Saturday, April 14, 2018

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand


Here it is, the Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

This was the first PADI IDC I completely taught in German, which turned out to be a little bit more difficult than I initially expected it to be. But now worries, I managed, Tim understood everything and passed his PADI IE with flying colors and a few words have been added to the German 'Duden'!

Als resultat hat Tim den PADI IE 'dinamitisiert'! Klasse!

It was a good course and it was great having Tim around. I was a bit worried at first how he would react to being the only candidate for this PADI IDC program but it was almost what he hoped for. To add some more spice to the confined- and open water presentations, we joined my friend and fellow Platinum PADI Course Director Richard and his French colleague Nico and their students.
This made it also a bit more realistic for Tim, to be able to work with other IDC candidates. It all paid off nicely and we had good times and results as a result!

Tim, it was a real pleasure and I hope to meet you soon. It's a small world after all! Diving is in your blood, now you just need to get used to being a recreational dive instructor, it's bubbles all the way and all the time now!

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand

Testimonial by Tim Helmrath of the March 2018 PADI IDC on Phuket, Thailand; Tim and Camille after Tim's successful PADI IE completion. With matching t-shirts and glasses!

Here we go, with Tim's testimonial in full;

Despite my quite advanced OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Diving) sickness before the IDC (33 years of diving), I finally made the decision to do this, as it was always on my mind to be an instructor one day. 

I didn't put too much research into as to where and how with to do the course, but I must say, I couldn't have had a better teacher than Camille !

Honestly, Camille understands how to massage the right amount of knowledge into you in perfect dosages so you don't feel overwhelmed or bored at any time. And after the IDC, I had no doubt in my mind that the IE is not doable. Was a piece of cake with Camille's preparation.

I also came "from the dark side" with my Divemaster/Assistant Instructor level from a different organisation, so I was even a more difficult "patient"; but Camille took special care of me. I was also lucky enough to be his only student for this course; which gives you lots of time to ask questions, but also a little bit less exposure to see and learn from other students. But spending a few days for practice with Richards team, it all worked out perfectly!

Thanks again Camille for this exceptional experience !!!

Tim

Thanks a lot for taking the time out to write this Tim, it's much appreciated!

If you have a case of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Diving), just like Tim, it's about time to contact me for more detailed information on my PADI IDC programs.

Come and join one of my PADI IDC programs because I will look after you! 
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 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.

See you there,
Camille

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018


March 2018 was a busy diving month and part of this was the Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018 with Tim. This was done in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Dive Asia' in Kata on Phuket.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; We got caught up in thermo cline, also knows as the 'green monster' during one of our deep dives at the Raya islands. We were at 25 meters when first we were engulfed by the green monster and viz was reduced to 3-4 meters and the temperature dropped a few degrees. However, moments later we had zero visibility and a strong current kicked in. It was pitch black. We ascended and at around 7 meters, viz returned and we managed to take this picture, before we were engulfed once more by the green monster and aborted the dive. I've been in such a thermo cline before, mainly in the Similan islands, but never as bad as this one.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; Tim entering the water for our dusk and/or night dive at Kata beach

Tim took on 5 instructor level specialties, including the Night-, Deep-, Digital Underwater Photography (DUP)-, Fish ID- and Underwater Navigation instructor level specialty courses.
This is besides the two PADI Instructor level courses that are included for free during all of my PADI IDC programs; the Nitrox or Enriched Air Instructor course (with as prerequisite that you need to be a certified Nitrox diver) and the Emergency Oxygen provider instructor course.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; A big Carpilius maculatus or clown crab we encountered during the night dive at Kata beach. They can grow up to 18cm.

We had some good diving and saw a few interesting sea creatures, including a lot of nudibranches at Koh Doc Mai.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; A blue dragon or Pteraeolidia ianthina at Koh Doc Mai

WE also had some interesting experiences, as the story about the thermo cline tells. There's always something that can happen that you never experienced before, even after a couple of thousand logged dives.

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018

Specialty instructor training on Phuket in March 2018; A Coryphellina rubrolineata nudi at Koh Doc Mai.

It was good fun with good company over the couple of days diving with Tim.

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.

If this sounds like your kind of life style, 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 more detailed information on my PADI IDC programs.

See you there,
Camille

Friday, April 6, 2018

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been successfully completed

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been successfully completed


Today is party time because the PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been successfully completed. Both students of the March - April 2018 PADI IDC on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta, Sephora and Fabien , completed the PADI IE with flying colors.

Both had extremely high scores in all parts of the PADI IE and once more, all the hard work during the last ten days paid off handsomely. Now Fabien and Sephora are the newest PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors on the block!

Yesterday the theory and standards exams, the classroom presentation and the confined water were successfully tackled and today, during the morning, they handled themselves very well during the open water presentations. 

Two long days have been completed now and it's time to relax and enjoy the achievement. Until we're on the boat again tomorrow, diving around Koh Haa and completing the Specialty Instructor training for Fabien.

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been successfully completed

PADI IE on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been successfully completed; Group picture after successfully completing the PADI IE, from left to right; Andy (PADI Examiner), Fabien (PADI OWSI), Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director) and Sephora (PADI OWSI)

Remember when sex was safe and diving was dangerous? 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.

See you there,
Camille

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Testimonial by Nico Boitard of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Nico Boitard of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand


Today I received this Testimonial by Nico Boitard of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak.

Nico was one of the five IDC candidates of the February 2018 IDC in Khao Lak and as he mentioned in this testimonial (in French!), we had lots of contact and email conversations before he came over to Khao Lak. Just like me, he has a background in the music industry and he travelled a lot and lived in a few different countries.

It was good to have Nico in this IDC, he was quick to pick up on things and learned easily, making my life easy and he could dig the Dutch humor! Always a plus, especially coming from a Frenchman!
We had quite some good and fun moments during the IDC and Nico was at the root of some of those moments. Thanks for that!
I'm looking forward meeting again and in the meantime I will follow your instructor steps with interest to see where you end up and how you fare.

Testimonial by Nico Boitard of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand

Testimonial by Nico Boitard of the February 2018 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand; Nico after completing his PADI IE successfully with Rob, the examiner.

Without further ado, here's Nico's testimonial, in French;

Salut à tous, 

un petit mot pour vous parler de mon IDC passé avec Camille.

Après avoir fait quelques recherches sur internet pour savoir où et quand devenir instructeur, plusieurs messages envoyés à différents centres de plongées, Camille fût le seul à me répondre rapidement, et à me contacter pour en apprendre un peu plus sur ce que je recherchais exactement.

C'était très agréable de pouvoir être immédiatement en contact, et Camille est très réactif lorsqu'on lui pose la moindre question, pour tout dire il répond tout de suite ( passé le décalage horaire)!

Ce comportement extrêmement professionnel m'a mis en confiance car je pouvais prévoir aisément mon voyage jusqu'en Thailande, connaître les options et les tarifs, il a même organisé pour moi le transfert depuis l'aéroport!

Une fois sur place,j'ai eu confirmation du professionnalisme de Camille.

Patient, il sait prendre le temps d'expliquer les différentes étapes du cours, les attentes des examinateurs, réduire le stress que l'on peut ressentir en commençant les cours.

On se rend compte immédiatement qu'il a une grande expérience et qu'il saura guider les élèves jusqu'à la réussite, ce qu'il a à coeur.

La moindre question trouve sa réponse et il prend le temps de travailler personnellement avec vous si vous rencontrez des difficultés sur un sujet ou un autre.

Les journées et les power points peuvent être longs mais Camille, malgré le sérieux de son travail est aussi décontracté et ponctue ses leçons de pointes d'humour...hollandais, donc presque drôle ( I know you are reading this post in french Camille;) ) ce qui rend la formation beaucoup plus facile. 

Il reste intransigeant cependant, ce qui est appréciable car il pousse chacun à se dépasser et à donner le meilleur.

Il nous a accompagné jusqu'à l'examen, a continué de nous soutenir pendant, et nous attendais à la sortie du bateau!

En bref, je recommande de faire sa formation avec Camille, car toutes les chances seront de vôtre côté dans une ambiance sérieuse et décontractée!

Merci Camille, I know we'll keep in touch! 

Dank u zeer,  tot binnenkort!

Bedankt Nico, I really appreciate that you took the time out to write this testimonial.

If this peaks your interest and you love working under pressure it's time to start talking to me and ask me for more detailed information on my IDC programs.

If that sound like a life style you like to enjoy, 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.

See you there,
Camille

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed


It's all done and dusted, yesterday the PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' in Ban Saladan on Koh Lanta.
This was my first PADI IDC program that I taught in French. Quite a challenge but much appreciated by my two Swiss students, of whom one hardly speaks any English at all.
Besides that it was a good IDC with lots of action, fun and steep learning curves.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed; On the boat back home, after the March - April IDC open water training dives at Koh Haa during which a whaleshark visited us

We covered all parts of the PADI IDC satisfactory and with plenty of time to answer all questions by the candidates. Neutral buoyancy is now prepped into them, just like all my IDC programs have been taught in recent years.
Workshops are added throughout my IDC to emphasize the correct way or usage of skills or materials. Control, CESA, lift bag use, descents, ropes and the knots, rescue, Discover Scuba Diving and a few more came along.

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed

PADI IDC on Koh Lanta, Thailand for April 2018 has been completed; The whaleshark that was so nice to visit us at Koh Haa during open water training for the IDC. We were practicing Rescue Exercise # 7 at the surface and in-between rescues the whaleshark showed up. Perfect timing.

The high light of this IDC program was however the unexpected visit of a baby whaleshark during our open water training at Koh Haa. It was a first for both Sephora and Fabien. Happy smiles and faces all around during the rest of the day!

Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat. If that sound like a life style you like to enjoy, 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