Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February


The next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

At PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak we welcome you to our February 2017 PADI IDC in our air-conditioned classroom and onsite swimming pool, which can be used unlimited for practice (during business hours) and with a restaurant next door that serves some of the best lunches of all locations I teach at!

Khao Lak is conveniently located opposite the Similan islands and before or after your PADI IDC you can book a live aboard trip to this famous dive location,or combine it with your PADI Specialty Instructor training! 
Furthermore Khao Lak is a nice and quiet location where you can focus on your PADI IDC with plenty of accommodation and restaurant options near the dive center.

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February

My PADI IDC classes are typically small which allows for lots of personal attention and if you want to be taught by a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Directors, Khao Lak is the right location for you since choosing the right school for your Instructor Training and internship is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the Dive Industry. .

For 2017. lots of other PADI IDC programs are schedule in Thailand as well, the first option being 26th January and 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', followed by 9th February and 7th March with a program on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed with a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 26th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February


The next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February 2017 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

At our scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock we welcome you to our classroom, swimming pool and options for accommodation with a restaurant on site. Very convenient since everything is pretty much located at one location.

Kata also offers plenty of different options for accommodation in various price ranges and there are plenty of other restaurants and shops within walking distance of Kata Big Rock, 

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February

If you're interested in small classes with lots of personal attention and if you want to be taught by a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Directors, you found the right location. 

My programs provide the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training. 
Please contact me if you would like to receive more specific information about any of my PADI IDC programs on Phuket.

More PADI IDC programs are schedule in Thailand, starting with 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by 7th March with another program on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by 27th March with a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, January 16, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January


The Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and a few places are still left for the late deciders!

This will be the first PADI IDC program I will teach this year and Koh Lanta is a great location to attend a PADI IDC. 
As always small groups and lots of personal attention are on offer in combination with a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Director (in it's tenth consecutive platinum year!) on an easy going island where we offer you a relaxed PADI IDC environment.

If you're interested in your PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, that's also on offer and do check out my testimonials page to see what former IDC candidates have to say about their experiences.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January is confirmed and you can contact me for more specific information on this program or any of the up and coming programs later this year at the various locations around Thailand and in the Philippines.

The next opportunities to join one of my PADI IDC programs are 9th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and this is followed by 27th March when we're back on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand


Here's a brand new Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

Lars was one of the candidates of the recent PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for December 2016 and like his fellow candidates, he also passed the PADI IE and is now a PADI Instructor. All the way from Norway came this globetrotting nurse. The PADI IDC was a big hurdle for him to take but with his perseverance he managed in the end and that is a great achievement. Something to be proud of Lars, you worked very hard for this and it's well earned. I'm glad that I could convince you to continue and bite your teeth into this. Congratulations, once more!

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand; Lars and Rob, the PADI examiner after having successfully completed the PADI IE in December 2016 on Koh Phangan.

As always, I like to take the opportunity to thank you Lars, for taking out the time to write this.
Without further ado, here's is Lars' testimonial;

Here's my statement from the idc. The 10 days of doing my idc on Koh Phangan at Haad Yao divers with course director Camille Lemmens, was just a big roller coaster with a lot of up and downs. Some days my brain was so filled up with information and theory about diving and teaching techniques, that I thought my head was going to be a big mess at the IE. Thanks to Camille and his unbelievable endless patience after me asking the same question for the third time, and the way he positively encouraged all of us to continue, when we were deep down there and almost was giving up, I managed to to see the way out of it an went through the IE at the end. Thanks a lot for the positive way you made the idc prep. and the idc course Camille and thanks to Heike, Gio and stud mates Matt and Ian who made this possible. Had a great time and learned a lot 😉. 

For more testimonials written by my former PADI IDC and PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses, please click on this link.

This year I have plenty of opportunities coming up for you to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs and on 26th January I will kick the PADI IDC year off on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Divers', followed by a PADI IDC which is scheduled to start 9th February on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you like to receive more information regarding either one of these programs or programs scheduled later during this year.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, December 30, 2016

Looking back at the dive year 2016

Looking back at the dive year 2016


It's a good moment to start looking back at the dive year 2016, with just one more day to go.
With ten PADI IDC programs this year, two programs on Koh Lanta, two programs on Koh Phangan, five programs on Phuket, all in Thailand and one PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, I conducted two more programs compared to last year.

It also added up that there were a few more candidates, 32 PADI IDC candidates in total and a whooping 8 PADI IDC Staff Instructor candidates. That's the highest number of PADI IDC Staff Instructors to ate, that I ever taught during one calendar year. Four of them were split over the two PADI IDC programs on Koh Phangan, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.


Looking back at the dive year 2016; Happy PADI IDC candidates after another successful PADI IE
This picture was taken in March on Koh Phangan

Throughout the year I also taught 112 PADI Specialty Instructor courses, with Nitrox or Enriched Air being the most popular specialty, followed by Emergency Oxygen Provider and Deep. There are also two new PADI Instructor specialties I'm able to teach now; Self-reliant diver and Delayed SMB.
On top of that I also taught 27 EFR Instructor and 27 EFR Care for Children courses.

It looks like the Platinum PADI Course Director rating for next is secured and with over 200 certifications under my belt this year, one more PADI Elite Instructor badge should also be in the mail soon.

Besides these numbers, I also worked on a regular base at the hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui and delivered a few presentations on box jelly fish awareness and prevention around the island. 

Many thanks for making all this possible to my PADI IDC and IDCS candidates this year, to PADI Center 'Dive Asia on Phuket, PADI CDC Center 'All 4 Diving' on Phuket, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal in the Philippines and the Hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui.

Special thanks to Benno, Pray, Philippe, Richard, Michael and Vincent on Phuket, Gedimis and Ben on Koh Lanta, Heike on Koh Phangan, Stephan in Khao Lak, Johan and Jesper in Moalboal, Philippines and Ricky on Koh Samui.

Extra very special thanks to my wife and my children, who have to live half the year without me being home. It wouldn't be possible without you!

For my 2017 PADI IDC schedule look here and don't hesitate to contact me if you like to receive more specific information about any of my PADI IDC locations.

See you next year,
Camille

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016


After the recent PADI IDC for December 2016 it was time for some PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016.
Directly the day after the PADI IE, Ian and myself were on our way to Sail Rock for Ian's self-reliant divers specialty training. Three dives at Sail Rock in one day and what dives they were! 

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016; Ian during his self-reliant diver training at Sail Rock. First he completed three dives at diver level and after that he did one more dive for his PADI Instructor specialty rating. During the diver level training we encountered a whale shark, see picture below

The visibility was not that great, after all the rain and floods that had plagued Koh Samui and Koh Phangan up until that moment, but when I jumped for the first dive, I just nearly missed landing on top of a baby whaleshark! What an experience, sitting in  the water next to this two and a half meter long beautiful and gracious animal. A better start of the specialty training was hardly possible. 
During the first dive we didn't see it anymore but at the end of the second dive it was back again and I was able to take some good pictures. 

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016; The baby whaleshark we encountered at Sail Rock on all three dives on 21st December, during Ian's self-reliant diver training

The self-reliant diver specialty is a prerequisite of becoming a self-reliant instructor, hence I had to complete the diver level rating with Ian first. It's basically allowing you to solo dive, whilst you carry an extra, redundant supply of air with you, plus other redundant equipment, like safety sausages and the like.
It was the first time for me to teach this specialty, so it was also exciting and interesting for me.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016; Matt during the navigation part of the deep dive instructor specialty at Sail Rock

The second day of training, all three IDC candidates joined me for the Instructor deep dive and DUP (Digital Underwater Photography) specialties. Again at Sail Rock, with a slightly improved visibility. It was another day with three dives planned and it was good for me to be back at Sail Rock again, after I logged my 500th dive here at Sail Rock last year, I haven't been back that many times anymore. Racking up 8 dives here over three days was a nice opportunity to catch up!

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016; Lars shooting a Delayed SMB to the surface during his DSMB Instructor specialty training at Sail Rock

Although the visibility wasn't that great, but improved each day slightly, it was like swimming and diving in fish soup, big schools of trevally, bat fish, one meter long yellow tail barracudas, tuna and lots more made all the dives memorable and very enjoyable. Not a dull moment in sight with so much activity and fish life around you. Fish abundance it was!

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Phangan during December 2016; At Sail Rock with from left to right myself, Matt, Ian and Lars

The third day I found myself back at Sail Rock for two more dives, with Ian completing his self-reliant instructor dive and Lars completing his delayed SMB instructor specialty and both alternating during the two dives the Fish ID instructor specialty. They couldn't have chosen a better day to dive here to see fish!

The delayed SMB instructor specialty is a good one to have as an instructor, since with the new PADI Advanced Open Water diver course being launched, all PADI Instructors can teach a core of about nine adventure dives but what is new, that they can teach from each PADI sanctioned specialty, the first dive as an adventure dive, providing they are Specialty Instructors at that level. Delayed SMB is such a specialty that you need to be an instructor for, before you can teach this as an adventure dive. A good and smart choice by Lars! 

Come and see for your PADI Instructor Specialty training. I teach them at the end of each IDC Program or in coordination with you outside of IDC time schedules.
The next PADI IDC programs for 2017 are scheduled to start 11th January and 9th February on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Blue Planet Divers' and 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon.

See you there,
Camille'

Testimonial by Ian of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Ian of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand


Today I received this Testimonial by Ian of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

The testimonials come in hard and fast at the moment but that is a good sign! Ian participated in the recent December PADI IDC on Koh Phangan and although he prepared himself and has some good diving an divemaster experience, it turned out that a one and a half year gap of not being active still needs a lot of extra work and dedication that needs to be put in. And that's what Ian did, although he struggled at times, he bit into the IDC and didn't let go, which eventually resulted in getting very good scores during the PADI IE and becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Well done Ian, all the hard work did pay off, congratulations, they are well deserved.

Testimonial by Ian of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Ian of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand; Ian with Rob, the PADI Examiner, after he successfully completed the recent December PADI IE on Koh Phangan

To you also a lot of thanks for taking the time out to write this testimonial, it's appreciated! Please check below to find Ian's testimonial;

I'd like to to share a few words about my IDC  course on Koh Phangan and my course director Camille Lemmens , it was quite a rollercoaster ride of emotions , at times i felt out of my depth and had thoughts of quitting , but with Camille's excellent coaching and almost endless patience, though I got the feeling we put that to the test on more than one occasion, i can honestly say if it wasn't for Camille and Giovanni as well and the IDC candidate's i wouldn't be sat here writing this as an instructor embarking on a new career doing what i love , so saying thank you doesn't really seem to be adequate enough but it will have to do. Thank you for helping me achieve this life changing opportunity

For more testimonials written by my former PADI IDC and PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses, please check this link.

To give you the opportunity to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs in 2017, I scheduled at least one programs per month, starting with 11th January and 9th February on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and this is followed by 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

See you there,
Camille'

Testimonial by Giovanni of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Giovanni of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand


Here's a Testimonial by Giovanni of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. 

Giovanni participated in his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course during the recent December PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, with the idea and proven reality that it will open more doors for him in the future, when and if he plans to move on from Koh Phangan. At the moment he's sorting out his visa situation though and is planning to stay on Koh Phangan for the near future.
He participated in a challenging PADI IDC, with the students and the weather conditions not always making things easy but we all managed to pull it together and we all pulled it off and all candidates passed the PADI IE, partly due to the extra time that Giovanni put in, thanks for that!
Good luck to you with your future ventures and your stay on Koh Phangan.

Testimonial by Giovanni of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Giovanni of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand; Giovanni at the start of his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, having fun with the theory exams

Thanks for taking the time out to write this testimonial, it's much appreciated. Here is Gio's testimonial;

 I am currently IDC Staff Instructor. Once again I want to thank you for the course, for your acknowledgment and dedication that you lavished into it. I definitely learned a lot, especially from your didactical approach, and for sure all what I received as an example from you will is becoming already useful during my work. Thanks a lot again, and best success for the continuation of your work!

To read more testimonials of former PADI IDC and IDCS candidates, please check this link.

In 2017 I have plenty of options for you to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or continue your education and become a PADI IDC Staff, just like Giovanni.
Starting off on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on 11th January and 9th February, followed by a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', scheduled to start 26th January and this is followed by a program in Khao Lak, Thailand scheduled to start 22nd February in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

See you there,
Camille