TekCamp 2018: Day 2 Review


The new TekCamp 2, 3 and 4 day model is proving really successful, the event is being attended by more people interested in trying twinset, sidemount, and rebreather than the past and it’s very exciting to have such a vast amount of new blood coming into the tech diving fraternity.

Where day one was all about setting up equipment and getting somewhat of a stable platform to work from, day two has all been about progressing those skills. Some of the teams worked on line laying, where others focused on stage handling or light communications, all that with a healthy mix of sidemount and CCR try dives going on.

We are only at the half way mark but I think it’s safe to say this is going to go down as one of the most successful TekCamp’s in history judging by the vast improvements made by the attendees and the amount of fun they are having in the process.

The true power of an event like this is that it removes the expectation and thus desire to walk away with a certificate, most dive tuition strongly focuses on achieving a set goal in a limited time, course durations are generally set as a fair amount to achieve these goals, at an event like TekCamp the aim is solely to progress, to learn, to try new things and to have fun. There is no certificate at the end there is no extra depth, more deco or any type of qualification gained.

What is gained however, is an increased skill set, knowledge and solid foundation to go away and practice from, I call this lateral learning, which is the cornerstone of building a strong foundation of knowledge and experience on which future learning can progress from, without the expectations of having to pass the attendees end up having a lot more fun! Cracking day, and cracking talks, tomorrow will bring another level of increasing complexity so it promises to be a good one!

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

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Olivier Van Overbeek

Olivier Van Overbeek

Oli started diving in 1998 on holiday in the south of France, where he instantly fell in love with the underwater world. He started his training in Holland with the NOB, then transitioned to BSAC after moving to the UK South coast in 2000, and eventually joined PADI in 2009. After joining RAID in 2014 he started working with, and learning with Paul Toomer directly, and in 2015 joined the first RAID IT program. He’s a Recreational and Technical IT, as well as a Sentinel CCR Instructor. He’s a test diver for various manufacturers, and a technical consultant and course author for dive RAID International. Oli currently co-runs Diving Matrix and provides dive training in the UK, Malta and mainland Europe.

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