Utila Dive Center, Utila, Bay Islands, Honduras
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.
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.
Actions taken to promote environmental or social sustainability
Every year UDC is awarded the title of "100% Aware Center". This is a merit given by Project AWARE to dive centers that actively promote and contribute time and donations to conservation based initiatives and programs such as the Dive Against Debris initiative.
Recently we became the inaugural recipient of "Stream2Sea Eco-Conscious Facility" for our commitment to the environment and marine awareness. As a team we have incorporated eco-friendly elements into our award-winning PADI Instructor Development Center. This includes the use of products such as environmentally-friendly sunscreen and skin-care products that don’t harm the marine environment and education on why this matters. Utila Dive Centre is routinely recognized by PADI for exceptional training and forward-thinking for the next generation of scuba diving leaders.
In 2017 we launched our conservation and marine research internship the GoEco program, created by one of our Instructors and resident Marine Biologist Jemma Aitken. This 4 week program includes a minimum of 6 specialties designed to develop the foundation for a career in conservation and scientific diving.
UDC is a facility that recycles, and encourages all our customers to do so as well. Furthermore we have stopped offering single use plastic items in our facilities, and providing metal straws and reusable water bottles for sale.
We believe keeping informed on environmental topics and marine biology is important, which is why our resident Marine Biologist and GoEco Program Lead regularly offers lectures to all our staff and visitors.
All our Staff is trained in following diving regulations as well as local laws, and follow Project AWARE's actions to minimize their impact while diving.
Recreational Opportunities Available
Courses for Beginners
Discover Scuba Diving
Advanced Open Water
Rescue Diver & EFR
IDC Staff Instructor
Instructor Development Course (IDC)
Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)
International Yacht Training
Tec Trimix Diver
Technical Diving Instructor
TecRec Tec Deep Instructor
Tec Trimix Instructor
Gas Blender Instructor
Rebreather Open Water
Rebreather Advanced Open Water
National Geographic Diver
Peak Performance Buoyancy
Search and Recovery
Underwater Basic Photography
Equipment Maintenance Specialist
Project AWARE Specialist
Enriched Air Specialist (Nitrox)
AWARE Coral Conservation
Fish ID Specialty
Dive against Debris
Caribbean lionfish containment diver
AWARE Shark Conservation
Caribbean Dolphin Awareness
Caribbean Marine Monitoring Specialty
ScubaPro Equipment Repair Technician Course
We are the only facility recognized by the diving equipment manufacturer ScubaPro that can offer this training. The course is taught by our equipment repair expert Ed Dellefemine, who during the course will teach you basic care and maintenance, and with this specialty you will be qualified to repair and maintain ScubaPro equipment.
This is our 4-week internship program designed to accomplish three things: 1. learn all about the obstacles facing our marine environment; 2. explore the reef biodiversity safely and learn about the different species that are part of this environment; 3. Learn the appropriate surveying methods and techniques to contribute positively to conservation through the monitoring and preservation of reefs.
Developed by our professional photographer / videographer Ash Kirkham and leader of the GoMedia program, this course was developed for those interested in acquiring the necessary skills to become professional underwater videographers and photographers. Duration of the program: each level is 10 days, and both levels can be combined in 14 days.
Daily from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.