Sunday, February 18, 2018

Camille received 12th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Camille received 12th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating


Last week I received a message from PADI That Camille received 12th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating. 
Reasons to be cheerful and proud! There are less than one hundred PADI Course world wide who receive this rating and at this moment it has not been announced yet how many received their Platinum rating this year. However, there are not many PADI Course Directors worldwide who have received the Platinum PADI Course Director uninterrupted, since PADI introduced this rating, now twelve years ago.

This is the highest rating a PADI Course Director can receive from PADI.

Camille received 12th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Camille received 12th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Many thanks first of all to all my students of last year who participated in one of my PADI IDC programs or IDC Staff Instructor courses around Thailand and in the Philippines. You know who you are!

Secondly lots of thanks to all the PADI Dive centers that I was able to work with last year;
- PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket, Thailand
- PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta, Thailand
- PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thailand
- PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, Thailand
- PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal in the Philippines

Last but not least, thanks to PADI and it's staff for doing a great job by staying on the ball and giving help and advice when needed or required.

Thanks for all the support and trust, it's much appreciated!

Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home. Get trained during your PADI IDC by the best, a twelve consecutive time Platinum PADI Course Director! 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 dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next couple of PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 7th March, 11th April and 8th May on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille




Friday, February 9, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 7th March

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 7th March


The Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 7th March in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

At the scuba diving training facilities of Dive Asia at Kata Big Rock, we offer a relaxing environment with everything at place for a successful PADI IDC. Our classroom is big en air conditioned, with wifi access, there's a big pool onsite and next to the pool is a restaurant where we will have our IDC lunches. There's a also accommodation available on site, starting at 400.-THB per night.

Come and join our PADI IDC because we will look after you!
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

Among others,, we offer;

FREE Enriched Air Instructor course
FREE Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course
FREE Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees)
FREE EFR Instructor course included in the IDC
FREE lunch
FREE T-shirt


Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 7th March

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 7th March

Enjoy a small group during which you can expect lots of personal attention and a wealth of experience, this is your place! Camille is a Platinum PADI Course Director for an unprecedented eleven times, since PADI introduced this rating in the Asia Pacific region.

If this date doesn't fit you, check out my schedule of upcoming PADI IDC's around Thailand to find a program that suits you. 

The next couple of PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 19th February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and, 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and on 11th April and 8th May on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket, 

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille


Friday, January 19, 2018

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018


The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan has been completed. Thanos came all the way from Greece to participate in this course.

He passed all parts fp this course with flying colors and he's also a person who likes to do things and get involved. The actual PADI IDC Staff Instructor course is however mostly observing and working on your evaluation skills. This seemed to be at times hard for him, since he wanted to get involved. 

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018; Thanos in the classroom, the day before the IDC started. The PADI IDC Staff Instructor ideally starts a day before the IDC kicks off, since a lot of ground needs to be covered.

It does show however that he has the right attitude and I do hope that in due time Thanos will be able to join me and staff some PADI IDC programs. As a certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor, I now have the possibility to integrate him much more into the IDC program. 

It's his first time in Thailand, so he's enjoying live on Koh Lanta, before later in the year, his season on Crete in Greece will start.

Well done Thanos, I'm already looking forward seeing you again and to be able to work with you, The course was a good learning experience for you and a step up and forward to boost your diving career.

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course on Koh Lanta, Thailand in January 2018; Thanos is practicing his evaluation skills during one of the open water training dives at Koh Haa Lagoon.

Dive over the edge. Dive in all the way. Just like Thanos and sign up for your PADI IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor course.

Check out the schedule of the upcoming PADI IDC's around Thailand to find a programs that suits you. Keep in mind that the PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses tend to start a day prior to the PADI IDC.
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor;

The next couple of PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 23rd January on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket, on 19th February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 18, 2018

PADI IE in Ao Nang, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE in Ao Nang, Thailand was very successful


The PADI IE in Ao Nang, Thailand was very successful for the candidates of the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta.

Helmer and Quentin both passed with flying colors this morning, scoring maximum points on their open water presentation. Two days of hard work and sitting and waiting around with short bursts of action have now been completed and they should be on their way back home to Koh Lanta right now.

