PADI Open Water Diving Course


REGION: Kota Kinabalu / TARP Islands
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.


Get Certified! Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver course in Kota Kinabalu. Why not?


Exploring another frontier

  • So, you’ve been walking on the face of this earth all your life. Doesn’t it make you just a little bit curious to know what it’s like to breath and move about under water? There’s so much more to be seen and explored under the deep blue sea, just ask any scuba diving junkies out there.


Gaining a deeper appreciation for the ocean

  • The ocean plays a huge role in the maintaining and regulating of climate. Did you know that the ocean is the largest carbon sink in the world? Some 93 percent of carbon dioxide is stored in algae, vegetation, and coral under the sea. Therefore, the marine ecosystem is extremely important in keeping global warming in check. As you see more of the ocean and the contents of its underbelly, you will feel a stronger need to protect it.


Learning more on how to be eco-friendly

  • Once you have learned to appreciate the ocean and all its important roles in the cycle of life, you will automatically be more savvy and aware on how your lifestyle can affect the ocean. Did you know that plastic is the most common element that is found in the ocean? It is harmful for the environment as it does not get break down easily and is often considered as food by marine animals. Knowing this and how it affects the ocean life, you will make lifestyle changes to make a difference.


The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.


Scuba Diving unlocks a new world of experience unlike much else, especially when it’s done right with the highly-trained instructors in the bio-diversity hotspot of Southeast Asia: Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

With Scuba Diving being one of the world’s fastest growing recreational sport as well as a major attraction in Sabah, discovering new horizons comes too easy in the easily accessible, well-preserved reefs, space and facilities of Sabah.


Here in the Land Below the Wind, the sea is as amazing and expressive as the land above. Endowed by nature for its unparalleled richness and privileged by geography as part of the Indo-Pacific Basin, Sabah offers exceptional marine bio-diversity; giving basis to the undisputed claim ‘World Class Diving’. Flamboyant coral reefs and exotic critters run the whole spectrum of colors ─ never short of breathtaking moments and bountiful in your face, It is where it all happens.

Sample itinerary


A good foundation is the key to great results! The course starts with divers watching a video of a necessary information to know before plunging yourself into open waters. We’ll then be reviewing key points mentioned throughout the video followed by a short quiz. No classroom will be complete without at least one exam. The exam will consist of multiple choice-based questions.

Classroom (Part 1)

  • Watch Open Water Dive Video Chapter 1 – 3
  • Knowledge Review Chapter 1 – 3
  • Quizzes Chapter 1 -3


Classroom (Part 2)

  • Watch Open Water Dive Video Chapter 4 – 5
  • Knowledge Review chapter 4 – 5
  • Quizzes Chapter 4 – 5
  • Exam
Meals : Lunch


Class dismissed and now it’s time for the fun part; getting into the water! We’re starting off slow and easy with 10-minutes of swimming and floating without swimming aids. Once you’re comfortable, we’ll be taken over to shallow waters for Confined Dive 1 – 3 to practice a few basic diving skill exercises. After your Confined Dive, you’ll be taken to your first Open Water Dive experience!


  • 10 minutes swim / float without any swim aids
  • Diving gear preparation

Dive 1

  • Confined Water Dive 1 – 3 OR Confined Water Dive 1 & Open Water Dive 1
    • Duration: 40 – 45 minutes
    • Max Depth: 12m

Surface Interval / Coffee Break

Dive 2

  • Open Water Dive 1 OR Confined Water Dive 2 – 3
    • Duration: 40 – 45 minutes
    • Max Depth: 12m


Dive 3

  • Open Water Dive 2
    • Duration: 40 – 45 minutes
    • Max Depth: 12m
Meals : Lunch


After a good night’s rest, we’ll back again for another day of diving! The day starts off with a 200-metre swimming exercise or a 300-metre swim with snorkel, mask and fins. We’ll continue the day with Confined Dive 4 & 5 in shallow water for more basic exercises. The day ends after Open Water Dive 3 & 4 going as deep as 18 metres.


  • 200m Swimming test or 300m swim with mask, snorkel & fins

Dive 4

  • Confined Water Dive 4 – 5
    • Duration: 40 – 45 minutes
    • Max Depth: 12m

Surface Interval / Coffee Break

Dive 5

  • Open Water Dive 3
    • Duration: 40 – 45 minutes
    • Max Depth: 18m


Dive 6

  • Open Water Dive 4
    • Duration: 40 – 45 minutes
    • Max Depth: 18m
Meals : Lunch

Meals 03 Lunch, Drinking Water 
Include 2-Way Boat Transfer,Meals as Stated, Diving Instructor, Diving Manuals, Diving Equipment, Dive Certificate, English Speaking Support Team, Sabah Park Entrance Fee, Sabah Park Diving Fee
Exclude Alcoholic Drinks, Personal Travel Insurance and Any Items Not Mentioned


  • Optional Return Hotel Transfers (KK City Hotel> Sutera Harbour Jetty>KK City Hotel) MYR 150 per pax are chargeable for this PADI Course Package

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 main phases:


  • KD - Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving.
  • CW - Confined Water dives to learn basic scuba skills
  • OW – Open Water dives to review your skills and explore!


The course will contain 5 KD session, 5 CW session and 4 open water dives.

  • Adult: 15 years old and above (max dive depth 18m). Upon finishing the course, you will be awarded Open Water Diver certificate
  • Participant who age between 10 till 14, please enquire for more details.  
  • Anyone who is in good health and reasonably fit
  • Comfortable in the water or being able to swim

In the PADI Open Water Dive course, you will be using basic diving such as BCD (Buoyancy Control Device), Scuba Regulator, Weight System, and SPG (Submersible Pressure Gauges). Wetsuit, fins, snorkel and mask are all included in your course fee.

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, all our participants will be provided:

  • Open Water Diver manual
  • PADI Recreational Dive Planner – table version
  • Dive Logbook


PADI’s Open Water Diver manual covers what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in to the confined water environment to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

  • Sunblock
  • Extra Change of Clothes
  • Swim Wear
  • Notebook
  • Towel
  • Flip Flops
  • Please get ready the below details in English before attending the course for Certification purpose:
    • Full Name (First, Middle, Last Name)
    • Birth Date (Day, Month, Year) 
    • Gender
    • Address 
      Note: Your Diving Certificate / Diving License will be sent to this address by courier service
    • Phone Number
    • Email
    • Individual ID Photo (Half-Body, in softcopy)
  • You are not allowed to dive 18 hours before your flight. Please schedule your flights accordingly.
  • Boat journey to the Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • In the event of bad weather, we will not proceed with the dive tour due to safety precautions.
  • You will need to sign the PADI release & liability form before proceeding for your dives.
  • Kindly follow the instructions of your Dive Instructor or Dive Master at all times.
  • Alcohol consumption during your dive course or trip is NOT RECOMMENDED.
  • Kindly inform in advance if you have any health concerns.
  • Conservation of the Underwater World - Harming of coral or marine life is strictly not allowed.
  • You are advised to purchase personnel injury & travel insurance prior to your trip.
  • Before enrolling, please make sure that you are “Fit to Dive”. Kindly download the RSTC Medical Statement HERE or ensure that you get the medical statement from us and read it thoroughly, this is for your own safety.
  • If you answered “Yes” to one of the question, we must request that you consult with a physician and ask him / her to complete Page 2 (physician column) of the form. You will need to pass this to your Instructor prior to the dive activity.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.