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4.87 / 5

based on 317 reviews - 99% of reviewers would recommend Dive-Careers.com to a friend




from Coron

written on Oct 27, 2014 in Quezon City, Philippines

Added Oct 27, 2014

4/5 stars

IDC TSD

It was a very quick IDC. 21 days instead of 16 would have been suitable for an IDC group as big as ours.

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

About LJ

Gender : Female
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Wreck 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. October 2014
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Danish
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 amount of time in the water and the fact that we could practise in seperate much smaller groups in the afternoons.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Yes, I would. But I would make it very clear to them that they will not learn how to teach but what to teach!
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. There really wasn't many other options in the Philippines this time of year. Plus I'd been fun diving with TSD before, so chose a place I knew and liked the staff.
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. There were way too many canditates - plus some of the candidates did not take any of it serious which made it harder on the candidates in the group that did.

written on Oct 24, 2014 in Huai Khwang, Thailand

Added Oct 25, 2014

5/5 stars

Bhudda View IDC

Bas, Chris and Marie did a brilliant job at getting the while team through the IDC. There knowledge and support was highly appreciated by everyone. For me especially when I was struggling with some of the theory work. Individually they all helped me to understand and build my confidence. I would highly recommend doing the IDC with these guys.

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

About Michelle

Gender : Female

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 Almassora

written on Oct 23, 2014 Philippines

Added Oct 23, 2014

4/5 stars

September IDC in Malapascua

I'm not sure if it was me, the atmosphere of the candidates or what was going on with the first days of the course... Maybe is also strange to do the course between two different dive shops, with all the nervs and some last minute changes... Or maybe we were too many people to handle in this edition... Whatever it was, finally the things went on their proper place and all worked fine. Maybe for next editions, the price has to include a perfect explanation of what's going to be extra, what included and also a proper explanation of taxes and extra fees, but anyway, I would recommend for sure to do your IDC with Dive Careers.

Pere P. Simón would recommend Dive-Careers.com    |    Was this review helpful? yes

About Pere P. Simón

Gender : Male
Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Cave diving, 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. september 2014
Q. What is your nationality?
A. spanish
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. english / spanish
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. finishing the IE with good qualifications
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. The organization was a little bit tricky, I like things cristal clear from the beginning till the end.

from Manila

written on Oct 22, 2014 in Quezon City, Philippines

Added Oct 22, 2014

4/5 stars

2 weeks is too short

2 weeks is too short for an IDC.. wish it was 3 weeks.. actually thought it was.. :) when i read that the minimum letters was 100 i had to write this.. :) anyway, if there was more rest days, more days for individual study and rest.. the 2 weeks was hectic, with little time for the information to sink in..

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

About Paolo E

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

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. october 5 2014
Q. What is your nationality?
A. filipino
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 was a very friendly person, it made learning much easier..
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. yes, if they would want to be scuba instructors.. i would ask them to take a longer IDC if they have not been recent DM's because it takes a while for everything to go back, specially if all they have done is led tours and teach free diving. it takes more time for information to sink in if there was more rest in between the days of learning...
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. i wanted to see tresher sharks.. :)
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. it was too short.. be more focused on the rescue skill practice.. :) i would have passed if it was so...

from Vilnius

written on Oct 18, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Oct 19, 2014

5/5 stars

*THE* place to do your IDC

I could not have wished for a better place to do my IDC. With 3 (!) Platinum Course Directors and a Master Instructor (soon to be a CD as well) it is a unique place in the world. You gain soooo much knowledge and experience. The two weeks have been an amazing adventure, surely intense at times. On the one hand it still seems like it only started yesterday, on the other hand it feels we all already have been around for many months. All the candidates teamed up from the very start, and yes we have become friends for life, in fact it feels like family!

Special thanks to Bas, Chris and Marie, you all really rock and made sure we were all prepped for the IE. In fact even the examinators were impressed about our quality and team spirit :-)

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

About Peter

Gender : Male
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  :  Videography, Cave 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. October 2014
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. Sebastian van Riemsdjik
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. It is *the* place to do your IDC, you simply can't wish for a better place,

from MALE

written on Oct 17, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Oct 18, 2014

5/5 stars

DIVE CAREERS ROCKS

i say this is the best place to learn diving, knowledge and diving wise the course directors are rich.. i love them they will be part of my life.. with them it was easy, the information and knowledge they provided me during the course. with out them it wouldn't be easy. i salute you all.. specially BAS..:D always provide me help with big smile on his face....
CHRIS. thank you for your help as well during course time..:D specially with physics and physiology
and YEEEHH :D MARY. she explained it all with another point of view.. words are too short for to say thank you.. i deeply consider this is the best place for learning.. DIVE CAREERS ROCKS
i am going to spend another month in kohtao for my MSDT with BAS..
love you all..

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

About matyn

Gender : Male
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
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. What is your nationality?
A. maldivian
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. ENGLISH
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Sebastian van Riemsdjik
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. working all together like a family taking care of every one.
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. yes, cause they run IDC every month and the duration is not that long its well organized. mostly the knowledge.
and the LUNCH too :D
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. my weakest part was the theory.. and bas, mary , and chris helped alot with it..

from Munich

written on Oct 16, 2014 in Leonberg, Germany

Added Oct 16, 2014

3/5 stars

Overall good...

... but room for improvement.

We got lots of practice in big groups, everything was there, good teaching materials and of course a nice location. Experienced Course Directors to show us what's important and whats not - easygoing, positive and friendly.

BUT - we were a big group of IDC candidates, it would have been nice to practice certan things a bit more and to have more one-on-one sessions with the Course Directors. Some things could have been more organized and planned ahead. There was nothing missing, we got a good preparation, but it could have been more fun.

It's also not very nice to get prepard "just" for an Exam, nobody likes to get their questions answered with "you don't need to know that to pass the Exam". After all, it's called Instructor Developement Course and not Instructor Examination Preparation Course. I do realize the IDC is supposed to be a very short course and they already made it longer than necessary, so maybe that's just a flaw in the system.

Also, nobody liked the way the specialties were handled, many felt like they just paid for a signature and not for a course.

Like previously mentioned, a smaller group would have made the whole IDC a lot better, more individual, more informative and less exhausting for everybody - and it could have saved some people from failing their IE when it's clear they are not ready to take it yet.

4 people found this review helpful

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

About xyil

Gender : Female
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Wreck 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. September 2014
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

written on Oct 15, 2014 in Lillehammer, Norway

Added Oct 15, 2014

5/5 stars

IDC malapascua 2014

I found dive careers to be excelent during the IDC in Malapascua. They where help full and available during the lenght of the course and helped those who needed. The IDC felt tough, but the IE felt easy, just as it should be. Big thanks to Mark, Jason and Rubi.

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

About Magnus

Gender : Male
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  :  Wreck 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. 2014 Sept
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Norwegiuan
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Mark Soworka

from Nijmegen

written on Oct 09, 2014 in San Juan, Philippines

Added Oct 09, 2014

4/5 stars

Lots of study but well prepared

Overall good IDC. Mark was helpfull and had a lot of knowledge. Subjects passed but EFRI could be a bit more elaborate. Also we didnt take a look in the compressorroom as promised, during the nitrox course. Especially the first week was a bit unbalanced. It was long days and lots of homework during the 4th, 5th and 6th day. Maybe spread that out a bit...

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

About Janneke V

Gender : Female
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Wreck 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. 8-10-14
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
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. The practices
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. yes I would because it was a good IDC
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Nothing. I thought I have a good education with TSD
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. EFRI, be more elaborate, more practices.

written on Sep 27, 2014 Philippines

Added Sep 28, 2014

5/5 stars

Awsome

Whoever you choose, Mark , Bas and Marie or Brett, these guys know their way around! While you will learn and study, you will have some great fun in the same time! Thanks a lot and best of luck!

2 people found this review helpful

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About Fanny

Gender : Female
Diving for : 6 to 10 years

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. september 2014
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Sebastian van Riemsdjik

from Saint Mandrier sur Mer

written on Sep 16, 2014 Thailand

Added Sep 17, 2014

5/5 stars

Dedication and professionalism

I really enjoyed the IDC at Buddha view. Our course directors were really focused on our success and were fully dedicated to their students. We could remain in contact off hours in case we had questions... Bas and Marie you rock... Obviously the student has to work by himself in evening sessions but everything was done for us to be the best prepared to the IE... Thanks again thousand times. I can only recommend Buddha View...

2 people found this review helpful

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

About Philippe C

Gender : Male
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  :  Photography, Videography, Wreck diving, Tech 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. September 2014
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. Sebastian van Riemsdjik
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Achieving the goal of being an instructor...
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. Friendly atmosphere excellent preparation...
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Recommendation from my instructor
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. No real weak point...

from Koh Tao

written on Sep 16, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Sep 16, 2014

5/5 stars

Amazing IDC center

Buddha view IDC center is absolutely amazing. The staff put so much work in to helping and making you feel comfortable. I couldn't have wished for more.

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

About Dorien B

Gender : Female
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Tech 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. september
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. Chris Freestone

written on Sep 15, 2014 Lao

Added Sep 15, 2014

5/5 stars

Idc and dive master

Every thing very good thank you very much!
Specially to the spanish team (dpm) Miguel and Igor!! Recomendado 100%!

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

About Christian 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 koh tao

written on Sep 15, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand

Added Sep 15, 2014

5/5 stars

AWSOME!

I've been working with Bas (course director) and Marie (staff instructor) for a year when i decided to do my IDC with them! As it was a last minute decision, they ran the IDC program in 5 days for me, staying for hours at night explaining me things!

Honestly, I was a bit scared going through all this in that short amount of time, but they assured me I could do it, I did it and Thanks to them I am a brand new Instructor!!!

Basically this IDC course was :
- a lot of theory
- a lot of practice
- amazing food
- SO MUCH FUN (Bas and Marie are LEGENDS)

Thank you guys!!!

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

About Pauline

Gender : Female
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
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. september 2014
Q. What is your nationality?
A. french / Swiss
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. english / french
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Sebastian van Riemsdjik
Q. What was the best part about your instructor training?
A. Marie's quebecian accent
Bas shivering on the boat
Q. Would you recommend us to friends and why?
A. YES, I had a great time and learned a lot!
Q. What convinced you to do your instructor training with us?
A. Because you are professional but still FUN!
Q. What was the weakest part of your IDC and why? Also please suggest how we can improve.
A. Having no course director with us during the IE was a bit difficult. I know Bas and Marie couldn't be here and Chris was sick, but we felt a bit abandoned at that point especially when all the course directors of others schools were here....

from Bangalore

written on Sep 08, 2014 Thailand

Added Sep 08, 2014

5/5 stars

Fantastic IDC with dive careers

An excellent choice for an IDC in Ko Tao. A well structured and planned program that ensures that you feel prepared to face the Instructor Exam, especially if you are nervous, the way I was. The staff conducting the program was friendly and very helpful. They always had a smile on their face despite tons of silly and repetitive questions being thrown at them by everyone. Add to that the fantastic lunch at Buddha View, that so spoils you!!! Keep up the good work. I would highly recommend Dive Careers to anyone who is interested becoming a PADI Instructor.

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

About Jeet

Gender : Male
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  :  Wreck diving

Q. At which of our affiliated IDC centers did you complete your instructor training?
A. Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand
Q. What is your nationality?
A. Indian
Q. In which language did you do your IDC?
A. English
Q. Who was your Course Director?
A. Sebastian van Riemsdjik