It was a first for me to participate in a PADI IE in Ao Nang and it was nice, a small group of candidates, only 6 in total with a friendly and very experienced PADI Examiner on top of that.

The two PADI IE days flew by and both Helmer and Quentin had top scores in all 4 parts of the PADI IE, topping it off with the highest possible scores for open water this morning.

Once back on Koh Lanta and when they received their teaching status by PADI, they will immediately start working as the brand new Open Water Scuba Instructors they are as of today. Quentin will leave mid February for France however but Helmer is planning to stay until the end of the season,a round April.

PADI IE in Ao Nang, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE in Ao Nang, Thailand was very successful; From left to right Platinum PADI Course Director Camille, Helmer (PADI OWSI), Quentin (PADI OWSI) and Robert (PADI Examiner)
Josh who also participated in the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta choose to join a PADI IE on Koh Lanta scheduled for 27th and 28th January. Josh and Thanos who staffed the January PADI IDC are both not in this picture.

We dive not to escape life, but for life not to escape us. Sounds familiar?

If you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, contact me for more detailed information and the check out the schedule of the upcoming PADI IDC's around Thailand below.
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor;

The next couple of PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 23rd January on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket, on 19th February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Testimonial by Christian Hoengen of the December 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Christian Hoengen of the December 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Earlier this week I received this Testimonial by Christian Hoengen of the December 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

First Christian completed his PADI Divemaster course on Phuket, during December 2016, during which we met already. Fast forward one year and many emails later, Christian found his way back to Phuket and into our PADI IDC program.

It was a small PADI IDC program during which he received plenty of personal attention. Christian completing his PADI IDC, Dimitri participating in his Status Update and Jan completing his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course.

The PADI IDC and IE flew by, since when you're having fun time just evaporates. It was great having you aboard Christian and see and experience your love and enthusiasm for diving. I'm looking forward to the day that you will be able to follow up on this as a full time job.

Testimonial by Christian Hoengen of the December 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Christian Hoengen of the December 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Christian after successfully completing his PADI IE on Kata Beach with PADI Examiner and Regional Manager Andy Auer

Here is Christian's testimonial, all in  German;

Hallo zusammen,

hier erstmal eine kurze Info, warum ich mich für mein IDC bei Camille und Dive Asia entschieden habe.
Im Dezember 2016 habe ich meinen Divemaster Kurs bei Dive Asia absolviert.
Während meiner Ausbildung konnte ich mich von der Qualität und Professionalität des Tauchcenters und den Angestellten überzeugen.

Camille durfte ich wärend meiner Ausbildung zum Divemaster auch schon kennen lernen, da er nach seinem IDC noch weitere Speciality-Instructor Kurse unterrichtet hatte.
So entstand also der Kontakt zu Camille und meine Entscheidung mein IDC mit Camille bei Dive Asia zu machen.

Im Dezember 2017 war es dann auch endlich so weit, ich war wieder zurück in Thailand für mein IDC.
Zu meiner Überraschung, aber auch zu meiner Freude war es eine sehr kleine IDC-Gruppe. Meine Befürchtung, das die Theorieeinheiten wie eine trockene Vorlesung stattfinden würden, hat sich zum Glück nicht bestätigt. Camille hat es geschafft das selbst der Theorieteil spaß gemacht hat.
Wir haben während des Unterrichtes sowohl mehrere Theorieprüfungen gemacht, also auch ausreichend Klassenraumpräsentationen durchgeführt, um uns bestens auf das IE vorzubereiten.
Aber neben der Theorie gehört ja auch noch mehr zur Ausbidung, nämlich die Praxis. Angefangen im Trainingspool hat Camille uns ideal auf die Übungen im begrenzten Freiwasser vorbereitet. Wir haben die Möglichkeit bekommen diese Übungen so oft zu machen, bis wir uns sicher waren und sie auf einem hervorragendem Demonstrationsniveau vorführen konnten.
Die Kombination aus Übungen im Pool und Theorie im Klassenraum hat natürlich den Tagesablauf aufgelockert, hier bestand der Vorteil darin, das der Trainingspool direkt an das Gebäude des Divecenters angrenzt. 

Für die Freiwasserübungen sind wir am Tauchcenter abgeholt worden und zum Chalong Peer gebracht worden, von wo wir mit dem Tauchboot rausgefahren sind. Da Camille uns sehr gut auf die Übungen im Freiwasser vorbereitet hat, hatten wir keinerlei Probleme diese
sehr schnell und sehr sicher durchzuführen. Somit blieb sogar noch Zeit nach den Übungen ein bisschen die Unterwasserwelt Thailands zu erkunden, was natürlich sehr viel Spaß gemacht hat.
Nachdem wir nun auch den Freiwasserteil abgeschlossen hatten, fühlte ich mich bestens auf das IE vorbereitet. 

Das einzige was jetzt noch fehlte, war die Ausbildung zum EFR-Instructor, welche Camille auch sehr ansprechend gestaltet hat. Als "Geschenk" zum IDC mit Camille, haben wir auch noch die Ausbildung zum Enriched-Air Instructor und zum Emergency Oxigen Provider Instructor kostenlos machen dürfen.
Das IE selbst besteht ja aus den drei Teilbereichen Theorie, begrenztes Freiwasser und Freiwasser. 

Der erste Teil war der Theorieteil, welcher selbst nochmals aus drei Teilen besteht. Erstens Fragen zur Tauchtheorie, zweitens Fragen zu den Padi Standards und Richtlinien und drittens eine Klassenraumpräsentation zu einer Frage aus der Wissensüberprüfung eines der zahlreichen Tauchkurse.
Dank der hervorragenden Vorbereitung, ging ich mit einem guten Gefühl in den Theorieteil. Dieses gute Gefühl bestätigte sich und somit wurden alle drei Teile mit sehr gutem Ergebnis bestanden.
Am Nachmittag ging es dann in den Trainingspool für den begrenzten Freiwasserteil. Hierzu wurden wir in kleine Gruppen mit circa 4 Personen eingeteilt. Da der Pool für das IE der selbe Pool war, in dem wir jeden Tag unsere Übungen absolviert haben, fühlte ich mich natürlich sehr wohl bei den Übungen. Auch die begrenzten Freiwasserübungen habe ich somit mit sehr guten Bewertungen abgeschlossen. Aber das hat mich auch nicht wirklich gewundert, da Camille beim Training mit uns immer sehr großen Wert darauf gelegt hat, das wir unsere Übungen nicht nur gut, sondern Perfekt beherschen. Damit war dann auch der erste Tag des IE abgeschlossen.

Am nächsten Morgen fand dann der Freiwasserteil am Kata-Beach statt, aber mit den guten Ergebnissen im Pool und dem Wissen, das ich im Freiwasser genau so gut vorbereitet wurde wie im Pool, freute ich mich sogar auf den Teil des IE. Am Strand angekommen ging es nach dem Aufbau der Ausrüstung auch direkt mit den Briefings los.
Im Meer wurden zunächst die Rescueübungen absolviert, eher die vorbereiteten Unterwasserfähigkeiten geprüft wurden. Direkt nach dem Debriefing haben wir erfahren ob wir bestanden haben. Damit war ich nun offiziell ein Open Water Scuba Instructor. Doch ich habe für mich selbst entschieden, was ich gerne noch weitermachen wollte und somit hatte ich mich schon im Vorfeld mit Camille in Verbindung gesetzt und mit ihm geklärt welche Speciality-Instructor Kurse ich noch machen möchte.

Hierbei nochmal einen großen Dank an Benno Brandon von Dive Asia, der es ermöglicht hat das ich meinen Night-Dive Instructor machen konnte. Da normalerweise keine Nachttauchgänge von Dive Asia angeboten werden, doch für uns hat er eine Ausnahme gemacht und für uns alles organisiert, damit wir am Kata Beach nachts tauchen konnten.
Ebenso möchte ich mich bei Pray Schäfer bedanken, der uns für die weiteren Speciality Instructor Kurse immer an die, für den Kurs besten Riffe oder Wracks gebracht hat. Ein wirklich guter Service vom Dive Asia Team.

Abschließend möchte ich mich nochmals bei Camille und Dive Asia bedanken.

Thanks for taking the time to write this testimonial or 'Zeugnis'. Much appreciated Christian!

Ever thought of leaving your office behind? If so and you're interested in a PADI IDC program with me, check the following links out or get in touch with me.

Your next opportunities will be PADI IDC programs scheduled to start On 23rd January on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket, on 19th February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 19th February 2018

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 19th February 2018


The Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 19th February 2018 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. Come and join our PADI IDC because we will look after you!
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens and PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

We offer;
FREE Enriched Air Instructor course
FREE Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course
FREE Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees)
FREE EFR Instructor course included in the IDC
FREE lunch
FREE T-shirt

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 19th February 2018

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 19th February 2018

Choosing the right school for your Instructor Training and internship is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the Dive Industry.

Camille’s programs provide the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training. My Instructor Development Course programs will provide valuable hands-on training with the emphasis on fun and in-water application.

There are still places available, contact me for more detailed information about this PADI IDC program.

If you're interested in a PADI IDC program with me, but the Khao Lak dates don't fit your schedule, check the following links out or get in touch with me.

Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat.

Your next opportunities will be PADI IDC programs scheduled to start On 23rd January on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, January 15, 2018

EFR Instructor course for January 2018 has been completed on Koh Lanta, Thailand

EFR Instructor course for January 2018 has been completed on Koh Lanta, Thailand


The EFR Instructor course for January 2018 has been completed on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta in Krabi province.
It's always a good way to complete a PADI IDC and it's relaxing after all the hard work during the IDC's. This course was no different and Helmer, Quentin and Josh managed all course components over two days. The hands on practice was the fun part, as it mostly is. 
Theory, skill practice, scenarios, exams, all done and dusted. Now they're all three ready and eager for the PADI IE.

Quentin and Helmer will go with me to Ao Nang where there's a PADI IE program 17th and 18th January and Josh decided to stay on Koh Lanta for a PADI IE starting 27th January.

EFR Instructor course for January 2018 has been completed on Koh Lanta, Thailand

EFR Instructor course for January 2018 has been completed on Koh Lanta, Thailand; From left to right; Quentin, EFR Instructor Trainer Camille, Helmer and Josh. Thanos who completed his PADI IDC Staff instructor, is already an EFR Instructor, the picture was taken by him.

If you're interested in a PADI IDC program with me, which includes the EFR Instructor for free, check the following links out or get in touch with me.

Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat.

Come and join my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor. 

Your next opportunities will be PADI IDC programs scheduled to start On 23rd January on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and on 20th February an IDC is scheduled to start in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. To make the circle round again, on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, January 14, 2018

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for January 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for January 2018 has been completed


The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for January 2018 has been completed in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta in the province of Krabi. It was also the first PADI IDC program of the new year.

Yesterday was the last day of the PADI IDC, today we completed the EFR Instructor course and finished a few bits and pieces of the actual IDC.

It was a fun course and the three candidates tried to give me a hard time but they failed miserably. It was a good laugh though and more importantly, they learned a lot during the course of the program.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for January 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for January 2018 has been completed; Helmer, Quentin and Josh having hi-jacked my camera and playing around with it. Thanos who completed his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course is missing in this picture.

As always, it was an international affair, this time with Helmer originating from Sweden, Quentin from France and Josh from Canada. Thanos is now a brand new Greek PADI IDC Staff instructor.

Come Tuesday, Helmer and Quentin will drive over to Ao Nang, also in the province of Krabi for the PADI IE and Josh will wait until the 27th January to participate in a PADI IE on Koh Lanta.

I'm sure they will do great during their respective PADI IE programs.

If you're interested in a PADI IDC program with me, check the following links out or get in touch with me.

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish!

Come and join my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor. 

Your next opportunities will be PADI IDC programs scheduled to start On 23rd January on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'. This is followed by a program scheduled to start 6th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and on 20th February an IDC is scheduled to start in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. To make the circle round again, on 26th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille