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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
Best Dive Sites in the Galapagos Islands
Dive Locations

Best Dive Sites in the Galapagos Islands

The best dive sites in the Galapagos Islands offer everything from seasonal whale sharks to marine iguanas.

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tech dives
Dive Locations In the Water Tec Diving Travel

Five Off-the-Radar Tech Dives

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.

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Novice Diver
In the Water Training

Training Timeline: From a Novice Diver to a Divemaster

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?

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PADI specialties
In the Water Training

Most Challenging PADI Specialties

Leaving your comfort zone (in gradual and controlled circumstances) can make you a better diver. What are the most challenging PADI specialties to help you grow?

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New stuff
Paralenz

What Makes Paralenz the Best Underwater Action Camera for Divers?

The Paralenz Dive Camera was one of 2017’s biggest innovations in underwater videography. What makes it so special?
by Press Release
Green Sea Turtles

Climate Change May Be Turning 99 Percent of Baby Green Sea Turtles into Females

A warmer external temperature means 99 percent of baby green sea turtles are turning into females, endangering the worldwide population
by Rebecca Strauss
Pufferfish

Stop Puffing Pufferfish

We’ve all seen images of an adorably puffed-up pufferfish, but in reality, divers and divemasters do real harm when they cause these fish to puff up.
by Guest Author
Best Cold Water Scuba Diving

The World’s Best Cold Water Scuba Diving

Don’t let chilly temperatures keep you out of the water. The world’s best cold water scuba diving offers wrecks, crystal-clear visibility, kelp forests, tons of fish and more.
by Yvonne Press