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Buddha View Dive Resort
Koh Tao
Thailand
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4.87 / 5

based on 324 reviews - 99% of reviewers would recommend Dive-Careers.com to a friend




About Dive-Careers.com

Worldwide dive professional training and job placement. PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course), Divemaster and Instructor internships and other dive professional courses conducted throughout South East Asia in many languages. Courses conducted by Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka and his team of highly qualified instructors and PADI Course Directors. Real job opportunities as a professional diving instructor.

Mission
Worldwide professional dive training programs that increase career opportunities for our dive professional candidates.

Description
PADI Divemaster and Dive Instructor programs conducted throughout South East Asia. Dive professional internships that really do benefit from our years of experience and network throughout the dive industry, giving you genuine career opportunities in a great industry. We run training programs on Koh Tao, Thailand, Bohol and Malapascua, Philippines and Sri Lanka. This gives you genuine dive job opportunities. Courses conducted in English, German, French, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and Italian. Contact us for your start in the dive industry.


Languages

English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, Italian


Affiliations

PADI


Services

Dive training, Instructor Development Courses, Divemaster Internship, Dive Instructor Internships, Specialty Instructor training, MSDT, Resort Management, Tech Diving, IDC Staff Instructor, Course Director Preparation Courses


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Mark Soworka





from Pondi reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jun 27, 2017

Added Jun 28, 2017

5/5 stars

The real deal

The Pondicherry IDC of May 2017 was one of the best experiences of my life. All of Mark's experience really showed in the way he taught, organised and handled the IDC. Not only does Dive-Careers groom good instructors, but they also make the process thoroughly enjoyable. Here's a huge thank you to Mark for giving me the assets to be an instructor!

Rishabh Kamath would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Rishabh Kamath

Gender : Male
Age : <20
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Photography

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 31st May, 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Indian
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Learning to work with a new team of instructor candidates so that everyone wins
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Of course I would, because I had a great experience, and people looking for the same ought to do it at the right place
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Your reputation in the diving industry
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Classroom sessions tend to become a little long.

reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on Jun 24, 2017 Switzerland

Added Jun 24, 2017

5/5 stars

1 person found this review helpful

Florence would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Florence

Gender : Male

Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Bruxelles reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on Jun 21, 2017 in Badung, Indonesia

Added Jun 21, 2017

5/5 stars

Great time

I Did my IDC with Marie-Lise Roux, it couldn't have been better. It was a great experience, I learn a lot during those twoo weeks and I met many nice people. ll recommend it

1 person found this review helpful

Andre would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Andre

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. june 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Belgium
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Marie-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. the trainer
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. yes
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. The quality of the course director
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. could be food and accomodation included

from SEasia reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on Jun 21, 2017 in Denpasar, Indonesia

Added Jun 21, 2017

5/5 stars

Great course!

A well designed course, executed brilliantly by Marie who goes above and beyond what might normally be expected from a course director.
Twofish-Lembongan is a lovely place to study at and is staffed by a friendly and welcoming crew.
I'd recommend this IDC with Marie to anyone, Ill be back.

Mark would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Mark

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 20/06/17
Q. What is your nationality?
A. British
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Marie-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Comprehensive. fun
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. yes i will
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. prior experience
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Help with accommodation prior to arrival. Marie found places to try but a system of some kind would be good on lembongan

from Fort Collins, Colorado reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on Jun 20, 2017 Indonesia

Added Jun 21, 2017

5/5 stars

The Best Course Director Ever

I'm very happy I chose to do my IDC with Marie on Nusa Lembongan at Two fish Divers. I will be recommending her to every aspiring Instructor I know! I've already started!

Diverwalker would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Diverwalker

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Liveaboard diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 20th June 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. USA
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Having a knowledgeable, patient, and empowering teacher!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes I would. I think Marie can modify her teaching to meet anyone's needs or desires to be comfortable and successful.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. The great diving, surf spots, and in the end, a friend who spoke very highly of Marie and Mark.
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Just personally, the academic presentations - trying to keep them simple and to the point.

reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembeh

written on Jun 20, 2017 in Kelod, Indonesia

Added Jun 21, 2017

5/5 stars

这里是一个温暖的大家庭

我非常珍惜在这里的一段时光,在这里遇到的每一个人都非常友好,乐意帮助我。在我IDC课程期间,所有的职工都尽他们所能的帮助我,为我和我的同学们提供便利,我们的CD Marie更是无比耐心的教导我们,为我们解答所有的疑问。如果你想学习潜水或者准备进入专业潜水级别,这里无疑是一个非常好的选择

two fish divers would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About two fish divers

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Videography

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 20/06/2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. China
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English and Chinese
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Marie-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. 非常耐心. 讲解详细
是一个有丰富知识和经验的老师
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Marie是一个非常好的老师,跟着她能学到非常多的东西
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. 导师性格好
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. 我希望听到更多关于装备的课程

from Geneva reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on May 13, 2017 in Singapore, Singapore

Added May 13, 2017

5/5 stars

Perfect team / location to get ready for IE

It was really really a good training...with very experienced and skilled facilitators. Gain a lot of experience throughout the IDC course...and realized at the end that I gain a lot of knowledge without having the impression to study...Good balance between theory and practice...and .. well...with a low number of participant it was really a taylor made training!! Loved it....

Pierlu would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Pierlu

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. April 19th June 2nd
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Swiss
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English (with a bit of french
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Maire-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. I'd say that I really appreciated all the discussions, experience sharing which happened throughout the training...was making the theory much more concrete...
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. I would definitively recommend you to friends. Basically I think that the preparation you are doing for IE is really really good and professional, with a good didactic approach.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. A friend advised me to do my IDC with you...thus, well...I just followed its advice...
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Mhhhh....I'd say that I did not really saw any weak point in Dive career...The only really really down side...was tiding nods...but the weakness came from me....and I improved a lot...really .-)

from Melbourne reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on May 08, 2017 in Denpasar, Indonesia

Added May 09, 2017

5/5 stars

Thanks Marie for making the IDC such a breeze!

I did my IDC in April/May with Marie and I truely couldn't be happier. I was very nervous about starting the IDC as I completed my Divemaster training 4 years before and had simply been putting it off. But Marie made it very stress free, easy to follow and I didn't feel like an idiot asking a million questions. Her positivity, jokes and expert knowledge made it such a relaxing IDC and passing the IE was super easy and even I was surprised with my 100% pass rate!

Thanks again for your help and preparing me for the next adventure.
All the best,
Brooke.

Great course director couldn't recommend more! would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Great course director couldn't recommend more!

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Videography

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. May/April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Australian
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Marie-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Small group, relaxed stress free course, fun and easy going course director
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. I did my Divemaster training and my rescue with Marie and I remember her to be very good and easy to get along with.
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. My only suggestion would be to improve the facilities for IDC at Two Fish as it would have been nice to maybe have a cooler place to study. It was pretty hot in the class room! Also the toilet was pretty bad. Just small stuff but this would make it a much better experience considering the money you pay. But I still had a great time :)

from Phuket reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2017 in Ban Sapa, Thailand

Added May 08, 2017

5/5 stars

My first "roll out" as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor

I completed my PADI IDC Staff Instructor course with Mark in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka in March 2017. I am a full time Professional PADI diving instructor and have been working in Thailand for a numbers of years teaching mainly PADI recreational diving courses. I wanted to work in the Instructor Development side of dive education so started my search for suitable locations and potential Mentors . Whilst carrying out my due diligence searching for the ideal Course Director to work with, it was apparent Mark Soworka's Dive Careers was the way to go - this was then confirmed through numerous different sources. I learnt a huge amount whilst working with Mark at Poseidon IDC, it was a great learning environment, the schedule & syllabus was slick, relevant and well delivered. All in all it was a solid reminder that I had made the right choice selecting Mark to continue my diving education. I then followed Mark back to Koh Tao, Thailand to participate in his next IDC which started 2 weeks later. Buddha View is an awesome location for diver education, with a high volume of PADI Professionals and trainees. As a working dive professional it is important and valuable that I get hands on experience and Mark allowed me to take an active role within the IDC. In the areas I was finding more challenging he coached and mentored me, this allowed me to grow and become more comfortable with the tasks required. It's been a great experience working with Mark, meeting and learning from his awesome team and all this at two fantastic locations.

Jon Walsh would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Jon Walsh

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. English
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Added May 08, 2017

5/5 stars

Great experience!

I enjoyed every bit of this training!
It was educational and fun. Got to meet amazing people and made a ton of new friends.
It was also a perfect setting for an instructor course.

Jana would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Jana

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Belgium
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Mark's way of teaching is great. He shares a lot of information and is very helpful!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. I would definitely recommend dive careers! Very professional and fun at the same time.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Heard lots of good from friends
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Maybe a bit more guidance during preparation for the water sessions, but overall it was good.

from Gembloux reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 07, 2017 Thailand

Added May 08, 2017

5/5 stars

An idc with Mark Soworka

This was my second idc with Mark. I did my first 7 years ago, and since I was out of the water for five years, I took a refresh course. We'll let me tell you, the second one was as fun, interesting and fulfilling as the first one! If I have to give one advice to whomever is reading this and thinking about doing an idc, is to find Mark and do it with him! (Find him because he travels all around the globe to teach... what a life!)

Thomas Denamur #496618 would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Thomas Denamur #496618

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Free diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2010 and April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Belgium
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Team spirit
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. For sure! It's a great place to do your idc!!!

from World Citizen reviewed Deep Blue Seafari

written on May 07, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added May 07, 2017

5/5 stars

never been better prepared for an exam in my life

Where fun meets serious and serious meets fun! All Information you need and more is provided my dive-careers! I would always do it again with them if I woulde need to! I will never forget my IDC, the fun I had anf the friends I made :)

SG would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About SG

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Wreck diving, Tech diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. march 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. German
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Sebastian van Riemsdjik
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. The IDC party! Just kidding... I loved the lectures as I learned so much. The Information given and at the same time seeing how to teach!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. For the IDC definetly as the organisation was smooth amd the information provided was on point. No head aches and my worries to fail were taken aways very fast :)
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. the different options and places to do it
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. I dont have anything to moan about. It was good!

from Pathum Thani

written on May 03, 2017 in Hat Yai, Thailand

Added May 03, 2017

5/5 stars

Excellent Divemaster program

An amazing Divemaster program. We had the time of our life . The lectures we very informative and the practical experience excellent. Looking forward to doing our IDC with DiveCareers.

Catherine Stark would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Catherine Stark

Gender : Female
Age : 40-49
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 51-100

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your Dive Master training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your Dive Master training?
A. April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. South Africa
Q. What was the best part about your Dive Master training?
A. Everything
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes . It's a thorough well constructed course.

reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 28, 2017 in Malé, Maldives

Added Apr 28, 2017

5/5 stars

IDC

It was a really great time in Sri Lanka I really like the way how everything was arranged apart from that I really like the Poseidon diving centre cause the restaurant and and accomodation is inside the dive centre which makes our life really easy, moving to the part with mark I will say because of his experience in the field for ages he make it very easy for us to learn things really quickly and available for us durinbg the idc all the time when ever we need something from him and his teaching techniques are amazing . I highly recommend dive careers cause mark is an amazing guy and before you come to idc he will even send some theory stuffs that will help you to learn all stuffs in advance so the students can have a nice relaxing IDC.

mohamed visham would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About mohamed visham

Gender : Male

Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Apr 27, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Apr 27, 2017

5/5 stars

Great IDC!

Mark and the other staff were really helpful during the course and super knowledgeable. The IDC at buddha view dive resort sets you up for a good start as a dive instructor, with extra's in the course as o2 provider instructor, scubrapro advisor course, marine resource management seminar and much more.
Facilities are fine, classroom is big and airconditioned, and idc groups aren't too big. I would recommend to do your idc with dive careers

Arnout would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Arnout

Gender : Male

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Dutch
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka