Project Description

A Two Day Course To Learn to Scuba Dive!

The PADI Scuba Diver program is a two day pre-entry level certification that is perfect for vacationers or people who only plan to dive a few times a year. As a subprogram of the PADI Open Water Diver program, the PADI Scuba Diver rating allows you to get certified quickly and easily by minimizing time constraints.

Our PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – TARP in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah provides an ideal venue for the PADI Scuba Diver Course. With both confined shallow, sandy areas right in front of our PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre which are ideal for skill practice. For the open water dives, we are perfectly located to access all the best dive sites within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – so less time traveling – more time spent underwater!

Scuba Diving Kota Kinabalu

What will I need to start?

Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Scuba Diver certification. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Scuba Diver program available. We pride ourselves on small group instruction ensuring our clients get the very best of attention from the instructor. Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and follow British HSE guidelines. With the PADI Scuba Diver certification you can dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor or higher professional on your next vacation or dive trip to a maximum of 12m.

Program Outline 

How long will it take?

PADI programs are performance based. You proceed as you demonstrate mastery of the course skills. This allows you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you, we allocate 2 days for this course.

Where can I go from here?

After completing the Scuba Diver program you can, at anytime continue your diving education. The next step is usually to complete the PADI Open Water Course with any PADI dive centre, which will take an additional 2 days.

 What will I do?

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving. You will learn how about dive equipment and diving techniques. By completing three confined water dives, three knowledge development sessions and by making two open water dives, you will earn the rating of PADI Scuba Diver.

Junior PADI Open Water Course

The junior scuba diver course involves exactly the same training. The child is certified to dive with a certified adult to a maximum depth of 12 meters until the age of 15 years when the certification can be upgraded at no extra cost.

Course Pre-requisites 

  • Minimum age of 10 years old to enrol (10-14 year olds earn the PADI Junior Open Water Diver certification, and may dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres).
  • Complete watermanship assessment: Tread water/float for 10 minutes without swim aids.
  • Ensure you are “Fit to Dive” by completing the medical statement. Any “Yes” answer will require a doctors to complete the form.

Itinerary at a Glance 

Course Duration

This two day course, is based on participants individual performance and ability to meet the course objectives.  You may choose to complete the academics online through our eLearning portal.

Self Study: Read the corresponding chapters of the PADI open water manual (chapters 1, 2 & 3) and complete all related knowledge review. If you have time to collect the self study materials before the course – great! If not the self study can be completed during the 2 day course in your own time.

Day 1

08:15 – Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru) (07:15 hrs pick up for outside of KK Area) & transfer to marina

08:30 – Meet Downbelow staff & transfer on boat to Downbelow dive station on Gaya Island

08:45 – Welcome briefing, payment & registration & equipment selection

09:15 – PADI COURSE

13:00 Lunch at our dive centre

14:00 PADI COURSE

16:00 Boat transfer to mainland marina

16:30 Return to hotel (KK City)

Day 2

08:15 – Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru) (07:15 hrs pick up for outside of KK Area) & transfer to marina.

08:30 – Meet Downbelow staff & transfer on boat to Downbelow dive station on Gaya Island.

08:45 – Course preparation.

09:15 – PADI COURSE.

13:00 – Lunch at our dive centre.

14:00 – PADI COURSE.

16:00 – Awarded successful certification, followed by boat transfer to marina.

16:30 – Return to hotel (KK City)

Sections may change, so please bring all materials to all sessions. Due to the course being performance based, finishing times may vary due to individual achievements.

Hotel transfers (KK City), boat transfers, freshly cooked lunch and refreshments, park entry & jetty fees, guide/instruction, required learning materials, required certifications fees, equipment rental, lunch, plus water, tea & coffee.
Alcoholic or carbonated beverages, items not explicitly stated
Change of clothes, sun lotion, sun cream, towel, personal toiletries, insect repellent, hat, personal medication.

Flying & Climbing After Diving  According to our current PADI Flying After Diving guidelines – it is highly advised you should not go to altitude (this includes flying and climbing) within 18 hours when doing multiple dives. This means that the day after your diving program you can take a flight after 0930 hrs in the morning. Or you can choose to not take part in the afternoon dive and therefore take a flight after 0600 hrs in the morning the following day. Please note that since all our courses / programs last a full day there will be no refund offered for missed dives since you have the option to stay on the island or enjoy snorkelling and trekking activities.

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