LEARN FROM THE BEST
What makes a TEKCamp instructor?
NOTE: The instructor line up for 2020 is yet to be finalised and is subject to change...
TEKCamp offers a unique opportunity to train with some of the most experienced and influential technical instructors in the industry. Our instructors aren't weekend warriors - they're the 'creme de la creme' of tech training and active diving explorers at the very cutting edge of exploration.
What makes our instructors different? Many of our instructors are either training directors or instructor trainers - they're the guys who literally define the standards and write the training manuals for many of the leading technical training agencies.
If you want to learn from the very best, TEKCamp is the place to do it...
7-10 Sept 2020
Vobster Quay, UK
TEKCAMP 2020 INSTRUCTORS
Meet the star-studded line up of tech talent
Paul Vincent Toomer
RAID Global Training
Paul began his training diving career in 1996 and is now at the forefront of technical diver training with DiveRAID - the Rebreather Association of International Divers. He has dived caves and wrecks all over the world and has safely planned and executed ocean dives to a maximum depth of 150 metres. Paul regularly contributes to the dive press and has worked with film and TV companies as a diver, supplier and advisor. He has given many diving related presentations at leading conferences including LIDS, Eurotek and DEMA.
PADI Director of Rebreather Technologies
Vikki works for PADI as a member of the Technical Diving Division developing and supporting TecRec courses. Vikki has been teaching tec for 15 years and has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Tekcamp and the opportunity to work with their enthusiastic divers over the last few years. As her normal role involves training instructor trainers at sidemount, open circuit and rebreather levels, this is a rare opportunity to work with a member of PADI's full time staff at diver level. Vikki is a passionate cave diver and can think of nothing better than spending a week in southern France enjoying the caves, countryside and cafes.
NACD Training Director
+ IANTD ITT
Martin is one of the UK and world's most experienced instructors and teachs courses from IANTD, PADI and both NACD & NSS-CDS. Martin is the International Training Director for NACD, sits on the Board of Advisors for IANTD and is also a Technical Field Consultant for PADI's range of rebreather programs. Martin specialises in extreme environments and regularly teaches courses such as expedition trimix, ice diving, advanced cave and technical wreck to instructor level in environments from the arctic to the equator.
TDI + IART Instructor Trainer
CCR + Cave Instructor
Dave Gration is a TDI and IART Instructor Trainer, a PADI Master instructor, an IANTD Rebreather Instructor, CCR Cave Instructor and ITDA technical instructor, specialising in rebreather technology. In his 30 years of diving, Dave has explored some of the world's most iconic wrecks including the Britannic, Lusitania, USS Atlanta, San Marco, Viminale, Kujawiak (L72), Olympus and HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow. He is also the Diving Safety Officer for Underwater Cultural Heritage Malta which gives him unrivalled access to recent never before dived wreck discoveries.
TDI OC + CCR Technical Instructor
Beatrice started diving at the age of 16 and is now an open circuit and CCR technical instructor. She holds a Masters Degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography and co-author of the book Biodiving: Environments and Organisms in the Mediterranean
. She travels the world diving and teaching in different environments, sharing her experiences through educational projects and dive shows. She is actively involved in a number of projects to study of the biological colonisation in a new cave system and also the exploration of a recently discovered deep wreck.
TDI IT Evaluator + Training Advisory Panel
Mark has been diving since 1987 and has been teaching since 1994. He has been a full time technical diving instructor since 2004. He is a contributor to Sport Diver Magazine in which he writes a regular column on technical diving. In 2008 Mark published Deco for Divers, a widely acclaimed overview of the theory and physiology of decompression. This has quickly become the standard text on the subject and is recommended reading by a number of the technical diving agencies.
SSI TXR International
Adam started diving in 1995 aged 12 and knew instantly he was born to teach people to dive. Adam now runs one of the UK's largest certifying dive centres and is one of a select group of SSI Recreational, Technical and CCR Instructor Trainers. In his role as SSI TXR International Training Director, Adam is a contributing editor to the new XR and TXR Technical training materials for SSI. Undoubtedly Adam's passion is teaching - passing on knowledge & skills in technical, sidemount and closed circuit rebreathers, both at user and instructor level.
RAID UK Training Director
IT + Cave Instructor
Garry, aka 'Sidemount Bob', began his diving career in 1999. His interest in diving includes sidemount, backmount and ccr and has led to an extensive knowledge base which he eagerly shares with others. An avid dry caver in his earlier days, Garry's passion for sidemount and cave diving, led him to be fundamental in the founding of the Apeks Cave Exploration Project in 2013. Whether diving technical or recreational, cave or wreck, Garry provides high quality training with an enthusiastic and friendly approach.
GUE Board of
Rich Walker started diving in 1991 and soon found himself spending all his spare time exploring the shipwrecks off the coast of the UK. Rich is a member of the GUE board of advisors and is able to teach all GUE recreational and technical classes up to Tech 2 and CCR. He is also an instructor evaluator at all recreational levels and to the Tech 2 level. Wreck diving has always been his passion. He runs Project Tiger in the UK, documenting two WW2 LSTs in the Channel. He has dived on Ghost Fishing projects in Croatia and Scapa Flow. In July 2015 Rich was part of the team diving the Mars in the Baltic Sea. Rich is also a keen cave diver and enjoys exploring caves both here in the UK and abroad.
IANTD Instructor Trainer
+ CCR Cave Instructor
Ian started his teaching career in 2005, teaching open circuit technical courses up to Advanced Trimix. Now specialising in Mine, Cave and Trimix diving as an Advanced Cave diving instructor, Ian believes that the wrecks, caves and unexplored areas of the world are accessible to all divers with the correct training, equipment and knowledge. When not teaching, Ian spends his time exploring caves and flooded mines. He offers training here in the UK, Azores, France, Spain, Malta and Mexico.
GUE Tech + Cave Instructor
+ GUE Instructor Trainer
John Kendall has been diving since 1993 and is a GUE Technical and Cave Instructor and an Instructor Trainer. John has worked on exploration projects around the world, including the Woodville Karst Plains Project (WKPP), the Mexico Cave Exploration Project, and recently has been working on deep water 3D photomapping of 2300 year old shipwrecks off the coast of Sicily, in association with the Soperindenza del Mare.