Utila Dive Centre is more than a premier PADI Career Development Centre in Central America and the Caribbean, they pride themselves on their marine ecology training and activities to protect the ocean.
“We aim to provide our divers and students with more than just diver education and that is what makes our team so successful. We’re on the cutting edge of training and conservation, setting a standard for many dive operations and professionals in the region,” said Andy Phillips, Director of Professional Training at Utila Dive Centre proudly declares.
It’s true that Utila Dive Centre’s focus on conservation is unmistakable through their commitment to clean the ocean – including conducting monthly Dive Against Debris surveys. They also support the University of Queensland’s Coral Watch program and consistently survey local coral reefs. Recently, they’ve also instigated a number of sustainable business measures including:
- Switching all light bulbs to energy efficient rated bulbs
- Installing solar panels at the hotel and pool pump
- Installing a treadle pump at the dive center which saves electricity and fresh water for the sanitation systems
- Refraining from using disposable utensils at the hotel & bar
- Issuing re-useable water bottles to all PADI Instructor candidates
What’s next for the eco-conscious operator? Becoming 100% AWARE partner in 2014. “We're proud to announce that in January 2014 and beyond, Utila Dive Center will support Project AWARE as a 100% AWARE partner and issue the AWARE version of every PADI certification card to all divers who are certified with us,” said Andy.
100% AWARE partners provide critical funds for ocean protection and create AWARE divers with every certification. Utila Dive Centre’s support for ocean protection through Project AWARE is inspirational and a positive example not just in the Caribbean, but for other business operations across the globe.