Monday, September 30, 2013

Chaweng Beach underwater clean up on Koh Samui, Thailand

Yesterday it was time for the bi-yearly underwater clean up of Chaweng beach sponsored by the Thai Hotels Association - Southern Chapter East Coast's Green committee under supervision of Khun Jultamart and Khun Praesert supported by the Green divers Association of Samui organized by Camille Lemmens.
With 13 divers and one land based safety and supervision person, it was another nice turn out.


Before the clean up

In contrast to earlier this year, the visibility wasn't that great but there was still plenty of trash and debris to be found and collected although not as much as last time, directly after the rainy season.


Waving bye to the group of divers

The clean up was well organized and the Tessabaan was waiting for us when we got out of the water to collect the garbage. 
The most collected items were glass bottles and plastic bottles but also many pieces clothing and fake sunglasses were among the collection we picked up.


100 to 150 kilo's of trash, gathered during the clean up

After the clean up, Poppies Resort in Chaweng sponsored once more a lunch.

Many thanks to the Thai Hotel Association -  Southern Chapter East Coast's Green committee, Khun Jultamart and Khun Praesert, Mr. John Ens and Poppies Resort, Tessabaan, Stuart for the tanks, Max for the bags and everybody who showed up and helped out!

Beach clean up in National Marine Park 'Ang Thong'

The same day, staff of '100 Degrees East' coordinated a clean up to take place simultaneously at the National Marine Park 'Ang Thong' and they collected 10 bags of waste including a discarded TV set. Thanks for the effort guys!

See you all again for the next clean up come April 2014.

Camille

Saturday, September 28, 2013

PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand, starting 3rd October 2013

In just under a week the next PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand will start. To be exact, on 3rd October 2013 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy'.

PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand, starting 3rd October 2013

PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand, starting 3rd October 2013 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy'

Hope to see you there, the PADI IE is going to be on Koh Samui as well, to be held from 12th to 14th October. 

If this IDC doesn't fit your plans but you still would like to participate in an IDC with me, there will be another program starting come 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia which in turn is followed by an IDC starting 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand and the last PADI IDC for this year is scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.

The first program for next year is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

For more information, don't hesitate to contact me and here you can view the whole schedule for 2014.

Camille

Monday, September 16, 2013

100 PADI certifications issued in 2012

Just received this certificate from PADI that I issued last year over 100 diver certifications. A slow year for my doing but nonetheless a good achievement, looking at the competition I'm facing!

100 diver certifications in 2012

The certificate I received from PADI

It's time to sign up for YOUR PADI IDC! The next one is starting 3rd October on Koh Samui, in Thailand, followed by 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, which in turn is followed by 18th November in Khao Lak in Thailand which leads us to the last program of this year which is scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.
The first program of 2014 will kick off 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Please contact me for more information.

Camille

Thursday, September 12, 2013

PADI IE on Koh Tao, Thailand for September 2013 has been completed

It's done and over with, at last the PADI IE is over after 3 days of waiting and bursts of action where they had to shows their knowledge and skills. It's all completed now however and time to focus on the future! Well done Serge and Hadrien.

PADI IE on Koh Tao, Thailand

From left to right; Hadrien, myself, Serge and PADI Examiner Marc

The next PADI IDC will be on home turf and is scheduled to start 3rd October on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by an IDC starting 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand and the last IDC for this year is scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.
The first PADI IDC of next year is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

See you there and don't hesitate to contact me for more information on either one of these programs.

Camille

Monday, September 9, 2013

EFR Instructor on Koh Phangan, September 2013

Today we completed the last bits and pieces of the current PADI IDC on Koh Phangan and after that we completed also the last bits of the EFR Instructor course.

EFRI, Koh Phangan, Thailand, September 2013

From left to right; Hadrien, me and Serge

All training and teaching has now been completed and tomorrow we're heading for Koh Tao and the PADI IE will start there shortly after noon.

EFRI, Koh Phangan, Thailand, September 2013, Hadrien

Hadrien in action

It was a fun time again on Koh Phangan and thanks to Hadrien and Serge, you were good and easy students!

EFRI, Koh Phangan, Thailand, September 2013, Serge
Serge with Little Annie

Just in case you would like to live and work in a tropical environment, my next PADI IDC will start 14th September on Malapascua in the Philippines, followed by an IDC on home turf; 3rd October we kick off on Koh Samui, Thailand, and 20th October there's an IDC starting on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by an IDC kick off on 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand and the last PADI IDC for this calender year will start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.

