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Buddha View Dive Resort
Koh Tao
Thailand
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4.88 / 5

based on 368 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 globally 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, Diver certifications, Non-profit organizations, 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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Buddha View Dive Resort
Koh Tao
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Mark Soworka





from Munich reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on Jul 30, 2018

Added Jul 30, 2018

5/5 stars

Excellent preparation for IE

The IDC held by Mark was very professional and structured, fun included! A lot of additional information and help was provided. Thank you Mark, I'm an instructor now!

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Sassa

Gender : Female
Age : 50-59
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. July 2018
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. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. There could have been a better integration and logistical preparation with the dive shop

from Sanur

written on Jul 17, 2018

Added Jul 18, 2018

4/5 stars

Dive master Training with Buddha View, Koh Tao, Thailand

Message to thank all the Buddha View Team !
I spend 3 three great months to achieve my training from AOW to DM, and I really enjoyed that time.
It was a chance to dive so many times and to share time with amazing , pro & fun instructors. During the DMT, we’ve got the chance to join some « lectures » with the IDC... Buddha View is the place where I defenitly felt I wanted to go pro !!

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Christelle.

Gender : Female

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 2018
Q. What is your nationality?
A. French
Q. Which Instructor was most helpful to you and why?
A. all The instructors and DM were available, pro & fun
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Highly recommended

from stanthorpe reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on Jul 17, 2018

Added Jul 17, 2018

5/5 stars

Mark is awesome

Really felt after I did all the dive-careers exams from Mark, that the IE questions were super easy..
Probs to the preparation and his presentations!

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

About Max

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 2018
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. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Our lovely discussions and everybody's favourite Mark's comments ;)
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Sure, cause it was a nice atmosphere !

reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jun 06, 2018

Added Jun 07, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC in Pondicherry- Jun ‘18

Couldn’t have asked for a better CD to teach the IDC. The amount of patience that Mark has is incredible. Everything was organised and on time. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jul 14, 2018

thank you Khushboo. How is life going as one of India's few female instructors?

About Khushboo Chauhan

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. June 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. Everything

from Bangalore reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Jun 06, 2018

Added Jun 06, 2018

5/5 stars

Superb!

Amazing experience and top notch training in Pondicherry. Very professional and helpful.
Thank you Mark Soworka.

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

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jul 14, 2018

Thanks Rahil. I love that the specialties were the best part. Is taht because it gave you and prashant a chance to get lost?

About Rahil Rodrigues

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Wreck diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 2nd June 2018
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. Specialities
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Amazing training
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. My boss Khushu Madan

from Suffolk reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 30, 2018

Added May 30, 2018

5/5 stars

Challenging but very rewarding.

Completed the Febuary IDC at Buddha View. I had the oppurtunity to assist for a couple of weeks prior to the course start date and brush up on my diving skills. The dive instructors teaching on the IDC were high quality and worked tirelessly for the benifit of all students from the start of the course until completion. The knowledge and course content received on the IDC was at times challenging but this ensured the IE was relatively easy. I completed the MSDT immediately after the IE. I personally found that the MSDT helped further development in my dive career at a faster pace, with the opportunity to worked alongside and learn from various instructors whom have been in the industry a number of years.

Professional help and advice from the start until the finish and beyond, big thanks to all the Buddha View team.

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

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 01, 2018

thank you Darren. It was great to see you back at buddha after so many years. Now it is time to make a wonderful career.

About Darren Nunn

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Tech diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. February 2018
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. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Fellow students.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Even on tough days during the IDC, there was always a sense of humour.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Completed all recent dive courses at Buddha View.
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Instructor to student ratio at times favored the instructor over the student.

from Mumbai reviewed Dive india

written on May 15, 2018

Added May 15, 2018

5/5 stars

Msdt was great

Was good doing my deep, nitrox, wreck, naturalist and equipment specialist with Mark. Being an owsi for 5years before my msdt but still learnt a lot of how to teach better courses. It was a good fresh look at what more can be taught in naturalist and equipment techniques. Mark also stressed on important things to remember when teaching a nitrox course that is usually overlooked by instructors and in return the student divers...

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Sahil

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Wreck diving, Liveaboard diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2013
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. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes, professional and highly informative. Interesting to listen to.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Was conducted at the dive centre I work at

from Avalon reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on May 14, 2018

Added May 15, 2018

5/5 stars

Informative and Entertaining PADI Staff Instructor course

Having participated in a previous Dive Careers led IDC, I knew that I wanted to further my instructor training with such a professional and informative group. From the first enquiry email sent months in advance, to the final course evaluation my Course Director Marie, along with Staff Instructor Arnold, were extremely helpful, patient, and easy going. She presented the course material in an entertaining and enlightening manner by reinforcing the course topics to real life situations. She provided to be an invaluable resource when, towards the end of the course, I was evaluating IDC candidates during the mock IE. It was such a fantastic opportunity to be on the other side of the IDC as a mentor to the instructor candidates and provide my stories and experiences from my own time as an instructor. I would highly recommend anyone reading this review to participate in a Dive Careers course. They are second to none!

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Joel

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. June 2014
Q. What is your nationality?
A. American
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on May 04, 2018

Added May 05, 2018

5/5 stars

FUN

Really enjoyed the IDC, learnt loads and had lots of free time to practice and go over anything. Mark was super nice and funny, really loved the whole course.

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

About Jana

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 10th April 2018
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. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Having the class room learning sessions
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. yes, it was a great and flexible way to learn, and made it more relaxed
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. the location and cost
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. For me it was in water problem spotting, more time spent on that would of been good!

reviewed Two Fish Divers - Lembongan

written on May 03, 2018

Added May 04, 2018

5/5 stars

Training With Incredible Depth

Marie is simply amazing. She taught us all not only more than we needed to know to be comfortable in the IDC and following exams, but also how to be great dive leaders for our careers. The facilities and crew at Two Fish Divers Lembongan were top notch, making for incredible diving experiences during and after the IDC. I highly recommend Marie, Dive-Careers, and Two Fish Divers for any diving.

Trevor the Pirate would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Trevor the Pirate

Gender : Male

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

reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on May 03, 2018

Added May 03, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC Staff Instructor in Hikkaduwa

After the IDC and MSDT in Koh Tao Thailand with Mark and Peter, it was a big pleasure to participate with dive-careers.com again on the IDC Staff Instructor Course this march in Hikkaduwa / Sri Lanka with Marie-Lise. All the courses filled me with lots of knowledge and fun. Can recommend it to any dive proffesional who wants a really benefit and push in his dive career.

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

About Laurent

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Tech diving, Free diving, Liveaboard diving

Q. What is your nationality?
A. Swiss
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 progress you make during that short time and of course all the fun we had as well :-)
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Absolutly

from Male reviewed Dive Bandos

written on May 03, 2018

Added May 03, 2018

5/5 stars

Thankyou

It was an amazing journey with dive-careers..
A big thanks to Mark..I enjoyed studying with mark and thanks again for leading me to success.

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

About Farish

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Wreck diving, Free diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. April 2018
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Maldivian
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. The way of teaching is really good..funny and interesting way
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes

from Mandaue reviewed Seaquest

written on May 02, 2018

Added May 03, 2018

5/5 stars

By Far the Best Two Weeks of My Dive Pro Life

I trained with Bas and I would do it again if I have to. But I don’t have to cos these guys not only train you to become instructors, they make sure you understand what you’re doing while having so much fun in the process. Passing the IE just becomes a natural consequence when you train with Dive Careers. See you when I do my IDCS course. Can’t wait!

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

About Kae

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Cave diving, Wreck diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. February 2018
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Filipino
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. We didn’t have long hours in class. If we had to do long hours, Bas always made sure our brains were working and he kept the sessions fun and light.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes, in fact I have recommended for our DMT to do his IDC with Dive Careers. Training with Dive Careers is time and money well spent. Re
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Dive Careers is highly recommended by Darwin of Dive Funatics. Also met Mark Soworka personally - a very cordial guy!
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Logistics during the first day of the IE was a bit challenging as there was some miscommunication with our support team. The support team profusely apologized and made up for it the following day. Regardless, we all passed anyway and that’s all that matters.

reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Apr 26, 2018

Added Apr 27, 2018

5/5 stars

Great

Logistically the best place to have an IDC and obviously Mark , I’ll highly recommend as your PADI course director

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Ashraf

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Wreck diving, Liveaboard diving

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

from Sri Lanka reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 17, 2018

Added Apr 18, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC Staff with Marie

I’ve been wanting to do my staff instructor course for a long time now and when I met Marie at Poseidon the other year I knew I wanted to do the course with her. Throughout the whole experience she gave great feedback and had us as involved as possible making it an all round good experience. I would highly recommend Marie to anyone looking to become an instructor or to do the Staff instructor course. Thanks again for such a great time!

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Erin

Gender : Female
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. Instructor April 2013 - IDC Staff April 2018
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Scottish
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. It’s hard to pick it was excellent training and involvement
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes, the course structure is good and the training is excellent