Saturday, August 30, 2014

Testimonial by Larry Bainbridge

Yesterday I received this great testimonial by Larry, IDC candidate of the recent PADI IDC in Osan South Korea;

I am a professional instructor by trade and I have been involved in training personnel for well over 16 years now, so I understand what it takes to be excellent within this profession; it takes someone like Camille Lemmens.  I took the time to research Course Directors and listen to past students before I decided on Camille and the decision paid off greatly.  Camille has a superb understanding of people and constantly tailors his instruction to each individual.  His implementation of multiple techniques ensures that each instructor candidate will have the best possibility of not just passing the Instructor Examination but excelling at it and walking away with a solid understanding of what it means to be a PADI instructor.  Camille has a level of patience and kindness that puts students at ease, which in the case of an IDC is critical; his attitude and charisma make students push themselves harder and expect more of themselves.  

I was expecting another semi-challenging course that was “easy”; what I got was so much more and well worth the money spent.  Camille tailored our IDC to our group level (we were all AI’s at the start of the IDC).  Because of this we were able to have specific discussions on cases that we have either run across our selves or simply needed clarification on.  Having a custom course was also extremely beneficial because Camille was responsible to not only teach one of the many IDC’s that he does but now he had to teach the new PADI Open Water course.  Because of his dedication to providing the most correct information he would constantly be verifying standards and cross-checking information between old and new courses.  As instructor candidates we saw this as true dedication, he was setting the standard for what we should be as instructors.  In everything that Camille did he set the standard, if we did not perform perfect we did not get high marks.   By not just handing out high marks this made each of us strive for better performance, and in the end it paid off.  During my IDC all instructor candidates not only successfully passed but they did exceedingly well.

Camille Lemmens is a great instructor, a great Course Director and he lives the PADI standard.  I can’t say enough how great an experience it was to work with him as he is the epitome of a great instructor.  If you simply want to pass the IE choose any Course Director, if you want to truly learn what it means to be an instructor, excel on your IE and have a mentor throughout your career the choice is simple…choose Camille.

Larry G. Bainbridge, OWSI, #313137

Check here to see all other testimonials I received by former IDC candidates.


Larry Bainbridge

Larry is second from left, just before our dive at the 38th parallel in South Korea

Thanks a lot for the nice words Larry, it's much appreciated and it was great having you around during the IDC!

If you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, my next PADI starts 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines, 30th September on Koh Samui in Thailand and 25th October on Gili Air in Indonesia.

Camille

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