Sponsored by Fourth Element, the inaugural 'TEKCamp' will be held from Monday 25th to Friday 29th July 2011 inclusive. Join ten of the UK's top technical diving instructors for five days of solid diving, lectures, presentations and - of course - fun at Vobster Quay, Somerset UK.
"Time and again when a diver is considering going down the technical route they always ask the same question - 'who should I train with'? ", stated Martin Stanton, owner of Vobster Quay. "The consistent sensible answer given is 'that it's not a specific training agency but down to the quality and ethos of the individual instructor'.
Until now it was a bit of a Catch 22 situation. The only way to find out if a specific instructor's teaching style was for you was to physically book onto and take a course. At Vobster we therefore decided that an opportunity to 'speed date' some of the UK's foremost tech instructors from the leading agencies would be the way forward, with the emphasis focused on a week's personal improvement diving. Every TEKCamp student gets to take part in a daily in-water workshop with three of their TEKCamp peers covering everything from equipment configuration, twinset diving and finning techniques to a try dive on a closed circuit rebreather, with each workshop taught by a different instructor. By the end of the week every TEKCampee will have been taught by five different instructors. These 'taster' sessions will be invaluable for any diver wanting to take up or further their technical diving training. And it helps them decide if this type of diving and certain teaching styles were appropriate for them. Some diver benefit from a more military approach adopted by some instructors, whereas others respond to a more pragmatic down-to-earth instructor.
I'm delighted to say that for TEKCamp 2011 we've secured the services of the very 'crème de la crème' of UK technical diver education - ten really experienced instructors from the four top training agencies. We'll be announcing the full dream team shortly although we're proud to announce that names already signed up include Martin Robson (IANTD, NSS-CDS & NACD), Phillip Short (IANTD UK Training Director), Richard Stevenson (TDI & IANTD) and Rich Walker (GUE UK Training Director - luminary figures not only involved in teaching but also known for diving at the very cutting edge of expedition-level tech.
Whether you're a recreational diver looking to take on a whole new challenge or an experience technical diver looking to broaden your diving horizons, this is an unique opportunity to learn from and dive with some of the biggest names in technical diving.
Rich Walker of GUE UK stated "the opportunity to work alongside the UK's best tech instructors was too good to miss. The way in which the event is structured will allow divers interested in moving to tech diving to get a real picture of the different approaches and styles of teaching available. I can't wait!"
During the week TEKCampees will also benefit from a five day Guest Pass to Vobster Quay including unlimited day diving, two half hour lectures every lunchtime (each Instructor will deliver one lecture), a Guest Speaker every evening, the ability to dive equipment from key manufactures, six days onsite camping, and a BBQ's every evening where divers can spend time and chat to the instructors informally. TEKCamp 2011 will culminate in a celebratory Hog Roast on the Friday night.
Places are limited at TEKCamp 2011. To book your place simply log onto www.tekcamp.co.uk . Divers should be a minimum of Sport Diver / Rescue Diver with 50 logged divers preferably with a Nitrox Qualification. For those who are not Nitrox certified Vobster will run a special course on Sunday 24th July.
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