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The PADI Open Water Diver course is the most popular entry-level scuba certification in the world! Why? PADI has designed the Open Water Diver course to make it easy for anybody to start learning to dive. If you are in good average health and comfortable in the water, you can become a diver. However, like any other activities, you need to put in some effort into the course and of course, we need a bit of your time.
How is the PADI Open Water Diver course structured?
We have divided the PADI Open Water Diver course into 2 parts:
PART 1: Theory Class + Swimming Pool Session
In PART 1, you will complete a scuba theory class (PADI calls it "Knowledge Development") and then swimming pool sessions to practise some scuba skills ("Confined Water" in PADI-speak). The theory class takes only about 4 - 5 hours to complete, provided you come to the class well-prepared. Once you register with us, we will provide you with the PADI Open Water Diver manual to study with and Open Water videos to watch. After you have gone through the manual and watched the videos, get in touch with us and we can schedule a theory class for you with one of our experienced instructors. Although we call it a "class", the session can be completed anywhere convenient to you - your house, your office, our dive shop or somewhere convenient (Starbucks or the local kopitiam may be OK too).
eLearning or Touch works well too for visitors coming to Malaysia from overseas as you can complete all the theory stuffs at home before your trip here, thus saving time.
The swimming pool session takes about 4 - 6 hours to complete and can be done over one or two sessions to suit your pace and comfort level. During this "confined water" session(s), you will learn all the basic scuba diving and skin-diving skills as well as some water assessment exercises.
We can accommodate requests for one-on-one class and pool sessions with our instructor at NO extra charge.
PART 2: Open Water Dives
In PART 2, you will complete 4 "open water" dives on the island, to earn your PADI Open Water Diver certification! This is usually done during one of our dive trips, or you can go on your own to the island to complete the course.
How Much Does it Cost?
Course fee for PART 1 is RM880, inclusive of:
- PADI Open Water manual
- A dive log book
- Theory class and pool session(s) with our experienced PADI Instructor
- Full scuba equipment rental during the pool session
- PADI instructor fees for the theory class and pool session(s)
- PADI certification card, upon successful completion of the course
To complete PART 2 of your Open Water scuba training, you will need to spend at least two (2) days on the island to complete four (4) Open Water dives to be a certified diver. Here's what you have to pay during the island trip:
- Dive trip package (e.g. RM800 for 3 days / 2 nights dive trip to Perhentian)
- PADI Instructor fees, RM120
- Diving equipment rental: If you follow one of our scheduled dive trips, we will rent you a complete set of our diving equipment for free. If you go to the island on your own to complete the course, you may have to pay RM120 or more to rent a complete set of diving equipment from the island dive resort.
In total, you will pay about RM1,800 - RM2,000 for your PADI Open Water Diver course.
We are very transparent in how we do our business. We give you all the information up front so that you know what to expect and how much to spend. We don't quote a cheap price at the beginning of the course, only to ask you later to pay additional money here and there. We don't like to do it and we're sure you won't like hearing it as well.
What Equipment Do I Need to Buy?
We will provide you all the scuba equipment you need to complete the course. Notwithstanding, many students buy their own mask, fins, snorkel and a wetsuit during the course because they can then choose equipment that fit them better or make them look better underwater. These basic personal equipment are relatively cheap too.
How Short is the Course?
You’ll be diving in less time than you think. Normally, it takes one or two days for the theory class and swimming pool session(s) here in Kuala Lumpur plus two (2) more days on the island. Or you can do the whole course with us on the island in four (4) days.
Can My Children Learn to Dive too?
Children 10-14 years old can sign up for the PADI Junior Open Water Diver course. Children 8 - 10 years old can participate in the Bubblemaker or PADI Seal Team program.
After Certification, Where Can I Dive and With Whom?
We have dive trips (local and abroad) almost every month so once you are certified as a diver, see the "Upcoming Dive Trips" listing on the front page of this website for these events. Join us on our trips, make new friends, see new places and do new things, underwater. If you have specific dates to go diving (and the trip dates on our website do not coincide with yours), contact us and we can arrange a dive trip just for you.
I Would Like to do My Bit for the Environment
Excellent, we want to adopt you already! We organize at least two (2) marine conservation activities annually in collaboration with Project AWARE (www.projectaware.org). Look out for our Upcoming Dive Trips listing on the front page for these events. If the company you work for is planning to organize a "Corporate Social Responsibility" (CSR) programs, talk to us. We can co-organise the conservation event or program with your company or your staffs. More info here.