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Andy Phillips

Course Director at Utila Dive Centre

Andy Phillips has been a PADI Platinum Course Director since 2005 and also an IANTD Instructor trainer, specializing in training Divemasters and Instructors and rebreather and trimix Instructors. He lives in Utila, one of Honduras’ Bay Islands, and works for the Utila Dive Center, an award-winning PADI Career Development Center. Andy has been involved in the scuba diving industry as a professional instructor trainer since 2001. He is also an active and avid educator and explorer, with special interests in rebreather, technical and cave diving and has led many rebreather diving expeditions to the Galapagos, and has hundreds of dives in the caves of the Yucatan Peninsula. Andy also consults on the business side of diving with many dive centers and professionals, and was recently selected as a PADI AmbassaDiver.

Stories by Andy
Off-Season Scuba Classes
Training In the Water

Off-Season Scuba Classes

Living somewhere cold can mean months without splashing in. Here are the best off-season scuba classes to keep your dive withdrawal at bay.

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Tec Diving Chuuk Lagoon
Wrecks Travel Dive Locations

Tec Diving Chuuk Lagoon

Chuuk Lagoon is a well-known wreck-diving Mecca, and with so many deep wrecks, it’s a natural fit for tec diving. Here’s what you need to know for tec diving Chuuk Lagoon.

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El Niño
Conservation

Witness to El Niño

This year’s El Niño is wreaking havoc on weather around the world. Here’s one eyewitness account to the effects.

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dive skills while neutrally buoyant
Training In the Water

Conducting Dive Skills While Neutrally Buoyant

Mastering neutral buoyancy is important in itself. Take it to the next level by performing (or teaching) other dive skills while neutrally buoyant as well.

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New stuff
Tilikum

Tilikum’s Death and the Future of SeaWorld in 2017

The controversial documentary “Blackfish,” featuring killer whale Tilikum sparked a world-wide discussion on cetacean captivity. Now that Tilikum has died, what’s next for SeaWorld and captive cetaceans in general?
by Jessica Macdonald
Best Vancouver Dive Sites

Best Vancouver Dive Sites

Some of North America’s best temperate diving is on Canada’s west coast. The best Vancouver dive sites are less than a 40-minute drive from the city’s center, but a world away.
by Robert Osborne
Guiding Experienced Divers

Guiding Experienced Divers

Unlike new divers, who are happy just to be underwater and think everything they see is awesome (because it is), those with a few dives under their belt can be a bit of challenge. As a professional guide, how do you keep your most experienced divers happy?
by Guest Author

NOAA releases draft proposals for new national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland

NOAA is soliciting public input on draft proposals for two new national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland.
by Press Release