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Buddha View Dive Resort
Koh Tao
Thailand
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4.87 / 5

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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.


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English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch, Italian


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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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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. 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

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

from bergamo reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Sep 19, 2016 Thailand

Added Sep 19, 2016

5/5 stars

Pedagno...

Was fantastic my time whit marie my instructor! She s very kind and great teacher also if my english is not good, could followed and understand all lesson! And they give my before start the IDC to assist many course whit competents instructors! Special thenksgiving for Wayne great too.I hope Will be great instructor like thyre because they are the best!

3 people found this review helpful

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

About patty zini

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 7 september 2016
Q. What is your nationality?
A. italian
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. italian
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Maire-Lise Roux
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. All parts! But obviously the party was the amazing parte. .
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes the place is fantastic and marie alweys available for everything!
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. one my friend
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Nothing

from Gent reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Sep 11, 2016

Added Sep 12, 2016

5/5 stars

A new and amazing experience.

First of all I found myself at a turning point in my life when I started my trip to the Thai Gulf , Koh Tao to be more precise. Not knowing what to really expect, but as I cary diving deep in my heart, I was hoping for the best. As soon as I arrived here I found myself surrounded by my new instructors showing me around. This really helped me to find my way on the island and made me feel comfortable and 'at home'. As it would be my new home for the next 8 weeks.

As I am writing this message I am packing my bags to return home to Belgium. But with an experience that changed me for ever and hopefully will continious to change my future. I recently succeeded the Instructor Examination at the end of my IDC. A very warm thank you goes to our Course Director Marie-Lise Roux and the 2 staff instructor canidates, Clémentine Dréan and Cary Moore, who were always there to support me and my fellow student. They showed us the values of team work in the dive industrie and gave us the opportunity to be all we can be, PADI's new instructors.

The island itself is a nice place. I like the environment, however it could be so much more than it already is. Pollution is the saddest thing I have seen on the island by far, aswell as the local attitude towards plastic bags. Bags, bottles, and loads of other rubbish end up at the side of the road and finally is the ocean. We, being tourists, divers, instructors and backpackers, can make a difference in this by just not using plastic bags any more and disposing our waste properly (recycling as much as possible).

About the dive sites I can say they are nice, not among the best in the world. But as most people seem to come here to learn how to dive or to make a carreer in teaching people to dive, the sites are more than OK. Plenty of variety in marine life to get you interested in seeing more and learning more and better diving.

I will be going home soon, but I look forward to come back here again soon. I will continious my path as an instructor right here. As for now it feels like the perfect place with the perfect people surrounding me. Friends who will give me the opportunity to become all I can be in the diving community. Inspiring others to participate in our beloved hobby. Hoping to raise awareness for our oceans

10 people found this review helpful

Davy Van de Walle would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Davy Van de Walle

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

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. september 7, 2016
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Belgian
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. Guess it would be the boat ride back to the pier at the end of the Instructor Examination. Was an amazing feeling. An end, but also a new beginning. With new opportunities ahead of us. It was pure joy to make the ride back all the way to Buddha View Dive Center where a party was waiting for us
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. I would definately recommend friends to their future IDC with you guys aswell. Support was there all the way and I found myself very well prepaired for the IE.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. The communication I had with you guys made me feel good about the way you run things. Felt like a group of friends.
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. This is a hard one. I just can't come up with anything right now.

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Sep 11, 2016

Added Sep 11, 2016

5/5 stars

Great Course Director

Great Course Director ! It was an amazing experience. The IDC is well taught. The IE was much easier thanks to the course.

4 people found this review helpful

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

About Macha

Gender : Male

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jul 30, 2016 Thailand

Added Jul 31, 2016

5/5 stars

Loved the IDC at Buddha View

My IDC was absolutely awesome. Marie and Mark are fantastic course directors. I can't recommend doing your IDC through Dive Careers enough!

3 people found this review helpful

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

About Shadeh

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300

Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. July 2016
Q. What is your nationality?
A. British
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. I enjoyed the confined and open water presentations. The scuba pro workshop was a nice edition too.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Absolutely. The two week IDC prepped me
Perfectly for the IE. I went into it feeling confident and ready to take on work afterwards. The two weeks were also a lot of fun!
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. I did the divemaster programme with dive careers