Wednesday, March 28, 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018 


It's almost the end of the month but now it's time to look back at the beginning of the month and check out the PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018.

All five of the candidates participated in the two specialties that are included as part of my PADI IDC programs; the Enriched Air Instructor course (except Nico, who wasn't certified as an Enriched diver, which is a prerequisite for the Instructor level course) and the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018; The PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course with all five candidates. From left to right; Loretta, Holger, Guido, Nico, Chris and myself

After that, Loretta and Holger went with me to the Similan islands for a days worth diving, with two dives for the deep dive instructor specialty.
We went to island # 4 to Stonehenge, except that we jumped as first group and couldn't locate Stonehenge. We did find 32 meters depth though and completed the timed skill, after we turned around to go back, only find ourselves in a fairly strong current. After we started our ascent at 29 meters, we drifted over Stonehenge during our safety stops.
The second dive was at island # 5 at the Tuna wreck. My second time there. A lovely dive with Loretta and Holger trying out diving with an pony tank.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018; Loretta and Holger showing off the effects of pressure related objects during one of their deep dives at the Similan islands

After the PADI IE was completed, Loretta couldn't continue with her specialty instructor training due to illness and I'm looking forward seeing her back, as soon as possible, to complete he specialty instructor training.
That meant it was just Holger and me for the last two days of diving.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018; Holger practicing how to set up a wreck penetration line at the Boonsung wreck 

One day we dived the Boonsung wreck. This is a great dive site with always plenty of fish around and a great location for the wreck diving instructor specialty.
Over the next two days we completed the Wreck-, Fish ID-, Dive Against Debris- and the Digital Underwater Photography instructor specialties.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018; A school of juvenile barracuda at the Thai Muang wreck

The last day of the specialty instructor training we went to the Thai Muang wreck, a first time for me, so it was a little bit exciting. 
There was again plenty of fish around and towards the end of the second dive we found various different nudibranches.
A great location to finish off the diving for this trip and a dive site I'm looking forward to visit again. Still plenty to discover there.

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018

PADI Specialty Instructor training in Khao Lak in March 2018; Holger and me after a couple of days diving in Khao Lak. Job done! Thanks Holger, it was a pleasure!

Thanks Loretta and Holger, it was some good and interesting diving and I'm looking forward to share the slat water with you again soon, Loretta!

If you feel like every time you slip into the ocean, it’s like going home, you should come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and grab the chance to change lives forever, including your own.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

Contact me for detailed information on any of these programs.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for March 2018 has started

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for March 2018 has started


The PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for March 2018 has started yesterday in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta.
This time around it's a Swiss affair, with Sephora and Fabien originating from la Suisse! After the recent March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket which I taught in German, this PADI IDC is being taught in French! A first for me and so far it's going fine. Both Sephora and Fabien are very happy with me being able to speak French and conduct this PADI program in French.

Since two days we're making progress in the course and at the end of day two, we have completed a set of theory exams, a skill circuit and rescue exercise # 7 in confined water and a bunch of presentations by me.

It's a cozy course so far with just the two candidates, so lots of personal attention are guaranteed, but it also comes with a steep learning curve for both of them. No more Divemaster live and points of views for them, they're now on the way to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for March 2018 has started

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for March 2018 has started; Sephora and Fabien about to tackle some theory exams.

More updates will follow later on the adventures of Sephora and Fabien during this March 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, so stay tuned.

A lot of people attack the sea. Do you rather make love to it? 

If so, come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and grab the chance to change lives forever, including your own.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and if you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

Contact me for detailed information on any of these programs.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Testimonial by Kevin McCaughey of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Kevin McCaughey of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


It's been a good nine months, but better late than never, here's a glowing Testimonial by Kevin McCaughey of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center' Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

With Kevin in your classroom you know that any moment something can or is about to happen. It was a fun time and course and as a fellow teacher, I could learn a thing or two from Kevin as well.
Time flew by, especially when you're having a good time and we sure did, during the IDC, the PADI IE and the specialty instructor training. A good time to look back on!

Testimonial by Kevin McCaughey of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Kevin McCaughey of the June 2017 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Kevin on the Dive Asia boat after having successfully completed his PADI IDC and PADI IE back in June 2017. This picture was taken before one of his self reliant diver course dives.

Here it is, Kevin's testimonial;

Nine months ago I did my IDC in Phuket with Camille Lemmens. I have waited until now to write a review of my experience because it was not until this past week that I completed teaching my first open water courses. I wanted to comment on my IDC through the lens of how well it prepared me for actual teaching. My situation is a bit unique in that I am not trying to launch a career as a dive instructor. I have been a high school teacher for twenty-five years and I will only be instructing courses in diving for students at my school.  As an older, experienced professional educator, I thought I might have presented a unique challenge to Camille as his student. In terms of that, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, in hindsight, I am sure I would not have found a better IDC experience anywhere! 

Leading up to the IDC, Camille provided important information to help prepare for my arrival and the first day of class and answered any question I had promptly - within 24 hours – including giving a perfect suggestion for accommodations. He was friendly and personable from start to finish and did an excellent job helping his students feel confident and at ease. I really appreciated his sense of humor and I have fond memories of the regular laughter that punctuated our days together.  As there is a lot of material to get through and a set way to wade through it, being rigorous but at the same time creating a student-friendly environment is a real talent of his that we appreciated throughout the course. 

Camille’s knowledge and experience is far-reaching. He was able to extend ideas well beyond the curriculum and to answer any of our questions regardless of how technical. All of the extra information he provided kept the class interesting. Camille is also extremely supportive. At times he needed to demonstrate a level of patience with me that another instructor might not have exhibited. I remember the excellent coaching and encouragement he provided before the IE. He meets his students where they are in their understanding or skill level and gets them to where they need to be. 

The proof is in the pudding. I wasn’t the best student at the beginning of my IDC but after all was said and done, I really felt I was especially well prepared for my IE and I passed it with flying colours. Most importantly, even after an eight-month wait to start working with students, I still feel very well equipped to successfully teach the Open Water and Specialty courses. I believe the students I just finished working with had a very capable instructor and a very positive experience and I have Camille to thank for my success. I would jump at the chance to take a further professional development course with him. Therefore, it is without hesitation that I strongly recommend that you choose Camille Lemmens as your instructor for your IDC. If you have further questions about my experience, please contact me at klmccaughey@yahoo.ca.

Much appreciated Kevin, for taking the time out tow rite this, after all this time. It's good to see and know that you're teaching scuba courses out there and I'm glad that I could be part of your education!
You took your time but the result is good and that's what matters.

If Kevin's testimonial interests you in one of my PADI IDC packages on Phuket or other locations, to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, contact me for more detailed information. Also find out about our special offers!

Do you love working under pressure? Come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on Koh Lanta, Thailand on 26th March in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', after that you can join me on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Sunday, March 18, 2018

PADI IE on Phuket for March 2018 was very successful

PADI IE on Phuket for March 2018 was very successful 


The PADI IE on Phuket for March 2018 was very successful for our candidate of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

Tim, from Germany, did very well, with full scores of a 5.0 for each of his two open water dive skills and a perfect rescue exercise # 7 scenario. Add to that the high scores he had yesterday during the six exams, 5 theory exams and a standards exam, plus his classroom presentation and the confined water presentation and one can say that he walked through the PADI IE with ease!

Proud of you Tim! The long days, the many questions and the hard work did pay off in the end. Job done and over with.
It was good to have you and we had our fun! The German 'Duden' has some words added and the drives over to Patong to meet the other guys for your confined and open water presentations were enjoyable, Especially with the added treats of 'Praetzels', straight out of the oven.

Now you can go back to work with your head high!

The next couple of days will also be fun when we hit the dive sites around Phuket at the Raya islands and Koh Phi Phi for some PADI Specialty Instructor training. Am looking forward to that!

PADI IE on Phuket for March 2018 was very successful

PADI IE on Phuket for March 2018 was very successful; Tim after successfully completing all PADI IE segments with Tim the PADI examiner for the PADI IE

Are you interested in one of my PADI IDC packages on Phuket or other locations, contact me for more detailed information. Also find out about our special offers!

Are you born to scuba dive but forced to work? Come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on Koh Lanta, Thailand on 26th March in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', after that you can join me on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, March 17, 2018

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket


Both the PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket,

With Tim, coming form the dark side, or in other words, a different recreational scuba diving training organisation, it was an interesting course. Tim, who is German, actually enjoyed being the only students, allowing him all the time he needed to ask all the question she had and that came up about the PADI system.
On top of that he also had the benefit of training in confined and open water with four IDC candidates of a different PADI CDC center on Phuket, allowing him to practice in more realistic and simulating real life scenarios.

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket; Tim in confined water, at the beginning of the IDC practicing the PADI skill circuit. Here he is in full swing during regulator recovery

It was an interesting ten days for both of us during which Tim learned a lot, I answered a lot of questions and the German language was enriched with some new words and phrases. Oh yes, and we had some fun and good times here and there as well, despite the long days we ended up having.

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket; After one of the two open water training dives in Crystal Bay in Patong, Phuket, with candidates from another CDC center on Phuket

To stay within the PADI standards, we hooked up with another PADI CDC center on Phuket and their fours candidates, two PADI Course Directors and a PADI IDC Staff Instructor for the confined and open water training dives. 
This allowed Tim to practice skills and presentations with a small group of students and deal with their problems. It was more realistic for him and a great learning curve and some good fun came along with this set up. Thanks to Richard, Nico and Philippe for having us!
All the best to Court, Michele, Jacques and Jeff and Tim during the up and coming PADI IE, starting this morning, Saturday 17th March 2018 and thanks to Laurent for helping out!

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor courses have been completed for March 2018 on Phuket; Tim after having completed the EFR Instructor course at the scuba diving training facilities of Dive Asia at Kata Big Rock on Phuket

Two days ago, Thursday 15th march, Tim also completed his EFR Instructor course, as part of the Platinum PADI IDC package he booked. He completed this course also very successfully and this coming Monday, after the PADI IE, we will be diving for two more days, completing PADI specialty Instructor training.

Are you interested in one of my Silver or Platinum PADI IDC packages on Phuket or another locations, contact me for more detailed information.

If you have OCD (or Obsessive Compulsive Diving), come and join my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on Koh Lanta, Thailand on 26th March in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', after that you can join me on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, March 16, 2018

Testimonial by Helmer Brundin of the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Helmer Brundin of the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand


They're coming in fast again at the moment and here's the Testimonial by Helmer Brundin of the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta.

Despite the fact that Helmer is still very young, he's a also a very smart cooky and especially for a Swedish guy, he's very funny! We had a good amount of fun during the January 2018 IDC on Koh Lanta but it seems that he and his fellow IDC candidates also learned a few things.

The testimonial he wrote is glowing and I'm very pleased with it. It was an absolute pleasure having you in this IDC and I'm looking forward seeing you again later this month on Koh Lanta for the March PADI IDC at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', where he is working now.

Testimonial by Helmer Brundin of the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand

Testimonial by Helmer Brundin of the January 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand; Helmer after successfully completing the PADI IE in Ao Nang with PADI Examiner Robert Scammell

Check out Helmer's testimonial here;

I did my IDC with Camille on Koh Lanta in January 2018, about 3 month ago from current date. I’ve been so busy doing courses and guiding since then, that I haven’t found the time to give proper feedback. But I figured it’s time. 

My very first impression of Camille was that he was taking his job of creating instructors very seriously. The classroom presentations were very detailed. As expected, there was a lot of information to take in. However, everything was very well thought through. Very often, he made sure that we understood. And if we didn’t, he gladly took whatever time was needed to explain.  You never felt stupid for asking questions, which I think is very important. ��At the same time, there was much room for jokes and laughter. The IDC was demanding, and sometimes stressful. But it never felt overwhelming. And I believe a big part of that has to do with Camille's ability to combine fun with learning. He never seemed bored with his job to teach, but rather very passionate. The IDC was very personalized; every candidate was given individual attention to whatever they needed to improve and put more effort into. ��In the end, the best way I can describe Camille is as a friend. He never felt like one of those boring teachers back in school who only did things by the book. Of course, we did cover the very basic parts of the course, but he also shared his own experience and put scenarios in a very living and realistic perspective. I learned that there’s not always a right or wrong in being an instructor. We always got to share our thoughts and discuss, and together come up with answers. That how I like to learn. ��During the Instructor examination, Camille was there to support, even if he could’ve just stayed home and relaxed after what must have been 10 really intense days for him with us candidates. That alone should give you an idea of what a great course director he his. I can’t do anything but recommend him to future IDC candidates.

Thanks a lot for taking the time out to write this testimonial, I do appreciate it a lot!

If this testimonials inspires you to change your life and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor so you can teach diving for a living, it's about time to contact me in order to receive more detailed information! The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish and you can do that!

Come and join my PADI IDC programs because we will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs on Koh Lanta, Thailand is scheduled to start 26th March in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers', after that you can join me on 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 11th April 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 11th April 2018


The Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 11th April 2018 in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.
Join us at the the scuba diving training facilities of Dive Asia at Kata Big Rock. We have our air conditioned classrooms here, a very big pool is located directly next to the classroom with a restaurant on site as well, where we have our lunches during the IDC. We can also provide rooms at Kata Big Rock, from simple fan rooms to air conditioned rooms, nearly next to the pool.

Remember when sex was safe and diving was dangerous? If you're looking for a career change and want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or would like to to take the next step up and start your PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, this is for you.

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 11th April 2018

Next PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand starts 11th April 2018; Join us at the the scuba diving training facilities of Dive Asia at Kata Big Rock

Come and join our PADI IDC because we will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

FREE Enriched Air Instructor course
FREE Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course
FREE Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees)
FREE EFR Instructor course included in the IDC
FREE lunch
FREE T-shirt

Contact me for more detailed information about my PADI IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor programs.

If the 11th April date doesn't suit you, we have monthly options throughout the year on Phuket and other locations in Thailand or the Philippines.
The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with further monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, on 25th July we have a program scheduled to start there.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Testimonial by Chris Stewart of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Chris Stewart of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand


Here's already the second for the February IDC, a Testimonial by Chris Stewart of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak. Yesterday was Loretta's testimonial, today's it's Chris'.

There were five candidates in the Khao Lak IDC and Chris was one of the five who had a long history with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak. He completed almost his courses with them and was also working a lot for them as a Divemaster. Being half Thai helped, since he doesn't a work permit, which will make him very employable in the dive industry all around Thailand.
Interesting to know is that he spent half of his life on the sea, catching fish and lobster since a young age back in the UK.

Although he struggled a lot with physics in the beginning, we spend a lot of time after hours, going over theory each day. What was good to see, that he took the initiative a lot of times to do so. Even before I could ask him, he was already on the ball and arranged for us to meet after hours. Showing that he really wanted this and eventually he passed the physics PADI IE exam with 100%. Well done Chris!

He is also a very entertaining person, for more of his shenanigans, check out Loretta's testimonial, she opens a few insights of Chris' prankster arsenal during this IDC. I can't imagine what else he pulls off on a daily routine!

It was a pleasure having you Chris and I'm sure you will be able to make a living in Thailand eventually.

Testimonial by Chris Stewart of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Chris Stewart of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand; Chris after the EFR Instructor course, looking after baby Annie.

Here we are, Chris' testimonial, short and to the point;

A few weeks ago I found myself doing the IDC with Camille.
The first day was a little stressful with the first exams but I knew I could do better and with a lot of practice exams and Camille's patience with showing me the formulas 20 Times, I began to understand everything better.
He is the best teacher I have had, always making jokes and making sure we didn't die of boredom through the PowerPoints. His cpr videos are very interesting. Once again thank you so much Camille for helping me get through everything.


If you ever thought of leaving the office behind, it's time you start talking to me about your move to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Come and join my PADI IDC programs because we will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, on 25th July we have a program scheduled to start.

See you there,
Camille

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Testimonial by Loretta Sze of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Loretta Sze of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand


Just received this Testimonial by Loretta Sze of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak.

This was a fun PADI IDC program, one where we had lots of fun and the IDC candidates walked away happily and learned loads of new things. They also learned how to be prepared for real life as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. 
Although, this wasn't the only or first IDC like that, the last couple of years there were plenty of those! Luckily for me and the candidates.

Loretta was a great candidate. She was nervous at the start of the IDC but came well prepared. All the prepping paid off during the IDC, she flew through it and had great scores in all facets and topics of the PADI IE and she cruised through the PADI IE.
With her bright and shining personality, she will go far in the dive industry. It was an absolute pleasure having you in this program Loretta! I'm glad we met and I can't wait to meet again, as soon as you possibly can arrange for it!

Testimonial by Loretta Sze of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Loretta Sze of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand; Loretta and Rob the PADI Examiner, directly after successfully completing the PADI IE in Khao Lak

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

A couple weeks ago, I found myself sitting in a small classroom at Sea Dragon Dive Center with a bunch of random dudes from around the world.

Guido was my buddy from whom I had first met on Lembongan almost a year ago. We signed up for this same IDC by pure coincidence, and were both stunned when we found out. I’d met Chris briefly on one of my earlier trips to Khao Lak in 2016. On the first day of the IDC, I met Holger and Nico for the first time, as well as our Course Director Camille.

Over the next few days, we spent mornings in the classroom sitting through endless powerpoint slides, then afternoons in the pool doings skills and confined water presentations. It was tough, but I really enjoyed it. It didn’t take long before we were up to all sorts of shenanigans. We had an amazing group and I’m so happy to have gone through the IDC with these awesome people.

Guido – I don’t know why your ‘thing’ was ‘the Patagonian who’s apparently always up to some shady shit’ haha. Thanks for working hard together with me on exams and pool before the IDC even began! I’m really thankful that somehow we ended up doing the same IDC together, especially since you had to come over from the “dark side”. Thank you for being a great buddy and looking out for me.

Nico – My cool French brother, the token smoker in the group who is always dropping things! I’ve learnt a lot from all of your wise questions to Camille. You seemed serious at first but you’re actually fucking hilarious. Thank you for being there for me when I was drunk that night haha.

Holger – The gentle German. You work the hardest among us, coming in to class early every morning and working at the shop after class. You’re so sweet and thoughtful too. Thank you for being so reliable and always making sure that we have everything that we need.

Chris – Subtitles not included. Nobody knew you were such a prankster until all our fin straps had been unfastened. Thanks for pushing me in the pool, asshole 😛 And pulling on my tank, and unclipping my fin straps, and splashing me with your fins… But seriously, thanks for all the fun.

Camille – You are an amazing Course Director. Your enthusiasm has made learning even dry material enjoyable. Choosing to do my IDC with you is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Thank you for sending me to the hospital and staying with me for hours even though we already had such a long day and you had to travel the next day. Thank you for your care and concern. Words can’t express how much I appreciate it. I’ll see you soon.

I’m really proud of all of us. This was an amazing experience and I will miss you guys so much.

This is from Loretta's personal blog, for which she gave me permission to use, find the original blog post here.

If this grabbed your attention and you like to do this for a living 'Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat', it's about time to contact me in order to receive more detailed information!

Come and join my PADI IDC programs because we will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you're up for a PADI IDC program in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July in Moalboal.

See you there,
Camille

Monday, March 12, 2018

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th March 2018

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th March 2018


The Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th March 2018 in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta.

Koh Lanta, the gateway to Hin Deang and Hin Muang, easily accessible by Blue Planet's catamaran where the manta rays visit! Also a very laid back island with seemingly endlessly long beaches with hardly anybody on it.

Wake up, eat breakfast, dive, morning tea, dive, lunch, sleep, dive, afternoon tea, enjoy a beer with another beautiful sunset, dinner, some small talk about the days diving, and sleep again ... very stressful. Sounds like your idea of being a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor? Talk to me!

Come and join our PADI IDC because we will look after you! Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

Have a look at out offer;

FREE Enriched Air Instructor course
FREE Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor course
FREE Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE (no additional PADI fees) 
FREE Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees)
FREE EFR Instructor course included in the IDC
FREE lunch
FREE T-shirt

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th March 2018

Next PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand starts 26th March 2018

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 11th April, 8th May, 5th June and 2nd July on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket. If you fancy a PADI IDC program in the Philippines, we have a program scheduled to start 25th July in Moalboal.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, March 10, 2018

PADI IDC for March 2018 on Phuket, Thailand is under way

PADI IDC for March 2018 on Phuket, Thailand is under way


Straight out of Khao Lak and the PADI IDC for March 2018 on Phuket, Thailand is under way in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia'.
Straight after completing the specialty instructor training with Holger in Khao Lak, last Tuesday, I was off during the afternoon to Phuket. After a two hour drive I arrived on Phuket and Wednesday morning Tim and me kicked off the March 2018 IDC. We're at Dive Asia's scuba diving training facilities, already on day four of this current PADI IDC on Phuket.

It has been a while that I started two PADI IDC programs back to back and it has also been a long time since I taught just one candidate. Tim, who's from Germany, is very happy being taught alone, since he gets all the personal attention he can wish for. Especially of importance, since his training has been with a different recreational diving organization. he's coming from the dark side, so to speak.

Our confined and open water training will be done with another PADI Course Director on Phuket and his IDC candidates, so all requirements for the IDC will be met.

PADI IDC for March 2018 on Phuket, Thailand is under way

PADI IDC for March 2018 on Phuket, Thailand is under way; Tim ready to tackle his theory exams this morning. What better way can there be to start your day!

We're already well on our way and progress is being booked by Tim. Stay tuned for more updates over the coming days.
Next weekend will see the PADI IE come to town, and Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th March will be full of excitement!

Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home. Talk to me to do this for a living!

Come and join my PADI IDC's because I will look after you!
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.

Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and on 11th April, 8th May and 5th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, March 9, 2018

PADI Elite instructor rating for 2017

PADI Elite instructor rating for 2017


Yesterday I received the PADI Elite instructor rating for 2017. This is an award or recognition for the amount of PADI certifications I did last year.
So first of all, a big thanks to all of my students last year, you know who you are! 
Als big thanks to the PADI dive centers I worked with last year; 
  • PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' on Phuket, Thailand
  • PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, Thailand
  • PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta, Thailand
  • PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, Thailand
  • PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal in the Philippines
Also thanks to PADI, for enabling this incredible journey and exploration of the underwater world and life and work around the world, transforming lifes.

The over 200 certifications ranged from Specialty courses like Enriched Air diver or Self-reliant divers, via PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors to EFR providers and instructors.


PADI Elite instructor rating for 2017

PADI Elite instructor rating for 2017

This is the second PADI award I receive in three weeks time, after the recent twelfth consecutive Platinum PADI Course Director rating I received last month from PADI.

Ever thought of leaving your office behind? Talk to me! 
Come and join my PADI IDC's because I will look after you!
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor.
Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

Your next options to join me for a PADI IDC program are scheduled to start 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and on 11th April, 8th May and 5th June on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, March 3, 2018

PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand for March 2018 has been completed

PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand for March 2018 has been completed


The PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand for March 2018 has been completed with candidates from the 2018 February PADI IDC in Khao Lak. The PADI IDC was taught in conjunction with 5* PADI IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak.

After two days of action and also lots of waiting around between the action parts but with very high adrenaline levels, we now have a bunch of new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors on the block!

Well done Loretta, Nico, Guido, Holger and Chris. All the hard work and long days during the recent PAD IDC in Khao Lak have paid off!
Soon you will be able to start working and I'm already looking forward to your new adventures and hear about them.

All the best from me in your future PADI Scuba diving instructor careers. You have the tools and know how, now go out and get some experience.

PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand for March 2018 has been completed

PADI IE in Khao Lak, Thailand for March 2018 has been completed; After the PADI IE in Khao lak was done and over with, from left to right; Robert (PADI Examiner), Chris, Holger, Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director), Nico, Loretta and Guido

If you are interested in becoming a PADI open Water Scuba Instructor or participate in a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course,make sure you get trained by the best. Camille is a very experienced and twelve consecutive time Platinum PADI Course Director. 

Every time I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home. Recognize the feeling? 
Free your mind, change your life and become a PADI dive Instructor. Join multi award-winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens for an IDC bristling with lots of experience and personal attention.

The next couple of PADI IDC programs are scheduled to start on 7th March, 11th April and 8th May on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' with monthly programs scheduled in 2018 on Phuket and 26th March on Koh Lanta, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers'.
The next PADI IDC in Khao Lak in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' is scheduled to start 23rd October 2018, at the start of the new season in Khao Lak.

Contact me in order to receive more detailed information on any of my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille