Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2016 is already passed the half way mark

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark


The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark, as usual, time flies when you're having fun! This PADI IDC is held in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.
As already mentioned in my first post about the Koh Lanta January 2017 PADI IDC, it's indeed a good and fun group and we're moving along really well.

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark; Practicing Rescue exercise # 7, unconscious diver at the surface. An integral part of all of my PADI IDC programs.

Lots of ground has already been covered and the seven candidates have already delivered their first classroom or knowledge development and confined water presentations. Right now they're completing their theory exams and tomorrow we're off to Koh Haa lagoon for the open water presentations. The 800 meter snorkel swim has already been done and we covered plenty of work shops, ranging from control to lift bag use visa CESA to knot tying and plenty more.

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark; Practicing knot tying, wherever you are at anytime!

Ann, who's staffing this PADI IDC program and helping out, and myself have also already delivered plenty of classroom presentations with plenty of more to come!
The candidates also still have a few more presentations to deliver, we're not there yet! We are definitely heading in the right direction though!

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January 2017 is already passed the half way mark; Packing up the gear at the end of a confined water day

As you can see, we're getting along nicely and are progressing according to schedule, even a little better actually. 
More updates are to follow and if you're interested in participating in one of my up and coming PADI IDC programs, your next opportunity will be 9th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and on 27th March we're back on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, January 27, 2017

The PADI IDC for January 2017 on Koh Lanta has started

The PADI IDC for January 2017 on Koh Lanta has started


Yesterday the PADI IDC for January 2017 on Koh Lanta has started, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' here on Koh Lanta.

It seems that we ourselves a nice group of seven IDC candidates, with a very international variation of countries of origin, including France, the UK, the USA, Japan and China combined with staff from the UK and the Netherlands.

The PADI IDC for January 2017 on Koh Lanta has started

The PADI IDC for January 2017 on Koh Lanta has started; from left to right, Carolyn, Guilhem, Faith, Ann (PADI IDCS), Baptiste, Norie, Melonie and Christine in the pool, before we started today's confined water session with a skill circuit and plenty of workshops, covering topics varying from how to control students to rescue diver course skills and descents. All in a days work!

At the end of day two of this PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, we covered a lot of ground already, including one set of dive theory exams, curriculum presentations by me and confined water dives with skill circuit practice, rescue exercise # 7 with and without pocket mask practice and plenty of workshops.
Tomorrow the candidates first confined water presentations is due and the 'real' work is about to start for them.

Stay tuned for more updates from this January PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in Thailand and if you're interested in participating in a PADI IDC with me, your next opportunities will be on 9th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and this is followed by 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand again in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Testimonial by Jack Alexander of the April 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Jack Alexander of the April 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand 


Here's a brand new testimonial by Jack Alexander of the April 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

It took Jack a while to rite this testimonial, but there's a very good reason, explained in the actual testimonial, which you can read below the picture. During the April 2015 PADI IE in Khao Lak, Jack had a problem with his open water presentation and needed to do that segment of the PADI IE again.
His problem however, was that he needed to go back home to the UK and take a next PADI IE in the UK. In order to be able to participate, he took the PADI dry suit specialty, so he could join a PADI IE program in a quarry in the UK. He did that and nailed it the second time.
We stayed in contact the whole and I made sure he was as prepared as possible, although we were worlds apart, me being in Thailand and Jack being in the UK.
He managed though and passed the PADI IE, 

Receiving his testimonial yesterday, was a very pleasant surprise and the reason he gave his brilliant. Much appreciated Jack! I hope you will enjoy teaching for many years to come!

Testimonial by Jack Alexander of the April 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Jack Alexander of the April 2015 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand ; Jack in the group picture of the April 2015 PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand, second from right.

Without further ado, here's Jack's testimonial;

Nearly Two years ago is when I started my IDC with you in Khao Lak, an experience that I will never forget. And now, after acing my IE in a slate quarry, Dry Suit equipped, in near freezing conditions, you were still there for me, to mentor me and give me the confidence I needed to succeed after not completing my IE in 2015. Now you might wonder why I chose to write this testimonial to you now. the truth behind this is, I wanted to write something that would have time behind it, experience in the field as an instructor, so that I might be able to look back with clarity and truly appreciate all you had done for me. To this day your voice rings clearly in my head whenever a student has a question, a concern, or tells me wide-eyed about a new fish they have seen or about their fears of the open ocean being conquered. Every time I teach I think of how you taught me, with patience, guidence and good humor in full swing. You've been my inspiration as an instructor, and no matter where I go I will always take that inspiration with me, so that I might inspire others to follow the same path, and to pursue their passion for diving to the fullest, as you have helped me to do so. Thank you so much, you truly are an inspiration. See you down there matey. Cheers

If Jack gives you inspiration to join one of my up can coming PADI IDC programs, the next opportunities will be 9th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 26th February actually in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and this is followed by 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February


The next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

At PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak we welcome you to our February 2017 PADI IDC in our air-conditioned classroom and onsite swimming pool, which can be used unlimited for practice (during business hours) and with a restaurant next door that serves some of the best lunches of all locations I teach at!

Khao Lak is conveniently located opposite the Similan islands and before or after your PADI IDC you can book a live aboard trip to this famous dive location,or combine it with your PADI Specialty Instructor training! 
Furthermore Khao Lak is a nice and quiet location where you can focus on your PADI IDC with plenty of accommodation and restaurant options near the dive center.

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February

Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand starts 22nd February

My PADI IDC classes are typically small which allows for lots of personal attention and if you want to be taught by a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Directors, Khao Lak is the right location for you since choosing the right school for your Instructor Training and internship is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the Dive Industry. .

For 2017. lots of other PADI IDC programs are schedule in Thailand as well, the first option being 26th January and 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', followed by 9th February and 7th March with a program on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed with a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 26th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February


The next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February 2017 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

At our scuba diving training facilities at Kata Big Rock we welcome you to our classroom, swimming pool and options for accommodation with a restaurant on site. Very convenient since everything is pretty much located at one location.

Kata also offers plenty of different options for accommodation in various price ranges and there are plenty of other restaurants and shops within walking distance of Kata Big Rock, 

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 9th February

If you're interested in small classes with lots of personal attention and if you want to be taught by a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Directors, you found the right location. 

My programs provide the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your Instructor Training. 
Please contact me if you would like to receive more specific information about any of my PADI IDC programs on Phuket.

More PADI IDC programs are schedule in Thailand, starting with 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon', followed by 7th March with another program on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by 27th March with a PADI IDC program scheduled to start 27th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, January 16, 2017

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January


The Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January 2017 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and a few places are still left for the late deciders!

This will be the first PADI IDC program I will teach this year and Koh Lanta is a great location to attend a PADI IDC. 
As always small groups and lots of personal attention are on offer in combination with a very experienced Platinum PADI Course Director (in it's tenth consecutive platinum year!) on an easy going island where we offer you a relaxed PADI IDC environment.

If you're interested in your PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, that's also on offer and do check out my testimonials page to see what former IDC candidates have to say about their experiences.

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th January

The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta for January is confirmed and you can contact me for more specific information on this program or any of the up and coming programs later this year at the various locations around Thailand and in the Philippines.

The next opportunities to join one of my PADI IDC programs are 9th February and 7th March on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia', followed by 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' and this is followed by 27th March when we're back on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand


Here's a brand new Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

Lars was one of the candidates of the recent PADI IDC on Koh Phangan for December 2016 and like his fellow candidates, he also passed the PADI IE and is now a PADI Instructor. All the way from Norway came this globetrotting nurse. The PADI IDC was a big hurdle for him to take but with his perseverance he managed in the end and that is a great achievement. Something to be proud of Lars, you worked very hard for this and it's well earned. I'm glad that I could convince you to continue and bite your teeth into this. Congratulations, once more!

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand

Testimonial by Lars of the December 2016 PADI IDC on Koh Phangan, Thailand; Lars and Rob, the PADI examiner after having successfully completed the PADI IE in December 2016 on Koh Phangan.

As always, I like to take the opportunity to thank you Lars, for taking out the time to write this.
Without further ado, here's is Lars' testimonial;

Here's my statement from the idc. The 10 days of doing my idc on Koh Phangan at Haad Yao divers with course director Camille Lemmens, was just a big roller coaster with a lot of up and downs. Some days my brain was so filled up with information and theory about diving and teaching techniques, that I thought my head was going to be a big mess at the IE. Thanks to Camille and his unbelievable endless patience after me asking the same question for the third time, and the way he positively encouraged all of us to continue, when we were deep down there and almost was giving up, I managed to to see the way out of it an went through the IE at the end. Thanks a lot for the positive way you made the idc prep. and the idc course Camille and thanks to Heike, Gio and stud mates Matt and Ian who made this possible. Had a great time and learned a lot 😉. 

For more testimonials written by my former PADI IDC and PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses, please click on this link.

This year I have plenty of opportunities coming up for you to participate in one of my PADI IDC programs and on 26th January I will kick the PADI IDC year off on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Divers', followed by a PADI IDC which is scheduled to start 9th February on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' and this is followed by a program scheduled to start 22nd February in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon'.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you like to receive more information regarding either one of these programs or programs scheduled later during this year.

See you there,
Camille