Monday, June 29, 2015

Testimonial by Kerstin of the Khao Lak April 2015 PADI IDC

Today I received a very nice testimonial by Kerstin of the Khao Lak April 2015 PADI IDC. A great IDC program with a lot of enthusiastic students and good instructors by now. Kerstin is in Egypt right now, working as an instructor and certified already 7 students!

I did my IDC with Camille in April 2015 in the wonderful town of Khao Lak in Thailand. If I had known before what an IDC would be like, I think I might never have done it!
We all arrived prepared really well since he sent us an email well before the start and included all the prerequisites.
An IDC is not for the faint of heart. It’s hard work, but in the end it’s all worth it. I was tired, but all happy when I had my certificate in my hands.
Camille makes you practise, practise, practise in the pool until your hair turns green (literally… happened to me!). He will do anything to make sure you pass your Instructor Exam and for this I can really recommend him. Even after hours he will be there for you if you have questions. You can tell he is very experienced since he knows EVERYTHING when it comes to standards and he gave us loads of advice for the future and real life situations.
Afterwards, he gave us all the pictures he took during the course and I still love looking back at them. It really was a funny time as well. I also loved how everyone was supporting each other.
So now I have already certified 7 students and I’m proud of all of them. Not sure if it was me or them, but so far I have had fantastic students and I love the fact that during the course you grow together and become friends with your students. I’m so glad I did the course with Camille and still today, months after the IDC, he is answering all of my questions that I have (especially standards!). I couldn’t have asked for a better course director. And yes, by the end of the course you will have gotten used to his humour!

Thanks for writing this Kerstin and hope to see you soon!

Testimonial by Kerstin of the Khao Lak April 2015 PADI IDC

PADI Examiner Brendon, Kerstin and PADI Regional manager Andy

Are you up for some Dutch humor and want to know more about PADI standards, the next options are coming up, starting with 9th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, 25th August on Phuket, Thailand with an English and German IDC program with two PADI Course Directors and 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Testimonial by Ryuta of the Koh Samui June 2015 IDC

Today I received a testimonial by Ryuta of the Koh Samui June 2015 IDC

I took IDC from Camille in June, 2015. He's a really really good course director. His course was much better, more practical, and more informative than I'd ever expected. I had good friends as well in the classroom. That was fun. I wish I could do it again, but I could've not failed with this great CD.

Much appreciated Ryuta and as I told you already, you will make and be a good dive instructor. Your passion will get you where you want to be and your heart is in the right place. Good luck with all your future plans, I hope we meet soon again!

Testimonial by Ryuta of the Koh Samui June 2015 IDC

Ryuta receiving his PADI IE completion certificate from PADI Examiner Brendon Sing

You can join me in my upcoming PADI IDC programs, starting with 9th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand where we will be offering a German and English language program. with two PADI Course Directors and 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PADI Certificate of Excellence 2015 Platinum Status Course Director wall certificate

This is what I found in the mailbox this morning, a; PADI Certificate of Excellence 2015 Platinum Status Course Director wall certificate. I have received this rating now for the 9th consecutive year, since PADI introduced this rating 9 years ago.

This make me 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.

In the Gulf of Thailand I may well be the only PADI Course Director who has received this rating uninterrupted for nine consecutive years since it's conception by PADI.

PADI Certificate of Excellence 2015 Platinum Status Course Director wall certificate

It was already 18th February this year that I received email confirmation from PADI but it took another 4 months for the wall certificate to arrive.

For participating in a 'Platinum' IDC, come and see me! Your next opportunity will be 9th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand where we are offering an IDC in both German and English languages with two PADI Course Directors and this is followed by 14th September by an IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille


Sunday, June 21, 2015

PADI IE on Koh Samui, Thailand for June 2015 was very successful

The PADI IE on Koh Samui, Thailand for June 2015 was very successful. All 5 candidates from the Koh Samui PADI IDC for June 2015 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center passed the PADI IE with flying colors.
It was a busy two days and at moments stress looked around the corner but in the end all 5 passed and in hindsight with really good scores, just as I predicted!
As always it was an international event with candidates from Germany, Belgium, Japan and the UK and staff from Japan and the Netherlands and the examiner hails from South Africa. All together on one beach on Koh Samui!

