Saturday, June 16, 2018

Testimonial by Fabien Zennaro of the April 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Fabien Zennaro of the April 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand


Yesterday this Testimonial by Fabien Zennaro of the April 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta, arrived in my mail box.

After just having taught a full German IDC the previous month on Phuket, the April IDC on Koh Lanta was completely taught in French. A completely new challenge. Somehow I managed, with the help of Fabien and Sephora.

It was great fun being in a class with Fabien, he's very switched on and we both share a love and background in music. Common ground was easily found!

It was a challenging IDC, for all involved but we managed very well and along the way we had some fun as well.

Once it was show time for the PADI IE, both Fabien and Sephora were well prepared and had a very successful exam program. Both passed with high scores.

Thanks for joining the April IDC on Koh Lanta, it was my pleasure having you around and I'm looking forward meeting up soon again!

Testimonial by Fabien Zennaro of the April 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Fabien Zennaro of the April 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand; Fabien with PADI Examiner and Regional manager Andy Auer, after he very successfully passed the April 2018 PADI IE on Koh Lanta

Here we go, with a very nice testimonial in French;

L’IDC avec Camille
C’est la 3ème fois que je viens à Koh Lanta pour plonger et cette fois j’ai décidé de compléter ma formation de plongeur en faisant l’IDC. J’ai donc contacté Ben de Blueplanet et il nous a confié à l’excellent instructeur IDC Camille Lemmens. Je ne connaissais pas vraiment le déroulement du cours avant de commencer, mais je m’imaginais une salle de classe avec une dizaine de personnes suivant un cours avec un instructeur plutôt scolaire. Nous sommes arrivées sur place deux jour avant de commencer l’IDC et après un jour de plongée bien méritée, nous avons fait la connaissance de Camille en arrivant à Blueplanet pour commencer notre cours. J’ai rapidement remarqué que nous n’avions pas affaire à un simple instructeur, mais également à un plongeur passionné et extrêmement expérimenté. 

Une des grandes questions était la langue dans laquelle le cours allait se passer, car la personne qui faisait le cours avec moi ne parlait pas très bien anglais. J’avais prévu de jouer le rôle d’interprète, mais à ce moment Camille nous a dit qu’il parlait « un peu » français et qu’il allait essayer de faire quelques parties du cours dans notre langue. On s’est très vite rendus compte qu’il parlait en fait très bien français et il a même adapté l’ensemble du cours pour nous, ce qui en a fait son premier IDC totalement en français ! Il faut préciser que l’on a eu la chance d’avoir un cours privé (on était que 2) ce qui nous permis d’aller en profondeur dans tous les sujets, la barrière de la langue étant maîtrisée. Chapeau bas Camille !

Nous voilà donc dans un des endroits les plus magnifique du monde en train de suivre un cours d’instructeur de plongée sous la houlette d’un des meilleurs courses director qui en plus nous donne un cours privé dans notre langue maternelle ! 

Les 10 jours qui ont suivis font partie des plus beaux souvenirs que j’ai. Camille a su rendre la formation extrêmement intéressante en traitement le plus rapidement possible les sujets ennuyeux et en consacrant beaucoup de temps sur les aspects essentiels. Surtout, il a su nous faire profiter pleinement de sa grande expérience n’a pas d’ailleurs pas hésité à donner des conseils aux élèves de notre groupe lors de l’examen.  

Au-delà du professeur, j’ai eu l’occasion de passer du temps avec Camille en dehors des cours lors de souper et de plongées. J’ai découvert un homme passionné de musique avec qui j’ai pu avoir des discussions qui allaient bien plus loin que la plongée. 

Camille nous a très bien encadré pendant toute la durée du cours, tant en niveau des conseils qu’il nous a donnés qu’au niveau de la logistique. Au final, j’ai passé 10 jours des plus enrichissants, très loin de l’image que je me faisais d’un cours long et ennuyeux. 

L’IDC avec Camille m’a permis de devenir, je l’espère, un bon instructeur de plongée, mais j’ai également trouvé un ami partageant les mêmes passions que moi, que je me réjouis de retrouver dans le futur pour des nouvelles aventures de plongée et des soirées à refaire le monde !

Merci Camille pour ces 10 jours passionnants et merci à l’équipe de Blueplanet pour l’accueil et les bons moments passés ensembles !

Fabien, you're more than welcome. I appreciate it that you took the time out to write this glowing testimonial. Now get wet in the Swiss lakes!

Do you love working under pressure and ever thought of leaving your office behind? It may be time to dive over the edge and dive in all the way

You are ready to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 3rd July, 7th August and 4th September in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Testimonial by Nicola Keller of the May 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Nicola Keller of the May 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


It's time for one more testimonial and this is one is the Testimonial by Nicola Keller of the May 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

Just like the March IDC on Phuket, the May IDC was also a full German spoken event, although my presentations were given from the English IDC slides.

We had fun with both Johannes from Germany and Nico from Switzerland, a lot actually but we never let our main goal out of sight. Successfully getting through the IDC and the PADI IE, with as much of a focus on real life as an instructor as possible. All skills were as always conducted in a neutrally buoyant position. They both dealt wonderful with that and both had very strong scores in all other parts of the IDC program, although there were also some wake up calls and some steep learning curves at times.

All this helped them however to pass the PADI IE with extremely high scores, maximum scores in the classroom, confined and open water and almost maximum scores during the five theory and general standards exams.

Well done Nico, it was a pleasure having you during this program and I also look forward seeing you soon!

Testimonial by Nicola Keller of the May 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Nicola Keller of the May 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Nico and PADI Examiner Robert Scammeel after his successful PADI IE near Kata beach

Without further ado, here is Nico's testimonial, in fluent German;

Im Mai 2018 habe ich mit Camille Lemmens und Diveasia in Phuket den IDC absolviert. Nach euphorischen persönlichen Empfehlungen durch Freunde hier auf Koh Phangan war für mich schnell klar dass sich die kleine Reise nach Phuket nur lohnen kann. Camille hat sich von der ersten Kontaktaufnahme an sehr Mühe gegeben für mich da zu sein und die letzten Zweifel schnell aus dem Weg geräumt.

Nach einem ersten Augenschein über die erstklassigen Einrichtungen des Kata Big Rock, die Basis von Diveasia, lernten wir die klimatisierten Klassenräume und den grossen Pool mit der Zeit immer besser kennen und schätzen. Das Gefühl des Heimvorteils beim IE, der im selben Pool stattfindet, sollten wir erst später erleben.

Camille, der immer mit einem Witz beginnt, hat uns die anfängliche Nervosität mit seiner ruhigen und präzisen Art genommen und uns sauber auf den IE eingestellt. Als kleine, halbwegs deutschsprachige dreiergruppe hatten wir alle Zeit um bei den Classroom und Theory Sessions Fragen zu stellen und von Camille's beeindruckendem Erfahrungsschatz zu profitieren. In einer lockeren Atmospähre fiel es mir leicht das viele Wissen aufzunehmen und Camille stand immer mit einem Witz oder einer Anektote bereit, noch bevor mir langweilig wurde.

Bei den Pool und Openwater Sessions, in diversen Workshops, Briefings und Präsentationen werden alle Fehler ausgemerzt, man wird auf jedes erdenkliche IE Szenario sowie auf einige Real-Life Situationen vorbereitet. 

Und so geht die Zeit dann schnell vorbei, der Tag vom IE ist da und man fühlt sich bereit. Mit dem Rucksack von Camille dabei war die Sache für uns beide dann wider Erwarten ein Spatziergang. Ich fühle mich nun bereit für die Aufgabe als OWSI und ich kann euch nur wärmstens empfehlen dasselbe zu buchen.

Vielen Dank Camille und Diveasia für die lustige und lehrreiche Zeit, ich hoffe wir sehen uns bald mal wieder.

Thanks to Nico for taking the time out to write up this testimonial. It's appreciated!

If you also have have OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving) and the remedy is Dive. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
It's a tell tale sign that you're ready to take on one of my PADI IDC programs.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 7th August, 4th September and 2nd October in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, June 4, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 3rd July 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 3rd July 2018


The Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 3rd July 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket. Enjoy the dedicated scuba diving training facilities with a dedicated IDC classroom, a very large onsite swimming, a restaurant for the lunches during the IDC and we can offer accommodation here as well, in various price ranges.

If you have have OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving) this might be the remedy! Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat.

Participate in my IDC because I will look after you! As a twelve consecutive time Platinum PADI Course Director, the experience is available and I'm happy to share that experience. You will also work in small groups which allows for plenty of personal attention.

Of course my IDC programs are taught in a neutral buoyancy way, like I've been doing since the last couple of years. A realistic and relaxed learning environment is what I offer!

My IDC programs are taught in English, but I can offer Deutsch, Nederlands et Français as languages I can speak and answer questions in for you during the IDC in case something is unclear. Ask for more details on this.
Also ask me about our summer special offers!

Change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor. Come and join my PADI IDC on Phuket! Included in my PADI IDC programs are the EFR-, Enriched Air- and  Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor courses plus lunches on course days.

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 3rd July 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 3rd July 2018

July doesn't suit you? Check out my monthly Phuket programs or check my PADI IDC schedule;

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 7th August, 4th September and 2nd October in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, May 20, 2018

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed


The PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand was successfully completed for the students of Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

Two days of nerves and excitement are finally over and both Johannes and Nico are now brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
All the hard work during the recent May 2018 PADI IDC has paid off and as a result this May 2018 PADI IE turned out to be a walk in the park for both of them.

Seldom did I have all candidates reach so high scores during a PADI IE. All straight 'fives' during the classroom-, confined- and open water presentations and out of both their theory exams, they missed just one question between them out of 120 questions, covering the physics-, physiology, RDP-, equipment and general skills topics.  At the General Standards and procedures exams, they slowed down a bit and between them they missed five questions out of a 100 total questions.
Well done, respect guys!

Tonight's PADI IE graduation dinner will be well deserved indeed! Happy days!

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed; After having successfully completed the PADI IE, it's time for a group picture. From left to right; Johannes (PADI OWSI), Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director), Rob (PADI Examiner) and Nico (PADI OWSI)

Tomorrow Nico and me will be on the boat out to Koh Phi Phi for the PADI Deep Dive Instructor specialty and the day after we will both drive back to respectively Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
Johannes will stay on Phuket until early before he will return to Germany.
All the best to both of you in your future PADI diving instructor career and I hope we will meet again soon.

If this peaks your interest to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or you would like to see the IDC process from the IDC Staff Instructor's point of view, here's the schedule for my next set of PADI IDC programs. 

Dive, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.
Come and join me for one of my monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Please contact me for more detailed information on any of these programs.

Friday, May 18, 2018

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed


The PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' who are located in Kata beach on Phuket.
Most of the time we spent at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock. Plenty of classroom time and lots of time was also spent in the big pool at Kata Big Rock.
Today we were all day long on the boat though, two open water training dives at Raya Noi, followed by a fun dive at Raya Yai, during which we visited three different wrecks.

It's all over now though, no baby blue but the PADI IE is waiting tomorrow! If everything goes right, we will have a two brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors come Sunday afternoon!
All the best guys, you did put the hard work, it should pay off over the weekend. The confidence is high and I'm sure you can make it and cut it during the PADI IE. Stay focused and concentrated and you should be just fine.

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed; On the Dive Asia 5, the boat of PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', after our open water training dives during the recent PADI IDC.

Wake up, eat breakfast, dive, morning tea, dive, lunch, sleep, dive, afternoon tea, enjoy a beer with another beautiful sunset, dinner, some small talk about the days diving, and sleep again ... very stressful. 

Come and join me for one of my monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, May 17, 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018


Yesterday the EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata.
It was a couple of busy days with the ending of the current May 2018 PADI IDC, except for the open water training dives tomorrow, the EFR Instructor course and the Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor course.
Busy but also interesting, educational and also fun! During the EFR Instructor course we looked at a few things outside of the curriculum, which made it even more interesting. One of the things we checked is the rescue service system, that consists of volunteers all over Thailand, who replace the ambulance service as we know it in the Western world.

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018; The photo shoot for the EFR Instructor course at Dive Asia's training facilities at Kata Big Rock. From left to right; Johannes, Camille who is EFR Instructor Trainer and Nico

During the Emergency Oxygen provider instructor course I can always throw in some of my experiences and knowledge of working at the Koh Samui hyperbaric chamber as a tender and operator. Lots of interesting information that I can share which hopefully gives a better insight in the workings of a hyperbaric chamber. It also stresses the importance of administering the highest percentage possible of oxygen, as early as possible after an incident.

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018; Johannes and Nico in the classroom at Dive Asia's training facilities at Kata Big Rock at hte end of the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course

Remember when sex was safe and diving was dangerous? Come and join me for one of my monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.
The EFR Instructor course is included in my PADI IDC programs in Thailand and the Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor course is included in my PAD IDC at all locations.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018


The Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata. 

Do you have OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving)? 
If so, it time to join me for one of my PADI IDC programs and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

You will find us at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock. Join us and enjoy the great training facilities with a very big and deep swimming pool, our dedicated IDC classroom and there's also a restaurant on site where we enjoy our IDC lunches. At Kata Big Rock we can also offer accommodation at different price ranges, so everything is within walking distance. Kata also offers plenty of options to eat all kind of different cuisines and for shopping.

All this combined with Camille's experience and knowledge will make your stay and participation well worth while. He usually works in small groups which will guarantee lots of personal and dedicated attention during the duration of the IDC.
You will have all the benefits of being able to work with a twelve consecutive times Platinum PADI Course Director on a daily base during the duration of the program.

We offer the IDC prep course, the PADI IDC and the EFR Instructor course at an interesting package price and we offer the Enriched Sir Instructor and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor courses for free into our IDC programs on Phuket. Lunches are also included the duration of our PADI IDC programs plus you get a Dive Asia t-shirt.

Do ask me about our special offer during the summer months! 

Our PADI IDC programs are also suited to continue your education and participate in your PADI IDC Staff Instructor course. Make the next step and get work with one of the best in the industry!

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018

You have the urge to leave your office behind or deal with your OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving)? Come and join me for this or any of my other monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 2nd July, 7th August and 4th September in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, May 11, 2018

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started


The PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia.
We are actually well under way, since we completed day three already today. This German speaking PADI IDC is going well, with two very strong candidates so far. Nico from Switzerland and Johannes from Germany are doing well.
It's challenging and there's a steep learning curve but they are both very switched and also good for a couple of laughs together.

The theory exams and two days of skill circuit practice went really well. Tomorrow we will find out how they will handle themselves with their first confined water presentations and their first knowledge development or classroom presentation.

We're working our way into the whole curriculum of this PADI IDC and each day we chip away on the long list of things to do!As already mentioned, we have had already a couple of good laughs and the atmosphere is relaxed and laid back without losing out of sight what we need to achieve.

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started; From left to right, Nico, Camille and Johannes at Dive Asia's scuba diving training center at Kata Big Rock.

Updates on this current PADI IDC will be coming soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, have you ever thought of leaving the office behind?

If so, one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs may be exactly what you need to get out of your current office and make the ocean your new office.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, here we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille