PHILLIPS, Bil A.
Canada ( -2017)
Last updated: November 30, 2017 at 3:05 am
Pioneer cave diver and explorer; instructor; logged over 4,200 cave dives and personally explored and mapped more than 45,700 m (150,000 feet) of previously undiscovered water-filled passages; key explorer of at least 35 underwater cave systems; contributed to archeological science by sharing his discoveries with the Instidudo Nacional Anthroplologia e Historia (INAH | Mexico Department of Archeology); Director of the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey; founding member of Grupo de Exploration Ox Bel Ha; Board of Advisors for the International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD Central America); Cave Diving Section (NSS-CDS) Instructor Training Committee for Mexico; founding member and Director of the APSA Cenotes Committee of the Riviera Maya Association of Dive and Water Sport Operators (APSA); co-author of the manual for the APSA cavern guide training program; influenced the establishment of dive education and safety standards; co-inventor of the Referencing Exit Marker (REM, a.k.a. smart cookie); owner of Speleotech; began exploring the caves of Yucatan in 1996.