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Buddha View Dive Resort

Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand
Review Summary

5 / 5

based on 59 reviews - 100% of reviewers would recommend Buddha View Dive Resort to a friend




About Buddha View Dive Resort

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


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Mark Soworka





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 Buddha View Dive Resort 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 Buddha View Dive Resort 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

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 Buddha View Dive Resort 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

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard 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 Buddha View Dive Resort 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 Buddha View Dive Resort 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 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 Buddha View Dive Resort 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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jun 03, 2019

Added Jun 04, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC & MSDT

I have done my IDC in April with Mark Soworka. I would definitely recommend it! It is hard work, but it paid off. I'm doing my MSDT at the moment. It is a good step when you just start teaching.

Nadieh would recommend dive-careers.com

About Nadieh

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2019

Added May 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Best choice

I was trying to get my IDC with Mark for the last 8 years. But now it's done. Worth every penny and each minute. After so many hours of practice, we were really prepared for the IE.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on May 08, 2019

Added May 08, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC May ‘19 Koh Tao

So after much debate and procrastination I met with Mark Soworka from dive-careers.com at Buddha View and decided to take the plunge so to speak
It’s true an IDC is 3 weeks intense training to become a professional Padi Instructor but it’s a necessity by standards and I’m overjoyed that I did it with this caring professional Course Director
My fellow IDC candidates and myself were all trained to highest degree and as we all passed with flying colours is a credit to Mark Soworka Julian Pirie , Aaron Puttawong
Thank you

Dee Dee would recommend dive-careers.com

About Dee Dee

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Hull reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 25, 2019

Added Mar 25, 2019

5/5 stars

Koh Tao IDC

A very professional and fun course, dive careers gave us all the skills we needed to pass the instructor exam with lots of laughs along the way. I would highly recommend doing your IDC with these guys the IE was easy after training with Carmelo. He taught us everything we needed to pass and a whole lot more he absolutely loves diving and is a great teacher. 10/10!!!

Jace Thompson would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Mar 26, 2019

Thanks Jace. Great review for Carmelo for his last IDC on Koh Tao for the season and now he is back in Sicily getting ready with apperitivo for the next idc there april 28. Welcome to a wonderful new career as a dive instructor.

About Jace Thompson

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

from Wimborne reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 21, 2019

Added Mar 21, 2019

5/5 stars

Thank you!!

I had a great two weeks with Carmelo and our group for the IDC. There was a lot of work but we were definitely thoroughly prepared for the day of the IE. We had lots of laughter during the course and I learned a lot, especially brushing up on my theory for the exam with the help from Carmelo, Cilla, Julian and of course the others in my group too.

Stacey would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Mar 21, 2019

Congratulations Stacey on becoming a dive instructor. Welcome to a long and prosperous career. Thanks for the excellent review of your recent IDC on Koh Tao with Carmelo.

About Stacey

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Mar 09, 2019

Added Mar 09, 2019

5/5 stars

The IE was easy!

Thanks to dive-careers and CD Carmelo Sgroi the IE went smooth as silk. I felt really prepared for the exams and the in-water presentations. I can't recommend enough the IDC with dive-careers, their huge experience is a real asset for your development as instructor, before and after the IE.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Mar 10, 2019

Thank you Alessandro for your great review of your recent IDC with Carmelo oon Koh Tao. Enjoy an excellent career as a dive instructor

About This user

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

from Exeter reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 22, 2019

Added Feb 22, 2019

5/5 stars

So much fun!

This course was awesome! It was filled with laughter, awesome company and some great teaching. Carmelo was a thorough instructor who was super helpful at all times and made sure that we were doing everything to the best standard, which meant that passing the IE felt easy! Everyone involved in the course was good fun, professional and made it an amazing course to be on.

Sophie would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Feb 24, 2019

Thanks Soph Bray for the great review of your IDC with Carmelo Sgroi on Koh Tao. Great that you had such and excellent time and look forward to seeing you back on Koh Tao again soon.

About Sophie

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 04, 2019

Added Feb 04, 2019

5/5 stars

Could not have asked for a better preparing IDC than with dive-careers!

Looking back, at the two IDC-weeks with dive-careers a variety of good memories comes instantly up. During those two weeks my schedule was filled with a good mix of theory lessons and challenging skill practices.
Thanks to my Course Director Carmelo, his never-ending efforts and patience as well as his big smile, I felt at the end of the IDC fully prepared to encounter the IE! The greatest thing about Dive-Careers is the network they offer you. This made it possible for me to be already able to apply everything I have learned during the IDC in real life with real students. :-)

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Feb 24, 2019

Thanks Julie Hollmig for the excellent review of your IDC with Carmelo Sgroi. Carmelo is getting ready for the next IDC on Koh Tao this March 5th.

About This user

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

from Zagreb reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Feb 03, 2019

Added Feb 03, 2019

5/5 stars

Greatest team

Wonderfull experience on Koh Tao with very profesionall team.Marie and Bass were the greatest.Mark Soworka made a divers paradise in Thailand.

Igor Antolic would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Feb 08, 2019

Thanks Igor for the great review of your Divemaster course on Koh Tao. Hope to see you back again one day soon

About Igor Antolic

Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Free diving

from Buenos Aires reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 30, 2019

Added Jan 30, 2019

5/5 stars

Very recommendable!!

I did my Divemaster training in Koh Tao with Buddha View/DPM in mid 2014 and it reached all my expectations! Great people/staff and amazing atmosphere for learning what is expected of any decent Divemaster and enojying in the process. Hopefully one day I'll have the opportunity to do my IDC with them...

santiago_fijalkauskas would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Feb 04, 2019

Thankyou Santiago for the great recollections of your divemaster training. Hope you make it back for instructor one day soon.

About santiago_fijalkauskas

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 29, 2019

Added Jan 30, 2019

5/5 stars

Great experience

Excellent course and very friendly team, professional and full of knowledge... thank you carlmelo sgroi for helping me on my new journey.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Jan 30, 2019

Excellent review for the first IDC of the year with Carmelo Sgroi. thanks Louie and look forward to a wonderful career as a dive instructor starting off on Koh Tao.

About This user

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

from Montreal reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 29, 2019

Added Jan 29, 2019

5/5 stars

« The » way to learn

It’s the best way to learn.
Knowledge is really tranfered in a fun way (Multilangual) . Staff is cool, place is great. Some of the most experienced course directors in the world guide you in a flexible schedule. Clearly satisfied!

Allan D. would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Jan 30, 2019

Thank you Alan. Great to hear from you again. Trust all is going well and look forward to seeing you back on Koh Tao one day again soon.

About Allan D.

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

from Bern reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 29, 2019

Added Jan 29, 2019

5/5 stars

One of the best experiences in my life

Having done my DMT on koh Tao at Buddha view was one of the best times in my life!
Super nice team, great and fun training, wonderful ppl from all over the world. In a way we became a big family and some of the ppl are still really good friends up to this day.
A wonderful experience!

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Jan 29, 2019

Thanks for the great memories of your Divemaster course on Koh Tao, Eva. Trust life is going great.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  : Cave diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 27, 2019

Added Jan 27, 2019

5/5 stars

Great dive resort

Bhuda view is a great dive resort with friendly staff and good equipment. I do highly recommend it.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

Age : 30-39
Dives done : 51-100
Interests  : Cave diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Jan 22, 2019

Added Jan 22, 2019

5/5 stars

Good exposure

We were a group of 15dmts, had a blast ....went out fun diving whenever not attending one of the divemaster workshops

Sahil would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Buddha View Dive Resort Jan 23, 2019

Thanks Sahil for sharing the fond memories of your divemaster course on Koh Tao and look forward to one day soon seeing you on the IDC. I am back in Andamans in May. See you then.

About Sahil

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Seoul reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 30, 2018

Added Dec 31, 2018

5/5 stars

The best course to make yourself a pro diver.

Make you a good and prepared diver in a short period of time. And they will give you great feedback to make yourself well-prepared for I.E.

Jamie Choi would recommend dive-careers.com

About Jamie Choi

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

from Durban reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 29, 2018

Added Dec 30, 2018

5/5 stars

December IDC

Amazing course and beginning to teaching scuba diving . Relaxed atmosphere helped with the learning curve adjustment and course progress.

Gareth Brown would recommend dive-careers.com

About Gareth Brown

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

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 29, 2018

Added Dec 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Exellent quality, exellent location

I liked the high quality both on content and presentation technique. Mark has such an amazing level of experience which is hard to beat. During lunchtime we had a variety in food on the menu. I strongly advise people to joun the IDC's from Dive careers world wide. Either as an instructor to become or to join as an staff instructor

Gerard would recommend dive-careers.com

About Gerard

Age : 60+
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Buddha View Dive Resort

written on Dec 29, 2018

Added Dec 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Great !

Everything was great from the first day till the end of the IDC. The location was nice and Mark Soworka is a great course director.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

About This user

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