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Camille Lemmens

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 in 2011.

He now schedules 4 IDC programs per year on Koh Samui and 2 IDC programs per year respectively on Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta, Phuket and in Khao Lak and is expanding his wings and territory by teaching IDC programs in the Philippines, Indonesia and South Korea.

Camille taught an IDC on Malapascua in the Philippines which coincided with the first ever PADI IE on Malapascua being conducted.

Camille has taught the first ever Western PADI IDC in South Korea in July 2011

In 2014 Camille will conduct 4 PADI IDC's on Gili Air in Indonesia and 3 PADI IDC's in Moalboal in the Philippines 



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.


In the beginning of 2014 Camille has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating by PADI, for a eight 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 66 of all PADI Course Directors worldwide and even less that work for prestigious PADI CDC Centers. Camille is now one of the few PADI Course Directors in the Asia Pacific region who received this rating during eight 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, Phuket 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 CDC Resort 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air in Indonesia and has 4 programs scheduled for 2014, with another 4 IDC programs scheduled in the Philippines, with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventures' in Moalboal and 1 IDC program in South Korea, see my schedule for more information on exact dates. Ask for more details if you're interested in one of my IDC's in 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 110 IDC programs, having conducted over 110 IDC programs as a Course Director since 2003 and he has taught more than 400 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, PADI Emergency Oxygen provider Instructor Trainer and DAN O2 Instructor Trainer.

More than 1400 Specialty Instructor Training courses have been taught by him and over 500 Instructor level courses on various other levels such as IDCS, EFRI, EFR Care for Children and DAN O2.

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, Imad Khashfeh in Lebanon and in the United Arab Emirates, Christophe Condé in the Seychelles, Sue Gibbins in the Philippines, Sander Buis in Indonesia and Richard Reardon, Kevin Black, Il-Do Kim and Paul Meredith in Thailand.  

Imad completed his IDC and IDCS course with Camille and Richard, Il-Do and Paul completed their IDCS course with Camille.

Look here to see TESTIMONIALS from Camille's former IDC, IDCS, staff and internship candidates.


Instructor Development Award




Elite Instructor rating

For issuing at least 100 PADI certifications during a calendar year

2013 Elite Instructor


Certificates of Excellence

Here are a couple of 'Certificates of Excellence' that Camille received over the years from his former IDC candidates

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Mariusz Paziak

 Mariusz Paziak, May 2014 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia 

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence Antonis Vintos

Antonis Vintos, February 2014 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence Steve Notari

Steve Notari, January 2014 IDC, Koh Lanta, Thailand

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Jason Moustache

Jason Moustache, November 2013 IDC, Khao Lak, Thailand

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence Michelle 'Gina' Heeringa

Michelle 'Gina' Heeringa, October 2013 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by Frank Chevrolat

Frank Chevrolat, October 2013 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia

Certificate of recognition for Excellence Gary Wong

Gary Wong, October 2013 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand


Ben Chapman, June 2013 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand


John Collington-O'Malley, April 2013 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia


Ignatios Simeonidis, February 2013 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia


Axel Catoire and Aurélie Brard, January 2013 IDC, Koh Lanta, Thailand

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Leandro Frigerio

Leandro Frigerio, January 2013 IDC, Koh Lanta, Thailand

Certificate of_excellence_Oskar_Arvidsson

Oskar Arvidsson, November 2012 IDC, Malapascua, Philippines

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Paden Wilson

Paden Wilson, October 2012 IDC, Gili Air, Indonesia

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from Dijana and Thomas

Dijana and Thomas Gilges, December 2009 IDC, Koh Samui, Thailand

Certificate of Recognition for Excellence Bill Oaks

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

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