Our Reputation and Awards – Central Americas #1 PADI Career Development Center
Utila Dive Centre (UDC) is a PADI Career Development Centre located in the Caribbean Bay Islands of Honduras. We offer career training programs, for the complete beginner or certified diver, all the way to PADI Instructor and beyond (with internships). We also offer technical training to Instructor level in both open circuit and rebreather diving.
At the DEMA USA dive shows in recent consecutive years, we were voted #1 Instructor Development Center by PADI Americas and recognised by industry peers and professionals as the the best location for Instructor training. We were also awarded the best overseas PADI Instructor Development Center by Sport Diver UK (the official publication of the PADI Diving Society) – this award came from divers voting for us! We were also runners-up in the ‘Best Dive Business’ and ‘Environmental Achievement’ categories from PADI Americas at the DEMA dive show in the USA. 2019 sees UDC entering its 29th year of training dive professionals and our Training Director has consistently been running, developing, and evolving our Divemaster and Instructor courses over the last 16 years, to great success and achievement. That’s one of the most consistent and proven track records in the dive industry and unmatched in this part of the world and both of our PADI Course Directors are Platinum rated1
In 2006 the ‘Divers Alert Network’ (DAN) rewarded our Instructor trainers for their commitment to promoting safe diving and from 2006 – 2018 we also received the PADI Project Aware’ Environmental Achievement’ award for our conservation and environmental efforts. In 2006 Utila Dive Centre was one of the founding members of the ‘Utila Centre for Marine Ecology’ (UCME), a non-profit NGO, which is dedicated to protecting Utila’s delicate marine environment, through research, scientific studies and education. In 2015 we committed to becoming a Project Aware partner, in addition to organising monthly beach clean-up’s and promoting environmental conservation, we also contribute a financial donation each month to Project Aware, not just action but we put our money where our mouth is. In 2018 we received the only Government license to set up a coral nursery on Utila and are one of the founding partners of the Utila Coral Restoration project with our own dedicated coral nursery.
Utila Dive Centre works closely with the Divers Alert Network, PADI, Project Aware and various Utila NGO’s to improve and educate divers about safety, has been awarded the rating of a PADI Career Development Center (only a few facilities worldwide have earned this coveted rating from PADI), and works on many community projects with the ‘Bay Islands Conservation Association’ and closely with PADI’s Project Aware.
In recent years more than four times as many PADI Divemasters, particularly those living on Utila, chose to conduct their IDC with with us over any other facility in the Bay Islands and Central America. We take this as a tribute to the high quality of our staff and facility and their much deserved reputation. The fact that 80% of our Divemasters and Instructor candidates are referred to us by ‘word of mouth’ shows the commitment, comfort and quality that we put into our professional courses. At Utila Dive Centre, a Career Development Center, our team guarantee your success, whilst other facilities sell certifications. We pride ourselves on providing quality training. After all, you are only as successful as the training program you enroll on and the Instructors who provide this. We ensure that in addition to professionalism, safety, and high standards, all our students, whether beginners or professionals, leave UDC having had a rewarding, exciting, educational and fun experience. As a dive professional trained at Utila Dive Centre, you have an open door to ever returning in the future.