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