Take your first steps into tec...
Interested in training with rectotec? You can contact Tim by phone...

07968 148261
Alternatively, by email...

rectotec is a diver training facility which offers open circuit diver training from beginner through to normoxic Trimix with BSAC, PADI and SDI/TDI. In addition to full courses, we're also happy to teach referrals, individual sessions or offer 1 to 1 coaching.
Located in Birmingham, West Midlands, we are able to run courses at a time and location that best suits you. Theory lessons can be done on-site, via e-learning or even at your location on special request. rectotec is also happy to work with dive shops or clubs and run courses in your area.

rectotec teach in single and twin set configurations and although practise the Hogarthian style (except when agency standards dictates otherwise), we have an open mind and are happy to discuss any configuration questions that you may have. Equipment may also be provided if required. We can help you 'future proof' your equipment to ensure you buy the correct gear first time. Although this initially may appear expensive, the right equipment will save you money in the long run.

Underwater lessons are filmed for accurate post-dive critiques; they will not be used otherwise without explicit consent. All footage will be deleted by the end of the day however if you want it for personal reasons, please remember to bring a storage device with you.

At rectotec we only recommend equipment that we either dive with or would be happy to use. We are proud to be dealers for the following manufacturers; Light-For-Me, Tecline, Dive Signs and RescuEAN.
Meet your instructor...
Tim Gort has been fortunate to have trained under and dived with some of the best diving instructors within the UK.

Tim has dived in various locations such as Ascension, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Maldives, Egypt, Florida and the Socorro and Guadalupe Islands Mexico. In 2008 he was part of Exercise JURASSIC SHARK 2, winner of the Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for the British Sub-Aqua Club. It was Tim's passion for diving that led him to start rectotec in 2012.

Tim Gort learnt to dive in 2003 however he was mainly a warm water diver until he joined the Royal Engineers Sports Diving Association (RESDA) and found a love for UK diving. Tim became a BSAC OWI in 2007 and an AI in 2009. He is also a BSAC First Class Diver, BSAC Technical Instructor and Instructor Trainer, and became a BSAC National Instructor in 2017. Tim earned his PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) qualification in 2008 and progressed up to MSDT before earning his SDI/TDI instructor in 2009.

In addition to his instructor credentials, Tim also holds CCR MOD 1, sidemount, full cave diver and Apeks & Aqualung service technician certifications. Tim can also be found presenting on the TekDeck stage at the NEC Dive Show each year. When he's not diving, Tim is a Late Entry Captain in the Royal Engineers
Training options for HM Armed Forces Personnel
As a serving member of the Armed Forces, Tim has organised multiple adventure training diving trips including both in the UK and overseas.

Additionally in 2008 he was lucky enough to be part of Exercise JURASSIC SHARK 2, winner of the Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for the British Sub-Aqua Club and he is also proud to have been involved in the Battle Back scheme.

Joint Service diving is not without its restrictions and organising an expedition can appear daunting for someone on their first attempt. Below are some of the areas that rectotec are able to offer support with:

Expedition  Planning
As an Expedition Sub-Aqua Diving Supervisor (ESADS) since 2009, Tim is familiar to the military requirements of expedition planning and has organised many trips both inside and outside the UK. He is able to help you with Joint Service Regulations, the JSATFA process and possible SADS/Instructor assistance.

If you're thinking of planning a trip, rectotec may be able to help you with Administration Instructions and Post-Exercise Reports to any of the following locations:

  • Plymouth
  • Falmouth/Porthkerris
  • Lundy Island
  • Swanage
  • Weymouth
  • Isle of White/Portsmouth
  • Scapa Flow
  • Egypt
  • Cyprus
  • Gibraltar
  • Mexico
Military  Discount
rectotec are proud to offer a 10% military discount on most products to serving members of the Armed Forces.

Diver  Conversions
rectotec can convert existing Army or Navy diver qualifications to a civilian qualification allowing you to enjoy your diving skills whilst on holiday.
Discover what others are saying about rectotec...
"Having recently completed my BSAC Sports Diver course with rectotec I just wanted to offer a recommendation to anyone else considering training with them. From initial contact through to the most comprehensive joining pack I've ever received Tim certainly set the tone for the course. Both the theory and practical training were top notch with Tim offering coaching and guidance to not just meet but exceed the standards required for the course. I found the video feedback from the training very beneficial in pin pointing exactly what I did and where it could be improved. If you're considering training with rectotec you won't be disappointed and I look forward to taking another course with them soon."

Pete, BSAC Sports Diver
"Just completed my TDI Into-to-Tech course with Tim. The course organisation was excellent, as was Tim's instruction and feedback. I feel I've got a really solid foundation to build on. The weekend was challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great atmosphere throughout and Tim couldn't have been more helpful - loaning kit and great advice on kit configuration."

Rob, TDI Intro-to-Tech
"Tim is a competent instructor who works to provide his students the best opportunities to learn skills. He is thorough and systematic."

Mike, BSAC combined instructor event
"Very high level of teaching; above and beyond expectations. Not only were the practical lessons taught extremely well they were backed up with excellent theory knowledge. The additional tips and training was also a great addition to the course. Sports Diver gained, enjoyable diving and great company - you can't ask for more."

Jason, BSAC Sports Diver
"Tim's teaching style is excellent; relaxed, enthusiastic and very thorough. His subject level knowledge, infectious enthusiasm and relaxed teaching style made for a very informative and fun session. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to others. I will be booking TDI Intro to tec with Tim soon."

Ian, TDI Nitrox Diver
"Tim Gort is a very professional and knowledgeable instructor who will go out of his way to help, guide and advise anyone who is in need. I would recommend rectotec if you are thinking of applying for a course as Tim will personally go that extra mile to deliver any level of course without hesitation."

Jason, TDI Intro-to-Tech
"I completed the TDI Advanced Nitrox and Helitrox course with Tim at rectotec and thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommend rectotec. The entire course from the initial planning to the diving itself was very well organised and Tim is clearly a very knowledgeable and experienced instructor. He is transparent with the standard required of you through the course but always makes the time to support you in meeting them. Overall, I got more out of the course than I expected and was very impressed."

Chris, TDI Advanced Nitrox and Helitrox
"An experienced diver once told me ‘choose your instructor before you choose your course’, which turned out to be excellent advice. Tim and rectotec came highly recommended by several experienced technical divers I know and have dived with and after an initial conversation with Tim prior to the Advanced Deco and Nitrox course, I knew I’d made a good choice. Tim made the theory part of the course interesting by combining books with power point presentations, videos and a multitude of handouts, making complex subject matter relevant and easier to grasp.

The practical aspect of the course started with a kit critique. Tim’s advice was excellent and the small ‘tweaks’ here and there were noticeable on the first dive. Tim’s dive briefs were clear, concise but kept relaxed. Once underwater Tim’s skills demonstrations are excellent as was his communication and along with his patient instruction we quickly progressed, the course culminating in two dives at the NDAC where all our newly developed skills and knowledge were executed as a dive team, under the watchful eye of Tim – with a few unexpected surprises thrown in for good measure!! All in all an excellent course run in a competent, professional manor by an excellent instructor"

Richard, AN/DP
"Having just completed the BSAC Explorer mixed Gas course with Tim I was amazed on how much I learned in the weekend. Tim delivered a brilliant training package to a very high standard. He took his time and helped at every turn working from simple basics (which we sometimes forget) to the more detailed planning cycles required). I would highly recommend a course with Tim and rectotec. Great value for money delivered in a professional a proactive manor with just enough motivational nudges to keep you on track. A great instructor and a recommended course."

Mark, BSAC Explorer Mixed Gas