IDC Koh Tao | Matt’s Industry News

Welcome to IDC Koh Tao’s Pro level Scuba Diving blog

Award Winning PADI Course Director Matt Bolton’s blog is for pro level diver and industry information. You can also check out the Crystal Chronicles blog for additional Koh Tao news.

As an aspiring dive professional, you will find information here to help you on your journey. If you require more specific pro level course details, please use the contact page and provide full details in the comments box.

How scuba diving helped Jamie Hull overcome adversity

Jamie Hull is no ordinary scuba diver. He is a leader in his field as a PADI dive professional and a fully qualified diving instructor with the British Army Sub Aqua Diving Association (ASADA), a special branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). This in itself is...

PADI Women’s Day 2018 Platinum PADI Course Director Suki Hung

Suki Hung is one of the most experienced Chinese PADI Course Directors, training over 1,000 PADI Professionals and has been at the highest level of the scuba diving industry for over a decade. Suki recalls her journey from the corporate world to the underwater world...

PADI Women’s Day 2018 Crystal Dive Master Instructor Tina Major

Tina Major is a PADI Master Instructor and one of the Divemaster Program Co-ordinators at Crystal Dive. Tina has contributed many years of dedication to the scuba diving industry and to the development of both recreational and pro level scuba divers. How and when did...

PADI Women’s Day 2018 Marine Conservationist Jenny Dowling

Jenny Dowling has been with Crystal Dive for almost 10 years and heads up Eco Koh Tao, one of Asia Pacific’s leading Marine Conservation Organisations. Eco Koh Tao specialise in education through Eco Courses, preservation and conservation of marine environments and...

The Importance of Marine Conservation as a Dive Professional

Donning a mask and snorkel and placing your face underwater can be a daunting undertaking for many a novice scuba diver. Breathing from a scuba regulator, the bubbles, the noise, often takes some getting used to. Dive instructors have an important role to play as...

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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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