PADI Scuba Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu
Do you want to learn to dive but only have two days? Then the PADI Scuba Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu is the one for you. The PADI Scuba Diver course involves pre-study and two days on our boat, during which you will complete confined water skill sessions, two open water dives and a float test. Upon completing the scuba diver course, you will be a certified PADI Scuba Diver and be able to dive to 12 metres with a buddy under the guidance of a PADI Professional. All scuba diver confined skill sessions and course dives are completed in the beautiful tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in front of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This means not only will you learn to dive in toasty tropical waters you’ll also have the chance to see some beautiful, colourful tropical marine life as you dive by coral reefs.
Learn to Dive with the PADI Scuba Diver Course in Kota Kinabalu
If you have more time available during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, why not learn to dive via the 3-day PADI Open Water Diver Course? It just takes an extra day, diving activities and a bit more study on top of the PADI Scuba Diver Course to become a certified PADI Open Water Diver.
Course Itinerary – Full PADI Scuba Diver Course
ACADEMICS – Once you have paid for your course, we will email you your PADI eLearning Assess code – usually 10 to 14 days before your course start date. Once you have received it and registered with PADI, you will have access to Online eBook, Certification credit, Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes, eTraining Logbook and certifying credit. Your eLearning must be completed before attending the course. The following section needs only to be completed for a PADI Scuba Diver academic certification:
- Knowledge Review One
- Knowledge Review Two
- Knowledge Review Three
- Knowledge Review Four
- Knowledge Review Five
- Quiz One
- Quiz Two
- Quiz Three
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 Scuba Diver Course
You 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 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 morning diving activities. You will then complete your 10-minute float.
10:00 am – You’ll be helped into your dive gear. During the morning training session, you will complete confined skill session one and go for a short dive to practice your diving buoyancy. The morning session will take place in a protected bay in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which offers safe, confined-like training conditions. You might also get to see Clown wish, Blue Spotted Sting Rays, Damsel Fish, Puffer Fish and more during your first dive. Cool!
11:30am – 12 noon – Back on our boat. 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 full briefing for your first open-water course dive. Put your dive gear on and start your first boat dive. You’ll be shown how to safely enter the water from a boat before starting your first open-water course dive. Join your PADI Instructor for a dive along a shallow coral reef, during which you’ll see hard and soft corals and some colourful tropical marine life. Depending on your air consumption, the dive can last anywhere from 30 – 50 minutes.
3:00 pm – Back on our boat after you finish your first open water course dive. Once you’ve taken your dive gear apart and rinsed it in freshwater, you’ll have a chance to change into your dry clothes before being transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty.
Day 2 – PADI Scuba Diver Course
Meet our Dive Crew at Jesselton Point Jetty at 8:45 am for a 9:00 am boat departure. By the end of today, once all activities are completed successfully, you’ll be a PADI Scuba Diver! During the morning diving session, you will complete Confined Water Training Sessions 2 and 3, followed by lunch. In the afternoon, it is time for your PADI Open Water Dive 2. During this dive, you will have a chance to practice your buoyancy skills and further master some of the important diving skills you have learned during the confined skill sessions. Back on our boat and high 5’s with your PADI Instructor – you are now a PADI Scuba Diver. You will be transferred back to Jesselton Point Jetty (arriving back between 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm). Congratulations on becoming a certified PADI Diver!!
To join a PADI Scuba Diver Course, you must be:-
- Aged ten years or older.
- Able to swim comfortably in water too deep to stand up in.
- Fit and in good health. You will be required to self-certify that you are healthy to dive before starting the course. If you 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.
- PADI eLearning eCode, Certification and Log Book
- Full Diving Equipment
- Lunch on diving days (2)
- Low Instructor to Student Ratios, often lower than 1:4
- Drinking water, please bring your container to refill.
- Scuba Diver Instruction in English, Malay or Chinese
- Sabah Parks Conservation Fees
- A smile 🙂
What’s not included?
- Collection from your hotel – most hotels in central Kota Kinabalu is only a short stroll to Jesselton Point Jetty.
- Anything not explicitly mentioned.
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 Scuba Diver Manual
- Money, in case you want ice cream…
- A smile
Notes – PADI Scuba Diver Course, 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 more significant than 300 metres, in line with PADI safety standards.