Why Choose Crystal Dive?

Crystal Dive Koh Tao •  Full Range of PADI Diving Courses

World-class facilities 

A PADI 5 star Career Development Centre (CDC), Crystal Dive is one of the most established and professional dive schools on the tropical island of Koh Tao. With a suite of air-conditioned classrooms, three training pools and three dive boats, all your training needs are met on site.

Our retail centre is located on site where you can benefit from a 20% discount on equipment and accessories. 

A busy dive school

Crystal Dive Koh Tao provides the full range of PADI dive courses from Discovery Scuba Diving to Pro Level training and PADI Freediving courses to technical diving.

We have multilingual, international Instructors and customers from all over the world so you can learn to teach and guide in your own language as well as in English.

If you sign up for one of our PADI Instructor training ‘Internships or Lifestyle Packages’ you will learn to ‘team teach’ alongside a host of experienced instructors and across the full spectrum of PADI courses.

Award winning staff

Under the guidance of Eleven (11) 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 Eco Koh Tao 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, Crystal 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

IDC Koh Tao • Matt’s Industry News

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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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