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 Black Turtle Dive’s 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.

The World’s first Mongolian PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor

Imagine you do something that sets you apart from everyone else! Imagine being able to offer something that no one else can. I am currently sitting with Khaliun Batsaikhan who is officially now the first Mongolian PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Khaliun came to us...

6 Reasons to Choose PADI for Pro Level Diver training

So you are considering turning your passion into a dream career and pursuing a future as a professional diving instructor. What then are the most important factors to consider when it comes to your training? Of course I get asked this question a lot! And with good...

A Complete Guide to the PADI Divemaster

Best PADI Divemaster Course Koh Tao PADI Course Director Matt Bolton answers the most common questions about the meaning and role of a PADI Divemaster. One of the most common questions asked when people learn I am a PADI Course Director is ‘How do I become a...

What is a PADI Specialty Instructor

I was sitting having a coffee with one of our Rescue Diver students over the recent Instructor Examination that was held here on Koh Tao. A close friend of hers was actually on that IE, inspired by the feedback she had received about the IDC, and buoyed by the thought...

10 Top Tips for new PADI Instructors when teaching Student Divers

The day after an IE always has a Sunday feeling about it and I enjoy hiding away from the world in my office catching up on e-mails. Last month whilst most of Koh Tao’s newly certified OWSI’s where either nursing a well-earned hangover or merely enjoying the first day...

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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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