PADI Open Water Diver Course is the most popular scuba diving course in the world for beginners who want to get a dive license so they can go diving anywhere around the globe.

You can learn scuba diving during your vacation at Kota Kinabalu by joining PADI Open Water Course conducted by our PADI Instructors who has taught hundreds of new open water divers before you.

So, why take PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu?

Kota Kinabalu is popular with it’s calm and tropical waters.

There are no big waves. Kota Kinabalu marine park has many exotic dive sites for scuba divers to explore ranging from beginner level to intermediate level.

The shallow water areas in Kota Kinabalu islands are suitable to teach scuba diving beginners especially new open water divers. You can enjoy your time learning how to dive while being mesmerized by the beauty of underwater world at Kota Kinabalu.

If you are lucky, you can find a turtle during your Open Water Course.


PADI Open Water Course Requirements

  • Must be in good health.
  • Reasonable fit.
  • Complete 200 meter swim test or 300 meter snorkeling.
  • Doing 10 minutes survival float
  • Complete medical form.
  • Agree on all liability release.
  • Minimum age requirement: 15 years.
  • If age below 15 years, join PADI Junior Open Water Course (need parent or guardian consent).

What's Included In PADI Open Water Course Package

  • PADI Open Water Diver Course manual book with RDP (Recreational Dive Planner)
  • Go Aquatic log book.
  • PADI Certification (sent to your address)
  • PADI Instructor fee.
  • Go Aquatic boat fee.
  • Jetty fee.
  • Sabah park dive permit.
  • Lunch during diving days.
  • Bottled drinking water.

What You Will Learn In PADI Open Water Course With Go Aquatic

  • Dive Equipment Assembly and Disassembly.
  • Safety check before each and every dive.
  • Regulator clearing.
  • Regulator recovery.
  • How to clear your dive mask while in underwater.
  • Mask removal and replacement.
  • Alternate air source use.
  • Standard hand signals used in scuba diving.
  • Proper weighting to achieve perfect buoyancy in every dive.
  • Scuba unit removal and replacement
  • Hover – learn how to remain perfectly neutral in the water.
  • There’s  a lot more!

PADI Open Water Diver Course manual book contains 248 pages in total, all printed in full color. The main content of this book are scuba diving theories taught under PADI standard, divided from Section 1 to Section 5.

Most of our previous PADI Open Water Diver Course students (also called course participants) prefer to use this traditional printed manual book rather than using digital version in their mobile device. They choose this book because the manual book is so easy to read.

Most of our previous PADI Open Water Diver Course student love to share this book to their friends and family member in their social media updates, thus encouraging their friends and family to take PADI Open Water Course like themselves.

PADI Open Water Course Schedule


Day 1 (Theory Session)

  • Arrive at Go Aquatic office.
  • Filling in registration form.
  • Sign liability release form.
  • Sign medical form.
  • Receive PADI Open Water Course manual book.
  • Receive Go Aquatic dive log book.
  • Watching PADI Open Water Diver Course DVD theory for 4 hours.
  • Completing Knowledge Reviews and 36 questions from the final exam.

Day 2 (Go Out For Dive Session)

  • Meet Go Aquatic crew around 8:30 AM in the jetty.
  • You meet your Instructor for the first time.
  • Going into Go Aquatic dive boat.
  • Depart into the dive site (the ride takes about 15 minutes).
  • Briefing about scuba air tank, compressed air & regulator.
  • Be at confined water area for Open Water dive skills training..
  • Perform PADI Open Water Dive 1.
  • Lunch and rest at island’s restaurant.
  • Get back into the boat after lunch and prepare for next dive.
  • Perform PADI Open Water Dive 2 after lunch.
  • When done, rest for a while.
  • Ride back to the jetty.
  • Estimated arrival time around 3:30 PM to 4.00 PM.



Day 3 (Go Out For Dive Session)

  • Meet Go Aquatic crew at 8:30 AM in the jetty.
  • Meet your Instructor.
  • Going into Go Aquatic dive boat.
  • Depart into the selected dive site (about 15 minutes).
  • Perform PADI Open Water Dive 3.
  • After that rest for a while.
  • Perform PADI Open Water Dive 4.
  • Lunch with your Instructor.
  • Rest and relax on our boat.
  • Arrive at the jetty around 3.30 or 4.00 PM.

Open Water Course Manual Book

This is the manual book you will receive together with dive log book and Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).


Learn How To Wear Dive Gear Properly

Learn dive gear assemble and dissemble from start to finish by following Instructor’s example.


Lunch At Island Restaurant

Lunch provided at Padang Point Restaurant at Gaya Island. Rest for a while.


Depart To Dive Sites

Depart to dive sites on our catamaran boat – safe and comfortable.


Briefing Before First Dive

Our PADI Instructor will tell you what to do and how to do it.


Back To Jetty In Evening

After finishing all dives, we will return back to the jetty.

How To Sign Up

Please be informed we will not publish our price publicly here in this page. Contact us first then we will let you know the price.

Here’s several ways on how to book PADI Open Water Course today.

1.  Contact us online using web contact form available in this page.

if you are outside Malaysia or within Malaysia but prefer to be contacted online, give us your details and we will contact you later after that. You personal details will not be given to any third parties.

2. Send Message to us via our Facebook Page.

Open our Facebook Page ( then click the “Send Message” button to start a live chat with us. You personal details is safe with us.

3. Call our office.

You can give us a call at +6088 277 775 or come to our office directly at Lot 226, 2nd floor, West Wing Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephens, 88000 Kota Kinabalu Sabah. We answer calls during normal office hours.

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