd to 28th in 2012, and Chris completed a serious of training dives, practical workshops, academic and water presentations of skills, and culminated in a dive to 300ft/90 meters of Utila's Northside walls on an audit dive with our Trimix Instructor Mary Peter. Chris (pictured above to the left with Trimix IT Andy Phillips) was diving in a Hollis SMS 100 rig and Andy was using a DiveRite Nomad system. We embedded a fun video below that Chris and Andy fimed on a dive to 200 feet/60 meters, filmed with a GoPro sports camera, recording a crush test on an aluminium bottle fiulled with air, can you guess the depth at which it would implode?
Check out the great news so far this Spring from our team and facility at Utila Dive Centre, some articles include;
Read on for exciting events coming up this Summer, in our Spring 2012 Newsletter.
We're proud to announce that Woodman Labs, the company behind the worlds fastest growing camera company and most popular 'point of view' sports camera, the HD Hero II, have sponsored GoPro Utila and Utila Dive Centre. Each month we will be providing our PADI Divemaster and Instructor candidate of the month, a free HD Hero II sports cameras with housing. GoPro Sports cameras have recognised us as a world leading scuba training facility, with an outstanding caliber of professional instruction, training world class PADI Divemasters and Scuba Instructors with our unsurpassed internships. Check out our video of Commuting to work in Utila filmed with a GoPro, that Gopro Cameras made video of the day in March 2012 on their Facebook page and got over 27000 views in 1 weekend.
So what more better reason to join Utila Dive Centre for your professional dive training, than an endorsement from the worlds #1 sports camera manufactuer that sponsors some of the top athletes in surfing, snow boarding and motor racing worldwide. Plus you get a chance to be our Divemaster/Instructor of the month and win a H2 Hero II sports camera and housing. This offer is valid only to Divemaster and Instructor candidates who mention 'GoPro cameras' and inquire via e-mail, so what more are you waiting for contact us today!
Congratulations to Drew Roberts, our monthly GoPro camera winner. Drew has shown outstanding commitment to his professional training and the environment plus raised awareness of the beautiful island of Utila and UDC. He had a lot of fun doing it too, as you can see from his video above, and we'll be giving one camera away, plus accessories, EVERY month this year, so if you're completing a GoPro PADI Divemaster/Instructor package here at UDC, then you could be the next winner of this fantastic prize.
The whale sharks have been see on a regular basis, daily in the last few days. From April 13th to 18th divers aboard our boat 'Old Tom' reported seeing a Whale shark, measuring 35ft/10 meters by Pumpkin Hill on the East end of Utila, also with Manta Rays sighted.
What an amazing year for the team and staff at Utila Dive Centre, with triple awards given at the USA DEMA dive show in November 2011. 'Often Imitated - Never Surpassed' has never been more accurate, with Utila Dive Centre and our staff leading the way globally and receiving these 3 incredible awards for our commitment to training dive leaders and protecting the environment. Read on and see why we make the perfect choice and facility for your professional dive training.
It's official! For the 2nd consecutive year PADI has awarded Utila Dive Centre this honour for 2011 and 2010, an unheard of accomplishment in the dive industry.
Utila Dive Centre's Platinum Course Directors Andy Phillips and Suzy Phipps receiving the award from PADI President Dr Drew Richardson
This award is for the great standard and success achieved by our PADI Instructor courses and professional scuba diving internships. Sport Diver, the scuba diving magazine, also gave us the best PADI IDC Center award in 2010. What makes this award even more special for our facility and staff is that it was voted for by the diving community! In November 2011 at the DEMA dive show in the USA, PADI President Drew Richardson presented our staff with this award in front of a 1000-strong audience of dive professionals.
Utila Dive Centre's 'Director of Professional Training' Andy Phillips receiving his Platinum award for the 7th consecutive year by PADI Vice Presidents James Morgan and Johnny Wetzstein. There are approximately only 50 Platinum PADI Course Directors worldwide out of a membership of 1200 Course Directors, and we're the only facility in Central America to have been recognised several years running for our achievement and dedication in training dive instructors.
It just doesn't stop. The Green Star award was presented to us during DEMA week in November 2011 by PADI's Project Aware after an objective environmental audit on our Mango Inn resort and Utila Dive Centre. Here's to UDC and our staff, not just keeping it real, but keeping it clean and keeping it green!
For candidates considering their PADI Divemaster and Instructor training, there's never been a better facility in the Caribbean Bay Islands of Honduras, Central America, to take your scuba diving internship.
Utila Dive Centre continues to lead the way in recreational and professional scuba Instruction, so when you decide to GoPro you know where to find the best training possible, with ongoing support.
The Poseidon MK6 - the worlds first automated recreational closed circuit rebreather
At PADI HQ in California on the rebreather Instructor Trainer program
For more information on our PADI and Poseidon MK6 rebreather courses please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2012 Instructor course schedule is now available. All other courses can start at anytime on demand) so if you need to complete any prerequisite training prior to enroilling on a PADI Instructor course we can schedule accordingly to best suit your time frame, please contact us for specific details and programs.
On the 22nd April 2011 all our divers and staff gave up their time and helped to clean up part of Utila's shoreline and beach areas, pictured hereare are clean up team after removing trash from Utila's East shore. In total we collected several truck loads of trash weighing 309kg's which has gone to the recycling plant and was comprised of 1600 plastic bottles, 1000 shoes, 2000 bottle caps, 1000 plastic forks, plates etc, 2000 straws, 20 syringes, 100 plastic toys and 25kgs of tiny shards of plastic plus pens, toothbrushes, car parts, rope, fishing line and more. On Saturday 23rd April we also staged an underwater clean up with many of our divers, and 2 boat trips and cleaned up the Blue Bayou region of Utila, and to thanks our staff and divers efforts, Utila Dive Centre hosted one of their world famous BBQ events on the Sunday!
Sam Gaghan and Javier Vaquero cleaning up on Utilas East shore on 'Dive into Earth Day' 2011
This scheme is in addition to our local Central/South America referral scheme 'TrekCATS', and all our students and divers receive a membership card, and reduced rates (5-10%)/preferential treatment at any of these quality dive operations. No other dive operation in the Caribbean, Honduras and Central America is committed to your success, and opportunities during and after your time with Utila Dive Centre/GoPro Utila.
We had a big party on Sunday to celebrate another successful year at Utila Dive Centre. We closed for the day and took all the staff, customers, family and friends to the beautiful Cays and had a BBQ on the jewel of the Cays, Water Cay.
The day couldn't have been more perfect. Nico cooked his delicious BBQ and we sipped Flor de Cana rum in the sea. Once we finished playing volleyball and water polo.
Congratulations to our recent Divemaster and Instructor graduates Ghislain, Sam, Andrew, Mary, Rory, Lorna, Bertrand, Arnaud and Rhonda!
Read what sets our professional training apart with our 'Professional Training Philosophy', and then......
Now backpackers and travelers can dive Central America the informed way. Choose from the premier dive operators in each country in Central America, from Guatemala to Colombia on your travels, and when you show proof of having taken a course with a TrekCATS operator, or 2 logged dives, you get entitled to a special rate at all other members! Not only do TrekCATS dive operations adhere to the highest standards of quality, but they provide an amazing service and a fun time for all their divers. Search for the TrekCATS group on Facebook to find members and join the group. Another great reason to come and dive with UDC!