Meet the Team

Rob Tompkins

PADI SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR AND OWNER

Is the owner of TEDs Centre with wife Shelley Palik. Rob has been diving for over 40 years in many different environments and capacities. He started diving in Victoria, BC. back in the early 1970′s as a show diver for the Undersea Gardens. It was not uncommon to find him and his fellow divers at the Gardens experimenting with “Dry Suits” off the docks at the Inner Harbour. Running full out along the dock with the suit fully inflated, looking much like the Michelen Man and jumping into the water from the top of the docks was a favorite past time between shows. Rob also spent time as a commercial diver in Victoria and Tofino. Many years past before he decided to become a dive instructor with PADI and followed his dream to Utila, Honduras. Rob has ventured into the world of technical diving and specialty instructor in a number of areas.

Specialty Instructor Ratings:

Digital Underwater Photography, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Equipment Specialist, Underwater Naturalist, Enriched Air, Search and Recovery, Wreck Instructor, Tec Rec Gas Blender, EFR Instructor and Project Aware.

Distinctive Instructor Rating:

Sidemount Beautiful Oceans Instructor – Coral Reef Conservation and Formation. Captain’s Ratings: Day Skipper, Coastal Skipper and Navigation ISPA certifications.

Shelley Palik

OWNER

Shelley is co-owner of TEDs centre with husband Rob. She is an avid swimmer and snorkeler and has travelled extensively throughout the world visiting many exotic locations. She is also a personal development coach and when Rob said “if you can make peoples dreams come true….can you do that for me.” The next thing that happens is she ends up owning a 5 Star IDC and retail establishment in North Vancouver, now called TEDs centre…

Brandon Rogers

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Brandon first stepped in to the ocean to conquer his deep water fear in 2003. Shortly after you would have found him in the cenotes in Mexico, hyperventilating on his regulator.

By the end of 2006 he had become a PADI Assistant Instructor. Although Brandon does most of his diving in the local waters in BC, he has dove in Tulum, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, and New York.

Brandon has worked as a lead divemaster on the Nautilus Explorer, and was the lead safety diver on the student film, 2am.

He has fallen in love with wreck diving and overhead underwater environments. He now spends his down time diving in the Indian Arm – if you can’t find him there, he is diving one of our local wrecks.

Additional Certifications:

PADI Tec 40, 45, 50 and 65 Trimix Diver, PADI Tec Trimix Gas Blender, NSS Full Cave Diver, EFR Instructor and PADI Specialty Instructor, PADI Distinctive Specialty Instructor.

 

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