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Going Pro – Thailand

Going Pro – Thailand

Let’s talk about Thailand, let’s talk about Natalie Hunt!!

Natalie Hunt: Manager / PADI Course Director/EFR Instructor Trainer #460782

Born and raised in Australia, Natalie was lucky enough to spend much of her childhood enjoying barbeques on the beach and riding the waves along the coast of Sydney. Post college, as she entered into the world of nine-to-five, her passion for the water became lived through her screensaver (perhaps you are feeling the same, she says). Natalie decide to pack her bags and see what was out there and has never looked back!


Natalie Hunt, Going Pro Thailand

While working as a cook on a liveaboard in Egypt, Natalie saw the opportunity to continue on her path of international citizenship and beaching it with colleagues who were teaching scuba diving. Natalie headed off to Koh Tao, Thailand to take her IDC. Over the next 16 years Natalie traveled the world on the back of teaching PADI dive courses.

Now, Natalie have the pleasure of representing Sunshine Divers as PADI Course Director and Training/Operations Manager. I have been privileged enough to have trained thousands of PADI divers from beginner Open Water divers to the professional ratings of PADI Divemaster, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Specialty Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Master Instructor. I go to the office everyday but haven’t worked a minute since I took my IDC and I hope that you have a similar experience!

Natalie brings a wealth of international diving and teaching experience to instructor development. Natalie has worked in the dive industry since 1997 in Thailand, the Caribbean, Egypt, Australia and Canada. She is excited to offer instructor candidates the opportunity to draw from her experiences and gain an appreciation for working with diverse diving audiences and cultures.

Natalie has managed the 5 Star Instructor Development Centre Sunshine Dive Resort (also owned by Bans Diving) since 2006, which offers personalized diver training to smaller groups. Natalie has certified several thousands of divers herself but she was most excited when recently the dive centre was awarded for having the highest growth in certifications in Asia Pacific. Although the number of people introduced to the underwater world through Sunshine Divers has grown, Natalie’s focus has remained – quality individualized instruction.

Representing the Instructor Koh Tao team Natalie is the only only female Course Director on the island. Natalie is excited to share her unique experience in the industry as well as her enthusiasm, patience, and knowledge.

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Summary of Qualifications:

  • Teaching Experience:
  • 3000 + Certifications
  • PADI Course Director #460782
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Trainer
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • EFR- Care For Children and AED Instructor Trainer
  • Wreck Specialist Instructor Trainer
  • Digital Underwater Photography Trainer
  • Search and Recovery Instructor Trainer
  • Underwater Navigator Instructor Trainer
  • Night Diver Instructor Trainer
  • Enriched Air Instructor Trainer
  • Deep Diver Instructor Trainer
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Trainer
  • Project Aware Instructor Trainer
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Instructor Trainer


  • Awarded Diver Retention 2007 as Manager Sunshine Divers -6153
  • Associate Diploma in Business Management

So, Sunshine Divers? Tell me more.

Sunshine Divers is located on the Southern bay of Koh Tao in Chalok Baan Kao. Recognized by PADI as a 5 Star Gold Palm IDC centre, and one of Asia Pacific’s leading PADI dive centers, Sunshine Divers are proudly affiliated with our sister organization Ban’s Diving Resort on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao – renowned for their outstanding contribution to the dive industry worldwide.

As a small dive school, Sunshine Divers provides a relaxed atmosphere, offering personal scuba diving experiences but with the use of our large CDC dive operation facilities.

Sunshine Diver’s philosophy is simple. To provide our divers with the best education for diver training with the use of up-to-date and fully serviced dive equipment, to ensure that your time at Sunshine Divers is a fun-filled experience.

Please click here to see a breakdown of course costs and the IDC and IE schedule if you wish to train with Natalie Hunt on glorious Koh Tao, Thailand.