Phil has been running Grenada’s oldest established Dive Shop since 2004. He has been proactive within the tourism sector working with both the private and public sector both to find new and innovative ways to improve the scuba diving product here in Grenada. He has been an executive member of the Grenada Scuba Diving Association since 2006; working as President, Treasurer and currently Vice President.
Phil worked closely with sculptor Jason de Caires Taylor in establishing the world’s first unique ‘Underwater Sculpture Park’ here in Grenada. Since its conception Phil has worked tirelessly with stakeholders to ensure the ‘Sculpture Park’ is maintained and developed to ensure that the product stays ‘fresh’.
More recently in 2011 Phil joined a group of selected ‘stakeholders’ that became the ‘management board’ for Grenada’s first ‘Marine Protected Area’. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) according to Phil, MPAs are essential for every Caribbean Island to ensure sustainability of their fish biomass and biodiversity, creation of livelihoods and the protection of the coral reefs.
In 2013 Phil embarked on his own philanthropic quest to create Grenada’s first ‘Artificial Reef’ known as the ‘Grand Anse Artificial Reef Project’ (GAARP). On receiving appropriate permissions from Government, he pledged EC$100k over the next 10 years to make sure the project was adequately funded. The ‘Pyramid’ structures are made from concrete construction blocks. The objective was to provide viable artificial structures for marine life to inhabit as well being an educational tool for the school children of Grenada to learn about Marine Conservation. The project to date has been an overwhelming success and has received global attention for its simplicity and efficacy.
In 2016 Phil joined a stakeholders group which included the Ministry of Tourism, Grenada Tourism Authority and the private sector to proactively proceed with the sinking of two more ships. This would enhance the ‘Scuba Diving Product’ in Grenada with more shipwrecks for our divers to explore as well creating artificial reefs