Mark “Tex” Rogers
Founder and Owner of Freedive UtilaThe 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.
Johnny is a Southern California native who’s been in the water since he was a baby. After competing in Division 1 water polo and swimming in high school, he attended Miami University and studied marketing before deciding to pursue a lifestyle outside the normal nine to five. After leaving college, Johnny moved to Utila to pursue his passion of freediving, going from Apnea Total beginner to master student, as well as becoming a PADI Freedive Instructor. He then joined the yachting industry and worked on yachts for about two years before moving back to Utila in early 2021 to return to his passion of freediving and become an Apnea Total Freedive Instructor. Here, you’ll find him doing backflips into the water after every dive session, out on the Freedive dock for sunsets every evening, and at the Utila Movie Theater on Sundays for movie nights. Johnny is very excited to be teaching freediving, and he hopes you’re just as excited to learn what your body is truly capable in the water.
Marc is a California native who grew up running and swimming. After a championship running career in high school, he attended and graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in International Relations. While in Santa Barbara, Marc fell in love with surfing, and this new hobby took him all around the world. While surfing one winter in Thailand, Marc tried scuba diving—a life-changing decision. Marc completely changed careers and gained his professional scuba certifications in Utila, Honduras and Playas Del Coco, Costa Rica. He has taught and guided hundreds of recreational divers over the past few years. When the pandemic hit in 2020 and the island shut down, Marc discovered freediving, and was hooked. In May 2021, Marc worked as a safety diver at the international freediving competition held on the nearby island of Roatan. Now an instructor, he is stoked about teaching and participating in the sport.
Tiny OverlordDon’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.