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