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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand
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4.9 / 5

based on 451 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.


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German, English, Spanish; Castilian, French, Italian, Dutch; Flemish, Chinese


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Dive training, Diver certifications, Non-profit organizations, Course Director Preparation Courses, Tech Diving, MSDT, Dive Instructor Internships, Instructor Development Courses, IDC Staff Instructor, Resort Management


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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
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Thailand


Mark Soworka





from Makati reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 22, 2019

Added Aug 22, 2019

5/5 stars

An Amazing IDC by Dive-Careers.com

I really like how Mark Soworka handled our IDC. He conducted it thoroughly with fun and excitement. With a lot of practice, I gained self-confidence in teaching. He shared a lot of experiences which made us more knowledgeable about SCUBA Diving and how to teach students. Mark Soworka and all the Dive-Careers.com IDC staff made us not only instructors but GOOD instructors.

Ryan would recommend dive-careers.com

About Ryan

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from medina reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 20, 2019

Added Aug 21, 2019

5/5 stars

More than I could ask for

Honestly one of the best learning experiences I have had. Mark was extremely patient with everyone, especially with me due to my anxiety getting the better of me at times. But he is extremely experienced and was able to help me grow the confidence I needed to relax and focus. I learned a lot of things from his course and even realized a lot of things I had confused or was misinformed about by others during my diving journey. Again I say this was one of, if not THE BEST, learning experiences I have ever had because of the learning environment he was able to provide for me. I ended up getting high scores on my tests and feel more confident in myself. So this was more than just another step in the diving education/ professional path, but also a big step in educating myself in general by learning through the best.

Erik would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 23, 2019

Great that all went well on the exams Erik and that you now have the confidence to make an excellent instructor. So get to work in the cold lakes of home.

About Erik

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Madrid reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 20, 2019

Added Aug 20, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC

Definitely it has been one of the best experiences ever. The way Mark teaches the IDC not only prepares you for being a great instructor but also makes you enjoy a lot the course. It has been amazing.

María Figuerola would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 23, 2019

It makes me very KH-happy that we could KH-help with the language and KH-happy hour. Great that all went well and welcome to a great career as a dive instructor.

About María Figuerola

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 19, 2019

Added Aug 20, 2019

5/5 stars

Mark Saworka is a fantasy course Director

Mark Saworka was a fantastic Course Director he coached us through our issues with a happy demeanour.
He encouraged us to believe we could become instructors and we did.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 20, 2019

Thanks for the great review Nick. A 'fantasy' course director. Glad to know I am in your thoughts. Wish you guys the best in setting up a dive shop wherever it is. If you ever have any questions just contact.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 08, 2019

Added Aug 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Staff Instructor

Just finished my Staff Instructor with Mark and it was an amazing experience! The way how is he teaching is simpy perfect.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 20, 2019

Glad you guys, Pavel and Corinne, had a great time on the IDC and staffing. Wish you all the best with the job int he Maldives. Might catch up with you soon there.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Antwerp reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 07, 2019

Added Aug 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC!

6 months before my IDC i’ve quit my job and sold everything back home, to chase my dream, which was becoming a dive instructor. So i did! And i can recommend this to everybody who has the same feeling as i had. Just do it! And do it with Dive Careers! You get the best training in the world, and Mark makes it super interesting and fun! I can recommend Dive Careers to everybody who wants to be a good instructor. I couldn’t have wished for a better education.

Jasper Theys would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 11, 2019

Glad you had such a great time on the IDC and look forward seeing you have an excellent career as a dive instructor, in spite of starting your career with a motorcycle accident on your IE party. Great that you are back diving and teaching Jasper Theys​

About Jasper Theys

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Aug 06, 2019

Added Aug 06, 2019

5/5 stars

Learn from the best course Director

I did my Staff instructor course with course director mr. mark Soworka he is one of the best course Director in the world. during the IDC I learned a lot from him and his team Ashraf , aaron, those who wants to become a dive instructor or to do your staff course there is no better place to go, simply choose dive bandos with dive careers

Ali mohamed would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 10, 2019

Thanks Ali for the great review of your recent Staff Instructor course on Bandos, Maldives. Trust your new position as a dive shop manager is goign great and look forward to seeing you again soon. Hopefully when I am back for the next IDC end of September.