The first IDC in 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Contact me for more information and see you there!

Camille

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for September 2013 is coming to an end

Tomorrow we will complete the last bits and pieces of this current PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Confined water briefing

Confined water briefing by Serge

The EFR Instructor course is also on the schedule tomorrow, after we closed the PADI IDC and on Tuesday it's off to Koh Tao with the morning ferry from Thong Sala, where the PADI IE will start around 13.00.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, CESA confined water

Hadrien in control as instructor during a CESA in Confined water

Come Thursday, we should have two new PADI Instructors in da house! Before we get to that point, a lot of stress and nerves will have to be taken care of but I'm convinced that Hadrien and Serge can deal with that and be successful.

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, knot tying

Knot tying work shop in the pool, one of the three knots you need to know; the sheet bend

They completed lots of hard work during the last 9 days and it's about time all of that knowledge can be released!

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Hadrien

Hadrien during one of his Knowledge Development or class room presentations

Thanks for the good times during this PADI IDC and the best of success to both of you on Koh Tao!

PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Serge

Hadrien during one of his Knowledge Development or class room presentations, showing us a map of Koh Phangan

If becoming an instructor has been a dream of yours, you can join one of my future programs. The next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 14th September on Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers', followed by 3rd October on home turf on Koh Samui in Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy', later on in October, the 20th, an IDC is starting on Gili Air in Indonesia with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5', followed by 18th September in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Sea Dragon' and the last PADI IDC scheduled for this year is should kick off 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers'.
The first IDC for 2014 is scheduled for 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Contact me for more information and looking forward to see you at one of these locations.

Camille

Thursday, September 5, 2013

PADI IDC for September 2013 on Koh Phangan is half way

Before you know it, you find yourself at the half way mark of an IDC and that's exactly hat's happening here on Koh Phangan, during the current September 2013 IDC.

September 2013 PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Thailand

Group picture, from left to right; Hadrien, Camille and Serge

Plenty of work gets done by all of us, loads of classroom presentations have been done by me and soon they will start their first knowledge development or classroom presentation.

September 2013 PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Thailand. Skill circuit, AAS

Skill circuit; alternate air source use

So far we've been in the pool every day, for skill circuit practice and yesterday for their first confined water presentations, which they both successfully passed. Today will be a 'dry' day

September 2013 PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Thailand. Skill circuit, CESA

Hadrien during a CESA

Their first set of theory exams has been taken and tomorrow the real test will be there, a brand new set of theory exams, 75% passing rates will be needed on all of them.

September 2013 PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Thailand. Skill circuit, no mask swim

Serge swimming without his mask

Everything is moving along nicely and come the 9th September, we should be able to complete the IDC and the EFRI course, which will allow us to move over to Koh Tao come 10th September to start the PADI IE.

September 2013 PADI IDC Koh Phangan, Thailand. Rescue exercise # 7

Good old Rescue exercise # 7

If you're thinking of working on exotic beaches and shores, you can join one of my future PADI IDC's. The next one is scheduled to start 14th September on Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers', followed by 3rd October on home turf on Koh Samui in Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy', later on in October, the 20th, an IDC is starting on Gili Air in Indonesia with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5', followed by 18th September in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Sea Dragon' and the last PADI IDC scheduled for this year is should kick off 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers'.
The first IDC for 2014 is scheduled for 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Contact me for more information and looking forward to see you at one of these locations.

Camille

Monday, September 2, 2013

PADI IDC for September 2013 on Koh Phangan, Thailand is under steam

Yesterday Serge from Switzerland and Hadrien from France started the September 2013 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDD Resort 'Haad Yao Divers'.

A couple of days of fun in the sun but also some hard work will follow before we will head over to Koh Tao come 10th September for the PADI IE.

PADI IDC September 2013 Koh Phangan, Thailand

Serge and Hadrien enjoying theory exams yesterday

You can also make your dream come through and work on exotic beaches and shores by joining one of future PADI IDC's. The next one is scheduled to start 14th September on Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers', followed by 3rd October on home turf on Koh Samui in Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy', later on in October, the 20th, an IDC is starting on Gili Air in Indonesia with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5', followed by 18th September in Khao Lak, Thailand with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Sea Dragon' and the last PADI IDC scheduled for this year is should kick off 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Explorers'.

Contact me for more information and looking forward to see you at one of these locations.

Camille