Friday, July 11, 2014

One more Certificate of Recognition for Excellence for Camille

Another reason to be happy, here's my fifth Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from PADI this year, written by Mariusz Paziak who participated in the May 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air, Indonesia, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5'.

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by Mariusz Paziak

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by Mariusz Paziak

Thanks a lot Mario, it's much appreciated.

Come and see me for another PADI IDC, coming up soon, starting with 26th July in Osan, South Korea, followed  by a program starting 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines and 31st September on Koh Samui, Thailand.

Camille

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The next PADI IDC will start 26th July in Osan, South Korea

The tickets are booked and everything is set to go for the 2nd Western PADI IDC in South Korea, in Osan, to be precise! It's been three years since the first Western IDC there, which shows that it ain't easy to get programs running there on a regular base, but I'm very glad and happy that we have this PADI IDC on track, to be followed directly by a PADI IE on the Eastern coast.


Three years ago, PADI IE in South Korea

We will have 5 candidates for this program and I'm looking forward to meet them and get going with this IDC program, officially introducing the new Open Water diver course presentations.

See you all soon in Korea!

Camille

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Shark Guardian presentation on Koh Samui, July 2014

Yesterday evening saw a very interesting and enthusiastically received presentation by Shark Guardian at the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon.


Brendon in action

Brendon and Liz guided us through some interesting information regarding sharks, with lots of bits and pieces of information that most of the audience didn't know. Among others, we learned the name of the smallest shark in the world, which fully mature and grown only reaches 20cm of length.


The audience

With videos, statistics and great anecdotes, an hour flew by after which some interaction with the audience started and hopefully some good contacts were made, so we can have some more Shark Guardian presentations on Samui in the future.


Liz and Brendon

I truly hope that we can see more of Liz and Brendon and their Shark Guardian charity on the Gulf Islands and especially on Samui!
Thanks for the informative evening and see you soon!

Camille

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

For the first time ever, this coming Wednesday 2nd July at 7.30pm or 19.30 'Shark Guardian' will hold a presentation at the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon. Presenters will be Brendon Sing and Elizabeth Ward-Sing.
It's free entrance and the presentations are very interesting and deal with the current, worldwide situation of sharks.
Shark Guardian has held shark presentations for school children and dive professionals alike and everything in-between in among other; Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates, just to name a few countries.

Shark Guardian presentation Wednesday 2nd July, Koh Samui, Thailand

Hope to see you there, this coming Wednesday.

Camille

Sunday, June 22, 2014

PADI IE on Koh Samui, Thailand was very successful

Two days full of nerves aka the PADI IE, are finally finished, done and over with and we have 3 new PADI Instructors on the block from the recent PADI IDC on Koh Samui. Well done and congratulations to Dee, John and John.


PADI IE June 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand

From left to right; John, John (kneeling), Brendon (PADI Examiner), Dee and Camille

If the speedboat can go out, we will be doing some Instructor Specialty training at Sail Rock, to which we're looking forward to.
First we celebrate tonight though!

Come and join me for one of my next PADI IDC's, starting 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 26th July in Osan, South Korea, 16th August on Gili Air, Indonesia and 14th September in Moalboal, Philippines.

Camille

Saturday, June 21, 2014

EFRI course on Koh Samui, Thailand, June 2014

Yesterday we completed the EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui with the candidates of the current June 2014 PADI IDC.


From left to right; John, Camille, Dee and John

We did some classroom work, an exam and some hand on practice with skills. During the last bit we had quite some fun as well. We were glad it was all over though and everybody was looking forward to the start of the PADI IE, which kicked off this morning.

You can join one of my PADI IDC courses and EFR Instructor courses, the next opportunity is 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 26th july in Osan, South Korea and this is followed by 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia.

Camille

Friday, June 20, 2014

PADI IDC for June 2014 on Koh Samui, Thailand is in the can

After 10 intense but also fun days, the current PADI IDC on Koh Samui is in the can. Today we finished the last bits and pieces of the course and since there's no rest for the wicked, as they say, tomorrow will see the start of the PADI IE here on Koh Samui.

PADI IDC June 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand

From left to right; John, Camille, John and Dee

Stay tuned for updates on their performance over the weekend. There's going to be a lot of blood, sweat and hopefully no tears!

You can join one of my PADI IDC courses and EFR Instructor courses, the next opportunity is 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 26th july in Osan, South Korea and this is followed by 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia.

Camille

Monday, June 16, 2014

PADI IDC for Juen 2014 on Koh Samui is at the half way mark

Time flies by with action packed and busy days during the current PADI IDC on Koh Samui. Before you realise it, you're already passed the half way mark.

PADI IDC June 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand air depletion skill

Air depletion skill by Dee

We're fully immersed in confined water skill circuits, confined water presentations, class room presentations by students and by me, workshops all over the place, rescue exercise # 7 practice, good lunches, healthy and interesting discussions and on top of that, open water presentations are still to come, with even more workshops.

PADI IDC June 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand  hovering

John showing off his hovering skills

In just a few days time the PADI IE will kick off here on Koh Samui and we have plenty of ground still to cover, but it seems that everything is slowly falling into place and every day more knowledge is gathered and progress is made.

PADI IDC June 2014, Koh Samui, Thailand  RDP

John  explaining the good old RDP table

Stay tuned for more updates and if you're interested in one my PADI IDC programs, the next one is scheduled to start 1st July in Phuket, Thailand, followed by a program to start 26th July in Osan, South Korea and on 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia.

Camille