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Open Water Diver Course


Your first certification is a license to learn more! Performance-based, after this course you will have the knowledge and skills to plan and execute a dive to a maximum of 18 metres with a certified buddy.

The course includes academic sessions on the basic theory of diving, skill practice sessions, and four open water dives. The Open Water Diver course takes about three days, and then you can go on to gather more experience on fun dives or continue your education on our Specialty courses!

Our courses have a maximum of four students per instructor, and when conditions allow, you will do your practice on our home reef, Sepanggar Island, in front of our shop! This way you can check out the multicolored reef fish when taking your first breaths underwater.

Start Learning Today

You can begin your studies for free by registering on the SSI web pages

Who can take this course?

  • Minimum age 10 years old

  • If you clear the medical questionnaire with only “NO” answers, you can sign up. Please consult your physician if you get any “YES” answers before diving

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Download the medical form


  • MYR 1460.00 [min. 2]

  • MYR 1860.00 [PRIVATE]

If you appreciate a personal touch and a possibility to learn at your own pace, the PRIVATE of Open Water Course is the choice for you.



  • 4 days

Price Includes

  • Theory Class [5 hours]
  • 4 to 5 dives
  • Dive equipment rental
  • SSI Dive Instructor
  • Lunch & drinking water
  • Light refreshments... biscuits, water
  • Digital log book & E-certification
  • Island Entrance fees, Diving permit
  • Mares dive computer rental
  • Scheduled Boat (Sutera Marina to TARP)
  • Online materials : E-learning
  • Dive insurance free of charge, READ INSURANCE POLICY.

Payment Method

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Credit / Debit Card

OPTION A ~ Course

Deposit: MYR400.00

Balance: Pay Upon 1st Class

Accept Master / VISA

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OPTION D  ~ Course

Deposit: MYR400.00

Balance: Pay Upon 1st day island

Accept Grabpay, Boost,

Touch & Go, Duitnow, Shopee pay

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OPTION B ~ Course

Payment: Full Amount

3 month installment plan by pay later

MYR 486.70 per month

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OPTION E  ~ Course

Payment: Full Amount

06 month: MYR243.40 p/month

12 month: MYR121.70 p/month

Accept Public Bank Credit Card's holder

Allow 6 or 12 month installment plan 


Online Banking

OPTION C ~ Course

Deposit: MYR400.00

Balance: Pay Upon 1st day island


ACCOUNT NO. : 382-16866-06


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OPTION F  ~ Course

Deposit: MYR 400.00

Alipay (China)

AlipayHK (Hong Kong SAR)

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. Save Earth . Less Paper . Digital Learning

Online Training
~ elearning Access Benefits

  • Save time and effort by sharing logged dives

  • Easier to search center locator & dive sites in anywhere

  • Keep up to date on events in your area 

  • All-in-1 solution for app: dive courses, logs, certification 

  • Scales to fit any device - IOS and Play Store

  • Offered in ALL major languages  





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Online Theory Class

Day 1


10:00 | Session 1, 2 [2 hour]

12:30  | Lunch break 

14:00 | Session 3, 4 & 5 [3 hour]

17:30 | Final Exam [50 questions]

  1. Choose your preferred schedule

  2. Make an appointment to dive center

  3. Be ready in 5 minutes before class start

The above dive schedule is for reference
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Confined Water & Open Water

Day 2

08:00 | Meet up in jetty

08:30 | Depart to island

09:00 | Preparing equipment

09:00 | In-water session

12:00  | Lunch

13:30  | Briefing & Learn Skills

15:20  | Leaving from island

15:40  | Wash & Pack equipment

16:00  | Debrief & Sign dive logs


The above dive schedule is for reference
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Confined Water & Open Water

Day 3 & 4

08:00 | Meet up in jetty

08:30 | Depart to island

09:00 | Preparing equipment

09:00 | In-water session

12:00  | Lunch

13:30  | Briefing & Learn Skills

15:20  | Leaving from island

15:40  | Wash & Pack equipment

16:00  | Debrief & Sign dive logs

16:30  | Final exam [50 questions]


The above dive schedule is for reference

SSI Open Water Diver Course ~

How long to complete in Sabah


First I would like to thank all of the instructors for their kindness and patience.

Before starting this course, I was kind of nervous and doubted that I could succeed to finish, but my main instructor, Surbyien, is extremely professional and patient. He is really good at understanding nervous learners and can help me through it. He makes everything extremely simple to understand while he is teaching me the skills, and each lesson is relaxed and comfortable.

A good instructor should not force you to do anything harmful; instead, they should support you through panic attacks and ensure your safety.I'm glad that I happened upon Like Scuba, a really friendly and professional diving centre.

Definitely I'll come Like Scuba Centre to learn more 😆

Fu, Hong Kong
16 Feb 2024


Q1  If i am slow learner, can i learn how to scuba diving?

Yes, it is possible. You might consider to add extra 1 day into Open Water Diver course so able to learn in several day and separely different dates. Or book the PRIVATE, so you shall teach by a dive instructor personally with you, also able get full attention and concentration during the course.

Q2  How do i able to save time on 1st day theory class?

Yes, SSI dive instructor conduct theory briefing with students / divers through connect by Zoom Meeting at home, so you may able proceed to in-water training with our SSI Dive Instructor on your 1st day learning, instead of gather in classroom.

Q3  Where is the course conduct?

Theory Session : Online Class [Zoom Meeting] or Classroom
skills Training  : Manukan / Mamutik Island [Kota Kinabalu] 

Q4  Can i take SSI Open Water Diver course if i am not a good swimmer?

The answer is YES, you are allowed to dive as a non swimmer. There is NO time requirement to complete the swim while with/without mask, snorkel, fins. Float without the assistance of a floatation device for ten minutes, so we suggest you can do more swim practice or learn how to swim at SSI SWIM CENTER before proceed Open Water Diver course. 

Q5  What is the best recommendation to have own dive gears when learning Open Water Diver course ?

Best dive equipment is diving mask, easy to bring and price is affordable. POSEIDON THREEDEE MASK is our best recommendation for entry level to professional diver as well, it's fit to most faces.

Q6  If i am vegetarian, is it possible to make it?

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