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TEKCAMP LUMINARIES
Meet and learn from tech legends...

NOTE: Whilst we do our very hardest to ensure that advertised guests do attend TEKCamp, we cannot guarantee their attendance.

Over the years, TEKCamp has played host to some of the biggest names in technical diving. Like us, they share the same desire to educate and inform the next generation of diving explorers.

Supplementing our already impressive line up of instructing talent, our headline guests are leading experts in their field. They're the guys who literally wrote the book on technical diving - true pioneers and leading lights that define our sport.

TEKCamp represents a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to learn from, train with and simply meet and chat with these diving luminaries. Can you afford to miss out?
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EDOARDO PAVIA
Deep wreck explorer and instructor


We're very pleased to welcome one of the biggest names in deep wreck exploration to this year's TEKCamp - Edoardo Pavia. A popular speaker at technical diving conferences around the world, Edoardo will not only be speaking at TEKCamp but will be getting actively involved in the diving workshops - this could be your opportunity to dive with one of the world's most experienced deep wreck explorers!

When he's not in the water teaching, Edoardo promises to wow us with stories of the many exciting dive expeditions he has been involved in. Of particular interest to TEKCamp visitors will be his talk all about diving the RMS Britannic - the sister ship of the infamous Titanic. Sunk in the Kea channel off the coast of Greece during the height of the First World War, the Britannic lies in 120 metres of water in a stretch of water notorious for its strong currents. Edoardo will reveal what goes in to mounting an expedition to visit this protected site and what it's like to dive this historic shipwreck! If you're looking to be inspired, this is the talk for you!

ABOUT EDOARDO PAVIA

Edoardo experienced his first dive in the mid 80's but it wasn't until 1996 that he was bitten by the rebreather bug after a dive on a Drager Dolphin in Papua New Guinea - two years later, he completed a MOD1 course on a closed circuit rebreather.

In 2000, Edoardo established Sea Dweller Divers, a technical shop and diving school specialised in selling technical dive equipment. In 2002 he became the distributor for AP Valves CCR in Italy. Fuelled by his passion for diving, Edoardo achieved a rapid career advancement as an instructor and then as Instructor Trainer for IANTD, one of the world's leading technical training agencies.

Edoardo is committed to deep diving and underwater filming and has participated in some of the most challenging expedition. He has visited the Britannic on four separate occasions. He has also dived the Andrea Doria, the famous Victoria 'vertical wreck' in Lebanon, several times on the Viminale and the infamous RMS Carpathia which lies at a depth of 155m+. He has also dived the Antarctic continent and is a keen cave diver.

JILL HEINERTH
Dive explorer, author & photographer


TEKCamp continues to attract the biggest names in technical diving with another headline act joining the already star-studded line up. Famed underwater explorer, environmental activist and renowned underwater photographer Jill Heinerth will be appearing at TEKCamp 2015.

Thanks to the good folk at Suunto UK, Jill will be flying in from across the pond to share her passion for exploration, teaching and 'all things water' with TEKCamp attendees. Attendees will get the chance to not only meet and chat with Jill but dive with her too with Jill actively participating in TEKCamp's in-water tech diving workshops. With her extensive experience as a pioneer in technical diving, this is a unique opportunity to learn from and dive with one of the world's leading technical divers.

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.

LEIGH BISHOP
Deep wreck explorer & photographer


Few of us will ever get the opportunity to be one of the very first divers to locate, identify and explore a historically significant shipwreck in 100m+ of water but deep wreck explorer Leigh Bishop has been there many times! Regarded as one of the world's leading deep wreck explorers and a pioneer in deep wreck photography, we're very pleased to welcome Leigh to TEKCamp 2015.

Leigh will be spending several days onsite at TEKCamp to share his knowledge and experience of deep wreck diving with TEKCamp attendees. The highlight of his attendance will be a very special 'keynote' presentation during which Leigh will offer a fascinating look into the world of deep wreck diving through the eyes - and camera lens - of one of the world's best-known shipwreck explorers.

