Friday, November 29, 2013

The PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand for November 2013 was very successful

Yes indeed, congratulations to my November 2013 IDC candidates, since we have 5 new PADI instructors and one IDCS Instructor on the block! Well done, great job!!
It was hard work and did cost lots of nerves, but the end result is something to be proud of!

PADI IE Khao Lak, Thailand, November 2013

From left to right; Chrissy, Jason, Rob (PADI Examiner), Alex, Ann (IDCS), Anni, Pato and myself

A great result and it was well worth the effort, the blood and sweat and tears, so to speak! Also thanks to Ann for completing her IDCS course and for the help she gave the candidates during the PADI IDC and the moral support during the PADI IE.
Tonight is gonna be a good night! Somewhere in Khao Lak there might be a party on.

If you feel like participating in one of my PADI IDC programs and have the opportunity to 'live the dream', my next program and at the same time the last program of this year is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
The first program of 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand which is followed by an IDC on Malapascua in the Philippines, scheduled to start 21st January 2014.

Camille

Thursday, November 28, 2013

EFRI Course in Khao Lak, November 2013

Yesterday, after we completed the last part of the November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, an open water training dive, we also completed during the afternoon the last parts of the EFRI course in Khao Lak, Thailand.

EFRI Course November 2013 in Khao Lak, Thailand

From left to right; Chrissy, Alex, Anni, Pato, Jason and myself

It was a long day and we had the PADI IE waiting for us the next day (today), but we did complete it and as the picture above shows, we did have some fun as well along the way!

Now it's just one more day before the PADI IE is completed and tomorrow it should be party time! Just one more step to complete; the open water dive!

There are plenty of opportunities for you to start a PADI IDC with me and the EFRI course will be part of the IDC, although there's only one left this year, scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
For next year things look busy and the first PADI IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand followed by a program scheduled to start 21st January in either Dauin or Malapascua in the Philippines.

Camille

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

PADI IDC for November 2013 in Khao Lak, Thailand is in the can!

It's done and dusted and my job is over now! The November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand is officially over and has been successfully completed by all candidates and on top of that, Ann completed her IDCS course. Well done to all of you!


After the open water dive, from left to right Alex, Chrissy, Pato, Ann, Anni and Jason

It's been hard work but also lots of fun and they're ready to tackle the PADI IE, starting tomorrow morning come 8am here in Khao Lak! All 5 of them should be ready for that!


The expected PADI IE schedule for the November 2013 in Khao Lak

There are plenty of opportunities for you to start your PADI IDC with me, although there's only one left this year, 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
For next year things look slightly better and the first PADI IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand followed by a program scheduled to start 21st January in either Dauin or Malapascua in the Philippines.

Looking forward seeing you there, so you can start living the dream!

Camille

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Khao Lak November 2013 PADI IDC is halfway!

Time flies by and we already passed the half way mark of the November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand. The good news is that Chrissy did indeed join us again after she had to sit out the second day of the course.

PADI IDC Khao Lak November 2013 briefing

PADI IDC Khao Lak November 2013 briefing in confined water, from left to right; Chrissy, Jason, Alex, Patricia and Anni

There are two 'firsts' on this course and that's Patricia or better known as Pato who is my first Spanish IDC candidate and Jason who is from the Seychelles is my first candidates from this tropical part of the world! welcome to the club!

PADI IDC Khao Lak November 2013 air depleted!

Pato's air is depleted!

We're getting along well and although the days seem long, they actually fly by with classroom presentations by the candidates and myself, lots of time in the pool and great lunches, with plenty but also delicious food!

PADI IDC Khao Lak November 2013 handsome stud

Our 'handsome stud' Jason talking about Project Aware

PADI IDC Khao Lak November 2013 Ann's IDCS course

Ann staffing away during her IDCS course and getting the hang of evaluating IDC candidates

Before we know it we'll have the PADI IE at hand but there will be another update until that time, so stay posted here!

In the meantime, my next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines, followed by the first PADI IDC for 2014 which is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and later in that same month, 21st January, I will be back in Dauin in the Philippines again.

Contact me if you would like to receive more information about one of these programs.

Camille

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Next PADI IDC will start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines at PADI CDC Center 'Sea Explorers'

The current PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand hasn't even finished and we're already looking forward to the next IDC program that is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.

Originally this PADI IDC was scheduled on Malapascua, but due to the damage that typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda caused to the island, we had to move this PADI IDC to a different location, and Dauin just seems to be the right choice and perfect location with all the great teaching facilities that are in place.

PADI CDC Center Sea Explorers in Dauin, Philippines

PADI CDC Center 'Sea Explorers' in Dauin

If you're interested to participate in this IDC program, please contact me for more information and I'm looking forward seeing you there.

Camille

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

PADI IDC for November 2013 in Khao Lak, Thailand is under way!

Yesterday we started actually the current November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' with 5 people, Chrissy, Alex, Jason, Anni and Patricia. The observant reader knows already that Ann is by now on day 3 of her IDCS course!
Unfortunately Chrissy was sick today, so we all cross her fingers that she can make it tomorrow and continue with her course.

PADI IDC November 2013 at Sea Dragon

Welcome to the Sea Dragon November 2013 PADI IDC

It's good group and we are already having fun in the classroom and in the pool for the last two days. A very promising start indeed!

PADI IDC Group of November 2013

From left to right; Alex, Ann, Anni, myself, Patricia and Jason

Stay posted for more updates, they will be coming soon!

If you are interested in becoming a PADI scuba instructor during one of my PADI IDC programs, there's one last chance to do so this year, an IDC is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
For next year, in 2014, plenty of more options will be coming and we kick the new year off on 4th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand, followed by another program in Dauin, Philippines, to start 21st January. 

See you there!

Camille

Sunday, November 17, 2013

PADI IDCS course in Khao Lak, Thailand, November 2013

Today we started a PADI IDCS course in Khao Lak, Thailand at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', which means, Ann and me started the course. Tomorrow the actual PADI IDC will start with 5 candidates, so more news to follow on this channel soon!

PADI IDCS course in Khao Lak

PADI IDCS course in Khao Lak with Ann

If you're interested in your IDCS course, let me know and you can join at any time when a PADI IDC is scheduled. the IDCS courses run parallel to the actual IDC programs and besides furthering your own education, you will notice that once you have obtained this rating, more job opportunities will open up.

Foe more information, please contact me and the next IDCS course is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines, followed by 3rd January on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Camille

Friday, November 15, 2013

Camille's new cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center Kiwidiver on Phuket

Camille has added a new cooperation for conducting PADI IDC's to his list of PADI 5* IDC Centers he works together with.
As of next year, he will conduct PADI IDC programs in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver' in Phuket.

PADI 5* IDC Center Kiwidiver

PADI 5* IDC Center Kiwidiver, shop front near Chalong in Phuket

Camille and Kevin, owner and fellow PADI Course Director met during the PADI IDC on Koh Lanta January 2013, where Kevin staffed the IDC that Camille was conducting there. Both enjoyed the cooperation and we stayed in touch, resulting in the current cooperation.

PADI 5* IDC Center Kiwidiver classroom

Classroom

For next year, 2014, we have scheduled two PADI IDC programs, scheduled to start 12th March and 1st July.

Besides that Kevin is a PADI Course Director, he is also an experienced tec diver and instructor trainer. He can teach the PADI Rebreather courses on the Poseidon machine and as the name of the dive center suggests, Keving is from New Zealand.

PADI 5* IDC Center Kiwidiver Kevin

Kevin on the left, owner and fellow PADI Course Director, staffing the Koh Lanta January 2013 PADI IDC with me

The combination of Kevin's tec experience and my vast experience in teaching PADI IDC's should give us a solid foundation for promoting our IDC programs and we can offer complete PADI IDC and Tec packages, tailored to your individual wishes and needs.

We're looking forward seeing you soon at one of our PADI IDC's at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver' in Phuket.

Camille

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

RIP Daniel Frutig

Over the weekend Daniel Frutig, co owner of Haad Yao Divers on Koh Phangan passed away after a prolonged illness.

Camille, Heike and Daniel

In 2010, from left to right, myself, Heike and Daniel

This morning there was a ceremony at Wat Si Thanu

May you Rest in Piece Dani

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sea Explorers PADI IDC moved from Malapascua to Dauin

Due to the impact and damage done by the recent typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda on PADI 5* IDC Center Sea Explorers on Malapascua in the Philippines, the December 2013 and January 2014 PADI IDC's scheduled for Malapascua have been relocated to Sea Explorers' PADI CDC Center in Dauin.


Photo courtesy of Sven Zenker

By doing this, we can assure continuity of our successful PADI IDC programs in the Philippines and we most certainly hope to welcome you on either 8th December 2013 or 21st January 2014 in Dauin.


Photo courtesy of Sven Zenker

If you have anymore questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Camille

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan rages over Malapascua island and wreaks havoc

The typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda that raged over the Philippines also devastated Malapascua island. First accounts mention that 90% of buildings on the island have been wiped out, the good news is that very recent reports have come through stating that no one on the island has been in need of medical help.

Due to the extreme devastation, you can help out the people on Malapascua with donations via this website and there's also a Facebook page 'Help Malapascua'.

Damage on Malapascua after typhoon Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Edmund James Y Porter

The pictures above and below show some of the destruction that has occurred at the island! If you want to get in touch with someone on the island, SMART communications stated that most of their towers should be back up and running within 1-2 days from now, hopefully that will include Malapascua.

Damage on Malapascua after typhoon Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Edmund James Y Porter

Relief efforts by the various dive centers are in full swing and all the roads from Cebu City all the way to Daanbantayan are accessible again.

Damage on Malapascua after typhoon Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Edmund James Y Porter

Most likely the up and coming PADI IDC's scheduled for December and January might be moved to PADI CDC Center Sea Explorers in Dauin.

Damage on Malapascua after typhoon Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Edmund James Y Porter

Damage on Malapascua after typhoon Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Edmund James Y Porter

Damage on Malapascua after typhoon Haiyan

Photo courtesy of Edmund James Y Porter

Monday, November 4, 2013

PADI's new Indonesian regional manager visits Gili Air

This morning, shortly before I left Gili Air in Indonesia for Bali, the new PADI Regional Manager Paul 'Tosh' Tanner visited the island and first stop was PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5'. During their stay PADI Course Director Sander Buis was handed his first 'Certificate of Recognition for Excellence' as a PADI Course Director. Well done Sander and welcome Tosh!


From left to right; PADI Course Director Sander Buis, PADI Regional Manager for Indonesia Paul 'Tosh' Tanner, PADI Regional Manager for Queensland, Australia Hans Ullrich and myself

It was good meeting the new RM Tosh and as always it was good to meet my long term friend Hans again, we hadn't seen each other for a while.

The next PADI IDC on Gili Air that I will teach is scheduled to start 22nd February 2014. Sander has scheduled an IDC to start later this month at Oceans 5!

Camille

Sunday, November 3, 2013

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Gili Air in Indonesia

Straight after the October IDC on Gili Air, we started Instructor specialty training with all of the IDC candidates.

Gina, Ramos and Franck had the full Monty packages and Antoine, David and Juri participated in the Nitrox instructor specialty.


After the deep dive yesterday at Shark Point, only Juri is missing in this picture

We did a wide variety of training and the courses included Deep, Dup, Underwater Naturalist, AWARE Fish ID and a fantastic Night dive, which ranks under my all time fave night dives, with lots of Mandarin fish and cockatoo wasp fish just to name a few.
I can't wait until I receive my underwater housing which should be next week, before the start of the next IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand. My fingers are itching to take some underwater pix again!


On the boat on the way out to the dive site, David, myself, Olivier, Gina, Franck and Antoine, picture by Ramos!

During all the dives I also saw a few 'firsts'! This keeps it more than just interesting. This time around I cloud note down; skeleton shrimp and the cockatoo wasp fish. I'm sure there's more to come!
There was also some other mighty cool stuff; white tip reef sharks, bob tail squid, various nudi's, hawksbill turtles almost on every dive and much more to mention.


Max and me after the side mount dives

During all the above mentioned diving, I also did a side mount diver and instructor course with max, who completed his IDC on Gili Air with me last year August.
We had some awesome dives and time flew by, like it does when you have fun! It was good seeing him again and especially on side mount!

Take care folks, next updates will come from Khao Lak in Thailand, just in few days! The IDC starts 17th November there!

Camille

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Thailand eShark project 01 November 2013 - 30 April 2014

During the recent presentation by Shark Guardian on Gili Air in Indonesia they also mentioned an event that started yesterday!

This event is the 'Thailand eShark project' and runs from yesterday, 1st November 2013 until 30th April 2014.


If possible report all your shark observations to the eShark database, even if no sharks were observed! Every observation counts, whilst snorkeling or diving and also past sightings are of interest, even no sightings of sharks are of interest!

ANYONE that has ever dived or snorkeled in the ocean can participate! All ocean going divers (professionals, recreational, and tourists) are candidates for this survey. The on-line surveys should be filled out after each dive you make – even if you do not see any sharks!

This project deserve all the input we can muster and I hope you all will be actively participating!

It's time to hit the water and get active and report all your observations, happy 'hunting' for data!

Camille