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
El Niño

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.

Retaining Underwater Emergency Skills

Retaining Underwater Emergency Skills

Whether you’re a new or experienced diver, it’s important to maintain the contingency skills you learned in entry-level scuba courses.

Best Dive Fins
In the Water New to Scuba

Choosing the Best Dive Fins

With so many styles on the market, choosing a pair of fins can seem a daunting task. How do you know which fins are right for you?

Choosing Your First Regulator
New to Scuba

Choosing Your First Regulator

Once you’ve decided to invest in your own regulator, the number of options out there can be intimidating. Here are a few helpful tips to help you choose your first one.

New stuff

What to Do if You’re Caught in a Downcurrent

Getting caught in a downcurrent is unnerving for even the most seasoned diver. Here’s what to do (and what not to do) if you’re caught in a downcurrent.
by Guest Author
Surf and Dive Locations

Five Top Surf and Dive Locations

Some divers choose combination vacations to satisfy their better half; some are multi-sport enthusiasts. Whatever the reason, here are five top surf and dive locations where you can enjoy both the underwater world and some sweet waves.
by Hélène Reynaud
Hawaii’s deep water reefs

Hawaii’s Deep Water Reefs Show Incredible Biodiversity

A recently published scientific paper sheds light on the biodiversity of Hawaii’s deep water reefs.
by Jessica Macdonald
Solmar V Great White Shark

The Truth About the Solmar V Great White Shark Incident

A great white shark breached a shark-diving cage in Guadalupe Island last week. Many divers want to know what went wrong — and how the shark fared afterward.
by Jessica Macdonald