Tec Dossier – Chris Heitkemper

Chris TMx

Any PADI/TecRec certification:

PADI Course Director

Tec Deep Instructor Trainer

Trimix Instructor Trainer

Sidemount Instructor Trainer

Self-Sufficient Diver Instructor Trainer

Trimix Gas Blender Instructor Trainer

Usual Country of residence: Malta

What is your background and current involvement in diving?

I started to work as an Instructor in 1996 in Thailand. In 1998, I moved to Malta and became a Course Director in 2001. Since 2004 I have been working as an Instructor Examiner. When at home in Malta, I teach Technical and Trimix courses for students and instructors. Recently, I got into Sidemount diving as well, which is another exciting way to dive.

How did you get into tec diving?

It gave me the opportunity to dive different exciting sites. Malta offers more than 20 wrecks below recreational limits, so it is an ideal place for Technical Diving.

Do have any specialised areas of interest?

Definitely Deep Wreck Diving. It is wonderful to dive wrecks hardly anybody has seen before. There is so much history to be discovered.

What do think the greatest challenges are in this kind of diving?

Evaluating the dive conditions. Usually, visibility is awesome in Malta, however, currents can be strong. You need to respect the environment. 

Italian E-boatWhat are the most important attributes of a tec diver for the type of diving you do?

Being methodical and patient.

What are the most likely mistakes a tec diver can make in your kind of diving?

Being over-confident, trying to accomplish too much too quickly.

How do you prepare for a demanding technical dive?

By making sure equipment is complete and functioning. Visualising the entire dive is another great way to prepare.

What were your best or worst tec diving experiences?

Diving a WW I wreck and being surrounded by abundant marine life such as barracudas, groupers, rays and even a sunfish.

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 What influences your selection of dive gear?

Simplicity, practicability and performance. Ideally, the equipment becomes part of your body.

What kind of person do you want diving in the same team as you?

The ideal Tec Diver should be prudent, reliable and skilful.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of getting into tec diving?

Make sure you select equipment wisely and accept the responsibilities of a Tec Diver. Once you are qualified, keep learning and push limits slowly.

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  1. Good to have you back Chris and thanks for teaching me all that i know in tec diving!!!

    It was also great doing the sidemount course together!!! Lets hope it brings even more good memories like all the other courses you have thought me!

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