Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Shark Guardian presentation on Malapascua in the Philippines

Shark Guardian presentation on Malapascua in the Philippines is coming and well Thursday 5th March at the Exotic Sports Bar which can be found above Exotic Dive Center. It's free and all are welcome with the presentation beginning at 6pm.

Shark Guardian presentation on Malapascua in the Philippines

The presenter of this Shark Guardian presentation on Malapascua in the Philippines will be myself, and I will be in the function of a volunteer/presenter on behalf of Shark Guardian. 

It will be the second Shark Guardian presentation ever in the Philippines. the first one being conducted in Moalboal back in December 2014.
The presentation will be at Exotic dive center, one of only two Shark Guardian dive centers in the Philippines.

We're looking into one or more presentations later in March in Moalboal, stay tuned for more updates on Shark Guardian activities in the Philippines.

Camille

Friday, February 20, 2015

Next PADI IDC is coming up 7th March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines

Yes indeed, the next PADI IDC is coming up 7th March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines. Please note the change in date! There are still spaces available, so don't hesitate to contact us for this program or other programs later this year.

Next PADI IDC is coming up 7th March 2015 in Moalboal, Philippines

If these March 2015 dates don't suit you, the next IDC programs are scheduled as follow; 28th March in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand and 5th May and 12th June on Koh Samui, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Testimonial by Raymond Greenlaw

Today I received a testimonial by Raymond Greenlaw, participant of the recent February 2015 PADI IDC in Phuket in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver'.

It's great to receive this Ray, it means a lot to me and I appreciate it you taking out the time to write this from 'on the road'!

I recently completed an IDC with Camille.
What was unusual is that I was a cross-over student, and had limited to no experience with PADI. In addition, I have never worked professionally as a Dive Master. I wanted to attain the PADI Dive Instructor certification for "fun". 
Camille saw to it that I was very well prepared for the IE. I scored an average of about 90% on all of my written exams, a 4.8/5.0 on my presentation, near perfect scores on my skills circuit, 9+/10 on my
confined water presentations, and 8.6/10.0 on my open water presentations. I did a great rescue thanks to Camille's having me practice each day.
Due a death in my friend's family, our IDC was slightly more compressed than usual. Plus, I completed numerous specialty courses. Without Camille's experience and knowledge, my success
likely would not have been possible. I can highly recommend Camille, as an IDC instructor. If the opportunity arises, I would take additional specialty courses with Camille. 

Dr. Raymond "Wall" Greenlaw, PADI Dive Instructor

Testimonial by Raymond Greenlaw

Ray after a successful PADI IE with PADI Examiner Brendon Ford Sing

Check out my next PADI IDC dates, so you can become a PADI Instructor yourself. Your first option will be 7th March in Moalboal, Philippines, followed by 28th March in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by 14th April in Khao Lak, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

9th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating for Camille

Today I received an email from PADI, confirming that I have been rewarded a 9th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating for Camille. I'm just one of the 58 Platinum PADI Course Directors worldwide and one of 25 in the PADI ASia Pacific region. On top of that I'm one of a handful Platinum PADI Course Directors worldwide who have received this rating uninterrupted since it's very beginning.

 9th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating for Camille

An excerpt from the PADI email;

Congratulations!  Based on your Instructor Development productivity in 2014, you’ve achieved the Platinum Course Director level for 2015. By doing so you've become one of 58 Course Directors worldwide to earn this level of recognition in the Frequent Trainer Program.

There were 25 Course Directors who qualified for Platinum status in the Asia Pacific region this year.

9th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating for Camille

If you want to be taught by the best, my next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 7th March in Moalboal, Philippines, followed by 28th March in Khao Lak, Thailand and 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Testimonial by Paul Goransson

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.

Testimonial by Paul Goransson

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,
Camille

EFR Instructor course on Phuket, Thailand for February 2015

Besides the recent PADI IDC and PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand, we also completed the EFR Instructor course on Phuket, Thailand for February 2015.
We completed the last bits and pieces of the course straight after a very successful PADI IE and once that was done and over with, we were ready to prepare for a nice celebration dinner and some good times with good company, later that evening!

EFR Instructor course on Phuket, Thailand for February 2015

From left to right; Phil, Ray, myself and Paul

The next EFR Instructor course will be in conjunction with a PADI IDC, starting with 7th March in Moalboal, Philippines which is followed by 28th march in Khao Lak, Thailand and 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

Looking forward seeing you there.

Camille

Sunday, February 15, 2015

PADI IE on Phuket for February 2015 was very successful

The PADI IE on Phuket for February 2015 was very successful for the three candidates for award winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver', nailing all segments of the PADI IE with high scores.
We have three very proud and brand new PADI Instructor in the house! It was hard work and it all paid off!
Well done Ray, Paul and Phil and good luck in the dive industry, where ever this may take you!

