Why Choose PADI?

PADI • Global Leaders in Diver Education for over 50 Years

Global brand recognition

The PADI brand and logo are recognised around the world as the symbol that represents scuba divers. PADI Professionals, PADI courses and PADI educational materials are the most sought after in the scuba diving industry. People still refer to learning to dive as ‘Getting my PADI’.

Performance based education

The PADI System of diver education is the most instructionally solid system in diving and creates training that is enjoyable and worthwhile. As a PADI instructor you’ll be trained to scuba diving’s highest standards, backed up by a solid, proactive quality management system.

State-of-the-art technology and learning theories have been used to create PADI materials with the student diver always in mind. There are independent study materials, available in a variety of media that allow students to learn in a way that works for them as well as instructional support materials to help you further explain important concepts and verify understanding.

Top Educational Standards

All PADI programs, from entry-level through to scuba instructor training, fall under strict educational standards monitored for worldwide consistency and quality. PADI takes a proactive approach to quality management and randomly surveys PADI Divers to confirm their courses meet PADI’s high standards as well as the divers expectations.

No other diver-training organisation works harder to maintain this level of professional reliability and integrity.

International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) Standards Compliant

PADI courses are certified as compliant with ISO standards for Recreational Diving Services by an independent auditor, the European Underwater Federation and the Austrian Standards Institute.

Customer Service and business support

As a PADI-Pro Member you’ll receive an unparalleled level of customer service and business consultation. With the largest staff of regional managers and specialised business consultants in the dive industry, you’ll enjoy personal attention.

There are dedicated Customer Service Teams at PADI Regional Headquarters focused on providing you with advice, recommendations and support. All PADI Regional Managers (RMs) have worked in the dive industry for many years with several having previously owned or managed dive shops.

They are well versed on PADI training programs and products and are there to support you with advice and solutions.

Risk management and insurance

PADI is the only organisation to provide full-time in-house risk management staff to assist you in evaluating business practices, teaching techniques and prudent decision-making to enhance the safety and enjoyment of your customers and to help manage risk.

Whether coaching you, developing assumption of risk forms or assisting should an incident occur, the risk management team is always available.

As a PADI professional member you have access to the scuba diving industry’s most comprehensive insurance programs. These programs provide specialised coverage for dive shops, resorts, dive boats and scuba instructors or dive supervisors.

You also have the confidence that comes from having the scuba diving industry’s strongest and most successful legal defence team behind you. Additionally, the PADI family’s size gives them the power to represent the interests of diving and the environment in the face of legislation or regulation.

Environmental stewardship

As the global leader in diver education, the PADI organisation takes its role in environmental stewardship seriously. Partnering with Project AWARE, PADI Offices, PADI Members and PADI Divers donate time and resources to help protect underwater resources and implement lasting change.

A healthy ocean is critical to not only our livelihood, but also to the lives of future generations.

PADI Brand • Trusted & Recognised Around The World

Most Competitive Rates Anywhere in Thailand

IDC Koh Tao • Matt’s Industry News

10 Top Tips for new PADI Instructors when teaching Student Divers

Teaching Tips for new PADI Dive Instructors 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...

What is a PADI Specialty Instructor

PADI Instructor Specialty Training Course 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...

Why Choose Koh Tao for a PADI Dive Instructor course

IDC Koh Tao PADI Dive Instructor Course Having just completed this month’s IDC and waved off my candidates for their PADI Instructor Examinations (IE), I’m sat reflecting how far the IDC Koh Tao Thailand brand reaches. This month I have IDC candidates from India,...

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!"



Pin It on Pinterest

Share This