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Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand
Review Summary

4.91 / 5

based on 11 reviews - 100% of reviewers would recommend Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand to a friend




About Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

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.


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Buddha View Dive Resort
Ko Tao
Surat Thani
Thailand


Mark Soworka





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

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 Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand 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

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 Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand 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 Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand 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

from Maldives reviewed Dive Bandos

written on Jun 28, 2019

Added Jun 28, 2019

5/5 stars

Best place to do IDC

During my 19 day of IDC program it was fun and good hospitality from bandos.one of the best course director I have found so far (Mark sworka) I like the teaching technique and conducting the program surely every body will passed I highly recommend do IDC with Mark sworka.. I like to thank you BANDOS, DIVE DESK, DIVE CAREER

Fasy would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Jun 29, 2019

Glad you had such a good time on the IDC and thanks for the excellent review Fasy. It was great fun and now you have an excellent career to look forward to. See you in September for the staff course?

About Fasy

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

reviewed Dive india

written on Jun 26, 2019

Added Jun 26, 2019

5/5 stars

Great education and training

Wonderful time learning how to catch mistakes in fake students to become a dive instructor. Prepared all of us to do incredibly well on the test, and to do very well in life and our professions. Thanks Mark for the wonderful course, and making the wonderful opportunities open up to me now.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Jun 28, 2019

Thanks for the great review of your IDC in the Andamans. Trust you enjoyed yoru first trip to India and Andamans is defintiely a beautiful spot to start. If you need any contacts in Cairns be sure to message.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Havelock Island reviewed Dive india

written on Jun 20, 2019

Added Jun 21, 2019

5/5 stars

Learning from the best

New IDC candidates are usually a bundle of nerves but meeting Mark on day one slowly made that tension melt away. His eons of experience in the dive industry and in making new instructors can be seen in how attentively he deals with each candidate. You know that at one glance he is gauging your strengths and weaknesses so that he can make the course challenging and prepare you for not just the IDC but to become the best instructor you can be. At the same time he is exceptionally patient and always encouraging, allowing you the space and time to make mistakes and learn from them. The best thing is the invaluable and uncluttered feedback that you receive each step of the way.
Dive India is delightfully professional, from impeccable logistics to friendly staff that is always ready to help. Dhruv did an excellent job staffing the IDC by spending almost two weeks before the course, bringing everyone up to the same level and bridging the language gap for some students.
All in all it was an absolute pleasure to learn from someone as experienced and cheerful as Mark Soworka

Karishma would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Jun 26, 2019

Great review Karishma. Thanks for the super nice words about your training. I trust all is going fantastically with your career as an dive instructor on the stunning Andaman Islands. See you again in September when back for the next IDC.

About Karishma

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

from gurugram reviewed Dive india

written on Jun 19, 2019

Added Jun 20, 2019

5/5 stars

An Incredibly Extraordinary Experience

I came in for the Pre IDC training which was handled by Dhruv Sirohi from Dive India. An affable, deeply knowledgeable and highly skilled at the tender age of 25...a very impressive personality. Dhruv was very keen about each participant's progress. While he was easy going he was firm about PADI protocols, methodology and techniques.
Mark Soworka came for the next fortnight. Mark has a very easy style, is incredibly knowledgeable about not only diving but so many other related topics, very thorough and patient with his teaching which showcases his years of being in the industry.
I enjoyed every bit of the process and my thanks also goes out to Dive India for making this happen.

vikram would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Jun 25, 2019

Thanks vikram. Nice write up for dhruv. See you in september

About vikram

Age : 50-59
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Wreck 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 Krefeld reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on May 01, 2019

Added May 02, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC with Ben Meerhaeghe

The IDC was a really intense but also a really good experience.
Special thanks to our Course Director Ben Meerhaeghe and Staff Instructor Erika Sullivan who did a great Job und prepared us perfectly for the IE.

Florian Ricks would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand May 25, 2019

Thanks Florian for the great review of your IDC on Sri lanka with Course Director Ben and Poseidon Diving. Enjoy an excellent new career.

About Florian Ricks

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

from Port Elizabeth reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 30, 2019

Added Apr 30, 2019

5/5 stars

What an amazing experience with awesome people

I had such a great time during the IDC with a great bunch of candidates. I am really pleased that did it through Dive careers a brilliant team and a really good course director Ben Meerhaeghe.

Christepher Openshaw would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand May 25, 2019

Excellent Christepher that you had such a good time on your IDC with CD Ben. Welcome to a great a career

About Christepher Openshaw

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

from KL reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Apr 20, 2019

Added Apr 20, 2019

5/5 stars

One of Remarkable life event - IDC at Khao Lak

I have been wanting to do my IDC since 2015. I have been looking around, asking around, talk to lots of instructor friends, msg lots of course directors and contacted lots of dive centre. Finally, this year i have come across the right time, place, style & of course the CD - Mark, for me to do it. I have been looking for something where i don't just learn to be an instructor, but allow me to have work experience as one.
I really like liveaboard, and come across dive-careers partner with Khao Lak Scuba Adventures (KSA), have liveaboard internship right after the course. Most of all, i also want to be taught by an experience course director that don't look at me as a "product"/"number". I want a mentor/friend where someone that still have great passion in diving and can teach/share lots about this industry. And I am so please come across Mark where he is such a chill/easy-going, experienced, friendly, informative, fun and respectful course director in the diving industry.
I m glad to be in a small class (only 3 of us), where we have plenty of time to ask questions and do lots of training. Mark and his assistant /son - Aaron, have been the 'perfect combo'(father & son team) helped me so much in class. ;)

I personally do IDC not just to become an instructor, but is a personal development course that i would like to take, to challenge myself and overcome some fears that i had experienced in life. I definitely achieved that by the end of the course, where it develops my confidence, i able to stand up to teach/ speak in public, i able to share my passions and overcome some past condemnation/negatives that ppl used to title me.

I really like the creative, gentle, independent yet informative approach that Mark used/taught us in the class. He makes it stress-free and we able to learn it in a comfortable plus creative (own way), where helps me to complete my IDC. By the time my IE arrived, i managed to face/do it confidently or easily. Not only that, when i got the chance to teach during my internship on the liveabord, i realise how well i can teach and shared my passion/experience with my students. I really thankful to my course director- Mark, his son/assistant - Aaron, my 2 amazing yet annoying classmates - Jelmer & Kris and some instructors at KSA that have helped me throughout the whole IDC journey.

Thanks for all the support, encouragements, the believe/trust/confidences that i do not have :) and the patience towards me. Really feel the amazing team spirits and how much ppl cares for your success!
This IDC experience definitely have been one of the most remarkable event of my life! I met so many amazing ppl and make great friendship as well.

Canmy would recommend dive-careers.com

About Canmy

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Apr 16, 2019

Added Apr 17, 2019

5/5 stars

Great IDC with great course director!!

Really great IDC! The theorical and the practical part were very well prepared, I learned a lot into a very nice context, having fun at the same time. I felt ready when we went to take the exam!

Tofito would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Apr 17, 2019

Welcome to a wonderful new career as a dive instructor Christophe and thanks for the excellent review of your recent IDC with Platinum Course Director Shayne Ng and Legend Diving on Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

About Tofito

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

from Hikkaduwe reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 16, 2019

Added Apr 16, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC Sri Lanka

Lovely time March IDC Sri Lanka with Poseidon Diver center family Best course Director Ben Meerhaeghe

Manoj Rahubadda would recommend dive-careers.com

About Manoj Rahubadda

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 501+
Interests  : Wreck diving

from Toronto reviewed Poseidon Diving

written on Apr 14, 2019

Added Apr 14, 2019

5/5 stars

Excellent Staff Instrctor course in Sri Lanka

A great team, dive staff and centre, and country to learn to become a dive professional! Ben was a great course director.

Erika would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Apr 16, 2019

Thanks Erika Sullivan for your excellent review of your PADI Staff Instructor course with Course Director Ben Meerhaeghe at Poseidon Diving Sri lanka. Glad you had such a great time. It is a wonderful country.

About Erika

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Apr 14, 2019

Added Apr 14, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC Khao Lak April 2019

On March 21st myself and two other candidates started our Instructor Development Course here in Khao Lak, Thailand. I choose to do my IDC with Dive Careers here at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures because some of my friends recommended me to do the course with Mark. I’m glad I made this choice, Mark is a great guy with an unbelievable knowledge and experience in scuba diving. Mark added a lot of extras in the course and prepared us way beyond what we needed to know for the exams. Plus we got access to loads of materials that he put together over the years which helped me a lot with the preparation. I guess I was also lucky to be in such a small group, just three candidates. Therefore the atmosphere was very relaxed and there was always a lot of time to discuss things. Any questions we had during the course, we could always reach out to him. I had a really good few weeks here in Khao Lak, I’m now working on the liveaboards here for a month (which was also part of the IDC package) and I can finally call myself Open Water Scuba Instructor!

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Apr 14, 2019

Thanks Jelmer Sanders​ for the great review and happy you had such a good time during the Khao Lak IDC and are enjoying a bit of peace and quiet now. Have a great time workign on the liveaboards for the rest of the season.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Kerala reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Apr 07, 2019

Added Apr 08, 2019

5/5 stars

Best in the world !!!!!!!!!

Every instructors and course directors from dive careers were always ready to help and humble. Even when I had troubles which has nothing to do with my course my course director Shayne was there to help me. I decided to do my IDC with dive careers under Shayne when I was doing my divemaster course with dive careers. The way dive careers operate is world class. I knew it is the best option and my decision was right. Shayne made the IDC really easy and fun. She is the best course director and best friend and best person and so on. The list goes on !!!!!!!!!!! :)

Mohammed Asif would recommend dive-careers.com

About Mohammed Asif

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

from Cairns reviewed Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand

written on Apr 06, 2019

Added Apr 07, 2019

5/5 stars

If your going to do your IDC do it with Mark Soworka

I was looking for somewhere in Khao Lak to do my IDC and with out any real preference with an uneducated decision and I happened to get the worlds leading course director and boy did it show.

Mark is a platinum course director and had certified more dive instructors than anyone else

Mark had some amazing teaching techniques and always let your strengths shine through and helped you out where it was needed, it was 7 years ago when I completed my dive master so I needed to really sharpen up my theory side of things and from scoring very low on my exam on the first day of the IDC (which Mark gets you to do to show him your current knowledge so he knows what to work with) and then to me scoring a 100% on one exam and 89% on another and high scores in the presentations in the IE 12 days later truely shows that he really knows what his doing and can teach you the way you absorb it most

Our presentations were spot on and we could really tell when we stood up with the other participants that the little extras that mark had shown us really came through and were truely noticeable

His not all business business and there were laughs everyday and his truely a genuinely nice guy that has a passion for what he does and wants to see the best in everyone, to Mark your not just a customer which really made me feel at home and comfortable

I highly recommend Mark to any future DMs looking to becoming an Instructor and thanks again Mark for helping me achieve my dream

Kris Sparks would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Apr 08, 2019

Thanks Kris Sparks for the great review to end my IDC season with Khao Lak Scuba Adventures. Was a fun IDC with the constant buzz of background noise. Enjoy a gret career as an instructor.

About Kris Sparks

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Mar 26, 2019

Added Mar 27, 2019

5/5 stars

GREAT Instructor Course

This was a fantastic program in a beautiful place with an awesome instructor. Definitely encourage those looking to continue with their dive education to experience the instructor course in Bohol with Bas.

This user would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Mar 30, 2019

Welcome to a great new career as a dive instructor. Glad you had such a good time on your recent IDC with Sierra Madre and Platinum Course Director Bas in Bohol, Philippines and thanks for the review.

About This user

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 1-20
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Bochum reviewed Legend Diving, Nusa Lembongan, Bali

written on Mar 25, 2019

Added Mar 25, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC with Legend Diving and Dive Careers

I just finished my IDC with Dive Careers and Legend Diving.

With the help of our course director Shayne from Dive Careers and Frank our Staff Instructor our whole Class completed the IDC with amazing scores.

So thank you very much Shayne and Frank for everything.

I would really recommend to start your IDC with Dive Careers.

Lioba would recommend dive-careers.com

Response from Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand Mar 26, 2019

Great that you had such a fantastic time Lioba on your recent IDC with Platinum Course Director Shayne and Legend Diving in Nusa lembongan Bali. Welcome to a wonderful new career.

About Lioba

Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard 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 Khao Lak Scuba Adventures, Thailand 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 Bunaken, Indonesia reviewed Sierra Madre Divers Bohol

written on Mar 21, 2019

Added Mar 21, 2019

5/5 stars

IDC March 2019 Bohol, Philippines - A great lifetime experience!

After multiple weeks of research, comparison and thinking about where to go, we followed the recommendations of several friends. The decision to do our IDC with dive-careers.com at Sierra Madre Divers in Bohol, Philippines, turned out to be a great choice.
Our Course Director was Bas Van Riemsdijk – he is a very likeable, handsome and very knowledgeable guy with great teaching and motivation skills. Throughout his professional and natural style, he also provided us with lots of fun and laughter. His English is clear and easy to understand, which is very important for non-native-speakers like we are!
Despite all hard work he made the IDC feel like fun! And after all the thorough preparation, in the end the IE was a walk in the park!
And last but not least he also granted enough breaks for the smokers among us… :)
Sierra Madre Divers catched us from the first moment with their big heart and their commitment for the cats and dogs of Alona Beach! When we arrived there, we were welcomed in a very familiar atmosphere, they supported us in our search for a suitable accommodation, and were very helpful with really everything before, throughout and even after the IDC!
The classrooms have air condition, and coffee, tea, water and cookies are available for free – for lunch we had e.g. very tasty noodles or dumplings.
Furthermore there is a very big and deep swimming pool right next to the classrooms, which is ideal for training/polishing your demonstration skills.
And the sandy shallow bottoms of paradisiac Alona Beach offer perfect conditions for teaching/demonstrating as well.

Jasmin & Armin would recommend dive-careers.com

About Jasmin & Armin

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Wreck diving