Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Next PADI IDC 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

After having looked back on this diving year yesterday, here's my next PADI IDC 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand and it will be the first program of the year. It's coming soon, if you're looking for a last minute PADI IDC, this is your chance.

Next PADI IDC 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

This will be followed by a PADI IDC scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 9th march in Moalboal, Philippines and 28th march in Khao Lak, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, December 29, 2014

Looking back at a great dive year; 2014

It's a good feeling, looking back at a great diver year; 2014! It was fun and successful. 

With 13 programs, 53 IDC candidates, 2 IDCS Courses, 151 Instructor level specialties, 16 EFR Instructor courses and 20 diver level specialties, it was s busy year and there was progress compared to last year in the total number of certifications.

Looking back at a great dive year; 2014

PADI IDC Osan, South Korea, July-August 2014

There were 6 IDC's in Thailand with 19 candidates, 4 programs in Indonesia with 20 candidates, my second program in Osan, South Korea which was also the second ever Western PADI IDC ever in South Korea, after I taught the first ever Western PADI IDC in South Korea in 2011 and I'm back teaching IDC programs in the Philippines again, 2 programs with 4 candidates in Moalboal, a slow but sure start of setting up a successful IDC program in the Philippines.

My 2000th logged dive was also due this year and happened to be in Sacheon-Myeon in South Korea and ooooh, what was the water cold. I will never forget the upset eyes of my students at 35 meters in 10C water when I gave the let's go up sign after about one minute! Next time I need a 7mm semi dry or dry suit when diving in these conditions!

Looking back at a great dive year; 2014


There was also for the 8th consecutive time my Platinum PADI Course Director rating, which by now makes me one of the few PADI Course Directors in the Asia Pacific region who can boast that he received this rating uninterrupted since it's induction. On top of that there were also 7 'Certificates of Recognition for Excellence' received from PADI, written by some of last years IDC candidates.

A very special award and event was the 38th Parallel dive in South Korea. Special thanks to Larry for organizing this.

Looking back at a great dive year; 2014


There were some countries represented from which I had for the first time students; Norway, Bahamas and Estonia.

Thanks to all the dive centers in Thailand; Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Phuket and Koh Samui and also in the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia that I worked with this year and to all my candidates. Thanks a lot for choosing m IDC program and making this a memorable year!


Camille

Testimonial by Irish Mae Temblor

Just received this testimonial by Irish Mea Temblor, who participated in the recent December 2014 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines. Thanks Irish for writing this testimonial,it's much appreciated!

After 12 days of preparation during the IDC, I manage to get through the IE and my MSDT after. This success wouldn't be possible if not because of Camille and his staff Johan in Neptune Diving Adventure. During those days of IDC I was well prepared especially with the areas that I was weak. He gave me pointers that really points and was very specific and detailed on all the areas that I need to cover which made it easy in the IE. Upon my MSDT I got plenty of ideas on how to make courses more exciting which I know is a very good tool in this industry. My biggest thanks to Camille and his staff Johan also for the people in Neptune Diving Adventure who had been very helpful to me in so many ways. And also to my Co-IDC/IE candidates who did it well during the IDC/IE. I wish you all good health more blessings and more IDC to come. 

Cheers, Irish Mae L. Temblor

Testimonial by Irish Mae Temblor

Irish during one of her skill circuits of the recent December 2014 IDC in Moalboal

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My next PADI IDC, the first one in 2015, will start in a few days, 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and come 9th March it's IDC time again in Moalboal, Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort' in Puerto Galera, Philippines

It's time to announce one more new cooperation this year, with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort' in Puerto Galera in the Philippines. I'm proud and happy to announce the second new cooperation in a row before the end of this year.  

With owner and fellow PADI Course Director Andy Pope I'm looking forward to continue a great PADI IDC tradition at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort'. Located on Sabang beach, the dive center and resort are near the pier, a mere 5 minute walk and offer great facilities for teaching PADI IDC's.

New cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort' in Puerto Galera, Philippines

PADI Course Directors Camille and Andy

Our next PADI IDC at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort' is scheduled to start 9th July 2015 with one more program scheduled later next year.

Looking forward seeing you here next year!

New cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort' in Puerto Galera, Philippines

The pool at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort'

For my complete PADI IDC schedule for next year, please click the link.

Camille






Saturday, December 27, 2014

New cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' on Koh Samui, Thailand

Before the end of the year I can announce some exciting news, for starters a new cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' on Koh Samui, Thailand. Back in 1999, straight out of a PADI IDC in which I participated earlier that year, I started to work as a dive instructor on Koh Samui for one of Easy Divers' branches, a 5* resort where I eventually met my current wife! 
It's a small world so to say and the circle becomes fully round again.

I'm excited about the new options we have and looking forward to this new cooperation. With fellow PADI Course Director Marita Fassbender on staff, we both participated in the same CDTC in 2003, we offer a unique amount of PADI IDC experience on Koh Samui and a rarely available amount of experience in all of Thailand.

One of the new things in 2015 will be to offer full German PADI IDC's at Easy Divers.

New cooperation with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' on Koh Samui, Thailand
From left to right; Andy (owner Easy Divers), myself, Marita (fellow PADI Course Director and owner Easy Divers) and Wolfgang (owner Easy Divers)
My next PADI IDC on Koh Samui is scheduled to start 5th May 2015. For more IDC program options with me around the region, see my schedule.

Camille

Friday, December 26, 2014

Testimonial by Marc Schimmel

Today I received this testimonial by Marc Schimmel, who participated in the December 2014 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines. Thanks for taking the time to write this Marc, much appreciated.

Camille arbeitet mit der richtigen Mischung aus Seriöstiät und Humor. Man fühlt sich bei Ihm immer wohl aufgehoben, da sein Vorgehen strukturiert und mit tiefgründigem Wissen verknüpft ist.
Die Arbeit mit Ihm hat mir sehr viel Spaß bereitet, auch wenn ich hin und wieder ein paar Anlauf-schwierigkeiten hatte, Camille stand mir bis zum Ende tatkräftig zur Seite.
Was ich als größten Vorteil empfand ist, dass er uns immer angespornt hat in ständiger Verbesserung zu arbeiten, indem er auf Details hinwies. Dadurch konnte ich ohne Furcht (dennoch mit ein wenig Aufregung) am IE teilnehmen und es getrost bewältigen.
Noch mal ein herzliches Dankeschön an Camille und Johan, seinen Assistenten, die uns Mental und persönlich auf unserem Weg zum Tauchlehrer begleitet und unterstützt haben.

Marc Schimmel

Marc during an open water dive at the house reef in Moalboal

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If this peeks your interested to become a PADI instructor, my next PADI IDC is starting 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 3rd February in Phuket, Thailand and 9th March I will be back in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Diving in Moalboal, Philippines

After the end of the recent PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines and during the Specialty Instructor training dives we saw some interesting underwater life.

Mandarin fish, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Here are two mandarin fish, having sex on the reef by rubbing against each other. This mating behavior can usually only be observed during dusk dives, the smaller in the front is the female and the bigger one in the back is the male. Picture at Talisay dive site

Nudibranch, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Nembrotha kurbayana nudibranches, with this picture I'm not sure of the three nudi's are having sex on the reef or if this is part of the so called 'trailing' behavior that some nudibranches display at times. I couldn't find any information that this specific species have this trailing behavior. Picture at Talisay dive site

Mantis shrimp, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

A mantis shrimp looking outside of his hole. These guy can deliver a massive punch and they easily can crack shells and eat the inside. Picture at Talisay dive site

Mandarin fish, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

A single mandarin fish on top of the reef during a dusk dive at Talisay dive site

Green turtle, Talisay, Panagsama beach, Moalboal, Philippines

Green turtle at Talisay dive site

Pescador island, Moalboal, Philippines

The dive boat above us at Pescador island

Hope you enjoyed the pictures, now it's up to you to come and join us for a couple of dives at Moalboal in the Philippines! Contact me for more information.

