PADI COURSE DIRECTOR
Since 1999 Camille has lived in Thailand working in the dive industry on Koh Samui and many other locations around Thailand and the South East Asian region like Indonesia, the Philippines and South Korea, as a result he has build an extensive knowledge of the local Samui, Thai and South East Asian dive industry which comes in handy when he started conducting IDC’s around Thailand in 2003 and expanded internationally as of 2011.
He now teaches 4 IDC programs per year on Koh Samui and 2 IDC programs per year respectively on Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta and in Khao Lak and is expanding his wings and territory by teaching IDC programs in the Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea.
In 2013 Camille will conduct 4 PADI IDC's on Gili Air in Indonesia and 6 PADI IDC's on Malapascua and in Dauin in the Philippines
Camille has taught the first ever Western PADI IDC in South Korea in July 2011
CAMILLE HAS RECEIVED THE 'PADI INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD' FOR 2009
Camille has received the PADI Instructor Development Award, to better recognize the achievements of those PADI Dive Centres and Resorts who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of diving.
Camille and Drew Richardson, the President and Chief Operations Officer for PADI Worldwide on the right, handing over the Instructor Development Award.
PLATINUM COURSE DIRECTOR RATING FOR CAMILLE
In the beginning of 2013 Camille has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating by PADI, for a seventh consecutive year running, since PADI Asia Pacific introduced this rating. This is the highest rating a PADI Course Director can achieve. A rating received by only 71 of all PADI Course Directors worldwide and even less that work for prestigious PADI IDC Centers and Resorts and just a handful of PADI Course Directors have this rating for 7 consecutive years.
In 2000 he started working with Thailands first PADI 5 Star Career Development Center and was one of their Course Directors since 2003 until early 2010. Since early 2010 he works around Thailand with 4 different PADI 5* IDC Centers on Koh Samui, Koh Lanta and in Khao Lak and one 5* IDD Resort on Koh Phangan, giving you the opportunity to take an IDC all year round in Thailand in the most ideal circumstances for each location.
He's also extending IDC opportunities as of early 2011 into the Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea. Camille is teaching IDC's in conjunction with PADI 5* IDD Resort Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia and has 4 programs scheduled for 2013, with another 6 IDC programs scheduled in the Philippines, with 5 programs on Malapascua with PADI 5* IDC Center Sea Explorers and one program in Dauin/Dumaguete with PADI CDC Center Sea Explorers and 1 IDC programs in South Korea, see my schedule for more information on exact dates. Ask for more details if you're interested in IDC's in one of these countries.
Camille has a popular dive blog, where you can follow all the latest news about his IDC's and the various Instructor training courses he conducts all year round plus there’s also a wealth of other dive related information available on his blog. Check it out! Camille loves diving and teaching and likes to share his knowledge with you. His blog is just a small part of his enthusiasm and passion he has for both diving and teaching, to bring the best out of you and make teaching courses natural.
Camille is originally from the Netherlands and speaks fluent English and German besides his native Dutch.
In (April) 2003 he became a PADI Course Director at the CDTC in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia where he was trained by staff from the various PADI offices, like PADI America's, PADI Asia Pacific, PADI International and PADI Europe.
He has worked on more than 100 IDC programs to date, having conducted over 100 IDC programs as a Course Director since 2003 and he has taught more than 380 IDC candidates with a passing rate of 98%.
He can teach more than 20 Instructor Specialties, including Nitrox Specialty Instructor. He is also a Recreational Side Mount Instructor Trainer, DSAT Gas Blender Instructor Trainer, EFR IT, EFR Care for Children Instructor Trainer and PADI Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor Trainer.
Participating in an IDC or internship with Camille will give you a cutting edge on the competitive job market.
There are also other PADI Course Directors who gained experience as IDCS Instructors by working with him during his IDC's before they became PADI Course Directors themselves, including Craig Allery in Hong Kong, Ernst van der Poll first in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and now in Costa Rica, Jean-François Joly in Canada, Chris Azab in Sharm el-Sheik in Egypt, Richard Reardon on Malapascua in the Philippines and now in Thailand, Imad Khashfeh in Lebanon, Christophe Condé in the Seychelles, Sue Gibbins in the Philippines and Sander Buis who works on Gili Air in Indonesia has now been accepted into the April 2013 CDTC program.
Imad completed his IDC and IDCS courses with Camille and Richard completed his IDCS course with Camille.
Look here to see TESTIMONIALS from Camille's former IDC, IDCS, staff and internship candidates.
Instructor Development Award
Certificates of Excellence
Here are a couple of 'Certificates of Excellence' that Camille received over the years from his former IDC candidates
Ignatios Simeonidis, February 2013 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia
Axel Catoire and Aurélie Brard, January 2013 IDC, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Leandro Frigerio, January 2013 IDC, Koh Lanta, Thailand
Oskar Arvidsson, November 2012 IDC, Malapascua, Philippines
Paden Wilson, October 2012 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia
Dijana and Thomas Gilges, December 2009 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand
Bill Oaks, July 2008 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand
Stephen Rothkopf, July 2008 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand
Rob Doughty, November 2006 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand
Stephen Durber, April 2005 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand
Robin Blokker, February 2005 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand
Anthony Haw-Chu Shiau, August 2004 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand