Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Testimonial by Denis of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Denis of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Here's a very nice testimonial by Denis of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

It was great to have Denis in the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, a well balanced person with a great passion for diving and coming form a very different dive background, 'the dark side' as we jokingly said during the IDC. We did some great Instructor Specialty training dives and although we just missed a manta ray at Hin Daeng, we still had very enjoyable dives that day and I'm looking forward seeing you again for more diving and training! Thanks for the nice words Denis, it's much appreciated.

I entered the IDC in Koh Lanta, January 2016, taught by Camille Lemmens, with little anxiety for at least two reasons: one was the language (I am French and sometime having some difficulties to fully understand English) and the second fear was the fact that coming from CMAS teaching organization, I had really a very little knowledge about PADI system. 
I have to say that Camille did an outstanding education effort to teach us with a lot of patience. 
We were a small group of four, including another French guy, a Belgium and English ones. We received from Camille full attention and he gave us, individually, plenty of time to get feedback from its huge experience, giving at each course a lot of examples from its own diving adventures. 
We really did a good and serious work during these two weeks in a very friendly ambiance and I have to say that I am proud to succeed in the IDC and IE, as well as the other guys. Thanks Camille for this experience really enjoyable; you are an excellent teacher and I learned a lot. 
I had also the opportunity to pass three specialties with you, and we did very exciting dives together at Hin Daeng and Koh Haa. I can tell you: see you next time, in Philippines, for other specialties. Thanks for all.
Denis Chatrefou

Testimonial by Denis of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Denis after having successfully passed the January 2016 PADI IE on Koh Lanta, happy and proud next to the PADI Examiner Rob

Feel free to join one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs so you can enjoy and take advantage of my vast knowledge and experience within the dive industry and of diving and teaching diving itself. Your next opportunity will be 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand and come 30th March I will be back on Koh Lanta in Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Testimonial by Kris of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Kris of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Yesterday I received this Testimonial by Kris of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'. 
It was a fun PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in January 2016 and I'm very pleased with the nice words in this testimonial that Kris had to spare. Thanks a lot Kris, it's appreciated.

Kris already taught various PADI courses after he completed his PADI IE successfully last month and is enjoying his new PADI Instructor career to the fullest. Keep it up Kris and I'm sure we will meet again very soon!

In January I participated in the IDC with Camille at Blue Planet in Koh Lanta, which to me was the logical step after completing my DM with them last season. 
Camille had a very professional yet fun approach, it suited me very well. After completion of the IDC Camille assured me i was ready for the IE and it turned out he was right, passing the IE was easy after 12 days of thorough preparation. My advise for people who want to start an IDC would be to work at least a few months as a DM for experience, revise the theory before the IDC starts so you can focus on what is new, and then do it with Camille, success guaranteed!! 
Thank you again Camille for the great time together, I am sure we will meet again!!

Testimonial by Kris of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Kris and PADI Examiner Rob at the PADI IE on Koh Lanta

In case this testimonial peeked your interest in completing a PADI IDC with me, you next options will be 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand and this is followed by 30th March on Koh Lanta in Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan starts 8th March 2016

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan starts 8th March 2016


Camille is back on Koh Phangan in Thailand and the next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan starts 8th March 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan in Thailand.
You are more than welcome to join us in this already confirmed PADI IDC on Koh Phangan and it's also a great opportunity to join us for your PADI IDC Staff instructor course.

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan starts 8th March 2016

The next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan starts 8th March 2016

If you prefer small groups and a dedicated Platinum PADI Course Director who conducts all parts of the IDC training himself and is available at all times during the complete IDC which allows for lots of personal and individual attention, we are your right choice.

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. The cutting edge knowledge gained will expand your Career Opportunities.

Come and enjoy us at the laid back and relaxed atmosphere on Koh Phangan where you will enjoy a vibrant and fun filled PADI IDC with a lot of emphasis on rel life teaching, backed uop by a a wealth of experience.

If these dates don't fir your schedule, check out one of the other PADI IDC programs I offer, starting with 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, February 1, 2016

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 20th February

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 20th February 2016


The next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 20th February 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, established since 1993.

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 20th February

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 20th February 2016

If you're interested in this program, please contact me for more details. This is also a great opportunity to complete your IDCS Instructor course.

Camille's experience and 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. The cutting edge knowledge gained will expand your Career Opportunities.

More PADI IDC in 2016 are as follow; 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand which is followed by 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 11th April again in Khao Lak, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, January 30, 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

Earlier this month, there was PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016. Three out of the four IDC candidates from the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' participated in one or more PADI Instructor level specialties.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Denis at Hin Daeng during his compass navigation, which is part of the PADI Deep Dive specialty and also part of his PADI Instructor training

Thomas, Kris and Denis participated all three in the PADI Enriched Specialty Instructor training, only Gilles passed on this one because he's not yet a PADI Enriched Air diver. Being certified at Enriched air diver level is a prerequisite for becoming a PADI Enriched Air Instructor.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Denis at Hin Daeng during his timed skill at depth, which is part of the PADI Deep Dive specialty and also part of his PADI Instructor training

Denis than went on to complete his Deep and Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) Instructor specialty ratings. We booked a three dive day trip to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang with a thrid dive at Koh Haa.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Goniobranchus geometricus Nudi at Hin Muang

Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are well known for the Manta Ray sightings and sure enough, a Manta Ray was spotted, but not by all dive groups, including Denis and me sadly missed out on the manta ray sighting. We still had two excellent dives though, one to 40 meters and one to 30 meters during which dives all the performance requirements of the deep dive and deep dive instructor level specialties were met.

Goniobranchus geometricus Nudi

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Sea fans at Koh Haa, picture by Denis, taken during his PADI Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) Instructor specialty

At Koh Haa, Denis went on his way to complete the PADI Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) Instructor specialty and he took a few good pictures, like the one above. Well done Denis, it was a good days diving!

If your interest is peaked for participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity is very soon, 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th February and 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand and this is followed by another PADI IDC scheduled to start 30th March on Koh Lanta in Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui

Black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui



This black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui today, it was 3 meters long and approx 400kg  with an empty stomach but it was pregnant, the baby whale measured just under 30cm. Sadly it passed away.
Five years ago one species was supposedly beached on Koh Tao, but this seems to be the first time this whale has been seen beached around Koh Samui. Maret is the general Lamai area.

Black whale or sperm whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui

Sometimes Koh Samui dive boats spot sperm whales in their trip out to the dive sites. These encounters are however not very often. Having one species beached on Koh Samui is rare and it's very sad to know that she was pregnant and both Mum and baby whale passed away.

Black whale or sperm whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui

The black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui is a rare and sad occasion. Hopefully next time I will be able to see a black whale alive!

Camille

Sunday, January 24, 2016

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful


Yes indeed, the PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful and all four candidates of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', passed the PADI IE with flying colors.

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful and from left to right in this picture; Denis (PADI OWSI), Kris (PADI OWSI), Thomas (PADI OWSI), Rob (PADI Examiner), Gilles (PADI OWSI) and Camille (PADI Platinum Course Director)

Yesterday they already passed three parts of the PADI with very good scores, the Theory and General Standards exam, the classroom presentation (or Knowledge Development) and the Confined Water.
This morning during the Open Water presentation, no mistakes were made and now we have four new PADI Instructors on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Well done guys and well deserved, this is the result for all the hard work you put in.
If you want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or PADI OWSI, come and join me in one of my next PADI IDC programs, starting with 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th March in Khao Lak, Thailand, this is followed by 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand and on 30th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 21, 2016

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016


Today we completed the EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016. Yesterday we already completed the current or by now rather the recent PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016.

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016, from left to right; Gilles, Denis, Camille, Thomas and Kris

We completed and reviews knowledge reviews, conducted exams and had a handful of presentations by me, before it was time to have some fun with Little Annie and Baby Annie, the first aid mannequins. 

The day flew by and everything that needs to be done before the start of the PADI IE on Saturday, has now indeed been completed, Tomorrow I will go diving with Denis for the Deep and Digital Underwater Photography instructor level specialties at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang and on the way back a third dive is scheduled at Koh Haa.
The other thee candidates have a day off for remedial training or can just kick back and relax.

If you are interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity will be 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, this is followed by 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines and 30th March I will be back again for a PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

If you have any questions regarding any of these programs or a PADI IDC in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

See you there,
Camille