Phillip started diving in 1977 at the age of 15 in the Lakes and surrounding waters of the Northwest of England, where he grew up. Spending almost every weekend in the Lake District, he fell in love with all aquatic activities, especially those involving the underwater world.
Arriving in Texas in the early '80s, Phillip brought his passion for both scuba diving and Rugby with him, becoming active in both communities. Phillip rapidly became further involved in scuba diving, following his passion for the sport into training others, beginning a teaching career in diving in 1984.
Phillip is a Platinum honored Course Director and has been awarded the ¨PADI Elite Instructor¨ award each year since 2013. His experience will enhance your IDC and prepare you for so much more than just passing the Instructor Examination; he will make sure you get what you need to be a knowledgeable, organized, confident, successful PADI Instructor.
As the owner of Cozumel Dive Academy and Sugar Land Dive Center, located in Sugar Land, Texas, both PADI 5 Star IDC Centers, Phillip stays active teaching PADI IDCs and all levels of PADI courses in both Cozumel, Mexico, and Texas.
Phillip's ongoing interests and training also make him a very experienced instructor trainer in Sidemount, Wreck, and many other specialties. During your IDC/MSDT, you will have the chance to be closely coached by Philip in small groups allowing you to enhance/and develop your teaching and diving capabilities to a whole new level.
Phillip says that he loves his job as a PADI Course Director because it enables him to provide passionate individuals who love diving with the tools they need to become successful Dive Professionals working in the field they love. There is also the added benefit of working in some of the most beautiful locations in the world!
Phillip has dived everything from the lakes of the UK and Texas to pristine dive sites around the globe. When asked what his favorite dive was, he replies, "They each have something unique that makes them all my favorites." He is an actively sought-after trip leader, taking groups to experience diving in Roatan, Cozumel, Fiji, Yap, Palau, Cuba, The Maldives, and the Red Sea name a few.