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Buddha View Dive Resort
Koh Tao
Thailand
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4.88 / 5

based on 362 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 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
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from Marseille reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 28, 2018

Added Mar 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Great course!

All the team was nice, interesting and helpful. Was a pleasure to be taught this IDC! Would definitely recommend them :)

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

About MM

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2018
Q. What is your nationality?
A. French
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. Dives
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Interesting and clear
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Friend recommandation
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. I wish we had a complete mock OW course to see how to organize our day with students on a very practical aspect

from Townsville reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 23, 2018

Added Mar 23, 2018

5/5 stars

Mark Peter and Shayne made into possible

It was a great opportunity to learn and being mentored by a group of very experienced course directors ! Great Atmosphere , perfect attitude and patience were all we needed and all what we received

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

About Marwan

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2018
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. Mark, Peter and Shayne and lunch :)

from Every where reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 01, 2018

Added Mar 02, 2018

5/5 stars

Just simply amazing

I found Buddha view out dumb luck. They had just completed the IE and I was at the pier. That’s where I met Peter who indrocised me to Buddha view and dive careers. I don’t even know Mark was but soon learned of his reputation. I did my divemasters in Malaysia and heard Koh Tao had amazing facilities and staff. I have difficulty finding the words that best represent just how incredible my experience was. I’m deeply honored to say I became a instructor and Buddha view and dive careers. I can’t imagine having done it anywhere else. I’m looking forward to continuing my professional diving career with the knowledge that I have taken with me.

Thank you Mark, Peter, Ales, and everyone else that shared their time. It was truly a honor.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Deeply honored

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Wreck diving, Tech diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. January 2018
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
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Have a great laugh and a wide amount of knowledge available to me
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Of course, see everything I have writen
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Peter
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. I think the course is right where it needs to be. Everyone was very punctual and on time

from Wetzikon reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 27, 2018

Added Feb 28, 2018

5/5 stars

Exzellent IDC Great Preparation for the Instructor Exam

A big thank you to Mark Sworka, to Shayne and to Ales and everybody how helped us to pass the exam of the PADI dive instructor thanks a lot also to my buddys Michi, Darren and Kamar

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

About Massimo Holderegger

Gender : Male
Age : 50-59
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. Februar 2018
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Switzerlanf
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. There did a Great Job and was always there for any questions
Thks aswell to Shayne and Ales for the great good work
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Of course
I had great professional help
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. To know what means DIVING
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Physics and Physiologie

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 27, 2018

Added Feb 27, 2018

5/5 stars

Dive-Careers.com gives great opportunities to dive professionals

I did the January 2018 IDC with Dive-Careers.com in Koh Tao at Buddha View Dive Resort. During the usual terms in the IDC we could benefit from lots of additional workshops like the Marine Resource Management or the Scuba Pro Sales & Equipment seminar. The whole course was very well organized and it happen a relaxed atmosphere, even though it was a very intensive time. I can highly recommend Dive-Careers.com for all future Instructor Candidates, cause beside the fabulous course, were you learn and have a lot of fun, the international network of them will support you to find an appropriate job in the diving industry.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Laurent Arn

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : less than one year
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck diving, Tech diving, Free diving, Liveaboard diving

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. January 2018 in Koh Tao
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. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Hhmmm, hard question. Beside the endless laughs and the amount of what we all learnt and how much we all improved to become instructors, i guess the friendships which we made was the high light.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Absolutely. Why ? See above. And of course their international network which is very worthy in the professional diving industry.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Definitely Mark's attitude :-)

from Cork reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Oct 31, 2017

Added Oct 31, 2017

5/5 stars

Screw the real world

Best choice I've made in a long time, joining Mark Soworka in koh tao and becoming a dive instructor! Despite the Irish-Australian language barrier, I was able to understand a bit of what the Aussie guy was saying!!! Great IDC, great course director. Beg borrow and steal (off Mark Soworka) to get yourself on an IDC with dive careers, definetly something you won't regret!

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Dave Q

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. June 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Irish
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Phuket reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2017 in Ban Sapa, Thailand

Added May 08, 2017

5/5 stars

My first "roll out" as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor

I completed my PADI IDC Staff Instructor course with Mark in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka in March 2017. I am a full time Professional PADI diving instructor and have been working in Thailand for a numbers of years teaching mainly PADI recreational diving courses. I wanted to work in the Instructor Development side of dive education so started my search for suitable locations and potential Mentors . Whilst carrying out my due diligence searching for the ideal Course Director to work with, it was apparent Mark Soworka's Dive Careers was the way to go - this was then confirmed through numerous different sources. I learnt a huge amount whilst working with Mark at Poseidon IDC, it was a great learning environment, the schedule & syllabus was slick, relevant and well delivered. All in all it was a solid reminder that I had made the right choice selecting Mark to continue my diving education. I then followed Mark back to Koh Tao, Thailand to participate in his next IDC which started 2 weeks later. Buddha View is an awesome location for diver education, with a high volume of PADI Professionals and trainees. As a working dive professional it is important and valuable that I get hands on experience and Mark allowed me to take an active role within the IDC. In the areas I was finding more challenging he coached and mentored me, this allowed me to grow and become more comfortable with the tasks required. It's been a great experience working with Mark, meeting and learning from his awesome team and all this at two fantastic locations.

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

About Jon Walsh

Gender : Male
Age : 40-49
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. English
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2017 in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Added May 08, 2017

5/5 stars

Great experience!

I enjoyed every bit of this training!
It was educational and fun. Got to meet amazing people and made a ton of new friends.
It was also a perfect setting for an instructor course.

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

About Jana

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Belgium
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. Mark's way of teaching is great. He shares a lot of information and is very helpful!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. I would definitely recommend dive careers! Very professional and fun at the same time.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Heard lots of good from friends
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Maybe a bit more guidance during preparation for the water sessions, but overall it was good.

from Gembloux reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 07, 2017 Thailand

Added May 08, 2017

5/5 stars

An idc with Mark Soworka

This was my second idc with Mark. I did my first 7 years ago, and since I was out of the water for five years, I took a refresh course. We'll let me tell you, the second one was as fun, interesting and fulfilling as the first one! If I have to give one advice to whomever is reading this and thinking about doing an idc, is to find Mark and do it with him! (Find him because he travels all around the globe to teach... what a life!)

Thomas Denamur #496618 would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Thomas Denamur #496618

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2010 and April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Belgium
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. Team spirit
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. For sure! It's a great place to do your idc!!!

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Apr 27, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Apr 27, 2017

5/5 stars

Great IDC!

Mark and the other staff were really helpful during the course and super knowledgeable. The IDC at buddha view dive resort sets you up for a good start as a dive instructor, with extra's in the course as o2 provider instructor, scubrapro advisor course, marine resource management seminar and much more.
Facilities are fine, classroom is big and airconditioned, and idc groups aren't too big. I would recommend to do your idc with dive careers

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

About Arnout

Gender : Male

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. April 2017
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Dutch
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

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. Marie-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Hah, I spelled Maires name wrong....oooops, sorry.

from Corvallis reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 09, 2017 in Phangnga, Thailand

Added Mar 10, 2017

5/5 stars

Great experience- Made the IE easy

Dive-Careers does a wonderful job in not only preparing you to easily pass the IE but also to become a wonderful instructor. Ample time all aspects of diving and there is a focus for everyone to have a good understanding of the theory involved in the diving industry.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Kirsten

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. February 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

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