Friday, August 30, 2013

Last minute PADI IDC scheduled for Koh Phangan, starting 1st September 2013

This morning I received news that there's a last minute PADI IDC to go ahead on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers, starting this Sunday, 1st September, followed by a PADI IE on Koh Tao between 10 and 12 September. If you happen to be in the area and have the time and money to participate in this IDC, please contact me.


After this program, more PADI IDC's are scheduled, starting with 3rd October with an IDC on home turf on Koh Samui in Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy', followed by 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5', 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and the last IDC for this year is scheduled on Malapascua in the Philippines again, starting 8th December with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explores'.

Camille

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Next PADI IDC; 14th September 2013 on Malapascua in the Philippines

My next PADI IDC that I'm scheduling should take me back to Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers', the island North of Cebu, one of the few places in the world where you can spot Thresher sharks.
There are still spots available and for more information, please contact me.

PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers' on Malapascua in the Philippines

After this program, more PADI IDC's are scheduled, starting with 3rd October with an IDC on home turf on Koh Samui in Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy', followed by 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5', 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and the last IDC for this year is scheduled on Malapascua in the Philippines again, starting 8th December with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explores'.

Looking forward seeing you there!

Camille

Friday, August 23, 2013

The 6th Certificate of Recognition for Excellence this year!

They keep rolling in! Thanks to Ben Chapman who participated in the June IDC, earlier this year, with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy' on Koh Samui in Thailand.

It was fun Ben and yes, we got the job done! Thanks buddy!

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Ben Chapman

The 6th Certificate of Recognition for Excellence this year, with thanks to Ben Chapman

If you want to participate in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, the next one is scheduled to start 14th September on Malapascua in the Philippines with 5* PADI IDC Center 'Sea Explorers', come and see some of those thresher sharks! 

This is followed by a PADI IDC on my home turf, Koh Samui in Thailand with 5* PADI IDC center 'The Dive Academy', starting 3rd October and then we move on to Gili Air in Indonesia with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' where we have an IDC starting 20th October. 

The last two programs of the year are scheduled to start 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and on 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines again with PADI 5* IDC center 'Sea Explorers'.

Hope to see you there and if you have any questions about my IDC programs, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Camille


Sunday, August 4, 2013

PADI IDC with PADI 5* IDC Center Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia starting 18th August, 2013

There's still time to sign up for the PADI IDC with PADI 5* IDC Center Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia starting 18th August this year!

We also offer a special; only 1,400.-Euro for the prep IDC, the complete IDC, the EFR Instructor course and 7 PADI specialties at instructor level, including PADI Nitrox Instructor and Shark Awareness Instructor but excluding all PADI application fees (providing you're already a Nitrox diver).That's a sweet deal!

PADI IDC with PADI 5* IDC Center Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia

PADI 5* IDC Center Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia

We already have some candidates participating in this IDC and also people who will staff the program and we are the only PADI 5* IDC Center that has two PADI Course Directors on staff! 
The IDC will be directly followed by a PADI IE on the Gili islands.

PADI IDC with PADI 5* IDC Center Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia

View over PADI IDC with PADI 5* IDC Center Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia

The facilities at PADI 5* IDC center Oceans 5 are fantastic and a 25 meter long pool is the premises, within crawling distance from the classroom and equipment room and directly in front of the resort is their house reef which you can dive for free each day after classes, if you fancy so.

The diving is prime and plenty of little critters can be found, it's macro paradise!

If this IDC comes too early for you, my schedule can be found here, with PADI IDC's in the Philippines and at various locations around Thailand but all the other IDC's don't have this special offer!

If you have any questions, please contact me and hope to see you soon.

Camille

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Oil spill effects on coral in the Gulf of Thailand

During the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend, according official sources, some 50,000 liters of crude oil ended up in the ocean. Part of that oil spill reached the North Western beach of Ao Phrao on Koh Samed.

Black coral near Koh Samed

Black coral near Koh Samed

Besides the apparent cover ups by the government or the amount of miss informion and the fact the spill is probably bigger than it looks, there's also the obvious environmental concern and the potential damage done to the regional reefs and coral.

Here's sample of an official qoute; Some state officials and PTTGC executives earlier downplayed the effect of the spill. The company's chairman, Prasert Bunsamphan, reportedly said that 50,000 litres of spilled oil was equal to half the volume carried by an oil tanker truck, "which is not much". A PTTGC vice-president, Pornthep Butrsamphan, was quoted as saying he expected no effect on marine life because "oil is a natural substance that is degradable, although it will take some time".

In all of this, we should also not forget that there are oil platforms within 40 kilometers of Koh Samui! Something similar could happen to this island.

Black sand near Koh Samed

Sand that seems to have black parts near Koh Samed

English written newspaper The Nation now came with first reports and pictures of marine divers actually diving the affected area. The pictures can be seen in this post and don't look too promising!

Divers near Koh Samed

Divers near Koh Samed in the oily water

The spill is now drifting towards the mainland and may threaten a 100 rai area of stag horn and giant clam coral reefs surrounding Kudee island. 

Environmental groups have concerns about the chemicals being used and the effect they may have have on the environment.

Let's cross our fingers and hope the impact on the marine life and underwater world won't be too devastating, but I have my doubts.

Camille