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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

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.

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
PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)29 May 20194 days 660

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

IANTD - Deep08 Jun 20192 days 375

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)21 Jun 20193 days 560

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)22 Jun 20194 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)22 Jun 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)22 Jun 20195 days 570

IANTD - CCR Diver (RedBare)24 Jun 20195 days 900

IANTD RecMixGas CCR24 Jun 20194 days 720

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)29 Jun 20194 days 660

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)06 Jul 20194 days 660

PADI - AOW (Silver)12 Jul 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)12 Jul 20195 days 570

PADI - AOW (Silver)13 Jul 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)13 Jul 20195 days 570

PADI - OW & Drysuit & Nitrox (Gold)18 Jul 20194 days 660

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

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

IANTD - Self Sufficent10 Aug 20192 days 320

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

Rescue,EFR & O2 (Gold)16 Aug 20193 days 560

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)07 Sep 20193 Days 460

PADI - AOW (Gold)07 Sep 20195 days 570

IANTD - Sidemount07 Sep 20192 days 320

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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POSTED: 20th May 2019

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POSTED: 16th May 2019


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POSTED: 08th May 2019

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POSTED: 04th May 2019


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