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Dive Bandos

Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand
Review Summary

5 / 5

based on 22 reviews - 100% of reviewers would recommend Dive Bandos to a friend




About Dive Bandos

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, Course Director Preparation Courses, Tech Diving, Dive Instructor Internships, IDC Staff Instructor, MSDT, Instructor Development Courses


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Ko Tao

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Contact Dive Bandos

Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand


Mark Soworka





from Pune reviewed Temple Adventures

written on Sep 16, 2019

Added Sep 17, 2019

5/5 stars

If it's IDC it has to be with Mark!

Pursuing my instructor development course with Mark was the best decision I took. He is one of the most experienced course directors who will work on you above and beyond to make sure you are confident for the Instructor Exam. Those 14 days in Pondicherry were terrific with so much of learning and fun! Be it theory or practicals; Mark is always available to help you out with any doubts, just buy him some red wine! HAHA! Jokes apart! Without a doubt, Mark is the best course director you can pursue your IDC with. He will make sure it is a big learning leap for you but at the same time will also make sure you have lots of fun in the whole process. Cheers Mark!

Viraj would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Sep 17, 2019

Thanks for the review Viraj. When will you come ot visit us in Thailand? Welcome to a great career.

About Viraj

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

from bohol philliphines reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Sep 16, 2019

Added Sep 17, 2019

5/5 stars

IT WAS AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE!!!!!

Dear Scuba tribe
I had a very good time doing my idc at dive career specially with mark who tough everything I learn today, from the day that I started my course with tell the end of my ie. thank you mark for teaching me.i also would like to thanks bas for guiding me on what should I do during my retake, I strongly recommend dive career .com and blue revival resort. this is the best resort and idc provider that had a high quality of teaching standards, and also blue revival diveshop is offering courses from open water up to become an instructor the dive shop is equipped with latest equipment and highly trained diveguides and crew with inhouse tec instructors, boats and other logistics that you need on your entire diving trips, so if you plan to become an open water scuba instructor and planning to do it in Bohol check the divecareer.com and they will provide the complete informations you needed.


edgar would recommend dive-careers.com

About edgar

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Mandaue reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Sep 15, 2019

Added Sep 15, 2019

5/5 stars

Excellent Training with the Legendary Mark Soworka

Very comprehensive training including pool workshops of the significant skills you need to teach from the Open Water to Divemaster Course. Will definitely take every opportunity to staff future courses and learn from the best especially with the upcoming changes in the curriculum.

Kae would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Sep 17, 2019

Thanks for the excellent review Kae and look forward to seeing you staffing again soon with us. Also congrats on the success of your recent IDC with Funatics and Darwin as CD in Cebu.

About Kae

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Moalboal reviewed Neptune Diving, Moalboal, Philippines

written on Sep 13, 2019

Added Sep 13, 2019

5/5 stars

Great training and great preperation for the IE

I had a good IDC with Ben Meerhaeghe as a Course director. the Course was fun. He teache us alot, also the preperation exams from DiveCareers was very helpfull.
All in all was a good Training!

Myra Krickl would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Sep 15, 2019

Great that you had an excellent time with Neptune and Ben. Congratulations on becomign a dive instructor and wlecome to a great career.

About Myra Krickl

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

from Poland reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 29, 2019

Added Aug 29, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC Staff Instructor with Mark and Julian

Training was organised very professionally with a lot of fun in between.
Plenty of opportunities to monitor the development of students and grade them.
Delicious food.
Friendly atmosphere

Martyna would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 31, 2019

Excellent that you enjoyed your time on Koh Tao for your staff instructor course. Now on tour with me to Andamans and Maldives. Such a great life in the dive industry. See you on Havelock today martyna.

About Martyna

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Khartium reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 28, 2019

Added Aug 29, 2019

5/5 stars

Wonderful IDC with Mark

I have a wonderful time doing my IDC with Mark, with my Elimited english Mark and Julien manage to make me understand the contents on easy way

Maaz would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 30, 2019

Congratulations Maaz on becoming a PADI Instructor. You were so nervous with your english, but you see, with a bit of team work, how easy it was. Hope to see you back on Koh Tao again soon

About Maaz

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Moalboal reviewed Neptune Diving, Moalboal, Philippines

written on Aug 28, 2019

Added Aug 29, 2019

5/5 stars

Superb IDC in a amazing location

The IDC was great, Ben is a great CD. He just not made it fun but also very educational. All candidates enjoyed it, same as us Staff Instructors. Great fun with all different workshops. We are already looking forward to the next one with Ben.

Johan Blixt would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 29, 2019

Great to be conducting IDCs in such a wonderful location as Moalboal, and with your help, Johan, look forward to a super successful future with instructor training programmes with Neptune Diving.

About Johan Blixt

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

from Zimbabwe reviewed South Africa Pro Dive

written on Aug 27, 2019

Added Aug 27, 2019

5/5 stars

ZERO TO HERO

I had an incredible time with dive careers @basvanriemsdijk. He was so helpful and encouraging and a great person and mentor to be around.
Thank you for @prodivepe for getting me to where I needed to be and for preparing me as much as they could before handing it over to Bas to finish off.
Everyone that came into my life this past few months is definitely one of a kind and I will never forget all the amazing opportunities and experiences I went through.
I would definitely recommend @divecareers and @prodivepe for the ultimate experience I know you crave.
Thanks again for everything everyone.

Amy Foster would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 30, 2019

Welcome to an excellent new career Amy with opportunities across the globe. Glad you had a great time becoming a dive instructor with Bas and Pro Dive Port Elizabeth.

About Amy Foster

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

from Capetown reviewed South Africa Pro Dive

written on Aug 25, 2019

Added Aug 25, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC Training

I really enjoyed a interesting well planned professional coarse and had lots of fun participating. My course director Bas was excellent in the way he explained the theory and practical work to us. He was very supportive and helpful and always gave assistance then needed.

Daniel would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 29, 2019

Thanks Daniel for the great review of your IDC with Bas and Pro Dive in Port Elizabeth. Welcome to a new career that will get you out to see the world.

About Daniel

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

from Plettenberg bay reviewed South Africa Pro Dive

written on Aug 24, 2019

Added Aug 25, 2019

5/5 stars

An amazing experience

Pro dive port Elizabeth is a perfect place to start your diving career. It's hard work but the amount of advantages you get out of everything that you do, you wouldn't regret it. If you are planning to do courses it's quick and easy, if you are planning to do the idc - that's what I would recommend you do because of the experience you would gain from it, is unreal. It has classroom space for you to have classes and maybe even extra study time for yourself. There is a nice spacious pool big enough and always clean

Casandra van Pletzen. would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 25, 2019

Thanks Cassandra for the great review of your zero to hero experience with Pro Dive Port Elizabeth South Africa. A wonderful ooprotunity to do some exciting dives and learn the dive industyr from experienced professionals. Welcome to a great new career.

About Casandra van Pletzen.

Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Free diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 24, 2019

Added Aug 25, 2019

5/5 stars

just do it with Mark

Great experience with Mark , and he manage to make the IDC educational and fun, plus his preparation make the IE is a peace of cake.
on top of that the moment you meet Mark you feel you know him from long time, he is not just a CD he is a mentor and good friend

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 29, 2019

Thanks Tarig for the excellent review. Great to see you and Maaz get to Koh Tao and hope to see you guys back on koh tao soon, or even better, hope to come and dive with you in Sudan when you start your shop.

About This user

Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Free diving

from Hong Kong reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 24, 2019

Added Aug 25, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC Course in Koh Tao

Thank You Mark & Julian was great teaching skill for us. IDC was fun and susses by them within past 2 weeks. Without their skill and many homework, i don't think i can passed IE.

Ivan Chiang would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 25, 2019

Well done Ivan. Welcome to a great career and I hope to see you around in the Maldives soon.

About Ivan Chiang

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 23, 2019

Added Aug 23, 2019

5/5 stars

Best place for IDC

Mark and Julian have been excellent course directors. Lots of love and respect to both of them! They are like the best teachers of diving ever. I quit my job last year and started diving, it was a big risk but now its all falling into place now that am an instructor of scuba diving. They took every measure to keep us relaxed and not get stressed up during the IE. Whatever they told us, worked for all of us. It has changed my life now and I see a good career in scuba diving. I wouldn't recommend any other place than Buddha View where Mark and Julian are course directors. They are the best at what they do. Ill be back soon for MSDT.

Kartik would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 24, 2019

You will do great as a dive instructor Kartik. Congratulations and look forward to a wonderful start to your career on Lakshadweep.

About Kartik

Age : 20-29
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Makati reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 22, 2019

Added Aug 22, 2019

5/5 stars

An Amazing IDC by Dive-Careers.com

I really like how Mark Soworka handled our IDC. He conducted it thoroughly with fun and excitement. With a lot of practice, I gained self-confidence in teaching. He shared a lot of experiences which made us more knowledgeable about SCUBA Diving and how to teach students. Mark Soworka and all the Dive-Careers.com IDC staff made us not only instructors but GOOD instructors.

Ryan would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 24, 2019

It is great that you have come so far Ryan and have a genuine passion to make a genuine contribution to the underwater environment. You are an asset to the Philippines diving community. Enjoy the new career

About Ryan

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

from medina reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 20, 2019

Added Aug 21, 2019

5/5 stars

More than I could ask for

Honestly one of the best learning experiences I have had. Mark was extremely patient with everyone, especially with me due to my anxiety getting the better of me at times. But he is extremely experienced and was able to help me grow the confidence I needed to relax and focus. I learned a lot of things from his course and even realized a lot of things I had confused or was misinformed about by others during my diving journey. Again I say this was one of, if not THE BEST, learning experiences I have ever had because of the learning environment he was able to provide for me. I ended up getting high scores on my tests and feel more confident in myself. So this was more than just another step in the diving education/ professional path, but also a big step in educating myself in general by learning through the best.

Erik would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 23, 2019

Great that all went well on the exams Erik and that you now have the confidence to make an excellent instructor. So get to work in the cold lakes of home.

About Erik

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

from Madrid reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 20, 2019

Added Aug 20, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC

Definitely it has been one of the best experiences ever. The way Mark teaches the IDC not only prepares you for being a great instructor but also makes you enjoy a lot the course. It has been amazing.

María Figuerola would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 23, 2019

It makes me very KH-happy that we could KH-help with the language and KH-happy hour. Great that all went well and welcome to a great career as a dive instructor.

About María Figuerola

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

reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 19, 2019

Added Aug 20, 2019

5/5 stars

Mark Saworka is a fantasy course Director

Mark Saworka was a fantastic Course Director he coached us through our issues with a happy demeanour.
He encouraged us to believe we could become instructors and we did.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 20, 2019

Thanks for the great review Nick. A 'fantasy' course director. Glad to know I am in your thoughts. Wish you guys the best in setting up a dive shop wherever it is. If you ever have any questions just contact.

About This user

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

reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Aug 08, 2019

Added Aug 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Staff Instructor

Just finished my Staff Instructor with Mark and it was an amazing experience! The way how is he teaching is simpy perfect.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 20, 2019

Glad you guys, Pavel and Corinne, had a great time on the IDC and staffing. Wish you all the best with the job int he Maldives. Might catch up with you soon there.

About This user

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

from Antwerp reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Aug 07, 2019

Added Aug 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC!

6 months before my IDC i’ve quit my job and sold everything back home, to chase my dream, which was becoming a dive instructor. So i did! And i can recommend this to everybody who has the same feeling as i had. Just do it! And do it with Dive Careers! You get the best training in the world, and Mark makes it super interesting and fun! I can recommend Dive Careers to everybody who wants to be a good instructor. I couldn’t have wished for a better education.

Jasper Theys would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 11, 2019

Glad you had such a great time on the IDC and look forward seeing you have an excellent career as a dive instructor, in spite of starting your career with a motorcycle accident on your IE party. Great that you are back diving and teaching Jasper Theys​

About Jasper Theys

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

from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Aug 06, 2019

Added Aug 06, 2019

5/5 stars

Learn from the best course Director

I did my Staff instructor course with course director mr. mark Soworka he is one of the best course Director in the world. during the IDC I learned a lot from him and his team Ashraf , aaron, those who wants to become a dive instructor or to do your staff course there is no better place to go, simply choose dive bandos with dive careers

Ali mohamed would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 10, 2019

Thanks Ali for the great review of your recent Staff Instructor course on Bandos, Maldives. Trust your new position as a dive shop manager is goign great and look forward to seeing you again soon. Hopefully when I am back for the next IDC end of September.

About Ali mohamed

Age : 40-49
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Free diving

from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jul 02, 2019

Added Jul 02, 2019

5/5 stars

VISIBLE

he was good with professional most of all independent.always believe actually extending our knowledge

sappey would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 06, 2019

thanks Sappey for the warm review. Look forward to seeing you in Maldives when I am back this September for the next IDC on Bandos.

About sappey

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Euro Divers, Oman

written on Jul 01, 2019

Added Jul 02, 2019

5/5 stars

A VERY hot IDC - June 2019

A rather warm IDC with our Course Director Ben in Muscat, Oman.

We were worked hard and molded into Instructors in the making by Ben which at times was difficult for both him and us but we (he/us) did it which was fabulous. It's an intense course what with coming so quickly from Dive Master so I'm not sure most Course Directors could get me to the required standard so credit and kudos to him for that. Quite a few of the support staff from the Dive Centre were on holiday which was my only negative comment.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Jul 02, 2019

Thanks for the great review David Baker​ of your recent IDC in Oman with CD Ben Meerhaeghe​. great that all the hard work paid off and congratulations on becoming a PADI Dive Instructor

About This user

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Male reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jun 30, 2019

Added Jul 01, 2019

5/5 stars

Amazing Well Organised Dive Company

The quality of education goes above and beyond what is required for the Instructors Exam and really teaches you how to be an instructor in real life situations
Always on hand to answer all our questions and make our day memorable.
Thanks Dive Bandos 
with dive-careers.com

Amr Wakie would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Aug 06, 2019

Thanks for the excellent review Amr. How's life going as an instructor? Will catch up with you back on Bandos this Septmber when you use the excuse to come donw for some more specialties. See you soon

About Amr Wakie

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : DeepSea submersible

from Hong Kong reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Jun 29, 2019

Added Jun 30, 2019

5/5 stars

Amazing experience

I enjoy the learning experience with Shayne. It is unforgettable experience in my life. I am glad to do my IDC with dive careers. Thanks course director, Shayne Ng and the IDC staff, Bernard for helping us.

Florence would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Jun 30, 2019

Thanks for the great review Florence Law of your recent IDC on Nusa Lembongan. Glad you had such an excellent time with Shayne Ng and Bernard Le Guyader . Welcome to a fantastic new career

About Florence

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jun 28, 2019

Added Jun 28, 2019

5/5 stars

Best decision Ever

Couldnt have asked for more from Mark or the course. Marks teaching is amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed being there

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Dive Bandos Jun 30, 2019

Thank you Mark for the review of the Bandos, maldives IDC, Turned out to be a bit of an aussie affair with you and Henry as well. Look forward to catching up again soon. Maybe think about Koh Tao for an internship and a look at a bit of a different dive industry.

About This user

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving