IDC Koh Tao – PADI Diving Courses

IDC Koh Tao •  Full Range of PADI Diving Courses

IDC Koh Tao is a part of Black Turtle Dive dive centre and is located on the beach just north of the main pier on Koh Tao.

With two on-site restaurants, its own bungalow and Superior beach view AC room accommodation, our customers can relax when not diving and enjoy an amazing Koh Tao sunset whilst sipping a refreshment.

World-class facilities 

Holding the elite title of a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC), IDC Koh Tao is one of the most established and professional dive schools located on Koh Tao.

You can start your scuba diver training off in the best possible way by studying your knowledge development in the comfort of an air-conditioned classroom with complimentary high-speed Internet.

Make yourself feel at home in our dedicated classroom for all our PADI Diving Instructor level training. Did we mention… the best coffee on Koh Tao delivers!

When it comes to water work, we offer plenty of opportunity to practice in any of our three training pools. Working in confined water will help you to develop the fundamental skills needed as a Professional diver.

As the saying goes, “practice makes perfect,” and what better way to practice your scuba diver training than in the largest, state of the art, purpose built training pool on Koh Tao.

For Open Water scuba training, you will be pleased to know that IDC Koh Tao is located a three minute walk from the pier. Take a relaxing stroll down the beach to board our dive boat.

Having a purpose built dive boat allows us to choose the best dive site to accommodate our diving courses and students’ current level of training. We manage groups as needed to make sure everyone is well taken care of.

Once you are on board you will notice that safety is a huge priority on our dive boat. Emergency and first aid equipment are checked daily, while staff monitor and supervise all divers entering and exiting the water. Every student and instructor is personally checked back on-board by our surface cover team.

We also have you covered for scuba diving equipment if you do not yet have your own personal kit. You will have full access to IDC Koh Tao equipment room. We take pride in maintaining our gear to the highest standards. If you are looking to buy your own equipment, our retail centre is located on site, where you can benefit from a 20% discount on all equipment and accessories.


A busy dive school

The best way to learn and succeed in the professional world of scuba diving is “hands-on” training. As IDC Koh Tao provide the full range of PADI dive courses, you will have plenty of opportunities to take part in a wide variety of training.

Whether it is Discover Scuba Diving or Pro Level Courses, there is nothing IDC Koh Tao does not offer. Additionally, we provide the full range of Freediving courses and offer Technical Diving.

Since we have customers coming to us from all over the world, we have a diverse group of multilingual instructors. This allows you to learn to teach and brief in your own language, as well as English. Having the ability to work in the industry with multiple languages is a huge plus, and something we are more than happy to help you develop.

If you sign up for one of our PADI Instructor training ‘Scuba Diving Internships or Lifestyle Packages’ you will be ‘team teaching’ alongside experienced instructors, who will be there to mentor and guide you. This will be done across the full spectrum of PADI courses. Giving you the confidence to eventually step out on your own and succeed as a professional in the industry.

Award winning staff

Under the guidance of 14 time Platinum Rated PADI Course Director Matt Bolton’s mentorship you have a wealth of expertise and knowledge at your fingertips.

This is especially important if you are considering a ‘career change’, as Matt has been in the industry since 1999 and has an enormous amount of wisdom and experience guiding the aspirations of thousands of candidates over many years.

Working alongside Matt Bolton are a score of award winning senior PADI instructors waiting to share their knowledge, expertise and experience with you.

Leading the way in Marine Conservation

If involvement in Marine Conservation projects is an area of expertise you have a passion for and wish to participate in, then our in-house conservation team provide a wide range of Eco courses and internships.

We built and maintain one of Koh Tao’s most popular artificial reefs which is helping to preserve the waters and marine life around Koh Tao and offer a wide range of marine conservation diving courses and programmes.

Eco Koh Tao is one of the most pro-active environmental organisations in South East Asia and schedule daily and weekly Eco based initiatives.

A paradise location

Located right on the beach on the west side of tropical Koh Tao, IDC Koh Tao is the perfect place to learn to dive on both a recreational and pro-level.

With a restaurant and bar on the beach there’s a fun and social atmosphere around the place. There’s no better place to sit back, relax and watch the sunset after a day’s scuba diving.

Multi Award Winning 5 Star Career Development Centre

Most Competitive Rates Anywhere in Thailand

Candidate Testimonials

"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!"

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