PADI Open Water Dive Course at B&J Dive Centre - Pulau Tioman, Pahang


The PADI Open Water Course takes between 3 to 4 days to complete and B&J starts courses every other day with small group sizes (average of 2 to 4 students).

The course includes 5 confined water dives where you learn the basic scuba diving skills, 4 open water dives where you demonstrate that you can perform those skills yourself, watching 5 videos, self study of the student manual and some homework which we call knowledge reviews. There are also 4 quizzes (multiple-choice) to be completed to test your knowledge, so the centre will be able to give you additional information and prepare you for the final exam (50 questions, multiple-choice).

Most of the dives are conducted of the beach/pool, since you have to learn how to dive first. On the last day of the course however B&J will take you out by boat for your final two open water dives. B&J will visit a dive location in the vicinity of Coral Island, famous for its marine life and beauty. On this day B&J will provide you with lunch and refreshments and you will dive to a maximum depth of 18 meters.

The duration of the training day will depend on your preference. B&J normally starts at 09.30am, watch some videos, do some theory, go twice into the water for training and are finished between 4pm and 6pm with a good hour lunch break in between. On your own leisure time you can complete the self study (“homework”) in the manual.


Description

Destination


Johor ~ Mersing ~ Pulau Tioman ~ Salang Beach & ABC

Room Type & Description

STANDARD Packages – Standard air-conditioned rooms (pretty basic rooms!)

Resort NOT owned or operated by B&J;Single occupancy: 1 double bed;Double sharing: 1 double bed;Triple sharing: 1 double + 1 single bed;Quad sharing: 2 double beds;Room amenities: Air-conditioning, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony
DELUXE Packages – Deluxe air-conditioned rooms

Resort NOT owned or operated by B&J; Single occupancy: 1 double bed; Twin sharing: 2 single beds; Double sharing: 1 double bed; Triple sharing: 1 double + 1 single bed; Quad sharing: 2 double beds; Room amenities: Air-conditioning warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony, some rooms have a kettle

TIOMAN DIVE RESORT (TDR) – Deluxe/Executive air-conditioned luxurious rooms

Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, coffee/tea, TV, limited satellite TV, channels, DVD Player, safe, wardrobe, warm water shower, hair dryer, balcony


Facilities & Activities

Two wooden dive boats, former Malaysian fishing boats, modified to suit all your diving needs - 15 divers per boat, 1 fresh water swimming pool is perfect for the confined water dives and to train youngsters (starting at the age of 8) to become Bubblemakers or Seal Team divers, PADI courses from beginner to professional level in English, French and Italian, PADI specialty courses, Dive Centre with complete dive equipement, PADI 5 Star Diving Facility, DSAT, IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Diver), Divers Alert Network (DAN), 8 instructors, 5 Dive Masters, 4 boat crew, 3 compressor crew ; authorised traders of different brands like SeacSub, Scubapro/Uwatec, Apeks, Dive Rite, Sartek Industries Inc., Suunto, Apollo, Unidive, Seapro etc

PADI DIVE COURSE PACKAGES - 2017

* All PADI dive courses are conducted in a professional manner by experienced instructors.
* Dive course students must know how to swim and float.
* A diving certification cannot be purchased, but must be earned with mastery of required skills.
* In the rare occasion that a student is not capable of showing mastery in the academic or underwater sections of a dive course, we will not be able to certify him/her.
* For any course, the self-study of the student manual (Knowledge Reviews) has to be completed on time, otherwise completion in the given time frame cannot be guaranteed.
* Course duration requirement to conduct high quality and safe courses:
o PADI Open Water course (beginner level): 4 days
o PADI Advanced Open Water course: 2 days
o PADI EFR/Rescue Diver course: 4 days
* Any amount of time spent beyond the above listed course duration requirement is chargeable at MYR 200.00/day.


ROOM CATEGORIES FOR PACKAGES:

PADI Dive Course and Leisure Diving Packages are based on the following room categories:

o Standard Packages – Standard air-conditioned rooms

- Single/Twin: One (1) double bed or two (2) single beds, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony

- Triple: One (1) duble + one (1) single bed, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony

- Quad: Two (2) double beds, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony

o Deluxe Packages – Deluxe air-conditioned rooms

- Single/Twin: One (1) double bed or two (2) single beds, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony

- Triple: One (1) double + one (1) single bed, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony

- Quad: Two (2) double beds, warm water shower, toilet, sink, balcony

o Tioman Dive Resort – Deluxe or Executive air-conditioned luxurious rooms

- Deluxe Single/Twin Rooms: | One (1) king bed or two (2) single beds | Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, coffee/tea, TV, DVD Player, safe, wardrobe, warm water shower, hair dryer, balcony

- Deluxe Triple Rooms: | One (1) Queen bed plus one (1) super single bed | Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, coffee/tea, TV, DVD Player, safe, wardrobe, warm water shower, hair dryer, balcony

- Deluxe Quad Rooms: | One (1) Queen bed plus two (2) super single beds | Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, coffee/tea, T, DVD Player, safe, wardrobe, warm water shower, hair dryer, balcony

- Executive Single/Twin Rooms: | One (1) king bed or two (2) single beds | Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, coffee/tea, TV, DVD Player, safe, wardrobe, warm water shower, hair dryer, balcony

- Executive Triple Rooms: | One (1) king bed plus one (1) single bed, or instead three (3) single beds | Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, fridge, kettle, coffee/tea, TV, DVD Player, safe, wardrobe, warm water shower, hair dryer, balcony

4 Days 3 Nights PADI Open Water Dive Course ~ valid till 12th November 2017
(rates based on per person)

4 Days 3 Nights PADI Open Water Course Rate (RM) per person per package
STANDARD A/C PACKAGE
Single Occupancy Twin Sharing Triple Sharing Quad Sharing
Standard Air-Conditioned Room, hot water shower 1,583.00 1,420.00 1,390.00 1,360.00
SEAVIEW A/C PACKAGE
Single Occupancy Double/ Twin Sharing Triple Sharing Quad Sharing
Seaview Deluxe Air-Conditioned Room, hot water shower 2,260.00 1,735.00 1,555.00 1,490.00
TIOMAN DIVE RESORT
Single Occupancy Double/ Twin Sharing Triple Sharing Quad Sharing
Deluxe Air-Conditioned rooms, hot shower 2,060.00 1,610.00 1,535.00 1,495.00
Single Occupancy Double/ Twin Sharing Triple Sharing Quad Sharing
Executive Air-Conditioned rooms, hot shower 2,175.00 1,670.00 1,550.00 -
This package includes:
  • Three (3) nights accommodation based on the chosen package * PADI Open Water Diver course (including certification if mastery is achieved)
  • All required course materials (student manual, dive table, logbook) * All dive equipment rental
  • The PADI Open water package includes 4 training days. Additional training days will be charged at MYR 250.00/day
  • If the ferry should depart Mersing after 11am and/or if the return ferry departs Tioman before 1pm than an extension night is required to allow enough time to complete the program. Extra costs for room charges will apply.


 If the ferry should depart Mersing after 11am and/or if the return ferry departs Tioman before 1pm than an extension night is required to allow enough time to complete the program. Extra costs for room charges will apply.

Typical itinerary:

 Day 1: Arrival, theory, equipment explanation, first dive from pool/shore

 Day 2: Theory, two dives from pool/shore

 Day 3: Theory, two dives from pool/shore, final theory exam

 Day 4: Two dives from the boat (if time permits), certification, departure

 Must know how to swim (there will be a 200m swim test)

 Must know how to float (there will be a 10minute float test)

Please Note:

The aforementioned accommodation is subject to availability. Requested accommodation that is not available, will be booked at a different resort within a similar price range.

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

BOAT DIVES

* B&J operates several dive boats (wooden boats and speedboats).
* B&J conducts up to 4 boat dives daily:
o Day Trip departing between 9:00am and 9:30am and returning to Tioman Island after 2 dives between 2:30pm and 3:00pm. Lunch will be provided on board
o Afternoon dive departing between 3:30pm and 4:00pm
o Night dive departing between 6:30pm and 7:00pm (only available if a minimum of 5 divers conduct a boat night dive)
* Dive groups are kept small with an average of 4 divers (maximum 6) per Divemaster.
* All dive sites and dive schedules will be arranged at the discretion of the dive centre.

SHORE / JETTY DIVES

* Shore dives are conducted at the nearby house reef or at the jetty.
* We recommend that every visitor conducts at least one shore muck dive. Especially the jetty in Salang Bay is an amazing dive with several huge shoals of fish and many critters.

NIGHT DIVING

* Night dives are conducted upon request on a daily basis either from shore or from boat.
* We recommend that all night divers have had night diving education/experience before.
* B&J is offering night adventure dives for those divers without prior night diving experience.

DIVE EQUIPMENT

* A full set of dive equipment is included in our leisure diving and course prices.
* Your own dive equipment:
o Discount of MYR 30.00 per diving day available for Leisure Diving Packages if you bring your complete own set of scuba gear
o No discount available for dive course packages
* B&J has some 70 rental sets available, which are regularly serviced by our certified scuba technicians.
* Rental sets are of the following brands: Scubapro, Mares, SeacSub.
* B&J is a PADI 5 Star IDC Centre and we send our breathing air regularly to a laboratory in the USA for testing. We are proud to offer the best scuba breathing air available in Malaysia and are the only dive center in Malaysia to receive the “Bauer Pure Air Certificate”.

BUDDY SYSTEM AND DEPTH LIMITATIONS

* All dives must be with a buddy; no solo diving is allowed.
* We will provide a dive buddy if you should be coming alone.
* Depth on any dive shall be limited to a maximum of 30 meters (90feet), of course taking into account any residual nitrogen time already acquired.

SURFACE INTERVALS

* For safety measures, a mandatory minimum 60 minutes surface interval is required before the next consecutive dive, regardless of whether you are diving by a computer or by tables.

FLYING AFTER DIVING

* The latest recommendation in regards of flying after diving indicates that you should wait a minimum of 12 hours before flying after a single dive or 18 hours after multiple dives

SPECIAL RULES TO PROTECT MARINE LIFE

* Divers and snorkelers are to refrain from touching, teasing and restraining turtles or any other marine life under water because:
o Turtles are air breathers and can be drowned if panicked or cornered. Anyone riding or restraining turtles will not be allowed to dive anymore.
o Any kind of marine life including corals are very fragile and we should protect our underwater environment and not destroy it
o We follow the “Triple T Rule”: Don’t Touch, Don’t Take Tease, Don’t Take and leave only bubbles behind
o We adhere a strict no glove policy

P.S. B&J Tioman has been operating forever at Tioman. Passed from father to son, the business started in 1986 and has been running professionally now to include wreck dives technical diving. B&J has started to build its own B&J Dive Resort to offer higher quality accommodation on Tioman Island.

Technical Diving at World War 11 wrecks and others

The only divable battleships in the world (HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales) are within reach from Pulau Tioman. A liveaboard or short trips can be arranged with B&J but do let us know your requirements and dive proficiency before making any other plans. The dives are challenging and the wrecks are at great depths. B&J's IANTD technical facility provides you with all the necessary required for these exciting wreck expeditions. Make use of their long experience and knowledge of these wrecks to guarantee a safe and well organized tech trip.

The famous British Renown class Battlecruiser was completed in August 1916. The ship was extremely fast, easily topping 32 knots, due in part to their extreme length - beam ratio, but this also at the expense of light armour.
Known as Force Z, together with HMS Prince of Wales, she was stationed in Singapore in the hope that their presence would help deter a Japanese attack.

KM SIPADAN


KM SIPADAN is a former Royal Navy warship that was put in service in 1964 under the name KD Sri Sarawak. It was renamed later to KM Spidadan and was decommissioned from Navy services in 2005. The Marine Maritime Enforcement Agency decided to make it an artificial reef and sunk it at the Sawadee dive site on 29th March 2012

The Sipadan is some 31meters long and 4.5meters wide and has been stripped of all weapons and it's engine before it was sunk. It makes a perfect wreck diving site, especially if your are Nitrox certified since it allows for longer bottom times. Divers with Wreck Specialty and/or technical divers can even penetrate the ship!

Max depth: 30m ; Best depth: 25m ; Visibility: 5-20m

Currents: weak ; Diver level: experienced ; Distance: 15min

PAYMENT TERMS
 A 30% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking (minimum of MYR 300.00 per person)

 The balance must be paid some 30 days before arrival of students

CANCELLATION POLICY

 Initial deposit (30%): Non-refundable


 From 29 to 15 days before arrival of guests: 50% of the trips full price forfeited, balance will be refunded (excl. bank/finance charges)

 From 14 to 8 days before arrival of guests: 70% of the trips full price forfeited, balance will be refunded (excl. bank/finance charges)

 7 days or less before arrival of guests: 100% of the trips full price forfeited

UNUSED SERVICES

 There will be no refund if your guests should decide to not utilize the dives/services included in the package

CONDITIONS FOR DIVING

 Leisure diving packages can only be offered to already certified divers

 All guests will be required to sign a Liability/Release Form (Waiver) upon arrival and abide by all diving and safety rules of the dive centre/resort

WEATHER CONDITIONS

 B&J operates diving from 1st February until 31st October and the weather is generally very nice throughout the season with average air temperatures of 32°C and average water temperatures of 28°C

 Weather conditions for scuba diving can’t be predicted even for the best season

FORCE MAJEURE

 B&J will not be liable in whole or in part by any cause beyond our control due to fire, flood, weather, strikes or other labor disputes, shortage of materials, transportation difficulties, accident, war, riot, acts of God or change of laws.

TIOMAN ISLAND, DIVING SEASON, VISIBILITY:

 Tioman Island is the biggest and most impressive island on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The island is some 35km long and covered densely in one of the oldest rain forests. It’s just begging to be explored and is habitat for a large variety of flora and fauna.

 The main attractions on Tioman are scuba diving and snorkeling plus rainforest trekking

 Dive sites around the famous Coral Island are renowned for their healthy coral reefs and abundance of marine life. Travel distance to dive sites from our centers range from 5min to 30min

 Diving season: 1st February until 10th November

 Best visibility (15m to 25m): March to June and September to November

o Diving is still fantastic during the summer peak season (June - August), but the underwater visibility is usually reduced to approximately 8m to 15m

ACCOMMODATION & RESORT LOCATION

 Take note that Standard and Deluxe packages are based on resorts NOT owned and operated by B&J.

o B&J has no influence whatsoever on the room cleanliness and functionality

o Please be aware that the room might be really basic

 Standard and Deluxe packages are based on resorts in either Air Batang (aka ABC Bay), or in Salang Bay. B&J will book a room depending on availability.

 Tioman Dive Resort is owned and operated by B&J and provides the nicest and cleanest rooms

o Tioman Dive Resort is located in Air Batang (aka ABC Bay)

MEALS

 Meals are not included except for a local lunch that is provided during our boat day trips

 There are numerous restaurants within easy walking distance from the resorts offering local and western cuisine with the highlight being fresh seafood BBQ

ELECTRICITY

 Electrical outlet is 220 Volt AC, 50 cycles using three rectangular prongs similar to British plugs

INTERNET

 B&J are offering free WiFi internet service for customers at their dive centers

 Internet connection on the island is very slow and can’t be guaranteed

TRANSPORTATION

By Coach Transport – book via www.easybook.com:

o From Kuala Lumpur to Mersing:

 Several coaches daily from TBS (Terminal Bersepadu Selatan)

 It’s best to take the night bus (reaches Mersing early morning on the following day)

 Duration: Approximately 6 hours)

o From Singapore to Mersing:

Several coaches daily from multiple locations

 Duration: Approximately 4 hours

Private Transport (booked by B&J):

o Taxi from Singapore to Mersing: SGD 180.00 to SGD 200.00 per way

o Van charter from Singapore to Mersing: MYR 800.00/way

 Mersing to Tioman Island by ferry (booked by B&J):

o Large, high speed ferries to either ABC Bay (4th stop) or Salang Bay (final stop)

o Duration: Approximately 2hrs to 2 ½

Costs: MYR 90.00 per return ticket


* photos courtesy of B&J Tioman

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