Camille

Friday, December 19, 2014

Specialty instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines, December 2014

After the recent IDC in Moalboal and the PADI IE in Dauin, it was time to get some Specialty Instructor training done with Irish and check the underwater beauty around Moalboal.

Irish during the deep dive

Deep dive timed task at Pescador island

All three candidates participated in the Nitrox Instructor specialty, which is included in all of my IDC's for free. Irish however opted for 5 more specialties; Deep, Night, Underwater Navigation, Drift and Digital Underwater Photography.

Irish practicing using a compass

Practicing using a compass on land before the actual dive

We had some lovely dives and the deep dive to 38 meters stood out because of the great visibility at Pescador island and the absence of a current and yesterday evening's night dive stood out because fo the amount of underwater life we encountered, including a 'sponge crab' or 'Dromiidae', a first for me. The mating mandarin fish were also very nice to see during that dive.

Ardeadoris egretta nudibranch

Ardeadoris egretta nudibranch by Irish during her Digital Underwater Photography dive

We had a couple of great and enjoyable dives, just what we needed in order to relax after the previous busy and stressful weeks of the IDC and PADI IE.

Specialty instructor is offered after each PADI IDC and on special demand in-between IDC programs. The next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand which is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines again.

Camille

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Testimonial from Lucinda Roberts

In a short time frame, here's the second testimonial from the recent November 2014 Khao Lak IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. This one is from Lucinda Roberts. Thanks for taking the time to write this;

"Camille is an incredible Course Director and I'm so delighted to have done the IDC with him. He ran the course really professionally, and made sure that we all had plenty of time to practice and really get to grips with the exercises - which were not always easy.
I was really nervous starting the IDC as there was an awful lot of information to take onboard in a relatively short amount of time. Camille did a fantastic job of increasing my confidence and ensured that I felt fully prepared by the time we took the IE. Thank you Camille, I couldn't have done it without you - you're a true pillar of the diving community!"

Lucinda Roberts

Lucinda during one of her skill circuits

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If you're thinking of becoming a PADI dive instructor yourself, my next dates IDC dates are coming up fast, starting with the first program in 2015 starting 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 9th March in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PADI IE for December 2014 in Dauin, Philippines was very successful

It took two days of controlling their nerves and remembering all the knowledge they had gained during their recent PADI IDC in Moalboal, taught in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventures' and all three candidates passed the PADI IE with flying colors and high scores. Job well done Jesper, Irish and Marc from Sweden, Philippines and Germany with Johan from Sweden staffing. 

Now we will relax today, the 'day after' and continue with some specialty instructor training.

PADI IE December 2014 Dauin, Philippines

From left to right standing; George (PADI Examiner), myself (PADI Course Director), Jesper (OWSI) and Johan (PADI Master Instructor)
Sitting left to right; Marc (OWSI and Irish (OWSI)

Come and join me for my next PADI IDC, the next program will also be the first program of 2015 and is scheduled to start 3rd January on Koh Lanta in Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand which is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines.

See you there.

Camille

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Testimonial by John Roberts

Recently I received this testimonial by John Roberts who participated in the PADI IDC for November 2014 in Khao Lak, Thailand. Thanks for writing this John!;

I have recently completed my PADI IE after 12 days of preparation on the IDC with Camille Lemmens at Sea Dragon dive centre in Khao Lak, Thailand.

I managed to pass with high grades during the examination process and this is completely down to Camille and his staff instructors preparation. Well done to the other guys on the IDC/IE, I have made some new friends who I look forward to 'working' with soon.
Camille is a great guy with a ton of experience and I would recommend him to anyone looking to become a PADI Instructor as they would be hard pushed to find better.
I look forward to the journey on my chosen path and know that I have Camille and PADI in support, if I need them.
Kind regards to you and your family Camille.
I look forward to our paths crossing soon.

John Roberts, Great Britain, November 2014, Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by John Roberts

John during a knowledge development presentation, selling dive equipment like a real pro

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If this is wetting your appetite to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next program and the first one for next year, will start 3rd January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program, scheduled to start 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal, Philippines.

Camille 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

PADI IDC for December 2014 in Moalboal, Philippines is in the can

At last, the PADI IDC for December in Moalboal in the Philippines has been completed and successfully on top of that! In conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', we had a fun time and the candidates are ready to head to Dumaguete and Dauin tomorrow where on Monday a PADI IE will start.
Stay tuned for more updates.

PADI IDC December 2014, Moalboal, Philippines

During one of the Open Water dives, from left to right; Jesper, Johan (Master Instructor), Irish and Marc

In case you are interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC courses, the next and first program of next year is scheduled to start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and back in Moalboal, Philippines on 9th March.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, December 8, 2014

PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines for December 2014 reached the half way mark

Time flies by during the current PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines. We're already halfway through this course and we keep charging along, despite typhoon Hagupit that raged over the Philippines just a day ago when it hit land and now it's moving around, North of us.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines

Listening to an interesting presentation during the IDC

We have a nice confined water site in front of PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' but due to said typhoon, which is named Ruby in the Philippines, we had to divert to a pool.
We've been busy and were able to keep the program on track though. Just a few more days and we'll be off to Dumaguete and Dauin for the PADI IE.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, rescue exercise 7

Practicing Rescue exercise # 7 in the pool

Come and see me for other PADI IDC programs, the first IDC for 2015 will start 3rd January 2015 on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program starting 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by another IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines, scheduled to start 9th March.

See you there.

Camille

Friday, December 5, 2014

First ever Shark Guardian presentation in the Philippines, 2nd December 2014 in Moalboal

It's been over a year ago since I witnessed my first Shark Guardian presentation on Gili Air in Indonesia. Ever since I helped in organizing a Shark Guardian presentation on Koh Samui, Thailand earlier this year and I helped out a little bit during a two day visit of Shark Guardian to two different International schools on Samui in October 2014.

During this last two day visit, Brendon, one of the directors of Shark Guardian, and myself got to talk a bit and the idea came up to have me aboard as one of the Shark Guardian leaders, for my up and coming trip to the Philippines this December.

Shark Guardian presentation Moalboal, Philippines, group picture

A group picture of about half of the visitors

At the time being there was one Shark Guardian center in the Philippines, in Moalboal, exactly where I was going to visit and where we planned the first Philippines Shark Guardian presentation. 
With a bit of preparation and training with and by Brendon, I was sent on the road!

Shark Guardian presentation Moalboal, Philippines, audience

Part of the audience during the presentation

Johan at Neptune Diving Adventures, manager of the first Shark Guardian dive center, at Panagsama Beach near Moalboal, organized a venue and with a bit of advertising we were ready to go! The turn out for this first Philippine presentation was very good and encouraging and some 50 people showed up; divers, dive pro's and a few non divers as well.

Shark Guardian presentation Moalboal, Philippines, audience

Part of the audience as seen from behind me

With a captive audience and some good questions, we had a successful evening and at the end a nice amount of Shark Guardian was bought by the audience, more questions were asked and contact information exchanged.

The Philippines is ready for more, so please keep an eye out for more Shark Guardian presentations next year!

Now there are two Shark Guardian dive centers in the Philippines! Hopefully there can be some more added soon!

Thanks to Brendon, Liz, Johan, Jesper and George and all the good people that showed up!

Camille

All pictures by George Wegmann.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

PADI IDC for December 2014 in Moalboal, Philippines has kicked off

After the May/June PADI IDC in Moalboal, earlier this year, it's nice to be back in Moalboal in the Philippines for a second PADI IDC.
We have a small but nice and international group, with candidates from Germany, Sweden and the Philippines and staff from Sweden.
Welcome to my last PADI IDC of 2014, this program is in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center, Neptune Diving Adventure.

PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, December 2014

From left to right; Johan (Master Instructor), Jesper, Marc, myself and Irish

Stay tuned for more updates and next year we kick off with a PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand, starting 3rd January 2015, followed by a program starting 3rd February on Phuket, Thailand which is followed with a program in Moalboal in the Philippines again, scheduled to start 9th March.

See you there.

Camille