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PADI Specialty Diver Course

PADI Specialty Diver Course

From: RM595.00

There are many PADI Specialty Courses within the PADI system of education and we have listed below some of our most popular that are specifically suited to our environment here in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The purpose of the PADI Specialty Diver Courses is to familiarise divers with the skills, knowledge, planning, organisation, procedures, techniques, problems and hazards for various special-interests areas in diving.

Course Includes


  • Daily hotel pick-up/drop-off (KK city centre including Tanjung Aru area only)
  • Daily return boat transfers (Sutera Harbour to Gaya Island)
  • Required learning materials, PADI Registration and Certification fees
  • Equipment rental, jetty & national park fees
  • Freshly cooked lunch with refreshments and free flow of drinking water, coffee and tea

Our online promotion offers the best value for money. Please contact us if you require a tailored holiday package.

NO BOOKING FEE & NO CREDIT CARD FEES ARE CHARGED BY US FOR ONLINE BOOKINGS.

Select the activity date below to book your space on our PADI Specialty Diver Course on Gaya Island. For last minute bookings please call our hotline on: +6 012 866 1935

Enriched Air Options

Enriched Air Diver course can be completed as a Dry or Wet Course. The standard rate stated above is based on the Dry Course option, if you wish to do the Wet Course option please check the box below. Dive Computer is also compulsory for this course, if you do not have your own, please check the box on the Dive Computer rental below. Rate is based on per day charge.

Underwater Camera Rental

Underwater Camera rental is not included in the Digital Underwater Photography course, hence if you do not have your own underwater camera please check the box below. Rate is based on per day charge.

PADI Specialty Diver Course

Achieving PADI Specialty Diver ratings can take 1 or 2 days depending on the specialty contents and these courses are hands on, so you’ll be diving right from the start as you aim for the ultimate in recreational scuba diving – PADI Master Scuba Diver rating.

Here’s a handy list of our most popular PADI Specialty Diver course. Next to the specialty course title you will see the number of dives included within the specialty, for specialty training we conduct 2 or 3 dives per day depending on the course. If during your PADI Advanced Course you completed one of these dives it can be credited towards your specialty course therefore reducing the time and cost of the course.

PADI Enriched Air Diver

(2 Dives – optional) Stay down longer and get back in the water sooner with the PADI Enriched Air Diver course. Learn how to dive using Enriched Air Nitrox, most popular PADI specialty course and your route to more underwater adventures.

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer

(2 Dives) Underwater photographer is one of the most popular diving specialties. Which is little wonder, as the rise of digital underwater photography has made it easier and more fun than ever. Learn how to take pictures that you are proud to show to your diving buddies.

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver

(2 Dives) We guarantee you will loose weight with this PADI Specialty Diver course; that is from your weight belt! Neutral buoyancy is the key to conserving your air consumption and leaving minimal impact on the aquatic environment. Learn how to achieve neutral buoyancy with ease.

PADI Wreck Diver

(4 Dives) The Usukan Bay World War II Wrecks are fascinating dives 1 hour offshore Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. When certain pre-requisites are met divers can enrol in the PADI Wreck Diver Specialty. The PADI Wreck Diver course teaches you the ins and outs of rewarding, responsible wreck diving.

Other PADI Specialty Diver courses offered by Downbelow:

  • Underwater Navigation Diver
  • Search & Recovery Diver
  • AWARE Fish Identification
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
  • Deep Diver
  • And many more – ask us for more choices and info!

Course Objectives

  • To train divers to safely enjoy and gain open water experience in specialty diving activities
  • To provide awareness in areas of nature
  • To satisfy the needs of the divers in the special areas of interest
  • To increase the safety and activity in recreational diving

Our learning approach is through practical sessions with discussions, and small group activities using audiovisual materials. Knowledge mastery is assessed using Knowledge Reviews. Skills mastery is assessed by student demonstration of skill proficiency. Course will take 1 – 2 days, varies depending on the course content.

Your Safety is Our Priority!

At all times you are in safe hands. We pride ourselves on small group instruction ensuring our clients get the very best of attention from the instructor. Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and HSE Guidelines. Our boats are equipped with marine radio, GPS & First Aid kits and our qualified snorkel guides always bring a life ring with them. All our guides are trained in Emergency First Response.

Flying & Climbing After Diving According to our current PADI Flying After Diving guidelines – it is highly advised you should not go to altitude (this includes flying and climbing) within 18 hours when doing multiple dives. This means that the day after your diving program you can take a flight after 0930hrs in the morning. Or you can choose to not take part in the afternoon dive and therefore take a flight after 0600hrs in the morning the following day. Please note that since all our courses/programs last a full day there will be no refund offered for missed dives since you have the option to stay on the island or enjoy snorkelling and trekking activities.

All Inclusive Rates!

We run daily picks ups from Kota Kinabalu City to our dive centre. Our all inclusive price means that you pay one price which includes everything you’ll need for a great day out. That’s return transfers from your hotel (KK City Centre only including Tanjung Aru – subject to confirmed bookings), boat transfers, park and jetty fees, activity equipment, refreshments – free flow water / tea / coffee and freshly cooked lunch. All programs last for the full day and our return boat transfer to the mainland is at 16:00. If you would like to leave earlier this is classified as a private transfer and the cost is RM110.00 per boat.

Promotion

We are offering the Master Scuba Diver (MSD) application for FREE. To complete MSD, in addition to the five specialty certs, you must be a PADI Rescue Diver. Each of these specialty course can be an elective dive during the PADI Advanced Open Water course.

Day 1

08:15 Hotel pickup (KK city centre only including Tg Aru – subjected to confirmed bookings) & transfer to marina
08:30 Meet Downbelow staff & transfer by boat to Downbelow Dive Station on Gaya Island
09:15 Meet with your instructor for course introduction, registration and payment arrangement.Dive safety briefing/confined water session/open water session/knowledge review session
10:30 Tea/coffee surface interval on island
11:15 Dive safety briefing/confined water session/open water session/knowledge review session
13:00 Buffet lunch at our dive centre
14:30 Dive safety briefing/confined water session/open water session/knowledge review session
16:00 Boat transfer to marina
16:30 Return to hotel

Day 2
Same as Day 1 should a student diver choose a specialty that require 2 days to complete.
Sections may change, so please bring all materials to all sessions. Due to the course being performance based, finishing times may vary to individual achievements.

  • Minimum age differs based on PADI Specialty Diver course – get more details from our Downbelow travel Centre.
  • For PADI scuba diving courses refer to the Fit to Dive form.

 

Hotel transfers (KK City), boat transfers, freshly cooked lunch and refreshments, park entry & jetty fees, guide/instruction, equipment rental, plus water, tea & coffee.
Alcoholic or carbonated beverages, items not explicitly stated
Change of clothes, sun lotion, sun cream, towel, personal toiletries, insect repellent, hat, personal medication.
Important Information

Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.

Don't forget your SUN-CREAM. We are in the tropics where the sun is very strong and although you will be underwater the sun rays penetrate.

Liability Forms

Clients will be asked to complete PADI standard liability forms at the mainland departure jetty and dive centre. Parent or guardian must sign for participants under 18 years of age.

Pre-Requisite

This program is not suitable for children below 10 years of age.

Clients must complete a medical form and any positive (yes) answers require a doctors assessment and signature for dive fitness. More information can be found here: Are you Fit to Scuba Dive?

After scuba diving, current PADI Flying After Diving guidelines state that you should not go to altitude (this includes flying and climbing) within 18 hours when completing multiple scuba dives. This means that the day after your diving program you can take a flight after 0930 hrs in the morning. Or you can choose to not take part in the afternoon dive and therefore take a flight after 0600 hrs in the morning the following day. Please note that since all our programs last a full day there will be no refund offered for missed dives since you have the option to stay on the island or enjoy snorkelling and trekking activities.

Private Guide Fee (PGF)

Should you book your course/activity for 1 person only, a fee of MYR 150.00 per day (incl GST) applies and added to your invoice. You will then enjoy a private guide/instructor. If in the meantime others book the same activity you will share your guide/instructor (maximum 4 students to one guide/instructor) and we will refund you accordingly. If you prefer to have a private guide/instructor please let us know in advance and we will not book others on the same activity with you.

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