From the renowned RMS Britannic (sister ship of the Titanic) and Lusitania, the infamous Flying Enterprise and the liner Transylvania to the lost bullion wrecks Egypt and Niagara, Leigh has dived - and photographed - them all! Leigh has also visited the most famous wreck of them all - the RMS Titanic - onboard a MIR Submersible.

TEKCamp 2015 attendees can look forward to some genuinely exciting 'boys own' adventure stories accompanied by some genuinely jaw-dropping photography - For fans of (rusty) heavy metal, Leigh's attendance at TEKCamp 2015 is an opportunity not to be missed!

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.

DR DUNCAN PRICE
CDG cave explorer & author


For many who attended TEKCamp 2014, The highlight was undoubtedly an exclusive 'out of hours' tour of the jaw-dropping Wookey Hole Show Caves with CDG diver Dr Duncan Price. Duncan took TEKCamp attendees on a fascinating history of cave diving in Wookey as we explored these world-class show caves. Few could fail to be gob-smacked by the breath-taking beauty of these amazing caves!

Over the years, Wookey Hole has become synonymous with cutting-edge cave exploration here in the UK and are considered by many to be the birthplace of British cave diving. Until 1935, Chamber 3 represented the limit of cave exploration on foot. Chamber 4 had been flooded by the mill leat and raised sluice gates since the 1850s, and nobody had penetrated further in recent times.

In 1935 two courageous divers, led by Graham Balcombe, walked along the river bed from Chamber 3 to Chamber 4 using heavy and cumbersome deep sea diving equipment. In spite of this, Balcombe reached Chamber 7 later that year. And in 1948, using oxygen equipment developed during the 2nd World War, he and his colleagues reached Chamber 9, now known as Cathedral Cave.


ABOUT DR DUNCAN PRICE

Duncan Price is the co-author of the award winning book Wookey Hole: 75 years of Cave Diving & Exploration published by the Cave Diving Group in 2010. Duncan took his BSAC Snorkel Diver test in 1982 and started caving a year later whilst at university. The progression into cave diving followed quickly and has involved him in the discovery of new cave passage in the UK, Europe and the USA over the past 25 years.

Duncan took part in the 2004-5 Wookey Hole explorations that established a new British depth record during which he dived to 70m (in a wetsuit!). As well as writing about cave diving in numerous publications, Duncan is also an expert on the 26 different flavours of ice cream for sale at Wookey Hole Caves. Look out too for Duncan's new book which is due for release in May 2015 - Underwater Potholer: A Cave Diver's Memoirs. When not cave diving or eating ice cream, Duncan pretends to be a Chemical Engineer.

LAMAR HIRES
Sidemount diving pioneer & CEO of DiveRite


We were honoured to welcome cave diving pioneer Lamar Hires to TEKCamp 2013. Lamar has spent over twenty five years exploring and surveying the extensive underwater cave systems near his home in north central Florida.

As one of the genuine pioneers of sidemount diving, Lamar treated TEKCamp attendees to a fascinating talk charting the history and evolution of sidemount diving from its humble beginnings to its widespread use today in both cave and open water environment. TEKCamp attendees discovered the thought processes that went into the evolution of the system and why sidemount is such a neccessary tool for exploring some of the inaccessible cave systems.

If you've ever wondered what sidemount has to offer and whether sidemount it is for you, there is no person better placed to answer your questions than Lamar Hires.

ABOUT LAMAR HIRES

Lamar started diving in 1979 after moving to Jacksonville, FL. The springs of North Florida were the closest dive sites to Jacksonville that didnÕt require getting on a boat. After diving all of the springs countless times, he was naturally drawn to the caves. In November 1984, after cave diving for five years and logging over 1000 dives, he earned his cave instructor rating with the NSS-CDS.

He has gone on to explore and map many cave systems in North Florida and around the world with a small group of dive buddies. The motivation to explore and challenge himself led to the design of many new Dive Rite products and diving styles. Lamar was one of the first to use sidemount techniques to push caves beyond the range of back mounted cylinders. In 1985 he used this knowledge and experience to write the first sidemount specialty program for cave divers for the NSS-CDS.

Underwater exploration, education and conservation are a passion that has led Lamar all over the world. He has mapped and explored cave systems from the rugged mountains of Japan to the remote jungles of the Dominican Republic. Lamar is a true diving pioneer!

RICK STANTON MBE & JOHN VOLANTHEN
World record-holding cave explorers


Ever wondered what it takes to be a cave diver? At TEKCamp 2013, we secured two of the biggest names in cave exploration who gave TEKCamp attendees an insight into what it's really like to be a cave explorer - world-record holding cave divers Rick Stanton MBE and John Volanthen.

Our intrepid group were promised something just a little bit different from your usual cave talk, though - Rich & John quite literally got TEKCamp 2013 attendees actively involved! TEKCamp attendees got a taster of what it's really like to be a cave diver during a series of tasks designed to mimic the sort of challenges that cave divers like Rick and John face all the time during cutting-edge cave expeditions. From a simulated cave 'rescue' to lugging gear over, under and through an obstacle course, it was both challenging and fun.

Luckily for attendees who were not too keen on confined spaces, all the activities took place on land and in the open air so everyone stayed safe and dry throughout. Still not quite sure what to make of it? Think It's A Knockout meets James Cameron's Sanctum and you wouldn't be far off!

ABOUT RICK STANTON MBE

Rick Stanton MBE is regarded as one of the world's leading cave explorers and has been exploring caves for almost 30 years.

Rick is a genuine explorer and uses practical technology to explore vast and remote regions of flooded underwater cave throughout Europe. He has developed and manufactured two closed circuit rebreather units - most recently a unique side mount, fully closed circuit rebreather which has been instrumental in his achieving cave diving depth records around the world.

ABOUT JOHN VOLANTHEN

For over 15 years, John Volanthen has been at the very cutting edge of dry and flooded cave exploration worldwide.

John jointly holds the British cave diving depth record (Wookey Hole) and was also a leading member of the team that holds the World record for the longest cave diving penetration - 5.5 miles underwater. When a notable French cave diver failed to surface from the Dragonierre de Gaud in Autumn 2010, John was one of two british divers flown to the Ardeche to attempt the rescue.

KEVIN GURR
Diving pioneer & rebreather guru


With 2012 marking the 100th Anniversary of the fateful sinking of the RMS Titanic 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland, TEKCamp 2012 attendees were treated to a fascinating talk from someone who has actually visited this most famous of wrecks - dive explorer and rebreather guru Kevin Gurr.

Recounting his experiences of visiting the world's most famous wreck, Kevin descended to a depth of 3784 metres onboard the Russian MIR submarine - the same submarine used by Hollywood Director James Cameron to film underwater sequences for the Oscar-winning movie. Setting out from Newfoundland onboard the Russian research vessel, Akademik Mstislav Keldysh, Kevin and fellow explorers Leigh Bishop and Carl Spencer spent almost seven hours exploring the wreck and conducting experiments for the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Featuring exclusive photographs of the wreck, Kevin's talk delivered a fascinating insight into what it feels like to experience 'the world's greatest wreck dive'. We were all completely spellbound and thoroughly jealous!

ABOUT KEVIN GURR

Kevin Gurr has been involved with Technical Diving since its' inception in Europe. As well as being the first technical diving instructor outside the USA, he has led and been a part of many expeditions; the first sport dives on the RMS Britannic (the sister ship of the Titanic) in 1997, treasure hunting in the Pacific (and several other locations Worldwide), film making and a dive on the Titanic in the MIR submarines to name a few.

As an engineer and diver, Kevin has developed several ground breaking products for the diving industry from trimix computers to cutting edge rebreathers. Kevin lives in Dorset, England with wife Mandy, daughters Leyla and Amberlee, Neo the black Labrador and various motorcycles.