Saturday, April 26, 2014

Next PADI IDC at PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia starting 2nd May, 2014

The next PADI IDC is indeed at PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia and will kick off 2nd May.
This will be the first PADI IDC that will be conducted whilst 'Oceans 5' made it into a PADI CDC Center, the highest rating a PADI Dive center can achieve. 

PADI IDC at PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia

PADI IDC at PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia

Next programs scheduled on Gili Air are scheduled to start 15th August and 25th October with at least 6 more programs scheduled during 2015.

Camille 

Friday, April 25, 2014

PADI Instructor Development Update Koh Tao, Thailand 2014

Every year PADI staff conduct 'PADI Instructor Development Updates' at various locations around the region. Last year I attended the update on Bali and this year Koh Tao was the better option for me, looking at my busy schedule.

PADI Instructor Development Update Koh Tao, Thailand 2014

Presenters were Thomas Knedlik and Rob Scammell, helped out by Regional Manager Gio. The morning we spent indoors, listening to various presentations, discussing changes in among others, the 'Open Water diver course'.

PADI Instructor Development Update Koh Tao, pool work

The afternoon was spent in the pool, looking at two 'new' skills, added to the revised 'Open Water diver' course.
As the above picture shows, there was a good turn out, with some 27 attendees. All PADI Course Directors, Master Instructors and IDCS Instructors.

PADI Instructor Development Update Koh Tao, staff

From left to right; Thomas, Rob, Camille and Gio

It was interesting and worthwhile finding out out about changes and how to apply the changes.
Now it's off to Gili Air in Indonesia soon, to start the next PADI IDC on 2nd May, followed by 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, which is followed by a program starting 10th June on Koh Samui in Thailand and 1st July on Phuket, Thailand.

Camille

Monday, April 21, 2014

PADI IE in Phuket, Thailand has been completed very successfully

For Linda and Sebastian, the two candidates from the recent PADI IDC in Khao Lak in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', the recent  the PADI IE in Phuket, Thailand has been completed very successfully.

PADI IE Phuket, Thailand April 2014

From left to right; Camille, Linda, Sebastian and Rob (PADI Examiner)

In all 4 segments of the PADI IE, they had very high scores, which resulted in them passing the exams and being the new instructor kids on the block! Well done, you worked very hard to get there!

Your next opportunities for participating in one of my PADI IDC programs and change your life by becoming a PADI Instructor are as follow; the next program starts 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by a program scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, which in turn is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th June on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 1st July on Phuket in Thailand.

Camille

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The PADI IDC in Khao Lak in Thailand for April 2014 is in the can!

We did it! The PADI IDC in Khao Lak in Thailand for April 2014 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' has been completed! Well done Linda and Sebastian! 
Tomorrow we'll be off to Phuket for the PADI IE.

PADI IDC April 2014, Khao Lak, Thailand

After the Open Water dives on the boat

If this is wetting your appetite for participating in one of my PADI IDC programs and change your life by becoming a PADI Instructor, the next program starts 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by a program scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, which in turn is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th June on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 1st July on Phuket in Thailand.

Camille

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EFR Instructor course in Khao Lak, April 2014 is in the bag

We're towards the end of the current PADI IDC in Khao Lak and that means that the EFR Instructor course is on the menu.

EFR Instructor course in Khao Lak, April 2014

Left to right; Linda, Camille and Sebastian

Today we completed the course with all the presentations, skills and practice and tomorrow we only need to review the exam. Fun was had and especially the skill practice had some good moments!

EFR Instructor course in Khao Lak, April 2014, Linda

Linda is ready for her skill

The EFR Instructor course is always taught around one of my PADI IDC programs and you too can change your life by becoming a PADI Instructor with the next program starting 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by a program scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, which in turn is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th June on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 1st July on Phuket in Thailand.

Camille

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The PADI IDC in Khao Lak for April 2014 is halfway!

Once more we're making progress during a PADI IDC, this time around in Khao Lak. Before you realize it you're already halfway through the current IDC at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand April 2014, deep water entry

Deep water entry

We're covering lots of ground and with 2 candidates it's easy to do so. Lots of classroom presentations by me and the students, confined water presentations, exams and various workshops have already been taken care of.

PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand April 2014, AAS

Alternate Air Source use

They are strong candidates and we're having our share as fun, besides some of the more serious work that needs to get out of the way as well.

PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand April 2014, Linda

Finn Air stewardess Linda

Today we're actually only doing a half days work, so both Linda and Sebastian can participate in the Songkran or Thai New Year festivities.

PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand April 2014, Sebastian

Sebastian explaining the RDP table

If this is wetting your appetite for participating in one of my PADI IDC programs and change your life by becoming a PADI Instructor, the next program starts 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by a program scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, which in turn is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th June on Koh Samui in Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 1st July on Phuket in Thailand.

If you're interested, contact me for more information on any of these programs or check my PADI IDC schedule.

Camille

Friday, April 11, 2014

Elite Instructor rating for Camille for 2013

Last year, in 2013, I had more than 100 certifications during 2013 and now I received the '2013 Elite Instructor' award from PADI. It's a new rating or ranking and I wonder what kind of rating you receive when you have over 200 or 300 certifications per year.


Anyway, happy days with this new award, another one to pin to the wall, so to speak.

Camille

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The PADI IDC at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thailand for April 2014 is under way

It's that time of the month again, yes indeed, it's show time. PADI IDC show time and this time I'm back in Khao Lak with Linda from Finland and Sebastian from Germany at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

PADI IDC at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thailand

Well, as you can see, the PADI IDC in Khao Lak seems to be in full swing

With a strong start by both of them in part of the theory exams and a first look at the 24 skills of the skill circuit, we're off to a good start indeed. I'm already looking forward to the rest of the program.

PADI IDC at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thailand

Those physics questions give me a headache!

There are plenty of opportunities to join one of my next IDC programs, for starters 2nd May will see a program kick off on Gili Air in Indonesia, followed by a program scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines which in turn is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th June on Koh Samui in Thailand and the 1st July sees a program scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, April 7, 2014

PADI CDC Center rating for 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia

PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia is no longer, today they received some good news: 'Oceans 5' dive center has achieved the most prestigious rating in the PADI System. 'Oceans 5' is now a Career Development Center!

PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia

Congratulations to Sander and his crew, a lot of hard work went in to this to achieve this rating from PADI! Sander is the owner and fellow PADI Course Director of PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5'.

The next PADI IDC's for this year scheduled on Gili Air are starting; 2nd May, 15th August and 25th October 2014.

See you there, Camille

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Once more a Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from PADI for Camille

Today I received once more a pleasant surprise in the mail from PADI; my 3rd Certificate of Recognition for Excellence this year, this one coming from Steve Notari who participated in the January 2014 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Thanks to Steve for taking the time to write up this message, much appreciated!

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Steve Notari

Steve's Certificate of Recognition for Excellence

If you want to participate in a PADI IDC with an Award winning and 8 time Platinum PADI Course Director who has received over 11 of these certificates in a year time, you're at the right place! My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 9th April in Khao Lak in Thailand, followed by an IDC starting 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia, which is followed by a program scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines which in turn is followed by an IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand starting 10th June. For my complete schedule check here.

Camille