Monday, April 25, 2011

PADI IDC on Gili Air is on it's way

PADI IDC on Gili Air is on it's way

Today my 75th IDC started on Indonesia's Gili Air, one of the three Gili islands and the first IDC with Oceans 5.

The front garden and main building with office and classroom at Oceans 5

The IDC is conducted in the great facilities at Oceans 5, which is located directly opposite the pier on Gili Air.

The 25 meter long swimming and training pool at Oceans 5

Today we started with paperwork and exams, as usual. The pool is just amazing, 25 meters long and with 3 different depths, one level at 1 meter, one level at 1.5 meters and the deepest level at 2.2 meters. Great to work in!

The 4 candidates, Anne, Cecile, Jahmal and Simone at work during the exams with in front Phil who is participating in his IDCS course.

Stay tuned here for more updates to follow!

Camille

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Join AWARE Divers Worldwide Demanding Better Shark Protection

Join AWARE Divers Worldwide Demanding Better Shark Protection

Please sign the petition for better shark protection;

Shark populations are devastated by overexploitation, including targeted fishing, bycatch and finning. Join thousands of AWARE divers and shark advocates who are serious about shark protection. Support the goal to reach 100,000 petition signatures from around the world by June 8th, World Ocean Day. Sign the petition and urge your friends and colleagues to do the same. Together, we’re gaining the attention of policymakers worldwide. We’re closing loopholes in existing global shark management policies and insisting on full protections for Endangered and Critically Endangered sharks.


Sign the Petition:

Yes, I’m appalled at the failure of the world’s environment leaders at CITES 2010 in Qatar
to approve trade protections for some of the Earth’s most vulnerable and heavily traded
shark species.

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed by Earth’s most dangerous predators – humans. Too many of them fall victim to the cruel and wasteful practice of shark finning – the act of removing shark fins and discarding the often still alive shark overboard. As Asian demand for fins remains strong, markets for shark meat are growing, helping to push shark species to
the brink.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) analyses, all shark species proposed at the meeting met the criteria for listing under CITES Appendix II. Such listing requires that trade is controlled in order to avoid use that threatens the species’ survival. Despite the depletion of sharks worldwide, restrictions on international trade are in place for
only three shark species – whale shark, great white shark and basking shark.


I join with Project AWARE, divers and activists worldwide, calling on CITES Parties, between now and the next CITES Conference, to:

• Heed all available scientific advice for limiting shark catches;
• Fully protect shark species listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN;
• Set precautionary shark fishing limits [where no advice exists];
• Ensure all sharks are landed with their fins naturally attached;
• Work with other countries to prepare and promote shark listing proposals for the next CITES Conference; and
• Improve shark trade data collection by taking national action to list all species proposed at CITES 2010 on Appendix III before the next CITES meeting in 2013.

We call on governments around the world to heed scientific advice to provide better protection for all sharks and their ocean ecosystem.

Thanks for your time and I hope that you will sign the petition in case you haven't done this yet.

Camille

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Black tip reef shark for sale at the local Plai Laem market

Black tip reef shark for sale at the local Plai Laem market

Sad to see this sight today; Black tip reef shark for sale at the local Plai Laem market on Koh Samui and to make it worse, these are very young black tip reef sharks. 10 of them in total.

Not a good day for this slow-reproducing shark.

Blacktip reef sharks have extremely small home ranges and exhibit strong site fidelity, remaining within same local area for up to several years at a time. They are active predators of small bony fishes, cephalopods, and crustaceans, and have also been known to feed on sea snakes and seabirds. Accounts of the blacktip reef shark's life history have been variable and sometimes contradictory, in part reflecting geographical differences within the species. Like other members of its family, this shark is viviparous with females giving birth to 2–5 young on a biennial, annual, or possibly biannual cycle. Reports of the gestation period range from 7–9, to 10–11, to possibly 16 months. Mating is preceded by the male following closely behind the female, likely attracted by her chemical signals. Newborn sharks are found further inshore and in shallower water than adults, frequently roaming in large groups over areas flooded by high tide.

