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Location: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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This course attracts divers with varied amounts of experience from those who have just gained their Open Water Certification to those who have been diving for some years.

Kota Kinabalu PADI’s Advanced Open Water Diver program fine tunes your dive skills and allows you to explore some of diving’s top adventures. We find that this course attracts divers with varied amounts of experience from those who have just gained their Open Water Certification to those who have been diving for some years.

The attraction is that it offers new experiences, new skills and lots of diving all under the direct supervision of your instructor, you don’t have to “feel” at an advanced level to embark on this new level of diving. The course is simply advancing from the initial open water course.

Course Objectives

  • To provide student diver with navigation skills using compass and natural aid for orientation and positioning themselves while underwater
  • To provide the student diver with a better understanding and appreciation of both the physical and biological aspect of the environment
  • To prepare the student diver to dive safely in limited visibility or at night
  • To improve general diving skills emphasizing buoyancy to protect the environment

 

Program Outline

This course covers underwater phenomena, diving procedures, the diving environment and deep diving procedures. It consists of 2 Core and 3 Electives dives. The 2 core dives are Navigation and Deep dive and the Elective dives are Fish Identification, Search & Recovery, Night, Peak Performance Buoyancy or any selected by the Instructor and participant.

Learning Approach

Practical sessions with discussions, and small group activities, audiovisual materials.

Method of Assessment

Knowledge mastery is assessed using discussion through Knowledge Reviews. Skills mastery is assessed by student demonstration of skill proficiency and competency in water.

Course Duration

Two full days and can be tailored to individual needs and interests.

Learning Materials

PADI Adventure Manual, Recreational Dive Planner, ML eRDP & Training Log Book.

Entry Requirements

PADI Open Water Diver or equivalent.

Tour Highlights

  • Advancing SCUBA skills
  • Paradise island setting
  • Strict Dive Safety – PADI S&P & British HSE
  • Small dive groups catering for individual learning

Itinerary

Day 1

08:10 Hotel pickup 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 Gaya Island
14:15 PADI COURSE
16:00 Boat Transfer to Mainland Marina
16:30 Return to Hotel

Day 2

08:10 Hotel pickup 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 Gaya Island
14:15 PADI COURSE
16:00 Awarded successful certification, followed by boat transfer to marina
16:30 Return to Hotel

  • Hotel transfers, 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.
  • Proof of PADI Open Water qualification or equivalent, Dive logbook, change of clothes, sun lotion, sun cream, towel, personal toiletries, insect repellent, hat, personal medication.

Important Information

Pre-requisites:

  • Minimum age of 12 years old to enrol (12-14 year olds earn the PADI Junior Advanced Open Water Diver certification, and may dive to a maximum depth of 21 metres).
  • Fit to Dive.

NOTE:

  • 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.
  • You can save one day of course time by completing the academics online through our eLearning PADI Advanced Open Water Course portal.