PADI Divemaster & Dive Instructor Internships with Experience


PADI Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka

Mark Soworka is by far the most experienced and successful PADI Course Director int he Gulf of Thailand.  He has manintained the highest of success rates on PADI Instructor Exams since 1997 and has helped thousands of instructors find rewarding careers in the dive industry, teaching and establishing IDCs in several countries.  It is this experience and network of successful dive instructor candidates that should influence your choice where to complete your divemaster and dive instructor internship.  
Mark Soworka: “Well over a decade as a PADI Course Director has given me the opportunity to meet a load of really nice people. The network that you develop after a bit of time in the dive industry spreads around the world.   Many dive shop mangers, owners and course directors from Koh Tao to the Maldives, Mozambique to Cairns, have completed training and internships with me. This network of friends is why I still enjoy working in the dive industry and is the strength of our job placement programmes. My commitment to the PADI Instructor programme is not simply getting you through the PADI Instructor exam, but creating a confident and competent dive professional with real world job prospects.

In over ten years, with over 1000 instructor level certifications, I have maintained a 99% success rate on PADI instructor programmes all over the world, which must be one of the highest success rates worldwide. The real strength of my PADI instructor programmes is that they are about getting you a rewarding and successful career in the dive industry. 

PADI Dive Master and PADI Instructor programmes make you a competent dive professional. Dive Careers PADI Dive Master and PADI Instructor programmes add loads of extras that help make you a successfully employed dive professional. 
My dive professional programmes are the only professional dive courses in the world to include

• Marine Resource Management seminars and fish and coral identification dives. 
As dive professionals I feel strongly that you should have a good grasp of how the marine environment works. You will be in an unique position as a dive professional to pass on strong environmental concepts to your customers. None of this is examined in the PADI Dive Master or PADI instructor programmes, but I feel it is vital information for dive professionals. 

• I also include CV workshops and placement on several job forums for the dive industry. Dive Careers programmes include a commitment to helping you finding a rewarding career. Not only am I teaching you to get through a PADI Instructor exam, but I am also helping you get work in the dive industry. A Dive Careers programme is your passport to a quality education and successful career that can take you around the world.”

Mark has been diving since he was twelve years old. He has diving experience from the east coast of Australia, to Africa, South America and a few months up in the Arctic circle. Before applying for Course Director he completed almost two thousand diver level certifications and had worked as General Manager and Training manager of dive centres. This extensive diving, teaching and managing experience sets Mark apart from most PADI Course Directors. Mark Soworka has been teaching PADI IDCs on Koh Tao and Koh Samui since 1997. He is one of the most experienced Course Directors in the world with more than 4000 instructor level certifications.

Mark's qualifications include:

  • Awarded 'Outstanding Contribution to the Dive Industry' by PADI on several occasions
  • PADI Platinum Course Director. One of Asia’s first to be awarded the Platinum Course Director, PADI’s highest Course Director recognition 
  • Sidemount Instructor Trainer
  • Gas Blender Instructor Trainer
  • DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor Trainer 
  • DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor Trainer 
  • Marine Resource Management Instructor Trainer 
  • PADI Instructor Specialty Trainer Wreck, Enriched Air, Rebreather, Naturalist, Deep, Night, Photography, Videography, Navigator, DPV, Drift
  • PADI Equipment Specialty Instructor trainer 
  • Aqualung, Scubapro, Mares workshop certificates 
  • PADI Emergency First Response and Care for Children Instructor Trainer

Mark continues to attend courses in Diving medicine, physiology, dive equipment, plus environment and ecology. Experience, knowledge and a passion for instructor level education is what you should look for choosing a Course Director. 


Our internship programmes are also supervised by Platinum Course Directors Course director Sebastien van Riemsdyk and Chris Freestone, plus the newest additon to the team, Master Instructor Marie Le Roux.   




Platinum Course Director Chris Freestone - Head of Divemaster Development




PADI Course Director Sebastiaan van Riemsdijk - IDCs in Dutch and English




Se”Bas”stiaan Van Riemsdijk

Platinum Course Director

Bas is from Holland and has been in the diving industry longer than 10 years. He started his professional dive career in Dahab, Egypt and has been diving around world. Based on Koh Tao since 2009 and teaching IDC’s on Koh Tao, Philippines, Sri Lanka and India in both Dutch and English he also teaches SideMount, Digital Underwater Photography, Marine Resource Management, Wreck, Night, Deep, Nitrox, Naturalist Specialties. 

Put Bas in front of a classroom and you can’t stop him anymore. Talking, sharing, training, he masters them all!



Marie-Lise Roux

Marie is from Quebec, Canada. She speaks French, English, Arabic and a bit if Dutch! She worked for 5 years as a Dive Master in Egypt before she took a step forward and became an Instructor on Koh Tao where she lives since 2009. She is today a Master Instructor and about to go for the Course Director. She has a strong passion for diving, as well as a passion for teaching all levels from entry level to training Profressionals. 

Why We are Your best choice for Dive Professional Training was established to focus on professional level diver education.  Mark Soworka www.dive-careers/coursedirectors.htm realised that those seriously looking at making a career from the dive industry, require a different approach than holidaymakers. was established to cater to the needs of those who wish to be successful Divemasters and Dive Instructors.  With that in mind, internships include much more than the average dive master or instructor course, offering extra programmes and certifications to create competent and employable dive professionals.  Your internship is conducted with one of the most successful dive resorts in the world, Buddha View 5 Star IDC Resort. 

Our Educational Facilities

Purpose built for dive professional education

Buddha View IDC Centre is amongst the best professional diver education facilities in the world. Dive-Careers interns have the advantage of learning in a centre designed for dive professional education. This ensures a relaxed, organized atmosphere. We have spacious classrooms equipped with LCD projector, computer based learning, library of diving reference materials and your individual workspace. It's a comfortable learning environment. There are additional classrooms, allowing us to split into smaller groups for your presentations, plus a lounge room, smoking room, garden, toilets and kitchen. All rooms are air-conditioned. Excellent facilities for your internship help us maintain extremely successful dive professional programmes conducted in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

All candidates have a personal locker and equipment storage area. The facility is open for your convenience for use during study time as well as classroom lectures. The facility is conveniently situated across the road from accommodation www.dive-careers/accom.php . Confined water sessions are conducted in Buddha Views swimming pool. Open water sessions are accessed by one of Buddha Views custom built speed boats. Water sessions are reached easily and conducted smoothly and efficiently, allowing you more time in the water where the learning takes place.


Our Resort & Dive Center

Buddha View 5 Star Gold Palm Resort

Buddha View Dive Resort is on Chalok Baan Kao, the south side of Koh Tao. Great views and a relaxed beach ensure an enjoyable atmosphere. You can get athletic with a little bit of beach volleyball, or unwind in the chilled bar and excellent BBQ on the beach each evening.Buddha View is one of the most successful dive centres around.  This ensures that during your internship you will get the chance to be part of a vibrant and creative dive business.  This is where you will pick up the experience and skills that will put you ahead of other dive professionals.  

Plus you have access to all of the Buddha View facilities that have helped make it such a successful business and brings divers back year after year, growing through word of mouth and a great reputation.  

The Buddha View BBQ: The original Beach BBQ on Koh Tao offers a great selection of Thai and European food.  Great value and great taste.  Nightly you can choose from the array of seafood, steaks and special dishes.  Café Buddha: Café Buddha is Buddha View’s own beach front Café. Enjoy a fresh juice or cappuccino whilst overlooking the beautiful bay of Chalok Ban Khao. They are open from 7:00 to 15:00 so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or an afternoon snack. Their unique breakfasts, crisp salads and hearty sandwiches make them a favorite to instructors and divers alike. A little place dedicated to keeping our friends and guests happy with fresh drinks and delicious food.

Buddha Beach Bar: After a "heavy" days diving there’s no better place to hang out than at "Buddha on the Beach”. The beach front location makes it Chalok's most popular bar and it's is a cool place to hang out with the real island-style chilled out vibe. Join the DMT’s, Dive masters and Instructors for an unforgettable night and enjoy frequent live music and an eclectic mix of indie, funk and alternative.

"Buddha on the Beach" will definitely bring you many nights to remember!



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