Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket and in Khao Lak

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket and in Khao Lak


After the recent PADI IE on Phuket, it was a hectic few days with PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket and in Khao Lak.
The day after the PADI IE, Monday, Patrick of the recent November-December PADI IDC on Phuket went on the boat with me for the two dives of the PADI Instructor specialty 'Deep diver' and one dive for the Instructor specialty of 'Underwater Navigation'. 

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket and in Khao Lak

Patrick and me on the boat after a wavy trip back to Chalong pier on Phuket and with two deep dives and an underwater navigation dive under our belts.

We dived at Raya Noi and Raya Yai and we had three good dives that day, despite the fairly strong waves. Especially the ride back to Phuket was choppy! It was all worth it though and it's always a great way to end an IDC, with doing what we love to do, going down!
On top of that Patrick has now besides the two already PADI Instructor specialties, also the Enriched Air or Nitrox Instructor specialty in the bag. It was my pleasure Patrick and I hope we see each other soon again!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket and in Khao Lak

Philipp at the controls in Khao Lak with the Oxygen equipment, which he had to assemble and disassemble as part of the Oxygen provider Instructor course

Tuesday morning saw a very early start, 4am wake up call and 6am departure from Phuket, in order to start an Oxygen Provider Instructor course and a DSAT Gas Blender  and DSAT Gas Blender Instructor course in Khao Lak at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' with Philipp, before I moved on during the afternoon and took a ferry back to Koh Samui, back home.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket and in Khao Lak

Philipp and me after the two PADI instructor specialty courses in Khao Lak at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'

Philipp was very much tuned into both courses and especially during the Gas Blender course he showed a lot of interest and he was on top of the course materials and outline.
It was short, brief and intensive but also my pleasure to have met you Philipp and to see how much you enjoyed being in the courses. Next time in Khao Lak, I know where we will meet up for a bite again!

If you're interested in receiving PADI instructor specialty training, contact me so we can work a schedule and an offer out, training is conducted after all my PADI IDC programs but I can also make tailor made offers for your convenience in-between my PADI IDC programs.
My PADI IDC schedule looks like this for the first programs of next year; 10th January and 9th February on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', 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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket, Thailand was very successful


The PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket, Thailand was very successful and all three of our candidates from the November - December IDC on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' passed all segments of the PADI IE with high scores. Patrick, Steven and Ilse are now brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and it's well deserved! All the hard work during the PADI IDC paid off and the reward is there, with a certification!

PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE for December 2016 on Phuket, Thailand was very successful; From left to right; Sam, Steven, Patrick, Andy (PADI Examiner), Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director) and Ilse

The PADI IE this time around was a big program with over 40 candidates and three PADI Examiners which also meant that the days went slowly, waiting for your turn and than a few moments intense action, followed by some more waiting. They all kept it together though and managed to deal with the stress levels.
Tonight a small party is called for and Patrick and myself will be on the boat again tomorrow for the Deep- and Underwater Navigation Instructor level specialties at the Raya islands.

If you want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, please don't hesitate to contact me and get more specific information about my PADI IDC programs. Your next opportunities will be 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' for my last PADI IDC of the year, followed by 10th January 2017 with the first PADI IDC of the new year and this will be on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia' and on 26th January I will be on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' for an IDC program smack in the middle of the Chinese New Year holiday period.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, December 2, 2016

PADI IDC for November - December 2016 on Phuket has been completed

PADI IDC for November - December 2016 on Phuket has been completed


The PADI IDC for November - December 2016 on Phuket has been completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
It's been an interesting and fun ten days with a brand new schedule because Patrick couldn't be on Phuket until 25th November but he was already certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor, so now it was up to me to change the schedule around so we could make this work, and we sure did!
Sam also completed his PADI IDC staff Instructor course successfully during this period.

PADI IDC for November - December 2016 on Phuket has been completed

PADI IDC for November - December 2016 on Phuket has been completed; From left to right Steven, Sam, Ilse, Patrick and myself after the open water training dives at the Raya islands. Here we are on the way back after a good days out on the 'Dive Asia 5' with three good dives yesterday, two training dives and since all candidates met the performance requirements during the first two dives, the third dive of the day was a 'fun' dive with a DSD workshop thrown in at the beginning of the dive

Some hard work was involved though at times and we had plenty of work, presentations and workshops plus lots of exam practice thrown in for good measure before we got here! All course parts were completed yesterday after the open water training dives, which left us only with the closing of the November-December PADI IDC today and going through the details of the PADI IE which will start tomorrow morning.
The EFR Instructor course was also on the schedule for completion, after we started parts of this course two days ago. Still a busy but relaxed day and we could finish early, shortly after lunch.

Tomorrow is an early bird day, with the PADI IE scheduled to start at 7.30am, rise and shine ya'all and see you in the morning.
Please stay tuned for more updates on the EFR Instructor course and the PADI IE which will be completed Sunday around noon.

If you're interested in participating in a PADI IDC program with me, the very last PADI IDC of this year i about to start 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', followed by the very first PADI IDC program in 2017, scheduled to start 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by a PADI IDC scheduled to start 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', putting it smack in the middle of the Chinese New Year holiday.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way


At last I can say that the PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket and it's also out last PADI IDC program of the year 2016 here on phuket with just one more PADI IDC to go for me this year.

The reason I say at last is because yesterday the last person for this PADI IDC program joined us, Patrick from Switzerland couldn't make it any earlier to Phuket which forced me to re-arrange the schedule a bit from the normal routine to accommodate him, However, since he's already a PADI Assistant Instructor, it was all possible and the previous two days I presented the so called online presentations, eight of them over two days and it went down a lot better than expected. Now let's hope that the remainder of this new PADI IDC schedule can hold it's ground as well.

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way; From left to right; Ilse, Sam who's doing his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, Steven and Patrick during diving theory exam practice yesterday morning.

We have a small but nice group it seems and as always, very international, this time around with candidates from the Netherlands, Australia and Switzerland and staff from the UK and the Netherlands.

Yesterday we also went to the pool or confined water for the first time and completed a PADI skill circuit and practiced some rescue exercise # 7 scenarios.

Today we will continue with practicing theory exams and some more presentations by me followed by an afternoon in the pool again, repeating some of the skills again and starting to introduce some workshops.

Plenty of work still ahead of us and hopefully some fun as well, but it looks like that should be just fine! Stay tuned for more updates to follow next week.

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity and the last one for 2016 is scheduled to start 9th December on Koh Phangan in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', followed by the first PADI IDC for 2017, back on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center ' Dive Asia' and this all starts 10th January and this is followed by a PADI IDC programs that is scheduled smack into the middle of the Chinese New Year holiday and will take place on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and is scheduled to start 26th January.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand


Today a brand new PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand with Sam in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. Ideally I can start a PADI IDCS course a day before the start of the PADI IDC, since we can cover a lot of ground allowing us to meet performance requirements in a more relaxed way.
Sam is also my seventh PADI IDCS Instructor candidate this year, bringing the total tally of PADI IDCS Instructors I trained to 45.

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand; Sam during his evaluation training, watching some PADI videos and get the hang of how to evaluate PADI IDC candidates in the classroom and during confined- and open water dives.

Tomorrow we start the online IDC presentations with two candidates and on Friday we start the actual PADI IDC with an additional candidate. 
After having mastered the theory exams, IDC Staff course related power point presentations and watched the evaluation videos, there are still a few more performance requirements that Sam needs to meet, like completing a PADI skill circuit, presenting a knowledge Development or classroom presentation and a confined water presentation. For each section he also needs to get slightly higher passing grades compared to the IDC candidates. The pressure is on!

More to follow later, on Sam's PADI IDC Staff Instructor course and on the progress of the PADI IDC candidates during their program. Stay tunes!

In the meantime, if you're interested in participating in a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course or a PADI IDC program, your next opportunities will be the last PADI IDC in Thailand and possibly in all of South East Asia, scheduled to start 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', this is followed by the first PADI IDC in 2017 which is scheduled to start 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by a PADI IDC that falls completely in the Chinese New Year holiday period, scheduled to start 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here's a freshly received testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC 'All 4 Diving' on Phuket.

It was great to be able to teach Sonja, who is now working in Khao Lak at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' for the season and I hope to see her there when the February 2017 PADI IDC is scheduled to start there on the 22nd February. That's also where she was supposed to attend her IDC but we decided to merge the Khao Lak October program as a one off with the Phuket IDC for October and that's how Sonja ended up in  class of 16 IDC candidates on Phuket in the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket that I team taught with my good friend and fellow PADI Course Director Richard Reardon.


Testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; From left to right near Kata beach at the closing ceremony for the November 2016 PADI IE on Phuket, myself, Sonja and BK, the PADI Examiner who for this occasion came all the way over from South Korea

Thanks to Sonja for taking the time out for writing this testimonial, it's much appreciated.

Here's Sonja's testimonial;

I recently finished my OWSI as well as a few specialties together with Camille. A great experience! I contacted Camille months before my IDC started and he was very helpful with the entire process, from booking to accommodation and transport. Camille created a very relaxed feeling throughout the training, which led to having an easier time focusing on my studies. Going to my IE could not have been easier as Camille kept encouraging and supporting me through the entire time.

Hope to see you soon in Khao Lak, the next PADI IDC there is just around the corner!

If you like to join one of my PADI IDC programs, you next opportunity will be the very last PADI IDC of this year in Thailand and possibly in all of South East Asia and your last chance to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor this year and this program is scheduled to start 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', which is followed by the very first PADI IDC for me in 2017, scheduled to start 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center ' Dive Asia' and this is followed by a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, Thailand that falls completely in the Chinese New Year holiday, scheduled to start 26th January, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to receive more information on any of these programs.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016


The next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' and will be the last PADI IDC program to be held in all of Thailand this year and possibly even in all of South East Asia.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016

Come and join us and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor before the end of the year. Our classes are usually small and you receive lots of personal attention in an informative and laid back atmosphere on the relaxed island of Koh Phangan.

Your Platinum PADI Course Director, myself, Camille Lemmens, has plenty of experience and will prepare you not only to pass the PADI IE but also to be come a good instructor once you passed the PADI IE. The passing rate of his candidates is very high.

Don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Next year's schedule starts with a PADI IDC on 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by a PADI IDC which is scheduled to start 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' which falls completely inside the Chinese New Years holiday period, make sure to use this to your advantage and this is followed by a PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand again, in conjunction with PADI CDC center ' Dive Asia' and this program is scheduled to start 8th February.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, November 18, 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016


It's almost time for a new PADI IDC on Phuket, scheduled to start in just a few days, but first a blog about the PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016. 

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Sonja with her Fish ID slate, checking and counting fish on Bida Nok.

With Sonja who participated in the October-November 2017 IDC on Phuket I went diving for her PADI Fish ID instructor level specialty and her PADI Underwater Navigation instructor level specialty at the Bida islands, Bida Nok and Bida Noi with a third dive, just for fun at Anemone reef.
Mel, Jasmine and Andy from the same PADI IDC were also on the boat, just for some fun dives before they were on the move again and leaving Phuket behind them.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; A big group of Yellow Line Fusiliers at the Bida's. It was a pleasure diving smack in the middle of them with the school just parting to let you through

The second day of her PADI Specialty Instructor training saw us splashing at the Racha islands, Racha Noi and Racha Yai, for the two dives of the PADI Deep diver instructor level specialty, once more followed by a third dive of the day, just for fun and because we can!
This day saw Jordan on the boat for some fun dives and Cameron was completing PADI specialty Instructor training with Richard, which whom I team taught the recent PADI IDC on Phuket.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; You can now stop wondering where Anemone Reef got it's name from

Both days diving were enjoyable, we saw lots of fish and corals at both dive sites and Sonja had to meet her performance requirements, which she duly did and hopefully she learned a few things along the way as well.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Sonja checking the pressure at depth during one of our deep dives

The deep dives at Racha Noi were fun because we did them with Richard and Cameron together, with thanks to Richard for taking the pictures. The previous day, at the end of the day, my Canon S110 had for the second time the much dreaded 'lens error' problem, after which the camera basically shuts down, because the lens either on't open or close anymore. A well known problem that Canon just doesn't seem capable of dealing and handling with in a proper way.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Staged decompression stop at 5 meters for 8 minutes whilst breathing for one minute from a different tank

After two days of diving, Sonja went on her way to Khao Lak, where a dive instructor job was waiting for her at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', teaching courses and going on the live aboards and/or local dive sites.
The next morning I was driving back home to Koh Samui, to enjoy some time off and with the family, before the next PADI IDC starts in a few days time, to be exact on 22nd November with a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course and the actual PADI IDC kicking off a day later, 23rd November in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Sonja performing during a timed skill at 35 meters depth

Come and see about me and the PADI IDC courses that I teach. This coming Wednesday 23rd November the last PADI IDC for this year will start on Phuket, Thailand, followed by the last PADI IDC all around Thailand and possibly all of South Est Asia, on 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' and the first PADI IDC of 2017 is scheduled to start 10th January 2017 on Phuket, Thailand again, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. After this you can find me on 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center ' Blue Planet Divers', one of the very few PADI IDC programs whose dates line up with and inside the Chinese New Years period for 2017.

See you there,
Camille