Saturday, April 30, 2016

Testimonial by Collin of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta

Testimonial by Collin of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta


Earlier today I received this glowing Testimonial by Collin of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Diver' on Koh Lanta.

It was great having you around during the PADI IDC and I'm sure you will have or find great use for PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating in the future. I'm confident it will complement your marine biology degree in many ways. Thanks a lot for taking the time out to write this testimonial, it's greatly appreciated.
For the testimonial, please continue to read below the picture.

Testimonial by Collin of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta

Collin with Rob, the PADI Examiner during his PADI IE on Koh Lanta

Here is the Testimonial by Collin of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta;

I had been forewarned that Thailand was simply an Instructor candidate factory and that my IDC experience wouldn't be of the highest caliber. However, to my pleasant surprise, my experience with Camille Lemmens as my course director proved to be of utmost value and his dedication and commitment to his students truly showed itself during the actual examination period. 

Bear in mind you will be spending up to two weeks with a course director going over countless PADI presentations so the following is very important when considering with whom you study under. Throughout the IDC, Camille was able to keep his presentations entertaining and concise. He was able to pinpoint all the important information and stress them accordingly so you leave feeling adequately prepared not only for the IE, but for your career as an instructor as well. During the pool sessions, Camille's 13 years of experience as a course director showed itself as he not only knew what was required in past IE's and how to practice accordingly, but sprinkled his own tidbits in as well from his own teaching experiences. 

But Camille's dedication and commitment truly shined when the time of the IE actually came around. Looking at the other candidates and their course directors, I felt like we were the most adequately prepared and supported. During the pool sessions, Camille kept a watchful eye on our progress, not because he was nervous, but because he wanted to witness our success. 

Overall, I would highly recommend any potential IE candidate to study under Camille Lemmens as their course director. If you are looking for a course director who is committed to the success of his students for both the IE and a career in diving, Camille is the guy for you. 

Thanks again Collin! If this testimonial inspires you to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next three programs are scheduled on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and these programs respectively start 3rd May and 7th and 29th June. Each month there will be a PADI IDC scheduled on Phuket, directly followed by a PADI IE plus I have PADI IDC programs scheduled at other locations as well, please check my PADI IDC Schedule here.

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

See you at my PADI IDC programs!
Camille

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Testimonial by Sophia of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016

Testimonial by Sophia of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016


The testimonials were coming in thick and fast yesterday and in quick succession I received this great Testimonial by Sophia of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta.

Thanks Sophia, for writing this testimonial and taking the time out to do so, it's much appreciated and it's a nice testimonial to boost! It was a pleasure having you around and I'm glad you enjoyed the IDC and got out of it what you wanted. You will make a great instructor once you hit the road again and start teaching and I'm looking forward to see where your first stop will be in the near future.

Testimonial by Sophia of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016

Testimonial by Sophia of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016; Sophia with Rob, the PADI Examiner, after successfully having passed the PADI IE on Koh Lanta in April 2016

Here's Sophia's testimonial;

I chose to make me IDC with Camille Lemmens in light of his successive award as a Platinum Course Director. I was not sure about what it might represent, although I suspected that he had not stolen this prices...

Rapidly during the course I understood.

When you wish to become instructor, you invest time and especially money. Training is short and intense. It is natural to have doubts and apprehension at different levels.
But I have been very quickly reassured to have in front of me someone who knows his subject on fingertips, able to adapt to each individual and remaining just with all of us.

Lastly beyond his professional skills Camille is a person who has great human values and qualities. You'd probably be delighted to meet him.

My advices, review your theory correctly before the IDC, rest well, and let yourselves be guided, everything can only go well with Mr. Lemmens !

Thanks again for taking the time out to write this great testimonial.

You can join me for one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, with a monthly scheduled PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand, starting 3rd May and followed by 7th and 29th June. Check my full PADI IDC schedule here.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, April 22, 2016

Testimonial by François of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016

Testimonial by François of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016


This morning I received this lovely Testimonial by François of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center on Koh Lanta.

It was a pleasure having you on the course François, especially your dry humor in a very interesting French/Australian accent!
Thanks for taking the time out to write this testimonial and I wish you good luck in France for the next couple of months, before you hit the road again and start teaching, I'm convinced that you will do a good job!

J’ai passé  mon IDC en avril 2016 en Thaïlande sur l’île de Koh Lanta après avoir travaillé comme Divemaster pendant plusieurs mois. Etant jeune plongeur, je pensais avant de démarrer l’IDC que mon niveau serrait insuffisant pour être au niveau demandé. Il fallut réviser en amont, beaucoup travailler pendant l´IDC. Mais grâce a la pédagogie de Camille Lemmens, il a su tirer le meilleur de nous et surtout s’adapter aux besoins de chacun. Cela  a été un vrai partie de plaisir, nous parlions plusieurs langues durant les cours pas de souci à ce sujet. Nous avions chacun une manière de progresser différente pas de souci non plus dans ce domaine. Le tout dans une bonne humeur journalière, chose qui n’est pas facile avec la pression qui augmente l’IE se rapprochant. Je vous le recommande à tous de pouvoir passer votre IDC dans ces conditions et de ressortir grandi comme plongeur, prêt  à devenir un instructeur PADI.


Testimonial by François of the April IDC on Koh Lanta in April 2016; François on the  left with Rob, the PADI examiner on the right of this picture during the closing of the recent April 2016 PADI IE on Koh Lanta

Come and see about me for my next PADI IDC programs, which will be conducted on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', scheduled to start 3rd May and 7th and 29th June.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, April 21, 2016

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016


The PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016 took place today and it was George Wegmann who works at the Sydney office who presented this update.

After my recent participation in Manila, Philippines last year and on Bali in Indonesia in 2013, it was time for Koh Tao again, just like in 2014. It was almost a year to the date that I visited Koh Tao for the last time, the occasion at the time being a PADI Course Director round table meeting.

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016; George Wegmann and myself

There were eleven participants, consisting of PADI Course Directors from Koh Tao itself and two PADI Course Directors based on Koh Samui.

The morning was spent discussing various topics, presented by George Wegmann and PADI Regional Manager Gio, covering some interesting aspects of the growing OCT market, or also known as Overseas Chinese Tourists. They start to visit the South East Asian market in big figures.

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016; Presentations by George Wegmann

Besides presentations by the PADI staff, there was also a lunch which was followed by a pool session, during which evaluation of some skills was practiced and discussed.

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016

PADI Instructor Development Update on Koh Tao in April 2016; George and PADI Regional manager Gio with all other Course Director who participated in the update

Being fully updated again, my next three PADI IDC's are scheduled to take place on Phuket in Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', starting 3rd May and 7th and 29th June.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, April 14, 2016

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand is very successfully completed

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand is very successfully completed


It's been a long two days but the at last, our candidates from the April PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' did it; the PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand is very successfully completed.

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand is very successfully completed

The pressure is off, the group picture after the PADI IE, from left to right; Francois (PADI OWSI), Svenja (PADI OWSI), Collin (PADI OWSI), Tereza (PADI OWSI), Rob (PADI Examiner), Sophia (PADI OWSI), Wayne (PADI OWSI) and Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director)

All candidates kept a cool head with a great result, six new PADI instructor on Koh Lanta at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'. Congratulations to all six of you, it's well deserved after all the hard work you put in.

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand is very successfully completed

PADI Certificate of recognition for successfully completing the PADI IDC

Tonight will be a good time to enjoy this feature and party a little bit! 

Now it's your chance to be in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs and the next three scheduled programs will take place on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', starting on 3rd May, 7 and 29th June.

See you there!
Camille

Sunday, April 10, 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand


We're about to complete the PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Yesterday and today were boat days and we dived five times at five different dive sites.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Svenja at 28 meters at Hin Daeng during one of our two deep dives, checking the effects of pressure on an egg yolk. At this depth, the egg yolk stays pretty well together and you can calmly play around with it, without the yolk breaking

Svenja and Wayne participated yesterday in the Deep dive instructor specialty at Hin Muang and Hin Daeng, dive sites aptly named after the purple (muang) and red (daeng) soft coral covering the two sites and for the Digital Underwater Photography instructor specialty at Koh Haa one.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Wayne during a time tasked skill during one of the deep dives at depth. He needs to complete this skill on the surface and underwater to see what influence nitrogen narcosis has at depth

Today Wayne and me went to Bida Nok, my first visit after 18 years, when I completed my PADI Divemaster course on Koh Phi Phi back in the day for the Underwater Navigation instructor specialty and we dived Hin Bida for the Underwater Naturalist instructor specialty.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Dendronephthya soft coral at Hin Daeng

We had two great days of diving. Yesterday we completed two relaxed deep dives at Hin Muang and Hin Daeng, followed by a very nice dive at Koh Haa one, with a small chimney like swim through and a second swim through with loads of fish in it. Remarkable and memorable dives yesterday! Thanks Svenja and Wayne for your dedication and company.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

School of chevron barracudas at Koh Haa 1

Today the second dive was more than memorable, with three zebra sharks that we could get real close to and with tons of picture opportunities. On top of that I also spotted a 'first' for me, a zebra eel. I always enjoy 'firsts'!

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

A tiny nudibranch at Koh Haa one, the Cuthona sibogae, less than 1 cm

Yesterday also saw two new nudi branches, one at Koh Haa one, only a centimeter long, if at all. See the picture above. Well spotted by Svenja. The identification process is under way!
At Hin Daeng Wayne spotted a nice nudi as well, whose identification is also in the making, see the picture below.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Nudibranch at Hin Daeng, Goniobranchus annulatus

Tomorrow all specialty instructor training will be completed when I will sit down with Wayne and the Emergency Oxygen provider instructor course will be tackled. This is a course I find important for instructors to have in their luggage of specialties they can teach, since almost every diver who had a dive accident will need oxygen.
With my background of hyperbaric chamber knowledge, I also enjoy teaching this specialty a lot.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

A zebra eel at Hin Bida, the first ever I have spotted one of these eels

After tomorrow we will have a day off and than it's show time, the PADI IE will be brought on during Songkran or the Thai New Years day. 
They should all be ready for this and we should have six new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors here on Koh Lanta come the afternoon of 14th April.

PADI Specialty Instructor training for April 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

One of the three zebra or leopard sharks we spotted today at Hin Bida

Are you interested in a PADI IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor course possibly combined with Specialty Instructor training after the IDC, the next programs are scheduled to start 3rd May, 7th June and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, April 8, 2016

EFR Instructor course April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed

EFR Instructor course April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed


The EFR Instructor course April 2016 on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' has been completed and it was a relaxing but interesting and fun day after all the hard work during the recent PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, which the candidates completed yesterday.

Classroom presentations by me, knowledge reviews, exams and skill and scenario practice were all taken care of during the duration of the course.

EFR Instructor course April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed

EFR Instructor course April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed and from left to right in the picture are; Svenja, Wayne, Collin, Tereza, Camille (EFR Instructor Trainer), Francois and Sophia in front of PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'

AS of tomorrow we have a few days off before the stat of the PADI IE in 13th and 14th April but Wayne and Svenja took the opportunity to continue their education with some PADI Instructor level specialties. Tomorrow we will be on the catamaran to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang, for the deep dive specialty and hopefully some manta's and the third dive of the day will be at Koh Haa where we will conduct the DUP or Digital Underwater Photography specialty.

The day after Wayne and me will go on the big boat to the 'Bida's' for to more dives, covering the Underwater Navigation and Underwater Naturalist Instructor specialties and Wayne will also participate in the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor specialty.

There will be updates on these dives later, after we conducted the, so stay tuned for more updates.

In the meantime, feel free to contact me and ask information about my up and coming PADI IDC programs, I'm more than happy to send you information on prices and the various packages that I offer.

The next three scheduled programs will be conducted on Phuket in Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket and the starting dates are 3rd May, 7th June and 29th June, followed by a monthly PADI IDC on Phuket. All Phuket IDC programs will also be followed by a PADI IE, scheduled at the end of each IDC program on Phuket.

See you there.

Camille

Thursday, April 7, 2016

PADI IDC for April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed

PADI IDC for April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed


Today we're on the last day of this current PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and the PADI IDC for April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed. It was a good IDC with great candidates, we had lots of fun, the candidates learned lots of new things that are different than what they are used to as a Divemaster and important for being an instructor.

Now the wait starts for the PADI IE that will be conducted on 13th (Songkran!) and 14th April here on Koh Lanta but before we will conduct the EFR Instructor course tomorrow and it looks like I will be conducting some Instructor specialty training as well before that PADI IE starts.

In my opinion all the candidates are ready for the coming PADI IE, it's now a matter of staying calm and focused so they can deliver the goods during the PADI IE and become the newest PADI Instructors in Thailand come the 14th!

PADI IDC for April 2016 on Koh Lanta has been completed

After the open water training dives and workshops of the IDC, from left to right on the Blue Planet boat; Ann (PADI IDCS), Camille (PADI Course Director), Svenja, Tereza, Collin, Francois, Wayne and Sophia

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, please contact me to check for schedules, prices and any other questions you may have relating to a PADI IDC with me. Your next opportunity to start will be 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand followed by monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', starting with 3rd May and this is followed by 7th and 29th June.

See you there,
Camille