Mark “Tex” Rogers
Founder and Owner of Freedive Utila
The founder and owner of Freedive Utila, Mark is an Apnea Total Instructor Trainer, an AIDA International Judge and Instructor, a PADI Freediving Instructor Trainer, an SSI Master Freediving Instructor, a YA yoga instructor and a DSAT Tec Trimix diver. Tex began his diving career in Honduras’ Bay Islands, learning to scuba dive in Roatan in 1994. Since then he has lived and worked in Japan, China, SE Asia, India, Egypt and the Maldives. In 2008 he traded his tanks and regs for long fins, a small mask, and his lungs under the expert guidance of the Apnea Total team in Koh Tao, Thailand. In 2011, he launched Freedive Utila.
Erin discovered freediving here in Utila after seeing the Utila freedivers diving to depths that were considered deep on scuba using nothing but a single breath at our very own Haliburton dive site. She was mesmerized and immediately began her journey into the blue, ditching the tank and training her mind and body to dive to depths she’d never imagined reaching. A natural to the sport, Erin had been a swimmer all her life and a scuba diver since she was 12. She loves the meditative aspect of freediving and how much she learns about herself with every dive and static breath hold.
Erin left the corporate world several years ago and wouldn’t trade island living for anything in the world.
Erin loves instructing and sharing her passion for the sport with others. There is nothing better than seeing her students coming up from a dive with a huge smile on their faces having just done something they never thought they could.
When she’s not instructing you can find her walking along the coast with her dog/Freedive Utila’s newest and weirdest mascot, Vicki.
Growing up near the ocean, Zach has always had an affinity for the water. After coming to Freedive Utila in 2015 as a student, he was never quite able to kick the addiction, returning multiple times. Zach finally decided to stop floating around the world and dive in to becoming a freedive instructor. He loves teaching and showing students what they’re truly capable of, sharing with them the same feelings that made him fall in love with the sport. When Zach isn’t laying on the bottom of the ocean he can be found (usually sleeping) in “his spot” upstairs on the couch. It has been repeatedly suggested to him that his spirit animal is the noble three-toed sloth and he couldn’t be bothered disagreeing.
Don’t be fooled by her small size, her diminutive meow, or her adorable spotted belly. This little beast has a larger-than-life personality. Using her ruthless cuteness and her needle-sharp fangs, she keeps the Freedive Utila staff in line and the customers happy.