About Ali mohamed

Age : 40-49
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Free diving

from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jul 02, 2019

Added Jul 02, 2019

5/5 stars

VISIBLE

he was good with professional most of all independent.always believe actually extending our knowledge

sappey would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 06, 2019

thanks Sappey for the warm review. Look forward to seeing you in Maldives when I am back this September for the next IDC on Bandos.

About sappey

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Euro Divers, Oman

written on Jul 01, 2019

Added Jul 02, 2019

5/5 stars

A VERY hot IDC - June 2019

A rather warm IDC with our Course Director Ben in Muscat, Oman.

We were worked hard and molded into Instructors in the making by Ben which at times was difficult for both him and us but we (he/us) did it which was fabulous. It's an intense course what with coming so quickly from Dive Master so I'm not sure most Course Directors could get me to the required standard so credit and kudos to him for that. Quite a few of the support staff from the Dive Centre were on holiday which was my only negative comment.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jul 02, 2019

Thanks for the great review David Baker​ of your recent IDC in Oman with CD Ben Meerhaeghe​. great that all the hard work paid off and congratulations on becoming a PADI Dive Instructor

About This user

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Male reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jun 30, 2019

Added Jul 01, 2019

5/5 stars

Amazing Well Organised Dive Company

The quality of education goes above and beyond what is required for the Instructors Exam and really teaches you how to be an instructor in real life situations
Always on hand to answer all our questions and make our day memorable.
Thanks Dive Bandos 
with dive-careers.com

Amr Wakie would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Aug 06, 2019

Thanks for the excellent review Amr. How's life going as an instructor? Will catch up with you back on Bandos this Septmber when you use the excuse to come donw for some more specialties. See you soon

About Amr Wakie

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : DeepSea submersible

from Hong Kong reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Jun 29, 2019

Added Jun 30, 2019

5/5 stars

Amazing experience

I enjoy the learning experience with Shayne. It is unforgettable experience in my life. I am glad to do my IDC with dive careers. Thanks course director, Shayne Ng and the IDC staff, Bernard for helping us.

Florence would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 30, 2019

Thanks for the great review Florence Law of your recent IDC on Nusa Lembongan. Glad you had such an excellent time with Shayne Ng and Bernard Le Guyader . Welcome to a fantastic new career

About Florence

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jun 28, 2019

Added Jun 28, 2019

5/5 stars

Best decision Ever

Couldnt have asked for more from Mark or the course. Marks teaching is amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed being there

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 30, 2019

Thank you Mark for the review of the Bandos, maldives IDC, Turned out to be a bit of an aussie affair with you and Henry as well. Look forward to catching up again soon. Maybe think about Koh Tao for an internship and a look at a bit of a different dive industry.

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jun 28, 2019

Added Jun 28, 2019

5/5 stars

Best place to do IDC

During my 19 day of IDC program it was fun and good hospitality from bandos.one of the best course director I have found so far (Mark sworka) I like the teaching technique and conducting the program surely every body will passed I highly recommend do IDC with Mark sworka.. I like to thank you BANDOS, DIVE DESK, DIVE CAREER

Fasy would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 29, 2019

Glad you had such a good time on the IDC and thanks for the excellent review Fasy. It was great fun and now you have an excellent career to look forward to. See you in September for the staff course?

About Fasy

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Free diving

reviewed Dive india

written on Jun 26, 2019

Added Jun 26, 2019

5/5 stars

Great education and training

Wonderful time learning how to catch mistakes in fake students to become a dive instructor. Prepared all of us to do incredibly well on the test, and to do very well in life and our professions. Thanks Mark for the wonderful course, and making the wonderful opportunities open up to me now.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review of your IDC in the Andamans. Trust you enjoyed yoru first trip to India and Andamans is defintiely a beautiful spot to start. If you need any contacts in Cairns be sure to message.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Havelock Island reviewed Dive india

written on Jun 20, 2019

Added Jun 21, 2019

5/5 stars

Learning from the best

New IDC candidates are usually a bundle of nerves but meeting Mark on day one slowly made that tension melt away. His eons of experience in the dive industry and in making new instructors can be seen in how attentively he deals with each candidate. You know that at one glance he is gauging your strengths and weaknesses so that he can make the course challenging and prepare you for not just the IDC but to become the best instructor you can be. At the same time he is exceptionally patient and always encouraging, allowing you the space and time to make mistakes and learn from them. The best thing is the invaluable and uncluttered feedback that you receive each step of the way.
Dive India is delightfully professional, from impeccable logistics to friendly staff that is always ready to help. Dhruv did an excellent job staffing the IDC by spending almost two weeks before the course, bringing everyone up to the same level and bridging the language gap for some students.
All in all it was an absolute pleasure to learn from someone as experienced and cheerful as Mark Soworka

Karishma would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 26, 2019

Great review Karishma. Thanks for the super nice words about your training. I trust all is going fantastically with your career as an dive instructor on the stunning Andaman Islands. See you again in September when back for the next IDC.

About Karishma

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

from gurugram reviewed Dive india

written on Jun 19, 2019

Added Jun 20, 2019

5/5 stars

An Incredibly Extraordinary Experience

I came in for the Pre IDC training which was handled by Dhruv Sirohi from Dive India. An affable, deeply knowledgeable and highly skilled at the tender age of 25...a very impressive personality. Dhruv was very keen about each participant's progress. While he was easy going he was firm about PADI protocols, methodology and techniques.
Mark Soworka came for the next fortnight. Mark has a very easy style, is incredibly knowledgeable about not only diving but so many other related topics, very thorough and patient with his teaching which showcases his years of being in the industry.
I enjoyed every bit of the process and my thanks also goes out to Dive India for making this happen.

vikram would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jun 25, 2019

Thanks vikram. Nice write up for dhruv. See you in september

About vikram

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jun 03, 2019

Added Jun 04, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC & MSDT

I have done my IDC in April with Mark Soworka. I would definitely recommend it! It is hard work, but it paid off. I'm doing my MSDT at the moment. It is a good step when you just start teaching.

Nadieh would recommend dive-careers.com

About Nadieh

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2019

Added May 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Best choice

I was trying to get my IDC with Mark for the last 8 years. But now it's done. Worth every penny and each minute. After so many hours of practice, we were really prepared for the IE.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2019

Added May 08, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC May ‘19 Koh Tao

So after much debate and procrastination I met with Mark Soworka from dive-careers.com at Buddha View and decided to take the plunge so to speak
It’s true an IDC is 3 weeks intense training to become a professional Padi Instructor but it’s a necessity by standards and I’m overjoyed that I did it with this caring professional Course Director
My fellow IDC candidates and myself were all trained to highest degree and as we all passed with flying colours is a credit to Mark Soworka Julian Pirie , Aaron Puttawong
Thank you

Dee Dee would recommend dive-careers.com

About Dee Dee

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Krefeld reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on May 01, 2019

Added May 02, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC with Ben Meerhaeghe

The IDC was a really intense but also a really good experience.
Special thanks to our Course Director Ben Meerhaeghe and Staff Instructor Erika Sullivan who did a great Job und prepared us perfectly for the IE.

Florian Ricks would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com May 25, 2019

Thanks Florian for the great review of your IDC on Sri lanka with Course Director Ben and Poseidon Diving. Enjoy an excellent new career.

About Florian Ricks

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Port Elizabeth reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 30, 2019

Added Apr 30, 2019

5/5 stars

What an amazing experience with awesome people

I had such a great time during the IDC with a great bunch of candidates. I am really pleased that did it through Dive careers a brilliant team and a really good course director Ben Meerhaeghe.

Christepher Openshaw would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com May 25, 2019

Excellent Christepher that you had such a good time on your IDC with CD Ben. Welcome to a great a career

About Christepher Openshaw

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Wreck diving

from KL reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Apr 20, 2019

Added Apr 20, 2019

5/5 stars

One of Remarkable life event - IDC at Khao Lak

I have been wanting to do my IDC since 2015. I have been looking around, asking around, talk to lots of instructor friends, msg lots of course directors and contacted lots of dive centre. Finally, this year i have come across the right time, place, style & of course the CD - Mark, for me to do it. I have been looking for something where i don't just learn to be an instructor, but allow me to have work experience as one.
I really like liveaboard, and come across dive-careers partner with Khao Lak Scuba Adventures (KSA), have liveaboard internship right after the course. Most of all, i also want to be taught by an experience course director that don't look at me as a "product"/"number". I want a mentor/friend where someone that still have great passion in diving and can teach/share lots about this industry. And I am so please come across Mark where he is such a chill/easy-going, experienced, friendly, informative, fun and respectful course director in the diving industry.
I m glad to be in a small class (only 3 of us), where we have plenty of time to ask questions and do lots of training. Mark and his assistant /son - Aaron, have been the 'perfect combo'(father & son team) helped me so much in class. ;)

I personally do IDC not just to become an instructor, but is a personal development course that i would like to take, to challenge myself and overcome some fears that i had experienced in life. I definitely achieved that by the end of the course, where it develops my confidence, i able to stand up to teach/ speak in public, i able to share my passions and overcome some past condemnation/negatives that ppl used to title me.

I really like the creative, gentle, independent yet informative approach that Mark used/taught us in the class. He makes it stress-free and we able to learn it in a comfortable plus creative (own way), where helps me to complete my IDC. By the time my IE arrived, i managed to face/do it confidently or easily. Not only that, when i got the chance to teach during my internship on the liveabord, i realise how well i can teach and shared my passion/experience with my students. I really thankful to my course director- Mark, his son/assistant - Aaron, my 2 amazing yet annoying classmates - Jelmer & Kris and some instructors at KSA that have helped me throughout the whole IDC journey.

Thanks for all the support, encouragements, the believe/trust/confidences that i do not have :) and the patience towards me. Really feel the amazing team spirits and how much ppl cares for your success!
This IDC experience definitely have been one of the most remarkable event of my life! I met so many amazing ppl and make great friendship as well.

Canmy would recommend dive-careers.com

About Canmy

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Apr 16, 2019

Added Apr 17, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC with great course director!!

Really great IDC! The theorical and the practical part were very well prepared, I learned a lot into a very nice context, having fun at the same time. I felt ready when we went to take the exam!

Tofito would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Apr 17, 2019

Welcome to a wonderful new career as a dive instructor Christophe and thanks for the excellent review of your recent IDC with Platinum Course Director Shayne Ng and Legend Diving on Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

About Tofito

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Free diving

from Hikkaduwe reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 16, 2019

Added Apr 16, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC Sri Lanka

Lovely time March IDC Sri Lanka with Poseidon Diver center family Best course Director Ben Meerhaeghe

Manoj Rahubadda would recommend dive-careers.com

About Manoj Rahubadda

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Toronto reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 14, 2019

Added Apr 14, 2019

5/5 stars

Excellent Staff Instrctor course in Sri Lanka

A great team, dive staff and centre, and country to learn to become a dive professional! Ben was a great course director.

Erika would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Apr 16, 2019

Thanks Erika Sullivan for your excellent review of your PADI Staff Instructor course with Course Director Ben Meerhaeghe at Poseidon Diving Sri lanka. Glad you had such a great time. It is a wonderful country.

About Erika

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving