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 where 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 where you complete all academics online 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
Arrive at our Shop in Kota Kinabalu (G27 Wisma Sabah) for a 9:30 am started. 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. 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 on the lunchtime of day 2
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 session 1.
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.
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 for 8:45 am, for a 9:00 am 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 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm). 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 at 8:45 am, for a 9:00 am 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 ~ 4:00 pm). Congratulations on becoming a certified PADI Open water Diver!!
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.
- 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 – RM 25.00 Malaysian RM 70.00 Non-Malaysian
- Collection from your hotel
What do I need to bring on my diving days?
- 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 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.