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Meet the staff at the Edge Diving Center!


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The Edge Diving Centre
973 Marine Drive
North Vancouver, BC V7P 1S4
(604) 990-DIVE(3483)

Hours:
M - F: 10am - 6pm
S - S: 9am - 5pm

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Rob Tompkins

PADI SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR AND TED's 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.


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Shelley Palik

TED's OWNER 

Shelley is the 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.....


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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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Shannon Hall

PADI Divemaster, Service Technician and Shop Staff

Shannon has been at The Edge Diving Centre since 2012, when she returned from an extended trip abroad.  Having been hooked on diving, surfing and living the good life in Thailand, she continued diving and travelled through the Indian Himalays until she was backpacker extrordinaire.  Finally she came to Egypt and completed her professional training in the Red Sea, in the shiny desert jewel of Dahab, on the Sinai Peninsula.

Her family and home in Vancouver BC called her back after 2 years of aquatic adventure, but she knew she just couldn't stop the diving.  Shannon is now an accomplished drysuit diver and can fix anything in scuba that is worth fixing.

Certifications: PADI Divemaster, Emergency First Response Instructor and Oxygen Provider Instructor, TecRec Trimix Gas Blender, Drysuit Diver, Equipment Specialist, Deep Diver, Underwater Model



Shane Craver

Shane is a new addition to the edge diving crew but an old fixture on the hills of North Vancouver.  Born and bred here, he began diving at the ripe age of 16.  After completing his open water course in the cold he began venturing elsewhere chasing new diving and new adventures in the past few years.  After meeting a man on a beach in El Nido, Palawan Shane became enthused by the idea of completing his instructor training whilst travelling in the Philippines.   Some months later he arrived back in the Philippines and made his way to Malapascua Island where he completed both his divemaster and intsructor development program.   Malapascua is the only island in the world where you can dive with thresher sharks on a reliable basis.

 

Shane has dived in Australia, Belize, California, Cambodia, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras,  Indonesia, the Philippinesthe Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific coast of Mexico, 


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Cameron Jackson

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Cameron began diving in 2008 in preparation for a trip to Mexico.  He was just going to dive once a month to keep his skills up.  Two years later he successfully completed his instructor examination and spends most of his spare time at his "happy place" - The Edge.

Cameron enjoys all aspects of diving - teaching, technical diving and just diving for the fun of it.  His most amazing experience was spending a week diving the wrecks in Chuuk Lagoon.  For local dives, Whytecliff remains his favourite spot.

Additional Certifications:  DSAT Nitrox Gas Blender, PADI Tec 40, 45 and 50 Diver and Sidemount Diver.  EFR Instructor and PADI Specialty Instructor.



Otto Wille

Specialty Instructor Ratings:

Project Aware, Aware Coral Reef Conservation, Aware Shark Conservation, Fish Identification, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Photographer, Drift, Boat, Altitude, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Dry Suit, Enriched Air, Multilevel, Deep, Night, Wreck, Cavern, Search and Recovery, Surface Marker Buoy, Self-Reliant, Sidemount, Trimix Blender, EFR, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Oxygen First Aid, Neurological Assessment Provider and DAN Instructor.

ADDITIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:

IANTD Cave Diver, IANDT Trimix Diver, NAUI  Ice Diver, PADI Tec 40,45,50,65 & Trimix Diver, PADI Tec Sidemount Diver, ScubaPro Service Technician



John Congdon

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

 

 

 

 




Tamara Loney
IDC Staff Instructor


John Webb

John Webb

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

John is from Vancouver Island and grew up in North Vancouver. He started diving in 2000 while in SE Asia and came back to continue diving on the B.C. Coast, becoming a Dive Master in 2010 and a MSDT in 2012.

In addition to instructing and diving for fun, he's enjoyed volunteering with the community as well; The Vancouver Aquarium, the ARSBC with preparing the HMCS Annapolis for Howe Sound and with 'Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans', doing underwater cleanups. He enjoys exploring less frequented sites and searching for and introducing the more rare critters to divers.

Specialty Instructor Ratings: Wreck, Deep, Dry Suit, Enriched Air, Night, Search & Recovery, Peak Performance Buoyancy, EFR and Emergency O2  Provider.

Additional Certifications: Tec 40, Underwater Naturalist, Equipment, Tec Trimix Gas Blender, Project Aware, Coral Reef Conservation.