3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Course In Kota Kinabalu

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The PADI Open Water Diver course in Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) is fun, serious and taught in small groups (4:1). To gain certification you must successfully complete the entire three day course with one of our Professional PADI diving instructors which is overlooked by a PADI Course Director from England, the highest level of a diving instructor in the world who ensures the highest quality and safe PADI diving courses is taught daily in Kota Kinabalu.


  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Snorkel gear included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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The PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu diving on the islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which consist of Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug. This will enables you to, dive to a depth no greater than 60 ft (18m) independently with a certified buddy that has the equivalent or higher level certification while applying the knowledge and skills that you learned during the PADI Diving course.

You will be able to plan your dive and dive your plan, log open water no stop (no decompression) dives and discover the underwater world and forever blow bubbles in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park by continuing on and taking the PADI advanced diver course package or taking the daily fun diving package in Kota Kinabalu.

In the confined water dives you will apply dive principles, learn and practice Dive Safety procedures and skills. Youll do this in confined water in a controlled environment inside the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Knowledge development gives you the information that youll need to complete your open water final exam. You will complete knowledge reviews, diver quizzes, and learn how to calculate your scuba dives by using the recreational dive planner.

In the open water dives, you will apply what you have learned during confined open water and knowledge development and discover the underwater world at its best. You will complete four open water dives. This certification shows that you successfully completed the course according to the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), and dive centers or resorts would require this as a proof of certification.

Our PADI diving instructors teach in small groups (4:1) in Kota Kinabalu's marine park.

Pre Requisites

PADI Open Water Divers need to be physically fit
Complete a diver medical
Sign all liability release forms
Complete a 200 meter swimming test
A 10 minute survival float
Minimum age is to join is 10 years old

The three day itinerary as below
Day 1:
8.30am Meet at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal (KK Jetty)
8.40am Boat departs for Sapi Island
9am Start confined water dive 1 and complete open water dive 1
11.30pm Lunch
12.30pm Depart back to KK and walk to Diverse Borneo office
1pm Watch open water DVD for 4 - 5 hours

Day 2:
8.30am Meet at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal (KK Jetty)
8.40am Boat departs for Gaya/Sapi Island
9am Start confined water dive 2 5 and complete mini dive
12.30pm Lunch and complete quizzes
2.30pm Open water dive 2
4pm Finish

Day 3:
8.30am Meet at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal (KK Jetty)
8.40am Boat departs for Sulug and Mamutik Islands
9am Open water dive 3
11am Open water dive 4
12pm Lunch
1.00pm Final exam
2.30pm Fun dive

Inclusions for 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Course In Kota Kinabalu

  • Entrance fees to national park, dive permit and jetty fees
  • Fuel surcharge and local taxes
  • Bottled water and A La Carte lunch
  • Professional Instructor
  • Use of all scuba diving equipment including tanks and weights
  • Small-group tour and maximum 4 students to 1 instructor
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual with recreational dive planner (RDP), log book and PADI Certification

Exclusions for 3-Day PADI Open Water Diver Course In Kota Kinabalu

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks (soft drinks, ice creams)
  • Accommodation
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for pregnant women

Not wheelchair accessible

Diving within 24 hours of flying is not recommended. All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to diving. Some pre-existing medical conditions (eg asthma, heart conditions, etc) may prevent you from diving, please consult your doctor

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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2 Traveler Reviews

  • 3 days open water course made my trip beneficial and well organized. Lunch was nice, the crew was so kind and guided me well. I specially thanks to my instructor Halid and hope he will be healthy...

  • I've joined 3D PADI OW and it was a very great and un-forgetable trip. Especially thank my diving instructor Jason. He taught me well and helped me got my cert. effortlessly. The only thing to complaint the weather was bad on my third day training but that's not anyone's fault.

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