Welcome to IDC Koh Tao
Multi Award winning ‘Platinum’ PADI Course Director Matt Bolton welcomes you to the beautiful island of Koh Tao, the centre of the Thailand Scuba Diving industry and one of the world’s premier training locations.
After completing your PADI Diving Instructor Course you have a license to work anywhere in the world. The PADI IDC in Koh Tao offers you the opportunity for a complete change of career, a complete change of lifestyle.
For more than 20 years, Matt has been teaching and diving in Koh Tao and is one of Thailand’s most experienced PADI Course Directors, with more than 6,000 professional level divers certified.
After setting up Crystal Dive’s dedicated Pro-Level Development Division, IDC Koh Tao, all of Matt’s achievements have been recognised by being awarded the prestigious ‘Platinum’ Course Director rating 11 times, the highest honour given by PADI.
Matt’s Divemaster Course and Instructor Development Course have been recognised for “Outstanding Achievements & Commitment to Instructor Development” by PADI Asia Pacific and his unique full Divemaster Internship and Instructor Internship have also been awarded the “Diver Trainer” award in 2017 for “Outstanding achievements in relation to raising the standards in the field of Diver Training.”
Get off to the best possible start in your diving career by joining Matt and his award winning team of highly experienced Course Directors & Master Instructors on a “Lifestyle” Diving Internship.
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"An Internationally Acclaimed PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC), this is a Dive Centre that provides you with an opportunity to change your lifestyle and develop a new career."
"Was a hard but great course! Thanks a lot again to all staff who teaches and prepared us so well, that finally the IE was easy going! Thanks Matt, Tina, Steph, Kenji, Steve, Manu and everybody else who supports us."
"They cater to your schedule during divemaster training so you can do it at your own pace and are also environmentally conscious which is an important factor. Anyone considering a professional career in diving should definitely consider Crystal."
"They are very dedicated, and were always there to help me with the theory, and to improve my scuba teaching skills. If you are still searching for a centre to do your IDC at, I recommend doing it with Matt."
"There was absolutely nothing that could have happened during the IE the candidates were not made very well aware of. Everything ran so smoothly for the candidates."
"It's a good decision to do your training with Matt, a lot of information is given and shared experiences. If you guys wanted to do IDC, I recommend doing it with IDC Koh Tao. Thank you for the amazing IDC."
"If you guy's are looking for good teachers and the best Course Director, this is the place..Thank you for guiding us, inspiring us and making us what we are today. Highly recommend."
"I enjoyed every single day of my IDC as well as my MSDT. Matt is an outstanding Course Director who goes all the way out for you, in preparation for the IE."
"The course was fun and you meet a bunch of new people, it’s not hard to fit in. When the day of the IE arrives, you don't even stress about it, because the Course Directors are the best."
"Did my IDC with Crystal Dive and IDC Koh Tao and I'm so happy I chose them. Matt Bolton made sure that there was lots of learning, training and laughs! I felt more than prepared for the I.E. And it showed!"