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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
Health In the Water

Five Common Tropical Marine Life Injuries

Prevention is always better than the cure, but accidents do happen. Here are five common tropical marine life injuries and how to treat them.

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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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New stuff
Kelly Slater

Did Kelly Slater Really Just Call for a Shark Cull?

After the death of a bodyboarder due to a shark attack in Reunion Island, pro surfer Kelly Slater thinks a shark cull is in order.
by Rebecca Strauss
Light & Motion Sola

Troubleshooting Tips for Light & Motion Sola Lights

The Light & Motion Sola line is one of the best and simplest underwater imaging lights ever created. It’s also one of Backscatter’s best sellers.
by Press Release
shark finning

First Criminal Charges for Shark Finning in Costa Rica

A Costa Rican court has, for the first time, served criminal charges for shark finning and sentenced a Taiwanese business owner to prison.
by Kathryn Curzon
A Walk on the Deep Side

A Walk on the Deep Side

Author John Kean tells the tale of a missing era in extreme-deep scuba diving in his new book, “A Walk on the Deep Side.”
by News Release