Kota Kinabalu – basic background of Go Aquatic diving team. In this post we will introduce you to Go Aquatic team member. We all are local Sabahan and has been working in scuba diving Kota Kinabalu for more than 7 years, some has been working in 10 years.
Our team member introduction starts with…
Matt – He is a PADI MSDT also PADI Scuba Instructor. His job focuses more on management. He oversee our daily operation, schedule and bookings. During normal working hours, usually Matt will start working in our office then will go to Jesselton Point at evening time to help diving team.
Lily – focus on guiding leisure dive trip or fun dive trip around Kota Kinabalu marine park. Lily has been diving in this area for more than 5 years. She really knew the diving area very well and she dive there regularly with the team and with her customers. When not diving, Lily will help with administration and other things as required.
Zarul – professional PADI scuba instructor. Zarul focuses more on teaching. When not teaching he will guide leisure dive trip or doing equipment maintenance and cleaning in our equipment room. Zarul teach scuba diving courses in English and Malay.
Jeson – professional PADI scuba instructor. Previously, Jeson worked in Layang-Layang Resort as a PADI Divemaster before moving to Kota Kinabalu city to work as a PADI Scuba Instructor. He teaches scuba diving courses in English, Chinese also Malay.
Alwee – professional PADI scuba instructor. Alwee teaches PADI scuba diving courses in Chinese Mandarin, English and Malay. Known among his course students as funny, easy to get along and patient instructor.
Onn Onn – professional PADI scuba instructor. Onn Onn teaches PADI scuba diving courses in Chinese Mandari, Chinese Cantonese, English, Malay.
Shukree – also a professional PADI Scuba Instructor. Like Alwee, Shukree also teach scuba diving courses in Chinese Mandarin, English and Malay. Before joining the team, Shukree is our regular freelance scuba instructor, ready to give helping hand during our busy season.
Deen – First Boat Captain. He takes care of the “Aquaman” our catamaran boat. Deen certified in Emergency First Response including CPR and First Aid. He is also a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver. Our catamaran boat can bring maximum 22 passengers in a dive trip, including dive team and boat captain.
Garcia – Our second boat captain. He takes care of the “Princess Mera”, our longboat. Garcia also full trained in Emergency First Response including CPR and First Aid, as a requirement to become boat captain. He is also a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver just like Deen.
Shukry – our Webmaster, office guy and digital brain behind GoAquatic brand. He is in charge of our digital contents, social media updates, graphic designs and website contents. He specialized in search engine optimization and blog writing.
7 of our team members (Matt, Lily, Jeson, Alwee, Garcia, Deen, Shukry) started to know each other while working for Diverse Borneo during 2013-2016 tenure. Working with Diverse Borneo gave them valueable experience, teaching skill and good communication skill. Some said dont every forget where you came from. That is what we do!
When their job contract tenure with Diverse Borneo has ended, they joined Go Aquatic to form new diving team under new dive center. The rest, is history.
November also is a special month to Go Aquatic dive team. This is the month where we started this dive center exactly 3 years ago. Our focus in to enjoy scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu – teaching new diver and guiding certified diver.
We started as a 3-persons team. Our small team during that time consists of Matt, Lily, Zarul with 1 dive boat and only 1 captain to bring us to Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park for our daily dive trips.
Now in November 2019, we are 10-persons team. Recent team consists of Matt, Lily, Zarul, Jeson, Alwee, Onn Onn, Shukree, Din, Garsia and Shukry our office guy. The team grew as the company grew.
We started as entry level dive center. Today on 11.11.2019, we are PADI 5 Star Dive Center. We joined elite ranks of another 5 Star Dive Centers in Kota Kinabalu.
After that, PADI Regional Manager, Neil Davidson, awarded us with PADI Professional Image certification on March 2019. After that on May 2019 he has given us the “Outstanding Contribution To Entry Level” award, as we achived more than 1000++ entry level certification for new PADI Open water Divers on 2018.
2 New PADI Open Water Course Participants From Russia – On 1st July, we received 2 new PADI Open Water Course participants from Russia. They are Ana and Aliana. Both travelling from Brunei Darussalam for their holiday in Kota Kinabalu.
Here are their photo during PADI Open Water Course theory classroom session. The theory classroom session was held on 1st July 2019 in Go Aquatic’s multimedia room. It is located in Wisma Sabah, Kota Kinabalu.
Their classroom session starts at 12:00 PM as they requested to start late. They arrived on 1st July at 10:00. They want several hours to check-in into their hotel once their arrive in Kota Kinabalu.
After completing their PADI Open Water Course, Ana and Aliana plan to focus on Kota Kinabalu diving to practice their basic skill. They might join leisure dive trip to explore underwater world in Kota Kinabalu.
Why You Must Have License & Certification Before Doing Scuba Diving – First of all, scuba diving is a recreational activity that involves certain risks. Here’s the 4 reasons why you must have diving license before go doing scuba diving in any place.
Reason #1 – The Risk
You must attend training. You also must to learn how to do scuba diving properly in safe way under close supervision of a scuba diving instructor.
This is same like driving a car. Driving car outside your house on the road is actually involves risk. Any other car might hit you and you also might hit another that if you are not fully trained.
You are not allowed to drive any car without driving license. You should not take a car for a drive if you are not yet trained to use it properly.
Reason #2 – The Rules
Scuba diving is a safe sport as long as you play by the rules.
One of the most important rules is that you have to be certified to do scuba diving. Any dive center will now allow you to dive with a buddy if you dont have your own scuba diving license or scuba diving certificate.
However, if you still wanna dive without a license, you are only allowed to do it in Discover Scuba Diving program. You will be diving under close supervision of a professional PADI instructor
Some Said The Cost Is High
Yes. This is absolutely true.
In our are, price for taking a PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu is ranging from 980 Malaysian Ringgit to 1200 Malaysian Ringgit. This price will increase every year as price of PADI material increase every year.
However, the price is not just for PADI Open Water Course is also. It is also includes the payment for marine park fee, jetty fee, conservation fee, equipment rental, scuba air tanks rental.
For us in Go Aquatic, price for taking PADI Open Water Course is 1030 Malaysian Ringgit (in 2019) includes will all the packages.
However, the price is for one time payment only. Your PADI diving license is for a life time. You dont have to renew.
Reason #3 – Proof You Have Been Trained Well
Because scuba diving is an activities that has risks, you must be trained well by professional diver.
You must know the risk and you must know how to handle them and to avoid unexpected emergency.
When you have your own scuba diving license from well known diving organization such as PADI, it will a real proof that your are a trained diver.
Any dive center you go will allow you to dive if you show them your diving license. In Kota Kinabalu diving, the process is also the same.
If you have PADI Open Water Diver license, you will be allowed to dive to maximum depth of 18 meters. If you have PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, you will be allowed to dive to maximum depth of 30 meters.
How To Register For PADI Advanced Open Water Course – in this post we will explain how you can enroll into PADI Advanced Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu with Go Aquatic dive team.
What Is PADI Advanced Open Water Course
PADI Advanced Open Water Course is next recommended scuba diving course after completing your Open Water Diver Course. You can enroll into Advanced Open Water Course after getting your Open Water license. With Open Water Diver certification,you are only allowed to dive only up to 18 meters deep.
But, after gaining your PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification, you will be allowed to dive up to maximum depth of 30 meters.
Or in another words, you must have a diving license before you can join PADI Advanced Open Water Course with Go Aquatic and with another PADI dive center in Kota Kinabalu Malaysia.
2. At least did 4 dives.
Before joining PADI Advanced Open Water Course, you must at least have 4 logged dives. This is to ensure you really did diving in the past during your Open Water Course. Normally if you joined Open Water Course previously, you will do 4 dives.
3. Physically Healthy.
Before starting your PADI Advanced Open Water Course, make sure you are totally healthy. If you are not healthy, you will not be able to dive properly. Scuba diving is an activity that involves risk. If you have any medical issues before starting your PADI Advanced Open Water Course, please let us know immediately.
4. Set the date and we will process your booking. Minimum number of participant for Advanced Open Water Course is 1 person. There is nor maximum number of participants for every booking.
5. We also didn’t charge any tax other that price for your Advanced Open Water Course.
6. Payment for your booking will be completed during registration in Go Aquatic dive center. All payment will be in Malaysian Ringgit currency ( MYR). You can pay in cash, using credit card, debit card, AliPay or WeChat Pay.