Learn to Scuba Dive

Congratulations on making a decision to learn how to scuba dive! The NAUI Scuba Diver course is an entry level scuba certification course. It provides you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to scuba dive. With this certification, you will be considered competent in engaging in open water diving activities without supervision, provided the diving activities and the areas dived is similar to your training.

Part of the course includes learning important skills in the safety of confined water

NAUI Scuba Diver course

The NAUI Scuba Diver course is made up of two components: the classroom component and the water skills component.

There are two ways you can choose to complete this course. Either via:

  • 1 day in our classroom + 2 days water skills, including 5 open water dives; or
  • eLearning (online) at your leisure before you arrive at our centre + 2 days water skills, including 5 open water dives.

All our courses are led by qualified instructors.

In the classroom, you will learn about:

  • What scuba diving is, what it means to be certified, what is NAUI.
  • You will be introduced to the diving equipment such as the basic equipment, scuba cylinders, regulators, diving instruments, buoyancy compensators, weighting systems, exposure suits and accessory equipment.
  • Diving skills including how to assemble your scuba equipment, donning your scuba gear, entering and exiting the water, mask skills, regulator skills, buoyancy skills, safety skills, buddy system, communication above and below water, handling your scuba equipment in the water, removing and replacing your scuba unit, removing and replacing your weight belt, navigation skills and how to disassemble your scuba gear.
  • Diving science that covers characteristic of air and water, buoyancy, pressure and it’s effect on your body, and thermal effects of diving.
  • Decompression including what nitrogen is and how it affects diving, how to use a dive table to plan your dives and tips on maximizing your underwater time.
  • Dive planning and recording covering long and short range planning, preparing and conduting your dive, contingency planning and recording your dive in your log book.
  • Problem solving which touches on solving problems in diving situations, assisting other divers, rescues, emergencies and First Aid and responsible scuba diving practices.
  • Diving environment that covers physical characteristics of a site, entries and exits, water conditions, visibility, moving water and its effects, marine life and conservation.

Out in the water for the next 2 days, you will practice the water skills that you learnt in the classroom over 5 sessions. 3 sessions on the first day and 2 session on the second day.

We also have an equivalent entry level certification under PADI, known as the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Your adventure awaits you!

What Are the Requirements?

In order to take the NAUI Scuba Diver course, you should be at least 15 years old. (We also have a Junior Scuba Diver certification for students of ages 10 – 14 years old. Speak to us if you would like your child to take the Junior Scuba Diver certification course.)


The NAUI Scuba Diver Course is a 3 full day course. The first day will be spent in the classroom while the next two days will be spent out at Sapi Island practicing the skills you have learnt in the classroom in confined water and open water.

If you opt to take the eLearning path, then the course conducted at our centre will be 2 full days after you have completed the eLearning component.

How Much Does the Scuba Diver Course Cost?

With the classroom path, the scuba diver course costs RM1,400 per person. We offer group discounts for 2 or more persons in your group.

№ of PersonsPrice
1MYR 1,400 per person
2MYR 1,200 per person
3 or moreMYR 1,100 per person
NAUI Scuba Diver Course Rates

If you opt to take the eLearning path, the scuba course costs RM1,200 per person. The eLearning component is a separate fee paid directly to NAUI when you register online. We offer group discounts for 2 or more persons in your group.

№ of PersonsPrice
1MYR 1,200 per person
2MYR 1,000 per person
3 or moreMYR 900 per person
NAUI Scuba Diver Course Rates

The cost includes

  • Transfers by boat between Jesselton Point and Sapi Island
  • NAUI Scuba Diver manual, dive logbook, certification card on successfully completing the course

The cost does not include

  • All Sabah State Government Fees including Jesselton Point Jetty Fee, Sabah Parks Conservation Fee and Diving Permit Fee.

For your reference the Sabah State Government Fees are:

Jesselton Point Terminal FeeMYR 7.20 per person (MYR 3 for children under 12 years of age)MYR 7.20 per person (MYR 3 for children under 12 years of age)
Sabah Parks Conservation FeeMYR 3 per person (MYR 1 for children under 18 years of age)MYR 10 per person (MYR 6 for children under 18 years of age)
Sabah Parks Diving PermitMYR 20 per personMYR 50 per person

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