Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Matt Bolton
PADI Course Director #463559
Matt is responsible for teaching many of today’s successful dive centre owners, managers and Course Directors. Several of Matt’s ex-candidates and employees now work for PADI.
Platinum PADI Course Director Matt Bolton is one of the few Asian based Course Directors to have been selected to attend the prestigious Course Director Training Course at PADI HQ in California.
He is well respected within the scuba diving industry around the world and Matt was invited to teach the very first IDC’s in India, East Timor and Oman.
Matt was also selected to teach in Penang, Malaysia, as part of a Malaysian Government Yayasan Peneraju initiative to increase the number of local dive professionals working in their dive industry.
One of Matt’s main areas of focus is the business of diving, demonstrated by his success within the industry at senior management level.
He built Crystal Dive from a small non-affiliated dive centre, to one of the most popular and successful scuba diving brands in the world.
In 2017 Matt co-founded one of Koh Tao’s most popular Latin scuba brands Isla Tortuga before starting his latest brand Black Turtle Dive during Covid.
When not teaching IDC’s Matt’s focus is devising new marketing strategies, specifically in the online sphere and developing new educational and conservation initiatives.
One of these educational initiatives is the introduction of the REACT program – Reef Ecology and Conservation Training program that he introduced at Black Turtle Dive in 2022 in conjunction with non-profit Conservation Diver.
Matt also co-founded Eco Koh Tao, a non-profit conservation group in 2007 that specializes in Reef restoration and the development of Junkyard Reef – an artificial dive site located on the west side of Koh Tao.
Matt’s latest project, in conjunction with the DMCR – Department of Marine & Coastal Resources (Thai Government) – is a new artificial reef – Black Turtle Reef.
Matt is one of a small group of Koh Tao based Dive Professionals and Marine Scientists that are certified by the DMCR to teach Coral Propagation & Reef Restoration techniques.
Matt’s work in Instructor Development, diver training, marine conservation and the business of diving has been recognized countless times with industry awards.
PADI Course Director
DMCR Coral Restoration Instructor
Marine Resource Management (MRM)
Reef Check Trainer
Conservation Diver Instructor
EFR Primary, Secondary and Care for Children Instructor Trainer
BSAC Advanced Instructor
PADI INSTRUCTOR TRAINER
Enriched Air Nitrox
Search & Recovery
Digital Underwater Photography
Diver Propulsion Vehicle
AWARE Fish ID
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
AWARDS, DIPLOMAS & Achievements
PADI Platinum Course Director Award 2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 (17 times) – Since its inception
2021 – Awarded ‘Outstanding contribution to Instructor Development’ for second time
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
PADI President Drew Richardson & Matt Bolton
IDC Koh Tao • PADI 5 Star Award Winning Career Development Centre
Most Competitive Rates Anywhere in Thailand
IDC Koh Tao • Matt’s Industry News
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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...
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