Thursday, June 9, 2016

Testimonial by Tate of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Tate of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Today I received another great testimonial, this time it was a testimonial by Tate of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket, Thailand.

Tate, it was great having you aboard during the May 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, and I appreciate it very much that you took the time out to write this testimonial, especially with the busy work schedule that was waiting for you upon returning home!

Looking forward seeing you again soon, the PADI Secialty Instructor training is waiting for you and good luck with those first students next week!

Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Tate of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Tate with Rob, the PADI Examiner after having successfully passed the PADI IE in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand

Please find the Testimonial by Tate of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand here;

I recently took my IDC with Camille in Phuket in May and cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed the course.  Camille has a true passion about diving and teaching that is very apparent in his classroom presentations, pool sessions and open water workshops. His IDC was extremely thorough and prepared me well for the IE.  I was quite nervous when I first started the program but with his patient coaching and mentoring I was fully confident about taking and passing the IE.  The one thing that stood out to me was the emphasis he puts on both student diver and instructor safety. His course is not a check the box type of course.  When you complete his IDC you will know that you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to be a fully competent PADI instructor.  There is a reason he has achieved the PADI Platinum teaching certificate.  Anyone interested in becoming an instructor should put him on their short list for consideration.  Due to limitation in my schedule I was not able to complete the specialty training but I plan on coming back to as soon as time allows to continue my professional development with Camille.

- J. Tate Abel, Saudi Arabia

If this testimonial by Tate peeked your interested in participating in a PADI IDC program with me, don't hesitate to contact me and the next scheduled programs are starting 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' and 26th July I will be back on Phuket, Thailand for another program in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Diving at Sail Rock

Diving at Sail Rock


Towards the end of last month I was Diving at Sail Rock with a friend of the person I worked with on Koh Samui when I arrived here, during late 1999. Some 17 eyars ago! Nico, where are you?
Strangely enough Nico was also in my PADI IE earlier in 1999, although we didn't know each other back then. He completed his PADI IDC with a different PADI Course Director than I did and sure enough, as faith has it, some 10 month later we found ourselves working together at the some shop on Koh Samui and became friends.

Diving at Sail Rock

Diving at Sail Rock; A Blacktip grouper, you can find and see many of this grouper family at Sail Rock during each dive, whilst they hang out on the rock

Sail Rock remains one fo my favorite all time sites and diving at Sail Rock is not something I pass up on that easily. With over 500 logged dives at just this site, it ranks very high indeed on the fave list for diving.

Diving at Sail Rock

Diving at Sail Rock; A Phyllidia Varicosa nudi, these are very common at Sail Rock, although this particular one was very big in size

So, when the opportunity came up to take Jodie diving at Sail Rock, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and tried my best to give her a good time during the dives and to/from the dive site.
It was good to hear that at last, her bouyancy is now under control. each diver has a moent in his or her dive life when it all comes together and suddenly all that talk about the right bouyancy makes sense. Jodie had that moment at the dives we had at Sail Rock.

Diving at Sail Rock

Diving at Sail Rock; A Weibel Butterfly fish, a beautiful and colorful fish and plenty of this species to be found and seen at Sail Rock

If you're interested in diving at Sail Rock or any other dive site that we visit from koh Samui, please contact me and I'm more than happy to arrange your days diving or PADI course(s) whilst you are on Koh Samui and if time allows, I may accompany you myself!

Looking forward to it and see you whilst diving at Sail Rock!

Camille

Monday, June 6, 2016

Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand

Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand


The Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand and is coming on fast. There are still places available and you get taught by a multi award winning and ten time Platunum PADI Course Director; myself, Camille Lemmens.
You can also sign up for you PADI IDCS Instructor course, this course will start a day early, 28th June.

Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand

Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand

Small classes, lots of personal attention and a rich and vast experience will be yours and my programs also provide the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training. Plus my programs will provide valuable hands-on training with the emphasis on fun and in-water application. The cutting edge knowledge gained will expand your Career Opportunities.

Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand

Next PADI IDC is scheduled for 29th June on Phuket, Thailand

Our aim, PADI CDC Center 'Dive asia' and myself, is to make sure that you successfully pass the PADI IE and receive that extra bit of information and knowledge to become a highly trained Open Water Scuba Instructor after the IE. You will be having fun working in a safe and reliable way in a tropical destination.

Please don't hesitate to contact me and ask for more information about my PADI IDC programs. Other programs coming up later this year are scheduled to start 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines, 23rd August on Phuket, Thailand and 14th September back to Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Recently I received this lovely Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand held in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia' on Phuket.
It was a fun IDC and it was good to have you on board Fabienne. It's much appreciated that you took out the time to write this great testimonial or 'Zeugnis'.
Hope to see you again very soon and good luck in your future instructor career.

Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Fabienne and Rob the PADI Examiner at the end of the PADI IE

Here is Fabienne's testimonial;

Vor zwei Wochen habe ich erfolgreich meine IE in Phuket abgeschlossen. Ich möchte mich ganz herzlich bei Camille Lemmens dafür bedanken, der mich während seiner IDC perfekt darauf vorbereitet hat. Dadurch war die IE nur noch eine Wiederholung von dem, was wir während der IDC gelernt haben. Wir mussten uns einige Präsentationen anhören, Camille hat aber immer wieder  Geschichten und lustige Witze dazu erzählt, dadurch wurden auch die langweiligeren Themen wieder interessant. 

Da wir eine kleine Gruppe waren, konnte ich ein intensives Training geniessen. Und da Camille Lemmens auch deutsch spricht, konnte er mich unterstützen, falls ich etwas nicht verstanden habe.

Nach meiner IE habe ich den Deepdive Specialty Kurs mit Camille gemacht. Wir haben zusammen einen Deepdive auf 40 m gemacht, er hat mir auch dabei wertvolle Tipps gegeben. 

Die IDC war eine sehr gute Erfahrung und ich kann es nur jedem empfehlen, diese mit Camille Lemmens zu machen. Vielen Dank für deine tolle Arbeit! Bis bald

Hopefully this Testimonial by Fabienne of the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, Thailand inspires you enough to participate in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, scheduled to start 7th and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.

Don't hesitate to ask for more information on these programs and contact me here.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, May 27, 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016


Indeed, a couple of more awards from PADI in May 2016 trickled in! One is the wall certificate for my Elite Instructor 2015 Award, one is the wall certificate and a brand new, first time issued very cool certification card for the Platinum PADI Course Director rating 2016 and one is the Certificate for completing the May 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand.

More awards from PADI in May 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016; Platinum PADI Course Director wall certificate

Some of these awards had already been mentioned here, but it wasn't until earlier this month that the mail arrived at our house on Koh Samui. Now it's a good moment to show off all the awards I received, one more time, but in a different format this time around. The previous certificates were digital.

More awards from PADI in May 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016; Platinum PADI Course Director certification card. It's the first time PADI has distributed these really nice certification cards for Platinum PADI Course Directors and it sure is a very nice certification card indeed.

The Platinum PADI Course Director for 2016 is special to me since it's the tenth consecutive time or yearr I receive this rating, and I'm one of the very few PADI Course Directors who has received this award uninterrupted since PADI started with this rating in the Asia Pacific region.

More awards from PADI in May 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016; PADI Elite Instructor 2015 wall certificate

It's now also the third consecutive year that I am a PADI Elite Instructor, once again, since PADI started this rating 3 years ago. Last year I certified over 150 PADI divers at various levels, but mainly at IDC related courses.

More awards from PADI in May 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016; Certificate of Recognition for the May 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Since a short while, PADI Course Directors receive this Certificate of Recognition upon completing a PADI IDC. It's ncie to receive another one, this time around for the Phuket May 2016 IDC.
It's really nice to have one with a written message on the back of the certificate by the two candidates. Thanks guys, much appreciated.

