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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, IANTD RedBare CCR 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.

In June 2019, Howard achieved a long held ambition to become a VMS RedBare CCR instructor. Howard's future ambitions are to continue to explore the flooded caves and mines of the world, working towards becoming a full cave 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 - AOW (Silver)27 Jul 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)27 Jul 20195 days 570

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)01 Aug 20194 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)03 Aug 20194 days 660

RedBareTry Dive (Quarry)04 Aug 20194 hours 100

PADI - AOW (Silver)09 Aug 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)09 Aug 20195 days 570

PADI - AOW (Silver)10 Aug 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)10 Aug 20195 days 570

IANTD - Self Sufficent10 Aug 20192 days 320

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)15 Aug 20194 days 660

IANTD - ART (no gas)15 Aug 20194 days 575

PADI - AOW (Silver)23 Aug 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)23 Aug 20195 days 570

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)24 Aug 20194 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)31 Aug 20194 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)13 Sep 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)13 Sep 20195 days 570

IANTD - Deep21 Sep 20192 days 375

IANTD Photogrammetry28 Sep 20192 days 350

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)05 Oct 20194 days 660

IANTD - Self Sufficent12 Oct 20192 days 320

PADI - AOW (Silver)18 Oct 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)18 Oct 20195 days 570

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)25 Oct 20193 days 560

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)26 Oct 20194 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)02 Nov 20194 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)09 Nov 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)09 Nov 20195 days 570

IANTD - Sidemount09 Nov 20192 days 320

PADI - AOW (Silver)15 Nov 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)15 Nov 20195 days 570

IANTD - Deep23 Nov 20192 days 375

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)07 Dec 20194 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)04 Jan 20204 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)11 Jan 20203 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)11 Jan 20205 days 570

IANTD - Sidemount11 Jan 20202 days 320

PADI - AOW (Silver)17 Jan 20203 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)17 Jan 20205 days 570

IANTD - Deep25 Jan 20202 days 375


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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Congratulations to another drysuit diver.

Well done Andy for completing the drysuit course this weekend, and to Mark for great DMT work. @otterwatersports #padidrysuit #ukdiving

POSTED: 14th July 2019

Have you met our friendly perch yet? We're loving this awesome video from diver Tony Warner that shows him and his dive buddies getting up close with our resident fish...

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POSTED: 10th July 2019

In at the shallow end. RedBare CCR trydives today, led by Hugo. Two excellent dives for the bubble free curious. #redbareccr #vmsrebreathers #iantd #iantduk #solidgreen

POSTED: 07th July 2019

Who is diving at Vobster today?

POSTED: 06th July 2019

The road to IANTD CCR instructor is long and arduous, but when well earned, qualification is celebrated by everyone. Howard 'Hugo' Angel has achieved this pinnacle after a long apprenticeship, in depth knowledge, 100 hours of redBare diving and in excess of 20 evaluated course assist hours. Howard has demonstrated his knowledge with academic, practical and diving tasks, plus completing maintenance and servicing challenges at VMS HQ. #iantduk #redbareccr #vmsrebreathers

POSTED: 02nd July 2019

Comfortable CCR students descending for their qualifying dive on the RedBare CCR. This is what 8 dives and 585 miniutes in the water does - it updates diving skills for CCR, resulting in a stable platform for enjoyable diving #iantduk #redbareccr #vobsterquay #ccrtraining #solidgreen

POSTED: 02nd July 2019

RedBare CCR training at #vobsterquay. Last week we welcomed three new CCR divers to the silent world. Congratulations are due to Mark, Lisi and Eugene completing IANTD Adv Nitrox CCR on the VMS RedBare, ready for 42m and 15 mins deco. the journey is particularly exciting for Howard Angel as he qualified as a CCR instructor at the same time as his long time OC student moved to CCR. we take great pride in repeat training for students and are always proud to be part of a divers' development. #redbareccr #vmsrebreathers #iantduk #solidgreen #ccr Congratulations to Vobster OWSI and CCR diver Bryan Wallbridge qualifying as an IANTD Adv Nitrox CCR supervisor. Many thanks to Marcus Blatchford for the impromptu drone shot!

POSTED: 01st July 2019












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