Koh Tao PADI Instructor Course Reviews

Reviews from our Koh Tao IDC January & February 2017

A great start to the year of PADI Instructor Development programmes on Koh Tao, Thailand.  Excellent candidates for both February and January Koh Tao IDCs. Great fun and a wonderful time as the reviews attest.

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Happy faces on the Koh Tao PADI Instructor exam

 

Thank you @DiveCareers and @BuddhaViewDiveResort particularly Mark Soworka, @Julien Fortin and @Andrea Warren for a rewarding IDC experience!

Congrats to fellow new instructors Kirsten Pickett, Tiffany Anwo and Chris Lewis! All the best in your respective professional journeys, you guys are valuable assets to any employer!

Finally, good luck Amelia Papa and Naomi Elizabeth in March, you will do awesome!

Take care & safe diving,
Fai

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Certificates on the PADI IE. Is that Tiffany with the beard?

 

Credits to Dive Careers @ Buddha View!

“Thank you Mark Soworka, Julien Fortin and Andrea Warren for a rewarding IDC experience! They trained us hard not just to pass the IE but to excel at it! Couldn’t have asked for a better team of mentors! ”

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Andrea evaluating on the Koh Tao IDC

Fantastic experience

I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing the IDC with Buddha View. They made me feel comfortable and relaxed while also making every day fun. The training was easy to follow but in depth and fully prepared me for the IE. Over all a brilliant course.

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Out on the boat for open water presentations during the Koh Tao IDC

Awesome IDC!

Mark, Marie and Andrea did a great job preparing us for the IE as well as life after the exam. I felt I learned exactly what I needed to to be ready for the working world. They made it fun and challenging and were always willing to help any time of day. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to do IDC!

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Celebrating a super successful PADI Instructor exam after the Koh Tao IDC

Excellent

“It was a great experience. The Instructors helped me to feel ready for the IE. Hard work and lot of fun made it possible. ”

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Laura Becoming an Instructor on Koh Tao

Another day, another dive… another day of pinching myself to see if this is all some crazy dream!
Arriving in Koh Tao 6 months ago I couldn’t have dreamed that by now I’d be a fully fledged PADI instructor embarking on my MSDT internship. This is me living the dream with my first open water student!

The buzz of getting someone from zero to diver is awesome! Beginning the practical aspect of my MSDT was great thanks to Jesper who let me observe him so I could fine tune my academics and see a master at work, learnt some of his famous dive jokes too… shamefully I now use them with my students!

Working with the DMTs on their workshops has been a blast. Andrea Warren, once my Divemaster Trainer, has shown me the ropes and I now feel confident taking the team out on my own. A great bunch of people who love diving just as much as I do! Here’s some of the gang after their snorkeling and skin diving workshop. Led by me!

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When I contacted Dive-Careers about coming to do the Divemaster course I thought it sounded too good to be true… I can dive as much as I want? I can assist instructors if and when I feel like it? I can come to any lectures or workshops when it suits me? What?… there had to be a catch… nope, it was for real and I ended up extending my trip because I was having so much fun and my diving was getting better and better.

Four months down the line I was ready for another challenge, I heard Mark Soworka was back in town for the IDC so I went for it! The course was busy and exciting. Most days we laughed til we cried, our team was awesome. Here we are celebrating, having smashed our instructor exams.

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The logical next step for me was to begin my MSDT Internship so that I could continue diving with Buddha View, attend lectures and specialty workshops with Bas van Riemsdyk and Marie-Lise Roux and ultimately increase my employability by being able to teach specialties. So far it’s been awesome, combining freelancing and learning with the full support of the Dive-Careers and Buddha View teams. Absolutely living the dream and loving every minute!