Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Looking back at the dive year 2015

Looking back at the dive year 2015

It's the time of the year to be looking back at the dive year 2015. It was not as busy as previous years for me with 8 PADI IDC's, but as each year, I came around and went places. Koh Lanta, Khao Lak and Phuket were on my list if places to teach at the West coast and in the Gulf of Thailand I was teaching on home ground; Koh Samui and in the Philippines I went to Moalboal three times this year.
I welcomed students from the USA, Switzerland, France, the UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Australia, Japan, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Looking back at the dive year 2015

PADI IDC November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand

With around 30 IDC candidates and one IDCS Instructor course being taught, it was not as busy as in previous years. There were however almost 100 Instructor specialties that I taught this year, 23 EFR  Instructors and Care for Children Instructors and some 13 EFR certifications at various levels.

Looking back at the dive year 2015

PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines in November 2015

On top of this I also worked at the local Hyperbaric Chamber in Bang Rak on Koh Samui as both a tender and as an operator and I also presented a couple of presentations about box jelly fish and awareness. Both fields of work and interest will most likely see a follow up next year.

If you're interested in one of my PADI IDC's next year, please have a look at my PADI IDC schedule for 2016 and let me know if you have any questions.

Many thanks to the PADI 5* IDC Centers I worked with this year, 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta, 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, 'Kiwidiver' on Phuket, 'Easy Divers' on koh Samui and 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal, Philippines.

See you all again next year,

Camille

Friday, December 25, 2015

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines


PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines

Earlier this month, we completed PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' at Panagsama Beach, near Moalboal.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines

Me, Mattias, Kristian and Thomas after the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor training

All three candidates, Mattias, Kristian and Thomas, from the November 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines participated in the same training and all three walked away with 7 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings after the PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines was completed. 

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines

A very big sponge crab, spotted during the night dive instructor specialty training

We completed the Night dive-, Deep dive-, Digital Underwater Photography-, Nitrox or Enriched Air-, Underwater Naturalist-, Underwater Navigation-, and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Specialty training over a couple of relaxed days of diving.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines

 In the shallows, eggs of a Spanish dancer

What helps is that the dive sites around Panagsama beach are not far away, the furthest away dive site is just 20 to 25 minutes away by boat, including Pescador island. where we did one of the deep dives, surrounded by fantastic coral and fish.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines

Underwater Navigation training on land, learning how to handle the compass correctly

We also dived extensively on the house reef as part of the PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines, which hosts a sardine ball, with a couple of 100.000 sardines moving all at the same time in the same direction, a very impressive sight. Not to mention that on almost every dive you can spot green turtles as well and if you're really lucky, you may spot a thresher shark.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines

A small part of the sardine ball on the house reef

A ball was had by all during the PADI Specialty Instructor training in Moalboal, Philippines and now all three of them are busy teaching in Moalboal, and picking up their share of PADI certifications.

If you're interested in a PADI IDC with me, Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens, your next options are 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand with the first PADI IDC of 2016, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by another program scheduled to start 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Next PADI IDC starts 12th January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

My next PADI IDC starts 12th January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Sala Dan on Koh Lanta.
This will also be the first PADI IDC of the year and we have a few confirmations already. Come and join us for a program taught by me, Camille Lemmens, 9 time Platinum PADI Course Director, for an informative, fun laden experience, delivered with great amounts of experience and personal attention, since I work in small groups.
Participating in one of my PADI IDC's can give you a cutting edge in securing a position in the competitive dive industry.

Next PADI IDC starts 12th January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand

There are still openings for more candidates and it's a great location and opportunity to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. The weather should be good that time of the year, the diving is great around Koh Lanta with a good chance of seeing Manta Rays, so what are you waiting for? Please ask me for more information in case you're interested.

There are more programs scheduled early next year, 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Testimonial by Dax Janssen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Yesterday I received this testimonial by Dax Janssen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon in Khao Lak. 
The testimonials are coming in fast and hard right now, this is the third one this month and thanks Dax for taking the time out to write this testimonial. That's much appreciated and it's good to see and hear that you're busy teaching out there and had the chance of going on some live aboard trips. Nice one!

Please check below the picture for Dax' testimonial;

Testimonial by Dax Janssen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

After successfully passing the PADI IE, Dax is the second from the right

I've been participating in the November IDC in Khao Lak, with CD Camille Lemmens.
I wanted to do it in Khao Lak, because I have been diving there and would like to work there as well. I found out Camille did an IDC at the start of the season, so a good reason to go!
We were a small group of 3 students, 1 German, 1 Finnish and myself (Dutch)
From the first day on we really had a good IDC, it was both very educational and fun.
Camille really knows what he is doing (and has been doing it for quite some years now).
After 2 weeks of learning and practicing, I was very confident in going into the IE.
(Camille as well)
After the final exams (which we all 3 passed of course!) it was time to do some specialties, and here also the professionalism of Camille was clearly obvious.
Now I already have done 2 liveaboards, and certified  my first Open Water and Advanced students.
Thanks Camille, and we will keep in touch!

Testimonial by Dax Janssen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Dax in action in the classroom, during one of his knowledge development presentations

If this tweaks your interest for participating in one of my up and coming PADI IDC's, my 2016 IDC schedule is shaping up nicely and the first program of 2016 is scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, December 14, 2015

Testimonial of Mattias Twedmark of the November PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines

A few days ago I received this testimonial of Mattias Twedmark of the November PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal.

We had a good IDC and it was great having you around Mattias! Thanks for taking the time to write this testimonial, it's appreciated.

Check below the picture to read Mattias' testimonial;

Testimonial of Mattias Twedmark of the November PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines

Mattias receiving his certificate of completion from PADI examiner Steve Selbach at the PADI IE in Moalboal in the Philippines in early December 2015

I entered the IDC in Moalboal, taught by Camille, with little to no expectations. From day one it was clear that this was a serious course, though there where always time for a dive story or a laugh.

We where a small group of three, giving us plenty of time to get feedback from Camille and get individual teaching if needed. The result was that we all passed the IE. I really enjoyed being scored on my performance during the IDC. This made me want to improve even further.

I found this experience really enjoyable, Camille was an excellent teacher and I learned a lot. If you're thinking about doing the IDC - Camille is the guy to contact. 

Come and join me for one of my PADI IDC's in 2016, starting with the first one next year on Koh Lanta, Thailand on 12th January, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and on 10th March we're back in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, December 4, 2015

PADI IE in Moalboal, Philippines was very successful

Yesterday the PADI IE in Moalboal, Philippines was very successful for the candidates of Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'. 
It was a stressful two days for the candidates but they managed to pass all the four segments successfully and are now the newest PADI Instructors on the block for at least a few hours!
They also made sure that we maintain our 100% PADI IE pass rate in Moalboal in the Philippines.

Today is a recovery day from last night's IE party and tomorrow we start with a couple of relaxed days of Instructor Specialty training.

PADI IE in Moalboal, Philippines was very successful

From left to right; Steve (PADI Examiner), Johan (PADI MI) Mattias (PADI OWSI), Kristian (PADI OWSI) and Camille (PADI Course Director) and sitting is Thomas (PADI OWSI)

My next PADI IDC will be the first program of 2016 and this will be on Koh Lanta, Thailand starting 12th January, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and this will bring us back to Moalboal in the Philippines for an IDC scheduled to start 10th March.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Testimonial by Juha Heinonen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak

Yesterday evening I received this testimonial by Juha Heinonen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. 
Great job that you took out the time to write this testimonial, much appreciated Juha and it's the first testimonial that I receive in the Finnish language as well!
We had a fun IDC and you were part of and responsible for that! Have a look at Juha's testimonial below the picture;

Testimonial by Juha Heinonen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak

Completed the PADI IE in November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand successfully, Juha on the left

In English:

From the day one, the only goal is to pass the IE with a good grades. And if you are willing to work for that goal - so is Camille.
He have really good knowledge about what to teach and how to teach it. After that it's up to you how do you do. 

