February IDC begins !

February Koh Tao IDC has just started with Course Directors Mark Soworka, Marco Gervasi and Chris Freestone lending a hand.  Great to have all three back working together on this IDC.  Plenty of our former Divemaster candidates attending this IDC, so it is proving to be loads of fun and am sure will be a fantastic PADI Instructor Exam party on February 20.  Fantastic to see Kirsten, Bonnie, Andrea, Sam, Andreas, Michael, and Andy all coming through our divemaster programme so well and proving to be excellent IDC candidates.  And of course, almost forgot about Ed as well.  Plus we are also joined by Shawna from Big Blue, Karim from the Canaries and Charles from the states. A really strong bunch of IDC candidates that I am sure will prove to be great dive instructors.  Best of luck throughout the rest of the IDC and the IE.”



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Congratulations to the IDC candidates

Fantastic , another 9 brand new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors! Congratulations!! We are super proud of you! You did an amazing job! Welcome into the world of being a dive instructor, ready to teach people how to dive!

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Malapascua , Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDCBas and Marie are off to conduct their first IDC programme on Malapascua, Philippines for Thresher Shark Divers.  Am sure they and the candidates will have a wonderful time with the staff from Thresher Shark Divers.  They are both really looking forward to the chance to dive Monad Shoal with the thresher sharks and maybe, if they are lucky, a PADI Deep Diver Instructor Specialty out at Calangamann or Gato.  This programme begins on the 17th of January.  Wish everyone the best of success for the PADI Instructor Exam on the 31 Jan – 1 February, with a great celebration that evening at Thresher Shark Divers.

Mark

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Malapascua Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDC

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Malapascua Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDCBas and Marie are off to conduct their first IDC programme on Malapascua, Philippines for Thresher Shark Divers.  Am sure they and the candidates will have a wonderful time with the staff from Thresher Shark Divers.  They are both really looking forward to the chance to dive Monad Shoal with the thresher sharks and maybe, if they are lucky, a PADI Deep Diver Instructor Specialty out at Calangamann or Gato.  This programme begins on the 17th of January.  Wish everyone the best of success for the PADI Instructor Exam on the 31 Jan – 1 February, with a great celebration that evening at Thresher Shark Divers.

Mark

Download the January schedule in PDF format here: click — > TSDJan14

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Malapascua Philippines IDC

Malapascua Philippines IDC

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IDC Schedule Jan 2014

Access the Latest january Schedule for Dive Careers & Buddha View

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January IDC Dive-careers & Buddha View Diving Koh Tao

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Newest Advanced Divers

Newest Dive-Careers.com PADI Advanced Divers with the certification after a night Dive at Twins, Koh Tao for my sons Ethan and Aaron. The first time in a long while that Kyte and I have had a dive together, let alone a night dive.— with Mark Soworka and Kyte Gawman at Buddha View Dive Resort.

 

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Congrats to the IDC candidates

CONGRATULATIONS to the Malapascua IDC candidates for excellent scores on their Instructor Examination – all really passed with flying colors! Well done Hannah, Florent and Mark. —
Malapascua IDC

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Bens journey to becoming a Open Water Scuba Instructor & MSDT with Dive Careers , Koh Tao , Thailand

Whats up! dive enthusiasts, newcomers to the diving game and random google results people J. Welcome to the blog on one of the coolest jobs on the planet. I’m a PADI scuba diving instructor doing my Open water scuba instructor and MSDT at Budda view, koh Tao, Thailand and that’s me flying through the air with two students on the right hand side.

Bens Sommersault

Woo Hoo

A pre dive somersault dip is one of my mandatory tasks in completing an open water course ;)………Ok maybe not but it is great fun and a change in lifestyle are the main reasons in why I became a somersault obsessed instructor. Back in the day (Last year) I decided to take the leap and turn pro. The idea came from a 10 week scuba dive conservation expedition I did in Mexico. Here

I found an aquatic world to discover and it dragged me in, I had found my calling card I had many other reasons to become an instructor aswell, One was the thought of having an easy relaxing lifestyle. How wrong I was……..haha Dive instructing can be very hectic at times where hard work, patience, perseverance and leadership are invaluable. It is though very rewarding.

Taking people and making them into competent divers, watching the sunset as your boat drives back to the pier, living on a tropical island, meeting new people from every corner of the globe each day, and seing the smile on people’s faces after an awesome dive are perks which make dive instructing one of the coolest jobs on earth!Becoming a MSDT

After putting a lot of training and commitment into becoming a Dive Instructor/MSDT you became quite thirsty on some nights and you need to replenish your body with alcoholic beverages. As an experienced MSDT at Budda view I felt obliged to join my fellow dive professional comrades in a snorkel test one evening and it was sensational.Bens IDC

I was estastic after finishing my instructor course and signed up to the MSDT (master scuba diver trainer) straight after. This allowed me to get a minimum of 25 certifications in the bag and teach an additional 5 specialities. This has helped me heaps in koh tao where dive instruction is competitive. I’ve also been able to assist other instructors who have been in the game for years. I have stolen many of their secret ways and bad jokes as a result….muahahaha and in doing so I have become a much more knowledgable instructor. Right now the MSDT has allowed me to be flexible. I’ve had work and when I haven’t I’ve been able to assist instructors, conduct my own open water courses, fun dive like crazy and perform many backward somersaults.

Doing the MSDT at Budda view has allowed me to get to grips with the teaching role of a PADI instructor, Being able to certify more divers in different specialities and broaden my own diving knowledge has meant that more jobs are on offer elsewhere in the world. I ‘am living a dream right now so come and dive with me on koh Tao and live the dream too. Watch this space people as more pictures , MSDT training info and stories will follow, catch you laterz.

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Koh Tao Thailand IDC and MSDT with Buddha View PADI CDC for Andy Davis

IDC and MSDT  with Buddha View PADI 5 Star IDC Koh Tao, Thailand for New Zealander Andy Davis

Arriving on Koh Tao, Thailand in April 2011 I was looking forward to a new challenge.  First stop was Buddha View, an established PADI 5 Star Dive Resort in the south of the island.  Getting my Dive master completed and getting stuck into the IDC I was back in a classroom for the first time in many years. Having Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka up the front (back and sides) I was in the best hands.  Before I knew it we had all passed our exams and celebrating as we were now were certified PADI Instructors.

 

Next up was the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) program which to complete requires obtaining 25 certifications and having 5 Instructor Specialties. It was now time to gain hands on experience under the guidance of established PADI Professionals and this shortly became the most valuable part of my training thus far.  Taking notes in various classroom sessions and working along side other Instructors it all became very useful knowledge for the future.  Learning techniques to help students be in a comfortable, stress-free environment from the pool to the sea are things I may have learnt over time but being able to watch these Instructors up close in their daily work this quickly became something I will never forget. 

Obtaining my 5 specialties allowed me to teach the things I enjoy most in diving and was now feeling even better about the career path I was heading down.  Including photography and wreck diving I love having the ability to pass on the skills and knowledge that I had previously been taught.  With a few exceptions here on Koh Tao like Altitude diving there are a range of specialties available from Deep through to Nitrox which appeal to the wide range of divers.

Now out in the professional world of the diving industry it was time to have students of my own.  Naturally feeling nervous and excited I felt comfortable with the knowledge gained.  I was in the best possible position.  Over 2 years have passed and having worked as a freelance Instructor for several PADI dive centers on the island, then going on to working fulltime in the very school I trained at.  Now with over 200 certifications and this great experience, I look forward to continuing life as a dive professional.

 

Funnily enough or possibly just because I have been busy, I am still not a certified MSDT.  Maybe its time I get on to that…

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First PADI IDC on mainland India – Pondicherry October 2013 IDC Schedule

 


 

Really looking forward to Dive-Careers.com first PADI Instructor Development course with Temple Adventures in Pondicherry India. It will be the first ever PADI IDC and Instructor Exam conducted on mainland India and is looking very popular. We look forward to offering successful programmes in 2014 and beyond with programmes scheduled for February and October 2014 and fantastic sponsorship deals on offer for local divemasters next year.

Below is the schedule for our upcoming October 14 2013 IDC in Pondicherry. If interested in joining either for the IDC, IDC staff course or instructor specialties, contact me, Mark Soworka, on careers@buddhaview-diving.com .

TEMPLE ADVENTURES IDC PONDICHERRY, INDIA 

 

Prep Course14th   October

9am-10.00am

IDC Orientation – complete all paperwork Theory Exam – Instructor Preassessment 
2.00pm Review PhysicsBring IDC Booklet and DM Exam and calculatorReview

Decompression Theory

Bring IDC Booklet and DM Exam, table and e-RDPml

Review Equipment - Bring IDC Booklet and DM Exam

Review Physiology

15th OctTime 8.30am  Skill Circuit  
1.00pm-3.00pm GS&P Exam Instructor Preassessment Review GS& P exam 
16th Oct8.30am  Teaching Confined – IDC - Bring confined slates- Confined Presentation #P1 
2.00pm Divemaster Conducted Programmes –Start Diving, Keep Diving, Risk ManagementBring Instructor Manual
17th Oct
9.00am 
 Marine Resource Management and Reef Ecology Introduction to basic Reef Ecology and Reef Management Practices 
2.00pm Learning & Instruction – Review Knowledge ReviewTeaching Academic PresentationsKnowledge Development Presentation #1Theory Exams – Bring calculator, e-RDPml, Guide for TeachingGS&P Exam –

Candidate Workbook 

 

 TEMPLE ADVENTURES IDC PONDICHERRY, INDIA

 

 

18th Oct9.00am-10.30am  General Standards and Procedures Exam #AConfined Open Water Presentation #2 
2.00pm 3.30pm General Standards and ProceduresReview Knowledge

Review Candidate Workbook

Conducting Open Water Training Dives

Prepare Open Water Presentation 1 & 2 – Bring Open water slates

19th Oct9.00am-11.00am   PADI Scuba Diver & Open Water Diver Course Knowledge Development Presentation # 2 – Open WaterReview Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook – Bring Rescue Slates
1.00pm Open Water Presentations 1 & 2 – BoatTheory Exam # 1 Homework
20th Oct9.00am-10.30am  Rescue DiverRescue Confined Presentation #3
1.00pm 2.30-pm 4.00pm Adventures in Diving and Knot Review - Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook -Prepare Adventure Diver Open water presentation

Specialty Diver Courses

 

Review Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook

GS&P Exam #BBeers and Food 

21st Oct9.00am   Remedial Day – Don’t forget EFRI Knowledge Reviews, Exam 2, GS&P C, and Rescue Academic Pres.  Nice Day off

 

 

TEMPLE ADVENTURES IDC PONDICHERRY, INDIA

 

 

22nd Oct  Business of Diving, Marketing and pricing WorkshopReview Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook

Theory Exams #3

Bring calculator, e-RDPml

Rescue and Adventure Diver Open Water Presentations –  #3 & #4  Boat - Theory Exam #3 and

GS&P #3Homework

23rd Oct9.00am  Emergency First Response & O2 Provider Instructor Rescue Diver Knowledge Development Presentation #3  
24th Oct9.00am  10.30am 2.00pm  Divemaster Course Review Knowledge Review Candidate Workbook & prepare divemaster confined presentation

Divemaster Confined Presentation #4 – Pool LunchDivemaster Knowledge Development Presentation

#4GS&P Exam #D

25th Oct9.00am 1.00pm MOCK IETheory Exams and GS&P ExamBring calculator, e-RDPml, Candidate Workbook, Instructor

ManualPresentations in Open Water – Boat

26th Oct9.00am10.30am  Knowledge Development PresentationConfined Water Presentation and Skill Demonstrations
27th Oct Remedial DayEanx and Deep Instructor Spec Dives.

 

 

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