Jonathan Mcnelis

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Jonny is originally from Scotland but his passion for travel and adventure led to him spending time living in Canada, Australia, Thailand, The Philippines, New Zealand and now our beautiful little island of Utila. Jonny first discovered his love of the underwater world when he did his PADI Open Water course in Thailand back in 2010 during a backpacking trip around Asia. From that very first dive, on Christmas Day, Jonny knew that he wanted to one day become a PADI Instructor and later that day spent hours in the bar quizzing his Instructor on how he had made the dream a reality. Over the next few years Jonny continued to dive for fun and completed his PADI Advanced and Rescue Diver certifications. In November 2016 he decided to finally make his dream a reality, he handed in his notice to his corporate job in Auckland New Zealand and bought a one-way ticket to Thailand. Jonny completed his Divemaster in Koh Tao and worked there as a Divemaster for the next few months before coming to Underwater Vision in August 2017 to complete his Instructor training with our Platinum Course director Grace Williams. Jonny studied education in university and is passionate about teaching and helping others to achieve their goals. Jonny always strives to make every course as fun and memorable as possible and is also more than happy to share stories and tips on how to improve you dive skills over a beer in the bar just as his Instructor did for him all those years ago.