Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Testimonial by Fareez Ahmad

Here's one more testimonial, this time from Fareez Ahmad, who participated in the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in August 2014;

Hi Camille, 

First of all, thank you very much for being my Course Director; for sharing your expertise, experience, guidance and for making our IDC really enjoyable all round. I thought you were a very approachable person; you were very willing to guide all of us and it was really amazing how many laughs we all shared during the course. 

I think you had a challenging IDC - one of us did not speak English as a native language, and another was dyslexic. More than anything, I really admired how patient you were in guiding them, how encouraging you were and accommodating to their challenges and limitations. For me that was a big deal because I found myself sometimes becoming impatient whenever, during my DMT, I tried to teach student divers who were struggling or just needed extra time or attention. So for me that was one of the most important lessons I take away from your teaching. 

Once again, thank you very much for all that you have done for us and I hope our paths cross again somewhere in the diving world!

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Fareez Ahmad


Fareez with PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel after successfully passing the PADI IE in August 2014

Much appreciated Fareez, that you took the time out to write this! Hope to see you soon!

If Fareez hits the right snare with you and raised your interest in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, here's my remaining schedule for this year; 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. The schedule for 2015 will be available soon.

Camille

Monday, September 15, 2014

My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand

My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 30th September on tropical island destination Koh Samui in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy'. A program on home turf. There's still space available for this IDC, please contact me for more information.

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for October 2014

The remainder of my PADI IDC schedule for this year is as follow; 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines.
The schedule for 2015 is in progress right now and will be announced soon.

Camille

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Testimonial by Floske Hartman

Today I received a another testimonial of one of the candidates of the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in August 2014, directly after I received Tom's testimonial yesterday, this time from Floske Hartman;

As a one-day-old brand new Divemaster I started the IDC with the least experience of our group and so in the beginning my biggest worry was that I would simply not be good enough to eventually pass the IE. After the first introductory presentation Camille had already managed to take this worry away - this man knew what he was doing and I trusted him to teach us well. This feeling could not have been more true; after ten intensive days of work in progress Camille did not only make sure that we were all prepared to pass, he had given us the confidence to pass with flying colors and to even have some fun while doing that.   

I think Camille is a great course director, because apart from being a very kind and funny guy, he has all the right qualities a good teacher should have. He is very strong content wise - you can tell he has tons of experience and he is very knowledgeable - and in the delivery of this content. Even with our relatively big class with all very different study- and language backgrounds, Camille was able to keep things interesting, engaging and fun. His determination to make sure everybody comprehended everything, no matter how much extra time he had to spend with students outside class hours, showed genuine dedication and was very encouraging for me. For these, and many more reasons I would highly recommend Camille as an IDC course director. 

IE stands for ‘It’s Easy’ Camille joked during the first presentation of the IDC. And indeed it IS easy - if only you’ve been prepared by a course director like Camille Lemmens.  

Camille, thank you!

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.


Floske Hartman

Floske with PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel after successfully passing the PADI IE in August 2014

Thanks for writing this Floske and good luck with your studies in the Netherlands.

In case Floske hit the right tone for you, to raise interest in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, here's my remaining schedule for this year; 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. The schedule for 2015 will be available soon.

Camille

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Testimonial by Tom Taylor

Today I received a new testimonial, this time from Tom Taylor, candidate of the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in August 2014;

I recently did my IDC and a half dozen specialty instructor ratings with Camille Lemmens at Oceans 5 in Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia, and it had to have been one of the best courses I've taken in a long time!  I'd recently quit my job as an engineer and had decided to teach diving for a while, and found Camille through his excellent website - I found him to be professional and timely in all our correspondence and the level was maintained throughout our course!  He was attentive to the needs of the entire class while keeping the pace moving, and did an excellent job preparing the five of us for our instructor exam and our first certifications!  I'd highly recommend Camille for anybody looking for a top-notch Course Director as he has the whole package of experience, knowledge, and attitude, and passes it on wholeheartedly to his students.  All the best and GO SCUBA!

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.

Tom Taylor

Tom with PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel after successfully passing the PADI IE in August 2014

Thanks for taking the effort Tom and hope to see you soon again!

In case Tom is inspirational enough for you to raise interest in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, here's my remaining schedule for this year; 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. The schedule for 2015 will be available soon.

Camille

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Specialty Instructor training on Gili Air in Indonesia

Two of the candidates of the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia continued after the IDC with Specialty Instructor training.

Scorpion fish at Halik

Scorpion fish at Halik 

Tom an Fareez took the challenge and we had some real cool, interesting, relaxing, exciting and fascinating dives during which lots of new things were taught and learned.

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

Ornate Ghost Pipefish at Mentigi

The specialties taken up by them included Sidemount-, Wreck-, Nitrox-, Deep-, Underwater Navigation-, Underwater Naturalist-, Multilevel- and DUP diving.

Wreck diving

Tom setting up ropes during the Wreck diving

We had lots of fun and over 14 dives in total, we got it all sorted. Lots of diving and lots of things to see, the pictures here are just a small sample of all the cool things we saw.

Frog fish

Yawning frog fish at Mentigi

Octopus, nudibranches, turtles, white tip and black tip reef sharks, cuttle fish, ribbon eels, seahorses, sting rays and a devil scorpion fish were among the creatures and fish we spotted and these are just the ones that stood out!

Tom and Fareez

Tom and Fareez after all the training was done

If you're interested in becoming a PADI Instructor, my next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand.

Camille

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Testimonial by Larry Bainbridge

Yesterday I received this great testimonial by Larry, IDC candidate of the recent PADI IDC in Osan South Korea;

I am a professional instructor by trade and I have been involved in training personnel for well over 16 years now, so I understand what it takes to be excellent within this profession; it takes someone like Camille Lemmens.  I took the time to research Course Directors and listen to past students before I decided on Camille and the decision paid off greatly.  Camille has a superb understanding of people and constantly tailors his instruction to each individual.  His implementation of multiple techniques ensures that each instructor candidate will have the best possibility of not just passing the Instructor Examination but excelling at it and walking away with a solid understanding of what it means to be a PADI instructor.  Camille has a level of patience and kindness that puts students at ease, which in the case of an IDC is critical; his attitude and charisma make students push themselves harder and expect more of themselves.  

I was expecting another semi-challenging course that was “easy”; what I got was so much more and well worth the money spent.  Camille tailored our IDC to our group level (we were all AI’s at the start of the IDC).  Because of this we were able to have specific discussions on cases that we have either run across our selves or simply needed clarification on.  Having a custom course was also extremely beneficial because Camille was responsible to not only teach one of the many IDC’s that he does but now he had to teach the new PADI Open Water course.  Because of his dedication to providing the most correct information he would constantly be verifying standards and cross-checking information between old and new courses.  As instructor candidates we saw this as true dedication, he was setting the standard for what we should be as instructors.  In everything that Camille did he set the standard, if we did not perform perfect we did not get high marks.   By not just handing out high marks this made each of us strive for better performance, and in the end it paid off.  During my IDC all instructor candidates not only successfully passed but they did exceedingly well.

Camille Lemmens is a great instructor, a great Course Director and he lives the PADI standard.  I can’t say enough how great an experience it was to work with him as he is the epitome of a great instructor.  If you simply want to pass the IE choose any Course Director, if you want to truly learn what it means to be an instructor, excel on your IE and have a mentor throughout your career the choice is simple…choose Camille.

Larry G. Bainbridge, OWSI, #313137

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.


Larry Bainbridge

Larry is second from left, just before our dive at the 38th parallel in South Korea

Thanks a lot for the nice words Larry, it's much appreciated and it was great having you around during the IDC!

If you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, my next PADI starts 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia.

Camille

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PADI IE on Gili Air in Indonesia for August 2014 was very successful

The two nerve wrecking days are over, all 5 IDC candidates of the August 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia passed all parts of their exam and they are now the newest PADI Instructors on the block or rather island! Great job guys and now it's off, living the dream!

PADI IE August 2014, Gili Air, Indonesia

PADI IDC and IE class of August 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia, from left to right; Fareez, Tom, Camille, Yuda, Sean, Floske and Marc, the PADI Examiner
Sammul and Pakling who staffed had to leave this morning

If you're wanting to become a PADI Instructor, contact me for more information on my up and coming PADI IDC programs, starting with 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October I'm back on Gili Air in Indonesia.

Camille

Monday, August 25, 2014

PADI IDC for August 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia has been completed

Today the last bits and pieces of the August 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia will be completed. The 800 meter swim will be on the schedule as last part to be completed. Tomorrow it's already showtime and the PADI IE will start.
It was fun and all candidates did well but there was also hard work and long hours involved. Over the next two days we will see how this will pay off! Stay tuned for more updates!

PADI IDC August 2014 Gili Air, Indonesia

On our way to Open Water, from left to right; Yuda, Fareez, Camille, Sean (in front), Tom, Pakling (IDCS) and Floske. Sammul (IDCS) took the picture

My next PADI IDC's are coming up hard and fast, with a program scheduled to start 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia again.

Camille