Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Received this testimonial by Christophe from the recent March 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines, conducted in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.
Thanks for taking the time to write this Christophe, it's much appreciated and I'm looking forward seeing you soon in Moalboal!
Christophe after successfully completing the PADI IE with Marc, the PADI Examiner
A la recherche d'un centre pour faire mon IDC, j'ai été conseillé par un ami qui m'a recommandé le centre PADI 5* Neptune Diving Adventure de Panagsama Beach, Moalboal.
Le centre est idéalement situé, près de la mer, il n'y a qu'une rue (sans voitures) à traverser pour se mettre à l'eau.
Les cours se sont donnés dans la salle de formation du centre, salle équipée de tout le nécessaire pédagogique et d'air conditionné, ce qui ne gâche rien à certaines heures de la journée.
Bien que les cours soient donnés en anglais, ce qui est indispensable si on envisage de donner un jour cours dans la région, Camille maîtrise le français et n'a eu aucun problème à revenir en français sur des points que j'avais mal compris ou à me donner des explications supplémentaires en français.
L'IDC s'est étallé sur 9 jours et les cours sont donnés par Camille assisté de Johan.
Ils avaient été précédé quelques jours auparavant par le cours d'EFRI, donné par Johan.
Un bon point pour l'organisation et la planification des cours, qui étaient suffisamment étalés que pour permettre d'avoir un peu de temps entre les cours et avant le jour de l'examen pour préparer mes spécialités (MSDT) et travailler un peu plus mes points faibles pour le jour de l'IE.
Cerise sur le gâteau, cette édition de l'IE s'est faite à Moalboal, en terrain connu et nous n'avons pas eu à nous déplacer pour nous rendre sur les lieux de l'examen, ce qui aurait pu nous faire perdre un jour ou deux.
Merci à Camille et Johan pour leur patience, leur pédagogie et leur disponibilité qui m'ont bien préparé et permis de passer avec succès l'IE.
Merci au staff de Neptune Diving pour sa gentillesse et sa disponibilité.
Merci à Steve mon condisciple lors de cette formation qui a également passé son IE avec succès.
Come and join me for one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, starting with 5th May on Koh Samui, Thailand, which is followed by 18th May in Moalboal, Philippines, this is followed by 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand again and on 9th July Puerto Galera in the Philippines.
Monday, March 30, 2015
The PADI IDC for April 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand has started in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and we have a nice full house with seven candidates originating from Australia, Germany, Austria and the UK and with staff from the UK.
Enjoying the theory exams
It's still early days but it looks like we have a nice group together and full of energy and willing to learn all things coming their way during this PADI IDC in Khao Lak.
Please do not disturb! The friendly staff at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' always has some good advice!
In case you're interested in participating in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, the next program is scheduled to start 5th May on home turf for me, on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by 18th May in Moalboal, Philippines, this is followed by one more program on Koh Samui, Thailand on 10th June and this is followed by 9th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines.
See you there,
Friday, March 27, 2015
During my recent visit in the Philippines, I could combine my visit with some Shark Guardian educational seminars in the Philippines, March 2015. This trip saw me for these three locations and seminars as a Shark Guardian Leader, sharing knowledge and awareness about sharks.
One seminars was on Malapascua and two were in Moalboal. It was good to be back on Malapascua again after a year or two and in general it gives a good feeling to be able to help in any form of Shark Conservation, and that is a lot of what Shark Guardian is about.
Part of the group of visitors at Malapascua after the seminar
On Malapascua the presentation was held at Exotic dive resort, the second Shark Guardian dive center in the Philippines. Some 25 divers and dive professionals showed up and another 15 local people were enjoying the seminar as well. It's good to talk about shark awareness in this Thresher shark haven. Thresher sharks have put Malapascua on the world map for diving, since almost each early morning dive at Monad Shoal these beautiful and gracious sharks can be spotted. In season there's also the opportunity to spot hammerhead sharks. Truly a shark diving destination.
This seminar was held 5th March.
During the presentation at Dolphin House at White Beach, Moalboal
The second out of three seminars was held 16th march at Dolphin House at White Beach near Moalboal. Dolphin House is one of the fighters against the whaleshark situation in Oslob, not too far away from Moalboal and one of the few resorts that actively discourages visiting there and they consequently don't offer any trips to Oslob.
Mostly German and Swiss guests of the resort plus dive staff visited the presentation. Among the dive staff are also two marine biologists who can present up to 30 different presentations to guests, covering all kinds of underwater animals and creatures, from turtles or frog fish, to the bigger fish, like sharks but also turtles are an option.
At Chili Bar at Panagsama beach near Moalboal
The last presentation of this trip was at Chili Bar, the same location as in December 2014. This time around we had 15 divers, dive professionals and even two non divers come and see us. The presentation was well received and I was glad I could share some shark awareness at all three locations. This presentation was held 19th march and was organized by 'Neptune Diving Adventure', the first Shark Guardian dive center in the Philippines.
Thanks to Shark Guardian (visit their website here), 'Exotic' on Malapascua, Dolphin House, Chili Bar and 'Neptune Diving Adventure'. Hope to see you and many more during my up and coming visits to the Philippines.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
The PADI IE for March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines very successful indeed! The candidates, Steve and Christophe discovered that IE really stands for 'It's Easy'!
It was a long and good road leading up to here and not too winding! With the PADI IDC and specialty instructor training in Moalboal for March 2015 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' out of the way, it was after all a fairly easy lead up to the actual PADI IE.
Steve and Christophe are now the newest and proudest PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors on the block. Well done guys and highly deserved, you were strong during the IDC and it showed during the PADI IE!
From left to right; Christophe (OWSI), Steve (OWSI), Camille (PADI Course Director) and Marc (PADI Examiner)
If this inspires you to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, my next PADI IDC program starts 29th March in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand, 5th May on Koh Samui, Thailand and 18th May back in Moalboal, Philippines.
See you there,
Thursday, March 19, 2015
A few days ago the current PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines was completed and tomorrow the PADI IE starts, what better way of making best use of time by conducting PADI Specialty Instructor Training March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines for a couple of days in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.
Christophe during his side mount training
During the PADI Specialty Instructor Training March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines, Christophe and Steve took a few courses together with Christophe taking full advantage of the MSDT prep course, which means 5 PADI Instructor specialties plus the free Enriched Air Instructor specialty that's included in our PADI IDC. His specialties of choice were Deep-, Digital Underwater Photography (DUP)-, Underwater Navigation-, Side mount- and Emergency Oxygen Provider (EOP) instructor specialties.
Steve participated in the Deep-, Underwater Videography- and Enriched Air Instructor specialties.
Christophe practicing Underwater Navigation skills on land before hitting the water
We dove on the Neptune House reef for most of the dives, exploring the deeper parts of the reef with the sardine ball accompanying us on each dive. We also visited Dolphin House which has excellent quality coral and no surprise here, this was for the Photography and Videography dive. We also went to Moalboal Bay for the Underwater Navigation dive, the same dive site which will be used during the PADI IE.
We enjoyed relaxed dives with lots of new things to learn and look out for with good visibility and hardly any current to speak of. Really enjoyable couple of days of diving, thank you guys!
Anemone fish at Dolphin house
If this peaks your interest and you are thinking of becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, join me in my up and coming PADI IDC programs, the next one starting 29th March in Khao Lak, Thailand followed by 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 5th May on Koh Samui, Thailand.
Looking forward seeing you there.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Yes indeed, the current PADI IDC for March 2015 completed on Moalboal, Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.
The two IDC candidates, Chris from Belgium and Steve from the USA, did very well and are ready for the up and coming PADI IE, to be conducted on 20th and 21st March here at Panagsama beach in Moalboal.
Lots of hard work, study, workshops, confined- and open water dives, classroom presentations by both the staff, Camille and Johan (PADI Master Instructor and shop manager at PADI 5* IDC Center Neptune Diving Adventure) and the two candidates and not to forget some good times and funny moments!
Before the start of the PADI IE, we will use the time to conduct Specialty Instructor training, including the deep-, digital underwater photography- (DUP), underwater navigation-, underwater video-, drift-, side mount-, enriched air- and the emergency oxygen provider (EOP) instructor courses.
From left to right; Chris, Johan (PADI Master Instructor), Steve and Camille (PADI Course Director)
If you're interested to participate in a PADI IDC program, you can join me in one of my up and coming programs, starting with 29th march in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 5th May on Koh Samui, Thailand.
Looking forward seeing you there,
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The PADI IDC for March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has passed the half way mark already and time this time really flies! This PADI IDC I teach in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal, Philippines.
Christophe and Steve are as strong as I expected in the beginning and they passed already the theory exams, all confined water presentations, some knowledge presentations and they sat through numerous classroom presentations by the staff already. On top of that we've done multiple different workshops, including control, knot tying, CESA in confined water, rescue exercises and a few more with still more to come.
All in all an action packed PADI IDC which shows a steep learning curve for the students, lots of knowledge and information to be shared by the staff and lots of fun as well.
Confined water work at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the Philippines
If this peaks your interest in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or OWSI, you can participate in one of my upcoming PADI IDC programs, starting with a program starting 29th March in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand which is followed by 5th may on Koh Samui, Thailand.
See you there,
Monday, March 9, 2015
Shark Guardian is hitting the Philippines 'hard' and often and after the recent Malapascua presentation 5th March (a review is coming soon), a new Shark Guardian presentation at Dolphin House, White Beach, Moalboal, Philippines is coming up 16th March at 5.30pm.
The presentation is free and you're welcome to join.
This will be the third overall Philippines Shark Guardian presentation with one more in the pipeline at Panagsama beach near Moalboal in the same week. Once the date is confirmed. you will be able to find an update here.
Visit the Shark Guardian website for more information and to support them! Hope to see you at one of the Moalboal presentations!