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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand
Review Summary

4.89 / 5

based on 400 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


Affiliations

PADI


Services

Dive training, Diver certifications, Non-profit organizations, Divemaster Internship, Dive Instructor Internships, Specialty Instructor training, MSDT, Resort Management, Tech Diving, IDC Staff Instructor


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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand


Mark Soworka





reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe

written on Jan 23, 2019

Added Jan 23, 2019

5/5 stars

Professsional and friendly

My IDC was a mix of hard work, fun, diving and good relationships, with I believe are the core of the diving industry. A special thanks to Carmelo Sgroi and Cilla Lentz, both amazing and very prepared teachers.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com


reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 22, 2019

Added Jan 22, 2019

5/5 stars

Good exposure

We were a group of 15dmts, had a blast ....went out fun diving whenever not attending one of the divemaster workshops

Sahil would recommend dive-careers.com

About Sahil

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

reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe

written on Dec 31, 2018

Added Dec 31, 2018

5/5 stars

A challenging and wonderful experience

Carmelo and Cilla provided a wonderful learning environment that was not only challenging but also a fun way to learn. The high standard that they strive for has made me extremely confident in teaching and has lifted my expectations on what dive instruction should be.

bsautry would recommend dive-careers.com

About bsautry

Age : 40-49
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Seoul reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 30, 2018

Added Dec 31, 2018

5/5 stars

The best course to make yourself a pro diver.

Make you a good and prepared diver in a short period of time. And they will give you great feedback to make yourself well-prepared for I.E.

Jamie Choi would recommend dive-careers.com

About Jamie Choi

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

from Durban reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 29, 2018

Added Dec 30, 2018

5/5 stars

December IDC

Amazing course and beginning to teaching scuba diving . Relaxed atmosphere helped with the learning curve adjustment and course progress.

Gareth Brown would recommend dive-careers.com

About Gareth Brown

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 29, 2018

Added Dec 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Exellent quality, exellent location

I liked the high quality both on content and presentation technique. Mark has such an amazing level of experience which is hard to beat. During lunchtime we had a variety in food on the menu. I strongly advise people to joun the IDC's from Dive careers world wide. Either as an instructor to become or to join as an staff instructor

Gerard would recommend dive-careers.com

About Gerard

Age : 60+
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 29, 2018

Added Dec 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Great !

Everything was great from the first day till the end of the IDC. The location was nice and Mark Soworka is a great course director.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

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

reviewed Cape Town Dive Center

written on Nov 25, 2018

Added Nov 25, 2018

5/5 stars

Cape Town

I really enjoyed my IDC with Mark and the Cape Town Dive Center crew. They made very sure that we were well prepared for the IE and that we had all the resources available to us that we needed. They were also just generally a great bunch to have spent all that time with, and they made sure it was a fun experience that I will always have good memories of!

Enya M would recommend dive-careers.com

About Enya M

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Cape Town reviewed Cape Town Dive Center

written on Nov 15, 2018

Added Nov 15, 2018

5/5 stars

an amazing experience working with mark

in the last month in October, I was Staffing for Mark Soworka on an IDC course, I was extremely impressed with his how knowledgeable he is on Diveing and learnt a lot from him, by watching how he conducted and explained things to the IDC candidates.

if in the future I get another chance to work with him I will be extremely excited.

Josef would recommend dive-careers.com

About Josef

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

reviewed Reggae Divers

written on Nov 10, 2018

Added Nov 11, 2018

5/5 stars

Awesome IDC

Our course director with his professionalism and spirit made the 2 week long IDC a really great experience. We became well prepared for the IE and the real teaching afterwards.
Thank you Bas!!

Orsi would recommend dive-careers.com

About Orsi

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Ice diving

from Brugge reviewed Reggae Divers

written on Nov 10, 2018

Added Nov 10, 2018

5/5 stars

Great experience

We started Al Realy nerves at our idc (preparations of the IE) but after day 1 Bas made us feel realy comfortable and believed in Al of us.
We had a realy caring and full on course director!! That guided me to the instructor I am today..

Thank you Sebastian and dive careers for guiding me!

Jos g would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 11, 2018

Excellent review Jos. Thanks. The overnight trip for night diver specialty sounds great.

