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Technical training at Vobster


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

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.

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.

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...
Course Name
Start Date
PADI - AOW (Silver)29 Apr 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)29 Apr 20175 days 599

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)06 May 20173 days 495

PADI - AOW (Silver)07 May 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)07 May 20175 days 599

PADI - AOW (Silver)10 May 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)10 May 20175 days 599

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)12 May 20173 days 495

IANTD Nitrox diver (theory)12 May 20171 day 150

Tech Coaching15 May 20171 day 150

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)16 May 20173 days 495

IANTD - Deep20 May 20172 days 320

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)27 May 20174 days 590

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)29 May 20174 days 590

IANTD - ART01 Jun 20174 days 540

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)10 Jun 20174 days 590

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)01 Jul 20174 days 590

IANTD - CCR Diver (Sentinel)02 Jul 20175 days 800

CCR Event03 Jul 20172 days 350

PADI - AOW (Silver)14 Jul 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)14 Jul 20175 days 599

IANTD - Sidemount22 Jul 20172 days 270

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)28 Jul 20173 days 495

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)05 Aug 20174 days 590

IANTD - ART10 Aug 20174 days 540

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)14 Aug 20174 days 590

PADI - AOW (Silver)25 Aug 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)25 Aug 20175 days 599

IANTD - Sidemount26 Aug 20172 days 270

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)09 Sep 20174 days 590

PADI - AOW (Silver)22 Sep 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)22 Sep 20175 days 599

IANTD - Self Sufficent23 Sep 20172 days 270

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)29 Sep 20173 days 495

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)07 Oct 20174 days 590

IANTD - Deep14 Oct 20172 days 320

PADI - AOW (Silver)20 Oct 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)20 Oct 20175 days 599

IANTD - ART26 Oct 20174 days 540

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)04 Nov 20174 days 590

PADI - AOW (Silver)17 Nov 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)17 Nov 20175 days 599

PADI - OW & Drysuit (Gold)02 Dec 20174 days 590

PADI - AOW (Silver)15 Dec 20173 Days 390

PADI - AOW (Gold)15 Dec 20175 days 599

Need more information on the courses we offer? Call us
on 01373 814666 or email us to discuss your training requirements!

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Discover the Red Sea with Vobster Quay - 8th to 15th December 2017.


POSTED: 27th April 2017

Vobster Quay doesn't just puddle jump. After trips to Naples last Autumn and Mull in March, Pete Shaw takes the helm for an early season Cornwall fix. Later this year, we have Plymouth weekender, Normandy wrecks and Malta to make full use of the training gained at Vobster and extend confidence and skills into rewarding diving. Interested in trips or training - get in touch, we have options for everyone. Cheers, Tim

POSTED: 24th April 2017


In the market for a new dive computer? If so, you definitely want to check out this new offer from Suunto UK. Just purchase an EON Steel between now and the 30th June and you can claim a FREE wireless tank POD! Offer only valid while stocks last.


POSTED: 21st April 2017

The first of our regular weekly late-opening hours kicks off this evening. From now until late October, we'll be staying open until 9:30pm (exit the water by 9:00pm) every Thursday for divers wishing to take advantage of the long Summer evenings. See you all at the quayside!

POSTED: 20th April 2017


A weekend of boat diving with friends & buddies in one of Cornwall's iconic dive locations. One day £60 for 2 dives, 2 days 4 dives £110.

Porthkerris has amazing shore diving, sheltered from all but Easterly winds, with reefs that drop to 18-19m maximum.

Offshore, accessed by Porthkerris Divers Celtic Kitten... [more]

POSTED: 18th April 2017


From right to left here is Pete Shaw, Vobster Quay instructor being evaluated for his IANTD Normoxic Plus (70m) by Howard Angel, Vobster Quay Technical Instructor, ( who is being evaluated by Tim Clements, Vobster Quay Technical Instructor Trainer). In turn, Tim is being evaluated as a Normoxic Plus IT... [more]

POSTED: 14th April 2017

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