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TekCamp 2018: Day 1 Review

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TekCamp 2018 kicked off in blazing sunshine at Vobster Quay in Somerset on Monday, with 10 instructors, 10 safety divers and 33 attendees gathering together to listen to the morning briefing from Tim Clements.

Tim is passionate about TekCamp, and told us that it was about bringing together the very best instructors who are also out there exploring, discovering & breaking new ground, so that those attending will get great instruction, but will also be inspired to get out there and use their skills further.

The instructors at the event are all household names in tech diving: Paul Vincent Toomer, Martin Robson, Beatrice Rivoira, Mark Powell, Garry Dallas, Adam Wood, Kieran Hatton, Ian France, Richard Walker & John Kendall. They represent a host of different training agencies including: RAID, IANTD, TDI, SSI & GUE.

Once the morning briefing was over, they divided off into small groups, with each instructor and safety diver team taking around 4 students. Some to try rebreathers for the first time, and others getting in the water with diving twin sets and sidemount setups.

The TEkCamp 2018 village at Vobster Quay also saw several equipment manufacturers on hand to talk about their latest kit, and to let those attending try some of it out. Fourth Element, Apeks/Aqualung, Suunto, Mares, Otter Drysuits and Sea & Sea all had gazebos to visit between dives.

At lunchtime, Paul Vincent Toomer gave a talk about expedition diving, so everyone grabbed a bite to eat and headed back to the briefing room to listen. Exploring is a passion for Paul and this really came across in his talk about how he got into expedition diving. He was generous in his advice on how those attending could get started too, making the very good point that in modern times where most places have already been discovered, the ocean is still full of opportunities to discover something no-one else has seen.

The diving teams got back together for the afternoon diving session and were soon underwater blowing bubbles (or not!) Not before some entertaining demonstrations and practising of finning techniques! You can watch some video clips of the day below:

At the end of the day, everyone gathered around the BBQs to eat and talk about their first day at TekCamp. But this was not the end of the day, as everyone, including us, was very excited about the keynote speech that evening. It was standing room only to hear about the Thai Cave Rescue from John Volanthen and Chris Jewell and we will be doing a full report on this later.

For more information on TekCamp please visit their website by clicking here.

To find out about Vobster Quay, visit their website by clicking here.

 

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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White Shark Interest Group Podcast #009 – SURVIVING A SHARK ATTACK with DAVE PEARSON

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Ninth in an exciting podcast series from Ricardo Lacombe of the White Shark Interest Group.

Episode 9 of the White Shark Interest Group Podcast, Facebook’s’ largest White Shark specific group, covering science, conservation, news, photography, video and debate.

This episode features Melissa speaking with shark attack survivor Dave Pearson, about his experience, the aftermath and trauma for all involved, and the social media comments and victim blaming following an incident or attack.

Dave is the founder of Bite Club, a support group for survivors of attacks and bites, as well as for the families and friends of victims following a tragic incident.

He also established Beyond The Bite, a support organisation serving many purposes for anyone involved in shark attacks, from helping to get surfers back in the water, to covering costs of families who need to travel to the site of a loved ones attack.

This is a MUST LISTEN for all shark advocates as Dave and Melissa discuss how advocates can really help in the aftermath and reporting of an incident, and how shark advocates can become human advocates at the right time it is needed most. A real eye-opener of an episode.

Bite Club can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50136… Beyond The Bite can be found here: https://www.beyondthebite.org/ and would appreciate ANY donations you could make to help survivors and their families

Click the links below to listen to the podcast series on the following audio channels:


Join the group: www.facebook.com/groups/whitesharkinterestgroup/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/whiteshark_interestgroup/

Website: www.whitesharkinterestgroup.com

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Ultimate Diving Maldives Offer

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7 nights at the Bandos Island Resort & Spa in the Maldives – From £2555 per person

Bandos Island Resort & Spa has already welcomed its first guests to the Maldives since March, with more divers heading off this December trying to escape the chilly UK weather. The Maldives is a dream destination, it offers a range of blue lagoons, deserted islands, a true sense of romance and tranquillity but above all amazing diving.

This destination should be on every diver’s bucket list, especially those with a non-diving partner because there is enough going on to ensure everyone will have a great time. The Maldives are the ultimate island paradise with each one offering dazzling white sandy beaches topped with coconut palm trees and turquoise blue lagoons.

Bandos Island is fully encircled by pearly white beaches, turquoise waters and a never-ending blue sky blessed with abundant sunshine. The house reef at Bandos is considered one of the best in North Male Atoll and the convenient location of Bandos allows divers to choose from over 40 impressive dive sites.

Book 7 nights from £2555. Price includes flights from London, speedboat transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation on an all-inclusive basis and 10 shore dives per person. Single supplement applies.

To enquire or book, visit www.ultimatediving.co.uk or give the team a call on 0208 655 6458  and they can give you the lowdown on the destination and diving.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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