Testimonials from year 2020 Students




 As a Divemaster after 4 years, finally I decided to join the IDC course try to become a dive instructor. I am so lucky can have Camille as my teacher.

He is so funny and patient. He knows English is not my home language and I was so confused when we start the course. So, he used his private time to help me a lot, and finally I got points where I need to do.

I know I am not the best student he has, but I can say I am one of working very hard students of him. With all of Camille teaching me skills, details, how to prepare, I have become more and more good and confident. Thank you so much! I am so lucky to have you been my teacher.

Jia Feng, China, July 2020, Koh Samui, Thailand


We had an awesome training thanks to Camille. Arrived at the IE we felt ready, confident and succeeded without any problems. Camille provided all the knowledge we needed to have in a very structured way, following by letter the PADI standards, but also a lot of emotional and psychological support for the examination. Also, not only was it professional but we had also a lot of fun throughout the course! Would definitely recommend picking the IDC with him!

Chloe Moriconi, France, July 2020, Koh Samui, Thailand


Hallo Camille.
Ich bin wieder auf Phuket angekommen und möchte die Zeit auf Koh Samui kurz Revue passieren lassen. Es war die absolute richtige Entscheidung die Spezialkurse O2 und Self reliant, sowie den IDC Staff Instructor Kurs bei dir zu buchen. Ich habe in der kurzen, doch sehr schöne Zeit, sehr viel Wissen und positive Eindrücke sammeln und mitnehmen können. Auf einer Skala von 1-5 würde ich dir 6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Sterne geben. Deine Art wie du mit den Schülern im IDC bzw. mit mir umgegangen bist war einfach perfekt. Stets professionell und freundlich. Ich würde dich gerne weiter empfehlen, weil ich von deinen Fähigkeiten, deiner Freundlichkeit und deiner Performance zu 100% überzeugt bin. Dein Bungalow den ich mieten konnte war einsame Spitze. Die richtige Größe für 2 Personen und unser Husky Mädchen. Auch hier passte das Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis absolut. Viele Grüße an deine Familie und vielleicht passt es ja in naher Zukunft für ein paar weitere Tauchgänge. Gruß Andy (IDCSI 443265). ??

Andy Zhang, Germany, July 2020, Koh Samui, Thailand





 I really enjoyed IDC with Camille. Camille has been conducting IDC programmes for over a decade now. Hence, his experience combined with the amicable teaching approach ensure a fun learning environment. In addition, Camille’s always happy to answer any questions and debate certain issues in diving. Would highly recommend IDC with Camille to everybody???

Kestutis Zakarauskas, Lithuania, January 2020, Koh Lanta, Thailand


I think I can speak for many people when I say this, but the jump from divemaster to OWSI seems extremely daunting and challenging, and I had so many unanswered questions prior to beginning the IDC. However, I was lucky enough to have Camille Lemmens as my course director with Étienne Gagnon as his right hand man (who was also amazing), and he transformed these stressful feelings into an absolutely perfect IDC experience where he answered all the questions our group could think of with his incredibly vast knowledge and experience! He also provided us with the perfect training, knowledge and experiences that would make for a 100% success rate in our instructor examinations! The best part of all was that Camille was able to inject loads of humour, entertainment and positive moments all the way through the course to make everyone feel comfortable on their way though the course!

Overall we are thoroughly impressed and grateful for everything that Camille and Étienne gave to us and I feel fully prepared to enter the world of instructing! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Camille to any diver seeking professional development in their careers, truly a wonderful course director!

Sam Franks and Oriane Leuenberger, UK & Switzerland, January 2020, Koh Lanta, Thailand 


I feel very lucky to have had Camille as the Course Director for my IDC.

Initially I was nervous about becoming and instructor due to it also being a crossover from SSI. Camille put my mind at ease and really helped me understand the difference in techniques and standards between the two.

He is an enthusiastic teacher with a wealth of knowledge and experience. The IDC seemed to fly by and we all had a great time learning from him and the group as a whole. I am sure that the 100% pass rate we had is not a fluke, as his teaching style and professionalism in the classroom really make you feel like you are learning from the best.

I was also lucky enough to take some specialty instructor courses with Camille after the IDC. Besides being a lot of fun and a break from the classroom grind, I felt like it was a great opportunity to prepare myself for my career as an instructor.

I cannot recommend Camille enough as a Course Director and could not be happier with my performance during the IE due to his detailed and focused instructor.

Austin Rivas, United States, January 2020, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Testimonials 2019




 You really find something about yourself and your passion, but, as I guess happens to everybody you struggle to make the right choices to make them become true, NOT THIS TIME!
I got recommended from the other side of the world to take a step forward into my IDC course and become a professional Padi Instructor recently after completing my DM training and, in a matter of seconds Mr Camille Lemmens was there to answer any questions and provide as much information as I needed. I was struggling for a week to make a decision but this day it only took me few hours to know that if I enrolled in his course I would become an Instructor in no time!

And here I am again, 2 years after my first diving experience as a PADI OWSI + Specialties and can't be more proud of myself, the knowledge shared in Camilles' course was simply fantastic and so well oriented to what we really need to know about the industry for fast progress! 10 day course and SO MANY LAUGHS you couldn't imagine, everyone had their own nickname and we were so close to each other in little time + of course we all passed.

So just wanted to say thank you a trillion times and hope life will put us back together for more fun but specially to carry own learning and absorbing your experience. Thank you Sensei!!!!!

Vito Cascasola, Spain, December 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


The IDC with Camille was everything I thought it would be and more. There was a lot of laughter and good atmosphere, but also serious time when going through the important stuff. We worked hard, studied hard, had homework every night, and I wouldn't change a thing. We went over and over the things that we struggled on or that were really important, and Camille has the patience of a saint. I think I asked him three thousand questions a day, sometimes the same question in a different way, but he never batted an eyelid, just gave a good answer and reassured us that we could do it. He gave us all confidence going forward and I know that I will always appreciate the good course I received. I have a feeling I will be emailing questions in the future, because Camille is more than just a brilliant course director, he is also a mentor, and a good friend. I have never laughed so much in my life, and of course we all passed ?

Jackie Conaghan, UK, December 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


I did my IDC with Camille in Malapascua, Philippenes at the end of November 2019.
As well as being a great teacher and barer of knowledge he is also a great laugh! Occasional days with information overload and endless presentations were made to be fun and educational engaging all 5 of us candidates and creating unforgettable bonds and memories within the group. Every question we fired at Camille he answered in great detail for us all to understand. Even during the IE he came to support us and calm any nerves or apprehensions we may have had prior to the big 2 days with the examiners!
I am very pleased to completed the course alongside all of my fellow candidates and with Camille our mentor for the duration. I cannot thank you enough for helping me open the gateway and educating me into my new career path! ???‍♀️

Lucinda Thurston, UK, December 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


It has been more than a month since my training as an Instructor has ended and now I am working as an Instructor already.

I am local, born and raised in Malapascua. I started working as a boatcrew many years back and later on became a Divemaster and work for more than 10 years.
It was really my big dream before to become an Instructor. But it’s not an easy investment so it took longer time for me to save.

And then last year around February, I first met Camille. And I had a chat with him and was really eager to start an IDC with him last November.So I decided to do the November IDC. Camille is a good, kind and respectful person. He is extremely knowledgeable and will put in, an extra time with people when needed specially me.
He gives me the best guidance and teaching, preparing me in the IDC and for that I am very thankful, because his one of the person who helped me fulfill my longtime dream. I’ve learned a lot from him which I can use it as a tool as I teach each day.
For me, he is the best Mentor, I’m so glad and thankful that I met him. A very kind Course Director who is not only serious in terms of teaching but also funny person and a good friend.

I would like also to say thanks to Justin who did his IDC STAFF, for helping me when I had difficulties.
Thank you so much also to Ann Christmas.
And thank you Threshercove owner Sir Mark Carter who is behind all my success

Balt Conje, Philippines, December 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


My interest in the ocean already was big since I was a little kid. My big dream was to become a marine biologist. Unfortunately life takes unpredictable turns and I had to burry this dream. As I got older I discovered an interest in teaching. But even this dream I had to give up. So I was "stuck" in an office for almost ten years.

At one point, I decided to turn my hobby into my new job and started my Divemaster training. As I finished my DM, I was clueless what I should do next. It was then when a good friend of mine recommended me to do my IDC with Camille at Thresher Cove.

So what at first was a compromise between my dream of working in the ocean and teaching other people, turned out to be one of my best experiences! From the first day I saw in Camille a wise mentor but also a funny friend. The combination of a good laugh and valuable knowledge let me enjoy the ten days of IDC! In my opinion I couldn't have had a better preparation to pass my IE!

Thank you so much Camille for that amazing time and all the tips and tricks you gave us on our way. Only one month working as an Instructor lets me know how much you taught us! Thank you again and I hope our ways will cross again one day!

Cheers Ruben Pereira, Mexico/Switzerland, December 2019, Malapascua, Philippines





Remember the time in school when we were suffering while learning? with Camille u wont suffer at all! from the beginning to the end it was just fun. AAAND..., I still learned a lot. there was always time for jokes n good humor, so it never got boring. I also appreciated a lot that Camille joined to the IE and supported me. it was such a good time and I will keep all his good suggestions in my mind.

Anyway thanks for nothing

und in diesem Sinne: An die Wand, aber plötzlich

David Schifferle, Switzerland, May 2019, Phuket, Thailand




Hi, my name is Johan Du Plessis. I am from South Africa, who just completed my IDC and IE in Koh Lanta, Thailand.  

There are a few reasons why I did my IDC in Thailand, but I think the main reason is that I have communicated to the course director, Camille, prior on deciding where to do the IDC. From the start he was knowledgeable and gave me advise on the the course,instead of trying to sell me the course. I did my research on him and I was really amazed by his experience in not only the diving industry, but also in other fields not relating to diving.  

I then made my decision to work as a dive master in a diving company affiliated to him, to gain more diving experience in preparation for the IDC. During the IDC Camille was extremely professional, as he catered for a group of students varying in age and culture, and somehow had all of us excited and looking forward to being part of this journey. His knowledge and experience that he shared throughout the course made all of the students well prepared for the IE. Due to the good preparation, the final IE was like a walk in the park, and each and every one of the students passed with exceptional scores. I would most definitely recommend Camille to anyone, whether he/she wants to start diving, do speciality courses, up to being trained as even a course director. He has vast knowledge, which has been gained through experience, dedication to the profession and passion.  

Johan du Plessi, South Africa, April 2019, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Hello there, 

So I decide to do my idc already two years back but until April 2019, I didn’t have time to do it and then it finally happened ?!! For the good and the bad, doing my idc with Camille at blue planet diver was a great experience and a really good fun, the team we had was perfect everyone been laughing most of the time except at the end of morning when you start to get starving and sleepy after few hours of learning, feeling like back to school haha!! 

One of the funny things happened during this idc was that everyone was getting sick one by one but we finally all survived.. How we don’t know but we did! 

So if you like learning fast and in a proper way, working hard for two weeks and if you like dark humour and have fun everyday then Camille is the course director that you looking for. 

I’d like to also say a big thanks to Francesco who was the assistant during the idc, he was a great help, always here to answer at any question whatever if it’s a shitty one or no and even when you text him at  11pm because you are bit lost for what you have to prepare for the next day..  

Well I think that’s it I said pretty much what I want to say. So if would have pay attention..(Camille favorite sentence), you will do your idc with this guy^^

Ciao for now.

Guillaume Coulon, France, April 2019, Koh Lanta, Thailand




I participated in the March/April IDC 2019 in Khao Lak at Sea Dragon Dive Center. The main reason why I did it there, was because I'm working in that Dive Center and I've only heard good things about Camille.

We had a pretty small course which was really nice. Because of that we had quite personal training and we were pretty quick with the schedule. So after we finished the IDC we still had a bit of time to prepare for the IE. Camille teached us everything we need to know to pass the IE. He knows what the Examinar wants to hear and what he doesn't need to hear. Camille makes a lot of jokes, which made the course really funny. That created a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

If you want a Course Director who is really experienced and teaches you everything you need to know to become an Instructor, go with Camille.

Thanks again Camille for the fun times and the instructing, see you soon again to do some specialties.

Leon Lemke, Germany, March-April 2019, Khao Lak, Thailand




I joined one of Camille's IDC in Malapascua, Philippines in February 2019. An amazing place for an IDC. This island is all about diving and one of the only places in the world where you get Thresher Sharks guaranteed.

I planned to do my IDC for a few years. Every time I found a course and a place that fit my schedule, the course was canceled or moved to a time that didn't fit into my busy life. This happened three times. Reaching out to course directors was not the easiest thing either. I got lot's of "maybes" and "I don't know" after a long time waiting and sometimes they didn't even reach back to me.

Not Camille. From our first contact, he was very endeavored to write back as fast as he could. I really did have quite a few questions. I did a cross over from CMAS and was therefore not really familiar with the PADI system. Camille answered everything to my satisfaction really fast and if he was unsure, he contacted PADI immediately. The service was excellent and convinced me to do the IDC with him.

The course itself was a pleasure. I was lucky to end up in an awesome and very international group. Camille was teaching with fun. Although he has loads of experience, he didn't seem to get tired teaching the same stuff over and over again. He was able to fit all the individual needs and found ways to make everything for everyone understandable. What I really liked about his course is that it didn't feel like studying. After a few days in the classroom and in the pool, I could see progress in knowledge and an improvement in my skills. I was amazed to see such big steps just by doing stuff and not actually sitting down and trying to remember books by heart.

Camille has a wealth of experience and he knows exactly what the examiners want to hear and what not. He is the best in preparing you for the IE. At this point, I also want to mention and thank our amazing staff instructor Lucio Bellomo who also did an amazing job in assisting Camille and answering tons of our questions. 

Thank you guys for the good times! I would do it again with you! 

Aaron Rösch, Austria, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


I did my dive master at Thresher Cove and decided to stay on and continue with my IDC. I didn’t do any research on the course director prior to.

But with my luck Camille turned out to be a great Course Director. He’s extremely knowledgeable and will put in the extra time with people when needed.

Camille teaches with a great deal of comedy, which lifts the stress level from the room.
Camille showed a lot of excitement and care during and after our IE. You could see on his face and by his reactions how much excitement he got by us all passing each section of the IE.
I hope I get the pleasure in crossing paths with Camille again in the future. Wish you all the best in the future with many more successful IDC and IE.
Also I would like to give a big shoutout to Lucio who was the staff instructor for the course. He also spent the whole time with us from day one right to the end. Gave everyone as much attention as needed and was always willing to answer questions.

Justin Smith, Canada, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


Ich habe den IDC im Februar 2019 auf Malapascua besucht von Camille Lemmens.

Dazu möchte ich folgendes sagen ich habe mich im Internet erkundigt über IDC in Thailand wo ich diverse Cours Directoren / Resorts angeschrieben habe, leider haben sehr wenige auf meine Angrage reagiert das ich einen Kurs buchen möchte.

Camille war einer der wenigen wo reagiert hat und auch gleich eine Übersicht zugestellt hat was man alles erwarten kann sowie was man noch zusätzlich buchen kann.

Camille war auch derjenige wo sehr schnell und ausführlich auf Fragen geantwortet hat. 

Leider musste ich feststellen das der Kurs in Thailand zu spät für mich war und ich Camille eine absage schrieb mit der Begründung das ich nicht über ende Februar 2019 einen Kurs besuchen kann.

Postwenden kam eine Antwort mit der Frage ob ich auch in die Philippinen reisen würde da er dort noch einen IDC hat anfangs Februar 2019.

Ich schaute mir das Resort sowie die Anreise an und ich habe mich entschlossen meinen IDC in Malapascua zu machen. 

Es war eine super Entscheidung den es war eine super Gruppe vor Ort und mit Camille habe ich aus meiner sicht den besten Lehrer erwischt.

Einige werden sich jetzt fragen warum ich dies auf Deusch schreibe, es ist ziemlich einfach den Camille spricht Deutsch und ich konnte meinen IDC Deutsch / Englisch machen was für mich eine zusätzliche erleichterung war nicht in den Übersetzungsstress zu geraten.

Weiter möchte ich mich auch bei unserem Staff Instructor Lucio Bellomo bedanken er war eine super Unterstützung und hat Camille in jeder hinsicht immer untersützt. 

Ich kann nur jedem Empfehlen den IDC mit Camille Lemmens zu machen es ist eine harte Zeit während dem IDC jedoch hatten wir auch sehr viel Spass was das Lernen erleichtet hat.

Zudem kann man nur von seiner Erfahung und seinem Wissen profitieren und er gibt auch gerne Beispiele oder Wahre Geschichten aus seiner Vergangenheit, zusätzlich lernt man noch einiges mehr bei Ihm. 

Martin Wicki, Switzerland, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


Déjà bientôt un mois que ma formation d’instructeur s’est achevée et les souvenirs sont toujours bien encrés dans ma tête...
En novembre 2018, après 11 ans à travailler sur Paris, je décide de réaliser un tournant dans ma vie professionnelle en m’orientant dans une voie que j’affectionne : la plongée.
Après avoir visité Malapascua en novembre 2017, il ne faisait aucun doute que je voulais démarrer ma carrière professionnelle ici. Après avoir accompli avec succès ma formation de divemaster, la formation d’instructeur s’est imposée à moi tout naturellement. Par chance, Camille organisait quelques temps après la fin de mon divemaster une formation d’instructeur. Après un premier échange de mails avec Camille, je savais déjà que je participerai à son cours! Les informations fournies ont été claires, précises et je n’ai pas eu du tout de surprise au premier jour de formation. Malgré un environnement de travail pas forcément des plus confortable et du matériel pédagogique un peu capricieux, la formation s’est déroulée dans la bonne humeur perpétuelle notamment grâce à Camille qui a tout fait pour nous mettre à l’aise durant l’ensemble de la formation, répondre à nos interrogations, nous rassurer quand nous doutions...
Même si la formation est particulièrement soutenue (les journées peuvent être longues), je remercie Camille pour les précieux conseils prodigués et le savoir transmis. En plus de Camille, je tenais à remercier Lucio, notre staff instructor, qui s’est montré tout aussi disponible et attentionné. Bien sûr je n’oublie pas mes camarades de classes sans qui cette formation n’aurait pas été la même. Malgré nos environnements d’origines différents, la magie de notre passion commune a su nous souder pour faire de cette expérience quelque chose d’inoubliable...
Merci encore à toi Camille, Lucio et toute la team, en espérant vous revoir où que ce soit dans le monde...

Steven Anger, France, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


If you asked me, a year ago if I wanted to try diving it would have been a loud and clear “no”. 
Today almost one year later, I’m an Instructor. Hard to believe when it comes from a young woman who used to fear the ocean.

When I decided I wanted to do my IDC I was looking with my boyfriend at several different places and reviews of different course directors, - until we found Camille. My boyfriend who I did my IDC with and I looked him up and decided to contact him. After a few email correspondences, we were sure that we wanted Camille to be our course director. We even moved our IDC location so we were certain that we were going to do it with him.

Some people find the theory part of the IDC the most difficult. It always depends on how much you know already and how much you’ve prepared yourself. For me it was the mental development which I find the most important as well that was the most difficult, - but Camille really made it both changeling and exciting at the same time. He was supporting, helpful and the best teacher you can imagine, - always trying different angles to make you understand better.  

Camille is not just a great teacher but he also likes to connect with each student on an individual level that makes his courses so much more real. He is a very talented course director and I really enjoyed having him as mine. He prepared us very well for the IE and with a patient and open mind figured a way of getting all of us to our goals. His always funny and smiling attitude helped getting all of us through some of the more challenging parts of the IDC. His countless experiences and stories made all the theories to a more “human connectable and understandable level” and actually made each topic interesting and important to learn, understand and appreciate.

Today I’m a Dive Instructor and already got my first job for this summer season in Europe. I’m proud of myself and Camille helped me getting where I am now.

It’s important as well to mention our great Staff Instructor Lucio Bellomo. He was absolutely amazing. An amazing instructor, - and his constantly smiling, helpful and professional mindset helped all of us to succeed our IE. He got me thinking of who I am as a person, what my strengths and my weaknesses are and how to become the best possible version of myself as a new instructor.    

I will definitely keep contact with Camille and Lucio and forever be grateful for everything they taught me. They made me think of the most important thing about being an instructor, - not just by following the standards but also teach with passion and with the psychology of diving as an important aspect of teaching, - and furthermore understand how to teach the best possible way. They gave me the best guidance and teaching, - preparing me for the IDC and for that I’m very thankful. Two lovely men that I for sure will miss being around (and helping me when I have too many questions).

Once again, Thank you for the best IDC. I can only recommend choosing Camille as your Course Director.

Karen Viuff, Denmark, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


I worked with Camille as IDC Staff Instructor during the February IDC in Malapascua, Philippines. What first stroke me about Camille was his professionalism when we communicated via email. Without knowing me, and despite this was my first experience in staffing an IDC, he just trusted me. This attitude was of course confirmed during the IDC, when I needed just a few tweaks to proceed in complete synchrony with him with a decent load of responsibility.

At the same time, he indirectly taught me a lot. He just knew where to stress a concept and where to let a candidate make a mistake. It took him one or two days to understand exactly every candidate’s profile, including their weaknesses and their strong points. This allowed him to teach adaptively and, as it turned out, extremely successfully. To me, he was the most open and helpful, available for consulting at any moment and keen to let me interact with the candidates during the classroom hours and the practical classes. He would never keep a thing for himself.

His mastery about the PADI system is, evidently, thorough. This, together with his large experience as an Instructor first and as a Course Director later, makes him a monument of knowledge he’s constantly willing to share.

Finally, there’s a point I really appreciated about Camille. It’s again about professionalism, this time though towards the candidates. Beside being friendly and passionate, he assists them without being too serious or way too mild. He knows he’s dealing with his future colleagues, and he acts accordingly.

I hope there will be further chances to work together, Camille. It will just be a great pleasure.

Lucio Bellomo, Italy, IDCS Instructor, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines


Aujourdhui, un peu plus de 3 mois après avoir passé mon IDC avec Camille, et suite à mes premières expèriences en tant qu'instructeur PADI, ici en Grèce, sur l'île de Rhodes , je me dois de partager mon ressenti et mon avis sur cette expérience.
Il y a de ça un an, lors de mon voyage en thailande, j' ai decidé de changer de vie, et de me lançer dans cette aventure, qu' est la plongée pro. Après avoir passé mes premiers niveaux, divemaster compris, sur l'île de Koh Tao, ma compagne et moi avons pris la décision de nous rendre aux Philippines pour faire notre IDC avec Camille. D'une part, le pays nous attiré , mais surtout nous étions decidé et convaincu que Camille serait le course director idéal, notamment de part la réputation qui le précède sur le web mais aussi à travers les discours de plusieurs personnes ayant travaillé avec lui et évolué à ses cotés lors de l'IDC.
Pour faire court, nous ne nous sommes pas trompé. D'une pédagogie hors norme, tout en gardant une grande part d'humanisme, il fut un "outil" et une aide précieuse en terme de compréhension, d'adaptation et d'evolution, pour nous permettre d'atteindre une certaine maturité et etre prêt pour l' IE mais aussi pour bien débuter en tant qu'instructeur.
Pour ma part il fut aussi d'une grande aide au niveau personnel.
Je le remercie pour cela, ainsi que Lucio, qui nous à accompagné, aidé et conseillé jusqu'à la fin de l'IE, qui s'est soldé par une réussite pour l'ensemble du groupe.
A noter que Lucio comme Camille reste disponible pour moi, quand je fais appel à eux pour des questions, conseils et même pour m'aiguiller dans mes recherches d'emploi. Un grand merci pour cette belle aventure.

Anthoney Serane, Switzerland, February 2019, Malapascua, Philippines




I participated in Camille's IDC on Koh Lanta (Southern Thailand) in early Jan 2019, which is a brilliant place to do it, great waters, fantastic ocean life.

My previous life was that of a Technical Software Tester working for many companies as an independent contractor, so I did have experience of dealing with many different characters and challenges, however, Camille's IDC truly opened my eyes wider to the world of Instructing students, improving skills, improving knowledge and being part of a team of divers. 

Do not mistake this course for just another certification that is easily obtained by paying money to PADI, NO, this is a course for further improvement in many areas and with Camille there is no 'can not do it'.. there is an overall sense of 'stay focused and you will do it'. 

I enjoyed Camille's teaching style, mixing things up with real life examples and humour (the latter is very important for learning in my opinion). 

We had a varied linguistic classroom, from English to German to French, luckily he speaks these languages and communicates clearly and with ease. 

This is a step up from PADI Divemaster indeed, but that bridge was crossed with application and focus... something Camille instills right from the start.  You will be tested and encouraged to improve.. this is NOT just another tick in the box, this is a life changing course not only for the good on one's self but of the many other probable students I will teach in the future. 

In summary I very much highly recommend doing your IDC with Camille, wherever that may be, you will come away a better person.

Graeme Phillips, UK, January 2019, Koh Lanta, Thailand 


“Summing up the IDC with Camille is like trying to roll up a sleeping bag back into its bag. There was a lot more too it than I initially anticipated! 

Camille has a wealth of knowledge and experiences, which he shares throughout the course in abundance in extra hints, tips, stories and YouTube videos. These make the content easier to digest, understand and ultimately apply. Just be prepared for many questionable jokes, they are definitely necessary for the dry bits of the course, and create a relaxed, fun atmosphere for learning. It’s also pretty apparent from the moment he replies in a nano second to your emails that he’s going to be there for you, before, during and after the course, and is definitely someone who holds his students at a high priority. 

The IDC wasn’t a smooth road, ear infections and a few minor hiccups, meant there were a couple of moments when I doubted whether I could do it, but Camille didn’t. In the end we were all well prepared for the instructor exam and passed with ease. 

Thank you Camille :)“

Jess Jeans, UK, January 2019, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Testimonials 2018


Ich habe im Dezember 2018 in Phuket  (Kata Karon) bei Diveasia meinen IDC erfolgreich abgeschlossen. Als Course Director hatte ich Camille Lemmens. Ich kann nur Positives über das IDC Center und Camille berichten. Von Anfang an war die Kommunikation problemlos, man erhielt zeitnah eine Antwort auf seine Fragen und man fühlte sich immer gut und kompetent betreut.

Es herrschte eine sehr freundliche und auch professionelle Atmosphäre in dem IDC Center, auch die angestellten Tauchlehrer (die meisten aus Deutschland) verstehen ihr Handwerk sehr gut.

Ich hatte Glück mit der Gruppengröße, wir waren nur zu zweit, ein Franzose und ich.  Der Unterricht war anspruchsvoll und sehr professionell. Die Unterrichtsprache war in Englisch, jedoch hatte ich die gesamten Präsentationen auf Deutsch zur Verfügung. Es gab nie Kommunikationsprobleme, Camille spricht perfekt Deutsch, und die Stimmung war durchweg positiv und extrem entspannt. Auch die Ausbildungen im Pool und Freiwasser sind perfekt geplant. Alles ist immer auf dem neusten Stand (Skills). Camille ist ein wirklich sehr guter Lehrer.

Bei dem IE konnten wir den Unterschied der Ausbildung zu den anderen IDC Centern deutlich erkennen. Wir waren in Theorie und Praxis ausgesprochen gut vorbereitet.

Ich habe keine Minute bereut, schade dass die Zeit so schnell vorbei ging. Ich kann euch die Ausbildung bei  IDCThailand (Camille) wirklich sehr empfehlen. 

Vielen Dank Camille 

Juergen Selz, Deutschland, December 2018, Phuket, Thailand 




 Als ich Anfang des Jahres den Entschluss gefasst habe einen IDC durchzuführen, habe ich im nächsten Schritt nach einer passenden Basis und deutschsprachigem Course Director gesucht. Dabei bin ich ziemlich schnell bei Camille und den für mich idealen Dive Center Seadragon Khao Lak gelandet. Von der ersten Mail an mit Camille habe ich mich sehr gut aufgehoben gefühlt. Auf meine Fragen bekam ich immer innerhalb sehr kurzer Zeit eine Rückantwort. Im IDC Prep, und IDC ergänzte Camille die Kursinhalte und PowerPoint Präsentation immer durch sein fundiertes Fachwissen und Erfahrungsschatz und gestaltete somit den Unterricht interessant und einprägsam. Auch an Spass hat es uns nie gefehlt. Die Lernatmosphäre war sehr locker und entspannt. Gerne denke ich an die Tage zurück und behalte den Kurs in bester Erinnerung. Vielen Dank an dich Camille und an Ed.

Christian Schmelzing, Deutschland, October 2018, Khao Lak, Thailand 


Becoming a qualified scuba instructor through IDT Thailand was a fantastic experience.  Camille is the ultimate professional and a great motivator - and his personal touch made logistics easy and learning fun.

Iain Groark, Scotland, October 2018, Khao Lak, Thailand  






 I had a great time doing my instructor development course and master scuba diver trainer prep course with Camille. Lots of wonderful suggestions on how to be a better diver and instructor. The class of 3 had plenty of laughs and still got the work done. We even finish the idc ahead of schedule so we had more time to rest before the instructor exam. If I had to do it again I would definitely go to Camille.

Nathan Smith, USA, August 2018, Moalboal, Philippines 


“To say I was nervous about doing the PADI IDC would be an understatement, having been out of the water for most of the 2 years since completing my Divemaster certification back in Australia.  At the start I really felt uneasy about my ability to pass the IE but fortunately I had Camille there to help guide me along the way.  After just the first day of the IDC with Camille a lot of the stress started to melt away and I started to feel confident that I could make it through the IDC/IE.  The IDC that Camille and Neptune Diving Adventure run is challenging but fun, situated just a few meters from the House Reef (Sardine Run) making it an ideal location to learn and dive at the same time.  During my time here I was given the tools I needed to not just pass the Instructor Exam but to pass it with high scores and I have no hesitation in recommending Neptune Diving Adventure or Camille to anyone wanting to do their instructor development course.”

David Clark, Australia, August 2018, Moalboal, Philippines 




Im Mai 2018 habe ich mit Camille Lemmens und Diveasia in Phuket den IDC absolviert. Nach euphorischen persönlichen Empfehlungen durch Freunde hier auf Koh Phangan war für mich schnell klar dass sich die kleine Reise nach Phuket nur lohnen kann. Camille hat sich von der ersten Kontaktaufnahme an sehr Mühe gegeben für mich da zu sein und die letzten Zweifel schnell aus dem Weg geräumt.

Nach einem ersten Augenschein über die erstklassigen Einrichtungen des Kata Big Rock, die Basis von Diveasia, lernten wir die klimatisierten Klassenräume und den grossen Pool mit der Zeit immer besser kennen und schätzen. Das Gefühl des Heimvorteils beim IE, der im selben Pool stattfindet, sollten wir erst später erleben.

Camille, der immer mit einem Witz beginnt, hat uns die anfängliche Nervosität mit seiner ruhigen und präzisen Art genommen und uns sauber auf den IE eingestellt. Als kleine, halbwegs deutschsprachige dreiergruppe hatten wir alle Zeit um bei den Classroom und Theory Sessions Fragen zu stellen und von Camille's beeindruckendem Erfahrungsschatz zu profitieren. In einer lockeren Atmospähre fiel es mir leicht das viele Wissen aufzunehmen und Camille stand immer mit einem Witz oder einer Anektote bereit, noch bevor mir langweilig wurde. 

Bei den Pool und Openwater Sessions, in diversen Workshops, Briefings und Präsentationen werden alle Fehler ausgemerzt, man wird auf jedes erdenkliche IE Szenario sowie auf einige Real-Life Situationen vorbereitet. 

Und so geht die Zeit dann schnell vorbei, der Tag vom IE ist da und man fühlt sich bereit. Mit dem Rucksack von Camille dabei war die Sache für uns beide dann wider Erwarten ein Spatziergang. Ich fühle mich nun bereit für die Aufgabe als OWSI und ich kann euch nur wärmstens empfehlen dasselbe zu buchen. 

Vielen Dank Camille und Diveasia für die lustige und lehrreiche Zeit, ich hoffe wir sehen uns bald mal wieder. 

Nicola Keller, Switzerland, May 2018, Phuket, Thailand 




 L’IDC avec Camille

C’est la 3ème fois que je viens à Koh Lanta pour plonger et cette fois j’ai décidé de compléter ma formation de plongeur en faisant l’IDC. J’ai donc contacté Ben de Blueplanet et il nous a confié à l’excellent instructeur IDC Camille Lemmens. Je ne connaissais pas vraiment le déroulement du cours avant de commencer, mais je m’imaginais une salle de classe avec une dizaine de personnes suivant un cours avec un instructeur plutôt scolaire. Nous sommes arrivées sur place deux jour avant de commencer l’IDC et après un jour de plongée bien méritée, nous avons fait la connaissance de Camille en arrivant à Blueplanet pour commencer notre cours. J’ai rapidement remarqué que nous n’avions pas affaire à un simple instructeur, mais également à un plongeur passionné et extrêmement expérimenté.

Une des grandes questions était la langue dans laquelle le cours allait se passer, car la personne qui faisait le cours avec moi ne parlait pas très bien anglais. J’avais prévu de jouer le rôle d’interprète, mais à ce moment Camille nous a dit qu’il parlait « un peu » français et qu’il allait essayer de faire quelques parties du cours dans notre langue. On s’est très vite rendus compte qu’il parlait en fait très bien français et il a même adapté l’ensemble du cours pour nous, ce qui en a fait son premier IDC totalement en français ! Il faut préciser que l’on a eu la chance d’avoir un cours privé (on était que 2) ce qui nous permis d’aller en profondeur dans tous les sujets, la barrière de la langue étant maîtrisée. Chapeau bas Camille !

Nous voilà donc dans un des endroits les plus magnifique du monde en train de suivre un cours d’instructeur de plongée sous la houlette d’un des meilleurs courses director qui en plus nous donne un cours privé dans notre langue maternelle !

Les 10 jours qui ont suivis font partie des plus beaux souvenirs que j’ai. Camille a su rendre la formation extrêmement intéressante en traitement le plus rapidement possible les sujets ennuyeux et en consacrant beaucoup de temps sur les aspects essentiels. Surtout, il a su nous faire profiter pleinement de sa grande expérience n’a pas d’ailleurs pas hésité à donner des conseils aux élèves de notre groupe lors de l’examen. 

Au-delà du professeur, j’ai eu l’occasion de passer du temps avec Camille en dehors des cours lors de souper et de plongées. J’ai découvert un homme passionné de musique avec qui j’ai pu avoir des discussions qui allaient bien plus loin que la plongée.

Camille nous a très bien encadré pendant toute la durée du cours, tant en niveau des conseils qu’il nous a donnés qu’au niveau de la logistique. Au final, j’ai passé 10 jours des plus enrichissants, très loin de l’image que je me faisais d’un cours long et ennuyeux.

L’IDC avec Camille m’a permis de devenir, je l’espère, un bon instructeur de plongée, mais j’ai également trouvé un ami partageant les mêmes passions que moi, que je me réjouis de retrouver dans le futur pour des nouvelles aventures de plongée et des soirées à refaire le monde !

Merci Camille pour ces 10 jours passionnants et merci à l’équipe de Blueplanet pour l’accueil et les bons moments passés ensembles !

Fabien Zennaro, Switzerland,  April 2018, Koh Lanta, Thailand




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 Helmrath, Germany, March 2018, Phuket, Thailand 




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 power point 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.

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.

Full blog post here

Loretta Sze, Singapore, March 2018, Khao Lak, Thailand 


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.

Chris Stewart, UK, March 2018, Khao Lak, Thailand


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!

Nico Boitard, France, March 2018, Khao Lak, Thailand




I had the pleasure of starting 2018 under Camille’s tutelage on the beautiful island paradise of Koh Lanta, Thailand. We had a small class of three, and my two peers and I greatly benefited from having Camille all to ourselves. Our lunches were varied and delicious, but my favorite part was our time spent around the pool, and on the boat. 

Camille’s years of experience allows him to direct courses with effortless ease – taking every opportunity to joke around with his students. Camille’s friendliness and positive attitude translate into his ability to convey knowledge, and I found my time in his classroom to be both enjoyable, and tremendously beneficial.

When it came time for my instructor’s exam, I felt confident and prepared. I am grateful to Camille for everything he has shown me. I know that I will be a good instructor because of him!

Josh Frede, USA, January 2018, Koh Lanta, Thailand





I did my IDC with Camille on Koh Lanta in Januari 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.

Helmer Brundin, Sweden, January 2018, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Testimonials 2017


Hallo zusammen,

hier erstmal eine kurze Info, warum ich mich für mein IDC bei Camille und Dive Asia entschieden habe.
Im Dezember 2016 habe ich meinen Divemaster Kurs bei Dive Asia absolviert.
Während meiner Ausbildung konnte ich mich von der Qualität und Professionalität des Tauchcenters und den Angestellten überzeugen.

Camille durfte ich wärend meiner Ausbildung zum Divemaster auch schon kennen lernen, da er nach seinem IDC noch weitere Speciality-Instructor Kurse unterrichtet hatte.
So entstand also der Kontakt zu Camille und meine Entscheidung mein IDC mit Camille bei Dive Asia zu machen.

Im Dezember 2017 war es dann auch endlich so weit, ich war wieder zurück in Thailand für mein IDC.
Zu meiner Überraschung, aber auch zu meiner Freude war es eine sehr kleine IDC-Gruppe. Meine Befürchtung, das die Theorieeinheiten wie eine trockene Vorlesung stattfinden würden, hat sich zum Glück nicht bestätigt. Camille hat es geschafft das selbst der Theorieteil spaß gemacht hat.
Wir haben während des Unterrichtes sowohl mehrere Theorieprüfungen gemacht, also auch ausreichend Klassenraumpräsentationen durchgeführt, um uns bestens auf das IE vorzubereiten.
Aber neben der Theorie gehört ja auch noch mehr zur Ausbidung, nämlich die Praxis. Angefangen im Trainingspool hat Camille uns ideal auf die Übungen im begrenzten Freiwasser vorbereitet. Wir haben die Möglichkeit bekommen diese Übungen so oft zu machen, bis wir uns sicher waren und sie auf einem hervorragendem Demonstrationsniveau vorführen konnten.
Die Kombination aus Übungen im Pool und Theorie im Klassenraum hat natürlich den Tagesablauf aufgelockert, hier bestand der Vorteil darin, das der Trainingspool direkt an das Gebäude des Divecenters angrenzt. 

Für die Freiwasserübungen sind wir am Tauchcenter abgeholt worden und zum Chalong Peer gebracht worden, von wo wir mit dem Tauchboot rausgefahren sind. Da Camille uns sehr gut auf die Übungen im Freiwasser vorbereitet hat, hatten wir keinerlei Probleme diese
sehr schnell und sehr sicher durchzuführen. Somit blieb sogar noch Zeit nach den Übungen ein bisschen die Unterwasserwelt Thailands zu erkunden, was natürlich sehr viel Spaß gemacht hat.
Nachdem wir nun auch den Freiwasserteil abgeschlossen hatten, fühlte ich mich bestens auf das IE vorbereitet. 

Das einzige was jetzt noch fehlte, war die Ausbildung zum EFR-Instructor, welche Camille auch sehr ansprechend gestaltet hat. Als "Geschenk" zum IDC mit Camille, haben wir auch noch die Ausbildung zum Enriched-Air Instructor und zum Emergency Oxigen Provider Instructor kostenlos machen dürfen.
Das IE selbst besteht ja aus den drei Teilbereichen Theorie, begrenztes Freiwasser und Freiwasser. 

Der erste Teil war der Theorieteil, welcher selbst nochmals aus drei Teilen besteht. Erstens Fragen zur Tauchtheorie, zweitens Fragen zu den Padi Standards und Richtlinien und drittens eine Klassenraumpräsentation zu einer Frage aus der Wissensüberprüfung eines der zahlreichen Tauchkurse.
Dank der hervorragenden Vorbereitung, ging ich mit einem guten Gefühl in den Theorieteil. Dieses gute Gefühl bestätigte sich und somit wurden alle drei Teile mit sehr gutem Ergebnis bestanden.
Am Nachmittag ging es dann in den Trainingspool für den begrenzten Freiwasserteil. Hierzu wurden wir in kleine Gruppen mit circa 4 Personen eingeteilt. Da der Pool für das IE der selbe Pool war, in dem wir jeden Tag unsere Übungen absolviert haben, fühlte ich mich natürlich sehr wohl bei den Übungen. Auch die begrenzten Freiwasserübungen habe ich somit mit sehr guten Bewertungen abgeschlossen. Aber das hat mich auch nicht wirklich gewundert, da Camille beim Training mit uns immer sehr großen Wert darauf gelegt hat, das wir unsere Übungen nicht nur gut, sondern Perfekt beherschen. Damit war dann auch der erste Tag des IE abgeschlossen.

Am nächsten Morgen fand dann der Freiwasserteil am Kata-Beach statt, aber mit den guten Ergebnissen im Pool und dem Wissen, das ich im Freiwasser genau so gut vorbereitet wurde wie im Pool, freute ich mich sogar auf den Teil des IE. Am Strand angekommen ging es nach dem Aufbau der Ausrüstung auch direkt mit den Briefings los.
Im Meer wurden zunächst die Rescueübungen absolviert, eher die vorbereiteten Unterwasserfähigkeiten geprüft wurden. Direkt nach dem Debriefing haben wir erfahren ob wir bestanden haben. Damit war ich nun offiziell ein Open Water Scuba Instructor. Doch ich habe für mich selbst entschieden, was ich gerne noch weitermachen wollte und somit hatte ich mich schon im Vorfeld mit Camille in Verbindung gesetzt und mit ihm geklärt welche Speciality-Instructor Kurse ich noch machen möchte.

Hierbei nochmal einen großen Dank an Benno Brandon von Dive Asia, der es ermöglicht hat das ich meinen Night-Dive Instructor machen konnte. Da normalerweise keine Nachttauchgänge von Dive Asia angeboten werden, doch für uns hat er eine Ausnahme gemacht und für uns alles organisiert, damit wir am Kata Beach nachts tauchen konnten.
Ebenso möchte ich mich bei Pray Schäfer bedanken, der uns für die weiteren Speciality Instructor Kurse immer an die, für den Kurs besten Riffe oder Wracks gebracht hat. Ein wirklich guter Service vom Dive Asia Team.

Abschließend möchte ich mich nochmals bei Camille und Dive Asia bedanken.

Sollte ich in der Zukunft den nächsten Schritt zum Staff Instructor wagen, dann sicherlich mit euch! Vielen Dank Christian

Christian Hoengen, Germany, December 2017, Phuket, Thailand




I recently completed and passed my IDC and IE with Camille in Moalboal. From the first moment I met Camille, I felt like he would be a good tutor and mentor as he was approachable, friendly, relaxed and had a good sense of humour. The whole structure of the course worked well and there wasn’t an overload of information at any point. Camille’s presentations were always interesting and he always included appropriate anecdotes when needed. The requirements for the practical presentations were well explained and demonstrated throughout the week. The feedback was always honest and concise as to what was not quite right. Camille was always happy to answer any questions we had, of which there were many. During the entire IDC and IE, I felt Camille provided excellent support. All in all I have never felt more prepared for an exam in my life.

Danan Truong, UK, November 2017, Moalboal, Philippines


I found Camille via the internet and after reading through his blogs and other testimonials I didn’t bother looking further.
I completed my IDC/IE at Neptune Diving Adventures in Moalboal, Philippines and was very lucky to have such a supportive team in Camille and the Neptune staff.
Camille is easy going, someone you can always have a laugh with and put up with my incessant questions - so very patient too. Camille’s course was thorough, well structured so that we never felt overwhelmed and concise. All information was presented clearly. He offered us all the support and feedback we needed. By the time the IE came around I dare say I was ‘over prepared’ and felt very confident throughout the whole examination and I can thank Camille for this!!!

Jessica Dick, Australia, November 2017, Moalboal, Philippines



Jag träffade Camille för första gången när jag gjorde min Divemaster-kurs på Filippinerna för två år sen. Jag fick ett jättebra intryck av honom - han var mycket kunnig och brydde sig verkligen om alla elever på dykcentret (oavsett om det var IDC-kandidater, DMTs eller OW-elever - och jag bestämde mig redan då för att jag ville ha honom som Course Director. Jag begav mig därför till Thailand och gjorde min IDC med Camille i Khao Lak i november 2017. Jag blev verkligen inte besviken! 

IDCn är, som sig bör, en tuff kurs med höga krav. Det jag uppskattade mest med kursen var att jag hela tiden kände att jag hade Camilles (och vår staff instructor Fionas) fulla stöd. Man fick hela tiden ärlig feedback och det var väldigt tydligt vad som var bra och vad man behövde utveckla vidare. De tog sig alltid tid för frågor och man kände verkligen att de ville att man skulle lyckas. Jag uppskattade den tydliga informationen om kraven på IEn och också hur Camille med sitt lugn och sin tilltro till oss fick mig att känna att jag faktisk hade den kompetens som krävdes för att klara examinationerna. 

Kusen hölls på engelska vilket funkade bra för mig. Tanken är ju att jobba utomlands i framtiden, så då är det soft att ha dykordförrådet på engelska. 

Jag är mycket nöjd med kursen och då inte bara för att den resulterade i att jag tillslut blev Specialty Instructor! Jag lärde mig otroligt mycket och utvecklades både som dykare, PADI Pro och som person.

In English;

I met Camille for the first time when I did my Divemaster course in the Philippines two years ago. I had a great impression of him - he was very knowledgeable and really cared about all the pupils at the diving center (regardless of whether they were IDC candidates, DMT or OW students - and I decided already because I wanted him as a course Director. I therefore went to Thailand and did my IDC with Camille in Khao Lak in November 2017. I was really not disappointed!

The IDC is, as it should, a tough course with high demands. What I appreciated most with the course was that I always felt I had Camille's (and our staff instructor Fiona's) full support. You always received honest feedback and it was very clear what was good and what you needed to develop further. They always took time for questions and you really felt they wanted to succeed. I appreciated the clear information about the requirements of IE and also how Camille, with his peace and confidence in us, made me feel that I actually had the skills required to pass the examinations.

The course was held in English which worked well for me. The idea is to work abroad in the future, so it is good to learn the words in English.

I'm very pleased with the course and then not only because I ended up being Specialty Instructor! I learned incredibly much and developed both as a diver, PADI Pro and as a person.

Sandra Pedersen, Sweden, October 2017, Khao Lak, Thailand


Hi, I'm Kristine from the US, and I did my IDC with Camille in Thailand October 2017. Camille's many years of experience made the course smooth and straightforward. From practicing skills in the pool to taking exams, we learned exactly what to expect in the IE. He always took the time to make sure we understood what we missed and improved the skills we needed to practice. But it's not all work, we had plenty of laughs. I felt prepared going into the IE and agree with Camille that it stands for "Its Easy." 

Kristine Wagner, USA, October 2017, Khao Lak, Thailand


Ich habe Camille im März über das Netz gefunden und irgendwie sagte mir eine Stimme das es der richtige Typ am richtigen Ort zur richtigen Zeit für den IDC ist. Das ganze war für mich eine Challenge und als ich in Khao Lak ankam und das ganze Program des IDC und IE sah , sank meine Hoffnung den Kurs zu meistern auf Null. Camille aber hat in seinem IDC einen Plan, den er sich durch jahrelange Erfahrung erarbeitet hat. Von Tag zu Tag wuchs meine Zuversicht und ich lernte viel…..nach einer Woche war ich bereits total Zufrieden weil ich trotzdem ich seit 10 Jahren tauche noch nie so viel in so kurzer Zeit hinzugelernt hatte. Die IDC Gruppe kam aus der ganzen Welt : Niederlande, Schweiz, USA, Schweden , Brasilien …tja und ich aus Berlin 
OK ich musste mir natürlich einige Witze über Deutsche reinfahren….aber nun wer als Holländer im Wohnwagen sitzt …äh Glashaus mein ich natürlich Aber gut….als der IDC zu Ende ging fühlte ich mich wirklich gut vorbereitet und ging zuversichtlich in den IE . Camille und Fiona, das Divecenter Sea Dragon, unsere Gruppe ….alles war perfekt und was soll ich sagen ….ich hab’s geschafft 
Nach diesen unvergesslichen 16 Tagen bin ich nun Instruktor , aber das ist irgendwie gar nicht mehr so wichtig für mich. 
Ich habe irre viel gelernt , habe Sachen wirklich verstanden und kann sie jetzt auf meine eigene Art erklären und …..ich habe in Camille einen tollen Freund dazu gewonnen und auch 6 wirklich gute Freunde aus unserer Gruppe kennengelernt…..7 mit Fiona. 
Ich werde diese Zeit niemals vergessen und kann jedem der daran denkt Instruktor zu werden Camille und seine IDC wärmstens Empfehlen .

Jaaaaaaaaa Gut Gut

Florian Przytarski, Germany, October 2017, Khao Lak, Thailand



 Bonjour à tous, je suis vraiment très satisfait de L'IDC que j'ai suivi avec DIVE Asia et plus particulièrement avec Camille durant juillet 2017.
Je suis français avec un niveau d'anglais correct et parlant aussi espagnol, mais il est vrai que pour la partie théorie notamment je souhaitait avoir un maximum de support français, dive asia et Camille mon donc commandé mon crew pack en français ainsi que les examens ecrit, et le gros plus avec Camille et qu'il parle un peu français donc quand j'avais quelques problèmes de compréhension il pouvait m'aiguiller! Le deuxième gros plus est que pour la casi totalité des supports des cours ( PDF, vidéos ) Camille les possèdes aussi en français et n'hésitera pas à vous les donner par clée USB.
Cependant de mon avis, je pense que pour faire ce travail il est tres important de parler plusieurs langues, et faire son IDC en grande parti en anglais et vraiment trés intéressant car vous vous sentirez vraiment plus à l'aise à la fin et encore plus fier de votre réussites, il faut aussi savoir que pendant les examens vous n'aurais pas forcément un course director qui parle français, donc pour tous ce qui est des présentations ( cours, présentation milieu protégé, et milieu naturel ) il est vraiment cool d'avoir confiance en soit pour les présenter en anglais si vous n'avez pas le choix.
Il y a plein d'école pour faire vôtres IDC mais avec Dive Asia je vous garanti que vous pourrez travailler au calme et très efficacement ! Quand l'examen arrivera se ne sera plus qu'une formalité si vous bossez comme il le faut.
Encore un grand merci a Dive asia et Camille pour avoir accompagné m'a réussite à L' IE. 

Michael Klausz, France, July 2017, Phuket, Thailand 


I just recently took Camille's IDC and MSDT Prep course during July in Phuket and I can't speak highly enough about it. Camille is incredibly knowledgeable in so many areas related to diving that it makes the course fun, interesting and in my opinion the best choice to prepare you for the I.E. and for a future career in the dive industry.

Camille takes the time to make sure you understand the information completely and was able to answer any questions I had. He connects with his students and makes sure they feel confident heading into the examination. His attention to detail and teaching attitude like I said earlier makes the class that much more enjoyable and informative.

Getting to learn from one of the best only increased my confidence going forward as a dive instructor. His work with you doesn't stop once the class is over either, he is always there to help and answer any further questions you have about diving, working as an instructor or life in another country.

He knows multiple languages and although I had no problems because we both spoke English, he was able to get French materials and help my fellow classmate (who was French but could speak decent English) fully understand the material and feel confident going forward into his I.E. as well. Again I can't thank him enough for being my teacher and helping me start my own career.

If you are looking for someone to do your IDC with look no further, you've found the best.

Sean Brennan, USA, July 2017, Phuket, Thailand 


 Testimonials  "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.

Adrian Chan, Hong Kong, June 2017, Phuket, Thailand


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kevin McCaughey, Hong Kong/Canada, June 2017, Phuket, Thailand Testimonials  



 คิดว่า IDC มันยากแต่ก็อยากลองดู,ตัดสินใจเรียน,และได้ยินชื่อCamilleจากเพื่อนที่เรียนกับCamilleทุกคนพูดเหมือนกันว่า "He's One of the Best Course Director"
Camilleให้คำแนะนำและทุ่มเทเวลาให้เราก่อนและหลังClassroom เพื่อแน่ใจว่าเราเข้าใจและพัฒนาขึ้น,10วันสำหรับIDCกับCamille คือความทรงจำที่ดีที่เรายังคิดว่าเราไม่น่าจะผ่านมันมาได้ง่ายๆและเราผ่านมันมาได้เพราะCamille!!!
Yes!!!..He is One of The Best of Course Director.
ขอบคุณมากๆค่ะ Camille

 In English;

I thought IDC was difficult but I decided to take it.
I heard of Camille from friends who took IDC with him. They all said the same thing, "he is one of the best CDs"
Camille dedicated his time not only during but before and after classes to make sure I understood and improved. I didn't think I would have made it but I did, thanks to Camille. 10 day IDC course with him with was a great memory and experience. And yes, he's one of the best course directors.

Cartoon Toon Kalapak, Thailand, May 2017, Phuket, Thailand 


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.

Glenn Pearson, UK, May 2017, Phuket, Thailand 


 Testimonials  Danke camille für die zeit während des idc. Ich möchte mich herzlichst bedanken bei unserem course director Camille Lemmens. Danke für die art und weise, wie du uns gelehrt hast. Wie du den kurs geführt hast. Das sind ernste Worte. Auch wenn sie etwas spät kommen... sorry für das.... Ich war sehr nervös und aufgeregt vor dem idc. Aber du hast eine art gefunden, mich proffesionel zu unterrichten und motivieren. Trotzdem fehlte der spass nie... Du hast mich/uns durch den ganzen idc so gut unterstützt.... Ich hätte nie geglaubt den idc so gut zu bestehen, wie ich es tat schlussendlich Dafür danke ich dir ganz herzlich. Und ich glaube die ganze barbara mannschaft Danke für deine art. Danke dafür, dass du einen sehr wichtigen schritt in meinem leben mitverwirklicht hast. Ich hoffe ich kann dich weiterhin nerven mit doofen fragen Danke für alles Beste grüsse

Instructor dominic

Dominic Sennhauser, Switzerland, March-April 2017, Koh Lanta, Thailand




 Camille´s IDC really gives you stable ground to begin your instructor career. He not only prepare you to examination but gives you tools how to rún courses in real life after graduation. I feel being lucky I choose his course. Even though there is loads work to do at IDC Camille is able make it fun and adjust methods to individuals. We had so much fun and honestly I can recommend his courses to anyone. Thank you Camille for excellent IDC!

Hannu Orrenmaa, Finland, March 2017, Phuket, Thailand 


I came from Finland to do IDC in Phuket. It turned out to be a fantastic choice, because i could not imagine more efficient and fun way of becoming an open water scuba instructor than under direct supervision of Camille. He is a phenomenal instructor and awesome dude. Our class was small, days were compact and at home there was no worries with sparetime, but its okay as long as you feel as rewarded as i felt when Camille was my instructor at IDC. So perks compared to Finland: Camille, less snow and ice, quarantee of knowing your shit.

Juha-Petteri Pasma, Finland, March 2017, Phuket, Thailand  




IDC With Camille was amazing! When I start the course I had very different expectations about it because I get wrong information and hazy "advices" from others about it and I start course with little bit unsure feeling. But from the first day until it was over Camille give me so clear imagine how is the work when you became to be instructor and he teach us really how to prepare lessons and how to use all the tools and be a good teacher. Now the real learning process just starting and I feel like I have stable & steadliy bottom under my feet. Feel like I'm ready to jump! Big thank you Camille!

Iris Poutanen, Finland, February 2017, Phuket, Thailand 


Honestly i dont know what Camille can do better than what he is doing with our course and all the things around it. We have so much fun combine with he's super professional way to teaching. If you have questions or thinking about to do your IDC, contact him!

Robin Nyzell, Sweden, February 2017, Phuket, Thailand


Danke Camille für diesen super IDC! Wir haben knapp zwei Wochen zusammen verbracht und du hast jeden von uns vom frischen Divemaster zum vorbereiteten Instructor gemacht. Während des Kurses hast du eine spitzen Balance gefunden zwischen Professionalität und Spaß gefunden. Mit deinem Engagement und guten Humor hast du uns allen eine schöne Zeit verschafft und uns gut auf das vorbereitet was uns hier draußen erwartet.
Danke Camille!

Christophe Linne, Germany, February 2017, Phuket, Thailand


I decided to come to Thailand solely because of Camille and his good reputation as a Course Director. In short, he lived up to both his reputation and my expectations. This is my view of Camille and his teaching style which hopefully will help you getting an idea of what it could be to do your IDC with him:

Camille undoubtedly has the knowledge and experience to be a great Course Director. His sense of humor rubbed off in our group to the extent that I think even he thought it was a bit too much at times. His teaching style is can be described as “play hard, work hard” and his focus is always on what he thinks makes a skilled and safety conscious instructor and what he knows is needed to pass the IE. Sometimes he might come off as being strict or picky in the skills, while other times he quickly browse though the slide shows. The only “negative” in Camilles skill set would be his upselling and other ways to make a few more bucks. Something which sadly is almost required when making a living in the diving industry.

Personally, I was forced to reschedule my IDC which meant I had only one logged dive during the four years leading up to the IDC (!) and I arrived the day before the course started. Despite being rusty, jet lagged and needing time to get used to my new gear, I ended up getting straight fives in the IE and roughly 90% on the theory, all thanks to Camille! The rest of the group did just as well despite illnesses, lost gear and other mishaps. We were all very happy with the course and can strongly recommend others to do their IDC with Camille!

Staffan Eriksson, Sweden, February 2017, Phuket, Thailand




An unforgettable experience of being in part of Camille's IDC which did not only fully equipped me to be an OWSI but was also so much fun. Extremely professional, knowledgeable, patient and always ready to help, Camille made we IDC candidates all successfully passed IE. Feel so lucky to have this IDC. Lots of thanks!


'Melonie' Dan Jiang, China, February 2017, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Hi Camille, As I am waiting for my PADI certificate and my cards to arrive, I am looking back to the first day of my IDC. I was so excited yet nervous but you got us relaxed throughout the IDC and made each day enjoyable. My classmates were also great and I think we bonded very quickly :D. Completing the IDC and IE was very important for me and I have made it because of you and Ann. I learnt a lot from you and your suggestions/comments made me a better diver and soon instructor ~ Thank you again for the time and effort you put into our IDC and IE, especially all the e-mails we went back and forth even beginning of the IDC. Your quick response to all e-mails and your presence at the IE helped a lot! I look forward to seeing you again and dive with you.

Norie Ishida, Hong Kong, February 2017, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Camille is very knowledgeable about the PADI system and the dive industry in Thailand. His detailed feedback during the IDC helped us all pass the examination with ease. Additionally, he made an effort to get to know all the candidates as a friend and mentor, and gave us counseling specific to our desired paths through the diving industry. Camille genuinely cares about his work. Thanks!

Carolyn Popoli, USA, February 2017, Koh Lanta, Thailand


Camille was a wonderful course director to have for the IDC. He is very knowledgeable, but more importantly he is extremely patient and personable. During my course he made sure each candidate knew what to work on and how to work on it to prepare for their IE and life as a dive instructor. His focus was not to just get you through the IE, but to make sure you would be a confident competent instructor. He made the time educational, fun, and memorable. 

Christine Dietz, USA, February 2017, Koh Lanta, Thailand



Testimonials 2016



I'd like to to share a few words about my IDC course on Koh Phangan and my course director Camille Lemmens , it was quite a rollercoaster ride of emotions , at times i felt out of my depth and had thoughts of quitting , but with Camille's excellent coaching and almost endless patience, though I got the feeling we put that to the test on more than one occasion, i can honestly say if it wasn't for Camille and Giovanni as well and the IDC candidate's i wouldn't be sat here writing this as an instructor embarking on a new career doing what i love , so saying thank you doesn't really seem to be adequate enough but it will have to do. Thank you for helping me achieve this life changing opportunity.

Ian Long, UK, December 2016, Koh Phangan, Thailand


I am currently IDC Staff Instructor. Once again I want to thank you for the course, for your acknowledgment and dedication that you lavished into it. I definitely learned a lot, especially from your didactical approach, and for sure all what I received as an example from you will is becoming already useful during my work. Thanks a lot again, and best success for the continuation of your work!

Giovanni D'Erasmo, Italy, IDCS Instructor, December 2016, Koh Phangan, Thailand


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

Lars-Petter Sandaaker, Norway, December 2016, Koh Phangan, Thailand




Na 3 jaar gewerkt te hebben als dive master in verschillende landen, wilde ik de volgende stap zetten in mijn duikcariere en heb ik besloten om me op te geven voor de instructor development course. Ik heb online gezocht naar een idc bij mij in de buurt met een course director die veel ervaring had. Ik kwam zo bij Camille terecht. Zijn ervaring is ongekend en doordat hij ontzettend snel en informatief was tijdens het email contact had ik er direct een goed gevoel over. Vanaf dag een van de cursus wist ik zeker dat ik de juiste keuze had gemaakt en ik heb een hele leuke cursus gehad. Er was een goede balans tussen leren en lachen en ondanks dat het een pittige cursus is hebben we veel lol gehad! Tijdens de IDC heeft Camille mij de kennis en het zelfvertrouwen gegeven dat ik nodig had om op het IE goed te presteren. Ik ben hem ontzettend dankbaar voor alles wat hij mij geleerd heeft. Zijn vele jaren ervaring hebben er voor gezorgd dat alle vragen die ik had goed beantwoord konden worden en hebben geresulteerd in het feit dat ik nu een OWSI ben en me helemaal klaar voel om les te gaan geven. Ik kan daarom ook iedereen aanraden om niet verder te zoeken, en gewoon te boeken met Camille! ☺ Het lijkt misschien een grote opdracht, maar met Camille als course director ga je vol zelfvertrouwen je IE in, en zul je zien dat door het harde werk tijdens je IDC, het IE een makkie is! Heel veel success voor alle toekomstige studenten.

In English;
After having worked as a Divemaster for 3 years in various countries, I wanted to take the next step in my diving career and I decided to sign up for an Instructor Development Course. I looked online for an IDC near to me with an experienced Course Director. That's how I ended up with Camille.
His experience is unprecedented and because he reacted very fast and with lots of information during our email conversations, I immediately felt good about it. From day one of the course I knew that I had made the right decision and had an enjoyable course. There was a good balance between learning and having fun at times and despite the fact that it is a challenging course, we had plenty of fun as well! During the IDC Camille gave me the knowledge and confidence that I needed to do well during the PADI IE. I'm very grateful for everything he taught me. His vast experience made sure that all questions that I had were answered in a clear way and resulted in the fact that I'm now an OWSI and feel comfortable and ready to start teaching. For this reason I can recommend everybody to stop searching and to just book with Camille! It may look like a big mission, but with Camille as Course Director you will start the IE full of confidence and you will see that because of the hard work during the IDC, the IE will be easy! Good luck to all of your future students.

Ilse van Tilborg, Netherlands, December 2016, Phuket, Thailand


I recently completed the IDC with Camille in Kata in preparation for the IE on December 3 and 4.
Camille's preparation for the IE was extremely good and very useful for the 2 days of the IE. We went through all procedures and practices and he gave us all very good advice and guidance for what was to come.
I am very glad to have chosen to do the IDC with Camille and thank him very much for all his tutoring and guidance throughout, all in our group passed the IE and have already moved on to working as Instructors.
I would strongly recommend for anyone wanting to become an Instructor to seek out Camille and book in for the IDC, he will lead you in the right direction. Cheers.

Steven O'Connell, Australia, December 2016, Phuket, Thailand


Die Brevetierung zum PADI OWSI ist das Ziel für alle Teilnehmer eines IDC's.
Eine optimale Vorbereitung und eine kompetente Unterstützung sind das wichtigste zum erfolgreichen Abschluss.
Durch Camille wurden wir während über einer Woche perfekt auf den IE vorbereitet und haben diesen alle mit einem super Ergebnis abgeschlossen.
Wir durften alle von seiner langjährigen Erfahrung profitieren und unseren Rucksack für die Zukunft als Tauchlehrer füllen.
Dank einer kleinen Gruppe konnte sich Camille viel Zeit für Fragen nehmen.
Für mich persönlich war es eine sehr gute Entscheidung am IDC bei Camille teilzunehmen.
Seine offene und fröhliche Art hat den Kurs zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis gemacht.
Zum Schluss möchte ich mich bei dir Camille und auch bei den beiden anderen Kandidaten Ilse, Steven und Sam (Staff Instructor) für die tolle Zeit in Phuket bedanken.
Ich hoffe euch bald irgendwo auf der Welt wieder zu sehen und wünsche allen zukünftigen IDC Kandidaten von Camille viel Spass und Erfolg.

To get certified as a PADI OWSI is the goal for all participants in an IDC. A perfect preparation and having skilled support are the most important assets to achieve successful graduation.
Camille made sure that we were perfectly prepared for the PADI IE during the IDC week and consequently we all completed the PADI IE with great results.
We were all allowed to profit from his extended experience and we could fill our personal instructor backpacks with things we can use in the future.
Due to being in a small group, Camille could take plenty of time to answer various questions.
For me personally it was a very good decision to participate in Camille's IDC program.
His open and good-humored personality made the course an unforgettable event.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Camille and the other IDC candidates Ilse, Steven and Sam (Staff Instructor) for the great times we had on Phuket.
I hope to meet all of you soon, somewhere in the world and wish for all of Camille's future IDC candidates a lot of fun and success.

Patrick Knuchel, Switzerland, December 2016, Phuket, Thailand




I recently finished my OWSI as well as a few specialties together with Camille. A great experience! I contacted Camille months before my IDC started and he was very helpful with the entire process, from booking to accommodation and transport. Camille created a very relaxed feeling throughout the training, which led to having an easier time focusing on my studies. Going to my IE could not have been easier as Camille kept encouraging and supporting me through the entire time.

Sonja Koski, Finland, November 2016, Phuket, Thailand




Camille I have to thank you personally for all the support and giving hand to achieve this position for me ....really really thanks I can never forget this ......thanks once again ....my favourite course directorn

Aloknat M, India, November 2016, Phuket, Thailand




Hello my name is Oskari and I come from Finland. I had couple of choises where I wan't to do my IDC and I decided to do it by english, after all I'm more than happy with that I chose Camille to be my CD. Course had fast tempo and every problem we had was very (very) well explained by Camille. And after all we had really fun time together during course, so thanks for Camille, Nikoo, Tommy and Tahamtan!

Terve olen Oskari Suomesta, valitsin muutamasta potentiaalisesta vaihtoehdosta englannin kielisen IDC:n, ja olen erittäin tyytyväinen, että tein sen Camillen kanssa. Kurssi oli nopea tempoinen, ja ongelma tilanteissa Camille esitti asiat erittäin selkeästi, vaikka epäilin omaa englannin kielen taitoani en kokekenut mitään ongelmaa sen kanssa kurssin aikana. Meillä oli erittäin hauska kurssi. Kiitos Camille, Nikoo, Tommy ja Tahamtan!

Oskari Miikkulianen, Finland, October 2016, Phuket, Thailand


My name is Tommy and I choosed to travel all the way from sweden to do my IDC with Camille and after our first day I never had any doubt about making the right call.
The structure of his course made us take it step by step in a way that made all things come natural and by explaining the things that we needed to improve and especially How to improve it we overcame it in an easy, fun and relaxed manner.
Camille with his experience as both an instructor and a CD knows what he is doing so the candidates in his IDC is in good hands because Camille doesn't just want you to pass the IE, he wants you to be a great Instructor after the IE.
We had a great IDC together and i will remember the time with Camille, Nikoo, Tahamtan and Oskari with joy, Thank you!

And in Swedish:
Jag heter Tommy och jag valde att åka hela vägen från Sverige för att göra min IDC med Camille och redan efter första dagen så förstod jag att jag hade tagit rätt beslut.
Uppläggningen av kursen gjorde att vi tog saker en sak i taget vilket gjorde allting väldigt naturligt och genom att förklara vad vi behöver förbättra och speciellt Hur vi skulle gå tillväga för att förbättra det, så gjorde han det enkelt på ett roligt och avslappnat sätt.
Med sin erfarenhet som både instruktör och CD så vet Camille vad han håller på med så deltagarna i hans IDC är i bra händer för han ville inte bara att du ska klara din IE, han vill att du ska vara en bra instruktör efter din IE.
Vi hade en fantastisk IDC ihop och jag kommer att minnas tiden me Camille, Nikoo, Tahamtan och Oskari med glädje, Tack!

Tommy Lind, Sweden, October 2016, Phuket, Thailand


Dear Camille i enjoy all days and all class with you, any time if i want to continue my course i will let you know i hope to see you again soon and make class with you again, it was my point to know you .all the class was useful for me in IE exam.

Tahamtan Nabi, Iran, October 2016, Phuket, Thailand



I just did IDC with Camille Lemmens in Phuket in July, before the course started I felt quite nervous and stressed.
I thought the IDC is very intense because it is a short period of time and the language (I'm Thai), during the course Camille showed me that it's not hard and with his knowledge, professionalism and experience he explained everything to me with simple and super easy to understand ways and enjoyable.
Thank you very much to Camille for make my life easier and great experience with IDC.
Kanchanalit 'Kui' Trakarnboonchai, Thailand, August 2016, Phuket, Thailand


My name is Annesa and I attended the IDC with Mr. Camille Lemmens starting last month. It was a very good experience and Camille as my course director made sure that I understand and know what I am doing. He does his best to improve your confidence. I would like to thank him for his good job and I know he will always give his best anyhow.

Annesa Rath, Seychelles, August 2016, Phuket, Thailand





Jag gjorde ett slags Zero to Hero program med det goa folket på Neptune Diving Adventure, bästa med det var att Johan som är manager på stället är göteborgare precis som mig själv! Irish deras lokala instruktör e grymt duktig hon med. Jag har varit så grymt imponerad av deras sätt att göra kurser på att jag tog beslutet att bli en av dom! Jag bestämde mig för att göra IDCn med Camille och det var nått jag sent kommer att glömma. Kursen med Camille var riktigt bra men samtidigt en del påfrestande efter som min teoretiska sida inte är den bästa men med lite hjälp från Johan och Irish så satt det som det skulle.
Jag kan med lätthet säga att jag kan rekommendera dessa grabbar och tjejer till alla som nånsin har funderat på att bli instruktör. Camille e roten i PADI systemet och utan honom så tror nog allt att det hade åt skogen så en bättre PADI Platinum Course Director får man leta efter!
And now in English;
I made a sort of Zero to Hero program with the amazing people at Neptune Diving Adventure , the best thing about it was that Johan the manager of the place is also from Gothenburg just like myself! Irish their local instructor is really good too. I have been very impressed by their way to make their courses so interesting and fun that I took the decision to become one of them! I decided to do the IDC with Camille and it was something I will never forget . The course with Camille was really good but at the same time sometimes a bit stressful for me, since my theoretical side is not the best but with a little help from Johan and Irish it finally went in.
I can easily say that I can recommend these guys and girls to all who ever thought about becoming a PADI instructor. Camille who is the root of the PADI system and without him in the front I think it all wouldn't have been possible, so a better PADI Platinum Course Director will be difficult to find!
Jimmy Björkqvist, Sweden, July 2016, Moalboal, Philippines




Vor zwei Wochen habe ich erfolgreich meine IE in Phuket abgeschlossen. Ich möchte mich ganz herzlich bei Camille Lemmens dafür bedanken, der mich während seiner IDC perfekt darauf vorbereitet hat. Dadurch war die IE nur noch eine Wiederholung von dem, was wir während der IDC gelernt haben. Wir mussten uns einige Präsentationen anhören, Camille hat aber immer wieder Geschichten und lustige Witze dazu erzählt, dadurch wurden auch die langweiligeren Themen wieder interessant.

Da wir eine kleine Gruppe waren, konnte ich ein intensives Training geniessen. Und da Camille Lemmens auch deutsch spricht, konnte er mich unterstützen, falls ich etwas nicht verstanden habe.

Nach meiner IE habe ich den Deepdive Specialty Kurs mit Camille gemacht. Wir haben zusammen einen Deepdive auf 40 m gemacht, er hat mir auch dabei wertvolle Tipps gegeben.

Die IDC war eine sehr gute Erfahrung und ich kann es nur jedem empfehlen, diese mit Camille Lemmens zu machen. Vielen Dank für deine tolle Arbeit! Bis bald

Fabienne Mazenauer, Switzerland, May 2016, Phuket, Thailand


I recently took my IDC with Camille in Phuket in May and cannot say enough about how much I enjoyed the course. Camille has a true passion about diving and teaching that is very apparent in his classroom presentations, pool sessions and open water workshops. His IDC was extremely thorough and prepared me well for the IE. I was quite nervous when I first started the program but with his patient coaching and mentoring I was fully confident about taking and passing the IE. The one thing that stood out to me was the emphasis he puts on both student diver and instructor safety. His course is not a check the box type of course. When you complete his IDC you will know that you have the skills, knowledge and confidence to be a fully competent PADI instructor. There is a reason he has achieved the PADI Platinum teaching certificate. Anyone interested in becoming an instructor should put him on their short list for consideration. Due to limitation in my schedule I was not able to complete the specialty training but I plan on coming back to as soon as time allows to continue my professional development with Camille.

J. Tate Abel, USA living in Saudi Arabia, May 2016, Phuket, Thailand




I chose to make me IDC with Camille Lemmens in light of his successive award as a Platinum Course Director. I was not sure about what it might represent, although I suspected that he had not stolen this prices...
Rapidly during the course I understood.
When you wish to become instructor, you invest time and especially money. Training is short and intense. It is natural to have doubts and apprehension at different levels.
But I have been very quickly reassured to have in front of me someone who knows his subject on fingertips, able to adapt to each individual and remaining just with all of us.
Lastly beyond his professional skills Camille is a person who has great human values and qualities. You'd probably be delighted to meet him.
My advices, review your theory correctly before the IDC, rest well, and let yourselves be guided, everything can only go well with Mr. Lemmens !

Sophia M'Jahad, France, April 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand


J'ai passé mon IDC en avril 2016 en Thaïlande sur l'île de Koh Lanta après avoir travaillé comme Divemaster pendant plusieurs mois. Etant jeune plongeur, je pensais avant de démarrer l'IDC que mon niveau serrait insuffisant pour être au niveau demandé. Il fallut réviser en amont, beaucoup travailler pendant l´IDC. Mais grâce a la pédagogie de Camille Lemmens, il a su tirer le meilleur de nous et surtout s'adapter aux besoins de chacun. Cela a été un vrai partie de plaisir, nous parlions plusieurs langues durant les cours pas de souci à ce sujet. Nous avions chacun une manière de progresser différente pas de souci non plus dans ce domaine. Le tout dans une bonne humeur journalière, chose qui n'est pas facile avec la pression qui augmente l'IE se rapprochant. Je vous le recommande à tous de pouvoir passer votre IDC dans ces conditions et de ressortir grandi comme plongeur, prêt à devenir un instructeur PADI.

François Fournier, France, April 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand


I'm honored to recommend and express my person experience & the recommendation to conduct your IDC training under Camille Lemmens. He has not only granted me the states of becoming an ambassador to be an instructor under Padi brand but has granted me a role model in him, for my career in the diving industry.
I personally have worked with a few instructors. He adds so much more then only the values of the training which is delivered over the two weeks. I found him professional, knowledgeable, very passionate and accommodating to training needs of individuals' requirements in order for the training to be individualized. From my experience, I walked away from the training with allot more then only the certification values.
His role as a Course Director has been to develop me architectural maximize the knowledge and development of me in a short time frame. Camille delivers theoretical content in a practical way. I'm very impressed by his passionate, which he uses good design principles in all his projects--from arboretums to the documents provided.
The hallmark of Camille's character is his honesty. This extends from those areas where it is easily seen in relationships and business transactions, as well as in integrity of thought. He approaches any analytical task with an exacting eye that is scientific, thorough, and meticulous. This is the kind of care and concern I mean by integrity of thought.
Camille Lemmens has my unqualified professional endorsement and my deep personal respect.

Wayne Momsen, South Africa living in Saudi Arabia, April 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand


I had been forewarned that Thailand was simply an Instructor candidate factory and that my IDC experience wouldn't be of the highest caliber. However, to my pleasant surprise, my experience with Camille Lemmens as my course director proved to be of utmost value and his dedication and commitment to his students truly showed itself during the actual examination period.

Bear in mind you will be spending up to two weeks with a course director going over countless PADI presentations so the following is very important when considering with whom you study under. Throughout the IDC, Camille was able to keep his presentations entertaining and concise. He was able to pinpoint all the important information and stress them accordingly so you leave feeling adequately prepared not only for the IE, but for your career as an instructor as well. During the pool sessions, Camille's 13 years of experience as a course director showed itself as he not only knew what was required in past IE's and how to practice accordingly, but sprinkled his own tidbits in as well from his own teaching experiences.

But Camille's dedication and commitment truly shined when the time of the IE actually came around. Looking at the other candidates and their course directors, I felt like we were the most adequately prepared and supported. During the pool sessions, Camille kept a watchful eye on our progress, not because he was nervous, but because he wanted to witness our success.

Overall, I would highly recommend any potential IE candidate to study under Camille Lemmens as their course director. If you are looking for a course director who is committed to the success of his students for both the IE and a career in diving, Camille is the guy for you.

Collin Li, USA, April 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand


I recently completed the instructor course at Blue Planet Divers on Koh Lanta. Camille Lemmens did a great job in preparing us for the IE. The IDC was very focused on the exam, yet he always found time to tell us more how to actually live and work as a part of the diving industry. Safety is key for Camille, and he constantly stressed the importance of adhering to the PADI standards, as well as giving us advice for our future teaching, and describing real life problems and solutions. During and after the IDC and IE Camille was very approachable, he responded to messages at all (reasonable) times. He also took care to provide the teaching material in different languages, and to help students like me who don't speak English as first language. While teaching the pool lessons Camille's standards were high and his marking was strict, yet fair, which prepared us well for the exam.

But the truly remarkable thing about Camille is his strong sense of humor. All the important information about standards, safety, and exams can be awfully boring and tedious, but he managed to create a fun and relaxed learning environment. He is passionate about teaching, picks up every student where they are, and helps them overcoming their particular difficulties in a determined, but very kind way. I learn best when someone makes me laugh and keeps me thinking at the same time, and in Camille I found the perfect teacher for my IDC.

Svenja Weise, Germany, April 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand




From March 7 to March 15, I had the great opportunity - and luck! - to join Camille's IDC on Koh Phangan as an IDC Staff candidate. After having taught diving in the lake of Zurich in Switzerland, it was for one thing very interesting to see how resorts and dive centers work with "holiday divers" in warm waters and how they solve their own logistical issues. What is the best about the course, however, is definitely the Course Director himself! Camille does a wonderful job in being a dedicated member of the diving industry and above everything he's a fantastic role model for the instructors-to-be by being strict but always adding fun to something that is in the end still somehow serious business. I will now start doing the first part of IDC courses for new instructors here in Switzerland and have quite some respect for this new challenge. For me, however, it was great to take diving education to the next level - teaching others how to teach - and nobody could have showed me better how to get about this than Camille. I'm very much looking forward to seeing him again hopefully soon.

Sandra Clavadetscher, Switzerland, PADI IDCS, March 2016, Koh Phangan, Thailand


Thank you very much for your IDC... you bring us through with nice effort, minimum stress and plenty of fun and I´m sure all of your candidates enjoy your way of teaching and because all of us passed, I take these as a great proof of your professionalism and very good way how to share your knowledge and for all of this I thank you a lot... It was great and unforgettable experience.... Take care and stay as you are...

Jan Cabalka, Czech Republic, March 2016, Koh Phangan, Thailand


It was a big luck to take my path into PADIs instructors area through the IDC with diving GURU - Camille Lemmens! I've done my course on march '16 - Haad Yao Divers - Koh Phangan.
Great time with lots of hard work and ofcourse - lots of FUN!
Camille is a great mentor with plenty of patience and propper attitude. A really experienced teacher with many life examples. Unlimited thanx to my teacher for his well done work wich provides me with all necessary knowledge, skills and idea of our mission!

Igor Tarasevich, Russia, March 2016, Koh Phangan, Thailand




In January I participated in the IDC with Camille at Blue Planet in Koh Lanta, which to me was the logical step after completing my DM with them last season.
Camille had a very professional yet fun approach, it suited me very well. After completion of the IDC Camille assured me i was ready for the IE and it turned out he was right, passing the IE was easy after 12 days of thorough preparation. My advise for people who want to start an IDC would be to work at least a few months as a DM for experience, revise the theory before the IDC starts so you can focus on what is new, and then do it with Camille, success guaranteed!!
Thank you again Camille for the great time together, I am sure we will meet again!!

Kris van den Bergh, Belgium, January 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand


I entered the IDC in Koh Lanta, January 2016, taught by Camille Lemmens, with little anxiety for at least two reasons: one was the language (I am French and sometime having some difficulties to fully understand English) and the second fear was the fact that coming from CMAS teaching organization, I had really a very little knowledge about PADI system.

I have to say that Camille did an outstanding education effort to teach us with a lot of patience. We were a small group of four, including another French guy, a Belgium and English ones. We received from Camille full attention and he gave us, individually, plenty of time to get feedback from its huge experience, giving at each course a lot of examples from its own diving adventures.

We really did a good and serious work during these two weeks in a very friendly ambiance and I have to say that I am proud to succeed in the IDC and IE, as well as the other guys.

Thanks Camille for this experience really enjoyable; you are an excellent teacher and I learned a lot. I had also the opportunity to pass three specialties with you, and we did very exciting dives together at Hin Daeng and Koh Haa. I can tell you: see you next time, in Philippines, for other specialties. Thanks for all.

Denis Chatrefou, France, January 2016, Koh Lanta, Thailand