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TEKCAMP 2015 TALKS
Enjoy talks from leading dive explorers...


At TEKCamp, we pride ourselves on securing a fabulous line up of speakers that represent some of the most knowledgeable experts and explorers in the diving industry. Whatever your interest, TEKCamp offers a packed schedule of talks to inform, challenge and inspire...

At TEKCamp 2015, attendees enjoyed three fascinating talks each and every day - 2 x 30 minute talks at lunchtime and then a full on 60 minute 'keynote' talk in the evening. TEKCamp talks cover a diverse range of subjects ranging from decompression theory and kit configuration to deep wreck discovery and cutting-edge cave exploration. Read on to discover our keynote talks...
TEKCAMP 2015 ARCHIVE:

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IMAGING THE DEEP - EXPLORING DEEP WRECKS AROUND THE WORLD
Presented by Leigh Bishop


Renowned deep wreck explorer Leigh Bishop presents a fascinating look into the world of deep wreck diving through the eyes and lens of one of the pioneers of shipwreck exploration. Wreck diving at its highest level takes explorers to every far corner of the world in search of the next big find and with it comes some of the most exciting adventures.

Tailored specifically to TEKCamp attendees, this keynote presentation is not to be missed by divers wishing to progress their wreck exploration to the next level. Leigh will guide you through some of the world's most significant shipwrecks lost in deep water - you'll learn all about the planning behind some of the world's highest profile wreck diving expeditions and what it's really like to search for and dive virgin shipwrecks! Learn all about the people that explored them and the equipment they used to execute these cutting-edge dives.

Leigh will focus on a 'then & now' theme, taking you on a virtual underwater tour of historically significant shipwrecks including the Lusitania, Titanic and her sister ship Britannic as well as lost bullion ships like the Egypt and Niagara. There maybe a visit to the famous Truk Lagoon as well as amazingly preserved wrecks in the Baltic sea and sensitive wrecks such as the Nazi Ocean Liner Wilhelm Gustloff. Take a look at colonial wrecks, warships, treasure ships and listen to conspiracies, near death experiences and clandestine dives!

ABOUT LEIGH BISHOP

Leigh Bishop has been exploring shipwrecks since the 1980's and was a pioneering mixed gas diver in the early days of technical diving. He has been a member of countless deep wreck expeditions and has dived the Britannic, Lusitania and many other famous shipwrecks lost in history.

He continues to dive in the English Channel and has explored an estimated 400+ virgin shipwrecks. His time exposure photography of deep wrecks is well known and he is regarded as one of the worlds foremost shipwreck photographers. He is a prolific writer on the subject globally and has appeared in many television documentaries.

He is the co founder and creator of the EUROTEK Advanced Diving Conference - the premier technical diving conference in the Northern Hemisphere. Leigh is currently hard at work on a number of exciting book projects.

THE SCIENCE OF
UNDERWATER CAVES
Presented by Jill Heinerth


A sport once tagged as the domain of adrenaline junkies, cave divers have become an important asset to scientists exploring global climate change, archaeology, water issues and unique biology.

Famed dive explorer, author & photographer Jill Heinerth will share stories from expeditions to faraway caves around the world from Egypt to Antarctica and Bermuda to the Bahamas. She'll offer a fast-paced multimedia show about tiny venomous creatures and ancient lofty stalagmites that tell the story of earth before man and foretell the future of our water planet.

Whether you're terrified of the very thought of cave diving or looking to explore 'caverns measureless to man' by becoming a cave diver yourself, Jill's talk promises to be a real highlight of TEKCamp 2015 - miss it at your peril!

ABOUT JILL HEINERTH

More people have walked on the moon, than have been to some of the places that Jill's exploration has taken her right here on the earth. From the most dangerous technical dives deep inside underwater caves, to searching for never before seen ecosystems inside Antarctic Icebergs, Jill's curiosity and passion about our watery planet is the driving force in her life.

Jill's accolades include induction into the Explorer's Club and the inaugural class of the Women Diver's Hall of Fame. She received the Wyland ICON Award, an honour she shares with several of her underwater heroes including Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard and Dr. Sylvia Earle. She was named a "Living Legend" by Sport Diver Magazine and selected by Scuba Diving Magazine in America as their "Sea Hero of the Year 2012".

Jill is a motivational speaker, prolific author of numerous books on technical diving and pioneer in the field of technical rebreather diving. Jill's blog at rebreatherpro.com reaches an international audience and her books, The Basics of Rebreather Diving and The Essentials of Cave Diving are on Amazon's best-seller lists.

PROJECT J2 - 1000 HOURS
UNDER THE EARTH
Presented by Phil Short


Back in early 2013, Cave Explorer Phil Short was fortunate to join a 50+ person team of 15 nationalities on an expedition to Southern Mexico to continue exploration of the famous J2 Cave. This cave is part of a master system of caves in Southern Mexico that Bill Stone - pioneering CCR designer, cave explorer and space engineer - has devoted over 3 decades of his life to.

During the project Phil and Marcin Gala pushed the cave beyond the elusive 4th sump and extended the cave to over 12 km horizontal and 1.2 km vertical in length. Phil spent a total of 45 days underground during the 3 month project and will tell all at TEKCamp!

ABOUT PHIL SHORT

After 25 years in the dive industry logging over 8000 dives including over 3000 hours on CCR, Phil now works predominantly in the scientific diving community as a CCR project manager, trainer and consultant.

Phil has worked on projects with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the US National Parks Service, Chinese National Museum and the UK Police dive teams.

A passionate cave explorer, Phil acted as lead diver on Bill Stone's J2 project in Mexico which saw him spend 45 days underground. Phil is a BOA member, UK Training Director of IANTD and an active ITT. Phil has trained the UK HSE and BBC divers and worked on film projects such as 'The Road to Certain Death'.

IT'S A WRAP!
Celebrate success and win some great prizes!


Friday afternoon is the time to kick back and celebrate the close of another fabulous TEKCamp! After a full-on week of diving workshops, try dives and talks, this is your chance to chill out and relax with your fellow TEKCamp attendees...

Naturally the TEKCamp team will be in attendance, giving you the perfect opportunity to rub shoulders and chat with some of the biggest names in diving. Got a burning question that you're itching to put to our diving gurus, want to chat about further training or perhaps you simply want to know which one of them has the most tattoos? This is your chance to put them on the spot in a less formal setting without the pressures of a tight schedule to contend with.

We don't plan to send you home empty-handed, though - some of you will be going home with some seriously cool diving prizes! Every year at TEKCamp, we give TEKCamp attendees the opportunity to win some seriously cool prizes - every attendee to TEKCamp automatically gets entered into the prize draw so all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to make sure you're there. It really is that simple!

Want to see what lucky TEKCamp attendees snapped up these gorgeous prizes? You can see their happy smiling faces over at the TEKCamp 2015 gallery page.