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TekCamp 2018: Day 2 Review

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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.

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

 

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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WIN a Beuchat Air Light Bag!!!

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beuchat-logo-1-300x58.jpgFor this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Beuchat to give away an Air Light Bag!

The Air Light Bag from Beuchat is a practical travel bag that takes up minimum storage space.

  • Material: 600 denier and 1,000 denier nylon/PVC
  • Soft roller bag, easily stored in its mesh bag
  • Internal retaining straps
  • Zip fastener with eyelets for padlocks
  • Side compartment for fins
  • Outer document pocket with coated zip and carry strap
  • Backpack style straps concealed behind the foam back-plate
  • Drainage vents
  • Red over-moulded wheels; detachable wheel block

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported that Mexico is to host the first annual Cancun International Boat Show and Marine Expo this year. But when is the event due to take place?

Is it:

  • A) 9th – 11th July
  • B) 16th – 18th July
  • C) 23rd – 25th July

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Beuchat Air Light Bag February 2021

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  • Terms and Conditions: This competition is open to all visitors to www.scubaverse.com except for members of the Scubaverse team and their families, or employees of Beuchat and their families or employees of Suunto Diving UK and their families. A valid answer to the competition’s question must be entered. If no valid answer to the competition’s question is entered, your entry will be invalid. Only one competition entry per entrant permitted (multiple entries will lead to disqualification). Only one prize per winner. All prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered. In the event that the prize cannot be supplied, no liability will be attached to www.scubaverse.com. When prizes are supplied by third parties, www.scubaverse.com is acting as their agents and as such we exclude all liability for loss or damage you may suffer as a result of this competition. This competition closes on 07/04/21. The winner will be notified by email. The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

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Jeff chats to… Jill Heinerth – underwater explorer, author and presenter (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Jill Heinerth.

Jill is one of the world’s premier underwater explorers, and the first person to dive inside iceberg caves. According to filmmaker James Cameron, “More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has gone right here on earth.”

An acclaimed polar explorer, cave diver, author, speaker, filmmaker, and climate advocate, Jill is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. She is the inaugural recipient of the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration and Canada’s Polar Medal.

Jill leads expeditions into extreme environments to advance scientific and geographic knowledge. Her projects have been broadcast on the CBC, BBC, PBS, Discovery Channel, and television networks worldwide. Jill was announced as the recipient of the William Beebe Award from the Explorer’s Club and was inducted into the International Scuba Divers Hall of Fame in fall 2020.

Her bestselling book INTO THE PLANET – My Life as a Cave Diver  has drawn acclaim from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and O Magazine. Heinerth details her journey into the extreme world of underwater cave exploration, where she has had to overcome fear in order to go where no one has gone before.

Find out more about Jill and her work at: www.intotheplanet.com


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

Call 020 3515 9955 or email john@thescubaplace.co.uk

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