PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu

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PADI Open Water Diver Kota Kinabalu | Borneo Dream Dive Shop

MYR 1,265.00
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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.

PADI Open Water Diver Course Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - Professional and securing team and fun in addition.

PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - People :) Our instructor as well as the rest of the team were very patient helpful and professional.

PADI Open Water Diver Course, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah - Safe and smooth arrangement on everything. All staffs are very nice. The coaching was professional. We did learn a lot about diving.

Safe and smooth arrangement on everything. All staffs are very nice. The coaching was professional. We did learn a lot about diving.

The whole experience was such a fabulous way to start diving and complete my first course! I had an awesome instructor (Ian) who ensured we always knew what we were doing above/underwater and made room for fun at the same time. I loved my diving experience with Borneo Dream and am very grateful. Thank you.

Phil and I thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kota Kinabalu, learning to dive. We found Eugene to be wonderful and his calm personality is certainly the right fit for the diving industry. He was very patient with us, and gave instructions and directions very clearly. All in all, five out of five for Eugene.

I also found the customer service leading up to our trip to be fantastic. You always managed to respond to me emails within a few days. I was a little confused when I arrived at the resort, as was under the impression that we were going to get our manuals on check in. This was probably just my confusion.

The only suggestion I would make is that as the stay and dive is sold as a package, it would have been good to have transport included to and from the resort to the dive centre/jetty (and charge a little extra). Overall, taxi service was easy enough so no big deal.

Thank you to you and the whole team at Borneo Dream. It was truly an amazing experience.

Hopefully we will return next year to dive Sipadan.
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