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 days and involves an online pre-study session (PADI eLearning) 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 3 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 simply join us for 2 days of diving, completing four open water training dives.
Typical Itinerary for the full PADI Open Water Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu
With any course or training program, there is a certain amount of academic study required. However, we are always trying to help the planet as much as possible. Thus we are starting to introduce structured online learning rather than our usual classroom-based sessions.
ONLINE LEARNING/ELEARNING – Once you have paid in full for your course we will send you via email your PADI eLearning Assess code. Once you have received it and registered with PADI you will have access to Online eBook, Certification credit, Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Final Exam, eTraining Logbook, Digital RDP with instructions and certifying credit. Your eLearning must be successfully completed prior to attending the course.
The online eLearning is now available in 28 languages – Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian, Bahasa Melayu (OWD, AOW & EANX), Chinese (Traditional & Simplified) Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Italiano, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish & Tagalog.
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 08:45, for an 09:00 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.
09:30 – 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 – 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 till 12:00 – Back on our boat and a chance to shower. You’ll be transferred to Padang Point for a tasty lunch.
13:30 – 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.
15:00 – 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 08:45, for a 09:00 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 around 15:30). 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 08:45, for a 09:00 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 around 15:30). 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 (200 metres) 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. Here is a link to a typical medical form used during these courses and programmes.
- Prepared to study both before and during your PADI Open Water course.
- PADI Manual, Certification and Log Book (Depends upon the academic method provided).
- Full Diving Equipment
- Lunch on diving days (3)
- Low Instructor to Student Ratios, often lower than 1:4
- Drinking water – Please bring your own bottle to refill.
- Instruction in English, Malay or Chinese.
- Sabah Parks conservation and diving fees.
- A smile
- Collection from your hotel, guest house, airport etc.
- Anything not specifically mentioned.
- Swimwear – Please be ready to get wet straight away 🙂
- Suntan lotion
- Any personal items
- Your PADI Manual (Depends upon the academic method provided)
- Money in case you want ice cream…
- A smile 🙂
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.