the Utila chronicles
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 end the year and a professional dive career for our November 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 successful pass rate and continuing our outstanding and unmatched success from 2013, 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 IDC Staff Instructors Alan Simmons and Emma Andersson who excelled in preparing and training our Instructor candidates who came from afar as the from afar as the UK, the USA, Italy, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Canada 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 2014 Instructor course schedule is also available for download.
Make your year start on a high note 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 but reserve ASAP as our recent IDC's fully booked up. All our PADI IDC's to date in 2013 have ended in an unmatched 100% success and if you are a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) then you can enrol in our next scheduled PADI Instructor courses and make your year mean something. Our first PADI IDC of 2014, the January Instructor course runs from the 8th (11th for E-learning option) to 19th with exams 21st/22nd and then our February Instructor course runs from the 5th (8th for E-learning option) to 16th with exams 18th/19th. For further dates on the Instructor course our 2014 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 2014 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 4.0 2014 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 PADI Instructors Paul Cook and Juan-Pablo Maturana, and Divemaster Jeff Watson on completing their IYT DiveBoat Mate course with us and at the graduation of our 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 February and we recommend an early reservation as as our November 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 $65.
Congratulations to our July PADI Tec Deep Instructor graduates!
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 February 16th Tec Deep and February 22nd 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, 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, 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 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. '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.
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!