Utila Dive Center
Utila Dive Center
At the Utila Dive Centre, our management team, Instructors, Divemasters, Boat Captains, Biologists, and support staff are committed and dedicated to providing our divers and students with the highest quality diving experiences with an emphasis on education and conservation.
Our service is delivered in a professional manner and we aim for the highest level of customer satisfaction. Our purpose is to provide not just a diving experience, but a transformational experience that allows our divers to make a positive contribution to the underwater world and raises their level of education and awareness. We do this in a safe, professional, and (most importantly) FUN manner!
The Instructors who work at Utila Dive Centre are trained to the level of at least PADI 'Master Scuba Diver Trainer.' We also have several PADI IDC Staff and Master Instructors on staff to raise the quality of the courses we offer to divers at all levels.
We are constantly reinvesting and maintaining our boats, tanks, equipment, and operation to the highest impeccable standard to maximize our divers' convenience and comfort. However, we believe our main strength is our staff, whom we value more than anything. They are the asset that cannot be matched and provide our divers with the education and experiences they seek from our facility.
Our core competencies are the experiences that we provide certified divers, the training we provide to students of all levels, and the effort that we take to protect our environment and underwater heritage.
Utila Dive Centre doesn't just aim to be a market leader, but aims to raise standards by educating our own divers and staff and through our professionalism, customer service, innovation, and environmental protection. We set the standard for the dive industry and other dive centres in our region and we aim to provide our service with dedicated personal attention. This benefits our divers and makes 'word of mouth' the number one reason why people choose to dive with us.
Every diver or student that visits us is treated as a friend and a lifelong member of the Utila Dive Centre. Our divers are guided in small personal groups and our students receive the strictest class ratios on the island. No other facility in Central America offers such dedicated supervision and personal customer service. This is why our divers keep coming back and more professionals choose to undertake their training with us than any other facility in Central America.
Our weekly BBQs and social events highlight the fun and personal service our staff like to share with all our divers to at our facility. We like to take the time to know all our divers, with a cold drink and a good plate of island style cooking.
Through our support for the Utila Center for Marine Ecology (UCME), we have committed ourselves to be at the forefront of environmental research, scientific studies, community awareness, and educational offerings. We want to share our passion, enthusiasm and respect for the underwater world, reef systems, and mangroves with visitors, professionals and the local community on Utila. No other facility on Utila places as much emphasis on environmental protection as Utila Dive Centre. After all, we are in this profession for life and for love, and we hope to share that with all our divers and students.
Utila Dive Centre (UDC) was set up in 1991 by a group of passionate Diving Instructors who wanted to create a dive training facility which offered amazing dive experiences and educational programs for visitors to Utila.
Utila Dive Centre is managed by a team of experienced, young, passionate, and environmentally aware dive professionals who are actively involved in the daily operations of the dive centre. Our training programs, from beginner through to Master Instructor, are taught to the highest standard possible
There is no other facility in Utila, Honduras or elsewhere in Central America that has such a combination of experience, commitment, and enthusiasm. We aim to provide our divers and students with more than just diver education, and that is what makes our team so successful. We are on the cutting edge of training and conservation and set the standard for many dive operations and professionals in the region.
In the last few years we have received countless awards from PADI for our training programs. In 2003, UDC was awarded the rating of a PADI Career Development Center (CDC). It is to date the only PADI CDC facility in Central America. UDC is also a PADI National Geographic Centre and a Divers Alert Network (DAN) member.
In 2004 we were voted No 1 Dive Facility worldwide for entry level training. Also from 2004 to 2008 our PADI Course Directors (Instructor Trainers) received Certificates of Excellence for their Instructor Training Programs. In 2006, the 'Divers Alert Network' (DAN) rewarded our Instructor trainers for their commitment to promoting safe diving, and from 2006 - 2008 we also received the PADI Project Aware 'Environmental Achievement' award. In 2006 Utila Dive Centre was one of the founding members of the 'Utila Centre for Marine Ecology' (UCME), a non-profit NGO headed by marine biologist Dr Stephen Box. UCME is dedicated to protecting Utila's delicate marine environment through research, scientific studies, and education.
UDC offers a technical dive training from both DSAT and IANTD, the two most respected agencies in technical diver training. On top of this, it is also the only facility in Central America/Bay Islands to offer diver level and Instructor training with the 'Beautiful Oceans' Science and Marine Ecology Programs.
We're all aware that the future of the diving industry can never be predicted, but we understand that only by promoting and teaching diving in a safe and professional manner will we create a better 'underwater world'. We place emphasis on marine conservation and environmental sustainability and want you to have fun being a part of it!
That's why our divers are more educated and skillful and why our professionals are more successful than most other facilities.
There is no substitute for the experience of our staff. This includes Boat Captains, Instructors, Management, and our PADI Course Directors (who conduct the Divemaster and Instructor training). The experience and expertise of our staff, the standard of our facilities, and our continued success has raised the standard of training, education and conservation within the Bay Islands.
We invite you to come to Utila and dive with us. Whether you are a novice or an expert diver, we will show you why Utila Dive Centre has been so successful in training more divers than anywhere else in the world. We are often copied but never surpassed. At Utila Dive Centre, diving is our business - but first and foremost, it is our passion.