Saturday, January 30, 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

Earlier this month, there was PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016. Three out of the four IDC candidates from the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' participated in one or more PADI Instructor level specialties.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Denis at Hin Daeng during his compass navigation, which is part of the PADI Deep Dive specialty and also part of his PADI Instructor training

Thomas, Kris and Denis participated all three in the PADI Enriched Specialty Instructor training, only Gilles passed on this one because he's not yet a PADI Enriched Air diver. Being certified at Enriched air diver level is a prerequisite for becoming a PADI Enriched Air Instructor.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Denis at Hin Daeng during his timed skill at depth, which is part of the PADI Deep Dive specialty and also part of his PADI Instructor training

Denis than went on to complete his Deep and Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) Instructor specialty ratings. We booked a three dive day trip to Hin Daeng and Hin Muang with a thrid dive at Koh Haa.

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Goniobranchus geometricus Nudi at Hin Muang

Hin Daeng and Hin Muang are well known for the Manta Ray sightings and sure enough, a Manta Ray was spotted, but not by all dive groups, including Denis and me sadly missed out on the manta ray sighting. We still had two excellent dives though, one to 40 meters and one to 30 meters during which dives all the performance requirements of the deep dive and deep dive instructor level specialties were met.

Goniobranchus geometricus Nudi

PADI Instructor Specialty training on Koh Lanta in January 2016; Sea fans at Koh Haa, picture by Denis, taken during his PADI Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) Instructor specialty

At Koh Haa, Denis went on his way to complete the PADI Digital Underwater Photography (DUP) Instructor specialty and he took a few good pictures, like the one above. Well done Denis, it was a good days diving!

If your interest is peaked for participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity is very soon, 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th February and 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand and this is followed by another PADI IDC scheduled to start 30th March on Koh Lanta in Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui

Black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui



This black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui today, it was 3 meters long and approx 400kg  with an empty stomach but it was pregnant, the baby whale measured just under 30cm. Sadly it passed away.
Five years ago one species was supposedly beached on Koh Tao, but this seems to be the first time this whale has been seen beached around Koh Samui. Maret is the general Lamai area.

Black whale or sperm whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui

Sometimes Koh Samui dive boats spot sperm whales in their trip out to the dive sites. These encounters are however not very often. Having one species beached on Koh Samui is rare and it's very sad to know that she was pregnant and both Mum and baby whale passed away.

Black whale or sperm whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui

The black whale beached on Maret, Koh Samui is a rare and sad occasion. Hopefully next time I will be able to see a black whale alive!

Camille

Sunday, January 24, 2016

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful


Yes indeed, the PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful and all four candidates of the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', passed the PADI IE with flying colors.

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful

PADI IE for January 2016 on Koh Lanta, Thailand was very successful and from left to right in this picture; Denis (PADI OWSI), Kris (PADI OWSI), Thomas (PADI OWSI), Rob (PADI Examiner), Gilles (PADI OWSI) and Camille (PADI Platinum Course Director)

Yesterday they already passed three parts of the PADI with very good scores, the Theory and General Standards exam, the classroom presentation (or Knowledge Development) and the Confined Water.
This morning during the Open Water presentation, no mistakes were made and now we have four new PADI Instructors on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

Well done guys and well deserved, this is the result for all the hard work you put in.
If you want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or PADI OWSI, come and join me in one of my next PADI IDC programs, starting with 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th March in Khao Lak, Thailand, this is followed by 8th March on Koh Phangan, Thailand and on 30th March I will be back on Koh Lanta, Thailand again.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 21, 2016

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016


Today we completed the EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016. Yesterday we already completed the current or by now rather the recent PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016.

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016

EFR Instructor course on Koh Lanta in January 2016, from left to right; Gilles, Denis, Camille, Thomas and Kris

We completed and reviews knowledge reviews, conducted exams and had a handful of presentations by me, before it was time to have some fun with Little Annie and Baby Annie, the first aid mannequins. 

The day flew by and everything that needs to be done before the start of the PADI IE on Saturday, has now indeed been completed, Tomorrow I will go diving with Denis for the Deep and Digital Underwater Photography instructor level specialties at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang and on the way back a third dive is scheduled at Koh Haa.
The other thee candidates have a day off for remedial training or can just kick back and relax.

If you are interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity will be 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, this is followed by 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines and 30th March I will be back again for a PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand.

If you have any questions regarding any of these programs or a PADI IDC in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

See you there,
Camille



Wednesday, January 20, 2016

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed


And before you know it the PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and with candidates from France, Belgium and the UK. Thus, in true style, making it an international affair again.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed; clockwise Denis, Gilles, Thomas, Kris and Camille

A lot of learning curves have been reached and a lot of knowledge has been take on board by the candidates. Fun was had and all are still doing well after all the classroom presentations, the confined and open water presentations and especially after the 800 meter swim, where, for a moment, Thomas went missing, which triggered a real rescue effort.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed, rescue exercise # 7, Kris is rescuing Gilles

Tomorrow the EFR Instructor course is on the menu and after that, Friday will see me and Denis back at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang for the deep dive instructor specialty, with hopefully some manta rays and a third dive at Koh Haa for the DUP or Digital Underwater Photography instructor specialty.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand January 2016 has been completed, Thomas and Denis after a skill circuit in the pool

Saturday it's showtime for all of them and the PADI IE will kick off over two days.

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity is as early as 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines and after that I will be back on Koh Lanta in Thailand on 30th March.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, January 16, 2016

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016 is halfway

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016 is halfway

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016 is halfway, as the old saying goes, time flies when you're having fun! This PADI IDC is held in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016 is halfway

At the pool from left to right; Kris, Gilles, Denis and Thomas

We've been getting along very well well and been chipping away at the schedule bit by bit. I have delivered already a lot of classroom presentations, they have done their own classroom presentations, a skill circuit, confined water dives, various workshops, exams and so on. We keep ourselves busy, that's for sure!

Tomorrow theory exams are on the schedule and Monday we're heading out to Koh Haa for some open water dives and various work shops.
The PADI IE doesn't start until Saturday 23rd January, so plenty of time to complete this current PADI IDC and the EFR Instructor course.
Stay tuned on this channel for more updates!

If you're interested in participating in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity will be 2nd February on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 20th February in Khao lak, Thailand and this is followed by 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines an on 30th March I will be back again on Koh Lanta, Thailand for one more program.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 2nd February 2016

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 2nd February 2016

The next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 2nd February 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver'.
Located near Chalong circle, it's a great, central location, near the Chalong pier on Phuket and plenty of affordable accommodation nearby, within walking distance.

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 2nd February 2016

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 2nd February 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Kiwidiver'.

A great opportunity to get trained by a 9 time Platinum PADI Course Director and get a cutting edge after successfully completing the PADI IE when entering the competitive dive industry.
We have a 100% PADI IE pass rate on Phuket, come and join us and if you are interested, don't hesitate to get additional information on this program. Please contact me if you have any additional questions.

More PADI IDC programs are scheduled on 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines and 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta has started

And we have a take off, the January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta has started in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta and it's also the first PADI IDC program of this year.

January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta has started

From left to right; Denis, Kris, Gilles and Thomas

January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta has started and as usual it's an international affair with candidates coming from the UK, France and Belgium. We're already on day two of this program and it seems like we have a nice group of candidates.

January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta has started

Theory exam time

The January 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta has started, so keep your eyes peeled to these pages for more updates, will come soon and you will be able to follow the candidates progress during this current.

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunities will be on 2nd February on Phuket in Thailand, followed by 20th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 10th March in Moalboal in the Philippines. Late March, to be exact on the 30th, we're back on Koh Lanta for another PADI IDC program.

Let me know if you have any questions regarding any of these programs and hope to see you there.

Camille