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Simple Life Dive Resort - Koh Tao, Thailand
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand
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4.91 / 5

based on 498 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

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


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PADI


Services

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


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Simple Life Dive Resort - Koh Tao, Thailand
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand


Mark Soworka





reviewed Dive Bandos - Maldives

written on Apr 14, 2020

Added Apr 14, 2020

5/5 stars

IDC Bandos Island in the Maldives with Mark Soworka

This IDC was an excelent course and most recommended ! not only in it's thorogh preparation for the IE exam but also stregthning ones personal diving skills and thinking as a dive instructor.
Mark's teachings were so enjoyable full of humor and informative with a sence of caring throught the course.
Be ready for long hours but well worth it as we were well prepared for the final exam.
Would like to thank Mark and his excellent team for all their help and good vibes !

This user would recommend dive-careers.com


from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos - Maldives

written on Apr 09, 2020

Added Apr 09, 2020

5/5 stars

One of the greatest experience in life

Mark is much more than a platinum course director for me. During the course he helped, guided and encouraged me through the most difficult time. He is not only teaching you how to pass the IE but also how to teach your further students with integrating your own style in real life. I learned so much more during those amazing two weeks and trust me that was the most amazing feeling in my life. I walked into the course with many doubts and passed my IE with full confident. I would like to thanks Mark and the dive careers team to make my dream come true. Looking forward to continue my education with this amazing team in the further.

Emma Zhang would recommend dive-careers.com

About Emma Zhang

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

reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Mar 04, 2020

Added Mar 04, 2020

5/5 stars

My easy, interesting and funny IDC

I really liked to learn from Mark. I learned a lot as well in the way of teaching, theory, standards and even some extra that will help me all along my new career! I appreciated the way Mark was teaching without making us noticing we were learning with anecdots and his own experience

Mo would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Apr 08, 2020

Thanks for the great review Mo and welcome to anew world as dive instructor. Trust you enjoyed the time on the liveaboards after the IDC and now are realxing on Koh Tao. Catch up soon.

About Mo

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

from Rome reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Mar 03, 2020

Added Mar 03, 2020

5/5 stars

Great IDC

Great IDC, perfect Course Director, interesting and fun, hard job but great satisfaction, everything was well organized and properly managed. To improve just some facilities, first of all the pool.

Ale would recommend dive-careers.com

About Ale

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

from Frankfurt reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Jan 19, 2020

Added Jan 20, 2020

5/5 stars

IDC Khao Lak Dec 19

After 1 year working as a divemaster, I decided it was time to make the next step and I could not have find a better IDC than this one under the guidance of Mark. Although preparing for passing the exam succesfully is of course an important part of the IDC, but with Mark the focus was becoming a good scuba instructor.
His feedback was always honest, encouraging and showed me how I would like to teach my future students to find the same joy and interest in scuba diving as I did many years ago.
Thanks to Mark's open and kind personality the IDC was a wonderful learning experience and even after the IDC he maintains available for questions, recommendations or just a nice conversation.

Maggie would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 30, 2020

Its great to see the difference encouraging and kind feedback makes. Am sure that is a lesson that you will take with you that will make you a great instructor. Thanks for the review of your IDC Maggie and see you soon when I am over for the next IDC in Khaolak.

About Maggie

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

from Mallorca, Spain reviewed Blue Revival - Panglao, Bohol

written on Jan 05, 2020

Added Jan 05, 2020

5/5 stars

Amazing

The crew was incredible and Bas is a very knowledgable CD. I loved doing the IDC with dives-careers and would recommend this course to anyone wanting to advance their career in diving.

Oscar Camps Andersson would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 25, 2020

Thanks for the excellent review of your IDC on Bohol with CD Bas, Oscar. Welcome to a new career.

About Oscar Camps Andersson

Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Hong kong reviewed Blue Revival - Panglao, Bohol

written on Jan 02, 2020

Added Jan 02, 2020

5/5 stars

Right person with the right place.

I have had my IDC with Bas at Blue revival, Bohol, and it was awesome! Bas is so experienced in teaching which makes everything much easier and more fun! He cares and helps us with his best. Blue revivals staff is super friendly and helpful, the facilities and equipments are up to standard, so you will definitely have all the support you needed.

Tommy T would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 05, 2020

Great that you had such a good time in Bohol on the IDC with Bas, Tommy and welcome to 2020 with an excellent new career as a dive instructor..

About Tommy T

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

from Fort Wayne, IN reviewed Blue Revival - Panglao, Bohol

written on Jan 01, 2020

Added Jan 01, 2020

5/5 stars

Exceeded my expectation

I completed my IDC with Bas and feel extremely confident as an Instructor! He gave us all the tools necessary to be the best instructors possible! Not only is he a great teacher, he cares about all of us outside of the classroom. He goes above and beyond to ensure we are ready and is there throughout the IE to support and encourage us to do our best! Great guy, great program! Highly recommend ! THANK YOU BAS AND MARK!

Hannah Fiechter would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 02, 2020

Welcome to 2020as a PADI instructor Hannah. Glad you had such a good time on your recent IDC with Bas and Blue Revival in Panglao Philippines.

About Hannah Fiechter

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

from Chania, Crete reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Dec 30, 2019

Added Dec 31, 2019

5/5 stars

Best choice for the IDC by far!

I did my IDC with Mark Soworka and I am so happy and thankful to have done it with him as my course director, teacher and guide!
Mark is really exceptional in his teaching! He carries a ton of experience and explains things in a way that makes learning so much in so little time a very pleasant process.
Very approachable and a great character, which was so important to help us deal with the stress of the IE and to turn the IDC into an unforgettable experience!
And through the network of dive-carreers.com I have many options for future jobs all over the world and their support with applying which is great

Philipp Benji would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 25, 2020

Thanks for the excellent review of your Khaolak IDC Philipp. Trust all is going great working on the live-aboards. See you soon when I am back for February 1 IDC

About Philipp Benji

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

from Amsterdam reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Dec 25, 2019

Added Dec 26, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC December 2019 with Mark Soworka

The IDC was perfect and well prepared. I had all the materials needed in advance so the flow of the course was already clear.
The days were devided between classroom and and pool/open water sessions. Location was perfect, logistics and lunch was always on time and good.
Mark is an awesome teacher who knows how to keep theory interesting and prepares you so well for the IE. I had so much fun during his classes, his way of teaching is one of a kind! Mark is the best you can have as a person and as a mentor, he has the kindest heart and is really knowledgable.
I highly recomment the IDC with Mark at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, the quality and location are the best!

Marja van Gerven would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 05, 2020

Great to see you as an instructor Marja and excellent to hear that you are working out on the live-aboards doing such a good job. Congratulations. Thanks for the review of your recent IDC with us in Khaolak.

About Marja van Gerven

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from London reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Dec 23, 2019

Added Dec 24, 2019

5/5 stars

Thank you!

Words cannot express how amazing this experience was. Mark always has time to answer any questions and is always on hand for advice. It was an absolute pleasure to not only learn with you but laugh with you! Thank you so much Mark, you've made my dream career come true and I will forever be grateful. If you're looking for an awesome course director in a beautiful place then Mark is the man for you!

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 02, 2020

Great to see you Victoria bringing in the New Year as an instructor on Similans Liveaboards. Thanks for the excellent review and welcome to a great new career.

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 02, 2020

Great to see in 2020 as an instructor on Similan Liveaboards, Victoria. And thanks for the excellent review of your recent IDC. Welcome to a wonderful new career

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Winnipeg reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Dec 23, 2019

Added Dec 24, 2019

5/5 stars

Mark Soworka's IDC

I had I tough time deciding where to do my IDC, both on a global scale and locally. I'm happy I decided on Mark Soworka's program with Dive Careers. Mark has this way of putting everyone at ease, but also ready for a full day of intense learning. Some people can get defensive or think they know it all when they're criticized, but with Mark that just evaporated. Somehow he not only managed to perfectly target each of our own individual weaknesses, but was also able to teach in a way that accommodated everyone's own way of learning. If you watch the way he teaches you everyday, you'll see that it is exactly the same as the way you're learning to instruct. Thanks Mark! Can't wait to get my Career started on the liveaboards!

Nolan Pull would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Jan 01, 2020

Thanks for the great Review Nolan. Look forward to an excellent 2020 getting your career as a dive instructor started on the liveaboards. Enjoy.

About Nolan Pull

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

reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Dec 23, 2019

Added Dec 23, 2019

5/5 stars

Valuable and Great experience

Overall I would say a very excellent comprehensive training through Idc with Mark Soworka .Simply relaxed and we been taught and prep ourselves for Instructor Examinations in such a well productive time . Mark is great Course Director and really experienced too , he is the best and I sincerely thanks Mark for his time and expertise.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

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

reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Dec 22, 2019

Added Dec 23, 2019

5/5 stars

great idc

that was amazing experience learning everything in suba diving , and best ways teaching methods.
these days, there are many CD , and many companies, but deference is way to teach.
i recommend this course with Mark Sowaker for any person his English not fluctuated and hi is very friendly.

This user would not recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Dec 23, 2019

thank you sina. Welcome to a great new career and loads of Persian divers in the future. It is a pleasure to have met you

About This user

Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Lembongan reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Dec 11, 2019

Added Dec 12, 2019

5/5 stars

Re ignited my passion for diving

I did my IDC with Shayne and she was absolutely amazing, I had a fair share of challenges during my training (ear infections, sub par DMT training...) and her support was phenomenal. I felt really confident going to the exams and I got really good scores at it. I would definitely recommend her as she will train you very well. I sort have had lost my passion a bit since working as a DM but her course completely changed that, thanks a lot Shayne !

Enzo Flack would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Dec 12, 2019

That is great to hear that you had such a wonderful IDC with Shayne at Legend, Nusa Lembongan. Welcome to an excellent new career.

About Enzo Flack

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Blue Revival - Panglao, Bohol

written on Nov 30, 2019

Added Dec 01, 2019

4/5 stars

Good preparation for the exam

Good training, it was not held in Sierra Madre but in Blue Revival, good facilities and equipment.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Paris reviewed Dive Careers Coron, Philippines

written on Nov 10, 2019

Added Nov 11, 2019

5/5 stars

Best IDC ever

I booked my IDC at the last minute... and it was definitely the best choice for me to do it with Bas (Sebastian) and Dive careers in Coron at Reggae Dive Center. Pro, careful, very very helpful and we learned all we needed with a big smile and a good mood. Thanks to Bas now I am feeling confident to be a dive instructor, with Orsie they taught us everything in a good, proper and serious way. But with a big smile and fun, and it was definitely a great adventure for me and my co students! They gave us all the material to work, they were available everytime. Now we are ready!

Audrey would recommend dive-careers.com

About Audrey

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

reviewed Dive Careers Coron, Philippines

written on Nov 10, 2019

Added Nov 11, 2019

5/5 stars

Awesome experience with IDC

It was a really good decision to do the IDC this year. It went smoothly and not as hard as I thought it will be. Bas my course director made sure that we were prepared and well trained before the IE. And all of us Passed with big smile on our faces. I will definately remember this for the rest of my life and forever thankful to all the help I got during the course.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Dec 01, 2019

Thanks for the review of your recent IDC with Bas. Great that you had an excellent time on your idc and welcome to a wonderful career as a dive instructor.

About This user

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

reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Nov 10, 2019

Added Nov 10, 2019

5/5 stars

high quality education

My experience was really enjoyable. Despite the tension due to the importance of the path and the seriousness of the work, the IDC was fun in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Thanks!

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Dec 01, 2019

I imagine life back as an instructor after a deoade long break is going great.

Congratulations getting back to following your dreams. Thanks Miki for the review.

About This user

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

reviewed Dive India - Andaman Islands, India

written on Nov 08, 2019

Added Nov 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Superb Experience

It was great experience, it became easy for the trainer they gave us more time. Specially thanks to Dhruv, Martina, Ethan and mr. Mark.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

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

from Chengdu,China reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Nov 06, 2019

Added Nov 07, 2019

5/5 stars

that was she said

我是个很纠结的人,当初选择哪间学校进行IDC,我犹豫了很久。最后因为shayne的耐心,我选择了KSA。在IDC学习期间,我学到了很多知识,也收获了一群很好玩的同学。最幸运的是我遇到了跟我性格相仿,步调可以一致的总监shayne,她开朗的性格让我本来有些紧张的心情得以缓解。我一直担心我能不能通过IE考试,她一直在给我信心。最后确实像她说的那样,我很顺利的通过了IE,临走时非常不舍,这里有一群好可爱的人啊,感谢他们出现在我的生命里,我会想念和shayne大笑的日子,也会想念她那个拿起手机就拍丑照的老板Mark。

Linkey_Zhang would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 30, 2019

Great picture Linked. Excellent photographer. Thanks for the wonderful review of your idc and we look forward to seeing Shayne back at KSA for another Chinese IDC in January 2020

About Linkey_Zhang

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Free diving

from Kuala Lumpur reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Nov 06, 2019

Added Nov 06, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC at KSA

It is a very good training ground with own swimming pool that u can practice anytime when you are free. If you don have your own gear u able to use the shop gear without charges, but I strongly recommend to use your own gear because u have to teach with is. They provide eLearning comes in the pen drive but you must to have your own laptop. Few things that to remind you to have before you start your IDC are own SMB, underwater compass, whistle, dive knife, Rope to teach underwater knot at least 2, snorkel. With all these preparation you don’t have to stress yourself to get it and pay extra for it. If you would like to work at KSA after the IDC make sure you prepare your working permit before you come rather than pay extra to get out from the country to get it done. Overall it is a good experience.

Alan Chai would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 18, 2019

Thanks Alan for the excellent review. . Trust all is going really well working on the liveaboard. Catch up soon

About Alan Chai

Age : 30-39
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Nepal reviewed Dive India - Andaman Islands, India

written on Nov 04, 2019

Added Nov 04, 2019

5/5 stars

Spectacular september 2019

You cant make a beautiful picture with just a single stroke so yeah something similar i cant put it down in words what all happened, in total it was magical. Every other day was different with lot of problems, queries, weather conditions, samosas and chai, study sessions and all. Inspite of having many problems our course director Mark dealt with it so kindly in a professional way that we didnt realized we were about to finish idc, it happened so quickly just like that.
And again a big thanks to Dive-careers and Dive india team along with my supporting and kind hearted IDC candidates( bruno, julie and raju)

Nabin would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 05, 2019

Great to hear from you Nabin and really thrilled you had such an excellent time on your IDC with a wonderful group of people. Enjoy life as a dive instructor.

About Nabin

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

from Italy reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe, Sicily, Italy

written on Nov 03, 2019

Added Nov 03, 2019

5/5 stars

Sea spirit, more than just a 5 star dive resort

I spent 2 months at Sea Spirit, where I became a DM and at first and than I completed the IDC course!
Studying under the direction of the Course Director Carmelo Sgroi, it was the best thing I could to do when I decided to become a pro! He’s a passionate and very prepared CD, which stand on top of an incredible team of instructors at Sea Spirit!
The whole team is very friendly and always there to help and explain things related to the diving world!
Sea spirit is placed inside the beautiful UnaHotel and dispose of a variety of incredible facilities, olympic pool, compressors room and a conference room for the lectures are few to mention!
I like to think of Sea Spirit like a big family more than a diving resort, this is why days passed by with team in water as much as on the books as much as the free spare moments where everyone enjoy just a simple chat and enjoy the company!
This is why I think of Sea Spirit like a family.. once u spend 95% of your day with the team and it feels good, you’ll soon start to see them as a family too!
Also to mention the beautiful area they are sited and they operate!! Isola bella is one of the nicest marine reserve with plenty of dive spots in Sicily!
I won’t ever stop to thanks to whole team for the support and for the great achievement they help me to reach!

Marco would recommend dive-careers.com

About Marco

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

from Adelaide reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe, Sicily, Italy

written on Nov 01, 2019

Added Nov 01, 2019

5/5 stars

Best IDC I could have asked for

I did the IDC with Carmelo Sgroi at Sea Spirit Diving Resort. It was an excellent experience and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an opportunity to learn and become the strongest instructor they can be. The course went above and beyond to give us an incredible experience, and truly prepared us to become instructors. It was challenging, rewarding, and exciting. All staff involved were great and brought out the best in us. Thank you again!

Ella Schirru would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 05, 2019

Great that you had such a fantastic time on your IDC Ella and found such an awesome location and excellent Course Director. All the best with your wonderful new career.

About Ella Schirru

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