SSI OPEN WATER DIVER

The finest way to begin your underwater journey!

Suitable for: Anyone who wants to explore Underwater - The SSI Open Water Diver Course is the key to worldwide recognition as a Scuba Diver!
We will teach you to be comfortable underwater and acquire skills the skills you need with the equipments you will use. Generally, the Open Water Diver course consists of three components: Academics, Pool Training and Open Water Sessions.
Notice something we are doing differently from last year - Pool training, which will replace confined water training in shallow waters.
So we will be conducting theory and pool lesson back home in KL before we set off to the seas. This simply means we have more fun time on the island!
While some might be concerned that training in the Pool and in the Seas is very different, let us assure you that the challenges are equally challenging. Shallow waters have been proven to be a big training for buoyancy control. Therefore, picking up buoyancy habits in the pool is as good as being able to do them in the seas. =)
After completing your OWD Course, there is a wide range of specialty course for your to pursue your interest. Check out the list of Specialty Courses that we offer here.

RM 1,650

Tioman Island
3 Days 2 Night

RM 1,100

Miri
3 Days & 2 Nights

WHAT IS SSI OPEN WATER DIVER?

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Essentials

Prerequisites

  • Be at least 10 years of age or older
  • Be in good physical health, or certified by doctor to dive.
  • Able to swim 200m/Snorkel for 300m
  • Able to float or tread for 10mins without any swimming aids

Includes

  • 1 Classroom Theory Lesson & Exam
  • Swimming Pool Training before trip - (maximise fun time on the island!)
  • Digital Course Materials & Online Theory lesson
  • Professional Instructing Fees
  • Digital Certification Fees
  • Scuba Rental Gear
    •  (BCD, Regulator, Wetsuit, Tanks and Weights, Fins, Mask, Snorkel)
  • 5 Open Water Dives (boat/shore)
  • 3D2N Triple Sharing room @ Gem Island Boutique Resort

Excludes

  • Transportation the jetty. (Can be arranged at additional fee if required.)
  • Dive & Travel Insurance - we recommend Dive Assure - https://diveassure.com/en/home/
  • Physical copy of Dive Certificate Card - rm120 -
    • Go Green! Experiences tells us many dive cards are lost, or left at home during a dive trip.
    • SSI’s digital certification provides the convenient to keep all your dive certification records onto the SSI App. It is also easily retrievable from the SSI Web Database, which is a common practice by dive centers around the world.
  • Public Holiday Surcharges of rm50/night (based on travel dates)
  • Tips and gratuity to dive and boat crew
  • Twin/Double Room Upgrade - rm299/room
  • Single Room Upgrade - rm800/room
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FIND OUT MORE!

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Our theory and knowledge includes two components:

  • Online Self Study  
  • Classroom Review & Exam

We established an online training platform so you can study theories at the comfort of your own time. You will understand buoyancy and pressure concepts, equipment usage, hand signals and others through an interactive online system with videos and quizzes.
Thereafter, an instructor will conduct one theory session where additional queries and actual application will be discussed to get you ready for your pool training.

Throughout your pool session, aspects of scuba diving will be imparted to you and you can practice the skills needed before going on your open sea dive. Some aspects you will get to learn on this pool training are equipment assembly, breathing underwater, and buoyancy control.

What you will learn

  • Equipment assembly & familiarizationWeight adjustment
  • Mask and regulator skills
  • Buddy checks
  • Entry and exit
  • Proper Ascent & Descent
  • Equalization techniques
  • Buoyancy
  • Hand signals
  • Controlled emergency swimming ascent
  • Surface skills
  • Equipment removal and replacement

What to bring?

Swimwear, Sunscreen, light lunch, water and goggles for your swim test (optional)

Time to showcase what you've learnt! You will demonstrate the skills you've learnt from your pool training, complete 4 dives with your instructor and graduate as an Open Water Diver!

  • I want to learn how to dive. Where do I start?

To begin your diving adventures, the basic diving course is the Open Water Course. You will soon discover and have a glimpse of how it feels like underwater.

If you have doubts about Scuba, you can also choose to do the Try Scuba Program where you will be taught the basics of scuba diving and experience underwater. It can be easily done in session at a swimming pool. 

  • What is the minimum age to become a diver?

Minimum age is at least 10 years old to take the SSI Junior Open Water diving course. Once the children turn 15 years old, they can upgrade the Open Water certification they received on this course.

  • What does the SSI Open Water Diving License allow me to do?

Once certified, the SSI Open Water Diving License permits you to dive up to 18 metres with a buddy.

  • How long is the course?

The length of each course depends on sea or land travel times. Dive courses are conducted after office hours to be in sync with the schedules of working professionals. The SSI Open Water Diving course consists of 1 theory session (Tuesdays, 7-10pm), 1 pool session (Sundays, 9am-4pm) and a weekend trip (Friday, 6:30pm to Sunday, 9pm).

  • Do I need to buy any equipment for the course?

No, you do not need to purchase equipment for the course.
However, for comfort and hygiene, we recommend our divers to purchase their own snorkelling gears - Set of Mask, Fins and Snorkel. You can also choose to rent them. 
KL Divers offers exclusive bundles for our divers when they purchase their own equipment.

  • Do I need to be a good swimmer to learn how to dive?

As part of the SSI Open Water requirements, students need to be able to swim 200 metres (or snorkel with mask and fins for 300 metres) and do a 10 minute tread/float.
There are not requirements on the methods and styles of swimming. KL Diver Team will provide proper coaching and guiding to assist students to complete the above component.

  • How deep will I be going?

Throughout the course, most of the dives will range from 6-12 metres. Once you are an SSI Open Water Diver, you will be qualified to dive up to 18 metres.

  • How often are Open Water Trips organised?

There are Open Water dive trips every week going to Gem Island, Lang Tengah or Tenggol Island.

  • Does my SSI Open Water Dive card expire?

The SSI Open Water Dive card has no expiration date however we would advise taking a refresher in the pool if you had 6-8 months time off from diving to sharpen your skills underwater and remember safety concepts useful to make your future dives safer and more comfortable. Click here to check our refresher course.

I'M READY! WHAT'S NEXT?

Sign up for SSI Advance Adventurer Course

SSI’s Advanced Adventurer program was designed so you can try different specialties before taking a full program. It’s the best way to be familiar with advanced training, what its all about and how it can be useful to your future dives.

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DIVING COURSES

SSI’s Advanced Adventurer program was designed so you can try different specialties before taking a full program. It’s the best way to be familiar with advanced training, what its all about and how it can be useful to your future dives. It’s like Advanced Open Water course.

Want to go beyond what you’ve learnt in Open Water? KL Divers offers a variety of SSI specialty courses ranging from increasing dive times with Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty, to expanding your options of places to dive with deep dives and wreck diving.
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Adventures Beyond Limits!

Take your diving to the next level. Dive a little deeper and a little further with our SSI Extended Range Courses.

Continue your dive education or start a whole new exciting career as an SSI Dive Professional!
SSI Dive Professional pathway offers myriad of opportunities to develop your skills and further your diving career, earning a living by doing what you really love anywhere around the world.

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