Author

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
Scuba Dive with Whale Sharks
Dive Locations In the Water Marine Species

World’s Best Places to Snorkel or Scuba Dive with Whale Sharks

Seeing a whale shark while underwater is on nearly every diver’s bucket list. Here’s where you’ll have the best chance to snorkel or scuba dive with whale sharks.

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adaptive scuba diving instructor
Training

Training as an Adaptive Scuba Diving Instructor

Training as an adaptive scuba diving instructor means learning how to modify diving so that even more people can enjoy time spent underwater.

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Winter Getaways for Scuba Diving
Dive Locations Travel

Five Great Winter Getaways for Scuba Diving

Winter is in full swing, which means you’re probably dreaming of somewhere sunny. Book one of these five great winter getaways for scuba diving and escape.

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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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New stuff
Common Dolphin Species

Five Common Dolphin Species

Dolphins are among everyone’s favorite marine animals, living in all the world’s oceans. Here are five of the most common dolphin species
by Hélène Reynaud
Technical Diving

The ABCDs of Technical Diving

The foundational ABCDs of technical diving — Awareness, Buoyancy control, Communications and Discipline — are vitally important on every dive.
by Yvonne Press
Sea Star

Marine Species: Sea Star

It’s always exciting to find one while beach combing, but the question often arises: what’s the difference between a starfish and a sea star?
by Guest Author
Solo Diving

Do Solo Diving and Technical Diving Mix?

Mention solo diving to any group of divers and you’ll get a strong reaction. But what about solo diving and technical diving — do they ever mix? And if so, how do you stay safe?
by Yvonne Press