Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for October 2014 has kicked off

At last, my second PADI IDC on home turf, Koh Samui, has kicked off! Mathieu from Canada and Eri from Japan will be working towards the 11th and 12th October when the PADI IE takes place here on Koh Samui.

PADI IDC October 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand

After the skill circuit, from left to right Ami, Eri and Mathieu

We're just on the second day so all is still fresh and in it's infancy shoes, but it looks like we have two fun and strong candidates. Still, lots of work will have to be done.

PADI IDC October 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand

Rescue exercise # 7, difficult to keep a straight face

Stay tuned for more updates and if you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC's, the next opportunity will be 14th November in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by the last program of this year, scheduled to start 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines and this is followed by the first program of 2015, scheduled to start 3rd January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Camille

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Underwater clean up at Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

It was time to get the yearly underwater beach clean up at Chaweng beach under way. As always, sponsored by the THA or Thai Hotel Association-Samui chapter, big thanks to Mr. John Ens, who coordinated this effort!
At 9am we all met at Al's Resort and after setting up the equipment, a briefing and distributing the trash collection bags, we were off to the beach and ready for the dive.

Underwater clean up Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui

After the clean up with all the small and bigger bags we collected

With thirteen divers and a beach support post covered, we were off and started to collect all kinds of trash. Glass bottles, plastic bottles and cups, sunglasses, pieces of clothing, buoys, ropes, small wrappers, snorkel and dive masks, snorkels and lots more were collected. 
Some bigger items couldn't even brought back to land, like some iron and or steel structures, beach chairs and some big tires. All together I guess we collected at least 45-50 kilos if garbage.

Underwater clean up Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui 

Before we set off

From that point of view, it was a good success! We also spotted lots of marine life, like octopus, barracuda, assorted butterfly fish, assorted trevally, a beautiful cone shell, various shrimps, anemone fish which all indicates a healthy marine life just in front of Koh Samui's busiest beach!

A great morning and a big thanks to all divers that took the time to come out and participate!
Camille

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Testimonial by Sean Houlihan

Today I received one more testimonial, written by Sean Houlihan who also participated in the August 2014 IDC on Gili Air;

Although I have no comparison, it doesn't take much to know that it doesn't get better than the IDC course I did with Camille at the end of August. 
After an exhausting 10wk DM course I went into the IDC very ill. This illness carried on until about day 4 of the course BUT Camille's light-hearted, fun yet precise approach really got me through each day and he was always checking in with me that i was ok. 
I am dyslexic so my attention and interpretation of information can get slightly off track, especially during presentations and theory exam perpetration but again Camille was conscious of this during his lessons to the point that he would give time out of class hours to help me understand. 
The knowledge he shared with us during the course was priceless. My understanding is that ALL IDC's are tough and require a lot of energy from everyone but it really is about who is there to help you get through it and make sure it is fun and I'm really grateful that I had Camille to do exactly that. The diving was the best part of the day (that's the reason we were all there..) as we were out of the class room and in a beautiful environment. The skills circuit, confined water and open water sessions were covered in detail and the advice and tips Camille gave us was gold dust. 
 If you are looking for a Course Director to be great role model who's professional, approachable and down to Earth then look no further  - THANK YOU Camille

Testimonial by Sean Houlihan

Sean with the PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel

Thanks Sean, much appreciated for taking the time out to write this!

Come and see for my next PADI IDC, starting 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines.
My 2015 IDC schedule is shaping, please have a look and click the link.

Camille

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Bubblemaker time again with my son, this time on Koh Samui

After his first real open water dives on Gili Air in Indonesia back in May, my son made it very clear that he was ready for some more diving. Due to my busy schedule, id din't have time to follow up on that yet, but this weekend it all worked out.


Dennis before the dive with all the equipment, including my new gear bag!

During last week I organised the tanks and the equipment, so all was set to pick this up yesterday. Dennis still needs extra small size equipment and we got a 6 liter tank for him.


Before we hit the water

This morning all systems were go and the Koh Samui weather played it's good part as well with sunny skies all over the place!


Excited!

Just before 9am we hit the road heading for Silver Beach in Crystal Bay near Lamai. The ocean was flat like a mirror, the equipment set up swiftly and after a good briefing to my son, we were off into the water.


After the dive

We did dive for over an hour and it was the first time that Dennis could enjoy his native Samui underwater world. We saw plenty of small coral reef fish and loads of nice and healthy coral, plenty of different species. We both had a good time and with a healthy and cold fruit shake after the dive, we filled out the log books and off we went again, bringing back the equipment and the tanks.

Camille

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Testimonial by Fareez Ahmad

Here's one more testimonial, this time from Fareez Ahmad, who participated in the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in August 2014;

Hi Camille, 

First of all, thank you very much for being my Course Director; for sharing your expertise, experience, guidance and for making our IDC really enjoyable all round. I thought you were a very approachable person; you were very willing to guide all of us and it was really amazing how many laughs we all shared during the course. 

I think you had a challenging IDC - one of us did not speak English as a native language, and another was dyslexic. More than anything, I really admired how patient you were in guiding them, how encouraging you were and accommodating to their challenges and limitations. For me that was a big deal because I found myself sometimes becoming impatient whenever, during my DMT, I tried to teach student divers who were struggling or just needed extra time or attention. So for me that was one of the most important lessons I take away from your teaching. 

Once again, thank you very much for all that you have done for us and I hope our paths cross again somewhere in the diving world!

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.

Fareez Ahmad


Fareez with PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel after successfully passing the PADI IE in August 2014

Much appreciated Fareez, that you took the time out to write this! Hope to see you soon!

If Fareez hits the right snare with you and raised your interest in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, here's my remaining schedule for this year; 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. The schedule for 2015 will be available soon.

Camille

Monday, September 15, 2014

My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand

My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 30th September on tropical island destination Koh Samui in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy'. A program on home turf. There's still space available for this IDC, please contact me for more information.

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for October 2014

The remainder of my PADI IDC schedule for this year is as follow; 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines.
The schedule for 2015 is in progress right now and will be announced soon.

Camille

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Testimonial by Floske Hartman

Today I received a another testimonial of one of the candidates of the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in August 2014, directly after I received Tom's testimonial yesterday, this time from Floske Hartman;

As a one-day-old brand new Divemaster I started the IDC with the least experience of our group and so in the beginning my biggest worry was that I would simply not be good enough to eventually pass the IE. After the first introductory presentation Camille had already managed to take this worry away - this man knew what he was doing and I trusted him to teach us well. This feeling could not have been more true; after ten intensive days of work in progress Camille did not only make sure that we were all prepared to pass, he had given us the confidence to pass with flying colors and to even have some fun while doing that.   

I think Camille is a great course director, because apart from being a very kind and funny guy, he has all the right qualities a good teacher should have. He is very strong content wise - you can tell he has tons of experience and he is very knowledgeable - and in the delivery of this content. Even with our relatively big class with all very different study- and language backgrounds, Camille was able to keep things interesting, engaging and fun. His determination to make sure everybody comprehended everything, no matter how much extra time he had to spend with students outside class hours, showed genuine dedication and was very encouraging for me. For these, and many more reasons I would highly recommend Camille as an IDC course director. 

IE stands for ‘It’s Easy’ Camille joked during the first presentation of the IDC. And indeed it IS easy - if only you’ve been prepared by a course director like Camille Lemmens.  

Camille, thank you!

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.


Floske Hartman

Floske with PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel after successfully passing the PADI IE in August 2014

Thanks for writing this Floske and good luck with your studies in the Netherlands.

In case Floske hit the right tone for you, to raise interest in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, here's my remaining schedule for this year; 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. The schedule for 2015 will be available soon.

Camille

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Testimonial by Tom Taylor

Today I received a new testimonial, this time from Tom Taylor, candidate of the recent PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in August 2014;

I recently did my IDC and a half dozen specialty instructor ratings with Camille Lemmens at Oceans 5 in Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia, and it had to have been one of the best courses I've taken in a long time!  I'd recently quit my job as an engineer and had decided to teach diving for a while, and found Camille through his excellent website - I found him to be professional and timely in all our correspondence and the level was maintained throughout our course!  He was attentive to the needs of the entire class while keeping the pace moving, and did an excellent job preparing the five of us for our instructor exam and our first certifications!  I'd highly recommend Camille for anybody looking for a top-notch Course Director as he has the whole package of experience, knowledge, and attitude, and passes it on wholeheartedly to his students.  All the best and GO SCUBA!

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.

Tom Taylor

Tom with PADI Examiner Marc van der Poel after successfully passing the PADI IE in August 2014

Thanks for taking the effort Tom and hope to see you soon again!

In case Tom is inspirational enough for you to raise interest in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, here's my remaining schedule for this year; 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand, 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and 4th December in Moalboal in the Philippines. The schedule for 2015 will be available soon.

Camille