TEKSTREME - The Team

Cat Braun

Cat Braun has been active within the diving industry for many years in the Red Sea, Egypt. She and Chris Armstrong have put their hearts into growing their company Tekstreme Diving to become one of the largest and most reputable technical diving facilities in Egypt.

As a International Technical Training director for SSI she is working hard to help develop their full range of Extended Range Programmes simultaneously working very closely with Mares to develop their XR product line to offer a bespoke range of equipment suitable for all levels of technical diving.

Cat Braun

Cat's credentials include:

  • SSI International Technical Training Director
  • TDI Advanced Trimix OC & CCR Instructor
  • BSAC Advanced Mixed Gas OC Instructor
  • PADI Trimix Instructor
  • Apeks Service Technician
  • Mares Service Technician

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong came to Egypt and Sharm El Sheikh 7 years ago to escape the UK winters. Tekstreme is blessed to have such a highly qualified instructor running the Team in Sharm. Chris has a wide experience bank to fall back on due to his training in four of the major technical diving agencies. His chilled out character suits the lifestyle we have but with precision and attention when teaching. You can usually find Chris either chilling out on his CCR unit or in the Tavern watching the football!

Chris Armstrong

Chris's credentials include:

  • IANTD Entry level Trimix instructor
  • BSAC Advanced Mixed Gas OC & CCR Instructor
  • TDI Advanced Trimix OC & CCR Instructor
  • PADI Trimix Instructor
  • SSI Hypoxic Trimix Instructor
  • Apeks Service Technician

Shaun Fox

Shaun has proven himself to be a valuable assist to Tekstreme in Hurghada. His Naval skills, combined with years of diving experience and true commitment makes him the perfect Technical assistant that you could ask for. You will usually find Shaun hiding in the compressor room filling the tanks for the Tekstreme divers, or if not, sat quietly splicing ropes together to make the diving trapeze, or making our tanks look fresh with new stickers or paintwork, or if he has time, he is out guiding the Tekstreme guests.
A keen CCR diver, Shaun is looking to expand his credentials to KISS instructor as soon as we give him the time to do so!!

Shaun Fox

Shaun's credentials include:

  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • EFR Instructor
  • TDI CCR Advanced trimix Diver
  • SSI Technical Extended Range Diver
  • TDI Divemaster
  • Apeks Service Technician

Duncan Spencely

Duncan has been living and working in Sharm El Sheikh since 2006. On arrrival he qualified as a PADI Instructor and was quickly taken under the wing of Chris Armstrong (former Tekstreme favourite). Chris steered him towards the tec route in his first Sharm winter and Duncan was instantly bitten by the bug. He went on to complete his Trimix qualifications, tec instructor rating and then started down the closed circuit route. At the same time, Duncan continued to explore and develop his other passion, Photography (both on land and underwater). On a day off you will find Duncan tec diving with camera in tow...

Duncan Spencely

Duncan's credentials include:

  • PADI Trimix Instructor
  • PADI Sidemount Instructor
  • TDI Sidemount Instructor
  • TDI CCR Instructor
  • TDI Normoxic Instructor
  • Apeks Service Technician

Paul Thewissen

Paul came to Egypt over 9 years ago and has made his mark as an instructor and guide, to his guests he is simply unforgettable. He prides himself on attention to detail and customer attention. Over the last couple of years his passion and interest for technical diving has grown and grown and it will not be long until he is teaching technical courses to the high standards that he teaches recreational courses at. You will currently find Paul guiding the Tekstreme guests on the mainland side of Egypt or in the work shop filling tanks and fixing things!

Paul Thewissen

Paul's credentials include:

  • PADI MSDT
  • SSI Extended Range Instructor
  • EFR Instructor
  • Apeks Service Technician
  • Aqua Lung Service Technician