Friday, February 24, 2017

Testimonial by Iris Poutanen of the February 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Iris Poutanen of the February 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


The testimonials come in by droves at the moment and here is the Testimonial by Iris Poutanen of the February 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

Iris came in to her PADI IDC program, not really knowing what to expect, but she soon found out that a lot of the things she was told, were just absolutely not true and she ended up having a good time and became a good PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, with guidance by me with a full believe in her strengths and capabilities that she can live up to expectation of being a good instructor.

She's small but she's also two hand fulls, in the best positive way, a bundle of very positive energy with a good idea of what she wants and how to get there. I can only hope for there that she will meet the right people that can help her along the way!

Panama, here we come!

It will be great meeting you again Iris, I hope it will be sooner rather than later, good luck and all the best with your future plans!

Testimonial by Iris Poutanen of the February 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Iris Poutanen of the February 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Iris during one of her Open Water training dives being part of her PADI IDC, at one of the dive sites we visited with 'Dive Asia's' dive boat on a three dive day trip at the Raya Islands

Have a look at what iris has to say about her PADI IDC experience during the February 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket;

IDC With Camille was amazing! When I start the course I had very different expectations about it because I get wrong information and hazy "advices" from others about it and I start course with little bit unsure feeling. But from the first day until it was over Camille give me so clear imagine how is the work when you became to be instructor and he teach us really how to prepare lessons and how to use all the tools and be a good teacher. Now the real learning process just starting and I feel like I have stable & steadily bottom under my feet. Feel like I'm ready to jump! Big thank you Camille!

It's really appreciated that you took the time out to write this Iris, thanks! It was good to have you on board for that February Phuket IDC!

Come and join me for new PADI IDC Programs and become the next PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, first options are monthly programs on Phuket, Thailand, starting 7th March and 11th April in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and this is followed by a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 26th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Testimonial by Christine Dietz of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Christine Dietz of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand


Here's another one, just recently send to me, this time it's a testimonial by Christine Dietz of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta.

Christine is a teacher at an international school in Qatar, but jumped at the option of participating in one of my PADI IDC programs in Thailand, and she picked the January - February 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for the occasion.

It was not her first time in Thailand, since she completed her PADI Divemaster course in Khao Lak last year, partially being trained by Ann, who staffed during this PADI IDC.
Christine is still young but well determined and she's planning to set up a scuba diving club at her school in Qatar and take the kids diving. I'm convinced that she will succeed with this plan and she will bring the joy of diving to many kids at her school.

Looking forward to catch up soon with you Christine and look back at the good times we had during this PADI IDC program we had on Koh Lanta.

Testimonial by Christine Dietz of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Christine Dietz of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand; Christine with PADI Examiner Robert Scammell at the recent PADI IE earlier this month on Koh Lanta. Christine nailed the PADI IE with very high scores on all the four PADI IE parts

Without further ado, here's what Christine had to say about my Koh Lanta January-February 2017 PADI IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers';

Camille was a wonderful course director to have for the IDC. He is very knowledgeable, but more importantly he is extremely patient and personable. During my course he made sure each candidate knew what to work on and how to work on it to prepare for their IE and life as a dive instructor. His focus was not to just get you through the IE, but to make sure you would be a confident competent instructor. He made the time educational, fun, and memorable. 

Much appreciated Christine, for taking out the time to write this. It was my pleasure having you at this Koh Lanta IDC!

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity will be 7th March and 11th April and monthly programs throughout the year on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 27th March back on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and this is followed by 26th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, February 20, 2017

PADI IE for February 2017 on Phuket has been successfully completed

PADI IE for February 2017 on Phuket has been successfully completed


The PADI IE for February 2017 on Phuket has been successfully completed and all four candidates of the February PADI IDC on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket passed the PADI IE with flying colors and are now brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

PADI IE for February 2017 on Phuket has been successfully completed

PADI IE for February 2017 on Phuket has been successfully completed; After the successful PADI IE on Phuket, time for a picture, from left to right; Robin, Iris, Robert (PADI Examiner), Staffan and Christophe. Well done guys, congratulations.

Two days with waiting around, getting nervous and short bursts of action finally are behind them, with the result we hoped for and all the hard work during the recent February PADI IDC has paid off in big ways.

