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Friday, 12 March 2021 11:01

Maldives IDC Review - Adam Ashraf

From Adam Ashraf Maldivian PADI Master Instructor and owner of PADI 5 Star Dive Center, Dive Desk in Male.

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Ashraf taking a selfie at the Maldives PADI Instructor Exam

As a Master Instructor, I have had the priviledge of staffing at Instructor Development Courses led by Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka of the Dive-Careers.com, based at Maldives' pioneer Dive Centre in the resort-island of Bandos Maldives, since 2017. Maldives February 2021 IDC posed many challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic: From having to relocate IDC to an inhabited-island guesthouse, losing candidates from travel restrictions to 10 out of 14 participants having to undergo a 12-day quarantine that doubled the time and expense for them; Maldives' first IDC of the year was an unprecendented commitment to professional level training by all participants involved with all ten instructor candidates making it through with flying colors!


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IDC Confined Presentation on our Maldives PADI Instructor course

To my team of Dive Desk staff instructors Bob and Jumba, to the now certified PADI Instructors YD, CJ, Athti, Aiman, Immy, Arif, Sharif, Caro, Modu and Mippu, to the most patient, down-to-Earth and knowledgable Course Director and mentor Mark Soworka, and to the Examiner Matt Wenger, a very big thank you for making it a memorable and successful IDC/IE. A very special thanks to Maamigili Council and our host Shamoon at Shamar Dive and Guest House for the warm hospitality and logistical support.


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Ten happy, new PADI Instructors on the PADI Maldives IE

Looking forward to our second IDC of the year scheduled for 18 May 2021. I am proud of seeing dedicated young people taking up diving as a career, and I feel honoured to be part of their PADI journeys.  To join our IDC experience in the Maldives contact either

Ashraf on +960 7937738 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Mark directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Location Maldives PADI IDC and PADI IE
Thanks to PADI Regional Manager Matt Wenger, Shamar Guest House and Maamigili Council for hosting the Maldives IDC and PADI IE.
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Monday, 24 June 2019 06:02

2018 in a FLASH!!!!

The year started for me already the first week of January in:


El Nido, Palawan 



We yearly run 5 IDC’s per year with Deep Blue Safari and I am lucky to travel there and enjoy the stunning sceneries, sunsets and of course great diving

After the IDC it’s time to say goodbye to Palawan and on my way home to:


Panglao, Bohol

This is where my whole adventure in the Philippines started. We are working with Sierra Madre divers and having great facilities to make the IDC even more relaxed.

Having the Dive centre on the beach is a fantastic and easy way to organize the open water presentations and the speciality dives.

And having the IDC centre 5 minutes away in a nice and quiet environment makes it great to do lectures and focus on the practice exams and of course a massive pool for training as well!!


After some programs in the Philippines, it’s time to go and see some SHARKS!!!!



Port Elizabeth, South Africa

In peaceful Port Elizabeth, we are teaching at Pro Dive.

In Port Elizabeth, the IDC is not only to become an instructor but also for most of the candidates the last step of a long internship from scratch to OWSI but also experience in compressors, service gear and becoming a skipper.


Diving with Seals, penguins and of course sharks is part of a daily job when diving there.

I am about to leave home to go to PE again this month and can't wait to finally see what summer is like hahaha.

When we are diving we all wanna see fish, plants and corals, but there is more to see like WRECKS and than we have to go to.


Coron, Palawan

Coron is the Mekka of wrecks in the Philippines where we conduct the IDC’S at


Not only the relaxed atmosphere in the centre but Coron itself is a great place to visit and of course dive one of the many wrecks they have there. Its all WWII wrecks and all the guides and instructors will tell you everything about the history of the wrecks.


Maybe you even luck to do the mock IE on a private Island as we did on the last IDC!!


But also one of the weirdest dive I did in my life was in

Barracuda Lake


You go out with the boat for about 10 min and then jump in with just scuba and swimwear. And yes I think its cold but in about 5 minutes I would find out why…

After a 2 minutes swim at the surface we had to climb up the shore and take some steps up over a little cliff and then you will see the lake. Looks normal at the start but far from that when we jumped in and yes still cold for me 27 degrees, till we dropped down to 14 meters and there the temperature was 36 degrees WWWHHHAAATT??

Yes, it was a crazy experience!!!


Overall 2018 was a great year with lots of new friends, instructors and adventures.


If you would like to have some more information about one of these locations or anywhere else where Dive Careers is conducting IDC’S please don’t hesitate to contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For more than ten years since her own IDC, Dive-Careers has worked with Marie-Lise Roux, right through to her becoming one of the most successful PADI Platinum Course Directors in the world.  After more than a decade of great successes working together, Marie now embarks up on a new chapter with her partner Arnaud to start a family.  Seems the perfect opportunity for us to take a look at the highlights and mishaps of Marie’s career over the past decade from Divemaster, dive shop owner, PADI instructor through to Course Director, from Egypt, to Thailand and onto Indonesia and Sri Lanka.  Such a wonderful career to recap with a few photos and a couple of stories.


I first met Marie at Buddha Bar when her then partner, Bas convinced her to come to Koh Tao for the IDC.  We had just had a Dutch speaking instructor leave, so there was an opening at Buddha View, Koh Tao for Bas to go straight into the team.  Both Bas and Marie fitted in great right from the beginning.

Marie and Bas had come from Egypt.  There they had met.  Bas was doing his diver training and Marie, as a divemaster, had opened a shop with her Egyptian husband.  This is sounding like a timeline of Marie’s relationships and not about her career as a diver.  Not meant to be that, but I guess relationships have also followed her career around the world.  Anyway, Bas swept her off her feet, probably with a bottle of vodka, and they left to get married on the shores of South Africa, a destination they would return to as Course Directors for Dive-Careers a decade later. 



Marie found work straight after her IDC on Koh Tao with Coral Grand and later came back to work with Dive-Careers and Buddha View.  Not only bringing a second language with French and a great personality but also a strong marketing acumen, she quickly made for herself a successful career as a dive instructor.  She has always done very well with getting people eager about dive courses right from open water through to the IDC.  Whether communicating on email or in person, that passion and enthusiasm she feels towards the dive industry is clear. This is why I pushed her towards Course Director and wanted her working with me. 

Marie started off as a Course Director with Dive-Careers on Koh Tao in 2015.  After so many years on Koh Tao, she had such a great base of friends and social network that guaranteed her successful IDCs on Koh Tao right from the beginning.  Her IDCs have always been fun and a great social atmosphere.  It is even how she met her now partner and father of their soon-to-be child.  Obviously very sociable events. 

I have relied on Marie for so much, from making sense of my accounts, keeping Bas in line and keeping up with the emails, through to being called out of bed in the middle of the night and told to find a way to Bunaken to start an instructor course the next day when I have been stuck at a border with passport problems. No complaints, maybe a quick snipe at my organisation abilities, and then she would just buckle down and get it done.  Turned up the next morning, half a world away and got the IDC completed.

The last couple of years Marie has been based on Indonesia where she has made many new friends and reunited with many old friends in the dive community.  She has also been conducting the IDCs in Sri Lanka for Dive-Careers and Poseidon Dive Station where she has developed the respect and admiration of the local diving community.  That great sense of community has always been so strong with Marie.




She has been a great asset to Dive-Careers and she has been an excellent mentor to so many of you.  Of course, we wish her the best with this new path as a mother.  But of course we wish to find a way to keep her part of the team, to keep her working with us and in touch with all of you.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. will stay an active email.  She will be working at home from Canada helping out that Dive-Careers community and finding new members.  And maybe soon, especially as that cold Canadian winter starts to bite, we might just be able to tempt her back to Asia for an IDC or it might just be time to expand to Dive-Careers Americas?



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Saturday, 28 April 2018 02:38

Bas' start to 2018, a year of PADI IDCs

So…… What happened in the Philippines so far this year???

To start with there is SO MUCH is going on in DIVE CAREERS…WHOOP!!

First I would like to congratulate Marie and Arnaud with an upcoming event hahaha. Marie is going to have a little break because she is about to run her private MCDTC that is new but means Mini Course Director Development Training Course back in Canada but she will be missed.

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This was the beginning of our 5th year with Poseidon Diving Station in Sri Lanka. While part of their team was busy opening their other location in Trincomalee, north east of the Country, a big part of the Poseidon Family was still on Hikkaduwa, south west, as, despite the approach of the end of the season, the place was very busy.

On top of that, a group 9 people decided to take over the place: US! The “Want to Go Pro” people!

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The February/March IDC in Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia had a very special chemistry between 4 candidates and their Course Director. It is not every day that you get an ambiance that makes you forget about time, heat, rain, stress and any other little factors that could affect concentration and motivation.

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It might be the shortest month of the year, but it doesn’t mean the action is less present on the Dive-Careers calendar. Here is a summary of what we’ve done last month, as usual…around the globe! Within 4 different locations, there is in February a total of 31 Dive Professional coming from 14 different countries who completed their pro level with us. Lets starts off with Instructor Development Course and why not talk about first… The Philippines!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016 12:34

Dream Job as a PADI Dive Instructor on Koh Tao

“See you soon on the way to work (usually it’s a nice walk on the beach) or in the office (yep…that will be underwater!)!”

The dream job…this is what we always hear.

Working in the diving industry is as a matter of a fact the dream job. The office for us, is “The sea”. How does that sound to you?

Out in the water after your Koh Tao IDC

Every month, along with Dive-Careers.com, our PADI Dive Masters take the step up to Instructor. Once their have completed their IDC (Instructor Development Course), they are ready to work, to share their passion to others and start their new careers.

Dive-Careers.com is not only offering a great training, but we are also offering a lifetime of support once our candidates have completed their training. Helping them finding a job is part of what we do, what we want and like to do.

Job opportunities are not only for Koh Tao, Thailand. The fact that we teach IDC’s in 8 different locations around the world, that we’ve been in the industry for two decades, that everywhere we go we like to meet and spend time with our former graduates, gives us the advantage of having a great network throughout the industry and the strong plus of being able to really help our dive instructor candidates network and find great careers.

The PADI Dive Instructor level is a ticket to travel the world. Certification is valid globally. The PADI Instructor is the one that can grab his bag, go where the sea looks great and settle down for the time of their life.

Last month on Koh Tao, we had 9 IDC candidates. I am writing these words 1 month later and I am proud to state that all 9 of them are now working as dive instructors.

Successful group of new instructors after their Koh Tao IDC

This time, most of them chose Koh Tao for now, but who knows what destination they might end up in as PADI Dive Instructors. That’s the beauty of our job anyway, being able to simply choose.

Shadeh, England, decided to complete her MSDT along with the new trendy specialties of Sidemount and Self Reliant. Not even having the time to complete her internship, poufffff, she is now working and applying to her daily life what’s she likes.

Shadeh teaching her first Advanced student after completing her IDC on Koh Tao

Lisa, New-Zealand, started off with some assisting courses as part of her MSDT and, as well, didn’t get the time to complete it yet as she has been asked and contacted for work in dive centres around the Island.

Group of happy students taught by successful Koh Tao IDC Instructor Lisa.

Carlos, Portugal, started off right away with Open Water and Advanced courses. And in Portuguese as well! What are the chances to teach his first course in Portuguese, his native language?! It all happens for a reason!

Since he started teaching and freelancing around the Island, we tried to get him to teach a course for us…but he is always busy!!

Carlos with newly certified divers at Siam Diving center after his Koh Tao IDC.

Szandra, Hungary, got a call for 2 Open Water students. She thought she would be more assisting to get use to the dive center’s operation, but no! Surprise, they are yours!! Ready for it?! Of course she was! Nothing can stop Szandra!!

Szandra on her first open water course at Coral grand Divers after her Koh Tao IDC

Stephen, England, used to work as a Photographer/Videographer. He decided to leave the camera on the side and start teaching instead. First phone call: Rescue Course. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! The one that a lot of Instructors fear (which they really shouldn’t!). Did he get it done, yes he did! Was the student happy, Yep! Since then, the phone is ringing non stop! When was your last day off Stephen?!!!!

Anna with a group of Open Water students after completing her Koh Tao IDC

Anna, France, is jumping around! She is literally walking around with her arms up, dancing and singing on the “I love my life” beat! Her first course was a PADI Scuba Diver in English. It has been followed by some DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) in French and it is continuing with Open Water Diver student in Spanish! Speaking a few languages can be pretty useful sometime!!

Ming, Wen and Shun, team China, didn’t waste time and were in fact assisting courses the morning after their IE (Instructor Examination), meaning the morning after the IE Party (I still don’t know how you managed that!!). Waiting for their numbers, they were assisting on Chinese Courses, but as soon as they received the email from PADI with their Instructor number, paf, straight into work with their own courses. Ming is now on a holiday in Bali (not a bad life isn’t!!) and Wen and Shun are on the boat…diving everyday! Though life!!!

Chinese team out teaching open water courses with whale sharks after their Koh Tao IDC

And this is just the last IDC we had! Every month it is the same. Here and every where we go to teach our Instructor candidates.

These guys are in, doing what they like, sharing their passion and promoting themselves via social medias which is now a very important of their and our job.

Australia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sicily, South Africa, Sri Lanka, it’s the same every where we go. The words “Dive-Careers” stand for something important and we make sure we are there to support it with our huge network around the globe.

If you fancy the sea as your office, don’t hesitate! It’s possible as you can see!!

Cheers and see you soon on the way to work (usually it’s a nice walk on the beach) or in the office (yep…that will be underwater!)!!



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Saturday, 08 April 2017 12:34

Global PADI IDC Tour with Bas

Beaches, Sceneries and lots of sharks!

Since I started teaching in the different locations we offer at Dive-Careers, there has never been a place better than another, but they all have their little something and all fantastic in their own way.

Let me give you an idea how its like…. This is how my adventure looks like. A bit from the past and from the future.

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 16:01

Become a PADI Instructor in Sicily

Becoming a dive professional with Sea Spirit Diving Resort (Taormina, Sicily) and start your dive career in any part of the world you want. Sea Spirit in cooperation with Mark Soworka make this a reality. Our Sicily IDC Candidates are spread out all over the world to make their dream come true and work as a dive instructor. Some of our new dive instructors started to work in Koh Tao, Thailand, others moved to the Maldives and Dominican Republic. Some IDC Candidates end up working in the Sea Spirit Team, continuing their dive career in the Mediterranean Sea!

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