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4.86 / 5

based on 310 reviews - 99% of reviewers would recommend Dive-Careers.com to a friend




written on Mar 21, 2015 Philippines

Added Mar 21, 2015

5/5 stars

Great course

Just did the IDC in Panglao, Phlippines with Mark Soworka. He is great at teaching and includes a broad aspect of relavant information for new instructors making the course very interesting. Also, we had good fun, nice group and IDC staff. I will definitely recommend doing the IDC with Mark.

1 person found this review helpful

Anna Bach Johansen would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Anna Bach Johansen

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Geneva

written on Mar 18, 2015 Indonesia

Added Mar 19, 2015

5/5 stars

interesting & fun

Doing the IDC in Panglao with Mark was fun, interesting, stressful but wonderful ! It was a great place, all the instructors were really good and we were a good team of students ! I will recommand to every body who want to the IDC to do with Mark !

3 people found this review helpful

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

About Louis Rochaix

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Free diving

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Infinite Blue/Sierra Madre, Alona Beach, Bohol, Philippines
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2015
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Swiss
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. Englsih
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Exercice in open water and in confined water
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. fun, interesting, passionnate !
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. a bit hazardous
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. A Problem of organisation with the diveshop about equipment and not easy to move all the time in different places

written on Mar 17, 2015 Philippines

Added Mar 17, 2015

5/5 stars

Really Nice

It was an amazing IDC!!!
All time it was really interesting and efficient I think.
All the staff were nice people and teachers
The only thing I can say is about the unlimited free fun dives at Sierra Madre that been sell with the IDC.
In reallity it was a real mission to be accepted on the boat and you need to ask 4 times to go giving 1 time.
But otherwise it was awesome.
Thanks for this amazing IDC

6 people found this review helpful

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

About Thomas Pavy

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Wreck diving

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. March 2015
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

from Bali

written on Mar 14, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Mar 14, 2015

4/5 stars

Nice group of course directors, great team teaching

Mark, Bas and Marie make a pretty great team. Although there were 15 IDC candidates, the groups were always broken up into groups of 5 and we would rotate between each course director. All three of them are always helpful and reply all emails no matter how busy they are. They were very supportive throughout the whole IDC and continue to be afterwards. The IDC centre is very cool, with one big lecture room and two smaller classrooms for presentations, it was nice feeling like we were back in school.

The con I would have to mention lies more within the MSDT internship, since there were 15 of us in this edition plus 21 from a previous IDC edition and quite a few chose to do the MSDT internship at Buddha View, it is difficult to get enough students for all the new instructors, whether assisting on the courses or teaching them. Therefore given the high ratio of new instructors to students I am not sure it is possible for everyone to complete their certifications within a month. Somehow the number of people on the internship needs to be limited.

All in all a solid dive school and wonderful course directors who know what they are talking about.

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Isabelle

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

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. February 2015
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. The team teaching and support from the course directors
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes, quality of the teaching was good
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Reputation and contacts within the dive industry
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Felt short even though it was 15 days and twice as long as it is required to be, but from what I understand this is due to the PADI system.

written on Feb 22, 2015 in Wiphawadi, Thailand

Added Feb 22, 2015

5/5 stars

EPIC

Super systematic, and smooth. Excellent course directors and by far the best setup I have witnessed so far.

3 people found this review helpful

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

About Zorawar Purohit

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Vienna

written on Feb 13, 2015 Germany

Added Feb 13, 2015

5/5 stars

Become a Pro by the Pros

I really don't need to say much: If you are planning to become a Diving Instructor I can HIGHLY recommend Buddha View on Koh Tao! From the first day on I had the feeling that all the course directors really take care about the students and prepare you so well for the IE that it is basically IMPOSSIBLE to fail. All the directors also know the sh*t, have experience for years and you notice that from the first second you get to know them. But (and that's one of the best things) it's not only about learning, learning, learning it's also about fun - and the IDC was fun & that's actually the best way to learn if it's combined with a lot of fun. Nothing left to say, go there and become a PADI pro - it's AWESOME ;-)
PS: have a look at my awesome IDC group, we are all very happy and proud instructors now, thanks to Mark & Co.

3 people found this review helpful

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

About Max

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 21.01.15
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Austrian
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. So well prepared that it was basically impossible to fail. Also you REALLY noticed that the course directors are doing this for quite some time and therefore are very, very, very knowledgeable!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes. Because you will become an Instructor for sure and it's fun also :-)
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. A lot of Instructor friends told me they know the sh*t at Buddha View so go there. So I did go there and would go again!
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Can't think of anything... maybe lunch everyday. I'm kidding guys, it was awesome!

written on Jan 29, 2015 in Montreal, Canada

Added Jan 29, 2015

5/5 stars

Great place to get all the skils and knoledge!

With Mark Soworka and the course directors; Marie-Lise Roux, Bas van Riemsdrijk and Chris Freestone you get and exceptional training and experience in a fun and friendly environment.

They relay act as mentors to transfer us their passion of the diving world.

At the end we are really well prepared to the reality and happy to have learned from their experience...and all that available in many languages. ;-). Thanks/Merci/...

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Allan Daigle

Gender : Male
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Cave diving, Wreck diving, Ice diving

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. Jan 2015
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Canadian
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. Francais and English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. A lot of experience and up to date knowledge transfered with passion!
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. I strongly recommend Buddha View Dive resort and Dive-Careers.com because they are professionals very well balanced to learn seriously in a very fun mood.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. I felt the dive passion from every one and Marie-Lise Roux teach very well in French!
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Some French documents are not up to date, and lucky me I understand english because some documents were not well or completely translate. My only suggestion would be that all digital medias, paper documents, plastic slates and DVDs in french should be ready, up to date, complete and structured in a French way to be delivered at the beginning so everyone could follow easily!

written on Jan 28, 2015 Thailand

Added Jan 29, 2015

5/5 stars

good time

I have enjoyed and learned a lot doing the idc and the teachers were very friendly . . .

1 person found this review helpful

PABLO ISLA GARCIA DE L would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About PABLO ISLA GARCIA DE L

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Koh Tao

written on Jan 24, 2015 Thailand

Added Jan 24, 2015

5/5 stars

Outstanding

I'm really happy I've done my Course with Mark! The training I've received is excellent an I would highly recommend anyone to him. Had an amazing time!

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Migael L

Gender : Male
Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Free diving, Spear fishing

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. 21st Jan 2015
Q. What is your nationality?
A. South Africa
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. Proper attention was given to everyone who participated and helped in areas where they struggled
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Definitely I've had a great experience with Mark and feel equipped to teach.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Friends from back home.
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Nothing, I am very impresed on how the course was conducted

from Dresden

written on Jan 22, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Jan 23, 2015

5/5 stars

Taken by the hand

I am a PADI-instructor now! Thanks to the amazing people at dive-careers.com. They take you by the hand from the first day and guide and motivate you through the demanding but also very educational two weeks of the IDC. And even while being without them in the pool or in the sea with your examiner during the IE, you still feel their guiding hand while doing your skills. So I can highly recommend doing your pro-training with them and faster than you think you are an instructor/MSDT/Staff instructor yourself.
Thanks Mark, Bas, Marie, Igor and Chris.

1 person found this review helpful

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

About Steffen

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

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. January 2015
Q. What is your nationality?
A. German
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 whole training was amazing thanks to an awesome group of teachers. I felt more than prepared for the IE.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Definitely! Because Koh Tao is a great place for finding people who love diving as much as you do, and Buddha View is just the best dive center because of its amazing team.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. The people there ;-) And I am glad they did!
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Although the time table was already filled I would have liked to have a session where we would have prepared our fictional first OW-course in terms of schedule, what to organize before the start, how to attain the necessary materials, ... A lot of things are descriped in the manual, but how to string together all the bits and pieces would have been interesting as well.

written on Jan 19, 2015

Added Jan 19, 2015

5/5 stars

Becoming an instructor in Koh Tao

I really had a good and complete course and also having fun with nice people. Very recommended! See you in Koh Tao

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

About Gonzalo G

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Seattle

written on Jan 19, 2015

Added Jan 19, 2015

5/5 stars

Enthusiasm + Information = Success (in both s/w & f/w)

All the instructors long for each candidate to push the limits on gaining knowledge & organizational skills. Excellent mix of pool & class time. Small groups immensely useful & fun. Meals included were delicious. Professional from beginning to end. Instructors teach, remain positive & encouraging from beginning to end. They obviously love what they do. Take it from The Dude, you can't do better than dive-careers.com & Buddha View for a fun & educational IDC.

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

About Raymond W

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

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. January 19, 2015
Q. What is your nationality?
A. United States of America
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. Enthusiastic & positively encouraging & knowledgeable instructors
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes.
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Meeting the instructors & connecting with them

from Lahti

written on Jan 05, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Jan 06, 2015

5/5 stars

IDC

Did IDC in Philippines with TSD, excellent course! Course was just right with the schedule, not rushing too much but nice work all the time.

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

About Markus

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

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Thresher Shark Divers, Malapascua, Philippines
Q. When did you complete your instructor training?
A. NOV 2014
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. Sebastian van Riemsdjik

written on Jan 04, 2015 in Quezon City, Philippines

Added Jan 04, 2015

5/5 stars

It was amazing.

I very much enjoyed my time with dive careers, my needs were taken care of in a very professional manor. As I have slight learning disabilities and it takes me a little more time to understand certain concepts, the way my course director handled it was very helpful, I felt comfortable and confident in the end. I highly recommend choosing dive careers as a way of carrying on your professional diving career. It was great!

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

About Brittany

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

written on Dec 24, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Dec 24, 2014

5/5 stars

Super IDC with Mark Soworka e Sea Spirit Diving Resort

Vocational experience during my IDC under the wise guidance of Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka and Carmelo Sgroi. ME with my fellow students and the wonderful Staff at Dive Careers.com I shared an exhilarating adventure. Now I'm going to increase my wealth of Scuba Instructor PADI MSDT course on Koh Tao, which I will prepare my diving career and can't wait to start my course IDC Staff Instructor course in October with Mark of Dive-Careers.com and Carmelo in the wonderful Taormina waters with the Sea Spirit Diving Resort in Sicily/Italy.

Alfio Gianluca Puglisi would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Alfio Gianluca Puglisi

Gender : Male

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka