Open Water Diver

In Mainstream of PADI Scuba Diving Courses by Grahame Massicks

Open Water Diver Certification – how it works

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PADI’s Open Water Diver course is the most popular scuba diving course ever. Upon successful completion of the course you receive a certificate that is recognised worldwide and is valid for life. If you want to have fun scuba diving, this is the course for you. But before you can have fun underwater, you must feel comfortable, and for you to feel comfortable, you must know that you are safe, and that is what this course is designed to do.

The course itself can be broken down into three parts: knowledge development; confined water training; and open water training. The knowledge is acquired from reading the Open Water manual, watching the DVD, and interaction with your instructor during the Knowledge Revues, quizzes and the exam, and the pre and post dive briefings.


The Confined Water Training is completed here off the beach in very shallow water. They introduce the student to scuba and diving skills in a controlled environment to encourage and promote learning while maintaining safety.

In the four Open Water Dives the student weaves together the academic and confined water training to experience the wonders and freedoms of the underwater world. You will apply the knowledge and techniques that you have learnt to the ocean environment. If your schedule allows we try to make the last two dives from a boat, so that you get to experience some of the best diving here on Tioman Island.

You need to be reasonably fit and healthy to undertake the PADI Open Water Diver course, so please check out the medical form below. Make sure that you can answer ‘No’ to all the questions on the first page. If you need to answer ‘Yes’ to any of the questions, print out the form, and seek the advice of your doctor. If he declares you fit to dive, please get him or her to fill out the form and then bring it with you when you visit.

Medical Statement PDF


For those customers that either live or are resident in Kuala Lumpur, I have teamed up with my good friend and PADI instructor Jon Grevich to offer a package that may suit those whose time on the island is limited. He will teach the confined water segment in a pool in KL, and cover the entire contents of the knowledge segment. This can be done at locations that suit you both. You can achieve your ambition of becoming a diver with just a two day, one night stay on the island. This option cost an extra RYM 100.00 Please let me know if you are interested in this option.


Please make sure that you allow enough time here on the island to complete this course comfortably. While making plans for your trip, bear in mind how and when you are travelling to the island. Allow enough time for eating and sleeping. If you are coming by ferry, and most people do, be aware that because the bay in Mersing is so shallow, ferries can only come and go at high tides. This can make travel times inconvenient.

But also remember that there is a ferry service from Tanjung Gemok, about thirty minutes by bus north of Mersing to Tioman Island. The river there is much deeper so ferry times are more convenient.

As long as you are in good health, and can swim, there are not pre-requisites for this course. All the course materials, equipment and certification costs are included in the price.

Brand new for 2017 I am launching a Premium Service version of Scuba Guru’s dive offerings! The central idea is that those who select to use the Premium Service will have me exclusively during the course of their stay here in Salang. Whether for fun dives or diving courses I will take on no other customers than the Premium booking. Now that is truly unique to Scuba Guru! To find out more click the button below:

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Because I believe that not everyone gives themselves enough time to get the most out of their scuba diving course I have introduced a new deal for 2018. All of my students are welcome to one or even two days of extra training designed to suit them and their needs.

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The training will be up to two shore per day dives in beautiful Salang Bay. The students can have either one or two days of training at the bargain price of RM 180.00 per day.


We will obviously cover equipment assembly, the buddy check, entry, decent, ascent and exit. We can also cover any skills that either the student or I feel that would be of benefit to them. We will also develop the underwater skills of body position, fin kicks, buddy co-ordination and critically buoyancy skills.

I appreciate that not everyone can get extended leave, which is one of the reasons they don’t have enough time, so I am prepared to offer the option of allowing them to return at a later date, but within the same season. Since there is a continuum to learning this is not the best way to take advantage of this offer.

Even if you completely ace your course at this price it is cheaper than my regular shore dives, so I encourage all my students to take full advantage of this offer.

Open Water Diver Schedule: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

Schedule: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm Duration: 3 days or 4 days (with a longer lunch!)
Number of dives: 4 open water + 5 confined water modules
Standard Service Price: RYM 1300.00
Premium Service Price: RYM 1950.00

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