Saturday, May 31, 2014

Bubblemaker time with my son

During my recent visit to Gili Air in Indonesia, my family came along and they had a nice holiday and I conducted a PADI IDC.
My 8 year old son (almost 9!) was very interested in what I actually do all the time when I'm away from home. Almost every day, he was already waiting in the pool, for me to show up and do skills or presentations with the IDC candidates. He loved it and watched everything closely.

Dennis at the pool

At the pool

One thing lead to the other and he was eager to have dive in the pool, or in PADI terminology a Bubblemaker experience. During the last days of the IDC, I found time and off we went into the pool. He loved every minute or better second of it. First I explained all the basic rules and the most important thing in diving; never hold your breath, always keep breathing and once that was out of the way, it was time to swim around in the shallow end of the pool and have fun.
He loved it when I threw coins around the pool, to go out and find them.

Dennis during his first dive

During his first dive

The pool dive was such a success, that we quickly decided that a dive in confined open water was in place and PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' has a great house reef in front of it's doors. In the afternoon, once the last fast boat has left for Bali, we went in the water and cruised around the harbor for a bit. It was a great dive and we saw a few nice animals, including a very young blue spotted sting ray, a sea snake in hunting mode, a pipefish and plenty of sea urchins. The latter he wasn't too impressed with, Grand dad has told him that these were dangerous!


The second dive together with me on the picture

Following the success of the first 'open water' dive, we decided to have a second dive a day or so later. Off we went again and this time he enjoyed it even more. Happy days all around and after the dive he immediately inquired about diving around Koh Samui
To make a long story short, a dive around Samui is in the making, as soon as I am home again and find time to do it. In July my sister is visiting and that may be a good opportunity, a dive with both of our respective sons together!

With thanks to Jurgen for coming along on the dives and taking the pictures!

Camille

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PADI IDC in Moalboal for may 2014 is half way

It's great to have a program where a lot of work is already done when you arrive and your student is absorbing all the information like tissues absorb water! The PADI IDC in Moalboal is moving along at light speed and almost before we realize it we're already we're already half way through.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, May 2014 confined water presentation

Confined water presentation, briefing by Tilo with his certified assistant

We're getting all the required IDC work done and some, which among others consists of classroom presentations by me and Knowledge development-, confined- and open water presentations by Tilo. Plus exams left and right, workshops everywhere and lots of story telling and explaining. It sounds like fun and it is!

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, May 2014 DSD workshop

DSD workshop with Tilo, first we demonstrate, then it's hands on and here he's practicing skills on a rope with Johan

Today we did confined water, tomorrow we will practice open water presentations and the classroom presentations by Tilo are daily occurrences. One of the advantages of a one person IDC, it's all just focused on you!

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, May 2014 Rescue exercise 7

Rescue exercise # 7

Stay tuned for more updates on this program and in the meantime, here are my next and immediate PADI IDC dates; 11th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, 26th July Osan, South Korea and 15th August on Gili Air in Indonesia and back in Moalboal on 14 September.

Camille

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines has started

It's been a year and a half since I was for the last time in the Philippines, but yesterday the PADI IDC in Moalboal has started and I'm back in business again in this great country. This IDC is conducted in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, May 2014

Johan who's staffing on the left and Tilo on the right side of the table

We have only one candidate, Tilo from Germany, who lives in Switzerland but we have PADI Master Instructor Johan who is helping out by staffing this IDC. Stay tuned for more updates, including hopefully some pictures of the great sardine run in front of the shops house reef. I was introduced to them today and it was impressive!

If you're looking for a career as a PADI dive instructor, my next PADI IDC will start 11th June on Koh Samui in Thailand, followed by a program which is scheduled to start 1st July on Phuket, also in Thailand, which is followed by a program starting 26th July in Osan in South Korea.

Come and see me there! There are more programs scheduled throughout this year, check my schedule here.

Camille


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Another PADI Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Antonis Vintos

Just barely off the plane from the last PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in May 2014 and there's another award from PADI in the mail, once more a PADI Certificate of Recognition for Excellence. This one is from Antonis Vintos who participated in the March 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air!

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence Antonis Vintos

Thanks a lot Antonis, it was a pleasure working with you during the IDC! Much appreciated that you took the time to write this.

My next PADI IDC starts already in just a few days, 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 11th June on Koh Samui in Thailand, 1st July in Phuket, Thailand and 26th July in Osan, South Korea.

Camille

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My next PADI IDC will start 26th May 2014 in Moalboal, Philippines

At PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal, to be precise! And it will be very good to be back in the Philippines and especially in Moalboal, where I have never been before.
The PADI IE will be in Dumaguete and on the way back home I will have a night in Manila, I'm looking forward to it!

PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal, Philippines

If these May/June dates don't fit, other programs are coming up with an IDC starting 11th June on Koh Samui in Thailand, 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, 26th July in Osan, South Korea and 15th August I will be back again on Gili Air in Indonesia with more to come this year. See here for a full schedule.

Camille

Monday, May 19, 2014

PADI Specialty Instructor training around Gili Air in Indonesia has been completed

After 4 days of lots of diving and 36 specialty instructor training certifications later, this morning we completed the last of the dives with a very early morning dive with Jurgen for his Search & Recovery specialty.

Side mount Instructor training

Side mount Instructor training with Evan, Martin and Mari-Liis

We covered Nitrox, Digital Underwater Photography, Deep, Side mount, Wreck, Night, Underwater Naturalist and Search & Recovery! A busy but fun schedule with some awesome dives.

Deep Instructor training

Deep Instructor training with Mario and the effects of pressure

Our deep dive at Shark Point was magical with 25 to 30 meters visibility and we jumped on a school of 35 bump heads, what a way to start a dive!

