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Buddha View Dive Resort
Koh Tao
Thailand
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4.86 / 5

based on 307 reviews - 99% of reviewers would recommend Dive-Careers.com to a friend




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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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Buddha View Dive Resort
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from Porvoo reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 30, 2017

Added Mar 30, 2017

5/5 stars

Superb Instructor training

I did my IDC Mar 2017 on Koh Tao, Buddha View, with Course Director Marie, and I am extremely impressed with the quality of the course! We all passed, thanks to Marie!The staff is very friendly, helpful and relaxed, they all know what they are doing, hence the whole operation runs efficiently & smoothly. I can sincerely recommend DIve-Careers!
Cheers, Lena

1 person found this review helpful

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

Response from Dive-Careers.com Apr 01, 2017

good to see you back in the industry. I really should fix the spelling of Marie's name.

About Lena Andersson

Gender : Female
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Liveaboard diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Finnish
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Maire-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Hah, I spelled Maires name wrong....oooops, sorry.

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 09, 2017 in Singapore, Singapore

Added Mar 09, 2017

5/5 stars

Credits to Dive Careers @ Buddha View!

Thank you Mark Soworka, Julien Fortin and Andrea Warren for a rewarding IDC experience! They trained us hard not just to pass the IE but to excel at it! Couldn't have asked for a better team of mentors!

2 people found this review helpful

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

About FY

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 22/02/17
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Singapore
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. Making new friends and teamwork!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Most definitely!
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Koh Tao's appeal
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. None that particularly bothered me, however, there is always room for improvement!

from Stockholm reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 05, 2017 Thailand

Added Feb 05, 2017

5/5 stars

Excellent

It was a great experience. The Instructors helped me to feel ready for the IE. Hard work and lot of fun made it possible.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Malin

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. Jan 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Swedish
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. Eng
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. The coursedirectors. Always helpful and available all the time for my many questions

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 04, 2017

Added Feb 04, 2017

5/5 stars

Fantastic experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing the IDC with Buddha View. They made me feel comfortable and relaxed while also making every day fun. The training was easy to follow but in depth and fully prepared me for the IE. Over all a brilliant course.

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Joe

Gender : Male

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

from Koh Tao reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 04, 2017

Added Feb 04, 2017

5/5 stars

Awesome IDC!

Mark, Marie and Andrea did a great job preparing us for the IE as well as life after the exam. I felt I learned exactly what I needed to to be ready for the working world. They made it fun and challenging and were always willing to help any time of day. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to do IDC!

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

About Dive Careers IDC

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. January 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. The helpfulness of staff and willing to work extra hours
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. I felt really prepared for working in the dive industry

written on Jan 22, 2017 Timor-Leste

Added Jan 23, 2017

5/5 stars

One of the nicest experiences of my life

The dive master training is excellent. Andrea is an amazing mentor who is switched on and cater the whole program to your needs and time in Koh Tao. She is fantastic in giving you useful feedback to make you a better diver. She is very resourceful. The dive centre is packed with genuinely nice people. You will feel at home and make a family of divers living in a pretty awesome spot in Koh Tao. Look no more. Just do it !

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Merve H

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your Dive Master training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand

from Dili

written on Jan 22, 2017

Added Jan 22, 2017

5/5 stars

Loved it!

My time at Buddah view dive centre was fantastic. Andrea and Mark from dive careers are very professional and flexible. I learnt so much in such a short time and felt welcomed by the entire dive school. So many options for all types and levels of diving. Thoroughly able to recommend to anyone.

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Darren R

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography

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. January 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Australian
Q. Which Instructor was most helpful to you and why?
A. Andrea Warren as she was able to ensure I finished my course in the short amount of time I had.
Q. What was the best part about your Dive Master training?
A. Assisting Advanced dives and see a whale shark.
Q. What convinced you to do your Dive Master training with us?
A. My wife.

from koh tao reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 13, 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Dec 14, 2016

5/5 stars

Great experience!

I just finished my IDC with Dive Careers at Buddha View in Koh Tao, it was a great experience and great fun. I had the opportunity to have lectures with both Marie and Mark, they are very experienced in the dive industry and at the same time very passionate about what they do, I feel very lucky to have found those guys along the way. It's very inspiring to see, at the starting point of my careers, professionals who love what they do and are happy to share. All the training is very well structured so the IE becomes simple, I got a top score on all my water and skills presentations. Post IE it's also great to count with the professional guidance and the support. If I had to do it all over again I would definitely go with Dive Careers.

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

About Marcelo Scuba

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Free diving, Spear fishing

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. Dec-2016
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Brazil
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 great friends who we shared so many laughs and good times, including the course directors and all the staff instructors.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Sure, I was lucky enough to find those guys on my own, I wish I had a friend who had recommended me at the time.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Professionalism, Experience in the industry
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. the weakest part has to be the weather in Koh Tao this time of the year. Rain coat and umbrella.

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 12, 2016

Added Dec 13, 2016

5/5 stars

Thank you!!

Thanks to awesome course directors and staff instructors we made it through the IDC and IE with only a few breakdowns. Great course, really nice to have two CDs there to help us along. Thank you!!

Emilia and Erik would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Emilia and Erik

Gender : Male

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

reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe

written on Dec 12, 2016

Added Dec 12, 2016

5/5 stars

Amazing experience with amazing people!

Mark was very supportive and would always take time for each individual! An amazing experience with some amazing people. I very much recommend Dive careers as an organisation to go through if you are deciding to become a Scuba Diving Instructor... you will have access to people who have a wide knowledge of the industry, as well as access to study guides that will guide you through the experience of an IDC.

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

About amy hamilton

Gender : Male

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

written on Dec 12, 2016

Added Dec 12, 2016

5/5 stars

Excellent job!!!

Thanks to Marie and Marks effort and commitment to us, we were able to pass the IDC with no mayor problem.
They probe to be really dedicated to making us feel prepared and confident.
In my case I really need to thank Andrea Warren my dive master trainer, who gave a great advice and was the reason why I decided to go through with the IDC. She prepared me with all the skills and knowledge that I would need during this course.

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

About Matias Celoria

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your Dive Master training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand

from Gold Coast reviewed Two Fish Divers Amed, Bali

written on Dec 04, 2016 in Makassar, Indonesia

Added Dec 04, 2016

5/5 stars

The "Godfather" of IDC!

With 20+ years of experience, and over 5000 instructor level certifications, Mark Soworka truly is the "Godfather" of IDC's.

And after all that time, Mark still remains an ambassador whose passion for the ocean, diving, and educating dive professionals is not only clearly obvious, but infectious!

After completing the IDC with Mark, I am a better diver, learner, and person thanks to his ability to get the most out of his candidates. He’s humble, teaches from personal experience, and is genuinely excited to show you the way.

As for the IDC, it’s no piece of cake! You will be tired and stressed, you may even curse, cry and pull your hair out in frustration, but you will LEARN, LAUGH & MEET FRIENDS FOR LIFE! If you follow Marks’s recipe, you’ll not only pass the IE with flying colors, you will be far better equipped to launch your new careers as dive professionals.

I wanted to learn from the best, and I did with Mark Soworka and Dive-Careers.com.
Thanks Mark, we love ya! Ben & Nicole.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Ben Alcock

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Free diving, Spear fishing, Liveaboard diving

Q. What is your nationality?
A. Australia
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 knoweldge, the experience and friends made.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes!!!!!!!!!!

With 20+ years of experience, and over 5000 instructor level certifications, Mark Soworka truly is the "Godfather" of IDC's.
And after all that time, Mark still remains an Ambassador whose passion for the ocean, diving, and educating dive professionals is not only clearly obvious, but infectious!
After completing the IDC with Mark, I am a better diver, learner, and person thanks to his ability to get the most out of his candidates. He’s humble, teaches from personal experience, and is genuinely excited to show you the way.
As for the IDC, it’s no piece of cake! You will be tired and stressed, you may even curse, cry and pull your hair out in frustration, but you will LEARN, LAUGH & MEET FRIENDS FOR LIFE! If you follow Marks’s recipe, you’ll not only pass the IE with flying colours, you will be far better equipped to launch your new careers as dive professionals.
I wanted to learn from the best, and I did with Mark Soworka and Dive-Careers.com.
Thanks Mark, we love ya! Ben & Nicole.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Our interactions with Mark and his "Lembongan" IDC group - we were DMT's at the time.

reviewed Sierra Madre Divers

written on Dec 03, 2016 in San Juan, Philippines

Added Dec 04, 2016

5/5 stars

awesome course

i must say that i enjoyed the IDC a lot. Bas was an amazing teacher that was on point, knowledgable, fun. he made the class interesting and easy to learn. couldn't have asked for a better Course Director. the facilities were also amazing and all that staff were fun and helpful. the classrooms were big, the pool was beautiful with a great deep end and shallow part perfect for learning all the skills. all in all i am happy that i did my IDC here. thank you

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Mike T

Gender : Male

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

from Aveyron reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe

written on Dec 02, 2016 in Toulouse, France

Added Dec 02, 2016

5/5 stars

Professionalism on a human scale

I attended the close IDC of Taormina in the month of October with dive-Careers. We were a small group and have advanced together to EI in now a good group spirit. The answers to the questions were always clear and data. A great experience that has led us all to pass the exam. Thank you Mark and Mary. Hope to see you again above or under the water.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Clairette

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Cave diving, Wreck diving, Free diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. Octobre 2016
Q. What is your nationality?
A. French
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English and théory exams in french
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes for the expérience and the great way to show us the diving industry.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. I already met Marie and the way you communicate wth us
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Maybe taking care of the way Carmelo can talk sometime. He could be a little bit too confident, when he should not...

written on Nov 30, 2016 in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Added Dec 01, 2016

5/5 stars

Excellent dive master program at Buddha's dive resort

The dive master programme was excellent! Our instructor and mentor Andrea Warren, is the best you can have. She is super clear at explaining skills and workshops. Gives positive feedback and is focused on how to improve your skills, rather then telling what you did wrong. Make's me feel comfortable and act like a professional dive master. It's a very flexible programe, lots of opportunities to assist ow/awo/rescue courses and go fundiving when having a morning/afternoon off. The Buddha dive resort instructors make you feel very welcome during this intership of 2 months.

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

About Linda S

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300

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. November 2016
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Dutch
Q. Which Instructor was most helpful to you and why?
A. Andrea Warren
Q. What was the best part about your Dive Master training?
A. The whole experience!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes, the balance of doing all your activities and having fun is perfect.
Q. What convinced you to do your Dive Master training with us?
A. The place had very good vibes and gave me a very welcome feeling. The dive school is not to big and not to small.
Q. What was the weakest part of your Dive Master course and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. None