The exams went down very well, after some sweat and tears (well, tears....) of some candidates, the classroom presentations turned out to be easy going and the last part of day one, the confined presentation and skill circuit were almost home runs.

That left the open water presentation on Sunday morning, the part that leaves all nervous since there's no remake in this part of the PADI IE. However, all went well and with another set of great scores, they passed the open water dive and the Rescue exercise # 7.

Yesterday evening we had a celebration dinner together and the party started to gear up, but whatever happens on Phuket during IE parties stays in Facebook, oops, I mean, stays on Phuket, but fun was had!
Today everybody has a well deserved day off to cure the respective hangovers and tomorrow Robin and Staffan will come with me on the boat for the Deep dive and underwater navigation instructor specialties.

If you're interested to join the ranks of the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, your next opportunity will be on Phuket, Thailand 7th March and 11th April in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by a PADI IDC on 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and this is followed by a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 26th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, February 17, 2017

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has been completed

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has been completed


The PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has been completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
After nine intensive days, we can call it a day and we can now just sit back and relax a bit before tomorrow early morning the PADI IE will start here on Phuket.
All four of them did a great job and come Sunday afternoon, Iris, Christophe, Robin and Staffan should be new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. 

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has been completed

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has been completed; On the way back to Phuket after completing the Open Water training dives, from left to right; Iris, Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director), Robin, Staffan and Christophe

It was hard work though and at times it was like blood, sweat and tears (well, tears, figuratively speaking) but in a nutshell, a PADI IDC is not given to you on a platter but you have to put in the work and energy to make it happen. They all four did though and the fruit is bears should be seen over the coming weekend, during their PADI IE.
All classroom presentations by them and me, confined and open water dives, all work shops, all exams and everything else that comes with a PADI IDC, it's done and dusted and behind us.

Stay tuned over the weekend to see how they fare, they have our full support at 'Dive Asia'!

If you're interested to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, plenty of opportunities are available to you and the next options will be 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by monthly programs on Phuket, Thailand, with the next two programs being scheduled to start 7th March and 11th April and this is followed by a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, Thailand starting 27th March.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Testimonial by Carolyn Popoli of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Carolyn Popoli of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand


Here's a brand new one; Testimonial by Carolyn Popoli of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

The testimonials are coming and fast and thick at the moment and it's great to see my candidates taking the time to do so! Much appreciated.

Carolyn is another strong willed woman that participated in recent the January - February PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, she had to bring a few offers and sacrifices in order for her to be able to join a PADI IDC program and I'm happy she ended up joining our program. At the same time she is smart and she has a plan and a route to follow and I'm convinced that she will find her way around in the PADI system and the dive community and she will find the place that will make her happy. Good luck with your route and Koh Chang as your first stop seems to be a good start!
Looking forward to hear from your adventures and to hopefully meet again soon, somewhere!

Testimonial by Carolyn Popoli of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Carolyn Popoli of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand; Carolyn with Rob, the PADI Examiner, after having successfully completed the recent February 2017 PADI IE on Koh Lanta

Let's check out Carolyn's testimonial though, here it is;

Camille is very knowledgeable about the PADI system and the dive industry in Thailand. His detailed feedback during the IDC helped us all pass the examination with ease. Additionally, he made an effort to get to know all the candidates as a friend and mentor, and gave us counseling specific to our desired paths through the diving industry. Camille genuinely cares about his work. Thanks!

Carolyn, thanks for taking the time out to write this, it's much appreciated. 
For more testimonials, from previous PADI IDC candidates, dating all the way back to 2003, when I started as a PADI Course Director, check here.

There are opportunities for you to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs and the next opportunity will already be come 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by monthly programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and the next two scheduled programs start 7th March and 11th April and this is followed by a PADI IDC program back on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Testimonial by Norie Ishida of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Norie Ishida of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand


Here's already the second one; Testimonial by Norie Ishida of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

This testimonial was sent to me earlier today by Norie and together with Melonie she was part of the infamous chatterbox section of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta!
She is however a determined woman with a strong mind and will and becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor was and is very important to her and she succeeded with flying colors, because she put the time and energy into it. Well done Norie and well deserved and it was my pleasure and honor to have you in my class!

She also has a fantastic asset of language skills, with Japanese, Cantonese and English, you will be able to teach more people besides just your friends!
Hopefully we meet again soon and we can look back at the good times we had during the PADI IDC on Koh Lanta!

Testimonial by Norie Ishida of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Norie Ishida of the January 2017 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand; Norie together with Rob, the PADI Examiner, after she successfully completed the PADI IE on Koh Lanta earlier this month

Enjoy reading Norie's testimonial;

Hi Camille,  As I am waiting for my PADI certificate and my cards to arrive, I am looking back to the first day of my IDC.   I was so excited yet nervous but you got us relaxed throughout the IDC and made each day enjoyable.  My classmates were also great and I think we bonded very quickly :D.   Completing the IDC and IE was very important for me and I have made it because of you and Ann.   I learnt a lot from you and your suggestions/comments made me a better diver and soon instructor ~ Thank you again for the time and effort you put into our IDC and IE, especially all the e-mails we went back and forth even beginning of the IDC.  Your quick response to all e-mails and your presence at the IE helped a lot! I look forward to seeing you again and dive with you.   Norie 

Thanks Norie, much appreciated for taking the time to write this!

If this makes you curious to participate in a PADI IDC program with me, the next opportunities will be on 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand but starting with 7th March and 11th April in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by a new PADI IDC program scheduled to start 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2017 has reached the half way mark

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2017 has reached the half way mark


The PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2017 has reached the half way mark, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

We're actually already a day over that half way mark but I don't always have immediately the time to update the blog, so here it is today, whilst the four PADI IDC candidates of this February 2017 IDC on Phuket are sweating it out over their five theory exams of physics, physiology, RDP, general skills and last but not least equipment and the General standards exam.

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2017 has reached the half way mark

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2017 has reached the half way mark; All four candidates at the Kata Big Rock scuba diving training center of PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' at Kata on Phuket, from left to right; Iris, Robin, Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director), Christophe and Staffan

It has been an action packed couple of days, loaded with presentations by me and the four candidates. They already completed two classroom presentations as part of their knowledge development presentations and all confined water dives, skills and workshops like descents, CESA, about control, etc are out of the way. Both open water are still in the pipeline and will be tackled come Thursday, during which they will also earn their Nitrox Instructor certification by completing a dive on an Enriched Air mix with me. 
There are also more presentations coming up by me, one more classroom presentation by the candidates and a few more workshops on open water control and skills will be coming along as well.

We also have the ERF Instructor course still scheduled, which should be completed by Friday.

Come Saturday and Sunday the PADI IE will be conducted here on Phuket and by that time they should be ready to navigate that exam with confidence and knowledge and we should have four new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors at PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' around Sunday noon time.

If you're looking for a PADI IDC program to participate in and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor yourself, your next opportunity to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs will be 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by monthly programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with the next two programs starting at 7th March and 11th April and this is followed by 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Blue Planet Divers'.

Please contact me for specific information on any of my PADI IDC destinations.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, February 10, 2017

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started


The PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
It's not many times that I go straight from one PADI IDC program into the next one, but this month that's exactly what I did. After the PADI IE on Koh Lanta was completed, I had one travel day to get to Phuket and the next day, yesterday, I started the PADI IDC for February 2017 on Phuket! Today we're already on day two!

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started; Iris demonstrating a CESA (Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent) in the pool during her skill circuit

As usual during all of my PADI IDC programs, it's an international affair, once more, with candidates originating from Germany, Sweden and Finland and the Course Director or myself is from the Netherlands.

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started; Christophe during a workshop on how to use a lift bag, today in confined water

In this short time span of two days, we covered already a lot of ground, a complete set of theory exams, some presentations by me and and lots of work ion confined water over the last two days. Skills circuit practice and lots of different workshops, varying from control, to CESA, to lift bag use, practicing rescue exercise # 7 with mouth-to-mouth and pocket mask and a few more. We keep ourselves busy!

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2017 has started; Robin during a workshop on how to use a lift bag, this afternoon in confined water

Tomorrow they will have their first presentation of the IDC, in confined water, followed by more presentations by me and more homework each day to prepare! It's still fun tough and it seems the candidates are on a steep learning curve!
Stay tuned for more updates on this February IDC on Phuket!

Christophe during a workshop on how to use a lift bag, today in confined water

Christophe during a workshop on how to use a lift bag, today in confined water; Staffan practicing rescue exercise # 7, unconscious diver at the surface, this afternoon in the pool

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity will be this month, 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by 7th March and 11th April on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille