Get To Know GoAquatic Dive Team


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.

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Why 11.11.2019 Date Is So Special To Us


Kota Kinabalu Diving – Our scuba diving trip to Kota Kinabalu marine park today is iconic. Let me tell you why. November is Go Aquatic’s birthday month.

We got 11 divers with us today. From that 11 divers, 2 are Discover Scuba Diving participants from Poland, 3 new PADI Advanced Open Water Course participants (2 from mainland China and 1 from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia), 2 new PADI Open Water Course participants (also from mainland China) and 3 divers doing leisure dive trip guided by Lily.

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

Kota Kinabalu Diving

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.

Aliana works at flight attendant while Ana works as school teacher. Previously they visited Go Aquatic dive center in Wisma Sabah on final week of July before deciding to take PADI Open Water Course in Kota Kinabalu together as dive buddies.

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.

Kota Kinabalu Diving - Open Water Course On 1 July 2019

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.


3 Reasons Why You Must Have License Before Go Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving Kota Kinabalu - PADI Discover Scuba Diving Session


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.

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How To Find Go Aquatic Location

Go Aquatic office in Wisma Sabah

How To Find Go Aquatic And How To Reach Our Physical Location – Today in this post we gonna explain how you can reach Go Aquatic location. If you are searching for Go Aquatic in Google search engine, you will see that our physical location is at LOT G30, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah, Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

We are located in Kota Kinabalu city center. The building we are in called “Wisma Sabah”.

On 2019, Wisma Sabah building painted in orange color and highly visible from nearby location. Previously, this building has been painted with color, but changed to bright orange to attract visitor. Wisma Sabah has been famous as Kota Kinabalu tourism hub.

This is because most of well known PADI scuba diving centers and tour operates open their office here. Well known operators that has office is Wisma Sabah are Riverbug, Mari Mari Sepanggar, SeaVentures, Scuba Junkie Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Dream, Viva Mantanani, Borneo Trails, WB Tours, KTM Car Rentals.

How To Reach Go Aquatic From Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA)

If you want to reach to Go Aquatic dive center from Kota Kinabalu international airport, your travel time will be about 10 to 15 minutes depending on traffic condition. Your ride from the airport will be a smooth one if you take your ride between 9 AM to 11:30 AM (on Monday to Friday) and between 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

However, traffic in main road will be highly packed during peak hours – 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM. It might takes about 15 minutes for you to reach our location if you happen to take your ride during this hour. Use Google Map screen shot below for your reference. We suggest you open Google Map in your mobile device right now and start searching for “Go Aquatic” to see the result for yourself.

Kota Kinabalu Diving - Go Aquatic Location From Kota Kinabalu International Airport

There are variety of ways you can use to reach Go Aquatic physical location. If you refer to map image above, you can reach Go Aquatic by following 3 different route. First, you can reach us via via Jalan Kepayan and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (estimated time about 16 minutes).

Second, you can reach us via Jalan Kepayan. Your travel route will pass Taman Sempelang, Grace Court apartment, Grace Garden, Sutera Harbour Resort, Imago Shopping mall, Kota Kinabalu Waterfront, Anjung Senja, Sinsuran Night Market, I Love KK monument, Todak Waterfront.

Third, you can take Coastal Road. You will go straight to Api-api Center, finally straight to Wisma Sabah where Go Aquatic main office located. Most our dive guests who booked for Kota Kinabalu diving trip can reach easily for early registration before starting their dive on following day.

How To Reach Go Aquatic From Hotels Within City Center

If you staying in several hotels in Kota Kinabalu city center (also called as KK city center) you can reach Go Aquatic within 5 minutes to 10 minutes walk on foot only. We are reachable from hotels located in Gaya Street, in Jalan Pantai, in Asia City or even in Imago shopping mall.

Here’s the list of hotels within 200 meters from Go Aquatic location in Wisma Sabah…

  • Gaya Center Hotel
  • Kinabalu Daya Hotel
  • Ang’s Hotel
  • Capitol Hotel
  • Plaza Hotel
  • Hyatt Regency Kinabalu
  • Mercure Hotel
  • Jesselton Residence (popular among AirBNB users)
  • Qlio Hotel
  • Hotel New Sabah
  • 1 City Hotel
  • H2 Backpackers
  • Good View Lodge

List of hotels, hostels and backpackers in Gaya Street and Pantai Street, about 2-3 minutes walk from Go Aquatic dive center in Wisma Sabah.

  • Hotel 63
  • Hotel Eden 54
  • The Jesselton Hotel
  • The Jesselton Cabin
  • Hotel Gaia
  • Lucky 11 Hotel
  • KK Suites Hotel
  • Lazy Elephant Guest House
  • The Bunk Hostel
  • Asia Adventure Lodge
  • Mad Suite
  • Summer Lodge
  • Fat Rhino Hostel
  • V Hotel
  • City Park Lodge Kota Kinabalu
  • Horizon Hotel
  • Pantai Inn
  • Mandarin Hotel
  • Red Palm Hotel
  • Akinabalu Youth Hostel


List of accommodation about 20-30 minutes walk on foot from Go Aquatic

  • Dreamtel
  • Citytel
  • Riverson Hotel
  • Imago The Loft Residences
  • Klagan Hotel
  • DeLeeton Hotel
  • Promenade Hotel
  • Marriot Hotel Kota Kinabalu
  • Hilton Hotel Kota Kinabalu
  • Sutera Harbour Resort
  • Nexus Karambunai Resort

We hope this article can be a short guide for you if you are looking on how to find Go Aquatic using Google Maps or using online map from hotel location so you can know how to get to Go Aquatic to register for your Kota Kinabalu scuba diving course.

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