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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
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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.

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How to Avoid Diver Burnout

Almost everyone has felt that Monday-morning dread at having to go back to work after a great weekend of rest or recreation. Even if you love your job, as most dive professionals do, it’s something we’ve all felt at some point, perhaps even as recreational divers. If you just don’t look forward to diving anymore, here’s how to get your mojo back.

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Tec Gear for Wreck Divers
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Tec Gear for Wreck Divers

Tec divers are often on the cutting edge when it comes to advanced equipment, and recreational wreck divers can reap the benefits with a few key pieces of gear.

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Best Dive Sites in Utila
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The Best Dive Sites in Utila

If you find it difficult to choose between vibrant reefs or wrecks, macro photo opportunities or encounters with the big guys, in Utila, you won’t have to.   

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Lembeh Strait

Lembeh: A Photographer’s Dream

Legendary Lembeh, just off northern Sulawesi in Indonesia, is a photographer’s dream. There’s no better muck diving in the world, so keep your eyes open and your camera at the ready — you never know what you’ll see.
by Guest Author
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South African Great Whites on the Verge of Extinction

Long associated with South African waters, the iconic great white shark may be facing localized extinction.
by Jessica Macdonald
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Court Rules in Favor of Marine Mammals in U.S. Navy Sonar Debate

After a protracted legal battle, a federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the low-frequency active sonar used by the U.S. Navy constitutes a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
by Jessica Macdonald
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Be a Good Dive Buddy to Your Child (Without Hovering Too Close)

Parents of diving children will likely approach dives very differently when their buddy is their child versus anyone else. What’s the best way to be a good dive buddy while also giving your kids the room they need to build their dive skills?   
by Guest Author