Saturday, December 20, 2014

Diving in Moalboal, Philippines

After the end of the recent PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines and during the Specialty Instructor training dives we saw some interesting underwater life.

Mandarin fish, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Here are two mandarin fish, having sex on the reef by rubbing against each other. This mating behavior can usually only be observed during dusk dives, the smaller in the front is the female and the bigger one in the back is the male. Picture at Talisay dive site

Nudibranch, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Nembrotha kurbayana nudibranches, with this picture I'm not sure of the three nudi's are having sex on the reef or if this is part of the so called 'trailing' behavior that some nudibranches display at times. I couldn't find any information that this specific species have this trailing behavior. Picture at Talisay dive site

Mantis shrimp, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

A mantis shrimp looking outside of his hole. These guy can deliver a massive punch and they easily can crack shells and eat the inside. Picture at Talisay dive site

Mandarin fish, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

A single mandarin fish on top of the reef during a dusk dive at Talisay dive site

Green turtle, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Green turtle at Talisay dive site

Pescador island, Moalboal, Philippines

The dive boat above us at Pescador island

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, now it's up to you to come and join us for a couple of dives at Moalboal in the Philippines! Contact me for more information.

Camille

Friday, December 19, 2014

Specialty instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines, December 2014

After the recent IDC in Moalboal and the PADI IE in Dauin, it was time to get some Specialty Instructor training done with Irish and check the underwater beauty around Moalboal.

Irish during the deep dive

Deep dive timed task at Pescador island

All three candidates participated in the Nitrox Instructor specialty, which is included in all of my IDC's for free. Irish however opted for 5 more specialties; Deep, Night, Underwater Navigation, Drift and Digital Underwater Photography.

Irish practicing using a compass

Practicing using a compass on land before the actual dive

We had some lovely dives and the deep dive to 38 meters stood out because of the great visibility at Pescador island and the absence of a current and yesterday evening's night dive stood out because fo the amount of underwater life we encountered, including a 'sponge crab' or 'Dromiidae', a first for me. The mating mandarin fish were also very nice to see during that dive.

Ardeadoris egretta nudibranch

Ardeadoris egretta nudibranch by Irish during her Digital Underwater Photography dive

We had a couple of great and enjoyable dives, just what we needed in order to relax after the previous busy and stressful weeks of the IDC and PADI IE.

Specialty instructor is offered after each PADI IDC and on special demand in-between IDC programs. The next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand which is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines again.

Camille

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Testimonial from Lucinda Roberts

In a short time frame, here's the second testimonial from the recent November 2014 Khao Lak IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. This one is from Lucinda Roberts. Thanks for taking the time to write this;

"Camille is an incredible Course Director and I'm so delighted to have done the IDC with him. He ran the course really professionally, and made sure that we all had plenty of time to practice and really get to grips with the exercises - which were not always easy.
I was really nervous starting the IDC as there was an awful lot of information to take onboard in a relatively short amount of time. Camille did a fantastic job of increasing my confidence and ensured that I felt fully prepared by the time we took the IE. Thank you Camille, I couldn't have done it without you - you're a true pillar of the diving community!"

Lucinda Roberts

Lucinda during one of her skill circuits

If you're thinking of becoming a PADI dive instructor yourself, my next dates IDC dates are coming up fast, starting with the first program in 2015 starting 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 9th March in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PADI IE for December 2014 in Dauin, Philippines was very successful

It took two days of controlling their nerves and remembering all the knowledge they had gained during their recent PADI IDC in Moalboal, taught in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventures' and all three candidates passed the PADI IE with flying colors and high scores. Job well done Jesper, Irish and Marc from Sweden, Philippines and Germany with Johan from Sweden staffing. 

Now we will relax today, the 'day after' and continue with some specialty instructor training.

PADI IE December 2014 Dauin, Philippines

From left to right standing; George (PADI Examiner), myself (PADI Course Director), Jesper (OWSI) and Johan (PADI Master Instructor)
Sitting left to right; Marc (OWSI and Irish (OWSI)

Come and join me for my next PADI IDC, the next program will also be the first program of 2015 and is scheduled to start 3rd January on Koh Lanta in Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand which is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines.

See you there.

Camille

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Testimonial by John Roberts

Recently I received this testimonial by John Roberts who participated in the PADI IDC for November 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand. Thanks for writing this John!;

I have recently completed my PADI IE after 12 days of preparation on the IDC with Camille Lemmens at Sea Dragon dive centre in Khao Lak, Thailand.

I managed to pass with high grades during the examination process and this is completely down to Camille and his staff instructors preparation. Well done to the other guys on the IDC/IE, I have made some new friends who I look forward to 'working' with soon.
Camille is a great guy with a ton of experience and I would recommend him to anyone looking to become a PADI Instructor as they would be hard pushed to find better.
I look forward to the journey on my chosen path and know that I have Camille and PADI in support, if I need them.
Kind regards to you and your family Camille.
I look forward to our paths crossing soon.

John Roberts, Great Britain, November 2014, Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by John Roberts

John during a knowledge development presentation, selling dive equipment like a real pro

If this is wetting your appetite to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next program and the first one for next year, will start 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program, scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines.

Camille 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PADI IDC for December 2014 in Moalboal, Philippines is in the can

At last, the PADI IDC for December in Moalboal in the Philippines has been completed and successfully on top of that! In conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', we had a fun time and the candidates are ready to head to Dumaguete and Dauin tomorrow where on Monday a PADI IE will start.
Stay tuned for more updates.

PADI IDC December 2014, Moalboal, Philippines

During one of the Open Water dives, from left to right; Jesper, Johan (Master Instructor), Irish and Marc

In case you are interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC courses, the next and first program of next year is scheduled to start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and back in Moalboal, Philippines on 9th March.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, December 8, 2014

PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines for December 2014 reached the half way mark

Time flies by during the current PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines. We're already halfway through this course and we keep charging along, despite typhoon Hagupit that raged over the Philippines just a day ago when it hit land and now it's moving around, North of us.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines

Listening to an interesting presentation during the IDC

We have a nice confined water site in front of PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' but due to said typhoon, which is named Ruby in the Philippines, we had to divert to a pool.
We've been busy and were able to keep the program on track though. Just a few more days and we'll be off to Dumaguete and Dauin for the PADI IE.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, rescue exercise 7

Practicing Rescue exercise # 7 in the pool

Come and see me for other PADI IDC programs, the first IDC for 2015 will start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program starting 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by another IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines, scheduled to start 9th March.

See you there.

Camille

Friday, December 5, 2014

First ever Shark Guardian presentation in the Philippines, 2nd December 2014 in Moalboal

It's been over a year ago since I witnessed my first Shark Guardian presentation on Gili Air in Indonesia. Ever sine I helped in organizing a Shark Guardian presentation on Koh Samui, Thailand earlier this year and I helped out a little bit during a two day visit of Shark Guardian to two different International schools on Samui in October 2014.

During this last two day visit, Brendon, one of the directors of Shark Guardian, and myself got to talk a bit and the idea came up to have me aboard as one of the Shark Guardian leaders, for my up and coming trip to the Philippines this December.

Shark Guardian presentation Moalboal, Philippines, group picture

A group picture of about half of the visitors

At the time being there was one Shark Guardian center in the Philippines, in Moalboal, exactly where I was going to visit and where we planned the first Philippines Shark Guardian presentation. 
With a bit of preparation and training with and by Brendon, I was sent on the road!

Shark Guardian presentation Moalboal, Philippines, audience

Part of the audience during the presentation

Johan at Neptune Diving Adventures, manager of the first Shark Guardian dive center, at Panagsama Beach near Moalboal, organized a venue and with a bit of advertising we were ready to go! The turn out for this first Philippine presentation was very good and encouraging and some 50 people showed up; divers, dive pro's and a few non divers as well.

Shark Guardian presentation Moalboal, Philippines, audience

Part of the audience as seen from behind me

Wit a captive audience and some good questions, we had a successful evening and at the end a nice amount of Shark Guardian was bought by the audience, more questions were asked and contact information exchanged.

The Philippines is ready for more, so please keep an eye out for more Shark Guardian presentations next year!

Now there are two Shark Guardian dive centers in the Philippines! Hopefully there can be some more added soon!

Thanks to Brendon, Liz, Johan, Jesper and George and all the good people that showed up!

Camille

All pictures by George Wegmann.