Today I received this testimonial by Paul Goransson who participated in the recent PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2015 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver'.
Thanks for taking the time to write this Paul, much appreciated;
I had decided to do the PADI IDC in Phuket Thailand some time ago. My bags were packed and I was going to leave my home in Maine for the airport in about 18 hours when my father-in-law passed away. I emailed Camille about my situation and got a prompt response firstly expressing sympathy and then trying to be as creative as possible with developing a solution that would allow me to attend the funeral 3 days hence and still allow me to complete the IDC. We worked it out that by doing the eLearning portion back in the States and compressing the in-country IDC days to 9, we had a fighting chance of covering all the material adequately. In the end, I arrived just hours before the last possible moment to start the class. Camille adapted and compressed things such that not only I, but the other two instructor candidates in the class were successful in both the IDC and the IE.
My friend with whom I was taking the class were NAUI Divemasters coming into the class, so we had to confront not only the compressed schedule but the additional task of converting to PADI methodology and standards. This took extra time and patience on Camille's part, and I doubt that another IDC course director would have gone that extra mile for us.
In terms of the actual preparation we received for the IE through Camille's instruction, it was superb. I feel that Camille was fairly tough on us with his grading during the IDC, but that made it more relaxed for us during the actual IE, where with the additional stress of the high-pressure context, it is easy to perform below your top level. I think we never would have passed the IE without Camille's holding us to high standards during the IDC.
Finally, you are under considerable pressure while undergoing the IDC, and the first thing on your mind is not to be recording this memorable experience in photos - you are focusing on passing the IE. However, it *is* a memorable experience - every step of it, and we were delighted that Camille kept good track of our in-water and out-of-water activities. I am so happy that I now have these photos of our experience as souvenirs, thanks to Camille's thoughtfulness.
Paul after successfully passing the PADI IE with PADI examiner Brendon Ford Sing
Come and see about me and my PADI IDC's, the next program starts 7th March in Moalboal, Philippines, which is followed by a program scheduled to start 28th March in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand.
See you there,