Thursday, March 31, 2016

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for March/April 2016 has started

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for March/April 2016 has started


The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for March/April 2016 has started in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta.
It seems to be a nice group with participants originating from various countries; the USA, South Africa, France, Germany and the Czech Republic and staff from the UK.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for March/April 2016 has started

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for March/April 2016 has started, from left to right; Wayne, Tereza, Collin, Francois, Sophia, Svenja and Ann (PADI IDCS)

Yesterday we completed a first set of theory exams as a test to check at what level the candidates are and it was very good and giving hope and confidence for the next set of exams, later during this IDC.

Today classroom presentations by Ann and me are on the schedule and during the afternoon we will hit the pool for skill circuit training.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for March/April 2016 has started

The fun started yesterday with a set of theory exams to check their knowledge levels

If you feel you're up for starting your PADI IDC, you have monthly opportunities to do so with me, starting 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by 3rd May, 7th June and 29th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016


Roberto and Sandy both completed the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016 after they already completed their respective PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan in Thailand.

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016; Sandy and Roberto with Camille after completion of the course at the Haad Yao office of PADI 5* IDC Center 'HaadYao Divers'

Having worked in the local hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui since 2000, I know from first hand experience how important it is to know about the right procedures, mask and flow rates to use when it comes down to the correct use of emergency oxygen in the field.

Both Roberto and Sandy have already plenty of PADI specialties that they can each between each other, but the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course at Instructor level was still missing and I'm glad they took the opportunity to get some more training done with this important course. 

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course on Koh Phangan in March 2016; Roberto and Sandy at work, assembling and disassembling the oxygen unit during the course

If a diver is injured, in most circumstances, emergency oxygen needs to be delivered, hence once more proving how important this specialty is.

It was my pleasure to teach you both, thanks for the opportunity and to be honest, I hope you will never need to sue the knowledge gained during this course, but it's good to have this knowledge in your luggage and I hope you will teach this course many times and spread the word and the knowledge!

If you're interested in gaining the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor rating, you can do so at any time I'm available, just check with me for availability or you can do this in conjunction with your own PADI IDC. The next program is scheduled to start 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by monthly programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', starting 3rd May and followed by 7th and 29th June.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, March 26, 2016

PADI IE on Koh Phangan for March 2016 has been successfully completed

PADI IE on Koh Phangan for March 2016 has been successfully completed


The PADI IE on Koh Phangan for March 2016 has been successfully completed by all candidates of Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens and PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, Thailand who participated in the March 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan.

Happy days on Koh Phangan after two days full of anticipation and nerves to keep in check, but in the end all went well and we have four new PADI Instructors at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, Thailand.

PADI IE on Koh Phangan for March 2016 has been successfully completed

PADI IE on Koh Phangan for March 2016 has been successfully completed; from left to right: Jan (PADI OWSI), Hans (PADI IDCS), Thomas (PADI OWSI), Yvi (PADI OWSI), Dan (PADI Examiner) and Igor (PADI OWSI). Sandy (PADI IDCS) and Roberto (PADI IDCS) are missing in the picture, they're already back in Switzerland

A great PADI IDC was had and a very successful PADI IE was completed, now it's time for turn to join me in one of my upcoming PADI IDC's and your next opportunity is in a few days on 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and 3rd May and 7th June on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket

Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket

As of May 2016 ten time Platinum PADI Course Director Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket in Thailand.

'Dive Asia' was established in 1988 and is Phuket's first PADI CDC Center. They have the experience and know how to make your diving adventures, courses and trips on Phuket a lasting memory.

Bring in my own experience and knowledge and you have a great mix that should be beneficial for all involved, especially for our future PADI IDC candidates on Phuket who can enjoy the great training facilities with the classroom and the big pool at Kata Big Rock within 50 meters of each other and on top they will get tuition from one of Thailand's most experienced PADI Course Directors, one of the few that received the Platinum Course Director rating from PADI for an unprecedented ten consecutive times.


Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket

Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket, the main shop in Kata

The training facilities at Kata Big Rock are excellent, with 5 classrooms on site, including one exlusive big room for the PADI IDC's and one of Phuket's biggest pools within a 50 meter walk of the classrooms. Very convenient.

The IDC open water dives will be conducted from the dive boat, giving us a day out on the ocean with 3 scheduled dives, more than enough to cover all IDC performance requirements and still have time left for a fun dive.

Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket

Camille starts a new cooperation with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket


Looking forward seeing at one of our PADI IDC at PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket. Our first scheduled PADI IDC starts 3rd May, followed by 7th June and this is followed by 29th June, Check the remainder of my PADI IDC's scheduled for 2016 here.

In the Philippines I will still schedule PADI IDC's each year and at my current locations around Thailand I may schedule more programs as well, keep your eyes peeled to this site for more updates.

Camille

Saturday, March 19, 2016

EFR Instructor course for March 2016 on Koh Phangan, Thailand

EFR Instructor course for March 2016 on Koh Phangan, Thailand 


Two days ago we completed the EFR Instructor course for March 2016 on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

After having completed the March 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand the previous day, the EFR Instructor course for March 2016 on Koh Phangan, Thailand was the last thing we did before the PADI IE starts on Koh Phangan next week on 25th March.

We had fun during the course and especially when Little and Baby Annie came out of their respective bags, we a couple of good laughs. We also had some interesting discussions on the difference of ambulance services in the Western world compared to the Thai system.

All in all a good day and it seems that they're ready to tackle the PADI IE next week.

EFR Instructor course for March 2016 on Koh Phangan, Thailand

EFR Instructor course for March 2016 on Koh Phangan, Thailand, from left to right; Thomas, Jan, myself, Igor and Yvi

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity will be at the end of this month, come 30th March a PADI IDC is scheduled on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by either 3rd May on Phuket, Thailand or 7th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, March 17, 2016

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed


Before you know it; the PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, Thailand
It's an old cliche but time does fly when you're having fun and this was a fun course to teach and to be around for. Thanks to the four PADI IDC candidates and the three PADI IDCS Instructor course students for being such good and attentive but also fun class!

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed; a descend in open water

After all the hard work in the classroom, on the exams, the confined and open water dives plus all the various workshops it's now time to relax a bit, take it easy and in a weeks time it's show time again for the PADI IE here on Koh Phangan.

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed; Rescue exercise # 7, Igor in action

Today we tackle the EFR Instructor course after which I will return later today back to Koh Samui until the PADI IE is on the calendar 25th and 26th of this month. For the PADI IE I will come back over to Koh Phangan again, to give logistical and moral support to the candidates.

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed; surface skills during the open water dives, the SMB or surface marker buoy with Thomas and Jan

With this PADI IDC now in the bag, the candidates should be ready to pass the PADI IE but more importantly, they should be ready to be good and safe instructors in the real world, after the PADI IE.
This aspect is sometimes overlooked, due to focusing so much on the PADI IE but to me it's a lot more important to be a good and safe PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor after that exam.

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed; Ivy in action

The PADI IDC's I teach are seeing an emphasis on this and you have a step ahead in the competitive dive industry once you start looking for your first job as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

PADI IDC and IDCS courses for March 2016 on Koh Phangan have been completed

The PADI IDCS has been completed, from left to right; Roberto, Hans, myself and Sandy

Come and join me for one of my PADI IDC programs, the next opportunity will be later this month, starting 30th May on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by either 3rd May on Phuket, Thailand or 7th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan

Yesterday evening I conducted 'Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan' at 'Sweet Cafe' in Thong Sala for around 40 to 50 dive professionals. This was a great turn out and it was a really captive audience.

The Thai box jelly fish work group has been multiple times on Koh Phangan, but they only talked to Thai institutions and groups. This was the first time that this kind of information was offered to Western groups on Koh Phangan and this was only to members of the dive community.

The presentation was as already mentioned about awareness and prevention and it seemed that listening to the feedback, the information provided hit home and hopefully the awareness has been raised and prevention measures will be implemented.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan, part of the group

Most of the dive centers on Koh Phangan had staff at the presentation and some came with a big group.
It seems the presentation was well received and with a big group like this, it seems that the interest is definitely out there.

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan

Box jelly fish awareness and prevention presentation on Koh Phangan, part of the group

Thanks to all the members of the Koh Phangan dive industry that showed up, it's great to see the numbers of attendants like this and thanks to Heike at Haad Yao Divers on Koh Phangan who organized the presentation and last but not least, thanks to 'Sweet Cafe' fr opening your doors after hours and having us as guests.

If you know anymore people or organizations who are interested in this kind of presentation about box jellyfish on Koh Phangan, please get in touch with me.

Camille

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Camille received 10th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Camille received 10th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Yesterday Camille received 10th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating. This award is the highest rating a PADI Course Director can receive from PADI and Camille has received this rating uninterrupted for 10 consecutive years since PADI introduced this rating in the Asia Pacific rating.

Each year only a very limited amount of PADI Course Directors receive this rating worldwide and in Thailand there are only a hand full of PADI Course Director who have received this rating uninterrupted, just like Camille. 

Get trained by the best and most experienced PADI Course Director.

Many thanks to all my students and all the PADI 5* IDC Centers I worked with in 2015 in Thailand and the Philippines.

Camille received 10th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

Camille received 10th consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating

It is very important to get the right tuition that will make you employable and knowledgeable as a PADI Instructor, hence;

Get trained by Camille when you want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, a very experienced and multi award winning Platinum PADI Course Director. 
My next PADI IDC starts 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and either 3rd May on Phuket, Thailand or 7th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, March 12, 2016

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2016 is halfway

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2016 is halfway

The PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2016 is halfway and we're getting on like a house! The group is great and fun and the candidates are very strong so far!
Plenty of presentations by me have been done already, the candidates have conducted their first classroom and confined water presentations and the first couple of work shops are out of the way.

Plenty of more stuff to come though, more theory and General Standards exams, more classroom presentation by me and the candidates and more confined water and open water presentations are still in the pipeline.

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2016 is halfway

PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for March 2016 is halfway, in the pool from left to right; Roberto (IDCS), Jan, Sandy (IDCS), Hans (IDCS), Yvi, Thomas and Igor

The three PADI IDCS candidates are also getting along really well and by now they can enjoy seeing the PADI IDC process from a different perspective, all their pre-assessment is done and dusted.

Stay tuned for more updates, they are bound to come soon!

In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in a PADI IDC with me, your next opportunity is 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by 7th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 30th March

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 30th March

That's correct, the Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 30th March in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.
It;s going to be the second PADI IDC this year with Blue Planet Divers on Koh Lanta and it looks like we're going to have a nice sized group.

There are still places available however and if you are interested please contact me.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 30th March

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 30th March

If these dates don't fir your time schedule, your next opportunity to participate in a PADI IDC with me will be 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand, followed by 7th Mat in Moalboal in the Philippines and this is followed by 6th June on Phuket, Thailand.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

PADI IDC for March 2016 has started on Koh Phangan, Thailand

PADI IDC for March 2016 has started on Koh Phangan, Thailand

We're in full operational swing now since the PADI IDC for March 2016 has started on Koh Phangan, Thailand and we have a full house! After we started yesterday with 3 people in the PADI IDCS Instructor course, today 4 PADI IDC candidates joined.

Igor from Russia, Thomas from France, Yvi from Germany and Jan from the Czech Republic makes this once more a very international affair during this Koh Phangan PADI IDC, especially when the staff candidates from Switzerland and Denmark are added and a Dutch Course Director.

PADI IDC for March 2016 has started on Koh Phangan, Thailand

PADI IDC for March 2016 has started on Koh Phangan, Thailand, from left to right; Igor, Thomas, Yvi and Jan

It seems like a nice group with a lot of potential after their first showings today, with one theory exam down and the first skill circuit in the pool out of the way!
A start has been made and a lot more is to follow. Stay tuned for more updates which are bound to come!

If you're interested in joining me for one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity will be 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by 7th June in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, March 7, 2016

PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan

PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan

Indeed, the PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' and it's the biggest class of IDCS students I had in one go. Three students are participating, very nice indeed! Hans is from Denmark and Sandy and Roberto are from Switzerland.

PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan

PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan, from left to right; Hans, Sandy and Roberto

Today we will cover a lot of PADI IDCS related topics before we start the PADI IDC tomorrow, which will bring in another four IDC candidates, making this a full house indeed!

PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan

PADI IDCS course kicked off on Koh Phangan, a few moments later, the theory exams 

Stay focused and tuned in for more updates on the progress of the IDCS students and the IDC candidates, there will be more updates coming soon.

If you're interested in your PADI IDCS course or in a PADI IDC, please contact me for more information and your next options will be 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand and this is followed by 7th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, March 4, 2016

PADI Elite Instructor for 2015

PADI Elite Instructor for 2015

This week I received the PADI Elite Instructor for 2015 for having issued a minimum of 150 PADI certifications at all levels during 2015.

A big 'Thank you' to all students last year in or on Koh Lanta, Khao Lak, Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand an in Moalboal in the Philippines.

Most of these certifications were from professional level courses or PADI IDC's or IDC related courses, like Instructor Specialty training, IDCS courses and EFR Instructor courses.

There were however also some diver specialty level courses involved and EFR courses.

PADI Elite Instructor for 2015

PADI Elite Instructor for 2015

Last year I came close to 200 certifications again, but was just a few short. Still, 150 PADI certifications in a year is a good feat! Thanks again to all of my 2015 students.

Looking for a PADI IDC by any chance? My next programs are scheduled to start 8th March on Koh Phangan in Thailand, followed by 30th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand and this is followed by 11th April in Khao Lak, Thailand. The next PADI IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines is scheduled to start on 7th May 2016!

See you there,
Camille