On my IDC we had nice small group of three people. The teaching was as individual as it is possible to be. When Camille noticed that we are doing good he pushed forward on full speed. If we had hard times with something, he took the time and explained it so that everybody could understant. 
He doesn't make days any longer than they need to be. But he is willing to work even afterhours if you need so. 

He's not the guy that you go party with but he is definately the one that you want to do the IDC with.

And now in Finnish;

Alkaen päivästä yksi, on kurssilla vain yksi tarkoitus. Päästä läpi loppukokeesta hyvillä arvosanoilla. 
Jos sinä olet valmis tekemään töitä sen eteen, niin on myös Camille. Hänellä on erinomainen tietotaito siitä mitä pitää opettaa ja miten. 
On sinusta itsestäsi kiinni kuinka pärjäät. Minun IDC kurssilla oli mukavan pieni kolmen hengen ryhmä. Opetus oli niin yksilöllistä kuin se vain on mahdollista. 

Jos Camille huomasi että hommat sujui, eteni hän niin nopeasti kuin vain mahdollista. Jos meillä oli vaikeuksia jonkin asian kanssa, niin hän opetti sen meille perusteellisesti. 
Hän ei tehnyt päivistä yhtään sen pidempiä kuin on pakko, mutta mikäli tarve vaati, antaa hän tukiopetusta vaikka illalla. 
Hän ei ole henkilö kenen kanssa lähdet bailaamaan illalla, mutta hän on todellakin henkilö kenen kanssa haluat tehdä IDC kurssisi!

Testimonial by Juha Heinonen of the November 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak

Juha in the pool during a skill circuit

Great stuff Juha, thanks again. If this tweaks your interest in one of my PADI IDC's, the next opportunity will be the first PADI IDC for 2016 and this is scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and I will be back in Khao Lak, Thailand, where Juha completed his IDC, to start a program 20th February.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines for November 2015 has been completed

After lots of hard work the PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines for November 2015 has been completed. In conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', we covered a lot of ground during this PADI IDC.

PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines for November 2015 has been completed

Thomas and Mattias during practice of the CESA in open water

The power point presentations, the candidates classroom presentations, confined and open water dives, theory and standards exams, work shops and lots of discussions, it all came by during this program.

PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines for November 2015 has been completed

Thomas selling us a mesh bag during his Project Aware classroom presentation

We had a great group and we had a couple of good laughs between us. Thanks to Mattias, Kristian and Thomas and also to Johan for helping out whilst staffing the course.

Tomorrow the PADI IE starts and they should be well prepared and ready to take this next step on successfully. So, ideally, we will have three new PADI Instructors during the afternoon of Thursday, 3rd December. Stay tuned for further updates!

PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines for November 2015 has been completed

Kristian during one of his classroom presentations

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs and transform your live, the next program, and also the first program for 2016 will start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program starting 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and after that I will be back in Moalboal in the Philippines again for a PADI IDC scheduled to start 10th March.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, November 26, 2015

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has reached the half way mark

The PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has reached the half way mark and that's faster than you realize. It's another course during which we have lots of fun, hence time flies. In conjunction with PADI 5* IDC 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have an international class again, with candidates coming from Sweden and Belgium and with a Swedish/Finnish double nationality.

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has reached the half way mark

Rescue exercise # 7 practice, the unconscious diver at the surface, in full swing

We have been covering a lot of ground during the last 5 days, with skill circuits in confined water, confined water presentations and workshops, classroom presentations by me and the candidates and more workshops, confined and open water dives and exams are coming, plus some more power point presentations! It keeps everybody on their toes without putting unnecessary pressure on the candidates or without task loading them.

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has reached the half way mark

Kristian in the pool

With such a small class, we have early days and we still have a nice pace. The PADI IE will be coming up soon, during the first couple of December days and the way things look like, they will be ready for the exam days.

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has reached the half way mark

Mattias proudly showing that is air is depleted in the pool, and showing us how to deal with this situation, whilst Thomas watches on in the background

Want to enjoy a relaxed PADI IDC, come and join me for one of up and coming programs, starting with the first program of 2016, scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and this followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, November 23, 2015

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started

Yesterday the PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' and it's the last PADI IDC for this year of 2015.

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started

All smiles in front of PADI 5& IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', from left to right; Camille, Thomas, Johan, Mattias and Kristian

It's going to be an action packed course and first impressions seem to indicate that we have a nice group gathered here in Moalboal, with candidates from Sweden and Belgium.

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines has started

More serious times, immediately after the group picture; Theory exam!

Stay tuned for more updates on this PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines and if you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the first option will be 12th January for the first program of 2016 which will be held on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and this is followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and we're back in Moalboal in the Philippines come 10th March.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, November 20, 2015

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

Last week and early this week we conducted PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center "Sea Dragon'.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

On our way to the Sea Chart wreck with all our equipment and supplies

The three candidates all had different amounts of specialties they participated in, all three had Enriched Air and Deep on their schedule, Rene and Dax added Wreck on top of this and Rene also participated in the Oxygen provider training and joined also in the Underwater Navigation and Underwater Naturalist specialties.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

Rene setting up a line at the Sea Chart wreck

The first day was spent diving the Sea Chart wreck, a virgin wreck for me and our biggest worry was that there was no buoy, but lucky for us, the they before we went, a buoy was set up, guaranteeing that we would find the wreck!

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

The Sea Chart, a drawing how it looks like underwater

They turned out to be two great dives, with fairly good viz. The Sea Chart 1 was in the process of transporting 1,200 logs of hard wood in its 3200 tonnes hold, from Burma, heading across the Andaman Sea, down through the Straits of Malacca and than on to its final destination in Vietnam. However, in August 2009, the bulk carrier encountered problems not far from Thailand's coast, where rough seas and severe weather battered the ship, causing multiple leaks in its hull. Water leaked also in to the engine room and began to sink the vessel. All crew on board the Sea Chart 1 managed to escape on inflatable rafts and were rescued by a Thai Navy ship. MV Sea Chart 1, 84 meters long and 12 meters wide, now rests on her starboard side in 40 meters of water.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

During a safety stop with Dax, Rene and Juha

The wreck makes for a great dive with plenty of large logs being scattered on to the sea floor or half outside of the ship. A huge amount of marine life has already gathered and settled on this wreck, It felt like diving in fish soup! 
Two great dies were had and we accomplished all our performance requirements, including penetration.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

The deep egg, when you're deep enough, around 27 meters, the yellow of an egg will be compressed enough by the surrounding pressure, so it stay whole, even if you gently push it around

The second day for PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak saw us back on a boat, and a big one this time, for a trip to the Similan Islands, and specifically island # 9. Here we conducted the deep dive specialty over two dives and we learned a lot, including potential problems that can occur at the surface, before you even start a dive. There was a very strong surface current but once we were at 37 meters, there was nothing left of that current.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

Dax doing a timed skill during a deep dive, to check if he is influenced by nitrogen narcosis

On our second deep dive during our PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak, we descended straight on top of a guitar shark, who still was a few meter deeper than us. This was my first ever sighting of such a shark and I was really excited about this, since you don't get to see them that often! See the picture below.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

My first ever guitar shark at Similan island # 9, not a great picture, but the only one I have

The last day of diving was only with Rene and we headed out to the Boonsung wreck, where we had another two great dives, to finish off the PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak. Once more it felt like diving in fish soup, that's how much fish had gathered at the wreck. 

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

Rene practicing navigation patterns on land

We met all performance requirements for both the Underwater Navigation and Underwater Naturalist dives and had a great day on the boat as well. Good company and good dives always make life easy and enjoyable!

Thanks to Rene, Dax and Juha, it was a fun IDC and we had some fantastic dives together, hope to see back in Khao Lak come February 2016!

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak

The Boonsung wreck

It's just a few more days now before my next PADI IDC starts, the last one in 2016 and it starts 22nd November in Moalboal in the Philippines, this is followed by the first PADI IDC in 2016 on 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand which is followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand before we visit Khao Lak, Thailand again on 20th February.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, November 14, 2015

PADI IE in Khao Lak for November 2015 was very successful

Today the PADI IE in Khao Lak for November 2015 was very successful and now all three PADI IDC candidates from the November PADI IDC in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', are the newest PADI instructors on the planet!

PADI IE in Khao Lak for November 2015 was very successful

From left to right; Juha (OWSI), Brendon (PADI Examiner), Rene (OWSI), Dax (OWSI) and Camille (PADI Course Director)

They managed to keep their nerves under control and deal with the stress of being evaluated really well and the result is something to be proud of; PADI OWSI or Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Yesterday the Orientation was done by Brendon, the PADI Examiner, followed by the 6 exams, their classroom presentation and the confined water. They all managed this successfully, so only Open Water was left this morning. A few hours to also navigated this without a hitch and now it's time to celebrate tonight.

Tomorrow is going to be a day off and on Monday and Tuesday we continue with Instructor level specialty training, including a trip to the Similan islands for the Deep dives.

If you want to join one of my PADI IDC programs, join our program in Moalboal in the Philippines, starting 22nd November and this is also my last PADI IDC in 2015, this will be followed by my first PADI IDC in 2016, starting 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this will be followed by a PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand, starting 2nd February and I will be back in Khao Lak, Thailand for another PADI IDC come 20th February.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, November 13, 2015

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

Yesterday evening there was the first ever PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand, conducted by Any Auer, the PADI Regional manager, at PADI 5* IDC  Center 'Sea Dragon'.
As it happened to be, it was also my ever first PADI Go Pro seminar and it hopefully won't be the last one.

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

A view on the attendees and Andy, the Regional Manager

We had a good turn out with approximately 15 people showing up, which made us all happy, and we're already looking into a second event, centered around our February 2016 PADI IDC in Khao Lak.

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

Andy Auer, the PADI Regional Manager

Andy's presentation was received very well and the feedback was that what he talked about was honest and realistic, without the sales pitches that some may have expected.

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

Andy conducting an interview with Camille

Working as an instructor in various settings, like in a shop, a resort or on a cruise boat were discussed but also the growth and current market position of PADI were discussed and all of this was laced with some real life experiences from Andy and plenty of interaction with the attendees.

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

Andy conducting an interview with Emily

Andy also conducted short interviews with me and Emily, a PADI Instructor working for PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', asking questions how we got involved in diving and why we took our own respective PADI IDC' and what our motivation was.

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

Get more information about the PADI IDC at..........

There were free drinks and some snacks at this PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand, so next time when we conduct this seminar again, come and join us, enjoy a few drinks and enjoy an informative and fun evening. If you decide to sign up for one of the professional courses during the evening, we offer some additional incentives and PADI will send you a nice package with some PADI goods in it. 

PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand

All together now, thanks for coming by!

A good evening was had and we are already looking forward to the next PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand, somewhere in February. Stay tuned and we will inform you accordingly about our next PADI Go Pro seminar in Khao Lak, Thailand.

In the meantime, if you couldn't attend but are still interested in one of my PADI IDC programs, the last program of this year will start 22nd November in Moalboal in the Philippines, which is followed by the first program of 2016, starting 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by a program starting 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand and 20th February will see me back in Khao Lak again.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

EFRI course in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed

Today the EFRI course in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. It's always a nice and relaxed way to finish off the current PADI IDC in a fun way.

EFRI course in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed

From left to right; Juha, Camille, Rene and Dax

Knowledge reviews, an exam, presentations by me and lots of hands on experience with Annie, Baby Annie and the AED (automated external defibrillator) are also part of this course and especially the hands on part brings always a few good laughs and giggles.

EFRI course in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed

Rene and Juha are trying to get a log roll going with Dax

The day went by really fats and we even got the briefing and explanation of our Wreck dive Instructor specialty for tomorrow done.

EFRI course in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed

Bandaging the proper way!

Although I can teach EFR Instructor courses at any time upon request, typically I teach them in conjunction with a PADI IDC. The next PADI IDC and also the last program of this year will be starting 22nd November in Moalboal in the Philippines, followed by the first program of 2016 which is scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PADI IDC in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed

The PADI IDC in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed, and time just flew by. This PADI IDC in Khao Lak was in conducted in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

All program segments have been completed plus a whole set of extra workshops that were added by me. We had fun and I'm confident that the three candidates, Juha, Rene and Dax will be successful at the up and coming PADI IE, that will be held this coming Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November.

PADI IDC in Khao Lak for November 2015 has been completed

Briefing on the boat for the Open water dives during the November 2015 Khao Lak PADI IDC

Tomorrow we will complete the EFR Instructor course, and the candidates can have their wicked ways with Little Annie, the CPR mannequin.

Instructor Specialty training will be next on the schedule, with at least the Deep-. Enriched Air- and Wreck- instructor level specialties on the menu and a few more to follow.

You can also participate in one of my PADI IDC's, the last one of this year is scheduled to start 22nd November in Moalboal, Philippines, which is followed by the first PADI IDC of 2016, scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, November 8, 2015

PADI Go Pro Career Information evening at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thursday 12th November 2015

If you're in Khao Lak, you're invited to the PADI Go Pro Career Information evening at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thursday 12th November 2015. Start is at 6.30pm.

PADI Go Pro Career Information evening at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thursday 12th November 2015

PADI Regional manager and myself, award winning and 9 time PADI Platinum Course Director, will give presentations and answer questions about all you ever wanted to know but didn't dare to ask about becoming a PADI Pro.
Two highly experienced PADI professionals will host the night in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and will give you insight on what it takes to become a PADI Pro and what it can do for you once you are a PADI Pro.

PADI Go Pro Career Information evening at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thursday 12th November 2015

Andy and myself will talk about the PADI Instructor development process and the PADI Instructor development system. 

I'm really excited about this and I do hope that you are too! We're looking forward seeing you this coming Thursday. Please spread the word.

Our next PADI IDC's for 2016 in Khao Lak are scheduled to start 20th February, 11th April and 22nd October.

Camille and the 'Sea Dragon' team.



Friday, November 6, 2015

Testimonial by Steve Burning of the March 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines

Today I received a testimonial by Steve Burning of the March 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'. A few months ago by now, but nonetheless, I always enjoy receiving testimonials. It's much appreciated that you took the time out to write this testimonial! I'm looking forward seeing you soon at Panagsama beach again, later this month!

Check below the picture for Steve's testimonial;

Testimonial by Steve Burning of the March 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines

Steve, second from left, after the PADI IE in Moalboal in the Philippines in March 2015

I took an IDC with Camille Lemmens at Neptune Diving Adventure, after which I said I would write a recommendation. So, while this holds a small apology to Camille for taking so long, it also comes with much more meaning.

Since the IDC I have now taught many OW courses, even more AOW course, and a few rescue and DM courses. The information and knowledge passed on by Camille and Johan not only made Passing the IE achievable, but also has played a big part in the way I have handled my own students.

The best way to show my level of respect for the skills and professionalism that I experienced during my IDC is to send my Dive Masters to Camille.  That is what I am doing at the end of Nov.

Hopefully, I will continue to send Camille Instructor candidates.  With Camille I can be sure they will get the best instruction and many tips which will help them throughout their career. Just as I was aided. 

Thanks Camille for the great time and thanks even more for the tough parts of the course, it has made teaching easier.

If this peaks your interest, my next PADI IDC is scheduled later this month in Moalboal, Philippines and is also the last program this month, starting 22nd November, followed by the first program for 2016, scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, November 5, 2015

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand is halfway

Time does fly when you're having fun and it's absolutely true in this case and before you realize it, the PADI IDC for November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand is halfway!

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand is halfway

Juha with a giant stride

We clawed our way into and through a bunch of presentations by me and today the three candidates started with their own first presentations and it was good! All three scored passing grades at their first attempts in the classroom and in the pool. Great job, well done! This gives a good solid base and room to improve and to makes things better, as we tend to say in the Netherlands!

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand is halfway

Rene without his mask

More presentations, by me and the candidates are still in the pipeline, plus plenty more workshops and a set of exams are still to come. Enough to keep them interested and involved and to teach them a few ropes or is that knots?
Thanks to Juha, Rene and Dax for being such great IDC candidates so far! 

PADI IDC for November 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand is halfway

Dax during his first classroom presentation

More PADI IDC's are coming up, the last program of this year is scheduled to start 22nd November in Moalboal in the Philippines and this is followed by the first program of 2016 on 12th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand and this is followed by 2nd February on Phuket in Thailand. For my complete 2016 PADI IDC schedule, check here.

Looking forward seeing you there!

Camille

Monday, November 2, 2015

PADI IDC in Khao Lak for November 2015 has started

It's been a while, but we're back in business again, conducting PADI IDC's and the PADI IDC in Khao Lak for November 2015 has started today.
Juha from Finland, Rene from Germany and Dax from the Netherlands were ready to start this morning and we covered already a lot of things during the first day of this program, including exams, a presentation by me and a skill circuit in the pool with a Rescue exercise # 7 practice.

PADI IDC in Khao Lak for November 2015 has started

Exam practice for the candidates this morning

There will be plenty of more material to cover in the coming days and we will keep everybody busy with more presentations, workshops, exams, their presentations and loads of time in the pool and some open water work. Stay tuned!

The last PADI IDC of this year will start 22nd November in Moalboal in the Philippines, which is followed by the first PADI IDC of 2016, which is scheduled to start 12th January on Koh Lanta in Thailand and this is followed by a program starting 2nd February on Phuket in Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation for 100 Degrees East dive center on Koh Samui

Today it was time for a box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation for 100 Degrees East dive center on Koh Samui. All their English speaking staff attended the presentation and once more I had an attentive and inquisitive audience, who had the opportunity to find out more about the history of box jelly fish in Thailand and specifically in the Samui archipelago.
After two presentations during the day time yesterday for Miskawaan villa rental in Maenam and a presentation in the early evening for members of the Koh Samui dive community during which I reached 46 people, now another 10 can be added with this presentation today.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation for 100 Degrees East dive center on Koh Samui

The staff of 100 Degrees East after the box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation for 100 Degrees East dive center on Koh Samui

It's important to reach out and spread the word about box jelly fish awareness and prevention and make people aware of the correct procedures to follow in case they have to deal with box jelly fish injuries. Due to the fast working venom of the box jelly fish, it's important to know what to do without wasting time, since seconds can count in box jelly fish injuries. 

The importance of having copious amounts of vinegar and people trained in CPR available at an accident are ital to survival of the victim. The presentation also covers the importance of stinger nets and vinegar poles on beaches and the use of stinger protective clothing, like stinger suits.

Thanks to 100 Degrees East for having me and to the staff for taking the time out to join the presentation. It was my pleasure and I hope that you learned something more about box jelly fish.

If you would like to have a box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation for your staff or company, please contact me for more information.

Camille