PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

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PADI Open Water Diver Kota Kinabalu | Borneo Dream Dive Shop

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The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular course for learning to dive in the world! And what better place to learn to dive than in the calm, tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located in front of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with Borneo Dream as your trusted PADI Dive Centre. The full PADI Open Water Diver course involves pre-study and three days on our boat completing your confined skill sessions and open water dives.

Check out our special pricing when you book as a group. Learning to dive with family and friends is the best!

The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular course for learning to dive in the World!! Choose the full PADI Open Water Diver Course (3.5 days) with Borneo Dream during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu and enjoy small groups per PADI Instructor, nice diving boats, friendly crew offering great service, tasty lunch on an island and learning to dive in tropical waters along coral reefs.

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

Are you wanting to learn to dive during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah? Then choose the PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Dream. The PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular course for learning to dive in the world! The full course is 3.5 days and involves a pre-study session followed by three days on our boat during which you will complete five confined water skill sessions, four open water dives, a swim and float test. Upon completing the PADI Open Water Diver Course you will be a certified PADI Open Water Diver and able to dive to 18 metres with a buddy anywhere in the world.

During your PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Dream all confined skill sessions and open water course dives are completed in the lovely tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located in front of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. During your open water dives you can expect to see some pretty cool marine life including Clown Fish, Parrot Fish, Lion Fish, Puffer Fish, Barracuda, Yellow Snapper, Blue Spotted Rays and if you’re lucky a Hawksbill Turtle!

Learn to Dive - choose the PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

If you don’t have four days free during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah to learn to dive then there are other PADI Open Water Course options for you. The PADI Open Water Referral course is were you complete all the confined water training and academic study sessions in your home town with another PADI Dive Centre. Once you are on holiday in Kota Kinabalu you join two (2) days of diving completing four open water training dives. Another cool option is the PADI eLearning Open Water course were you complete all academics on-line using say a PC or iPad then come to Borneo for just three (3) days of water training. The choice is yours!

Typical Itinerary for the full PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

Course Itinerary

Pre-study Session

Arrive at our Shop in Kota Kinabalu (G27 Wisma Sabah) for a 9:30am start. During the study session you will watch 3 sections from the PADI Open Water Diver Course DVD. You will then complete 3 chapter Knowledge Reviews, answer correctly 3 quizzes plus 36 questions from the final exam. All this should take around 4 hours.

Day 1 - PADI Open Water Diver Course

Your need to meet our Dive Crew at the Red Public Telephone Booths at the entrance to Jesselton Point Jetty (in central Kota Kinabalu) at 8:45am, for a 8:50am boat departure. Please ensure you arrive on time, or early, as our boats will depart on time. You will enjoy a ~ 20 - 30 minute boat transfer to your morning dive site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

9:30am - Receive a full safety briefing provided by your PADI Instructor for your morning diving activities. You will then complete your 200m swim test and 10 minute float.

10:00am - You'll be helped into your dive gear. You are now ready to start your morning scuba diving training session! During the morning training session you will complete confined skill session 1.

11:30am - 12 noon - Back on our boat and chance to shower. You'll be transferred to Padang Point for a tasty lunch.

~1:30pm - Back on to our dive boat. Your PADI Instructor will provide a dive briefing for your first open water course dive. Put your dive gear on and go for a dive from our boat and enjoy diving along a shallow coral reef guided by your PADI Instructor. The dive can last anywhere from 30 - 50 minutes.

3:00pm - Back on our boat after you finish your open water course dive. You'll then be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty.

Day 2 - PADI Open Water Diver Course

Meet our Dive Crew at Jesselton Point Jetty for 8:45am, for a 9:00am boat departure. Today will be a busy dive day as we have a lot to do. In the morning you will complete Confined Water Training Sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5 followed by lunch. In the afternoon it is time for your PADI Open Water Dive 2. After your afternoon dive you will be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty (arriving back between 3:30pm - 4:30pm). By the end of today you will have completed enough training to be a PADI Scuba Diver. Cool!

Day 3 - PADI Open Water Diver Course

Meet our Dive Crew at Jesselton Point Jetty for 8:45am, for a 9:00am boat departure. All being well, by the end of today you will be a PADI Open Water Diver and have joined the millions before you in this fantastic diver education program - The PADI Open Water Diver Course. Today will be a less busy PADI Open Water Diver Course day, but we still have a lot to do. In the morning you will complete Open Water Dive 3 followed by lunch. In the afternoon it is time for your PADI Open Water Dive 4 - your final qualifying dive :-). After high 5's with your PADI Instructor you'll be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty (arriving back to ~ 4:00pm). Congratulations on becoming a certified PADI Open water Diver!!

Course Pre-requisites

To join a PADI Open Water Diver Course you must be:-

  • Aged 10 years or older.
  • Fit, healthy and able to swim comfortably in water to deep to stand up in. You will be required to self certify you are healthy to go diving before you start the course. If you will answer YES to any question on the PADI Medical form we will need to see a signed letter from your doctor saying you are healthy to dive.
  • Prepared to study both before and during your PADI Open Water course.

Whats included?

  • PADI Manual, Certification and Log Book
  • Full Diving Equipment
  • Lunch on diving days
  • Low Instructor to Student Ratios, often lower than 1:3
  • Free flow water on our boats
  • Instruction in English, Malay or Chinese
  • A smile

What’s not included?

  • Sabah Parks Diving Permit and Island Conservation Fee - RM 21.20 Malaysian RM 53.00 Non Malaysian
  • Collection from your hotel

What do I need to bring on my diving days?

  • Towel
  • Swim wear - Please be ready to get wet straight away :-)
  • Sun tan lotion
  • Any personal items
  • Your PADI Manual
  • Money in case you want an ice cream...
  • A smile :-)

Notes - PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Please note that you need to have minimum 18 hours free after diving before flying on a plane, or changing altitude > 300 metres, in line with PADI safety standards.


Borneo Dream did an excellent job accommodating our family. Our 12 yo daughter completed her Open Water certification and Basir, our guide, was wonderful with her- encouraging her and sharing his enthusiasm for diving. It was great that my husband (a certified diver) was able to accompany her on all her dives and be a part of this with her. Myself and our younger daughter were able to accompany them on the boat for the 3rd day and enjoyed the wonderful snorkeling. The boat, equipment and dive/snorkel sites were all great and the Borneo Dream staff made our trip top notch. Highly recommend!

My Padi OWD Course with Borneo Dream was absolutely amazing. You guys really did a perfect job! I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but our instructor Eugene was extremely professional, patient, welcoming and funny! I felt very safe all the time and had lots of fun at very nice dive spots! I'm already looking forward to dive with you guys soon ;) Eugene and Team, thank you so much for opening the marine world!

Absolutely amazing course, really from the start the guys are professional but also fun too. We were a little nervous in the water at first and all the group felt a little unsure and also overwhelmed by the theory. But they really made everything so easy, step by step, and in the end the exam was nothing and we were so comfortable and confident in the water! We also saw some really stunning places out here, great place to do your PADI.

PADI OWD opened for me now!

All because of these guys!

Thank you so much for such a professional, funny and safe course!

Special thanx to Basir, my instructor!
The best of the Best!

Our Padi Open Water Diver course, was an incredible experience. Our instructor, Basir, made it even more wonderful. He was such a lovely instructor and gave us time if we couldn't do something and helped us to retry. He was hilarious and made the whole trip more enjoyable. We saw 3 green turtles on one of our dives which was amazing! Would truly recommend Borneo Dream, and ask for Basir if you can:)
Amber and Jess.

In connection with our recent stay in Gaya Island Resort we went diving 2 of the days with Borneo Dream. Since it had been 5 years since my last dive I was a bit rusty on my skills. Luckily that was not a problem at all since both we had very experienced, friendly and patient diving instructors in Basir and Amir. They took the time to brush up on all the safety exercies etc which made me feel very safe and comfortable during our 5 dives. If we come back to this area we would not hesitate to go diving with these guys again - can highly recommend. Thank you for some very good, safe and comfortable dives :-)

A Labour Day weekend well spent getting my OWD certification. Special thanks to Basir, our PADI instructor for being infinitely patient, informative and teaching us to 'fall with style'. Thanks to the entire crew for the entertainment and warmth shown to us throughout the trip!

The team of Borneo Dream did a splendid job they way they organised the PADI open water course. The instructors are very kind and with a touch of humour they teach you all you need to know. They take you to different places for the diving, so you see a different reef each time.
The staff in the office is likewise kind and helpful with any kind of questions you have (I asked about a spa and they could recommend me a great one). The team is very professional and personal at the same time. For me it was absolutely value for money.

Open Water Certification & 4D 3N Jungle Adventure
We took our Open Water Certification with Borneo Dream after doing some research of dive schools in the local area. We settled on them as they had good reviews and good prices. We were not disappointed! Our instructors were really knowledgeable with decades of diving experience between them and doing the course was so much fun! Our confined water dives we did just off Sapi Island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which I was really pleased with, we had tropical fish swimming all around us as we learned the basics, & it felt like a more comfortable transition from learning to actual diving than maybe doing the confined dives in the pool would have been. The dives themselves were really fun, we did 2 on the House Reef and the other 2 in the Coral Garden, different sections each time. Saw a bunch of pufferfish, lionfish, barracuda, stingrays, mantis shrimp, a moray eel and loads of other fish.

We also chose to book with Borneo Dream for a 4D3N tour, which took in a Turtle Sanctuary, where we got to see a Turtle give birth and then some baby turtles released into the wild, which was magical. We initially thought this might be a if you're lucky kind of situation but it happens every night. And it's great. Second day we visited the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and the Sun Bear Sanctuary in the morning, both of which were awesome, and then went to the Kinabatangan Lodge in the jungle, where we stayed a further 2 nights. During this time we took two sunrise river cruises, two sunset river cruises, 2 night hikes through the jungle and one trek to an Oxbow Lake. This entire experience has been incredible. In the wild we saw Orangutans, Proboscis Monkeys, Silver Langurs, Saltwater Crocodiles, all kinds of birds and spiders and scorpions and generally just had an amazing time. Falling asleep in our bamboo hut listening to the sounds of the rainforest was truly magical. On the last day we visited the Gomantong Caves and we saw a mother and baby Orangutan and some red leaf monkeys as an added bonus to the cave itself, which was immense and really cool.

Big shout out to our Jungle Guide James, who was with us for the whole four days and was an all around great guy. He was really knowledgeable and really friendly and approachable - an amaing guide, we couldn't have hoped for better.

Really enjoyed both of our experiences - thanks Borneo Dream! :)

Visited February 2016

PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu - After all the learning and practising (safety) exercises, it's really cool to finally do a fun dive and use some of the things you learned. I loved the lessons but the fun dives were my favourite. And loved our instructor Basir! He stayed really calm, friendly and funny while explaining everything.
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