Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income?

Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application


It's been a while since there was a guest blog writer on this blog, but here is a new read about; how to land your "Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application"! 

Andreas Ott took his PADI IDC back in April 2015 in Khao Lak, Thailand with me in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'. Together with five other candidates he took and succeeded in his goal to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Life after the PADI IDC took him on an interesting ride through South East Asia and he is now in a next phase of his dive career, after having been among other a cruise director in Indonesia.

We have kind of stayed in touch after his IDC and here he is, with a guest blog post on how to land your "Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application".

Check out his website Scubareer dot net and enjoy the article;

"Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application".


Have you been struggling to find your dive jobs? Are you even on a hunt for your very first dive job ever?
For me, after becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor opportunities seemed to be far away because the competition was huge. I learned a range of very useful tricks from other dive pros and dive shop owners on how to get a great dive job.
Over the last years, I managed to work as a divemaster, dive instructor, retail seller, liveaboard cruise director and marketing manager.
Today I share with you some tips on how to create a good impression that helps you to stick out and land your dream job in the diving industry. But first I have a few tips on how to make a little extra money on the side.

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Komodo National Park

A divemaster needs some extra cash

I loved it as a divemaster for two seasons. Most of the time on a liveaboard, diving, guiding, Fish-ID with guests, some briefings and the parties after each trip. Can somebody ask for anything more?
Yes, a decent income. As a divemaster, I did not have that.

Tip #1 Sell stuff

We need to face it. We are in the sales industry. Did somebody tell you to become a dive professional and live from the love for the ocean? Well, good luck filling your fridge.

I learned over time and with some experience from other dive pros how to create a decent pocket money on the side while working as a divemaster or instructor. There are different ways how to do this.

• Support a local business and offer their artisan products to your diving guests
• Create your own dive tribe and get commission for bringing your guests to the dive shop
• Offer dive courses to guests
• Offer dive equipment to guests

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Underwater Camera

First instructor gig

After two seasons as a divemaster, I became a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Camille in Thailand.
Then I moved to Cairns in Australia right at the Great Barrier Reef.
Of course, I struggled to find my first job as an instructor. I did not even get an answer from a few dive shops. It was frustrating.
Then I got a tip from an old dive buddy from my time as divemaster:

Tip #2 Find more available dive jobs

I checked more websites for available positions. Now you can find a list of links of the most popular websites in his Facebook group. Make sure you check different platforms since some dive companies only publish on very few websites.
By checking more websites showing available jobs I was able to find more opportunities.
Take your time reading job descriptions thoroughly. 'Read between the lines’.

Tip #3 Sort out your CV

Everybody has what I had at that time. I needed to stick out of all the other applicants. How?

I wanted to know from the employers what they need from their potential staff. I started to understand better what is important for employers after talking to a range of dive shop owners. 

After I got my CV sorted out I landed my first employment. I was the junior instructor at one of the largest certifying companies in the world. Legitimate Visa and work permit, good pay and a fantastic team. It felt wonderful after starting off with a tough struggle.

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Sunset at the Great Barrier Reef

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Boat Scubapro from ProDive Cairns

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Deck of ScubaPro

Next job

After almost one year in Australia, I wanted to get a job on land for a dive operator and go diving occasionally. It had been almost three years on boats and I missed on-land life.
A luxury liveaboard company in the Komodo National Park of Indonesia was looking for a marketing manager with liveaboard experience.
I did not have personal connections in this part of the world but this time I knew

• Where to find jobs
• How to prepare a good CV

Tip #4 Prepare for the job interview

I got invited for a job interview which made me feel really excited. I had not much time to practice so I asked my friends how to prepare a job interview well.

I have put together some tips on how to be ready for a job interview via internet phone call:

• Good internet connection
• Headphones
• Paper and pen
• Fully charged battery of laptop or phone
• Optimally plugged into a wall socket - a phone is empty quickly
• The job-ad to refer to it
• The website of the dive shop open on your computer or phone
• As much info as you can find about the company via internet or friends
• Silent environment
• Not look like you come back from a three-day full moon party
• Good light so they can see

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

 Preparing for the job interview

The job interview went well and I got the job!

For almost one year I was in Indonesia, living in Bali and every eight weeks on a plane to Komodo. I got trained to the dive sites, the twelve crew, the language, logistics, boat accounting and the service level.

It was a very challenging year but I am really happy and grateful I have this work experience.

From the other perspective

When I was in the manager position I was the one reading many applications from diving professionals seeking for employment.
The time pressure is high in an office environment. As a rule of thumb, your CV gets scanned 30 seconds before it gets trashed. Maybe one minute if you are lucky. I think there are very capable people out there. But guys. Put good effort into your job application.

It turned out that a high number of applications do not have the most important info easy to find. If this most important info can not be found easily the application moves into the trash. Therefor check this free CV check list.


Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application

Dream job ahead with a decent income? Only with the right attitude, skills and a professional job application; Andreas at Komodo National Park

Takeaway

Get your job application in shape and present yourself professionally with a great attitude, professional training and motivation. You will get access to an amazing lifestyle.

The PADI Instructor Development Course has been a door opener for me. It was a gateway to a new path I did not even dream of before. I can strongly recommend taking the leap.

I am grateful for all the experiences I made on my journey as a dive professional.

Written by Andreas Ott

Saturday, August 19, 2017

EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket

EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket


The EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
At Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock we met on Thursday morning to complete the EFR Instructor course.
The classroom was now used an accident emergency facility for practicing skills and scenarios. Once the required presentations by me were out of the way, the fun started with the hands on part. This is much more enjoyable that the actual presentations or the exams. We have 'Baby Annie', 'Junior Annie' and 'Little Annie' join the party and various skills are demonstrated and practiced.

We started the classroom presentation already on Wednesday and used Thursday to complete and review the exams and practice the skills and scenarios.

Today the PADI IE has started and right now Peter and It and all other PADI IE participants are navigating the five theory and the general standards & procedures exams.

The EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. At Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock we met on Thursday morning to complete the EFR Instructor course. The classroom was now used an accident emergency facility for practicing skills and scenarios. Once the required presentations by me were out of the way, the fun started with the hands on part. This is much more enjoyable that the actual presentations or the exams. We have 'Baby Annie', 'Junior Annie' and 'Little Annie' join the party and various skills are demonstrated and practiced.

EFR Instructor course has been completed for August 2017 on Phuket; After completing the course, Peter, EFR Instructor Trainer Camille and It on the group picture

In case you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, the EFR Instructor course is integrated in all of my PADI IDC Programs, at no extra cost. 
There are a couple of opportunities coming up to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs. These opportunities kick off with our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', on 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' or on 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and not to forget 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, August 18, 2017

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed


The PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', in Kata on Phuket!

For the last couple of days, Shin joined us, Shin is Japanese but lived 25 years in New York in the USA and since a few month in the Republic of Palau. He completed his PADI IDC back in March with a PADI Course Director I used to work with some ten years ago, Gianrico Mureddu. Back in March, Shin didn't feel ready for his PADI IE so he waited until now and joined It and Peter during our August 2017 PADI IDC here on Phuket for a few days of extra training and refreshing his knowledge and skills,
Today Shin and It completed their last training, the actual IDC was completed and closed yesterday.

Lots of training has been done over the last ten days. All performance requirements have been met, sometimes very successful and sometimes less successful. In both cases, it is all part of the development process that each individual goes through during a PADI IDC and what gets them ready to attend a PADI IE and ideally to become a good PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor after all the examinations.

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Phuket for August 2018 has been completed; Shin, It and Peter in the pool at the scuba diving training facilities of PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' at Kata Big Rock

Tomorrow the actual PADI IE or Instructor Exam will be knocking at their doors with a very early start. At 7.30am it all kicks off until tomorrow early afternoon, when we should have three new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. It will involve lots of nail biting, waiting, some stress and short bursts of action for all three and all other fellow participants, before these two days are over.

Stay tuned for updates!

In case you're interested in becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, there are a couple of opportunities coming up to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs. These opportunities kick off with our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', on 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' or on 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and not to forget 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September


The Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.
It's good to be back on Koh Phangan and enjoy the laid back atmosphere of island in the Gulf of Thailand.

We still have places available in our September PADI IDC program. Come and join us for an IDC program with small groups and lots of personal attention by the very experienced Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens.

His PADI IDC programs will give you the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training. Camille's Instructor Development Course programs will also provide valuable hands-on training with the emphasis on fun and in-water application.
Camille is also fluent in English, German and his native Dutch and can speak French. He can offer language assistance in various languages. You have the option to take the theory exams in various different languages and he can offer the required PADI materials also in various languages to you.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September

Next PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand starts 21st September

Choosing the right school for your Instructor Training and internship is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the Dive Industry and with Camille you will choose a very good option.
Get in touch with Camille and he will be able to give you all the relevant information you need to successfully participate in his September PADI IDC program on Koh Phangan.

There are more opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs, starting with our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', on 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, August 12, 2017

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark


The PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
By this time we're well under steam and a lot of ground has already been covered. Knowledge development is in full swing, confined water has been sorted out, theory exams are on the menu tomorrow morning and open water training will see us on the Dive Asia's boat on Monday to the Raya islands.
Plenty of presentations by me have been delivered and there are only four more to go! Later this week we will also conduct the EFR Instructor course and the Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor course. Plenty of things to keep us busy and out of trouble!

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has reached the halfway mark; Peter on the left and it on the right during one of their skill circuits in confined water at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock

We still have a whole week to go until the PADI IE will kick off on this coming Saturday 19th August. If everything work out, today in a week we should have two new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors on Phuket!

The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started


The PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. We actually started already yesterday!
At Dive Asia's Scuba Diving Training Center at Kata Big Rock we're in full swing. Peter from Hong Kong and It from Thailand are the August PADI IDC candidates and it seems we have a good group going.
Strong performances and results so far with the five theory exams and first skill practices in the confined water. The first couple of presentations by me are out of the way and the first couple of workshops have been completed. Some of the workshops we conducted were about control, the CESA (controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent) in confined water and lift bag use. Just a few of the workshops and there are plenty more to come.

So far so good, two days in and plenty more to come. Some hard work and excitement is in front of Peter and It but also some fun moments will be part of the IDC.

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started

PADI IDC for August 2017 on Phuket has started; Peter, Platinum PADI Course Director Camille and It

Stay tuned for more updates coming from this PADI IDC program of August 2017. I'm looking forward to the next couple of days and see how everything will slowly come together for them. Little piece by little piece!

If you're interested in joining one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, don't hesitate to contact me for more detailed information about one of the following locations. 

The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, August 7, 2017

Testimonial by Sean Brennan of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Sean Brennan of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here's the second one for last month, the Testimonial by Sean Brennan of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

Sean came all the way over from Colorado in the USA to participate in his PADI IDC with us, after a referral of the dive shop owner where he completed all of his scuba diving courses. It's always good to know that people remember you!

Right now, about three weeks later, he's still on Phuket and working on his plan to become an active instructor on Phuket. The legal side is under investigation and in progress and housing has already been secured. It's good to see how your dream and plan are slowly coming together Sean, step by step. Excellent work!

You will be fine, looking at how you handled yourself during the July IDC on Phuket and the PADI IE. It's all about being organized!

Testimonial by Sean Brennan of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Sean Brennan of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Sean practicing Rescue Exercise # 7 in the pool at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock during the July 2017 PADI IDC

So here we are for Sean's testimonial;

I just recently took Camille's IDC and MSDT Prep course during July in Phuket and I can't speak highly enough about it.  Camille is incredibly knowledgeable in so many areas related to diving that it makes the course fun, interesting and in my opinion the best choice to prepare you for the I.E. and for a future career in the dive industry.  Camille takes the time to make sure you understand the information completely and was able to answer any questions I had.  He connects with his students and makes sure they feel confident heading into the examination.  
His attention to detail and teaching attitude like I said earlier makes the class that much more enjoyable and informative.  
Getting to learn from one of the best only increased my confidence going forward as a dive instructor.  
His work with you doesn't stop once the class is over either, he is always there to help and answer any further questions you have about diving, working as an instructor or life in another country.  He knows multiple languages and although I had no problems because we both spoke English, he was able to get French materials and help my fellow classmate (who was French but could speak decent English) fully understand the material and feel confident going forward into his I.E. as well.  

Again I can't thank him enough for being my teacher and helping me start my own career.  If you are looking for someone to do your IDC with look no further, you've found the best.

Thanks for taking the time out to write this testimonial, it's much appreciated and it will be good to see you progress on Phuket and get involved in the dive world there.

If you're interested in joining one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs after reading Sean's testimonial, don't hesitate to contact me for more detailed information about one of the following locations. 
The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th September 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th September 2017


The Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th September 2017 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. Come and join us at our comfortable and convenient scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock at Kata on Phuket!
We offer a big, dedicated PADI IDC classroom with wifi and a very big onsite pool, ideal for your PADI IDC training. Lunches are included in our Phuket PADI IDC programs and are had at the pool side restaurant.

Choosing the right school for your Instructor Training and internship is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the Dive Industry. With Camille at the Dive Asia IDC helm, you can't go wrong! He has the experience and expertise to not only guide you through the PADI IDC program but to give you enough practical knowledge to become a good PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor once you pass your PADI IE. 
All this comes with he quality you may expect from a twelve time Platinum PADI Course Director, with fun throughout the program but without losing sight of the tasks at hand and of what you want to accomplish.

We still have places available for our September PADI IDC program., so don't be shy and contact me for more detailed information.

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th September 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 5th September 2017

Are you interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs? There are more opportunities to join me and the next PADI IDC programs scheduled are our monthly PADI IDC's on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th August, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

Contact me for more detailed information on each of these locations.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Testimonial by Michael Klausz of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Michael Klausz of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here's one more, this time a Testimonial by Michael Klausz of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

During the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, we started out as strangers at the beginning of the IDC program but grew together over the course of the program and in the end became friends. This is also what's reflected in Michael's testimonial and it's in French, so an added dimension to understand what he actually says for the non French speakers among us.

He does mention the additional help in French he received, by means of training aids in French and also my limited knowledge of French dive terminology helped.

It was good to have you aboard for the July IDC, Michael. Although he is still fairly young, he already had a career as a fire fighter in a Paris suburb behind him and had a good sense of humor as well.

It was very good to see how you booked progress during the IDC program and how you were able to kill the PADI IE at the end. Now it's off to Europe and work as a dive instructor there and put in use all the things you learned during the IDC. I'm looking forward to hear some updates how you will fare during that process. I'm also confident that you can handle this and will do the right thing(s). Good luck and enjoy your courses and work on Malta!

Testimonial by Michael Klausz of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Michael Klausz of the July 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Michael in confined water, in a neutrally buoyant position, demonstrating some skills, in this case regulator recovery from behind the shoulder.

Here we go with Michael's testimonial, in French, so maybe get your dictionary out;

 Bonjour à tous, je suis vraiment très satisfait de L'IDC que j'ai suivi avec DIVE Asia et plus particulièrement avec Camille durant juillet 2017.
Je suis français avec un niveau d'anglais correct et parlant aussi espagnol, mais il est vrai que pour la partie théorie notamment je souhaitait avoir un maximum de support français, dive asia et Camille mon donc commandé mon crew pack en français ainsi que les examens ecrit, et le gros plus avec Camille et qu'il parle un peu français donc quand j'avais quelques problèmes de compréhension il pouvait m'aiguiller! Le deuxième gros plus est que pour la casi totalité des supports des cours ( PDF, vidéos ) Camille les possèdes aussi en français et n'hésitera pas à vous les donner par clée USB.
Cependant de mon avis, je pense que pour faire ce travail il est tres important de parler plusieurs langues, et faire son IDC en grande parti en anglais et vraiment trés intéressant car vous vous sentirez vraiment plus à l'aise à la fin et encore plus fier de votre réussites, il faut aussi savoir que pendant les examens vous n'aurais pas forcément un course director qui parle français, donc pour tous ce qui est des présentations ( cours, présentation milieu protégé, et milieu naturel ) il est vraiment cool d'avoir confiance en soit pour les présenter en anglais si vous n'avez pas le choix.
Il y a plein d'école pour faire vôtres IDC mais avec Dive Asia je vous garanti que vous pourrez travailler au calme et très efficacement ! Quand l'examen arrivera se ne sera plus qu'une formalité si vous bossez comme il le faut.
Encore un grand merci a Dive asia et Camille pour avoir accompagné m'a réussite à L' IE. 

As always Michael, it's much appreciated that you took the time out to write this testimonial!

Are you interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs after reading Michael's testimonial? The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are our monthly PADI IDC's scheduled to start on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 6th September, 3rd October and 5th December. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or 21st October in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

Contact me for more detailed information on each of these locations.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, July 27, 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017


Michael and Sean both participated in some of the PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017. Straight after they completed the PADI IDC, we started with some of the training, all in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

Michael and Sean both participated in some of the PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017. Straight after they completed the PADI IDC, we started with some of the training, all in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017; Michael and Sean during their Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course, handling the emergency oxygen equipment

Both Michael and Sean participated in the Enriched Air and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Specialties. 
Sean went on to compete the MSDT Prep course, which added another 5 PADI Instructor Specialties to his tally.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017; Some additional wreck training skills I add to the course, with a blacked out mask find your way around the rebuild classroom, with additional lines going off in different directions. In preparation to find your way around in case you ever end up in a silted out room.

Sean choose to participate in the PADI Wreck-, Drift, DUP (Digital Underwater Photography)-, Deep- and Fish ID Instructor level specialties. 
This meant boat and dive time! We had seven good dives on and around the Raya islands, Shark Point, Bida Nai near Koh Phi Phi and Koh Doc Maai.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017; Underwater scenes at Bida Nai near Koh Phi Phi

We had different weather and dive conditions, ranging from sunny to windy to rainy top side and from easy and relaxed diving to diving in strong currents. The latter came in very handy for Sean's drift dive specialty!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017; A nudibranch belonging to the Flabellina family, in a strong current at Koh Doc Maai

It's always nice to relax and wind off after the PADI IE with a few dives and enjoy what we came to do in the first; scuba diving!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017; Cuttlefish at the Ray islands, on the hunt. Nearby, just a meter or two away a second cuttlefish was hanging out, giving back cover in case it was needed.

Sean is settling on Phuket, looking for work and getting himself in a legal position and Michael has already moved on, to new life and dive adventures. It was great having you both and we'll meet again soon enough! For the time being, good luck with your respective scuba diving careers! The foundation has been laid during your July 2017 PADI IDC!!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017; Sean tying off a rope during his wreck penetration dive

Are you interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs after reading this PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket in July 2017 blog? The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs is to join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers' or join me in Khao Lak, Thailand on 21st October in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' or at last but not least come and see about me come 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, July 24, 2017

Testimonial by Glenn Pearson of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Glenn Pearson of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here we go again, a Testimonial by Glenn Pearson of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

The May IDC was a good experience with both Toon and Glenn in on the action. Glenn came off the back of a season guiding in the Similan islands, with Khao Lak as home base. The PADI IDC was challenging for him but he handled it real well and killed both the IDC and the subsequent PADI IE on Phuket. High scores all around for him and both Glenn and Toon passed the PADI IE.

Interestingly enough, Glenn has a background in the touring part of the music industry, similar to myself, so there were a few talking points along the IDC lunches. 

He's back in the UK now, waiting for the next season in Khao Lak, however, now being armed with a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor licence. Looking forward seeing you again and hear about your instructor experiences!

Testimonial by Glenn Pearson of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Glenn Pearson of the May 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Camille, Rob the PADI Examiner and Glenn after getting back on Chalong pier on Phuket, having just nailed the Open Water dive during the PADI IE. This was the last segment of the PADI IE, celebration time!

Let's see what Glenn has to say about his IDC. Here is his testimonial;

For anyone looking to do their IDC I can’t recommend Camille highly enough, his attention to detail and knowing exactly what you need to get you through the IDC as an individual and the extra time he puts into making sure you get through the IE makes it a no brainer for me, Clear, concise information and Camille’s good humour makes the whole experience less stressful, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and I look forward to furthering my education with Camille at the earliest opportunity.

Thanks for taking the time out to write this testimonial Glenn, much appreciated!

Are you interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs after reading Glenn's testimonial? The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are PADI IDC's scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'

Contact me for more detailed information on each of these locations.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PADI IE for July 2017 on Phuket was successfully completed

PADI IE for July 2017 on Phuket was successfully completed


The PADI IE for July 2017 on Phuket was successfully completed today by Michael and Sean of the July 2017 PADI IDC in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
It was two busy and nervous days with lots of waiting, short bursts of action and many moments of 'partial' celebration until this afternoon. This afternoon saw the big showdown celebration for completing the July 2017 PADI very successfully. Today during the Open water dives, both Michael and Sean scored straight fives, the highest score possible. Well done guys, to complete the PADI IE with such a bang! Nice one. All the hard work that both of you put in paid off and now you can call yourself PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!

Congratulations and all the best and success in your future dive career! But first it's time to celebrate tonight!

PADI IE for July 2017 on Phuket was successfully completed

PADI IE for July 2017 on Phuket was successfully completed; Sean and Michael after their successful open water segment of the July 2017 PADI IE on Phuket, ready to celebrate their newly gained PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating. Welcome to the club guys!

If you're interested in participating in one my up and coming PADI IDC programs, the next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'. On the 21st October is scheduled to start in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.
Spaces are still available for these programs.

Contact me for detailed information on each of these locations,

See you there,
Camille

Friday, July 14, 2017

Testimonial by Adrian Chan of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Adrian Chan of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Received this Testimonial by Adrian Chan of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' a few days ago already.

The June PADI IDC on Phuket was an easy ride for me when it came down to the dive theory, Adrian was trying to beat his fellow candidate Kevin with the scores of the exams. Kevin is a math teacher. Beautiful scenario for me! They both did very well and we had lots of fun during the actual IDC and their respective PADI Instructor specialty training. 

It was great having you Adrian, I hope that all you learned during the IDC will be of good use for you in your future path that you're about to follow in the dive world. You're still very young, gifted and smart! I will follow your steps with curiosity and full support if ever needed. Not to mention I hope to meet again, rather sooner than later!

Testimonial by Adrian Chan of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Adrian Chan of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Adrian at Raya Yai, riding his underwater bike

Without further ado, let's see how Adrian experienced the June PADI IDC on Phuket and what he has to say;

I was apprehensive at first to undertake my IDC and IE as I felt unprepared and relatively inexperienced as a Divemaster.

As I began the IDC, I found Camille's experience to be very helpful in answering all my questions. He was also extremely supportive of my fellow candidate and I through our up's and down's. Camille's knowledge and humor were thoroughly helpful as we went through many powerpoints and exams."

However, going on to the IE I felt well prepared and ready to take it on. I managed to pass with high scores and it was all thanks to Camille.

I would not hesitate to recommend Camille to other potential candidates, or to continue my diving education with him.

Thank you to Camille once again!, for making the IDC and IE the wonderful experience and memory that it was.

As always, it's much appreciated that you took the time out to write this!

Interested in joining one of my PADI IDC programs after Adrian's words? The next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are PADI IDC's scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'

Contact me for detailed information on each of these locations,.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, July 13, 2017

EFR Instructor course of July 2017 successfully completed on Phuket

EFR Instructor course of July 2017 successfully completed on Phuket


The EFR Instructor course of July 2017 successfully completed on Phuket in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
It was an easy day yesterday with a few more presentations by me, this time relating to the EFR Instructor course. We reviewed knowledge reviews and exams and had some hands on practice on skills and scenarios with me now in function as an EFR Instructor Trainer. 
All in all a relaxed and fun day. A nice break from the recent and successful PADI IDC of July 2017.

The Annie family was put to good practice, Little, Junior and Baby Annie were around and were saved various times! 

Did you know that Resusci Anne (or Little Annie) was developed by the Norwegian toy maker Asmund Laerdal and the Austrian-Czech physician Peter Safar and American physician James Elam and is produced by the company Laerdal Medical?

Even more interesting is the fact that the distinctive face of Resusci Anne was based on L'Inconnue de la Seine, the death mask of an unidentified young woman reputedly drowned in the River Seine around the late 1880s.

EFR Instructor course of July 2017 successfully completed on Phuket

EFR Instructor course of July 2017 successfully completed on Phuket; Sean and Michael after having successfully completed the EFR Instructor course

After this relaxed and fun day the guys are ready for the PADI IE, waiting for them this coming weekend, 15th and 16th July.

You can also participate in an EFR Instructor course, you don't even have to be a PADI member, either Divemaster or Instructor,. This course is open to everyone with the right prerequisites!

The EFR Instructor course is however included in all PADI IDC programs I offer. Your next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are PADI IDC's scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'

Contact me for detailed information on each of these locations,.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has been completed

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has been completed


We have done it, the PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has been completed in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
The days passed really quickly when you are enjoying yourselves and do something you actually like. During a PADI IDC, you are definitely doing something you like but it may also be challenging at times as well. That's how it's supposed to be. Fun and challenging and learning lots of new things with an emphasis on safety! Well, guess what! That's exactly what we have been doing during the last two weeks.

It was challenging for the two candidates at times to meet all the performance requirements of this PADI IDC. Many things they did for the first time, so it takes some practice before they get it right. Getting it right they did though and I'm confident that after the up can coming PADI IE this coming weekend, we will have two brand new PADI Instructors on the block.

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has been completed

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has been completed; Sean and Michael during a safety stop of their open water training

We worked hard but all classroom presentations by me and the candidates have been completed, all confined and open water training has been taken care of plus dozens of work shops and rescue exercise 7 practice. The theory and general standards; done and dusted. It's show time come Saturday and the PADI IE is scheduled to happen here on Phuket.

Before the weekend we will complete some PADI Specialty Instructor training, tomorrow Sean and Michael will complete the Enriched Air and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Specialties.
Come Friday, I will go diving with Sean and we will work on some diving Instructor Specialteis, with more to come next week Monday!

In the meantime, your next opportunities to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs are PADI IDC's scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'

Contact me for detailed information on each of these locations,.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket is halfway

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket is halfway


The PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket is halfway in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
Time flies indeed and it must be because we're having fun along the way as well. We also covered a lot of ground from the IDC curriculum, all the candidates knowledge development presentations have been completed already. A lot of confined water work has been done and tomorrow we're scheduled to go on the boat for the open water training dives, that is, if my cold will be cleared. If not, we will have to postpone until Thursday.
Right now they're in the middle of their theory exams, so we keep them busy! PADI Regional manager Andy also dropped in to say hello yesterday, which was much appreciated by all of us.

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket is halfway

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket is halfway; Sean and Michael in the pool during skill circuit practice, in this case the alternate air source skill

It's small but intimate PADI IDC this July of 2017 but the candidates receive as always, lots of personal attention from their Platinum PADI Course Director.

If you're interested in participating in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, you can do so. There are places available at all programs mentioned below.

The next opportunities to participate are scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'

Contact me for detailed information on each of these locations,.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, July 7, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th August 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th August 2017

Here we are, the Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th August 2017 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.

A great opportunity to start your professional diving career either as PADI OWSI or Open Water Scuba Instructor. Alternatively, you can continue your education and become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor.

We still have places available for this program with a special offer only valid for the August PADI IDC on Phuket: receive 20% discount on your course PADI IDC fee. On top of that, become a PADI Specialty Instructor for Enriched Air or Nitrox and for the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course.
These two PADI Specialty Instructor ratings are included for free during the PADI IDC, exclusive of the PADI application fees and you already need to be a Nitrox diver.

Come and join us to enjoy small classes with lots of personal attention and with a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Director; Camille!

If you like to have a cutting edge on the competitive job market, participate in an IDC or internship with Camille.  His programs provide the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training.

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th August 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket starts 8th August 2017

The next opportunities to participate in one of PADI IDC programs are 26th July and 12th November in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Neptune Diving Adventure'. You can also join our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center "Dive Asia', starting 8th August, 5th September or 3rd October. Another option may be the PADI IDC programs scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center ' Haad Yao Divers'

Contact me for detailed information on each of these locations,.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has started



The PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has started in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. Although it's a small group, as usual, it's also a very international group with the two candidates originating from the USA and France.

Small and intimate and plenty of personal attention during the course. It was also good to meet them in person today, at last. By email and other means is good, but nothing beats being face to face and being able to start the course and get things going!

Today we covered all theory exams and now it's clear where they stand and what still needs to be studied. One thing out of the way, at a very early stage and there's a lot more to follow during the coming days.

Tomorrow more presentations by me are scheduled and the first confined water dive with skill practice and rescue exercise # 7 are scheduled. 

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has started

PADI IDC for July 2017 on Phuket has started; Sean and Michael at the start of this brand new PADI IDC program on Phuket

Stay tuned for more updates on this July 2017 PADI IDC program, more blogs will follow!

In the meantime, if you're interested in participating in one of my PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity will be in Moalboal in the Philippines in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure', with programs being scheduled to start 26th July and 12th November. 

This is followed by our monthly PADI IDC programs on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', starting with 8th August, 5th September and 3rd October.

There will also be a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 21st September on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

Please feel free to contact me for more detailed information on any of the location I teach at.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, July 1, 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017


It was time for PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'. Before I start the July PADI IDC program on Phuket, it is time to look back at what we did last month!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; Kevin during an open water no mask swim for the self reliant diver course

Adrian and Kevin participated in a few PADI Instructor level specialties between them. Kevin actually added an extra day to his stay, to complete all the training he wanted to do and we had Jamie as a special guest who completed her DPV Instructor course and the Gas Blender course.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; Adrian during the DPV Instructor specialty course

Adrian and Kevin both became Enriched Air Instructors and Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructors, since they're included in my PADI IDC programs. However, on top of these Instructor level specialties, Adrian took on the DPV (Diver Propulsion Vehicle) and DUP (Digital Underwater Photography) Instructor specialties.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; Kevin and Adrian during the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course

Kevin took on the Instructor level specialties for Self-Reliant diver (including the Self reliant diver level course), Underwater Naturalist and Underwater Navigation.
Enough to keep us out of trouble for a few days and have a good time and enjoyable dives on the boat.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; Kevin during the self reliant diver Instructor course

And fun we had! Look at the picture below, a picture says more than a thousand words! We had great dives and saw some nice underwater marine life, new nudibranches, a pyramid box fish, harlequin shrimps (well, supposedly that is) and a big octopus to name a few.

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; On our way back home to Phuket after a hard days work on the boat, with Kevin and Adrian!

We also dived the wrecks at Raya Yai in Bay one, at least the days we found them! There's still one more wreck to be discovered. Something to look out for!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; The name is Bond, Jamie Bond! Jamie with a DPV during her Instructor course

Jamie, who is or was an Instructor at Dive Asia and hopefully will be again soon, after her current job on a super yacht will end. For this new job she needed the DPV Instructor course and the Gas Blender course, since she is in charge of all dive activities on the super yacht, including filling tanks.
It was my pleasure to have being able to work with Jamie on these two courses. Good luck on your new adventures!

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017

PADI Specialty Instructor training on Phuket during June 2017; Jamie at the controls during her Gas Blender course

So, if you're interested in PADI Instructor specialty training, come and join one of my PADI IDC programs. Starting with our monthly programs on Phuket, Thailand. Come 4th July, 8th August and 5th September, you're welcome to participate. On 26th July I have also scheduled an IDC program to start in Moalboal in the Philippines. Other programs are scheduled in the near future in Khao Lak (October), Moalboal in the Philippines (November) Koh Phangan and Koh Lanta in early 2018.

Contact me for more detailed information on any of these locations or programs.

See you there,
Camille