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PADI DSD to PADI Open Water Upgrade in Kota Kinabalu (2-Days)


This course is designed for those wishing to upgrade – From a recent PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Borneo Dream to a full PADI Open Water Diver Course. This course will take half a day of classroom or self-study followed by 2 full days on our boats completing your remaining dives.

Sabah Parks Conservation Fees *

When scuba diving in the local marine park (Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park) Sabah Parks applies a conservation fee. It has two parts, a scuba diving permit and a conservation fee. The amount payable is split into two groups – Malaysian (valid MyKad or a foreigner with Permanent Residence ‘PR’ Status) and Non-Malaysian. Even if you have a Work Pass you are classed as Non-Malaysian. Current charges are RM 25.00 for Malaysia and RM 70.00 for Non-Malaysian. You will also need to select the right number of days based on the activity chosen. For example, a standard 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Course requires a ‘3 Consecutive Days…’ permit purchase.

U/Water Digiatal Camera Rental

Why not capture a few underwater memories with an underwater camera rental. We offer a Nikon W300 rated to 30m or Canon G16 with an underwater housing rated to 40m. At the end of the day, your images will be uploaded to either DropBox or Google Drive and a link shared with you. Please be aware that there will be a charge for loss or damage to the camera and housing of RM2500.00

Dive computer rental

Monitor your dives with a dive computer rental. We offer Mares Puck Pro dive computers for rental. They are very simple to use and are also Nitrox/Enriched Air capeable. The replacement cost should you lose or damage it is RM 1000.00/unit.

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PADI DSD to PADI Open Water Upgrade

Looking to upgrade? This course will take you from where you left off with your recent PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience you completed with us in the last 12 months. To a full PADI Open Water Diver Course. The upgrade course is 2.5 days and involves a pre-study session followed by two days on our boat during which you will complete four confined water skill sessions, three open water dives, a 200-metre swim and a 10-minute 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 Upgrade 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!

Upgrade today! – PADI Open Water Diver Upgrade Course in Kota Kinabalu

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Typical Itinerary | PADI Open Water Upgrade in Kota Kinabalu

Course Itinerary

Pre-study Session

Arrive at our Shop in Kota Kinabalu for a 9:30 am start. During the study session, you will watch 5 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. The remaining study (2 more chapters) will be completed in your own time but before the morning of day 2. The remaining questions on the final exam and the fourth quiz will take place at the lunchtime of day 1

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 8:45 am, for an 8:50 am 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.

9:30 am – 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.

10:00 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 sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5.

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 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 – This will be Open Water Training Dive #2

3:00 pm – 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 at 8:45 am, for a 9:00 am boat departure. In the morning you will complete Open Water Training #3 followed by lunch. In the afternoon it is time for your Open Water Training Dive #4. After your afternoon dive, you will be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty (arriving back between 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm). Congratulations on becoming a certified PADI Open water Diver!!

PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

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 too 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.
  • You must have successfully completed a full PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience in the last 12 months with Borneo Dream.

What’s included?

  • PADI Manual, Certification and Log Book
  • Full Diving Equipment
  • Lunch on diving days
  • 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 and Island Conservation Fee.
  • Collection from your hotel

What do I need to bring on my diving days?

  • Towel
  • Swimwear – Please be ready to get wet straight away 🙂
  • Suntan lotion
  • Any personal items
  • Your PADI Manual
  • Money in case you want ice cream…
  • A smile 🙂

Notes – PADI Open Water Upgrade, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Please note that 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.


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  • How much does a PADI Open Water Certification cost in kk?

    The PADI Open Water Diver Course in KK ‘Kota Kinabalu’ is just 3 days with a half-day classroom session. Prices for this amazing underwater adventure start from RM 750.00/Student or USD 185.00/Student. The price includes return transfers from Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu, full diving equipment, lunch on diving days, PADI materials to keep and of course a professional smile.

  • Can I fail a PADI Open Water Course?

    Fail is not something we at Borneo Dream like to say or use unless we have to. Generally, there is always a reason why someone fails to complete a PADI Open Water Course. It can be as simple as ill-prepared, maybe a very strong fear of water or this is just not for me. Our professional team are there to train and mentor you and guide you in the right direction. We will make every hurdle manageable for you. If you have any concerns about taking part in a PADI Open Water Course then why not contact us in advance.

  • Is Malaysia the cheapest place to take my PADI Open Water?

    There is a very old but correct saying – You get exactly what you pay for. The cost of a PADI Open Water Course in Europe is far higher than it is in Asia. This is to do with the cost of living and peoples potential income levels. The same way a Big Mac is RM 1.00 in Malaysia but 5,00€ in Europe. Looking at prices across Asia I would say Malaysia is near the top in value for money or cheapest price range. Borneo Dream’s prices are not the lowest in our area but our dedication to safety and quality speaks volumes. Take a look at our reviews on TripAdvisor or Google Maps.

  • How deep can I dive with my PADI Open Water Certification?

    If you are 15 years old or older on the date you complete your PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu you can dive to 18metres in theory. I say this: even if your Lamborgini can go at 200mph should you not first learn to drive slower? Always build up your experience gently in a controlled manner. It tends to make you live longer 🙂

  • Can anyone learn to dive?

    If you can navigate your way across KL airport or through a busy shopping centre, we feel you can learn to dive. 99% Of being able to learn to dive or complete a PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu is a right positive mental attitude and believing in your own abilities. All we ask is that you are fit and well and have the ability to swim 200 metres in water too deep to stand up in.

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