Saturday, November 26, 2016

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way


At last I can say that the PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket and it's also out last PADI IDC program of the year 2016 here on phuket with just one more PADI IDC to go for me this year.

The reason I say at last is because yesterday the last person for this PADI IDC program joined us, Patrick from Switzerland couldn't make it any earlier to Phuket which forced me to re-arrange the schedule a bit from the normal routine to accommodate him, However, since he's already a PADI Assistant Instructor, it was all possible and the previous two days I presented the so called online presentations, eight of them over two days and it went down a lot better than expected. Now let's hope that the remainder of this new PADI IDC schedule can hold it's ground as well.

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way

The PADI IDC for November-December 2016 on Phuket is under way; From left to right; Ilse, Sam who's doing his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, Steven and Patrick during diving theory exam practice yesterday morning.

We have a small but nice group it seems and as always, very international, this time around with candidates from the Netherlands, Australia and Switzerland and staff from the UK and the Netherlands.

Yesterday we also went to the pool or confined water for the first time and completed a PADI skill circuit and practiced some rescue exercise # 7 scenarios.

Today we will continue with practicing theory exams and some more presentations by me followed by an afternoon in the pool again, repeating some of the skills again and starting to introduce some workshops.

Plenty of work still ahead of us and hopefully some fun as well, but it looks like that should be just fine! Stay tuned for more updates to follow next week.

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity and the last one for 2016 is scheduled to start 9th December on Koh Phangan in Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', followed by the first PADI IDC for 2017, back on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center ' Dive Asia' and this all starts 10th January and this is followed by a PADI IDC programs that is scheduled smack into the middle of the Chinese New Year holiday and will take place on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and is scheduled to start 26th January.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand


Today a brand new PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand with Sam in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. Ideally I can start a PADI IDCS course a day before the start of the PADI IDC, since we can cover a lot of ground allowing us to meet performance requirements in a more relaxed way.
Sam is also my seventh PADI IDCS Instructor candidate this year, bringing the total tally of PADI IDCS Instructors I trained to 45.

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand

PADI IDC Staff Instructor course started on Phuket, Thailand; Sam during his evaluation training, watching some PADI videos and get the hang of how to evaluate PADI IDC candidates in the classroom and during confined- and open water dives.

Tomorrow we start the online IDC presentations with two candidates and on Friday we start the actual PADI IDC with an additional candidate. 
After having mastered the theory exams, IDC Staff course related power point presentations and watched the evaluation videos, there are still a few more performance requirements that Sam needs to meet, like completing a PADI skill circuit, presenting a knowledge Development or classroom presentation and a confined water presentation. For each section he also needs to get slightly higher passing grades compared to the IDC candidates. The pressure is on!

More to follow later, on Sam's PADI IDC Staff Instructor course and on the progress of the PADI IDC candidates during their program. Stay tunes!

In the meantime, if you're interested in participating in a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course or a PADI IDC program, your next opportunities will be the last PADI IDC in Thailand and possibly in all of South East Asia, scheduled to start 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', this is followed by the first PADI IDC in 2017 which is scheduled to start 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by a PADI IDC that falls completely in the Chinese New Year holiday period, scheduled to start 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here's a freshly received testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC 'All 4 Diving' on Phuket.

It was great to be able to teach Sonja, who is now working in Khao Lak at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' for the season and I hope to see her there when the February 2017 PADI IDC is scheduled to start there on the 22nd February. That's also where she was supposed to attend her IDC but we decided to merge the Khao Lak October program as a one off with the Phuket IDC for October and that's how Sonja ended up in  class of 16 IDC candidates on Phuket in the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket that I team taught with my good friend and fellow PADI Course Director Richard Reardon.


Testimonial by Sonja of the October - November 2016 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; From left to right near Kata beach at the closing ceremony for the November 2016 PADI IE on Phuket, myself, Sonja and BK, the PADI Examiner who for this occasion came all the way over from South Korea

Thanks to Sonja for taking the time out for writing this testimonial, it's much appreciated.

Here's Sonja's testimonial;

I recently finished my OWSI as well as a few specialties together with Camille. A great experience! I contacted Camille months before my IDC started and he was very helpful with the entire process, from booking to accommodation and transport. Camille created a very relaxed feeling throughout the training, which led to having an easier time focusing on my studies. Going to my IE could not have been easier as Camille kept encouraging and supporting me through the entire time.

Hope to see you soon in Khao Lak, the next PADI IDC there is just around the corner!

If you like to join one of my PADI IDC programs, you next opportunity will be the very last PADI IDC of this year in Thailand and possibly in all of South East Asia and your last chance to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor this year and this program is scheduled to start 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers', which is followed by the very first PADI IDC for me in 2017, scheduled to start 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center ' Dive Asia' and this is followed by a PADI IDC program on Koh Lanta, Thailand that falls completely in the Chinese New Year holiday, scheduled to start 26th January, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to receive more information on any of these programs.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016


The next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' and will be the last PADI IDC program to be held in all of Thailand this year and possibly even in all of South East Asia.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 9th December 2016

Come and join us and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor before the end of the year. Our classes are usually small and you receive lots of personal attention in an informative and laid back atmosphere on the relaxed island of Koh Phangan.

Your Platinum PADI Course Director, myself, Camille Lemmens, has plenty of experience and will prepare you not only to pass the PADI IE but also to be come a good instructor once you passed the PADI IE. The passing rate of his candidates is very high.

Don't hesitate to contact me for more information.

Next year's schedule starts with a PADI IDC on 10th January on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by a PADI IDC which is scheduled to start 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' which falls completely inside the Chinese New Years holiday period, make sure to use this to your advantage and this is followed by a PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand again, in conjunction with PADI CDC center ' Dive Asia' and this program is scheduled to start 8th February.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, November 18, 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016


It's almost time for a new PADI IDC on Phuket, scheduled to start in just a few days, but first a blog about the PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016. 

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Sonja with her Fish ID slate, checking and counting fish on Bida Nok.

With Sonja who participated in the October-November 2017 IDC on Phuket I went diving for her PADI Fish ID instructor level specialty and her PADI Underwater Navigation instructor level specialty at the Bida islands, Bida Nok and Bida Noi with a third dive, just for fun at Anemone reef.
Mel, Jasmine and Andy from the same PADI IDC were also on the boat, just for some fun dives before they were on the move again and leaving Phuket behind them.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; A big group of Yellow Line Fusiliers at the Bida's. It was a pleasure diving smack in the middle of them with the school just parting to let you through

The second day of her PADI Specialty Instructor training saw us splashing at the Racha islands, Racha Noi and Racha Yai, for the two dives of the PADI Deep diver instructor level specialty, once more followed by a third dive of the day, just for fun and because we can!
This day saw Jordan on the boat for some fun dives and Cameron was completing PADI specialty Instructor training with Richard, which whom I team taught the recent PADI IDC on Phuket.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; You can now stop wondering where Anemone Reef got it's name from

Both days diving were enjoyable, we saw lots of fish and corals at both dive sites and Sonja had to meet her performance requirements, which she duly did and hopefully she learned a few things along the way as well.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Sonja checking the pressure at depth during one of our deep dives

The deep dives at Racha Noi were fun because we did them with Richard and Cameron together, with thanks to Richard for taking the pictures. The previous day, at the end of the day, my Canon S110 had for the second time the much dreaded 'lens error' problem, after which the camera basically shuts down, because the lens either on't open or close anymore. A well known problem that Canon just doesn't seem capable of dealing and handling with in a proper way.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Staged decompression stop at 5 meters for 8 minutes whilst breathing for one minute from a different tank

After two days of diving, Sonja went on her way to Khao Lak, where a dive instructor job was waiting for her at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', teaching courses and going on the live aboards and/or local dive sites.
The next morning I was driving back home to Koh Samui, to enjoy some time off and with the family, before the next PADI IDC starts in a few days time, to be exact on 22nd November with a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course and the actual PADI IDC kicking off a day later, 23rd November in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket for November 2016; Sonja performing during a timed skill at 35 meters depth

Come and see about me and the PADI IDC courses that I teach. This coming Wednesday 23rd November the last PADI IDC for this year will start on Phuket, Thailand, followed by the last PADI IDC all around Thailand and possibly all of South Est Asia, on 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' and the first PADI IDC of 2017 is scheduled to start 10th January 2017 on Phuket, Thailand again, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. After this you can find me on 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC center ' Blue Planet Divers', one of the very few PADI IDC programs whose dates line up with and inside the Chinese New Years period for 2017.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, November 6, 2016

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for November 2016 has been successfully completed

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for November 2016 has been successfully completed


It's that time of the month again and the PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for November 2016 has been successfully completed. This PADI IDC I team taught with fellow Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Reardon. Today only the  Open Water dive was left plus the Rescue Exercise # 7, both at Kata beach on Phuket and all 15 candidates of the recent PADI IDC for October - November 2016 on Phuket, Thailand passed with very high scores.

Yesterday the exams, classroom presentations and the confined water dive were successfully navigated by all candidates, although there was one issue with the general procedures and standards exam and one candidate needs to look at that again.

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for November 2016 has been successfully completed

PADI IE on Phuket, Thailand for November 2016 has been successfully completed; Sonja, Almond, Ken, Aloknath, Jasmine, Mel, Bruce, Andy, Alex, Sarina, Cameron, Jordan, Valerie, Nico and Gilles
Team taught this PADI IDC with Richard and Nico staffed
PADI examiners were Rob Scammell and Kim Boo Kyung

The two exam days with all it's associated nerves and stress are finally over and this afternoon and tonight come of the candidates may have a drink or two, or three, or four.....
Well deserved and it was a pleasure having been able to work with all of you. Job well done, now it's time to relax.

Not for me and Sonja though, we will be on the boat tomorrow and sort out some PADI Instructor specialty training this afternoon and over the following next two days.

Thanks to Richard for making this all possible!

If you're interested to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, your next opportunities will be 23rd November 2016 and 10th January 2017 on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', 9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers and on 26th January 2017 on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers.

Please don't hesitate to contact me and ask for more detailed information on any of these programs at these various locations.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, November 4, 2016

PADI IDC for October-November 2016 on Phuket has been completed

PADI IDC for October-November 2016 on Phuket has been completed


And so the PADI IDC for October-November 2016 on Phuket has been completed. It was good to work with such a large group again and experience the dynamics of such a large group. It was a very good and friendly group where everybody seemed to respect each other. 

Each PADI IDC candidate during this program seemed also to enjoy him- and herself and we saw some very steep learning curves. It was a busy and hectic PADI IDC program at times but we and the candidates managed to meet all performance requirements, with a lot of new things learned by them and fun was had along the way.

PADI IDC for October-November 2016 on Phuket has been completed

PADI IDC for October-November 2016 on Phuket has been completed; The group at Kata Big Rock swimming pool, with Jasmine, Richard, Valerie, Andrew, Aloknath, Nico, Gilles, Christophe, Mel, Alex, Sarina, Sonja, Almond, Bruce, Cameron, Gob, Ken, Camille and Jordan from Austrlia, the UK, France, India, Brunei, Germany, Finland,China, Thailand and the Netherlands

At times it was hard work, since not everybody progresses at the same pace, but each candidate has his or her ups and downs but there was also lots of good times and funny moments.
Tomorrow the PADI IE starts, covering this weekend and ideally come this Sunday afternoon, we have a whole new bunch of PADI Instructors running around, ready to party hard come Sunday evening. If you work hard, you can play hard!
All the best to all candidates over the weekend and see you tomorrow morning!

If you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, and work in small groups with lots of personal attention, your next opportunities will be 23rd November 2016 and 10th January 2017 on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', on9th December on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers and on 26th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand during Chinese New Year in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

Please contact me if you like to receive more detailed information.

See you there,
Camille