PADI IE on Phuket for February 2015 was very successful

From left to right; Kevin Black (fellow PADI Course Director and owner of 'Kiwidiver'), Ray (OWSI), Paul, (OWSI), Phil (OWSI), Brendon (PADI Examiner) and Camille (PADI Course Director)

The door to your PADI IDC is open, you can join any of my scheduled programs for this year, starting with 7th March in Moalboal, Philippines, followed by 28th March in Khao Lak, Thailand and 14th April on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

See you there!

Camille

Friday, February 13, 2015

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2015 has been completed

Sure enough, all good things come to an end and the PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2015 has been completed. It was hard work with a couple of long days, since due to unforeseen circumstances we had to change the schedule. However, it has all been done and dusted and we completed this course on a good note!

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2015 has been completed

Giant stride in the pool, from left to right; Ray, Phil and Paul

Tomorrow will be showtime with the PADI IE knocking at the door, early in the morning and it's going to be an action packed day but I'm convinced all three of them will do well. Stay tuned for more updates from Phuket!

PADI IDC on Phuket for February 2015 has been completed

Rescue exercise # 7 practice

You can sign up for my next PADI IDC which is scheduled to start 7th March in Moalboal in the Philippines, this 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.

Camille

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

PADI IDC for February 2015 on Phuket is half way

Time is flying by and the PADI IDC for February 2015 on Phuket is half way before you realize it. Phil, Ray and Paul are moving along swiftly through the IDC program.

PADI IDC for February 2015 on Phuket is half way

Ray during a skill circuit, telling us not to run out of air during his 'air depletion' skill

We're covering lots of ground and the first knowledge and confined water presentations are already behind us. Right now they're sweating it out over a set of theory exams and plenty of workshops have already been covered with a few more to come.

PADI IDC for February 2015 on Phuket is half way

Phil during a skill circuit executing a CESA

More presentations by me and the candidates are still coming up and I'm already looking forward taking them for their Open Water training dives to Kata beach in a few days time.

PADI IDC for February 2015 on Phuket is half way

Paul during a skill circuit, mask removal, replacement and clearance

Stay tuned for more updates.

My next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 9th March in Moalboal in the Philippines, 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,
Camille

Saturday, February 7, 2015

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2015 is up and running

The PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for February 2015 is up and running indeed. The schedule had to be changed due to family circumstances of one of the candidates, which saw two of them for two days in the classroom with me, going over the online presentations and yesterday the third IDC candidate could join us and now we're under full steam with the remainder of the program.
It looks like a strong and fun group and I'm looking forward to spend some time with these guys over the next couple of days!
More updates are to follow soon, so keep your eyes peeled to these pages for more pictures and information, coming up soon.

PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand for february 2015 is up and running

From left to right, Phil, Ray and Paul during a confined a dive

In case you'e considering becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, my next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 9th march in Moalboal, Philippines, followed by a program scheduled to start 28th March in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by a program which is scheduled to start 14th April on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Please contact me in case you have any questions regarding these programs.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Shark Guardian presentation in Phuket

Fairly unexpectedly, just two days ago, I found out about a Shark Guardian presentation in Phuket. Since I am here anyway, it was a no brainer for me to attend and check it out and meet up with Brendon and Liz. 
Being a 'Shark Guardian leader' presenter myself, it's also a good opportunity to pick up new facts during Brendon and Liz's presentation.

Shark Guardian presentation in Phuket

Brendon and Liz during the presentation

Tonight's presentation main focus was about the whaleshark project that Shark Guardian is involved in and it deals with whaleshark sightings and documentation. This was a new but very interesting presentation for me, with lots of new whaleshark facts.
After having seen the presentation, I must dig through my whaleshark pictures again and see if any are fit for the project.

Shark Guardian presentation in Phuket

Liz, Brendon and myself

An interesting evening and always good to catch up with Brendon and Liz. In March I am working on some dates for Shark Guardian presentations in the Philippines, so keep an eye out for updates on this and hope to see you there.

Camille

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

PADI Member Forum 2015 in Phuket

Today the PADI IDC in Phuket kicked off, but it was also time for the PADI Member Forum 2015 in Phuket! My first member Forum on Phuket. It's always a seminar I look forward to, since it gives you a good idea what is cooking and brewing for this year, from PADI's perspective, with new courses, programs and materials being discussed.
Andy Auer, the PADI Regional manager for Thailand West coast was the presenter, with some help from PADI examiner Rob Scammell.

PADI Member Forum 2015 in Phuket

Straight from the start of the presentation; PADI is ambitious and would like to double the amount of yearly worldwide certifications from around one million to two million in a few years. 

Some facts delivered to us; the PADI website has around 570.000 visitors per month, just slightly topping my blog counts!
The new PADI app has been downloaded 490.000 times. An impressive number but more is possible and will certainly come.

PADI spends yearly about 7 million US Dollars on promotional activities. Since no numbers on their turnover or profit are given, it's hard to place this figure in perspective.

On new products, PADI is focusing on the Touch (trademarked name!) products. These include among other;
  • the new open water course as a touch product for iPads or Androids. A super cool product, which allows you to study and read up on the PADI Open Water course whilst travelling, for instance.
  • A ReActivate program, which gets non active divers into diving again by conducting skills in confined water, geared towards the confidence level of the person that is being ReActivated (wonder if the name of the program has been taken from a Schwarzenegger movie; I come to reactivate you. Spoken in a light Austrian accent).
  • the eRDPml as a touch product, which includes the Touch RDP
  • The Equipment specialty touch
There was also the re-occuring Training standards part, where you could win t-shirts by answering standards related questions correctly. This was however during a technical breakdown of the presentation materials, which caused a few funny moments when the questions were read out verbally.

Last but not least, Project AWARE was covered and discussed as well and it's always good to see how much the AWARE people and causes get done!


PADI Member Forum 2015 in Phuket

From left to right; myself, Andy Auer (PADI regional Manager) and Rob Scammell (PADI Examiner)

Thanks to Andy and Rob and see you next year again for the 2016 PADI Member Forum

Camille

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

This is a guest blog post by Larry Bainbridge, who participated in the August PADI IDC in South Korea last year and who runs a dive club in South Korea, named 38th Parallel Divers. We also conducted Specialty Instructor training after the IDC in Namae-ri, where he and his club members go for almost all of their weekend dive outings and he gave me the opportunity to become a 38th Parallel diver! Thanks for all that and thumbs up for a great blog post about; There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

Getting out of the water after a dive

Enjoy the story;

I doubt anyone would ever put South Korea on their must-dive bucket list, I didn't even know you could dive in Korea when I first got here.  Surrounded on 3 sides by the Pacific waters why couldn't someone dive?  There are many reasons not to dive in Korea: cold, murky, not calm compared to those warm-water spots most part-time divers love.  So why dive in Korea?  For most of us it is simple…there is simply NO other option for weekend diving.  There is no easy quick access to the warm tropical waters that are only a few hour plane ride away.  We are not discouraged by 4C waters in the winter (12-14C in the summer in shallow waters), nor by the 1-5 meter visibility that we obtain here (5m is a good weekend), nor by the tough weather that gives us less than ideal conditions on a regular condition. 

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

At the safety stop. Can you spot the cool rash vest and the shorts?

For me these are the reason I love diving and instructing in South Korea.  We have conditions that make diving tough which will produce tough, skilled divers. Time after time we are told by returning club members that their skills were better than other divers on their trips to Palau, the Philippines, Thailand etc because of the tough conditions and training they experienced here.  Don't get me wrong…we are not one of those yell in your face / boot camp style clubs.  We love to have fun…it is difficult because of the conditions not  our teaching style.

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

What divers do best; Going down

One other reason to come and dive in South Korea is that it is the only place on earth you can dive so close to North Korea, and recently I wrote a PADI distinctive specialty course (38th Parallel Diver) that is truly unique.  You complete a single dive north of the 38th Parallel in South Korea (along with some minor course work learning about the 38th Parallel and the war).  How many people can say they hold that specialty?  Right now only 1.   

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

The water may be cold, topside it's beautiful as this sunset proofs

A few years ago I founded the 38th Parallel Divers and our club is spreading the word about diving here in Korea and offering easy access (at-cost) training to those who want to learn to dive or increase their current diving skills.  We are working with local shops to bridge the cultural and language barriers that existed only a few years ago.  Before our club there was limited access to knowledge about diving in Korea, divers had to go through a business to basically was a dive guide/logistical coordinator.  We are striving to impart knowledge not a business service for our community.  We want our divers to have inexpensive access to Korea and diving…we want to dive with everyone from everywhere…this is how we learn to be better divers.

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

George coming back for seconds

Diving provides us (those who live in Korea) a great way to see a side of the country that we wouldn't otherwise see.  We have built friendships with local dive clubs, organizations and divers.  Diving is a social sport and that is no different here in South Korea.  If you ever find yourself in South Korea please look us up on facebook and try to log a dive with us…we hope to see you in the water!

Larry Bainbridge

There’s diving in Korea?…Really??

Larry (yes, in the background!) cooking it up whilst on the road. He's a great chef to boost!

Check out the 38th Parallel Divers website and their Facebook page. When in South Korea and want an opportunity to dive with a bunch of friendly Westerners, let alone get the 38th Parallel Diver distinctive specialty, Larry and his dive club are waiting for you!

Camille