PADI IE on Koh Samui, Thailand for June 2015 was very successful

At Silver Beach near Lamai, earlier this afternoon from left to right; Brendon (PADI Examiner), Kai (OWSI), Ryuta (OWI), Simon (OWSI), Lucas (OWSI), Willem (OWSI), Camille (PADI Course Director) and Nobu (PADI MI). Ami (PADI IDCS) who staffed is not in the picture

Your chance to join one of my PADI IDC programs is coming up very soon with 10th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand where we offer a German language PADI IDC and an English language PADI IDC program with two PADI Course Directors and this is followed by 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille


EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015

The EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' has now also been completed. Last Friday we gathered at our Koh Samui PADI IDC location and we took care of business.
It was fun and a great way to finish the recent June 2015 PADI IDC on Koh Samui.

EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015

From left to right; Camille (EFR Instructor Trainer), Lucas, Kai, Ryuta, Willem and Simon

We combined the EFR Instructor course with a visit of the local hyperbaric chamber in Bang Rak, so all IDC and EFRI candidates get an idea on what the chamber actually is and how it works and functions. This visit was received very positively and all enjoyed this a lot. 

EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015

Ryuta being all bandaged up

All of my PADI IDC;s are run together with EFR Instructor courses, the next opportunities to participate in an IDC and/or EFR Instructor course is 10th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, 25th August on Phuket, Thailand where we offer a German language and English language IDC and 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, June 19, 2015

PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015 has been completed

The PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015 has been completed in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' on Koh Samui. It's not too long ago that we started, check here!
It was a fun course and the learning curve of the students was steep! Now we will find out soon enough if that was the right curve since tomorrow the two day PADI IE (instructor Exam) program will begin.

PADI IDC on Koh Samui, Thailand June 2015 has been completed

Group picture at the Open Water dive site, standing on the left is Simon, the bottom row consists of Camille, Lucas and Willem and on top is team Japan with Ryuta and Kai

As you an see on the picture, it was an action packed program and if you want to participate in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, the next program is scheduled to start 10th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand where we offer the IDC in two languages, German and English with two PADI Course Directors and this is followed by an IDC starting 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, June 14, 2015

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for June 2015 has reached the half way mark

The old saying 'time flies if you're having fun' is definitely true since the PADI IDC on Koh Samui for June 2015, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers Koh Samui' has reached the half way mark.
We're knee deep into exams, classroom presentation by candidates and myself, confined water presentations, workshops and discussions. The open water dives are still to come next week and the PADI IE will be on the candidates' doorstep come next weekend.
There are still a few days to go and an EFR Instructor course to complete before we can close this PADI IDC, so stay tuned, more updates will follow soon!

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for June 2015 has reached the half way mark

After a days work and training in the pool; from left to right; Kai, Willem, Simon, Ryuta, Camille and Lucas is in front

If this appeals to you and you would like to participate in a PADI IDC with me, the next programs coming up are scheduled to start 10th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, 25th August on Phuket, Thailand, here we will offer a German language PADI IDC and an English PADI IDC, conducted by two PADI Course Directors and this is followed by 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, June 12, 2015

Testimonial by Karsten from the May 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines

Yesterday I received a testimonial by Karsten from the May 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'. 
Much appreciated that you took the time out to write this Karsten and hope all goes well with your future plans!

Testimonial by Karsten from the May 2015 PADI IDC in Moalboal, Philippines

Karsten completed his PADI IE, with a certificate as proof from PADI Examiner Colin Melrose

Danke Camille, IE geschafft, ab sofort Instruktor. Ohne Deine gute Vorbereitung und ohne Deine Genauigkeit hätte das sicher nicht geklappt. Ich bin mit der Vorstellung nach Moalboal gekommen, dass IDC / IE ähnlich einfach werden würden wie der DiveMaster Kurs und wurde dann von Dir eines besseren belehrt. Am Ende war es viel Arbeit, vor allem auch, um das Padi System richtig zu verstehen und umzusetzen. Denn es geht um mehr als „nur“ tauchen. Danke also auch für Deine Geduld, Deine Beharrlichkeit und Deine guten Tipps. Ich hab es Dir bestimmt nicht einfach gemacht :-)

however (um mal bei dieser immer wiederkehrenden Vokabel zu bleiben): Ich fand, dass die specialties am Ende doch etwas lieblos abgehandelt wurden. Vor allem im Vergleich zu dem grossen Aufwand, den Du zuvor betrieben hast. Ist aber wahrscheinlich der Tatsache geschuldet, dass wir am Ende alle ganz schön fertig waren.

Insoweit: Weiter so. Und hoffentlich wieder einfachere Idc-Kandidaten  

In case you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunities are 10th Juy in Puerto Galera, Philippines, followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand where I will offer a German language PADI IDC and an English language PADI IDC and this is followed by 14th September in Moalboal, Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, June 11, 2015

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for June 2015 has started

It's showtime on home turf and the PADI IDC on Koh Samui for June 2015 has started! In conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' we kicked off this 10 day program yesterday, including the EFR Instructor course.

PADI IDC on Koh Samui for June 2015 has started

In confined water, after the skill circuit and first practice and re connection with Rescue Exercise # 7. From left to right, Ryuta, Lucas, Willem, Kai, Ami and Simon

The first day went well and it looks once more like we have a good group of candidates together and as always, it's a very international affair during this PADI IDC on Koh Samui in Thailand, with candidates originating from Germany, Belgium, the UK and Japan and staff from Japan.
Stay posted here for more updates over the next ten days, to learn how they are coming along.

If you're interested in participating in a PADI IDC program with me, the next opportunities are 10th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines, followed by 25th August on Phuket in Thailand, with a German IDC program and an English IDC program with two PADI Course Directors and this is followed by 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, June 4, 2015

PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines

After the successful PADI IE in Dauin, Philippines for my candidates, just a mere two days ago, I took the opportunity to attend the PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines, on the way out, going home, so to say. I needed to pass through Manila anyway, so stopping for a night or two extra in Manila was not a problem.

PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines

The PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati, and was conducted by Colin Melrose from the Asia Pacific office, He's the regional coordinator and chief of all PADI IE programs and he was assisted by Jimmy Christrup, PADI's Regional Manager in the Philippines.

PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines

Colin starting the Manila 2015 update

For me it was the fifth consecutive attendance at an Instructor Development Update, and after a few locations in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia, I was happy to be able to attend this update in the Philippines.

PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines

Jimmy on the left and Colin on the right of the picture, before we jumped into the pool

Since a few years, the Instructor Development Updates consist of a morning in a conference room and an afternoon in the pool. During the mornings, PADI staff discuss and presents updates and news for the Instructor Development and this year we discussed e-learning options, the new Touch products for tablets and we looked into some DSD options., or rather, on how to control the participants.

PADI Instructor Development Update June 2015 in Manila, Philippines

PADI staff and participants in the pool

This was interesting and despite the small group of attendees, we had some good discussions and we went big time overtime!
In the pool we looked and went through some scenarios, accompanied by evaluation training and more discussions. 

A good day and well worth staying over in manila for an extra day. Thanks Colin and Jimmy and ll that showed up and were present.

Come and enjoy one of my up and coming PAD IDC programs, where I will integrate all today's new information into my IDC courses, beginning with 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by 10th July in Puerto Galera in the Philippines and this is followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand with a German language IDC and English language IDC, conducted by two PADI Course Directors.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PADI IE for May 2015 in Philippines was very successful

Indeed, the PADI IE for May 2015 in Philippines was very successful for the two candidates of award winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure'.
After two very long exam days, with another 9 candidates, late this afternoon they finally knew that they made it. 

Congratulations to both Matt and Karsten for passing the PADI IE and becoming PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, to Marlies for becoming a PADI IDCS Instructor and to Johan for staffing this IDC.

PADI IE for May 2015 in Philippines was very successful

From left to right; Colin PADI Examiner), Karsten (PADI OWSI), Camille (PADI Course Director), Marlies (PADI IDCS) and Matt (PADI OWSI). Johan (PADI Master Instructor) is unfortunately not in the picture

If you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you can do so with one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, starting with 10th June on Koh Samui, Thailand, followed by 10th July in Puerto Galera, Philippines and this is followed by 25th August on Phuket, Thailand, where we will host a German language and an English language IDC program, conducted by two different PADI Course Directors.

See you there,
Camille