Why Choose IDC Koh Tao?

IDC Koh Tao • 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Course

As one of the most established and progressive dive centres in Thailand, IDC Koh Tao at Crystal Dive has built a reputation of professionalism and dedication second to none.

We are recognised within the dive industry as one of only a handful of resorts in the country to be awarded the prestigious Career Development Centre (CDC) and a 5 Star rating from PADI.

Our purpose built IDC centre ensures a relaxing and stress free environment conducive to learning. Our air conditioned classrooms creates the perfect setting to sit the IDC alongside our 3 purpose built swimming pools, making our Instructor Development Course a relaxing and stress free experience.


PADI Instructor Development Course, Koh Tao

As a part of the Crystal Dive complex, IDC Koh Tao is located beachside only 300m from the main pier in Mae Haad and provides our IDC candidates with easy access to all areas of our operations. Being surrounded by a diving environment is a huge benefit to all candidates, as well as providing inspiration to students and future dive professionals!

Add to that our beachside restaurant and bar overlooking the ocean and its difficult to imagine a better place to Go Pro.

  • All Instructor Internship and Divemaster Internship programs conducted by one of the most experienced Dive Crews in Thailand.
  • Affiliated with Crystal Dive Resort, Koh Tao’s award winning dive centre and one of the world’s most successful PADI diving operations.
  • Koh Tao Island- A “must see” destination and one of the best locations in the world for Pro-Level Divemaster and Instructor training.
  • All Internships include Coral Reef/Environmental Awareness & Action seminar and workshops conducted by Eco Koh Tao.
  • DSAT Discover Tech Intro included in all Internship programs.
  • Intro to Pro Underwater Video included in all Internship programs.
  • 1 year “INDEPTHS” Gold Plus Personal Pro Level comprehensive diving insurance included in all Internship programs.
  • FREE Diving for Life!
  • Matt’s unique Pass Guarantee for PADI Instructor Examination!
    In the highly unlikely event you are unsuccessful on the IE we will pay for your second IDC & IE.
  • Job Placement assistance and CV development workshop.

PADI IDC Koh Tao • Award Winning Instructor Training

Most Competitive Rates Anywhere in Thailand

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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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