More awards from PADI in May 2016

More awards from PADI in May 2016; Certificate of Recognition for the May 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand. On the back Tate and Fabienne wrote some nice messages. Thanks guys and girls!

If you like to receive your PADI IDC training from a multi award winning ten time Platinum PADI Course Director, you're at the right address. My next programs are scheduled to start 7th  and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and on 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille



Thursday, May 26, 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016


Directly after the May 2016 IDC on Phuket, we conducted the PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016 with Fabienne. Just like the actual PADI IDC, this specialty instructor training was conducted in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket.

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016; The pressure effect at depth, Fabienne was impressed!

Both candiates, Tate and Fabienne participated in the Nitrox or Enriched Air Instructor Specialty but Tate had to leave immediately after the IDC and thus it was only Fabienne who participated in some specialty training.

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016; A timed skill, timed at the surface and repeated underwater, at great depth (30 meters or deeper with a max depth of 40 meters) to see if you have any effects of gas narcosis

At instructor level the Instructor deep Specialty consists of two dve with a PADI Course Director, so we chose a days diving at the Raya islands, with three scheduled dives for the dy, which left us with one dive just to enjoy ourselves.

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016; Selfie with Fabienne

During the first dive we went just short of 40 meters and had fabulous conditions, some 25 to 30 meters vizibility, very clear water indeed and a lovely dive. 

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016; Fabienne's eyes spotted this tiny nudibranch, it was ajust about half a centimeter to a full centimeter at most. It's now under ID, to find out what it's name is and the result is a Hypselodoris maculosa

The second training dive of the day went to almost thirty meters and during this dive we confucted various skills form the deep dive specialty course, like a timed skill, check color changes underwater, a navigations skill and some more.
On land Fabienne received a thorough briefing and we discussed things to keep in mind when ascending from a deep dive.
All in all a great and enjoyable days diving and it was nice to Rouz back on the boat who completed his PADI IDCS Instructor course in May during Fabienne's IDC.

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016

PADI Deep Instructor Specialty on Phuket, May 2016; Rouz and Fabienne together on the boat, closing in on Phuket harbour. Rouz completed his PADI IDCS Instructor course during Fabienne's PADI IDC in May

When you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC's on Phuket, the enxt courses are scheduled to start 7th and 29th June and 26th July, all in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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

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


After two days of hard work and lots of nerves, at last the PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2016 was very successful for our two candidates. Fabienne and Tate had very high scores in all four segments of this PADI IE (exams, knowledge development, confined- and open water). 

All the hard work they did during the recent May 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' paid off in the end with as result that they are now new and proud PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

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

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for May 2016 was very successful ; from left to right Rouzbeh (PADI IDCS), Tate (PADI OWSI), Rob (PADI Examiner), Fabienne (PADI OWSI) and Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director)

Now it's time to kick back and relax a bit and we're going to have a nice bite to eat tonight and have a couple of drinks and cold ones. Tomorrow Fabienne and me will be on the boat for the Deep dive Instructor Specialty and Tate is going back home and will come back at a later stage to complete his Specialty Instructor training.

Come and join me for one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, starting with 7th and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, May 13, 2016

EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed

EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed


We're really moving fast towards the Phuket May 2016 PADI IE, which is starting tomorrow, because the EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed today, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket, Thailand. That's typically a course we try to conduct before the PADI IE starts.

EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed

EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed from left to right, Camille, Fabienne and Tate

We completed all exams and checked the knowledge reviews a d we had some more power point presentations to go through and we did some hands on skills and scenarios to complete the training. 

EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed

EFR Instructor course on Phuket for May 2016 has been completed; Fabienne with a white haired wig

Fun was had and we also looked into various aspects of primary and secondary aid, like log rolls, recovery position and some bandaging.

Tomorrow the PADI IE will start here on Phuket and the candidate are ready for it. Stay tuned for more updates.

Come and see me and hear me out about the PADI IDC programs that I offer. The next two programs are scheduled to start 7th and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand followed by 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille