Tuesday, January 28, 2014

PADI IDC for January 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia has been completed

Yesterday we completed the PADI IDC for January 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5'.

It's been a strange one though! For the first time in 11 years I became sick during an IDC and for 4 days I was in bed with high fever. Sander, owner of 'Oceans 5' and also a PADI Course Director took over for those 4 days. The moment I got better, Sander became sick, so I jumped in again and completed the IDC.
We both taught half of this IDC and that's only possibly in the Gili's at 'Oceans 5', the only location with two PADI Course Directors.

PADI IDC January 2014, Gili Air, Indonesia

PADI IDC January 2014, Gili Air, Indonesia from left to right; Riet, Lilian, Sander, Camille and Miyah and sitting is Martin

Riet completed her IDCS course and Lilian and Martin completed their IDC. Miyah has a perforated eardrum and will be back for the February IDC on Gili Air, when hopefully she will be fine to go in the water again.
On the 30th January we will head for Bali, where a PADI IE will start 31st January.

My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 22nd February on Gili Air, Indonesia, followed by 12th March in Phuket, Thailand and 8th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand.

Camille

Sunday, January 19, 2014

PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia for January 2014 has started

We're still in January and I have already started the second PADI IDC of the year, this time on Gili Air in Indonesia.
We have nice full room with Lilian from the Netherlands, Miyah from Indonesia, Martin from Norway, Arash from France and Riet from Belgium who's completing her IDCS course. Riet participated last year in April in the IDC on Gili Air.

PADI IDC January 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia

From left to right; Lilian, Miyah, Martin, Arash and Riet

It's early days but we got lots of things completed already, exams and skill circuits and things are looking good so far. Stay tuned for more updates about this IDC.

If you're interested in one of my next PADI IDC courses, an IDC is scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak in Thailand, which is followed by an IDC starting 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia again, an IDC is scheduled to start on 12th March on Phuket in Thailand and one more IDC is scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan in Thailand.

Hope to see you there.

Camille

Friday, January 17, 2014

The year starts good; one more 'Certificate of Recognition for Excellence'

After I just got back home from the January 2014 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Michelle's or rather 'Gina's' Certificate of Recognition for Excellence was waiting in the mail. She participated in the October 2013 IDC on Gili Air, making this the second Certificate I receive from this IDC! Thanks Gina!! 

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Michelle Gina Heeringa

It's the first Certificate of Recognition for Excellence I receive this year and it will be hard to equal, let alone do better, than the 8 Certificates I received last year!


In the meantime, my next PADI IDC will start very soon, tomorrow 18th January on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak in Thailand, which is followed by and IDC starting 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia again and an IDC on 12th March on Phuket in Thailand which in turn is followed by an IDC scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan in Thailand.

Camille

Thursday, January 16, 2014

PADI IE for January 2014 on Koh Lanta very successful

The PADI IE on Koh Lanta for the three candidates that participated in the January 2014 PADI IDC, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center  turned out to be very successful and all three candidates passed.

PADI IE January 2014 on Koh Lanta in Thailand

From left to right; Steve, Rob (PADI Examiner), Jessie, Camille and Frank

In the meantime, my next PADI IDC will start very soon, this 18th January on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak in Thailand, which is followed by and IDC starting 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia again and an IDC on 12th March on Phuket in Thailand.

Camille

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta, January 2014

Yesterday we completed the EFR Instructor course at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta with the candidates of the PADI IDC that they just completed.

EFRI Course January 2014 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

From left to right; Steve, Camille, Jessie and Frank

We had fun with Annie and her Baby, killed a few classroom presentations and tackled the exam and got the job done!

EFRI Course January 2014 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Jessie in action with Steve looking on in the background

In the meantime, my next PADI IDC will start very soon, this 18th January on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak in Thailand, which is followed by and IDC starting 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia again and an IDC on 12th March on Phuket in Thailand.

Camille

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

PADI IDC for January 2014 on Koh Lanta in Thailand has been completed

It's all done and dusted, the PADI IDC for January 2014 on Koh Lanta in Thailand has been completed.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, January 2014

From left to right; Steve, Camille, Jessie and Frank

Tomorrow it's show time and the PADI IE will start here on Koh Lanta, and for two days it will be all nerves and plenty of presentations and if everything works out, in two days time we should have 3 new PADI Instructors.

In the meantime, my next PADI IDC will start very soon, this 18th January on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak in Thailand, which is followed by and IDC starting 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia again and an IDC on 12th March on Phuket in Thailand.

See you there,

Camille

Saturday, January 11, 2014

A trip down memory lane on Koh Lanta

During the current PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, I kept bumping into former IDC candidates, which is a nice experience.

Jackie from the Malapascua IDC January 2011

Jackie from the Malapascua IDC January 2011 in the Philippines

The first one to meet was Jackie, who participated in my first ever PADI IDC on Malapascua. Via Facebook we found out that we both would be on Koh Lanta during the same time frame. That's extra special, considering that Jackie lives in South Korea! We had dinner together and it was good to catch up.

David and Hugues

David on the left from the Gili Air, Indonesia October 2012 IDC and on the right Hugues from the Khao Lak, Thailand April 2012 IDC

At PADI 5* IDC Center Blue Planet Divers here on Koh Lanta, where I conduct the current PADI IDC, two instructors did their IDC with me last year, Hugues in Khao Lak and David on Gili Air in Indonesia.

David from the October 2013 IDC on Gili Air, Indonesia


On the third day on the island, on my to the classroom, I saw a familiar face and sure enough, it turns out to be David from the October 2013 IDC on Gili Air! He's now working on Koh Lanta and I saw him already a few times since.

Anand, staffed during the January 2013 IDC on Koh Lanta

Anand, staffed during the January 2013 IDC on Koh Lanta

So far the last person to meet, was Anand, who staffed last years IDC in January on Koh Lanta. We had dinner and once more, it was good to catch up. Anand owns a dive center and they are running an IDC simultaneously with ours. 

It's good to bump into all these former IDC candidates, as Jackie would say; 'it's a small world' and it's oh so true!

Camille

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Koh Lanta PADI IDC January 2014 is halfway

The current PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2014 is already half way through. With plenty of time in the classroom and confined water work behind us already.

PADI IDC Koh Lanta January 2014 Confined water

Confined water, from left to right; Steve, Jessie and Frank

There is still plenty of work to come though! More confined water, an open water day on the boat to Koh Haa, more classroom presentations and exams are all in the pipeline.

PADI IDC Koh Lanta January 2014 Rescue exercise 7

Rescue exercise # 7

Stay tuned for more updated and come 15th January, we will have a PADI IE at hands!

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC's, there are plenty of options coming your way; 18th January on Gili Air in Indonesia, 5th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, 22nd February back on Gili Air in Indonesia and 12th March in Phuket in Thailand.

Hope to see you there!

Camille

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The first PADI IDC for 2014 is on it's way on Koh Lanta in Thailand

We're just a few days into the New Year and the first PADI IDC of this new year has already hit the streets! Just as last year in January, I find myself back on Koh Lanta at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

PADI IDC January 2014 on Koh Lanta

The theory exams, fun as always

It's a smaller class this year, but international as always with Steve from Switzerland, Frank from Germany and Jessie from Belgium.

It's going to be an action packed 10 days and stay tuned for more updates from Koh Lanta.

If you're looking to live your dream and work as dive instructor in a tropical location, this may be your chance with one of my up and coming IDC programs; 19th January on Gili Air in Indonesia, 4th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, back to Gili Air in Indonesia for an IDC starting 22nd February or 12th March on Phuket in Thailand.

Hope to see you there.

Camille