Saturday, May 23, 2015

PADI IDC for May 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines is half way

The PADI IDC for May 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines is half way and things are shaping up nicely for the two IDC Candidates and Marlies who is participating in her PADI IDCS course. This PADI IDC is conducted in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' here at Panagsama beach, near Moalboal.

PADI IDC for May 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines is half way

Group picture of the May 2015 PADI in Moalboal, Philippines, from left to right; Camille (PADI Course Director), Matt (IDC candidate), Karsten (IDC candidate), Marlies (IDCS course) and Johan (PADI Master Instructor)

Matt and Karsten are coming along well with their first bunch of presentations on the classroom and confined water. Right now they're completing the five theory exams and tomorrow we will have our first open water dive. I'm confident they will do well and learn from the mistakes they will make and become confident enough to tackle and pass the upcoming PADI IE in Dumaguete in early June.

Marlies has by now completed her pre-assessment part of her PADI IDCS course and for her it's now a matter of sitting back and taking it all in from a different perspective and learn about the changes in the various PADI courses when she didn't teach that intensively, back during her time in the Netherlands.

There re more options for you to participate in one of my up and coming PADI IDC's or continue your education with the PADI IDCS course. starting with the PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand scheduled for 10th June, followed by 9th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines and this is followed by a program 'in Deutscher Sprache' and in English on Phuket, Thailand, scheduled to start 25th August.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PADI IDC for May 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started

After having kicked off the IDCS course with Marlies already, now the PADI IDC for May 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.
It's a small but seemingly fun and good group with 2 IDC candidates, one IDCS candidate and Johan staffing.

PADI IDC for May 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started

During lunch time at the 'Lantaw' restaurant, above PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'
From left to right; Marlies who is taking her IDCS Course, Johan, shop manager and MI, Karsten and Matt

We are looking at completing the IDC, Marlies' IDCS course, the EFRI course and Specialty Instructor training before we hit the road for the Dumaguete PADI IE in early June, so stay tuned for more updates over the next coming days.

In case you want to change your life and start 'living the dream' I have various PADI IDC programs coming up over the next couple of months, starting with 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by 9th July in Puerto Galera, Philippines and 25th August on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, May 18, 2015

PADI IDCS course in Moalboal, Philippines

Today we start a PADI IDC in Moalboal but yesterday we already started a PADI IDCS course in Moalboal, Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' with Marlies, who participated in the October 2010 PADI IDC on Koh Samui with me. It was good to see her again and we had a lot to catch up on besides getting the course underway!

PADI IDCS course in Moalboal, Philippines

Marlies watching some evaluation videos

We managed to get a lot done and as of today she will be participating in the prep Moalboal IDC plus the whole IDC and keep completing parts of IDCS course. It's good to have you on board Marlies!

More PADI IDCS courses are coming up in conjunction with the regular PADI IDC programs that I can schedule and you can participate in an IDCS course starting 9th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, 8th July in Puerto Galera, Philippines and 24th August on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Testimonial by Andreas O from the Khao Lak April 2015 IDC

Today's I received one more testimonial by Andreas O from the Khao Lak April 2015 IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.
Thanks Andi, much appreciated this testimonial and like with Andreas' testimonial yesterday, it was my pleasure having you in the room and never stop asking questions!

Testimonial by Andreas O from the Khao Lak April 2015 IDC

Andi after the PADI IE in Khao Lak on the right with PADI Examiner Brendon on the left and Andy, PADI's Regional manager stands in the middle

Hey everyone,

I am a Padi dive instructor ! 

Unbelievable but true - I am looking at my Padi instructor award and I just certified my first two Open Water students. It makes me feel incredibly happy even though it took me five (!) days to finish my first course as an instructor. Especially one student who was seriously scared at the beginning said that I have given him so much more than this certification since he almost drowned as a kid. It was an emotional course with an overwhelming happy ending.

Thanks to Camille Lemmens I have something that is much more than just a certification for me as well. I can’t wait to certify more people and to extend my carrier in the diving industry. Camille is not only preparing you to pass the IDC and IE, he tells you how to actually live and work as a part of the diving industry. He told us so many things about how to keep our students as well as ourselves safe in every concern. So many of my written notes from the IDC became of high value during the first courses I gave. 

As a person I got to know Camille as a duly responsible and still easy going, funny and flexible guy. Before and after the IDC and IE the email responses of Camille were super fast and patient at all times. The IDC as such is a hard piece of work but all of that is possible to manage with Camille’s support. He even managed to provide course materials in different languages for those understanding English not so well. Ann, our staff instructor did a fabulous job. She gave us support and helped us wherever she could. She is super enthusiastic and motivating. I hope to see her again next season to work together maybe. Once I passed the IE straight away i got job offers at our region in Khao Lak in Thailand where I was working as a Divemaster for two seasons already. I feel the difference of employ ability as an OWSI so it´s definitely worth it to become a Padi instructor. 

In total Camille exceeded my expectations and I can strongly recommend him as a person and as a Course Director. 

Thank you Camille for a great course with a successful outcome.

Andi O, Germany, IDC at Sea Dragon Dive Center in Khao Lak - Thailand, April 2015

If this peaked your interest, contact me if you want to participate in one of my upcoming PADI IDC programs, starting 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 9th July in Puerto Galera, Philippines and this is followed by an IDC scheduled to start 25th August on Phuket, Thailand with IDC programs being offered in both English and German.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, May 15, 2015

Testimonial by Andreas G from the Khao Lak April 2015 IDC

Yesterday I received this testimonial by Andreas G from the Khao Lak April 2015 IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. 

Thanks Andreas for taking the time out to write this and for making a comparison to being a drill sergeant. There's a first for everything! Good to see though that you enjoyed the experience!

Testimonial by Andreas G from the Khao Lak April 2015 IDC

Andreas after the PADI IE on the right, with Andy (PADI Regional Manager) on the left and Brendon (PADI Examiner) in the middle

Doing my IDC with Camille of IDC Thailand in Khao Lak from March 29th to 07th of April, 2015 was an interesting experience, to say the least.

One could sense that Camille is exceptionally experienced in his domain. His teaching style combines the care of a father with the toughness, and sometimes impatience of a drill sergeant. Our course was cut by a day, adding pressure to the already compressed time schedule. Generally I felt that the course ought to have another day or two, to allow the students to reflect and at times even relax a bit. Camille’s standards are high and his marking strict, yet fair.

Camille’s job was to teach us and to ensure that each of us can live up to our potential and his expectations; and to produce properly qualified and not just average PADI instructors. I sincerely believe he succeeded in achieving this and after having spent 10 days with Camille we found ourselves fairly relaxed during the IE.

In conclusion I found the IDC with Camille to be an exciting, extremely valuable and refreshing experience. I did learn a lot and I met a bunch of great people too. And I am glad I did my IDC with Camille; a true coach.

Andreas Guttensohn, Singapore

Come and see about me if you want to participate in one of my upcoming PADI IDC programs, starting 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by 9th July in Puerto Galera, Philippines and this is followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand with IDC programs being offered in both English and German.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Next PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand, 10th June 2015

The next PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand, 10th June 2015 is in the making! I'm about to board a plane for the Philippines and once I'm back, the first Koh Samui PADI IDC for this year is on the agenda.
Come and join me with Koh Samui's only Platinum and most experienced PADI Course Director. This will be my first PADI IDC on Koh Samui in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers'.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand, 10th June 2015

The PADI IE is also on Koh Samui, directly after completion of the PADI IDC and Specialty Instructor training will take place after the PADI IE, with the PADI side mount instructor and many more options available.

We have already a nice group of candidates together but a few places are still available.

More PADI IDC programs conducted by me are up and coming, my first ever program in Puerto Galera in the Philippines is scheduled to start 9th July, followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand, the first exclusive all German language PADI IDC in Thailand I offer and this is followed by 14th September by a program in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

It has been a long time waiting for me, but at last I had the opportunity to visit the Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng, located at the ring road.

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

A view of the Hyperbaric system

In contrast to the hyperbaric chamber in Bang Rak, where I help out as a volunteer, this is a mono chamber. You can see how it looks like on the above picture. It's a thick plexi glass container and the patient gets placed inside, whilst the staff remains outside.

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

View from the back

Te Hyperbaric department at the Bangkok Samui Hospital is located near the parking area, upon entering the hospital from the parking area, it's immediately in the room at your right hand. When not in operation, curtains will most likely block a view inside the room.

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

Ready to enter 'the void'

In case you need to enter this hyperbaric chamber for treatment, you will enter through the door, pictured above. A 'bed' will b slid out onto a kind of gurney, the patient will lay down on the bed and the bed is slid into the chamber again. This is pictured below,

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

The gurney carrier

It's a very simple and basic concept but it works just like any other hyperbaric chamber. In case the patient is claustrophobic, he or she will be transported to the hyperbaric chamber in Bang Rak for further treatment in a less claustrophobic chamber.

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

The control panel, simple yet effective

The chamber was shown to me by Dr. May, a very pleasant experience and it turned out that Khun May or Dr. May is an avid diver herself, with some 350 dives currently under her belt. See seemed very knowledgeable and interested in hyperbaric treatment and we had a good discussion on various aspects of where hyperbaric treatment is being used nowadays and in general on it's use in diving.

We also agreed that dive instructors should be more knowledgeable about what to do when confronted with potential patients. There's still not enough awareness and understanding of the seriousness of the situation with too many that work in the dive industry. Although this my vary between locations and destinations.

Hyperbaric chamber at Bangkok Samui Hospital in Chaweng

Dr. May on the left side in this picture

Interestingly enough, hyperbaric is finding a much wider medical use nowadays and diving is just a small part of all treatments that can be used with hyperbaric treatment.

As of now, there are 13 indications for HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) which are approved by the FDA;

1. Air/gas embolism
2. Decompression sickness
3. Gas gangrene
4. Carbonmonoxide and cyanide poisoning
5. Selected problem wounds
6. Compartment syndrome and crush injury
7. Exceptional blood loss anemia
8. Necrotizing soft tissue infection
9. Intracranial abscess
10. Thermal burns
11. Refractory osteomyelitis
12. Skin grafts and flaps
13. Soft tissue and bone necrosis from radiation

Many centers also try HBOT with other conditions like stroke, autism, lyme disease etc. but there is no proof of benefits so far.

Very interesting and thanks very much Khun May for the background information, much appreciated.

Hope you found this post interesting and I'm happy that I can now add this hyperbaric chamber to the lit of chambers available on Koh Samui.

Camille

Sunday, April 26, 2015

PADI Course Director round table meeting on Koh Tao, Thailand

Yesterday I went to a PADI Course Director round table meeting on Koh Tao, Thailand during which meeting we were given a presentation by some very high ups in the PADI organisation. 

Danny Dwyer, who was Director, Marketing & Business Development  at the PADI Asia Pacific office, but recently was promoted to Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Field Services and Business Development at PADI Asia Pacific.

Mark Spiers was also there, Vice President, Sales, Field Services, Marketing & Business Development at PADI Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Kristin Valette, Vice President Marketing & Communications at PADI Americas was there as well.

PADI Course Director round table meeting on Koh Tao, Thailand

With Drew Richardson yesterday on Koh Tao, the President and Chief Operations Officer for PADI Worldwide 

Tim Hunt, Field Services Manager at PADI Asia Pacific and Gio Cacchione, PADI Regional manager for Thailand East completed the list of PADI staff who attended at this round table meeting. Not to forget some 25 to 30 PADI Course Director from Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.

A heavily loaded PADI delegation at this PADI Course Director round table meeting on Koh Tao, Thailand but it was interesting and it always presents a good opportunity to meet all the PADI staff again and get some personal touches to my 'relationship' with them since I don't get to see them that often, let alone in  such a high concentration.

As always, come and look me up for some more information about my up and coming PADI IDC programs, starting with 5th May on Koh Samui, Thailand followed by 18th May by Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand again and this is followed by 9th July for my first ever PADI IDC in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

See you there,
Camille