Thursday, October 31, 2013

The PADI IE on Gili Air in Indonesia has been successfully completed

After two days of hard work and concentration the relief came late in the afternoon when all of the candidates realized that they passed all 4 parts of the PADI IE!


From left to right; Franck, Marc (PADI Examiner), Ramos, Sander (PADI Course Director), Antoine, David, myself, Michelle and Juri

Tonight is party time and a great PADI IDC has now been put into the books! Over the next few days a few candidates will complete Specialty Instructor training and they're all on their way to their first jobs as PADI Instructors shortly afterwards. Today I already started with a side-mount course, straight after the IE closing!

Well done guys, it was fun, you were a great group!

Come and join the fun during one of my next programs and start teaching PADI scuba courses under a palm tree environment! Your next opportunity for participating in a PADI IDC with me will start 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand followed by the last IDC this year scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines. The first program for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand!

Ask me for more details and look forward seeing you there.

Camille

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia for October 2013 has been completed

The current PADI IDC on Gili Air for October has actually been completed yesterday! Today the candidates are already sweating it out during the PADI IE, also here on Gili Air at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5'.

PADI IDC on Gili Air, Indonesia during October 2013

From left to right; Ramos, myself, Juri, Antoine, Franck, Gina and David getting ready to get into the pool

Tomorrow there will be an update about their progress during the PADI IE, so keep your eyes posted here.

If you want to live the dream and start to teach PADI scuba courses under a palm tree environment, your next opportunity to participate in a PADI IDC with me will be 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand followed by the last IDC this year scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines. The first program for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand!

Ask me for more details and look forward seeing you there.

Camille

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Shark Guardian presentation on Gili Air, Indonesia

From many different resources I heard a lot about the 'Shark Guardian' presentations, an initiative by fellow PADI Course Director Brendon Singh.
The presentations are becoming so popular that Brendon and his wife Liz can slowly start making a shift to be their main work and one step that helped was that they are now an officially acknowledged charity in the UK, since July 2013.


Liz and Brandon on Gili Air

The presentation is very informative and even for experienced dive instructors there are plenty of interesting and new pieces of information and knowledge available during the presentation.


The 'shark' family is shown by it's various classifications and plenty of video's and pictures accompany the presentations, which is delivered in a relaxed yet very informative and knowledgeable way.
During the presentation it becomes very obvious how passionate Brendon and Liz are about shark protection and conservation.


A new initiative by Shark Guardian for all divers and professionals in Thailand is the 'eshark' project.
eShark provides a simple way for divers and snorkelers to report the sharks, rays and sawfish they see, and don’t see (zero’s are just as important!), in a way that is used to assess and monitor populations, communities and ecosystems. Most importantly these data are used to assess the need for, and success of marine management initiatives, including sanctuaries.

eShark surveys have been rigorously developed through collaborations with divers, statisticians, biologists and experts in the field of citizen science.


One of the Shark Guardian downloadable flyers or hand outs

Brendon and Liz run this project on a voluntary base and support themselves by selling bits and pieces of merchandise and if you're interested in having a presentation in your dive center, international school or other event, please contact them and they will try their best to find a way to make it happen, It worked in Hong Kong, Brunei and Indonesia, just to name a few, why wouldn't it work at your place?

Camille

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The next PADI IDC is coming up; 17th November in Khao Lak

The current PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia hasn't been completed yet but it's time to announce the next program which is coming up soon. 

Come 16th November I will start an IDCS course and the next day 17th November, the PADI IDC will kick off at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak.

17th November, start of PADI IDC in Khao Lak

17th November, start of a new PADI IDC in Khao Lak in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'

If you think it's time to start living the dream and changing your life by becoming a PADI scuba instructor, it's not too late! My next PADI IDC is the last IDC of this year, scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines followed by the first IDC of 2014, which will start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand which in turn is followed by another PADI IDC on Malapascua in the Philippines scheduled to start 21st January.

See you there!

Camille

Friday, October 25, 2013

The PADI IDC on Gili Air, Indonesia for October 2013 is passed the half way mark

Time flies when you're having fun, something that especially has a meaning during this PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5', the second IDC I conduct this month.


Explaining some skills

The usual parade of IDC related topics have been passing the revenue; theory and standards exams, classroom presentations, work shops, confined and open water dives, rescue scenarios and great lunches at Oceans 5 restaurant.


Ramos, our Indonesian candidate having a good time!

All 6 candidates are expected to participate in the PADI IE, conducted here at 'Oceans 5' dive resort come 30 and 31 October.


Juri explaining about continual education

If you think it's time to start changing your life by becoming a PADI scuba instructor, it's not too late! My next PADI IDC starts 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by the last IDC of this year, scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines. The first IDC of 2014 will start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

See you there!

Camille

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia for October 2013 has kicked off

The second PADI IDC I conduct this month has kicked off and we're already on day 3 of the Gili Air, October 2013 IDC.


Enjoying the theory exams, in the front; Ramos, Antoine and Franck and in the back Juri, David, Gina and Martin

There are 7 IDC candidates but only six will make it into the PADI IE this time, Martin will participate over 2 programs and join an IE next year.
As usual, it's very international again with candidates originating from Indonesia, France, Finland, Italy and the Netherlands.


Sunny all day long except when we hit the pool for a skill circuit

If you're looking to participate in a life changing like an IDC, my next program starts 17th November in Khao Lak in Thailand followed by the last program this year, scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines. The first IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Camille

Thursday, October 17, 2013

RIP Marcia

Marcia Fisk Ong, who celebrated her 62nd birthday 1st October, passed away during a dive accident on 7th October in Australia.


Marcia during her IDCS course in Dauin, Philippines

Marcia was running her dive center 'Gekko divers' in Phuket, Thailand and she is well known and respected within the international dive community.


Marcia at the surface during one of the open water dives of the IDC in Dauin last year

In July 2012 she participated in the IDC Staff course with me in Dauin, Philippines and it was my privilege to have known her and to have been able to work and dive with her.


Marcia during one of her Australian dives

She made a big impression on most people that got to know her and one of her big achievements is the way PADI is changing the way open water students should be buoyant in their skills during the new and revised way the Open Water course should be taught in the near future; "new emphasis to increase buoyancy practice and application, conduct as much of the training as possible while students are neutrally buoyant (rather than sitting on the bottom)".
She was the person who introduced me to this and she wrote an article in the Undersea Journal about this.

She was also a well respected moderator on Scubaboard, probably the biggest online dive chat community in the world, where she was known as 'Quero'. You can send your condolences on Scubaboard at this thread.

Rest in peace Marcia and my thoughts are with her family

Camille

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

PADI Divemaster Oliver Furlow (now OWSI) won an iPAD from PADI

Oliver who just completed his PADI IDC on Koh Samui and passed the PADI IE there as well, just a few days ago, won an iPad from PADI for participating in a contest in which he had to explain why he liked his PADI Divemaster course so much.


Oliver receiving his iPad from PADI staff member Young Hee Haniss. Well done Oli!

Oliver completed his Divemaster course and PADI IDC with PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy' here on Koh Samui and during his Divemaster course his mentor and instructor was IDCS Instructor Claire Whitfield, who completed her IDC and IDCS course with me.

Come and join me for one of my next PADI IDC programs, 20th October on Gili Air, Indonesia, followed by 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand in turn followed by 8th December on Malapascua, Philippines.
For 2014 we start with 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and 21st January back to Malapascua in the Philippines.

See you there and if you have any questions or would like to receive more information about these programs and/or destinations, contact me!

Camille

Monday, October 14, 2013

PADI IE on Koh Samui, Thailand successfull

All the candidates on the October 2013 PADI IE on Koh Samui in Thailand passed the exams very successfully. There will be a party or two in town tonight!

