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BECOME A SAFER &
MORE CONFIDENT DIVER!




Take an IANTD course and become a safer, better and more confident diver...

Discover the world of bubble-free diving on a closed circuit rebreather...
Whether you want to bring a whole new level of safety and confidence to your diving or you're an experienced diver wanting to explore beyond the limits of recreational diving, our range of technical diving courses can get you there...

Our diver training programs offer a means of diving more safely and in more environments - whatever your level and interests. IANTD has been at the cutting edge of technical diver training for more than 20 years and continues to set the pace that others follow. From the first nitrox course in the world to its recreational trimix programs which allow for reduced narcosis in the entry-level tech depth range, through to CCR Cave and Expedition Trimix, IANTD has been setting the standard since the very beginning.

All our IANTD programs, from entry level upwards, equip a diver with the skills and knowledge to become a safe, responsible and thinking diver. It's a philosophy reflected in our self-sufficient diver course and continues throughout all our training programs.

Explore beyond the limits of recreational diving by signing up for an IANTD technical diver course at Vobster Quay. Our technical courses will add a whole new level of safety and fun to your diving - giving you the skills and confidence to explore wrecks and other dive sites out of reach of the crowds...



The Vobster Difference



Signing up for a training course with Vobster Quay is a great way to start your technical diving career. As a full-time diving operation with years of experience behind us, we've put together an unbeatable range of courses to suit divers of all levels and aspirations...
  • Professionalism - All our instructors and divemasters are paid - and fully insured - professionals. We do not use amateurs.
  • Tech-trained Staff - We don't subcontract our teaching - courses are taught by centre manager Tim Clements and many of our staff are tech trained too!
  • Low Ratios - With our low maximum ratio of students to instructors, you're guaranteed individual attention. We don't believe in 'production line' courses.
  • Ongoing Consultation & Support - Forgotten a skill or simply want to check your dive planning? Just call or email and we'll be happy to bring you back up to speed.
  • Fully-stock Shop - Need a new wing or a twinset? Our onsite shop stocks many of the top brands in technical gear including Halcyon, Hollis, Apeks and VR Technology.
  • Dedicated Classrooms - There are no grubby porta cabins at Vobster Quay! All your theory sessions take place in heated classroom facilities with full multimedia facilities.
  • Flexibility - We treat everyone as an individual and offer a range of training options to suit every budget and training need. We can even offer one-to-one training!
  • Waterside Access - With plenty of parking right next to the waterside, there's no need to lug your heavy twinset up and down a hill just to get to the water!
  • Guaranteed Diving - With our own 36-acre fresh water lake stocked with fascinating dive attractions and thousands of friendly fish, you're guaranteed to dive at Vobster Quay. Diving at Vobster is not weather-dependent.

Meet our Instructors




TIM CLEMENTS
IANTD Instructor Trainer
Tim started diving in 1990 while studying Marine Biology and Oceanography, becoming a BSAC Advanced Diver in 1993 and taking part in several scientific diving expeditions to Southern Ireland.

Following an MSc in the Orkneys and an HSE Part IV qualification, Tim worked across the spectrum of diving, including environmental survey work, aquarium diving and media projects.

Eight years of aquarium education programmes has given Tim a deep enthusiasm for revealing the underwater world to divers and non divers alike, even converting an old sewage works in Fort William into a public aquarium based around human marine exploration.

His diving has taken him to many countries, wrecks, reefs and a couple of caves. Although Tim has also occasionally been persuaded to dive in warm water, he is convinced the UK offers some of the best diving in the world.

Tim began technical diving in 1999, taking part in the 990 magazine expedition to the Bullring in 2002 as underwater videographer.

HOWARD 'HUGO' ANGEL
IANTD Technical Instructor
Howard 'Hugo' Angel is an IANTD Advanced Recreational Trimix Instructor, a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and PADI Tec Deep Instructor.

A relative newcomer to diving, completing his Open Water course in only 2009 and qualifying as an instructor in 2011, Howard has committed to scuba diving with a single minded determination and has worked as professional diver in England, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia.

A keen technical diving enthusiast, Howard is a dedicated cold water diver, with a particular interest in deep diving, the overhead environment and rebreathers. Despite the high tech focus of his own personal diving, Howard is an enthusiastic trainer of divers and enjoys sharing the underwater world with both novice and experienced divers alike.

Howard's future ambitions are to continue to explore the flooded caves and mines of the world and work towards becoming a full cave instructor.

JAMES SWIFT
IANTD Technical Instructor
James started diving in 2003 in the UK taking the PADI open water course and doing some UK cold water diving. In 2004, he traveled the world and dived in many of the worlds best diving destinations continuing up the PADI ladder taking the advanced open water in Vietnam, then taking the Rescue Diver course on a live aboard on The Great Barrier Reef.

Got hooked on diving and wanted to continue and decided to become and instructor in 2005. He then traveled to Mexico and became a PADI OWSI Instructor in 2006 and worked in the dive industry in Mexico for four years as a full-time instructor and cavern guide in the Cenotes. He discovered cave diving 2006 and became a cave diver. Then in 2008, he became an IANTD technical diving instructor teaching all courses including cavern diving.

James returned to the UK in 2010 and continued diving and teaching in the UK. He has dived many wrecks, caves, caverns, oceans, lakes and quarries around the world. He has a passion for cave diving and wreck diving and all forms of technical diving and continues to try new things and continue my diving education.

Training Schedule



Looking for diver training at Vobster Quay? Here's a list of the courses we've got lined up over the next few months...
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It’s always a privilege to be part of someone’s first diving course, helping them to learn the skills required to have fun and stay safe under the water, learning in the manner that comes most naturally to each of us as individuals.

This week though, has been extra-special and something that I’m personally very proud to have been involved with. Six of Great Britain’s finest, supported by the amazing Help for Heroes Official organisation, took on the challenge of learning to dive and approached it with the attitude, determination and humour... [more]

POSTED: 18th August 2017

Ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater but not quite sure whether scuba diving is right for you? If so then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is for you! A 2 hour session costing only £35/person will give you the perfect opportunity to learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

There is nothing like breathing underwater for the very first time. It takes a little getting used to - after all, we humans aren't designed to breathe underwater - but after little more than just a few minutes, most participants come to realise just how easy scuba diving really is.... [more]

POSTED: 15th August 2017

Ever wondered what it's like to breathe underwater but not quite sure whether scuba diving is right for you? If so then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience is for you! A 2 hour session costing only £35/person will give you the perfect opportunity to learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.

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POSTED: 15th August 2017

Would you like to give rebreather diving a try? Already a rebreather diver and fancy trying another unit?

...get yourself to the latest BSAC Try Tech weekend – 30 September/1 October at Vobster Quay.

Book your place online [weblink]

POSTED: 15th August 2017

Rebreather Try Dives at Vobster Quay 30 Sept and 1st October.

POSTED: 15th August 2017

ALL YOUR SWIM QUESTIONS ANSWERED!

Planning your first swim visit to Vobster Quay but not sure where to start? Fret no more for help is at hand :-)

To make your first visit as easy and painless as possible, we've put together a very useful leaflet packed with all the information you need. We've listened to... [more]

POSTED: 08th August 2017

FREE SHOWERS UPGRADE COMPLETE

It's not the most exciting image in the world, but it shows the dual redundant boilers now powering the Vobster changing room showers.

The original system was designed to cope with the occasional shower, not six heads running at 3 litres per minute all day! We now have enough capacity, in... [more]

POSTED: 31st July 2017












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