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Technical training at Vobster





BECOME A SAFER &
MORE CONFIDENT DIVER!

IANTD training is all about training safe, responsible, knowledgeable, thinking divers with the skills to explore safely new and challenging dives.

From a twinset or sidemount intro session, to rebreather and instructor training, IANTD courses emphasis knowledge, proficiency, judgement and safety. It's a philosophy reflected in our self-sufficient diver course and continues throughout all our training programs.

This foundation will support you as you aim for more challenging and rewarding dives in all environments from reefs to wrecks and caves. Skill and self sufficiency also underpin safe instruction or survey work. If you are a scientist, archaeologist, divemaster or instructor, you will benefit from the IANTD approach to dive planning and execution.

IANTD has been at the cutting edge of technical diver training for more than 30 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.

Call us on 01373 814666 and ask for Hugo or Tim to discuss how IANTD training can unlock the potential in your diving.



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...
  • Our instructors are active technical divers, regularly advancing their own experience.
  • Vobster instructors contribute to IANTD training materials development - we're writing the book!
  • Vobster instructors regularly run technical diving trips.
  • Vobster Quay is the home of IANTD UK - train at the UK HQ.
  • All our instructors and divemasters are paid - and fully insured - professionals. We do not use amateurs.
  • We don't subcontract our teaching - courses are taught by centre manager Tim Clements and many of our staff are tech trained too!
  • With our low maximum ratio of students to instructors, you'll enjoy individual attention. We don't believe in 'cookie cut' courses.
  • 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.
  • Need a new wing or a twinset? Our onsite shop stocks many of the top brands in technical gear including Halcyon, Hollis, Apeks and VMS Rebreathers.
  • All your theory sessions take place in heated classroom facilities with full multimedia facilities right here onsite at Vobster Quay.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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 and reefs. 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.

Tim can offer training on OC up to Normoxic Plus (70m), CCR to Normoxic Plus (70m), Instructor OC training up to Normoxic Plus, incl Sidemount, Instructor training CCR up to ART dil (RedBare).

Tim has applied his knowledge and experience to writing new materials for IANTD, with the Self Sufficient manual 2017, plus Photogrammetry and Scientific diving course materials for 2018.

HOWARD 'HUGO' ANGEL
IANTD Technical Instructor
Howard 'Hugo' Angel is an IANTD Normoxic Plus Trimix Instructor, an IANTD DPV instructor, IANTD Sidemount instructor and IANTD Hypoxic Trimix JJ-CCR diver.

Howard approaches technical 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. Recent highlights of this experience have included SS Transylvania (120m+) in 2016 and deep channel dives during 2017, plus UK Mine diving.

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, working towards becoming a full cave and CCR instructor.

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
Duration
Price
PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)03 Mar 20184 days 660

Sentinel Try Dive (Quarry)09 Mar 20184 hours 100

IANTD - CCR Diver (RedBare)14 Mar 20185 days 900

PADI - AOW (Silver)16 Mar 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)16 Mar 20185 days 570

DPV try dive17 Mar 20182 hours 50

DPV try dive17 Mar 20182 hours 50

DPV try dive17 Mar 20182 hours 50

Tech Coaching23 Mar 20181 day 180

PADI - AOW (Silver)30 Mar 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)30 Mar 20185 days 570

Tech Coaching06 Apr 20181 day 180

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)07 Apr 20184 days 660

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)13 Apr 20183 days 560

IANTD - Self Sufficent14 Apr 20182 days 320

IANTD - CCR Diver (RedBare)16 Apr 20185 days 900

IANTD - ART (no gas)19 Apr 20184 days 575

Sentinel Try Dive (Quarry)04 May 20184 hours 100

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)05 May 20184 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)12 May 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)12 May 20185 days 570

IANTD - Sidemount12 May 20182 days 320

IANTD - Deep26 May 20182 days 375

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)02 Jun 20184 days 660

IANTD - Self Sufficent09 Jun 20182 days 320

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)16 Jun 20184 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)16 Jun 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)16 Jun 20185 days 570

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)22 Jun 20183 days 560

PADI - AOW (Silver)24 Jun 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)24 Jun 20185 days 570

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)30 Jun 20184 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)07 Jul 20184 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)14 Jul 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)14 Jul 20185 days 570

IANTD - Sidemount14 Jul 20182 days 320

IANTD - Deep28 Jul 20182 days 375

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)04 Aug 20184 days 660

IANTD - Self Sufficent11 Aug 20182 days 320

IANTD - ART (no gas)23 Aug 20184 days 575

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)24 Aug 20183 days 560

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)25 Aug 20184 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)01 Sep 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)01 Sep 20185 days 570

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)08 Sep 20184 days 660

IANTD - Sidemount08 Sep 20182 days 320

IANTD - Deep22 Sep 20182 days 375

IANTD - ART (no gas)01 Oct 20184 days 575

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)06 Oct 20184 days 660

IANTD - Self Sufficent13 Oct 20182 days 320

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)26 Oct 20183 days 560

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)27 Oct 20184 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)03 Nov 20184 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)10 Nov 20183 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)10 Nov 20185 days 570

IANTD - Sidemount10 Nov 20182 days 320

IANTD - Deep24 Nov 20182 days 375

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)08 Dec 20184 days 660


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






TECH SUCCESS FOR VOBSTER STUDENTS.

Smiling faces all round as a full course of four complete IANTD ART diver with Howard 'Hugo' Angel. Congratulations to Bernard, Seb, Paul and Steve, supported by ART Supervisor intern Duncan. You're good to go for 51m trimix dives with 100% O2 accelerated deco, which means 2018 season will be... [more]

POSTED: 20th February 2018

Vobster Quay is proud to host the first official Ghost Fishing training event. Taking care of the rubbish in our oceans is our responsibility. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

POSTED: 19th February 2018

CRUSHING WORKS 3D MODEL.

We've handed the latest 3D model from Marcus Blatchford over to our webmaster for incorporating into our dive attractions pages and we're delighted with the result. It's how dive guides should look - a cutting edge model for orientation with relevant readable information for more detail. Thanks chaps - more... [more]

POSTED: 19th February 2018

VOBSTER SEAKING 3D MODEL.

Thanks to Vobster regular Marcus Blatchford, we now have a cutting edge photogrammetry model of the new Seaking at Vobster. With assistance from Simon Brown he has prduced a navigable model for dive briefs or just 'plane' ogling. Thanks for the effort Marcus, this kicks off an exciting photogramm project... [more]

POSTED: 13th February 2018

We have had a couple of calls from members who have said that they received an email from someone pretending to be Vobster asking for card details for an outstanding payment. This email is not from Vobster, please do not respond to it. It has been reported to Gmail for attempted phishing, emails from us will not ask for card details. Vobster Quay

POSTED: 10th February 2018

The new issue of Scuba Diver magazine is out - pick up your FREE copy from the Vobster shop next time you visit :-)

POSTED: 09th February 2018

What a difference a ray of sunshine makes - it might have been minus 3 this morning, but it was lovely in water. Thanks to Marcus for these pictures - I was busy running RedBare try dives!

POSTED: 06th February 2018












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