About Jos g

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

from Male reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Nov 06, 2018

Added Nov 06, 2018

5/5 stars

Best IDC centre

If someone looking for to do the IDC or Staff, dive-careers will be the best choice. As the Course Director is the most experienced person i have met in my dive career.

Fathih Jaleel would recommend dive-careers.com

About Fathih Jaleel

Age : 30-39
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : DeepSea submersible

reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe

written on Nov 03, 2018

Added Nov 03, 2018

5/5 stars

Excellent

Making my IDC with Sea Spirit Taormina / Dive-Careers was the best decision. Cilla and Carmelo together are the best team ever. The local facilities are amazing: Olympic pool for confined water, conference room for the academics, Isola Bella for the open water sessions, and the best part... it’s in Sicily.
I will remember the IDC time for the rest of my life.

Paulo Grimm would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 04, 2018

Thanks for the great review and excellent that you had such a good time with Carmelo and Cilla on Sicily. Welcome to your new career as a dive instructor.

About Paulo Grimm

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

from Angoulême (FRANCE) reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Nov 03, 2018

Added Nov 03, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC is just a start

All the IDC was very interesting. But I would really appreciate teaching real students. Because if you don't straight after the IDC, you don't have any expérience in teaching with real students.
Shayne and Peter were very good and patient with us.

Richard T would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 04, 2018

Thanks for the review Richard. I agree about the chance to team teach and practice with real students. That is why you came back for your MSDT internship and got so much out of it. I actually think team teaching after an IDC should be compulsory. Like driving with a fully licenced driver in the car when you learn to drive. Doubt it will ever be compulsory. That is why we offer the MSDT internship post IDC, and why Koh Tao is such a good choice for IDC because there is so much opportunity to assist courses.

About Richard T

Age : 40-49
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Nov 02, 2018

Added Nov 02, 2018

5/5 stars

Great start to a great career

Choosing this school to do my IDC was based on great recommendations and I can only praise them for their professionalism, wealth of knowledge and the fun atmosphere the course was delivered with. I can confidently say that I’m happy with the decision to study with this school. Shayne (my course director) had become not only a mentor but a good friend too.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 03, 2018

Thanks for the great review Krisztina. Trust life as a dive instructor is goign great.

About This user

Age : 40-49
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

reviewed Sea Spirit -Dive-Careers Europe

written on Nov 02, 2018

Added Nov 02, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC Sicily!

I did my IDC and IE in Sicily, in the Sea Spirit 5 Stars PADI Resort, simply outstanding.
The dive director Carmelo Sgroi and the general manager Cilla Lentz are great. Always there for any need. The ambiance, reception, structure, everything perfect.

Filipi would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 03, 2018

Thanks for the review Filipi. Great that you had an excellent time with Carmelo and Cilla and at the Kiosko. Enjoy life as a dive instructor.

About Filipi

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

from Cape Town reviewed Cape Town Dive Center

written on Nov 02, 2018

Added Nov 02, 2018

5/5 stars

Smooth Operator

What an honour to do my IDC with the Legend that is Mark Soworka, and having the opportunity to do it at my home dive school just makes it all the more rewarding. Mark and the CTDC team were amazing. The IDC (which I came to believe is generally stressful) was thorough and the instructions were clear so I knew exactly what was expected and what I needed to do to achieve my goals.

EtienneZ would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Nov 02, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful review Etienne. Starting with 'smooth operator' I thought you were goign to make me sound sleezy.

About EtienneZ

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

from Male reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Oct 29, 2018

Added Oct 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Best course director and best place to IDC or any dive course.

Best course director, friendly good planing and teaching with fun and knowledge. No stress and very helpful you will get confidence by the way he teach.
The place in Bandos is fantastic class room ,accommodation and food is so great. Also very helpful dive team in Bandos dive center.

Shakeeb would recommend dive-careers.com

About Shakeeb

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Dive india

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 27, 2018

5/5 stars

Awesome 14 days

When i start thinking of doing idc and enquring the instructors where to do and about the Course director, the first and most suggested name is Mark sarwora. Really his lecture and class section is awesome...the remarkable days in my life ......Thanks to Mark for sharing and teaching a lot of dive experience and alot new knowledge.... really nice way of teaching....proud to ba an instructor

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Oct 27, 2018

thanks for the great review Vishnu. There is actually a pic powerpoint presentation in the digital forms i gave you to help you through the pic processing. I know it can be confusing. check it out and any questiosn you cna just mail me.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Male reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 27, 2018

5/5 stars

Its easy

I would like to thank everyone who helped me during the idc. And I would say team bandos was very helpful and the course director mark is a very patient and very humble person who gave us a lot of knowledge that we didn’t think of. And Asraf from dive desk he have a lot of knowledge and he was helping us to understand better things in maldivian language. I would like to thank all of you.

Imma would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Oct 30, 2018

Thank you Imma for the wonderful review. Enjoy a great career as a dive instructor.

About Imma

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

from London reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 26, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC with Mark and the team

I honestly couldn't recommend this course more. Mark and Asarey were so helpful, patient and insightful. I will be eternally grateful for Marks patience and diligence throughout the course. Thank you - you truly are the best of the best!

The structure of the course was really well done, meaning we could cover anything we weren't feeling confident with in the days leading up to the i.e..

Without Marks and Asarey's help who knows where I would be! Such a wonderful course, and I also found it very interesting.

Dive Bandos as a location was also just beautiful. The team at the dive shop are so welcoming, willing to help and lovely. They answered any questions I had and were really helpful.

Couldn't recommend doing your IDC at Dive Bandos more! A beautiful location, a wonderful team and a fantastic course... what more could you want!

Helen Stewart would recommend dive-careers.com

About Helen Stewart

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

from Amsterdam reviewed Dive india

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 26, 2018

5/5 stars

Could not have been better

I have been waiting for this moment ever since I had finished my open water course more than 6 years ago and it was more than worth it. The quality Mark Soworka offered with all of his experience is simply superb! I learned a lot, which I enjoyed and there were plenty of good laughs.
Apart from that, Mark Soworka does not make his effort end when the IDC. does. He will always help getting your career started and to improve. Besides he uses his broad network and knowledge to match dive centres with dive professionals according to their wishes and needs which proves to be extremely valuable. Anyone looking to start, extend or boost their career as a dive professional, the best advise I can give you is to turn to Mark Soworka's dive careers.

Dive India deserves some credits as well, being India's best dive centre with some of the the highest quality of courses which I came across. Therefore I decided to come here all the way from Amsterdam again for my IDC after finishing my Dive Master internship 3 years before. Since I came to the Island 2 months before the IDC started, I got the opportunity to gain more experience as an Assistant Instructor and extra lectures were organised way beyond the extent of the AI course, simply because of Dive India's love for teaching. If you are looking for diving in India, Dive India is the way to go.

All together this was a wonderful partnership between grade-A dive centre and one of the world's most experienced Course Directors, living up way beyond my expectations.

Michiel would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Oct 27, 2018

What a cool, comprehensive review. thanks Michiel. See you around soon for that staff course.

About Michiel

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Male' reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 26, 2018

5/5 stars

Idc Staff with Mark

The best experience in my career with the best Cd ever witnessed so helpful in every way. The climb might be tough and challenging,but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain you just can't always see it right away. Thank you Mark and Asarey for helping us to reach our goals.

Negro Chiemeka would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Oct 28, 2018

Thank you Bob, now get to work and make some assistant instructors for the June IDC.

About Negro Chiemeka

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

from Male’ reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 26, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC with Mark! :)

Had the best time doing my IDC this past few weeks with Mark & his assistant Asarey at Dive Bandos Maldives!
Thank you so much!!!!
They were very informative and helpful in every single way.

Cheers!

Mazin would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Oct 26, 2018

Thank you Mazin. Enjoy a great career as a dive instructor

About Mazin

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

from Addu city reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Oct 26, 2018

Added Oct 26, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC in paradise

It was the most amazing and life changing experience i have ever had in my life . Mark is THE best and he made it so easy .

Wishoo would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive-Careers.com Oct 26, 2018

Thank you Wishah. Look forward to see ing you on the staff instructor course on my next trip to maldives.

About Wishoo

Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving