Frequently Asked Questions/FAQ's

Here's a list of frequently asked questions or FAQ's. Please read this list of FAQ's since it will cover questions that on a regular base many people ask who are interested in participating in dive course and/or packages with PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens.

If you still have questions after reading this list of FAQ's, please contact me.

 

What is included in the various packages?

Camille offers various IDC packages, starting from every level, either from Open Water-, Advanced Open Water-, Rescue Diver- or Divemaster level.

Starting at any of these levels, you have the option to choose from a Silver, Gold, Platinum or Go Pro Max package whereby each package is an extension from the previous package.

A Silver package includes the Prep IDC course, the IDC and the EFR Instructor course.

A Gold package includes the Prep IDC course, the IDC and the EFR Instructor course plus the Side mount instructor course.

A Platinum package includes the Prep IDC course, the IDC and the EFR Instructor course and the MSDT prep course which includes 5 PADI Instructor Specialties of your choice.

A Go Pro Max package includes the Prep IDC course, the IDC and the EFR Instructor course course and the MSDT prep course which includes 5 PADI Instructor Specialties of your choice plus the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider and Instructor course plus the Side Mount Instructor specialty

Camille now includes your PADI Nitrox Instructor rating for FREE in all Instructor level courses and internships (this offer does not include required PADI materials for becoming a PADI Nitrox diver, Nitrox fills or Instructor and PADI application fees).

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What are the course or package costs?

IDC Thailand’s packages are based on a course or package fee.

Costs for required PADI materials are separate and can vary pending on what package you choose.

The PADI application fees are directly payable to PADI by cheque or credit card and are not included in the IDC and/or package prices.

The more extensive the packages are, the higher the costs for application fees and required PADI materials will be.

Pending on what PADI Instructor Specialties courses you choose, additional costs may occur for either required PADI materials or equipment rental. Since these choices vary from person to person and are usually not made until the Specialty Instructor training starts, these costs can’t be calculated before the start of Instructor Specialty training.

Camille can provide a costing for each package (Silver, Gold, Platinum or Go Pro Max) starting at each level, Open Water-Advanced Open Water-Rescue Diver- or Divemaster or straight IDC level upon request.

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Is the deposit refundable?

No, deposits are not refundable under any circumstance.

We do understand that your circumstances may change, not allowing you to start or finish a course, therefore we are very flexible about your starting and completion date.

You can delay the start of your program(s) as much as you need, this is no problem, as long as you keep us informed about your change of plans.

As with any university or training facility, deposits and full payments are not refundable but once you commit to our courses, you will see that we are commitment as well and will be there to help you complete your courses.

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How can I book?

It’s fairly easy, go to this booking page and fill out the information and Camille will get back to you with the required information and/or booking forms that include the payment options.

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What kind of accommodation is available?

Most of the staff and people who participate in similar packages/courses like you're interested in, stay in bungalows or apartments they rent per month. 

An average bungalow has a monthly rent of approximately 9.000,- to 10.000,-Baht. Utility costs are not included in the monthly rental price and largely depend on how long per day you keep the air conditioner running.

For this amount you typically get a furnished bungalow or appartment with a living room (table, couch and/or stools) and TV, bedroom with a/c (bed, wardrobe, one set of linen), a kitchenette with fridge and a bathroom with cold/hot water.

Once at your location, you'll need some form of transportation getting around with either a motorbike or car (small jeep), especially with your dive equipment.

Up to and including the Rescue diver course, transfers are included in the courses but as of Divemaster trainee level, you're supposed to make your own around, this includes all IDC courses and package.

A standard semi-automatic motorbike costs around 3.000,-Baht per month, an automatic motorbike costs around 5.000,-Baht per month and a small jeep cost around 13.000,-Baht per month, excluding gasoline costs. Please note that the jeep has manual gears.

For more information on the various locations, please feel free to visit my Koh Samui info and weather blog. Here you can find plenty of information about things to do and see on and around your location and there will be picture of your location online and it also comes with daily Koh Samui weather updates.

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When do the courses start?

You can start all courses starting from Open Water diver level up to Divemaster level any day, at your own convenience, it's just the IDC's (Instructor Development Courses) that have set dates, which are listed in my schedule.

Due to seasonal influences, in Khao Lak no packages starting at Open Water diver to Instructor level are being offered.

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Is the training schedule flexible?

Yes, absolutely. You may have friends or relatives coming over and want to spend time with them or you need or want to go back home to spend Christmas or any other event with your beloved ones, that's all no problem, as long as you communicate with us and let us know about your plans.

Once you're back in Thailand or have time again to continue the courses, just let us know and we start scheduling you in again.

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How long do the courses last?

Here's a time schedule for the various courses;

The Open Water diver course is 3 to 4 days.

The Advanced Open Water diver course is 2 days.

The Rescue Diver and EFR course are 4 days.

The Divemaster course internship is scheduled to last 6 weeks.

The IDC is conducted over 10 days, including the EFR Instructor course and the PADI IE is conducted over 2 days.

Specialty Instructor Training is between three to five days pending on what program you participate in.

After the PADI IE it'll take about 10 working days before you receive Teaching Status from PADI, during which timeframe we will be conducting Specialty Instructor training.

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Can I work in return for free training?

No, it's illegal to work in return for receiving training or any form of payment for free as a foreigner in Thailand unless a work permit is held. Work permits aren't that expensive in Thailand but are subject to various restrictions for the company issuing them, it's not likely this will be offered to you.

To find out more about your legal status in Thailand please visit www.thaivisa.com which provides excellent information on this topic, especially in the visa- and work permit related forums.

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Can I work part time to fund the course or can I split payments?

A very common question is that people would like to work in a bar or in a hotel. It's difficult to get a position in this field since Thais protect their own labour force this way.

As for split payments, this is not possible, before the start of the first course you participate in, you will have to pay the full balance of the remaining course fees and required PADI materials obtained through us.

We do accept a 30% (non refundable) deposit but full payment needs to be completed either upon arrival or latest at the start of your first course.

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Are flight costs included in the package prices?

No, they are not. There are so many variables, options and prices that we can’t include these into our package prices.

You will have to book your own flight to and once you arrive here, I can help you out with finding or arranging for local transportation to your course location.

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Do I need to be healthy?

If you have a general good health and you're reasonably fit, there should be no problem for you to take up diving.

Once you turn a DMT (Dive Master in Training) you will need to get a physical examination here, which costs around 500,-THB. You will have to fill out a PADI Medical Statement in order to be signed off for your Divemaster course.

PADI has a general rule that you need a completely filled out Medical Statement before you begin a course (which is a really good policy!). In Thailand this statement doesn't need to be verified by a physician, unless you answer one of these questions with a 'Yes" answer or in order to participate in a Divemaster and/or Instructor course (IDC).

Your Medical statement confirming/stating you are fit to dive needs to be dated within the past year and signed by a physician. This can be done at location, providing you answer all questions with no, if you answer a question with yes I recommend getting a medical in your home country ideally with a dive medically trained physician. Without a valid medical on day one of the IDC, you will not be allowed to join any in-water activities until a valid medical has been produced.
A copy of your medical used during the DM course can be used, if no changes in your medical status have occurred and is signed and dated by a physician within the past year, covering the date of the PADI IE.

Before you book a course, have a look at the PADI Medical Statement to see if there are any problems. Keep in mind that the majority of people who need to see a physician because they answered a question with 'Yes', are able to continue with their dive course.

If you have a different Medical Statement than the PADI Medical Statement, make sure that your statement reads that you are 'fit to dive', that your medical statement doesn't have any restrictions is signed by a physician and is dated, not being older than 12 months.

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Do your tanks have INT or DIN valves?

All the scuba tanks used during courses with IDC Thailand have INT valves and adapters are for sale in case you don’t have or bring your own adapter.

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How about insurance, hospital facilities and local recompression chambers?

It's always a good idea to have insurance.

Basic travel insurance is almost a must, however this may be expensive and you may be restricted in the duration of your travel insurance. There for I suggest using an international medical package through Bupa (BUPA.COM) or any other reputable insurance company.

Although insurance isn't required in Thailand, it’s worthwhile checking out your options for diving insurance. Not all general health insurances will cover diving. For diving insurance I suggest to look at DAN or Divers Alert Network (diversalertnetwork.org).

For your general health insurance, make sure that you're covered for driving motorcycles up to 125CC. The motorbikes that you rent here will most likely be around 80 to 100 or even 125 CC.

Koh Samui has excellent hospital facilities and you will be surprised by the service, cleanliness and professionalism of the staff and facilities. Near Chaweng there are 4 hospitals plus there's a Government Hospital in Nathon.

Samui supports two hyperbaric chambers. One is located in Bang Rak, near all major piers on Samui and a mono chamber is located in Bangkok - Samui hospital.

During your Divemaster and/or Instructor training you will have the opportunity to make a visit to the local hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui or Phuket and participate in a tour of the facilities.

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Where is my PADI Instructor qualification recognized?

After completion of the courses, all PADI certifications are valid and accepted worldwide and you can start working as either a PADI Divemaster or PADI OWSI.

You will be affiliated with PADI, the largest recreational dive organization in the world who holds a 70% worldwide market share within the recreational dive industry and is considered to be the market leader.

Websites like Dive4jobs.com have the option to post your resume and look for worldwide jobs in all great dive locations that you ever heard of. Once you are a PADI member (Divemaster or higher) you will also gain access to PADI’s employment board at the PADI Member part of their website which lists many DM and Instructor jobs around the world.

Camille’s IDC Facebook group is also a good way to stay in touch with your fellow IDC candidates and help each other with job searches around the world.

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What do I need to bring?

  • 4 passport sized photos
  • Copies of all non PADI certification cards from Open Water through to Divemaster 
  • Copy of the last page of your log book showing proof of 100+ dives
  • EFR certification dated within the past 2 years. Alternative first aid/CPR certification may be acceptable but please check with us in advance
  • Medical statement confirming/stating you are fit to dive dated within the past year and signed by a physician. This can be done at location, providing you answer all questions with no, if you answer a question with yes I recommend getting a medical in your home country ideally with a dive medically trained physician. Without a valid medical on day one of the IDC, you will not be allowed to join any in-water activities until a valid medical has been produced.
    A copy of your medical used during the DM course can be used, if no changes in your medical status have occurred and is signed and dated by a physician within the past year, covering the date of the PADI IE.
  • Any PADI books and materials you have already purchased
  • Your credit card – PADI fees cannot be paid in cash
  • Any personal diving equipment you may have (please note that whilst we offer equipment hire throughout your IDC and IE, we strongly recommend that you purchase and bring your own. You can also purchase your dive equipment with us).

Your equipment should consist of:

  • Regulator with octopus, console with depth gauge & SPG
  • BCD with power inflator
  • Wetsuit
  • Mask, snorkel, fins
  • Timing device
  • Dive knife, compass, whistle, blank slate, safety marker bouy (SMB)
  • Dive computer
  • Pocket mask
If you have a DIN connection on your first stage, please bring an adapter. In the South East Asian region INT valves are the norm.

DIN - adapters are also for sale.

Please also check out this blog post about how to prepare for one of my PADI IDC's

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