Khao Lak Scuba Adventures is the busiest and largest award winning PADI 5 Star CDC Career Development Centre in Khao Lak. With 7 liveaboards, we are able to provide the highest number of liveaboard options available in Khao Lak. We have trips going to the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock – widely regarded as some of the top 10 dive sites in the world. We operate our own liveaboard fleet under the brand name Manta Queen Liveaboard. In one season, which starts on the 15th of October until the 15th of May, we accommodate over 5000 diving guests. Our goal, since we started operating 16 years ago, is to provide and maintain the highest level of safety, customer service and fun.

Since 2019 we have been awarded as the very first PADI CDC Career Development Centre in Khao Lak, running monthly IDC´s with the world famous and most successful award winning Platinum PADI Course Director Mark Soworka. Mark has been running IDC´s for more than 21 years all over the world and our second award winning Platinum PADI Course Director is Shayne Ng, who takes care of our Chinese Pro Level Candidates. Patricia De Brito, who is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled PADI IDC Staff, works alongside our incredible PADI Course Directors on the IDCs as well as running the incredible PADI Divemaster program that we have at Khao Lak SCUBA Adventures. We have our own large purpose built dive pool, modern classrooms, state of the art IDC classrooms and chilled study areas. With so many Liveaboard vessels and lots of PADI courses taking place, there are lots of opportunities to follow courses, get real-life experience at a busy dive shop and meet lots of customers of all abilities and skill levels so that, at the end of your course, you have a good working knowledge to take with you on your future career. Join the team – welcome on board.


Here at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures we work with the best! Our Pro training team is made up of 3 crucial members: Mark Soworka (Course Director),Shayne Ng (Course Director), and Patrícia De Brito (IDC Staff).

Mark is the most experienced Course Director in the world with more than 5000 instructor level certifications. For many years Mark’s students have enjoyed the exceptionally high success rate of his teaching. Shayne is also a very experienced Course Director having won several awards for her work. Having Shayne with us is a blessing as not only is she an amazing Course Director, but she is Samarinda in both English and Chinese! Patrícia is a incredible instructor and is passionate about marine conservation having taken part in several surveys and seminars around the world.


PADI Platinum Course Director instructor.

He has maintained 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 worldwide
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. We help build careers, right through from Divemaster to Master Instructor and Course Director.
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. 


PADI Platinum Course Director.

Shayne is from Singapore. She started scuba diving in 2003 and has been very passionate about diving ever since!

In a backpacking trip to Thailand in 2008, she met several friends in Koh Tao who were training to be PADI Dive Instructors and wanted to lead a life like them. She quit her job, returned to Koh Tao few months later and became an instructor.

Since starting her first job in Buddha View Dive Resort, she has travelled around the world and has worked as a full time PADI Dive Instructor for the last 8 years. She has worked in Thailand, Philippines, Maldives, Indonesia and Malaysia as a Dive Instructor and Dive Resort Manager.

She is now a PADI Course Director and teaches in English and Chinese. Shayne is also a PADI freediving instructor.


PADI IDC Staff Instructor.

A few years ago, Pat decided to follow her passion for traveling and scuba diving; she quit her job, bought a one way ticket and never looked back. Since then, she lived and worked in several countries from the west coast of Africa to East-Timor and she’s back to Thailand again!

Her drive is to transmit the best knowledge and safe diving practices to help people enjoy the fantastic underwater world and even though she loves teaching scuba entry levels, teaching Pro education levels was always her aim. She’s highly focused on her job but she’s also dancing, jumping and singing all day long… will you take the challenge? 🙂

Fun fact: Back in her country – Portugal – she’s known as „Nudi“ (nudibranch) amongst her peers. Wanna know why this is funny? You’ll need to come and check it yourself…


We offer a wide range of facilities and services here at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures.

We have: a purpose built swimming pool that was designed for teaching scuba diving. Two classrooms with TV’s for teaching theory, another larger classroom that is  a dedicated space for our IDC. All three classrooms have AC. 

We provide free equipment rental to all of our students taking pro courses during their course. All of the equipment is looked after by our equipment technician and kept at a high standard. 








Here at Khao Lak Scuba Adventures PADI 5 star CDC centre we love hearing about your experiences with us and we’re sure you like to hear that our students think we are as good as we say we are! So here’s some thoughts and reviews from previous students who loved there time here as much as you’re going to enjoy it.


Very good Course I am very enjoying the liveaboard internship at Similan Khaolak Scuba Aventures. The training he give me is special good and after the IDC. I am now ready for teaching PADI Courses

Thank you Mark and Khao Lak Scuba Adventures


My IDC experience with Khao Lak Scuba Adventurers was very organised and scheduled. Mark Soworka built up a team of very professional Staff Instructors and professional  facilities at Manta Queen Liveaboard that helped all 5 of us, We were well prepared and trained to pass our IE and become PADI Instructors. The teaching materials from Mark before and during the IDC have been very helpful to prepare ourselve.The IDC was not just studying or making presentations in the classroom, it was also alot of Fun.


L‘ IDC fut une merveilleuse expérience. Mark est toujours très heureux de répondre à vos questions. Il m’a également fait parvenir d’excellent documents en ligne (e-learning) avant mon arrivée à Khao Lak. Le programme était très bien monté et l’équipe de soutient était excellente et professionnelles, ils ont su rendre l’expérience inoubliable. Ils ont également su démontrer beaucoup de support et de patience lorsque j’en avait de besoin ne cessant de partager leurs expériences personnelles. Nous étions un groupe de six candidats qui avons grandit ensemble dans cette expérience et sommes devenu une équipe soudée. Nous avons tous passé notre examen afin de devenir instructeur à notre tour, c’était fantastique. Je le recommande fortement surtout si vous recherchez une expertise de travail sur un „liveaboard“ après votre IDC.


i did my DM and IDC with this company. it totally worth it. all package include liveaboard trips . thats amazing. training is good, trip also good. especially the course director, awesome. knowledgeable, friendly, professional, positive. learn a lot from him. it is a nice experience in my life.