Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Next PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines starts 12th November 2017

Next PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines starts 12th November 2017


The Next PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines starts 12th November 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.

Come and join our PADI IDC program because we care about you and your dive career after your IDC. We can help you find a job in the competitive dive industry market after you successfully complete your PADI IE.

With the experience of an eleven time Platinum and multi award winning PADI Course Director you will have instantly success not only during our PADI IDC program and the PADI IE but more importantly, after you are the newest PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor on the block.

We offer two free PADI Specialty Instructor courses during our PADI IDC program, the PADI Enriched Air Instructor and the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor. 

Next PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines starts 12th November 2017

Next PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines starts 12th November 2017

Come and join me in the fun and excitement that each PADI IDC program provides. I can offer language assistance in various languages and speak English, my native Dutch and German fluently.

If you are interested in becoming a PADI Course Director yourself, I can offer a strong and educative program to further your career, by taking part in your PADI IDC Staff instructor course or by staffing my PADI IDC programs.

If this PADI IDC program doesn't fir your schedule, other programs are scheduled to start 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', 7th November and 5th December this year on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by monthly IDC programs on Phuket. Next year will kick off with a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet' on 6th January 2018.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of these programs and/or locations.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 21st October

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 21st October


That's right, the Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 21st October 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. After a quiet time in Khao Lak we're back in full force.

This PADI IDC program is confirmed but we have a few spots still available. Come and join me in a PADI IDC program during which you learn more than just passing the PADI IE. My programs will prepare you better for real instructor life after successfully completing the course and the PADI IE.

Loads of experience and personal anecdotes combined with workshops in and out of the water will help you to prepare to become a good PADI Instructor. With emphasizing the importance and structure of the PADI system and how to use it correctly.

You will receive lots of personal attention during the program and can benefit from the vast experience that I'm happy to share. Lively discussions, loads of fun, great lunches are all had during my programs in Khao Lak, without losing eyesight of what we're trying to achieve.

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 21st October

The Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 21st October 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'

Come and join me in the fun and excitement that each PADI IDC program provides. I can offer language assistance in various languages and speak English, my native Dutch and German fluently. 

If this PADI IDC program comes too early for you, other programs are scheduled to start 7th November and 5th December this year on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and 12th November this year in Moalboal in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'. Next year will kick off with a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet'.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of these programs and/or locations.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income?

Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application


It's been a while since there was a guest blog writer on this blog, but here is a new read about; how to land your "Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application"! 

Andreas Ott took his PADI IDC back in April 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand with me in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. Together with five other candidates he took and succeeded in his goal to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Life after the PADI IDC took him on an interesting ride through South East Asia and he is now in a next phase of his dive career, after having been among other a cruise director in Indonesia.

We have kind of stayed in touch after his IDC and here he is, with a guest blog post on how to land your "Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application".

Check out his website Scubareer dot net and enjoy the article;

"Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application".


Have you been struggling to find your dive jobs? Are you even on a hunt for your very first dive job ever?
For me, after becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor opportunities seemed to be far away because the competition was huge. I learned a range of very useful tricks from other dive pros and dive shop owners on how to get a great dive job.
Over the last years, I managed to work as a divemaster, dive instructor, retail seller, liveaboard cruise director and marketing manager.
Today I share with you some tips on how to create a good impression that helps you to stick out and land your dream job in the diving industry. But first I have a few tips on how to make a little extra money on the side.

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Komodo National Park

A divemaster needs some extra cash

I loved it as a divemaster for two seasons. Most of the time on a liveaboard, diving, guiding, Fish-ID with guests, some briefings and the parties after each trip. Can somebody ask for anything more?
Yes, a decent income. As a divemaster, I did not have that.

Tip #1 Sell stuff

We need to face it. We are in the sales industry. Did somebody tell you to become a dive professional and live from the love for the ocean? Well, good luck filling your fridge.

I learned over time and with some experience from other dive pros how to create a decent pocket money on the side while working as a divemaster or instructor. There are different ways how to do this.

• Support a local business and offer their artisan products to your diving guests
• Create your own dive tribe and get commission for bringing your guests to the dive shop
• Offer dive courses to guests
• Offer dive equipment to guests

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Underwater Camera

First instructor gig

After two seasons as a divemaster, I became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Camille in Thailand.
Then I moved to Cairns in Australia right at the Great Barrier Reef.
Of course, I struggled to find my first job as an instructor. I did not even get an answer from a few dive shops. It was frustrating.
Then I got a tip from an old dive buddy from my time as divemaster:

Tip #2 Find more available dive jobs

I checked more websites for available positions. Now you can find a list of links of the most popular websites in his Facebook group. Make sure you check different platforms since some dive companies only publish on very few websites.
By checking more websites showing available jobs I was able to find more opportunities.
Take your time reading job descriptions thoroughly. 'Read between the lines’.

Tip #3 Sort out your CV

Everybody has what I had at that time. I needed to stick out of all the other applicants. How?

I wanted to know from the employers what they need from their potential staff. I started to understand better what is important for employers after talking to a range of dive shop owners. 

After I got my CV sorted out I landed my first employment. I was the junior instructor at one of the largest certifying companies in the world. Legitimate Visa and work permit, good pay and a fantastic team. It felt wonderful after starting off with a tough struggle.

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Sunset at the Great Barrier Reef

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Boat Scubapro from ProDive Cairns

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Deck of ScubaPro

Next job

After almost one year in Australia, I wanted to get a job on land for a dive operator and go diving occasionally. It had been almost three years on boats and I missed on-land life.
A luxury liveaboard company in the Komodo National Park of Indonesia was looking for a marketing manager with liveaboard experience.
I did not have personal connections in this part of the world but this time I knew

• Where to find jobs
• How to prepare a good CV

Tip #4 Prepare for the job interview

I got invited for a job interview which made me feel really excited. I had not much time to practice so I asked my friends how to prepare a job interview well.

I have put together some tips on how to be ready for a job interview via internet phone call:

• Good internet connection
• Headphones
• Paper and pen
• Fully charged battery of laptop or phone
• Optimally plugged into a wall socket - a phone is empty quickly
• The job-ad to refer to it
• The website of the dive shop open on your computer or phone
• As much info as you can find about the company via internet or friends
• Silent environment
• Not look like you come back from a three-day full moon party
• Good light so they can see

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

 Preparing for the job interview

The job interview went well and I got the job!

For almost one year I was in Indonesia, living in Bali and every eight weeks on a plane to Komodo. I got trained to the dive sites, the twelve crew, the language, logistics, boat accounting and the service level.

It was a very challenging year but I am really happy and grateful I have this work experience.

From the other perspective

When I was in the manager position I was the one reading many applications from diving professionals seeking for employment.
The time pressure is high in an office environment. As a rule of thumb, your CV gets scanned 30 seconds before it gets trashed. Maybe one minute if you are lucky. I think there are very capable people out there. But guys. Put good effort into your job application.

It turned out that a high number of applications do not have the most important info easy to find. If this most important info can not be found easily the application moves into the trash. Therefor check this free CV check list.


Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Andreas at Komodo National Park

Takeaway

Get your job application in shape and present yourself professionally with a great attitude, professional training and motivation. You will get access to an amazing lifestyle.

The PADI Instructor Development Course has been a door opener for me. It was a gateway to a new path I did not even dream of before. I can strongly recommend taking the leap.

I am grateful for all the experiences I made on my journey as a dive professional.

Written by Andreas Ott

Saturday, August 19, 2017

EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket

EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket


The EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
At Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock we met on Thursday morning to complete the EFR Instructor course.
The classroom was now used an accident emergency facility for practicing skills and scenarios. Once the required presentations by me were out of the way, the fun started with the hands on part. This is much more enjoyable that the actual presentations or the exams. We have 'Baby Annie', 'Junior Annie' and 'Little Annie' join the party and various skills are demonstrated and practiced.

We started the classroom presentation already on Wednesday and used Thursday to complete and review the exams and practice the skills and scenarios.

Today the PADI IE has started and right now Peter and It and all other PADI IE participants are navigating the five theory and the general standards & procedures exams.

The EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. At Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock we met on Thursday morning to complete the EFR Instructor course. The classroom was now used an accident emergency facility for practicing skills and scenarios. Once the required presentations by me were out of the way, the fun started with the hands on part. This is much more enjoyable that the actual presentations or the exams. We have 'Baby Annie', 'Junior Annie' and 'Little Annie' join the party and various skills are demonstrated and practiced.

EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket; After completing the course, Peter, EFR Instructor Trainer Camille and It on the group picture

In case you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, the EFR Instructor course is integrated in all of my PADI IDC Programs, at no extra cost. 
There are a couple of opportunities coming up to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs. These opportunities kick off with our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', on 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' or on 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and not to forget 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, August 18, 2017

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed


The PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', in Kata on Phuket!

For the last couple of days, Shin joined us, Shin is Japanese but lived 25 years in New York in the USA and since a few month in the Republic of Palau. He completed his PADI IDC back in March with a PADI Course Director I used to work with some ten years ago, Gianrico Mureddu. Back in March, Shin didn't feel ready for his PADI IE so he waited until now and joined It and Peter during our August 2017 PADI IDC here on Phuket for a few days of extra training and refreshing his knowledge and skills,
Today Shin and It completed their last training, the actual IDC was completed and closed yesterday.

Lots of training has been done over the last ten days. All performance requirements have been met, sometimes very successful and sometimes less successful. In both cases, it is all part of the development process that each individual goes through during a PADI IDC and what gets them ready to attend a PADI IE and ideally to become a good PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor after all the examinations.

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed; Shin, It and Peter in the pool at the scuba diving training facilities of PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' at Kata Big Rock

Tomorrow the actual PADI IE or Instructor Exam will be knocking at their doors with a very early start. At 7.30am it all kicks off until tomorrow early afternoon, when we should have three new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. It will involve lots of nail biting, waiting, some stress and short bursts of action for all three and all other fellow participants, before these two days are over.

Stay tuned for updates!

In case you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, there are a couple of opportunities coming up to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs. These opportunities kick off with our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', on 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' or on 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and not to forget 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September


The Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.
It's good to be back on Koh Phangan and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of island in the Gulf of Thailand.

We still have places available in our September PADI IDC program. Come and join us for an IDC program with small groups and lots of personal attention by the very experienced Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens.

His PADI IDC programs will give you the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training. Camille's Instructor Development Course programs will also provide valuable hands-on training with the emphasis on fun and in-water application.
Camille is also fluent in English, German and his native Dutch and can speak French. He can offer language assistance in various languages. You have the option to take the theory exams in various different languages and he can offer the required PADI materials also in various languages to you.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September

Choosing the right school for your Instructor Training and internship is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the Dive Industry and with Camille you will choose a very good option.
Get in touch with Camille and he will be able to give you all the relevant information you need to successfully participate in his September PADI IDC program on Koh Phangan.

There are more opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, starting with our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', on 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, August 12, 2017

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark


The PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
By this time we're well under steam and a lot of ground has already been covered. Knowledge development is in full swing, confined water has been sorted out, theory exams are on the menu tomorrow morning and open water training will see us on the Dive Asia's boat on Monday to the Raya islands.
Plenty of presentations by me have been delivered and there are only four more to go! Later this week we will also conduct the EFR Instructor course and the Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor course. Plenty of things to keep us busy and out of trouble!

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark; Peter on the left and it on the right during one of their skill circuits in confined water at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock

We still have a whole week to go until the PADI IE will kick off on this coming Saturday 19th August. If everything work out, today in a week we should have two new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors on Phuket!

The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started


The PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. We actually started already yesterday!
At Dive Asia's Scuba Diving Training Center at Kata Big Rock we're in full swing. Peter from Hong Kong and It from Thailand are the August PADI IDC candidates and it seems we have a good group going.
Strong performances and results so far with the five theory exams and first skill practices in the confined water. The first couple of presentations by me are out of the way and the first couple of workshops have been completed. Some of the workshops we conducted were about control, the CESA (controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent) in confined water and lift bag use. Just a few of the workshops and there are plenty more to come.

So far so good, two days in and plenty more to come. Some hard work and excitement is in front of Peter and It but also some fun moments will be part of the IDC.

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started; Peter, Platinum PADI Course Director Camille and It

Stay tuned for more updates coming from this PADI IDC program of August 2017. I'm looking forward to the next couple of days and see how everything will slowly come together for them. Little piece by little piece!

If you're interested in joining one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, don't hesitate to contact me for more detailed information about one of the following locations. 

The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille