Location: TARP, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
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Learn to scuba dive with the PADI Open Water Diver Course at an ideal venue. With confined shallow sandy areas and open water dives right in front of our PADI 5 Star IDC Dive & Adventure Centre

Kota Kinabalu Beginners Learn to Scuba Dive through structured Diving Lessons on Gaya Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, TARP Kota Kinabalu Borneo.

The PADI Open Water Course is not only our most popular course but the most popular Scuba Course in the world. It’s the first level of PADI Certification and as a certified PADI Open Water Diver you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

Our PADI 5 Star IDC Centre on Gaya Island within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – TARP in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah provides an ideal venue for the course, with both confined shallow, sandy areas right in front of our PADI 5 Star Dive & Adventure Centre which are ideal for skill practice.

In addition 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!

PADI Open Water Diver Course on Gaya Island, Borneo

All our academics take place on the island, where our guests and students can enjoy our tropical surroundings chatting about all the wonderful creatures you will have spotted. We are the only operator at this location so our surroundings are non crowded. Our centre is also ideal for non diving family and friends.

Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques.
You’ll complete five confined sessions, knowledge development sessions and four open water dives. You don’t have to be super fit to learn, virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification.

At some point in the course, we’ll ask you to demonstrate the ability to swim 200 metres/yards without swim aids or 300 metres/yards with mask, fins and snorkel and tread water for about 10 minutes, but that’s about it as far as watermanship goes.

Short of Time ? – you can choose to complete the academic portion of the PADI Open Water Course online through eLearning.

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.

If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available, which involves exactly the same training, however 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 Objectives

    • To overcome the general misconception of the underwater environment and the understanding of safety rules of diving using scuba.
    • To apply the basic knowledge of physics, physiology and medical aspects as they are related to student diver performance in the water.
    • To provide student divers with the basic knowledge of the purpose, features, types of equipment used during the course.
    • To educate student divers in basic aquatic knowledge of the diving environment.

     

    Program Outline

    This course covers all the essential skills of adapting to the underwater world, including dive equipment, buddy system, communication underwater and dive planning.
    Additionally, it also covers boat diving procedures, problem management, health in diving, breathing air at depth, special dive table and computer procedures, basic compass navigation, use of the dive tables, physics and physiology, skills development in confined and practical application of skills in open water training dives.

    Method of Assessment

    Knowledge mastery is assessed using Knowledge Reviews, Quizzes and Final Exam with a minimum score of 75%. Skills mastery is assessed by student demonstration of skill proficiency and competency in water.

    Course Duration

    This 3/4 day course, is based on participants individual performance and ability to meet the course objectives.
    Start your journey to becoming a qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver by contacting us.

    Tour Highlights

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

     

    Itinerary

    Pre course study
    Self Study: Read chapter 1 – 5 of the open water manual and complete all related knowledge review (this represents the entire manual). Read the Recreational Dive Planner booklet and learn table.

    Day 1

    08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
    08:30 Meet Downbelow staff & transfer by boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
    09:15 Meet with your instructor for course introduction, registration and payment arrangement.Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    10:30 Tea/coffee surface interval on island
    11:15 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    13:00 Buffet lunch at our dive centre
    14:30 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    16:00 Boat Transfer to marina
    16:30 Return to Hotel

    Day 2

    08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
    08:30 Transfer by boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
    09:15 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    10:30 Tea/coffee surface interval on island
    11:15 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    13:00 Buffet lunch at our dive centre
    14:30 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    16:00 Boat Transfer to marina
    16:30 Return to Hotel

    Day 3

    08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
    08:30 Transfer by boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
    09:15 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    10:30 Tea/coffee surface interval on island
    11:15 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    13:00 Buffet lunch at our dive centre
    14:30 Dive safety briefing/Confined Water session/Open Water session/Knowledge Review session
    16:00 Awarded successful certification, followed by boat transfer to marina
    16:30 Return to Hotel

    NOTE: Day 4 is an extra day should a student diver need more time to complete the performance requirements to certify. 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, 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.

    Important Information

    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: 200m swim OR 300m snorkel, tread water/float for 10 minutes without swim aids.
    • 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 Open Water Course portal.