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.
The best dive sites in the Galapagos Islands offer everything from seasonal whale sharks to marine iguanas.
Most tech divers have heard of famous sites like the Andrea Doria or the Britannic, but there are plenty more off-the-radar tech dives. Here are five of the best.
New divers may feel they should wait for a time before progressing through the diving certifications. How long should it take to go from a novice diver to a divemaster?