PADI Course Director Matt Bolton

Gelauwerde Platinum PADI Course Director Matt Bolton


PADI Course Director #463559

Matt heeft meer dan 20 jaar in de duikindustrie gewerkt en de afgelopen 16 jaar les gegeven in Instructor Development cursussen (IDC’s) op Koh Tao.

Matt is betrokken geweest in het lesgeven aan veel van de huidige succesvolle eigenaren, managers en Course Directors van duikcentra.

Platinum PADI Course Director Matt Bolton is een van de weinige in Azië gevestigde Course Directors die is geselecteerd om de prestigieuze Course Director Training Course bij te wonen op het PADI hoofdkwartier in Californië.

Hij wordt zeer gerespecteerd binnen de duikindustrie over de hele wereld en Matt werd uitgenodigd om de allereerste IDC’s te geven in India, Oost-Timor en Oman.

Matt werd ook geselecteerd om les te geven in Penang, Maleisië, als onderdeel van een overheidsinitiatief om het aantal lokale duikprofessionals in hun duikindustrie te vergroten.

Een van Matt’s belangrijkste aandachtsgebieden is duiken, wat blijkt uit zijn succes binnen de branche op senior managementniveau.

Hij bouwde Crystal Dive van een klein duikcentrum uit tot een van de meest populaire en succesvolle duikmerken ter wereld.

Wanneer Matt geen les geeft, richt Matt zich op het bedenken van nieuwe marketingstrategieën, met name in de online sfeer en het ontwikkelen van nieuwe educatieve initiatieven.

Een van deze educatieve initiatieven is de introductie van het Environmental & Conservation-curriculum dat Crystal sponsort in samenwerking met Eco Koh Tao, een non-profit natuurbeschermingsgroep die Matt in 2007 mede heeft opgericht.

Matt’s werk op het gebied van Instructor Development, duiktraining, marine natuurbehoud en duiken is talloze keren bekroond met prestigieuze prijzen.


PADI Course Director
Marine Resource Management (MRM)
Reef Check Trainer
EFR Primary, Secondary and Care for Children Instructor Trainer
BSAC Advanced Instructor


Enriched Air Nitrox
Deep Diver
Search & Recovery
Underwater Videography
Underwater Photography
Digital Underwater Photography
Equipment Specialist
Wreck Diver
Multi Level
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Underwater Naturalist
Whaleshark Awareness Specialist
AWARE Sea Turtle Specialist
Emergency Oxygen Provider
PADI Oxygen Provider
Dive Center Employee
Coral Watch Coral Health Chart
AWARE Shark Conservation Diver
Whaleshark Awareness Diver
AWARE Shark Conservation
Dive against Debris
PADI Sidemount Diver



2007 Co-founded non profit marine conservation group Eco Koh Tao

2009 Taught first ever IDC in India

2011 Taught first ever IDC in East Timor

2016 Selected by Malaysian Government (Yayasan Penerajuto) to conduct Penang Island’s first EVER PADI IDC as part of Government initiative to encourage more Malaysian dive professionals to embark on a career in the scuba diving industry.

PADI Platinum Course Director Award 2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (14 times) – Since its inception

2017 – Awarded Outstanding Contribution to Diver Training

2015 – Awarded Outstanding contribution to the Dive Industry for the third time

2013 – Awarded ‘Outstanding contribution to Instructor Development’

2012 ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dive Industry’

2010 Awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to Dive Industry’

2010 PADI Asia Pacific Instructor Development Award

2009 PADI Asia Pacific Diver Retention Award

2009 Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award

2008 PADI Asia Pacific Diver Trainer Award

2008 Project AWARE Environmental Achievement Award

2010 PADI Asia Pacific Marine Environmental Award

2009 PADI Asia Pacific Outstanding Business Award

2009 PADI Asia Pacific Marine Environmental Award

2008 PADI Asia Pacific Instructor Development Award

2008 PADI Asia Pacific Marine Environmental Award

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Diver Training Award
PADI President Drew Richardson & Matt Bolton

IDC Koh Tao • PADI 5 Star Award Winning Career Development Centre

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IDC Koh Tao • Matt’s nieuwtjes uit de industrie

Sidemount Diver Training as a PADI Instructor

I was conducting a routine dive with my Divemaster candidates using a backmount single tank configuration at Chumphon Pinnacles.   There was a technical diver also on our dive boat, diving on a Sidemount set-up and he decided to tag along with us on our dive. Half way...

The Importance of Neutral Buoyancy as a Dive Professional

As a PADI Course Director, I have the opportunity to work with and develop hundreds of budding dive professionals. I feel as though I have an obligation to set each and every one of my candidates up for success within the Dive Industry. For me, personally, this means...

What is CITES and why it is important

Planet Earth is home to about 1.8 million species. Approximately 13,000 new species are discovered every year. Together all these species form an integral part of the natural ecosystem and are vital contributors to our diets, our medicine and clothing needs. Yet, many...

Getuigenissen van kandidaten

"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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