Scuba Diving: Our Journey of Getting a PADI Certification – Part 1

Ever since we had a day of scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia last year, Hayley and I wanted to get a PADI open water scuba diving certification. This will allow us to acquire essential skills and enable us to explore may of the dive sites around the world.

There are many different types of scuba diving institutes around the world, but PADI seems to be the most widely recoginised internationally. This is why we chose to learn diving from them.

Of course, the instructor is the most important and we are glad to have a good friend of ours, Alex, to be our instructor.

The PADI open water scuba diving course involves:

  • Theory lessons
  • 6 hours of confined scuba diving in a swimming pool
  • 4 open water dives (more about this on the next post)


Theory lesson

Just like what it says on the tin, we sat at a classroom and looked at some powerpoints, books and did some exam questions. You know, one has to get all those “boring bits” done…

Back to school again. Hayley and I were at the back of the classroom, just like the rebel students.


Pool Sessions

This bit is more interesting. We got to learn how to use the gear, the essential techniques in the safe environment. This included assembling the gears, learn how to control buoyancy, communicating under water, entry techniques as well as a range of emergency procedures.

For the six hours worth of training, we split that into two separate sessions.

The boys and girl buddy up and prep up the scuba kit for our first swimming pool diving session.
All sorted and readied to rock and roll
Phil practicing underwater swim and buoyancy control


Stream trekking and coasteering crew is on the way to become a scuba diving crew! Maybe we can combine all these crazy activities together?
Mandatory couple picture in scuba kit
Hayley practicing her signalling
Learning mask clearing techniques
Entering the pool with style
Phil was walking on water, just like what Jesus did 2000 years ago. But of course way more cooler than Jesus since none of the awesome kits were invented back then.
More buoyancy control practice – fine controls can be done using one’s lung
Happy divers completed the pool session. Off we progressed to the open water diving.

We did enjoyed the pool session very much and wanted to go into the sea to put that learning into practice. But, I’m going to make it into a cliff hanger for now. More about our learning experience on the next post.

Finally, thank you for Alex for taking pictures for us and allow us to post them on this blog and on facebook.

Are you learning or have you been learning scuba diving ? Did you enjoy it? Or maybe you are thinking to learn how to scuba dive? Comment below.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Great idea that you brought your camera, the photos are awesome!
    I’d also like to learn how to dive but have been too lazy to do so until now. Maybe I should just do it.

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    1. yhpchung says:

      It was so much fun learning how to dive. I highly recommend you to try it when you have time. This time we didn’t take the camera with us, it was Alex our instructors who took them and allow us to use them on the blog. We did, however, took our GoPro camera out for the open water dives in Sai Kung.


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