TEKCamp 2012 kicked off in style on the 9th July with 13 of the UK’s top technical instructors and over 45 enthusiastic divers converging on Vobster Quay for five solid days of diving, talks and fun. Billed as an opportunity to ‘speed date’ the very best in technical training from all the major training agencies including PADI TecRec, attendees fine tuned their diving, increased their inwater confidence and learnt a few new skills – all designed to make them better and more confident divers.
With such unrestricted access to some of the best instructors in the country, it’s no surprise that TEKCamp attendees got so much out of the event. TEKCamp attendees got to sharpen their skills during a series of workshops covering everything from valve shutdowns, propulsion techniques and technical rescue to line laying and stage handling. In addition, many attendees also opted to experience taster dives on a state of the art closed circuit rebreather and diver propulsion vehicle.
When they weren’t in the water, TEKCamp attendees enjoyed a series of talks form some of the biggest names in dive exploration. World record holder John Volanthan visited TEKCamp on the first evening to give attendees a first-hand account of his record-breaking dives in the Pozo Azul cave system whilst CDG cave diver Duncan Price took TEKCamp attendees on an exclusive ‘out of hours’ tour of the amazing show caves at Wookey Hole.
TEKCamp attendee Sean Wilson summed up the experiences of many. “My diving has changed beyond recognition within the space of a week. I’ve learned new skills and refined and improved techniques I already knew. That’s without mentioning the new and improved equipment set up or the wonderful people I met while attending. It’s an event that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual as much as possible and where progression is the name of the game. I can’t recommend it enough!
Planning is already afoot for TEKCamp 2013 with the date set for the 8th – 13th July 2013. Put the date in your diary, folks!