Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Two of the candidates of the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia continued after the IDC with Specialty Instructor training.
Scorpion fish at Halik
Tom an Fareez took the challenge and we had some real cool, interesting, relaxing, exciting and fascinating dives during which lots of new things were taught and learned.
Ornate Ghost Pipefish at Mentigi
The specialties taken up by them included Sidemount-, Wreck-, Nitrox-, Deep-, Underwater Navigation-, Underwater Naturalist-, Multilevel- and DUP diving.
Tom setting up ropes during the Wreck diving
We had lots of fun and over 14 dives in total, we got it all sorted. Lots of diving and lots of things to see, the pictures here are just a small sample of all the cool things we saw.
Yawning frog fish at Mentigi
Octopus, nudibranches, turtles, white tip and black tip reef sharks, cuttle fish, ribbon eels, seahorses, sting rays and a devil scorpion fish were among the creatures and fish we spotted and these are just the ones that stood out!
Tom and Fareez after all the training was done
If you're interested in becoming a PADI Instructor, my next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Yesterday I received this great testimonial by Larry, IDC candidate of the recent PADI IDC in Osan South Korea;
I am a professional instructor by trade and I have been involved in training personnel for well over 16 years now, so I understand what it takes to be excellent within this profession; it takes someone like Camille Lemmens. I took the time to research Course Directors and listen to past students before I decided on Camille and the decision paid off greatly. Camille has a superb understanding of people and constantly tailors his instruction to each individual. His implementation of multiple techniques ensures that each instructor candidate will have the best possibility of not just passing the Instructor Examination but excelling at it and walking away with a solid understanding of what it means to be a PADI instructor. Camille has a level of patience and kindness that puts students at ease, which in the case of an IDC is critical; his attitude and charisma make students push themselves harder and expect more of themselves.
I was expecting another semi-challenging course that was “easy”; what I got was so much more and well worth the money spent. Camille tailored our IDC to our group level (we were all AI’s at the start of the IDC). Because of this we were able to have specific discussions on cases that we have either run across our selves or simply needed clarification on. Having a custom course was also extremely beneficial because Camille was responsible to not only teach one of the many IDC’s that he does but now he had to teach the new PADI Open Water course. Because of his dedication to providing the most correct information he would constantly be verifying standards and cross-checking information between old and new courses. As instructor candidates we saw this as true dedication, he was setting the standard for what we should be as instructors. In everything that Camille did he set the standard, if we did not perform perfect we did not get high marks. By not just handing out high marks this made each of us strive for better performance, and in the end it paid off. During my IDC all instructor candidates not only successfully passed but they did exceedingly well.
Camille Lemmens is a great instructor, a great Course Director and he lives the PADI standard. I can’t say enough how great an experience it was to work with him as he is the epitome of a great instructor. If you simply want to pass the IE choose any Course Director, if you want to truly learn what it means to be an instructor, excel on your IE and have a mentor throughout your career the choice is simple…choose Camille.
Larry G. Bainbridge, OWSI, #313137
Larry is second from left, just before our dive at the 38th parallel in South Korea
Thanks a lot for the nice words Larry, it's much appreciated and it was great having you around during the IDC!
If you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, my next PADI starts 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The two nerve wrecking days are over, all 5 IDC candidates of the August 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia passed all parts of their exam and they are now the newest PADI Instructors on the block or rather island! Great job guys and now it's off, living the dream!
PADI IDC and IE class of August 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia, from left to right; Fareez, Tom, Camille, Yuda, Sean, Floske and Marc, the PADI Examiner
Sammul and Pakling who staffed had to leave this morning
If you're wanting to become a PADI Instructor, contact me for more information on my up and coming PADI IDC programs, starting with 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October I'm back on Gili Air in Indonesia.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Today the last bits and pieces of the August 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia will be completed. The 800 meter swim will be on the schedule as last part to be completed. Tomorrow it's already showtime and the PADI IE will start.
It was fun and all candidates did well but there was also hard work and long hours involved. Over the next two days we will see how this will pay off! Stay tuned for more updates!
On our way to Open Water, from left to right; Yuda, Fareez, Camille, Sean (in front), Tom, Pakling (IDCS) and Floske. Sammul (IDCS) took the picture
My next PADI IDC's are coming up hard and fast, with a program scheduled to start 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia again.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
The current PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia is already at the half way mark! Loads of hard work, presentations, deliveries, workshops and long but fun and interesting hours in the classroom and the pool are already behind us!
Before the first Confined water presentation, from left to right; Sean, PakLing (IDCS), Sammul (IDCS), Yuda, Camille, Fareez, Floske and Tom
If you are interested in participating in a PADI IDC and becoming a PADI Instructor, my next IDC programs start 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October we're back on Gili Air in Indonesia again.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
And here it is; the official proof of my dive North of the 38th parallel in South Korea! Larry, the owner of 38th Parallel dive club send me this certificate, which was my 1997th dive.
It was a very interesting experience and thanks to Larry, George and Michael for joining me on this adventure! As it says on the 38th Parallel website, not many divers can say that they completed this dive.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Just 'cold' out of the cold waters of South Korea and the IDC there and a new PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia already kicked off this morning.We have 5 candidates; Fareez, Tom, Sean, Flo and Yuda from respectively Singapore, USA, UK, the Netherlands and Indonesia. A very international mix with staff from Singapore and some help from fellow PADI Course Director and owner of PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' Sander Buis.
PADI IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia, August 2014, prep exams in progress
Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.
In the meantime, if becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor is something that you want to do, there are a few opportunities left this year, starting with my next IDC on 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 30 September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 16th October again on Gili Air in Indonesia.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Directly on the heels from yesterday's post of my 6th Certificate of Recognition for Excellence this year, by Ezra Ratuliu, here's the next one, fresh of the press; my 7th Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from PADI this year, this one is written by Oya Uçar, who just like Ezra, participated in the May 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia. Thanks Oya and all other IDC students so far this year!
Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by Oya Uçar
Tomorrow I start another PADI IDC program on Gili Air in Indonesia, since that may be a tad little bit fast to attend, other options arise soon enough! For starters how about 14th September 2014 in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 31st September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October back on Gili Air in Indonesia.
See you there and please contact me if you have any questions.
See you there and please contact me if you have any questions.