PADI Discover Scuba Diving DSD in Kota Kinabalu | Ready to try diving?
Want to try something new or fancy exploring the underwater world? Then the PADI Discover Scuba Diving DSD Experience in Kota Kinabalu is a one day Try Dive for those who want to discover scuba for the first time. The PADI Discover Scuba involves 1 day off ‘wet activities’ and no pre-study. During your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Borneo Dream, you will complete a morning confined skill session followed by a short beach dive, lunch at a tropical island followed by an afternoon boat dive. The maximum depth for the PADI discover scuba is 12 metres, however, most of the exciting marine life is between 5 to 10 metres.
Try Scuba Diving in Kota Kinabalu with a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience
Both the skills session and the 2 dives of the discover scuba are completed in the lovely tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park located in front of Kota Kinabalu. Expect to see lots of cool tropical marine life, including ‘Nemo’! During your afternoon dive along a coral reef, you will see a mix of hard corals, soft corals, colourful sponges and anemones. You’ll also see a wide range of tropical fish life including Damsel Fish, Clown Fish, Parrot Fish, Lion Fish, Barracuda, Yellow Snappers, Fusiliers and lots more. If you are lucky you might see a Turtle!
If you have a few days free in Kota Kinabalu and interested in taking your scuba diving further then you could consider learning to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver Course. If you are not sure about trying scuba diving then you could join our Guided Snorkeling Trip and build up your confidence with snorkeling first.
Trip Itinerary – Discover Scuba Diving Experience, Kota Kinabalu
8:45 am – meet our Dive Crew a the entrance to Jesselton Point Jetty (wait near the red telephone boxes on the left-hand side as you enter Jesselton Jetty). Our Dive Crew will escort you to our dive boat for a 9:00 am boat departure. You will enjoy a ~ 20 – 30 minute boat transfer to your morning dive site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
9:30 am – Receive a full safety briefing provided by your PADI Instructor for your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience.
10:00 am – 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 (learning 5 simple dive skills with your PADI Instructor). This session is run from a shallow depth from Sapi beach. Your PADI Instructor then takes you for a practice dive from the beach out along the shallow reef so you can practice ‘diving’. The duration of this dive is based upon air consumption (how quickly you breathe the air in your cylinder), but usually, your morning dive will be between 25 to 40 minutes.
11:30 am – 12 noon – Back on our boat and a chance to shower. You’ll be transferred to Padang Point for a tasty lunch.
~1:30 pm – Back on to our dive boat. Your PADI Instructor will provide a dive briefing for the afternoon open water dive. Put your dive gear on.
2:00 pm – Start your afternoon 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.
3:00 pm – Back on our boat after you finish your dive. Take your dive gear off, a chance to shower and change.
~3:30 pm – Transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty. We hope you had an amazing time during your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience!
Pre-requisites – PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience
To complete a PADI Discover Scuba Experience you must be:
- Aged 10 years or older. We will need children under 18 years to be supervised by a parent or guardian during their Discover Scuba.
- Be fit and in good health to go scuba diving. You will be required to self certify you are healthy to go scuba diving via a PADI Medical Form.
- Have basic swimming skills and be comfortable in water too deep to stand up in.
- Use if our rental dive gear (including 3mm shorty wet suit).
- 1 x confined skills diving training session.
- 2 x open water course dives (one from the beach, one from our boat).
- Low Instructor to Student Ratios, often lower than 1:4
- Free flow water on our boats.
- Instruction in English, Malay or Chinese.
- A smile 🙂
What’s not included?
- Sabah Parks Diving Permit paid once per course (MYR 20.00 Malaysian MYR 50.00 Non-Malaysian)
- Collection from your hotel, as most hotels in Kota Kinabalu it is easier to walk and often quicker than a taxi.
What do I need to bring on my PADI Discover Scuba Experience in Kota Kinabalu?
- Swimwear – Please be ready to get wet straight away 🙂
- Suntan lotion
- Any personal items
- Money in case you want ice cream…
- A smile
If you are on medication or have a known medical condition, then please check with us in advance before booking your PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience.
PADI Liability Forms and a PADI Medical Form must be signed by the participant before the Discover Scuba commences. You need to have a minimum of 18 hours free after diving before flying on a plane, or changing altitude > 300 metres, in line with PADI safety standards.