Sunday, December 30, 2012

Another busy and successful dive year; 2012

This is as good a moment it gets to look back at a successful 2012.

It was not as busy as last year but it was still enough to keep me on my toes and to get nice numbers during the year.
With Thai IDC programs on Koh Samui and in Khao Lak, Gili Air in Indonesia and Dauin and Malapascua in the Philippines, there was also a fair bit of travelling involved but I consider that as a privilege and enjoy the travelling bit and the great opportunities it gives me to dive at excellent dive sites.

PADI IDC Koh Samui, Thailand June 2012

PADI IDC Koh Samui, Thailand June 2012

This year I completed 12 PADI IDC programs with a total of 42 IDC candidates and 3 IDCS candidates. Although not as many programs and candidates as last year, the average IDC candidate number per IDC is better.

PADI IDC Dauin, Philippines July 2012

PADI IDC Dauin, Philippines July 2012

This year I could welcome students from 3 countries that I never had in my class before; Luxembourg, Turkey and Wales.

Out of the 12 PADI IDC's this year; 6 IDC's where conducted in Thailand, 4 on Koh Samui in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy' and 2 in Khao Lak in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center 'Seadragon'. In Indonesia in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' and the Philippines in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Sea Explorers' I had 3 programs in each country.

IE Party Gili Air, Indonesia, November 2012

IE Party Gili Air, Indonesia, November 2012

A breakdown shows 12 candidates in Thailand compared to 36 last year, 16 candidates in Indonesia compared to 12 last year and 14 candidates in the Philippines compared to 5 last year.
A massive decrease in Thailand but strangely enough I will start 2013 with an IDC on Koh Lanta with 10 candidates, almost as many as I had last year in total in Thailand!


PADI IE Malapascua, Philippines, November 2012

PADI IE Malapascua, Philippines, November 2012

One of the highlights for me was to take the PADI recreational Side Mount course in Subic Bay, Philippines with my mentor and instructor Andy Davis. After the course I went on and got myself two Hollis SMS 50 harnesses and taught my first PADI Recreational Side Mount Instructor course in Malapascua. 
A few more courses are lined up for next year and I'm very much looking forward to them.

PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand, December 2012

PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand, December 2012

It's time to say my 'Thank you' speech and lots of thanks go out to the PADI crew in Sydney, Paul and Claire on Koh Samui; Sally, Peter, Leilani and Stephan in Khao Lak; Sander and Simone on Gili Air in Indonesia; Chris, Rolf, Herve, Pascale, Sven and Martin in Dauin and Malapascua and last but not least; Andy Davis in Manila and Subic.

PADI recreational side mount diving, Malapascua, Philippines 2012

PADI recreational side mount diving, Malapascua, Philippines 2012

To all my students in 2012; thanks for making this all happen!

Looking forward to 2013, bring it on!

Camille

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