Bounty wreck, Gili Meno, Indonesia

Bounty wreck, Gili Meno, Indonesia

Yesterday's dive at Halik was also fantastic, with a resting white tip reef shark and plenty of nudi branches. More magic!

Underwater naturalist

Underwater naturalist at Meno Wall

It's been intense but enjoyable and diving around the Gili islands is always something to look forward to. No exception this time around.

DUP, digital underwater photography

DUP, digital underwater photography

You can start your very own PADI IDC with me soon, the next one will is about to kick off 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 11th June on Koh Samui in Thailand, followed by 1st June on Phuket in Thailand and this is followed by 26th July in Osan, South Korea.

Camille

Thursday, May 15, 2014

PADI IE on Gili Air in Indonesia for May 2014 has been completed

Two nerve wrecking days later and including a lot of waiting and hanging around with little bursts of action came finally to an end yesterday afternoon when the PADI IE on Gili Air in Indonesia was completed and the candidates at last knew that they were the newest PADI Instructors on the block! Well done to all you, excellent job with some very high scores

PADI IE May 2014 on Gili Air in Indonesia

From left to right; Dan (PADI Examiner), Martin, Ezra, Camille (PADI Course Director), Evan, Nario, Salome, Oya, Emilie, Mari-Liis, Jurgen and Tim (PADI Examiner)

This was also the biggest PADI IE to date on the Gili islands, with 25 candidates from 3 different dive centers and PADI Course Directors.

You can start your very own PADI IDC with me soon, the next one will is about to kick off 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 11th June on Koh Samui in Thailand, followed by 1st June on Phuket in Thailand and this is followed by 26th July in Osan, South Korea.

Camille

Sunday, May 11, 2014

PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia for May 2014 is in the bag!

It's been fun and because of that, time flew by during this May 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5'.

The group was very strong and it was a joy to see the development of each individual during the course, and watch them arrive where they are now; ready to start the PADI IE in two days time, 13th and 14th May.

PADI IDC Gili Air, Indonesia, May 2014

On the picture, on the way out to open water training; Martin, Mario, Mari-Liis, Salome, Ezra, Riet, Joeri, Jurgen, Allen, Evan, Emilie and Oya

This morning we complete the last bits and pieces of this IDC and the afternoon will have an opportunity for all to do something else, an afternoon dive, relax or study a bit more!
Tomorrow I hope to start with some of the Specialty Instructor training and continue with this after the PADI IE. So stay tuned and see the progress they all make over the next couple of days.
All are ready and eager to grab that Instructor rating!

Also congratulations to Joeri for completing his IDCS course and for Allen and Riet to help out and make this IDC run smoothly! Much appreciated!

Your very own PADI IDC with me can start soon, the next one will start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by 11th June on Koh Samui in Thailand, followed by 1st June on Phuket in Thailand and this is followed by 26th July in Osan, South Korea.

Camille

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The May 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia has passed the half way mark

Time is really flying on this PADI IDC at PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia. We have a great group and all the candidates have shown great strength in their performances so far. It's a pleasure seeing their individual development during the course.

PADI IDC on Gili Air, Indonesia, May 2014

After confined water presentations, from left to right; Jurgen, Oya, Joeri (IDCS course), Mario, Mari-Liis, Salome, Allen (MI), Camille (Course Director), Riet (IDCS), Martin, Emilie, Evan and Ezra

Stay tuned to find out more about the follow up adventures of all the 9 candidates in this very international group, before they hit the PADI IE, which is scheduled to start 13th May and finishes the next day, also on Gili Air.

Joeri is enjoying his IDCS Course and learning a few new things along the way and Allen and Riet are invaluable assistants by helping out and keeping the course on track. It's fun and we're going to continue to have some more fun!

If becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor during one of my PADI IDC's appeals to you, my next program is scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by a program starting 11th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, which is followed by a program scheduled to start 1st July on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by a programs scheduled to start  26th July in Osan, South Korea.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, May 3, 2014

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

The month of May has barely started or I find myself back in a brand new PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia.
We have a very nice and big group of candidates coming from very different corners of the world; the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia, Estonia, the USA and Poland.

PADI IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia, May 2014

During the Orientation

We also have participating in his IDCS course and Allen and Riet staffing during this course, so there's plenty of staff to help the candidates during this IDC.

PADI IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia, May 2014

Skill circuit in confined water, getting ready for a giant stride

Stay tuned for more updates from this IDC and if you're ready for a new challenge and are interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, the next IDC's are scheduled to start; 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines, 11th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, 1st July on Phuket, Thailand and 26th July in Osan, South Korea.

Camille

Thursday, May 1, 2014

PADI IDCS course started on Gili Air in Indonesia in May 2014

May day and work to do. No rest for the wicked, so Joeri started his PADI IDCS course today, just a few hours after I arrived on Gili Air.

PADI IDCS course, Gili Air, Indonesia

Joeri practicing evaluations with the PADI videos. 

During the next couple of days we will make sure he completes all of his performance requirements and then he can watch a complete PADI IDC roll out on front of him and follow along, without the stress of a PADI IE waiting for him at the end of the course, but instead seeing the whole IDC process now through the eyes of an experienced instructor.

If possible I always try to start the PADI IDCS course a day before the start of the actual IDC, just like today with Joeri.

If you're ready for a new challenge in your instructor career or decided to become a PADI Course Director, feel free to start your IDCS Course during my next IDC's. You can start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines or 11th June on Koh Samui, Thailand or 1st July on Phuket, Thailand or 26th July in Osan, South Korea.

Camille