Well done and congratulations to all of you and thanks to the staff for helping, Nobu and Ami!

PADI IE Koh Samui, Thailand October 2013

PADI IE Koh Samui, Thailand October 2013, from left to right; Kaede, Young Hee (PADI Examiner), Serge, Yuya, myself, Mari, Shoji, Nobu (MI), Susann, Oliver and Gary and sitting in front are Hiromi on the left and Ami on the right

If you think it's your time to participate in one of my PADI IDC's and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, my next course starts in less than a week, 20th October, on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by a course starting 17th November in Khao Lak in Thailand and the last IDC of this year is scheduled to start 8th December in Malapascua in the Philippines
The first PADI IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand followed by another program on Malapascua in the Philippines, scheduled to start on 21st January.

Contact me for more information on any of these locations and hope to see you there!

Camille

Sunday, October 13, 2013

PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia to start in a week

It's just a week away when the PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' will kick off. There are still a few places left, in case you're interested to participate and become a PADI Instructor.

PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air, Indonesia

PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air, Indonesia

The remainder of this year will see two more PADI IDC programs, one starting 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand and the last program of the year starting 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.

Next year will kick off with an IDC starting 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand and this will be followed by another IDC on Malapascua, Philippines scheduled to start 21st January 2014.

Contact me for more information.

Camille

Saturday, October 12, 2013

EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui, Thailand completed

This morning we completed the EFR Instructor course in the classroom at PADI 5* IDC Center 'The Dive Academy' on Koh Samui in Thailand. After a relaxed morning, it was off to the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon for the PADI IE! Keep your post posted here for more updates on that!

EFR Instructor course, October 2013, Koh Samui, Thailand

From left to right, Gary, myself and Oliver and we're all holding Susie

If you're interested in changing your life around as part of a PADI IDC and start living your dream and become a PADI Instructor, my next PADI IDC is starting 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand which in turn is followed by the last program of this year starting 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.
The first program for 2014 is scheduled to start for 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Camille


Friday, October 11, 2013

PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand for October 2013 is almost completed

Today we will complete the PADI IDC for October 2013 on my home turf of Koh Samui in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Resort 'The Dive Academy'. With just a few more classroom presentations to go, we will be able to close my 107th program this afternoon and tomorrow morning we will complete the EFR Instructor course with tomorrow afternoon the PADI IE kicking off at 3pm. Still a few more busy ahead of us during which nobody can afford to let slip his or her concentration!


Before an open water dive at Chaweng Beach, from left to right; Gary, Shoji, Kaeda, Yuya, Ami (IDCS),Hiromi, Nobu (MI), Mari, Oliver, Susie and myself

It was an international affair with candidates and staff originating from Hong Kong, the UK, Germany and Japan and they all put in hard work and dedication. I'm convinced all will do just well during the PADI IE.

If you're interested in changing your life around and start living your dream and become a PADI Instructor, my next PADI IDC is starting 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by 17th November in Khao Lak, Thailand which in turn is followed by the last program of this year starting 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines.

Ask me for more information and look forward seeing you there.

Camille


Saturday, October 5, 2013

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for October 2013 is under way

The first of two PADI IDC's this month has kicked off and it's a home turf IDC for me, here on Koh Samui in Thailand.



From left to right, myself, Susie, Oliver and Gary

Susie from Germany, Oliver from the UK and Gary from Hong Kong are having a good time so far and later this week we also will have 5 Japanese candidates join us in the pool.


Rescue exercise # 7, unconscious diver at the surface anybody?

We're actually entering day 3 of this program already today and there will be a PADI IE here on Koh Samui, come 12 to 14 October!


Theory exam practice

If you're planning to change your life style, I have still a few PADI IDC programs scheduled this year and the first one to start will be 20th October on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by 18th November in Khao Lak, Thailand and the last program of this is scheduled to start 8th December on Malapascua in the Philippines. The first program for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

See you there or in case you have any further questions, please contact me.

Camille