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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand has been completed

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand has been completed


Time flew by as usual and the PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand has been completed successfully by the candidates and Rouz has completed his PADI IDC Staff course all in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' here on Phuket.

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand has been completed

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand has been completed; from left to right during an Open Water dive; Fabienne, Rouz, Guy and Tate

It was hard work but we had our fun moments and it required the candidates full attention and dedication but that means that come Saturday and Sunday, they should be able to perform very well during the up and coming PADI IE and reap the benefits from all the hard work they put in during the PADI IDC.

It was also a very international group with candidates from the USA and Switzerland, an IDCS candidate from Iran and a Master Instructor from the UK and finishing this off, with the Platinum Course Director originating from the Netherlands.

Stay tuned for more updates and let me know if you have an interest in attending one of our PADI IDC programs this year. Our schedule can be found here and the next three programs are scheduled to start 7th and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Testimonial by Svenja of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta

Testimonial by Svenja of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta


Today I received this great Testimonial by Svenja of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta.

It was a good IDC in April on Koh Lanta, Svenja and it was most certainly good to have you there as well. I'm glad to could appreciate some Dutch humor! I know how much you miss Koh Lanta and diving in these parts of the world, but you have an awesome job as well and I respect very much your working knowledge and experience. It's something to be proud of!
Let me tell you that I'm already looking forward meeting again, the sooner the better!

Testimonial by Svenja of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta

Testimonial by Svenja of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta; Svenja at the end of the PADI IE with PADI Examiner Rob Scammell

Here is the actual Testimonial by Svenja of the April 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta;

I recently completed the instructor course at Blue Planet Divers on Koh Lanta. Camille Lemmens did a great job in preparing us for the IE. The IDC was very focused on the exam, yet he always found time to tell us more how to actually live and work as a part of the diving industry. Safety is key for Camille, and he constantly stressed the importance of adhering to the PADI standards, as well as giving us advice for our future teaching, and describing real life problems and solutions. During and after the IDC and IE Camille was very approachable, he responded to messages at all (reasonable) times. He also took care to provide the teaching material in different languages, and to help students like me who don’t speak English as first language.  While teaching the pool lessons Camille's standards were high and his marking was strict, yet fair, which prepared us well for the exam. 

But the truly remarkable thing about Camille is his strong sense of humor. All the important information about standards, safety, and exams can be awfully boring and tedious, but he managed to create a fun and relaxed learning environment. He is passionate about teaching, picks up every student where they are, and helps them overcoming their particular difficulties in a determined, but very kind way. I learn best when someone makes me laugh and keeps me thinking at the same time, and in Camille I found the perfect teacher for my IDC. 

Thanks once more Svenja and I hope it inspires potential IDC candidates to contact me and ask for more information about my PADI IDC programs. The next scheduled programs are ready to start 7th and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand and 14th July in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, May 7, 2016

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand is halfway

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand is halfway


Yes, the PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand is halfway, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', the half way mark has been reached before you realize that time is flying!

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand is halfway

PADI IDC in May 2016 on Phuket, Thailand is halfway, from left to right, next to the pool at Kata Big Rock; Guy who is staffing, Rouz who is participating in his IDC Staff course, myself, Tate and Fabienne

We are covering lots of ground and have already done a lot of presentations and some workshops by the staff, the candidates have already completed their first classroom and confined water presentations and we're steaming ahead on full power.


Fabienne on the left and Tate on the right during their skill circuit in confined water, practicing an alternate air source drill

As already mentioned, we have a nice group together and now it also seems that it's a strong group and it's fun to be in the great training facilities at Kata Big Rock.

Next weekend we will see the PADI IE coming along and very unexpected and unusual, we will go on a short two day trip during this IDC, with the staff of Dive Asia, this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, but will still be able to complete the IDC in a relaxed and timely way.
Stay tuned for more updates.

To get more information about my up and coming PADI IDC programs, please contact me and I'm more than happy to send you some relevant information about my programs. My next IDC programs are scheduled to start 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 and after that I will be back on Phuket again for an IDC starting 26th July.

See you there,
Camille