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Why do your PADI IDC with TSD?

Experience of our Dive Instructors

PADI IDC Open Water Presentations BriefingOne of the advantages of doing your PADI IDC at Thresher Shark Divers is the wide and varied experience of our dive instructors. They have each been working in diving jobs, teaching around the world for many years - in the tropics and in cold water, in Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Caribbean, the Red Sea, South Pacific... you name it. So whatever your goals and aims for the future, someone should have done it before and will be able to help and advise you. Most of our instructor are PADI Master Instructors and above, which means they are tremendously experienced.

PADI IDC One-on-oneSmall Class Size

TSD has always been known for its small groups and individual attention, both with PADI courses and fun divers. This does not change when you get to Instructor level. There are often several staff members helping on the IDCs, and sometimes more Instructors than students on your course. You will not be in a 'dive-factory' stuck in a class with 10-20 other Instructor Candidates with very little individual attention. When you do your IDC with us you get one-on-one attention to ensure you not only pass, but do well in your Instructor Exam. As an added bonus, you will become part of the TSD family and you can expect to make lifelong friendships.

Employment Assistance for Dive Instructor Jobs

For anyone becoming a PADI Instructor, the idea of finding a diving job after certification is sure to be a daunting prospect. For all PADI IDC Candidates we offer a FREE Dive Instructor Employment Workshop after the IE. This will involve all aspects of job-hunting in the dive industry. We will help you write your resume, advise you on how to find the dive job of your dreams, help you get started on your diving career, how to use the web, pitfalls to avoid etc. As we have many years experience in managing dive shops and employing dive instructors, we will be able to help you with many tips that will help you

  1. get that critical first response and
  2. avoid any mistakes that would send your resume straight to the trash.

Our newly certified instructors never seem to have any problems finding jobs and we currently have graduates working in locations as diverse as Thailand, Indonesia, The Red Sea, Antarctica, Mexico, the South Pacific and the Cayman Islands.

Work Experience as Diving Instructors

The PADI IDC gives you the tools to teach, but you still have no experience actually teaching. After certification as a PADI Instructor you have the option to continue your education at TSD on an MSDT Prep Internship, team-teaching with our experienced instructors. Team-teaching takes the stress out of your first certifications and also gives you some experience to put on your resume. You can do this as a stand alone 'Learn to Teach' program or as part of our PADI MSDT program.

Quality of your Dive Education

TSD is one of the top PADI Dive Centers in the Philippines and a PADI 5 Star IDC Center. The awards that we receive each year under strong competition are a testament to that. TSD's motto, in everything we do, has always been quality (and safety) above everything else - your IDC will be no different.

Manta Ray in MalapascuaFabulous Diving!!!

In the midst of worrying about becoming an instructor, don't forget the reason that most of us got into diving in the first place - the fact that diving is incredible! In Malapascua you have some of the top diving in the world. Most of our packages include free fun diving, so take advantage of that. This is the only place in the world you can see thresher sharks every day and mantas are frequent visitors. With wrecks, walls, reef, macro, muck diving, tec and more, there will be plenty to take your mind off studying if you need a break. Located in the Golden Triangle of diving, the huge biodiversity of species in Malapascua will give you a good foundation of marine life knowledge, particularly if you do a full PADI Dive Instructor internship with us.

Your PADI Course Directors

At Threshers Shark Divers, we are very proud to offer you one of the most experienced teams of Course Directors in Asia, Mark Soworka's Dive Careers. Courses can be conducted in English, German, French, Chinese, Spanish and Italian.

Mark Soworka

Mark comes with stellar ratings and he is one of the most experienced and successful PADI Course Directors in Asia. Throughout his 15 year career as a CD, he has maintained the highest of success rates on PADI Instructor Exams and has helped thousands of instructors and divemasters find rewarding careers in the dive industry. From this, he has built up a network of successful dive instructor candidates all around the world which he now uses to help new Dive Pros in their careers.

Course Director Mark SoworkaOriginally from Australia, Mark has been diving since he was twelve years old.  He has experience diving all over the world, from Australia, to Africa, South America and even a few months in the Arctic Circle! Before becoming a Course Director, he certified almost 2,000 student divers and worked as General Manager and Training Manager in various dive centres.

This extensive diving, teaching and managing experience sets Mark apart from most PADI Course Directors. He has been teaching PADI IDCs on Koh Tao and Koh Samui since 1997 and has more than a staggering 3,000 Instructor level certifications.

Mark’s qualifications include:

  • PADI Platinum Course Director. One of Asia’s first to be awarded the Platinum Course Director, PADI’s highest Course Director recognition
  • DAN Oxygen Provider Instructor Trainer
  • DAN Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor Trainer
  • Marine Resource Management Instructor Trainer (offered FREE on this course!)
  • PADI Shark Awareness Specialty Instructor Trainer – NEW!
  • Additional PADI Instructor Specialty Trainer ratings include: Wreck, Enriched Air Nitrox, Rebreather, Naturalist, Fish ID, Deep, Night, Digital Photography, Videography, Navigator, DPV, Equipment.
  • 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 and Mark has all three in abundance!

Mark Soworka:

“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 Thailand 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 program 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 3,000 instructor level certifications, I have maintained a 99% success rate on PADI instructor programs, which must be one of the highest success rates worldwide. But the real strength of my PADI instructor programs is that they are about getting you a rewarding and successful career in the dive industry."

Jason Orage

PADI Course Director Jason Orage, originally from London, has over 14 years experience in the dive industry and has lived and worked in some of the best diving locations around the world. He has finally settled on Malapascua Island in the Philippines with some of the best diving he has ever come across!

Jason is the only resident PADI Course Director on Malapascua which means Instructor courses can be taught at any time. He is also a PADI Technical and Trimix Instructor Trainer, a rating that shows a high level of experience and knowledge in both recreational and technical diving and one that is held by just a handful of Course Directors worldwide. He has helped mentor and train hundreds of recreational, technical and professional divers throughout his career.

Jason Orage PADI Course DirectorJason is a very safety conscious diver and very enthusiastic about the underwater environment. Over the years he has done many thousands of dives and has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in various diving conditions and environments ranging from warm, crystal clear tropical waters to very limited visibility with strong currents.

Jason's Qualifications include:

  • Instructor Specialty Trainer ratings (recreational): Wreck, Enriched Air Nitrox, Naturalist, Fish ID, Deep, Night, Digital Photography, Oxygen Provider, Multilevel, Navigator, Boat, Drift, Search and Recovery, Drysuit
  • Getting more technical, he can teach Instructor level in Equipment, Cavern, Sidemount (rec and tec levels.
  • Technical: Tec Instructor, Tec Deep Instructor, Trimix Instructor, Tec Sidemount Instructor, Tec Gas Blender Instructor (including Trimix)
  • PADI Emergency First Response and Care for Children Instructor Trainer

Jason has also won awards including recently the prestigious PADI Instructor of the Month, chosen from over 100,000 PADI Professional worldwide!

Other Course Directors

Mark also works with his highly trained team of experienced CDs who may be part of your course.

PADI IDC Staff Instructors & Master Instructors


Known to all simply as "Dino," TSD's Operations Manager is a PADI Master Instructor who has been managing resorts, hotels and dive centers in South East Asia since 1992. Originally from the UK, Dino is a constant presence in the dive shop and will be involved in your Intern and IDC program. He may also staff your IDC. In addition to helping on IDCs, he will be a valuable resource for job searching after you are certified due to his extensive experience in dive resort management.

Amy Walton

Amy is our Logistics Coordinator for all Intern and IDC candidates. She will be one of your points of contact prior to arrival, and will be your first port of call during your time with us on Malapascua.

Angus Thorburn

Angus has been with with TSD for several years and is a PADI Master Instructor from Scotland. Before joining us in the Philippines, his main experience was in Thailand and Mozambique. In Africa he dived every day with the "Big 5" - whales, whale sharks, turtles, mantas and dolphins, sometimes seeing all 5 in one day! There is no-one who is more dedicated to his students, and Angus will bring out the the best in you.

Xesus Varela

Xesus, from Spain speaks many languages, and will be available for students needing help with Spanish, Portuguese, Italian etc.

Andrea Agarwal

Andrea will probably be your first contact when you e-mail us about IDC programs. Before you arrive, she will help you with program options to build the program that is best for you, and with logistics to help you get here and to ensure you are fully prepared before you arrive.

Andrea is a PADI Master Instructor and over her many years in diving has taught in three continents, including 10+ years on Malapascua. As well as assisting you before and during your stay, she may be on staff during your IDC. Andrea is also an EFR Instructor Trainer.

Find out more about the staff of Thresher Shark Divers



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