Sunday, May 20, 2018

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed


The PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand was successfully completed for the students of Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

Two days of nerves and excitement are finally over and both Johannes and Nico are now brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
All the hard work during the recent May 2018 PADI IDC has paid off and as a result this May 2018 PADI IE turned out to be a walk in the park for both of them.

Seldom did I have all candidates reach so high scores during a PADI IE. All straight 'fives' during the classroom-, confined- and open water presentations and out of both their theory exams, they missed just one question between them out of 120 questions, covering the physics-, physiology, RDP-, equipment and general skills topics.  At the General Standards and procedures exams, they slowed down a bit and between them they missed five questions out of a 100 total questions.
Well done, respect guys!

Tonight's PADI IE graduation dinner will be well deserved indeed! Happy days!

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2018 was successfully completed; After having successfully completed the PADI IE, it's time for a group picture. From left to right; Johannes (PADI OWSI), Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director), Rob (PADI Examiner) and Nico (PADI OWSI)

Tomorrow Nico and me will be on the boat out to Koh Phi Phi for the PADI Deep Dive Instructor specialty and the day after we will both drive back to respectively Koh Phangan and Koh Samui.
Johannes will stay on Phuket until early before he will return to Germany.
All the best to both of you in your future PADI diving instructor career and I hope we will meet again soon.

If this peaks your interest to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or you would like to see the IDC process from the IDC Staff Instructor's point of view, here's the schedule for my next set of PADI IDC programs. 

Dive, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.
Come and join me for one of my monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Please contact me for more detailed information on any of these programs.

Friday, May 18, 2018

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed


The PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' who are located in Kata beach on Phuket.
Most of the time we spent at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock. Plenty of classroom time and lots of time was also spent in the big pool at Kata Big Rock.
Today we were all day long on the boat though, two open water training dives at Raya Noi, followed by a fun dive at Raya Yai, during which we visited three different wrecks.

It's all over now though, no baby blue but the PADI IE is waiting tomorrow! If everything goes right, we will have a two brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors come Sunday afternoon!
All the best guys, you did put the hard work, it should pay off over the weekend. The confidence is high and I'm sure you can make it and cut it during the PADI IE. Stay focused and concentrated and you should be just fine.

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has been successfully completed; On the Dive Asia 5, the boat of PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', after our open water training dives during the recent PADI IDC.

Wake up, eat breakfast, dive, morning tea, dive, lunch, sleep, dive, afternoon tea, enjoy a beer with another beautiful sunset, dinner, some small talk about the days diving, and sleep again ... very stressful. 

Come and join me for one of my monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, May 17, 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018


Yesterday the EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata.
It was a couple of busy days with the ending of the current May 2018 PADI IDC, except for the open water training dives tomorrow, the EFR Instructor course and the Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor course.
Busy but also interesting, educational and also fun! During the EFR Instructor course we looked at a few things outside of the curriculum, which made it even more interesting. One of the things we checked is the rescue service system, that consists of volunteers all over Thailand, who replace the ambulance service as we know it in the Western world.

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018; The photo shoot for the EFR Instructor course at Dive Asia's training facilities at Kata Big Rock. From left to right; Johannes, Camille who is EFR Instructor Trainer and Nico

During the Emergency Oxygen provider instructor course I can always throw in some of my experiences and knowledge of working at the Koh Samui hyperbaric chamber as a tender and operator. Lots of interesting information that I can share which hopefully gives a better insight in the workings of a hyperbaric chamber. It also stresses the importance of administering the highest percentage possible of oxygen, as early as possible after an incident.

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor courses are completed on Phuket for May 2018; Johannes and Nico in the classroom at Dive Asia's training facilities at Kata Big Rock at hte end of the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course

Remember when sex was safe and diving was dangerous? Come and join me for one of my monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.
The EFR Instructor course is included in my PADI IDC programs in Thailand and the Emergency Oxygen Provider instructor course is included in my PAD IDC at all locations.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, join us here, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018


The Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata. 

Do you have OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving)? 
If so, it time to join me for one of my PADI IDC programs and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

You will find us at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock. Join us and enjoy the great training facilities with a very big and deep swimming pool, our dedicated IDC classroom and there's also a restaurant on site where we enjoy our IDC lunches. At Kata Big Rock we can also offer accommodation at different price ranges, so everything is within walking distance. Kata also offers plenty of options to eat all kind of different cuisines and for shopping.

All this combined with Camille's experience and knowledge will make your stay and participation well worth while. He usually works in small groups which will guarantee lots of personal and dedicated attention during the duration of the IDC.
You will have all the benefits of being able to work with a twelve consecutive times Platinum PADI Course Director on a daily base during the duration of the program.

We offer the IDC prep course, the PADI IDC and the EFR Instructor course at an interesting package price and we offer the Enriched Sir Instructor and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor courses for free into our IDC programs on Phuket. Lunches are also included the duration of our PADI IDC programs plus you get a Dive Asia t-shirt.

Do ask me about our special offer during the summer months! 

Our PADI IDC programs are also suited to continue your education and participate in your PADI IDC Staff Instructor course. Make the next step and get work with one of the best in the industry!

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th June 2018

You have the urge to leave your office behind or deal with your OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving)? Come and join me for this or any of my other monthly IDC programs on Phuket or at other locations around Thailand or in the Philippines.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand are scheduled to start on 2nd July, 7th August and 4th September in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, where we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, May 11, 2018

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started


The PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia.
We are actually well under way, since we completed day three already today. This German speaking PADI IDC is going well, with two very strong candidates so far. Nico from Switzerland and Johannes from Germany are doing well.
It's challenging and there's a steep learning curve but they are both very switched and also good for a couple of laughs together.

The theory exams and two days of skill circuit practice went really well. Tomorrow we will find out how they will handle themselves with their first confined water presentations and their first knowledge development or classroom presentation.

We're working our way into the whole curriculum of this PADI IDC and each day we chip away on the long list of things to do!As already mentioned, we have had already a couple of good laughs and the atmosphere is relaxed and laid back without losing out of sight what we need to achieve.

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started

PADI IDC on Phuket for May 2018 has started; From left to right, Nico, Camille and Johannes at Dive Asia's scuba diving training center at Kata Big Rock.

Updates on this current PADI IDC will be coming soon so stay tuned. In the meantime, have you ever thought of leaving the office behind?

If so, one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs may be exactly what you need to get out of your current office and make the ocean your new office.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, here we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th May 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th May 2018


Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th May 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket. 
If you're looking for a high quality teaching environment for your PADI IDC, this is your opportunity. Come and join small classes with lots of personal attention by an unprecedented twelve consecutive time Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens.

Change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Camille because he will look after you.

Get the experience you want and need with professional guidance in a good atmosphere. It will be fun without losing sight of what needs to be achieved. You can work with one of the best in the industry, take the opportunity!

Enjoy the training facilities at our Scuba Diver Training center at Kata Big Rock with a big and deep pool and our dedicated and air conditioned IDC classroom. 
On site there's also a restaurant where we will enjoy our lunches during the IDC.

During this PADI IDC, Camille will include the PADI Enriched Air Instructor course, providing you're already an Enriched Air diver and the Emergency Oxygen Provider or EOP Instructor course at no extra cost. You only need to pay for the application fees.
Free lunches are also included during the IDC teaching days and we go out on the boat for a day of open water training with three scheduled dives at no extra cost to you.

All our PADI IDC programs on Phuket are immediately followed by PADI IE dates on Phuket. The May PADI IE dates are 19th and 20th May.

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th May 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th May 2018

If you're interested to continue your professional career path, you're also welcome to join me for your PADI IDC Staff instructor course, This course will also allow you to get lots of personal attention and plenty of real life experience to be shared with you.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs on Phuket are scheduled to start on 5th June, 2nd July and 7th August in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled throughout 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, here we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here it is, the Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

This was the first PADI IDC I completely taught in German, which turned out to be a little bit more difficult than I initially expected it to be. But now worries, I managed, Tim understood everything and passed his PADI IE with flying colors and a few words have been added to the German 'Duden'!

Als resultat hat Tim den PADI IE 'dinamitisiert'! Klasse!

It was a good course and it was great having Tim around. I was a bit worried at first how he would react to being the only candidate for this PADI IDC program but it was almost what he hoped for. To add some more spice to the confined- and open water presentations, we joined my friend and fellow Platinum PADI Course Director Richard and his French colleague Nico and their students.
This made it also a bit more realistic for Tim, to be able to work with other IDC candidates. It all paid off nicely and we had good times and results as a result!

Tim, it was a real pleasure and I hope to meet you soon. It's a small world after all! Diving is in your blood, now you just need to get used to being a recreational dive instructor, it's bubbles all the way and all the time now!

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Tim and Camille after Tim's successful PADI IE completion. With matching t-shirts and glasses!

Here we go, with Tim's testimonial in full;

Despite my quite advanced OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Diving) sickness before the IDC (33 years of diving), I finally made the decision to do this, as it was always on my mind to be an instructor one day. 

I didn't put too much research into as to where and how with to do the course, but I must say, I couldn't have had a better teacher than Camille !

Honestly, Camille understands how to massage the right amount of knowledge into you in perfect dosages so you don't feel overwhelmed or bored at any time. And after the IDC, I had no doubt in my mind that the IE is not doable. Was a piece of cake with Camille's preparation.

I also came "from the dark side" with my Divemaster/Assistant Instructor level from a different organisation, so I was even a more difficult "patient"; but Camille took special care of me. I was also lucky enough to be his only student for this course; which gives you lots of time to ask questions, but also a little bit less exposure to see and learn from other students. But spending a few days for practice with Richards team, it all worked out perfectly!

Thanks again Camille for this exceptional experience !!!

Tim

Thanks a lot for taking the time out to write this Tim, it's much appreciated!

If you have a case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Diving), just like Tim, it's about time to contact me for more detailed information on my PADI IDC programs.

Come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! 
Change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and grab the chance to change lives forever, including your own.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018


March 2018 was a busy diving month and part of this was the Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018 with Tim. This was done in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; We got caught up in thermo cline, also knows as the 'green monster' during one of our deep dives at the Raya islands. We were at 25 meters when first we were engulfed by the green monster and viz was reduced to 3-4 meters and the temperature dropped a few degrees. However, moments later we had zero visibility and a strong current kicked in. It was pitch black. We ascended and at around 7 meters, viz returned and we managed to take this picture, before we were engulfed once more by the green monster and aborted the dive. I've been in such a thermo cline before, mainly in the Similan islands, but never as bad as this one.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; Tim entering the water for our dusk and/or night dive at Kata beach

Tim took on 5 instructor level specialties, including the Night-, Deep-, Digital Underwater Photography (DUP)-, Fish ID- and Underwater Navigation instructor level specialty courses.
This is besides the two PADI Instructor level courses that are included for free during all of my PADI IDC programs; the Nitrox or Enriched Air Instructor course (with as prerequisite that you need to be a certified Nitrox diver) and the Emergency Oxygen provider instructor course.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; A big Carpilius maculatus or clown crab we encountered during the night dive at Kata beach. They can grow up to 18cm.

We had some good diving and saw a few interesting sea creatures, including a lot of nudibranches at Koh Doc Mai.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; A blue dragon or Pteraeolidia ianthina at Koh Doc Mai

WE also had some interesting experiences, as the story about the thermo cline tells. There's always something that can happen that you never experienced before, even after a couple of thousand logged dives.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; A Coryphellina rubrolineata nudi at Koh Doc Mai.

It was good fun with good company over the couple of days diving with Tim.

Wake up, eat breakfast, dive, morning tea, dive, lunch, sleep, dive, afternoon tea, enjoy a beer with another beautiful sunset, dinner, some small talk about the days diving, and sleep again ... very stressful.

If this sounds like your kind of life style, come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! 
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and grab the chance to change lives forever, including your own.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

Contact me for more detailed information on my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille