Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by PADI for Camille from the January 2103 IDC on Koh Lanta

After the recent 7th consecutive time being awarded the 'Platinum Course Director' rating by PADI, today I received another 'Certificate of Recognition for Excellence' from one of my candidates of the January IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand. Thanks Leandro

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by PADI

We were a long time in contact before the IDC and we had a great IDC, as his statement confirms and now we're still in contact, beyond this 'Certificate of Recognition for Excellence', we're working on different projects together!

If you're interested in experiencing and participating in one of my PADI IDC's, the next one is scheduled to start early April in either Khao Lak or Koh Lanta, both in Thailand followed by an IDC starting 21st April on Gili Air in Indonesia, immediately followed by an IDC starting 9th may on home turf on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by an IDC starting 20th May in Dauin in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Chaweng Beach underwater clean up on Koh Samui, Thailand

This morning 15 divers from various dive centers on Koh Samui gathered at 9.30am at Al's Resort on Chaweng Beach to start a bi-yearly clean up sponsored by the Thai Hotel Association - Southern Chapter.

Chaweng beach, Koh Samui, Thailand before the clean up

Before the clean up

The beach was fit to dive since just a few days but the visibility was good enough and unfortunately there were heaps of trash and garbage to be found underwater. Seldom I've seen this accumulation of garbage underwater on Chaweng Beach.

Chaweng beach, Koh Samui, Thailand underwater clean up, fire works

Lots of fire works remains were found underwater

In total we pulled out 20 bags of garbage, one part of a jet ski and two jerry cans. My guesstimate is that it totals around 100 kilo of trash we pulled out of the ocean today. Truly a great job by all involved!

Chaweng beach, Koh Samui, Thailand underwater clean up

Plenty of garbage and parts could be found today

Chaweng beach, Koh Samui, Thailand underwater clean up underwater view

Underwater view of the garbage

Chaweng beach, Koh Samui, Thailand after the clean up

After the clean up


Lunch sponsored by Poppies

After the clean up we were invited to lunch at Poppies resort in Chaweng by the GM and chairman of the THA Green Committee, Mr. John Ens, also the driving force behind these clean ups! Big thanks to him and it's no secret that lunch was enjoyed by all!

The next clean up is scheduled around early October!

Camille

Friday, March 15, 2013

Camille receives 7th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

For the 7th consecutive year and since the inauguration of this rating by PADI Asia Pacific, Camille has received the Platinum PADI Course Director rating for 2013.
Just a handful PADI Course Directors can boast this proud achievement and this year worldwide only 71 Platinum ratings have been awarded and there are even less PADI Course Directors who have received this award since it's conception by PADI, 7 years ago.

Camille, Platinum PADI Course Director

Camille in action during a PADI IDC Open Water dive

Maybe it's time to change your world around and become a PADI dive instructor which will enable you to work around the world, including plenty of exotic locations. My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start early April in either Khao Lak or Koh Lanta, both in Thailand, 21st April on Gili Air in Indonesia, 9th May on Koh Samui in Thailand and 20th may in Dauin in the Philippines.

See you there!

Camille

Thursday, March 14, 2013

CITES CoP16 in Bangkok, great news for sharks and Manta Rays

The confirmation was done at 10am this morning in Bangkok at CITES CoP16 and 5 shraks, Manta Rays and Sawfish appear now on Appendix II.
This is fantastic news and I'm very happy to share this with you, I'm sure the dive community is as happy as I am!


The Manta Ray is now listed under appendix II

Appendix II lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled. It also includes so-called "look-alike species", i.e. species of which the specimens in trade look like those of species listed for conservation reasons (see Article II, paragraph 2 of the Convention). International trade in specimens of Appendix-II species may be authorized by the granting of an export permit or re-export certificate. No import permit is necessary for these species under CITES (although a permit is needed in some countries that have taken stricter measures than CITES requires). Permits or certificates should only be granted if the relevant authorities are satisfied that certain conditions are met, above all that trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. (See Article IV of the Convention)



Hammerheads (scalloped, great and smooth) and the Oceanic Whitetip are now listed on CITES App II. 



Porbeagle now listed on App II. Sawfish on App I.

Appendix I lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and plants (see Article II, paragraph 1 of the Convention). They are threatened with extinction and CITES prohibits international trade in specimens of these species except when the purpose of the import is not commercial (see Article III), for instance for scientific research. In these exceptional cases, trade may take place provided it is authorized by the granting of both an import permit and an export permit (or re-export certificate). Article VII of the Convention provides for a number of exemptions to this general prohibition.



This is great news and I'm glad to see that this happened, with thanks to Project AWARE who have put in a lot work with their partners!

Camille

Monday, March 11, 2013

An unexpected thumbs up; A Certificate of recognition of Excellence

After getting home from the recent Koh Phangan IDC and PADI IE I found an unexpected moment of support, a 'Certificate of recognition of Excellence' given to me by PADI because a former student said a few nice things about me to PADI!

Certificate of recognition of Excellence March 2013

This came from Bill who participated in the July 2008 IDC and IE and who I recently helped out with some references for a study place in Taiwan.

Much appreciated Bill and here's the living proof, that after the PADI IDC and PADI IE are completed, you can still count on me!

Camille

Sunday, March 10, 2013

EFR Instructor on Koh Phangan for March 2013

The PADI IE has been successfully completed by all Koh Phangan IDC candidates for the March 2013 IDC and it was time today for some good old EFR Instructor training, because without this rating or equivalent there will be no teaching status from PADI!

EFR Instructor course, Koh Phangan, Thailand

EFR Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2013 from left to right, Myra, Allie, Von, Tim, Thorsten and Camille

With a good mix of theory, skill practice and some scenarios time flew by and some good fun was as the above picture shows. Myra will still have to complete a few skills with CPR, due to her current state I thought it better she wait a bit until after childbirth before she can safely give CPR. The candidates will party hard tonight to celebrate all their recent successes!

If you're up for such a party, you will first have to pass the PADI IDC and PADI IE with me and the next opportunity is in early April in either Khao Lak or Koh Lanta, both in Thailand, a PADI IDC starts 21st April on Gili Air in Indonesia, 9th May on Koh Samui in Thailand and 20th may in Dauin in the Philippines.

See you there.

Camille

Saturday, March 9, 2013

PADI IE on Koh Phangan, Thailand for March 2013 a 100% succes

All the hard work from the recent PADI IDC on Koh Phangan in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Resort Haad Yao Divers and the PADI IE has been a 100% success for my candidates. All 4 of them passed with good scores and are now PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.


From left to right; Tim, Mike (PADI Examiner), Thorsten, Von and myself and we're all holding Allie

As usual it was a very international occasion with candidates from the USA, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands (Myra) although Myra will complete her IDC and PADI IE at a later stage after her child is born.
Well done and congratz to all of you!

My next PADI IDC will start early April in either Koh Lanta or Khao Lak, both in Thailand, followed by 21st April on Gili Air in Indonesia which is followed by an IDC on Koh Samui in Thailand starting 9th May and a PAI IDC starting 20th May in Dauin in the Philippines.

See you there!

Camille

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2013 is in the can!

It's done and over with! The February-March PADI IDC on Koh Phangan is done and dusted! Allie, Tim, Thorsten, Von and Myra worked hard but it all paid off, they're ready to start the PADI IE tomorrow! Well, except for Myra, since she first needs to get birth to her baby and then complete the IDC water work.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, March 2013, Allie

Allie in the classroom

Allie and Von love the island Koh Phangan, although both will return to Koh Samui, for work reasons!
Thorsten and Tim live here and Myra is on an extended long stay on the island. I can only add to the common nominator that the siland is great and it's always good to be here!

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, March 2013, Thorsten

Thorsten in the classroom

After all the hard work on theory exams, classroom-, confined- and open water presentations, it's now time to show off for the PADI examiner that they know their stuff. Two nervous days of exams are waiting for them!

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, March 2013, Myra

Myra in the classroom

After the PADI IE I will conduct the EFR Instructor course, I will be heading back home, to Koh Samui for a short break from IDC's and spend time with the family when it all starts again in early April in either Khao Lak or Koh Lanta, both in Thailand. On 21st April an IDC is starting on Gili Air in Indonesia, 9th of May and IDC starts on Koh Samui in Thailand and 20th may an IDC will start in Dauin in the Philippines.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, March 2013, Tim

Tim in confined water

For more information on my PADI IDC programs please contact me and I'm more than happy to supply information or answer any questions you may have regarding an IDC or any other instructor level training.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, March 2013, Von

Von in confined water

Looking forward seeing you around in one of my future IDC's, now first stay tuned for updates on the current PADI IE on Koh Phangan.

Camille

Monday, March 4, 2013

The PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2013 is half way

Yes indeed, we're half way in the current PADI IDC on Koh Phangan in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Resort 'Haad Yao divers'.
All 5 candidates are working hard but the results are showing that the hard work is paying off with the good results they get.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan March 2013, Allie with air depletion

Allie during air depletion in the skill circuit

As international as always during my IDC's, we welcomed candidates from the USA, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. 

PADI IDC Koh Phangan March 2013, Tim and Von with alternate air source use

Tim and Von with an alternate air source use skill in confined water

They're digging into theory exams, classroom presentation aka knowledge development, confined water presentations, skill circuits, open water presentations and classroom presentations by me. A lot of spice with a lot of variation! Every day around noon we have a nice lunch break with some great Thai food as well!

PADI IDC Koh Phangan March 2013, Thorsten with bcd removal and replacement

Thorsten with bcd removal and replacement in the pool

The PADI IE will be held on Koh Phangan on 8th and 9th March, so still a few days to go to prepare properly, get some more experience and make a killing during these two days.
We also had the pleasure during this program to welcome the regional manager Tim Hunt for a short visit to the IDC classroom for a meet and greet.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan March 2013, Myra during Knowledge development

Myra during one of he Knowledge development presentations in the classroom

There's also a first during this IDC and well that Myra, one of the candidates is 8 months pregnant and she didn't want to wait for the baby to be born but decided to get all the classroom work out of the way so once the baby is born and she's ready again, she only needs to complete the water work of a future IDC. That's what I call dedication! Well done Myra.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan March 2013, Rescue exercise # 7

Rescue exercise # 7, one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand, prepare, ventilation

If you feel it's your turn to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs so you can live in a sunny tropical location, contact me to get more information on one of my upcoming programs, starting off with a PADI IDC in early April in either Khao Lak or Koh Lanta both in Thailand, 21st April on Gili Air in Indonesia, 9th May on Koh Samui in Thailand and 20th may in Dauin in the Philippines.

See you there!

Camille

Friday, March 1, 2013

PADI Member Forum 2013 on Koh Phangan, Thailand

During my current PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, it turned out that today it was time for the yearly PADI Member forum and that offered a great opportunity for me to visit a PADI Member forum in a new location. 
PADI decided to split Thailand up in two regions last year and the East coast, to which Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao, Bangkok and Pattaya belong (just to name a few locations) has now a new Regional Manager by the name of Tim Hunt, who used to be a successful PADI Course Director on Koh Tao. Tony Andrews, is now the Regional Manager for the Thai West coast which includes among others Phuket, Khao Lak and Koh Lanta.

PADI Member Forum 2013 Koh Phangan

Me and Tim Hunt, the PADI Regional Manager for Thailand's East coast

Tim gave us an insight in various changes and updates coming our way later this year, which include some interesting changes in the Open Water diver course for instance.
There was a good turn out, approximately 45-50 PADI members attended, well done Koh Phangan!

Camille