Timid and skittish, the blacktip reef shark is difficult to approach and seldom poses a danger to humans unless roused by food. However, people wading through shallow water are at risk of having their legs mistakenly bitten. This shark is used for its meat, fins, and liver oil but is not considered to be a commercially significant species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed the blacktip reef shark as Near Threatened. Although the species as a whole remains widespread and relatively common, overfishing of this slow-reproducing shark has led to its decline at a number of locales.

Camille

Friday, April 8, 2011

April 2011 PADI IE on Koh Lanta 100% success!

April 2011 PADI IE on Koh Lanta 100% success!

Today all the sweat, blood and tears of the last two weeks paid off and all my 3 candidates from the IDC with Blue Planet on Koh Lanta passed their PADI IE!

Left to right, Myself, Karolina, Rob (PADI Examiner), Marisa and Dan

Over two days Rob, the PADI examiner checked their knowledge and skills in the 4 PADI IE segments, basically confirming what they already showed to me, namely that they can do it during the IDC.

Happy days and tonight there's going to be a big party, including the end of the season party!

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC's, the next one is scheduled to start 11th April in Khao Lak followed by the first ever PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia with Oceans 5, starting 25th April and than a 'home game' on Koh Samui, an IDC is starting there 12th May!

See you there.

Camille

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for April 2011 is in the bag!

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for April 2011 is in the bag!

We did it, the current IDC on Koh Lanta has been completed. Well done Karolina, Marisa and Dan! Also a big thanks to you all three for being such great candidates and making this a fun IDC!

Marisa telling us about continual education

We had plenty of classroom presentation by me but also by the candidates.

Karolina trying to convince us that a wing is the way to go

Besides quality class room time, we had a day on the boat to Koh Haa for Open Water training and plenty of confined water work.

During confined and open water training we practiced plenty of Rescue exercise # 7

Tomorrow the PADI IE will kick off on Koh Lanta. For the next two days the nerves will be doing overwork, although they know IE stands for 'It's Easy'!

Marisa, ruler of the pool!

Karolina; ' Look Mum, without a mask!'

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC's, the next one is scheduled to start 11th April in Khao Lak followed by the first ever PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia with Oceans 5, starting 25th April and than a 'home game' on Koh Samui, an IDC is starting there 12th May!

See you there.

Camille

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Instructor courses completed on Koh Lanta

EFR- and Emergency Oxygen Instructor courses completed on Koh Lanta

Today Karolina, Dan and Marisa completed the EFR Instructor course and also the Emergency Oxygen Instructor courses on Koh Lanta.

Towards the end of the IDC courses I conduct, one day is reserved to complete this EFR Instructor course, now a prerequisite for becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor or OWSI.

Thursday the PADI IE will start so keep and eye out on the developments!

Camille


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Additional PADI IDC scheduled on Koh Samui, start date 1st July 2011

Additional PADI IDC scheduled on Koh Samui, start date 1st July 2011

In conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center 'The Dive Academy' on Koh Samui, award winning Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens will conduct an additionally scheduled PADI IDC starting 1st July with a PADI IE followed between 12-14th July on Koh Tao.

Places are still available and if you're interested please get in touch to secure a spot on this IDC.

If you're looking for different dates and/or locations, please have a look at my current IDC schedule.

Camille

Friday, April 1, 2011

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta March/April 2011 has reached the half way mark

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta March/April 2011 has reached the half way mark

We're in the middle of the current IDC on Koh Lanta and Karolina, Dan and Marisa are holding out fine. Due to the current weather circumstances, Open Water will be on the menu for tomorrow at Koh Haa.

We did plenty of class room work and here's Dan trying to sell the 2008 stock of Suunto computers!

The buddy check before the dive

The confined water was also a place where lots of time were spent, here's Dan again putting his mask on during the mask removal, replacement and clearing skill.

Karolina during her BCD removal and replacement underwater skill.

Marisa during the air depletion skill, that looks rather empty indeed!

In a couple of days we're done with this current IDC on Koh Lanta, so stay tuned in and look out for more updates.

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC's, the next one is scheduled to start 11th April in Khao Lak followed by the first ever PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia with Oceans 5, starting 25th April and than a 'home game' on Koh Samui, an IDC is starting there 12th May!

See you there.

Camille