Meet the Team

Rob Tompkins


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


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…

Robin Barker

Repair Technician and Course Director

Robert H Barker (Robin): The pivotal foundation of diving in British Columbia. A pioneer in the advancements of scuba diving as we know it today. An innovator and influential instructor within the scuba world. In short, Robin is the PADI God. Robin began his underwater journey in 1959 and by 1988 he was a PADI professional. And four short years later, Robin became a master instructor. Robin is certified and qualified to instruct 74 PADI courses, including the nine distinctive specialties he has created over the years. These are comprised of the following:

Boat Operators Course Instructor
Computer Diver Instructor
Cylinder Inspection Course Instructor
Dive Planning Instructor
Kayak Diver Instructor
Underwater Communications Instructor
Underwater Crab Diver Instructor
Underwater Map Making Instructor
Last but certainly not least, Underwater Modelling Dive Instructor.

Robin spends most of his days at The Edge servicing gimcracky regulators, chasing sticks, eating buckets of feed and chasing the chimps in the yellow banana suits. On his spare time, one can find him bird watching or reading up on old war stories and drinking his short dark from Starbucks.
Thank you Robin for all of the greatness you do.

Instructor Ratings:

Divemaster 3 Feb, 1988

Assistant Instructor 31 May, 1991

Open Water Scuba Instructor 19 Oct, 1991

Master Scuba Diver Trainer 4 Mar, 1992

Master Instructor 21 Oct, 1993